Star-studded line-up for the BBC at Hay Festival 2017
The BBC and Hay Festival (25 May-4 June 2017) today revealed plans for unparalleled coverage of this year’s event across television, radio and online.
A plethora of star names are in attendance including US senator Bernie Sanders, actor and writer Stephen Fry, show producer and writer Steven Moffat, screenwriter Jimmy McGovern, playwright Mike Bartlett, comedian Simon Amstell and Radio 3 presenter Katie Derham.
Across TV and Radio, more than 25 BBC shows will be recorded on site - from BBC World News’ HARDtalk, Talking Books and Click to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Start the Week, and Broadcasting House, to BBC Radio 3, BBC Wales, and BBC Hereford and Worcester.
Meanwhile, BBC Arts Digital launches coverage of the opening weekend with two days of live streaming, which Stephen Fry kicks off with his digital reformation sparking a debate about the internet that everyone can join, while selective events will be available throughout the week on BBC iPlayer.
Additional events in the BBC Tent - open for booking from today - will offer an inside look at the latest BBC dramas and documentaries, including tips from some of our leading screenwriters, documentary makers and show runners.
Jonty Claypole, Director of Arts, BBC, says: “In the BBC Tent at Hay Festival, audiences get unfettered access to important artists and broadcasters, emerging and established, as well as a chance to go behind the curtain to see how their favourite programmes are made.
"Giving books, storytelling and ideas a platform to reach audiences everywhere is something the BBC has always been committed to, so we’re delighted to partner with Hay Festival on such a rich and comprehensive range of programming - both on-site and on-air.”
Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival, says: “For 30 years Hay Festival has brought readers and writers together to share stories and ideas, to imagine the world. Today, our partnership with the BBC enables these conversations to be heard globally - whether from our fields in Wales, or the beaches of Cartagena de Indias - giving everyone, everywhere, front-row seats."
Other BBC programme highlights at Hay Festival 2017 include:
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4 will broadcast four of its flagship programmes from the festival:
BBC Radio 3
Radio 3 will be broadcasting “a week at Hay” from Monday 29 May to Sunday 3 June, with programmes every day across its schedule coming from the Festival. In a Hay-clusive, Radio 3 will bring a distinctive blend of slow radio to Hay audiences with a four-hour-long immersive broadcast of a walk from the Black Mountains to Hay with music, poetry and moments of reflection from writer Horatio Clare. The Sound Walk will be broadcast on Monday 29 May from 2-6pm and audiences will be able to listen to the broadcast by collecting headphones from the BBC Tent.
Five other Radio 3 shows - The Essay, The Verb, Free Thinking, The Listening Service, and In Tune - will record editions in front of live festival audiences.
Clemency Burton-Hill presents a series of Lunchtime Recitals from St Mary’s Church, featuring performances from Adam Walker, James Baillieu, Federico Colli, The Amatis Trio, and Quator Voce.
Katie Derham talks about her twin passions: dance and music, and how she’s combining these in a new six-part series for BBC Radio 3 called Sound of Dance.
Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme, brings together Costa Book of the Year winner Sebastian Barry and writers Jake Arnott and Madeleine Thien to discuss the art of the historical novel, and in a second programme discusses women’s voices in the classical world with Professor Paul Cartledge, Bettany Hughes and Colm Tóibín. The programmes are presented by Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers Sarah Dillon and Catherine Fletcher.
New BBC programming
New BBC programming is showcased, with playwright and television screenwriter Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, Doctor Who) talking about his television adaptation of his Olivier Award-winning play King Charles III (pictured above) and the challenges of writing for different mediums.
There will be a session with Jimmy McGovern about his new BBC One drama, Broken, starring Sean Bean, and the art of compelling characters in hard-hitting dramas.
Creators of Waking The Dead, Ian Burney and Barbara Machin, offer insights into what they’ve learnt about murder inquiries while making the show.
Comedian Simon Amstell (pictured above) presents his feature-length documentary for BBC iPlayer, Carnage.
BBC Radio executive producer Sue Roberts and writer Dan Rebellato reveal the highs and lows of bringing Émile Zola’s award-winning Blood, Sex And Money to life as a radio drama.
Award-winning film-maker Jill Nicholls discusses her films for the BBC’s flagship arts documentary series Imagine and the art of the literary documentary.
BBC One writer and show producer Steven Moffat will be talking about Doctor Who, Sherlock, and the craft of writing, as he prepares to step down from his role as Doctor Who’s lead writer and executive producer later this year.
BBC Two film-makers Adam Low and Martin Rosenbaum talk about their documentary on Alan Bennett (pictured above) to Mark Bell, BBC's Head of Commissioning TV Arts, revealing what it was like filming the nation’s best loved writer, with clips from the film, followed by its screening.
BBC Four film-makers offer insights into new series and films:
April 29, 2017 10:29am by BBC One