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12:39 Hank Marvin and Gypsy Jazz

Hank Marvin was arguably the first true British guitar hero. He was famous for his band The Shadows and his distinctive guitar playing. He’s in New Zealand with his band Gypsy Jazz at the Christchurch Jazz Festival.

Hank Marvin with Gypsy Jazz
Hank Marvin (centre) with Gypsy Jazz

12:47 Elric Hooper

Elric Hooper is a recognisable face in Christchurch Theatre both on and off stage. He spent his early years with Dame Ngaio Marsh, the influential woman for whom the theatre at The University of Canterbury was named after. The theatre was damaged during the Christchurch earthquakes and is now under threat. But is it worth keeping it? 

1:10 At the Movies with Simon Morris

Simon Morris looks at the latest sci-fi from South Africa’s Neill Blomkamp, of District 9 fame. He also reviews a new film directed by actor Alan Rickman, A Little Chaos and a brilliant little British film called Still Life.

1:34 Edinburgh's arts festivals entries

Faith Liddell and Kath Mainland know how hard it is to get into any of the seven Edinburgh arts festivals… because they are ones you have to impress to get your foot in the door. More than 200 of our artists and performers took part in seven of Edinburgh's arts festivals and already five of the shows have been selected by international festivals and venues.

Kath Mainland and Faith Liddell
Kath Mainland and Faith Liddell

1:47 Letters From The Front

Michael Williams is a Waikato-based composer who has been working on writing Letters From The Front, which is his first symphony. He matches letters from the First World War with musical movements and it will debut in April to coincide with ANZAC Day commemorations. It will be performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. This is the second piece of music Williams has written recently about War. His opera The Juniper Passion is based on the battle of Montecassino during World War Two in 2012.

Spirit of Anzac

2:05 The Laugh Track

Hayden Weal, independent film maker, web series creator Martin Freeman’s body double in The Hobbit films, picks his favourite comedy tracks. His latest work is a six-part web series About Last Night.  

2:26 Hiraani Himona

Hiraani Himona is a New Zealander who has most recently been deputy director of the South London Gallery and she started at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts at the beginning of March. Justin Gregory went to meet her and discovered she has a surprising background for an arts manager.

2:38 Author Karen Breen

Auckland novelist Karen Breen has released her debut novel Sleep Sister which addresses how a death impacts family dynamics. We meet sisters Gilly and Marina who have very different personalities and a difficult mother. When they end up with a stepfather and a half  brother, things go from bad to worse. Breen, a former print and broadcast journalist studied creative writing at AUT before moving into publishing.

Karen Breen

2:49 Texan radio drama revivalists

Roving producer Shaun D Wilson is in Texas at South by Southwest and has discovered a group of radio drama revivalists. They want to bring back an artform that diminished after America's Golden Age of Radio in the early to mid-twentieth century due to lack of support from commercial radio stations.

3:05 The Drama Hour

We have two short stories, Hope by Tracey Schuyt and Black Toes by Fiona Sussman, and an interview with Shakespearean expert Dr Lori Leigh.

Music played in this show

Artist: Andy Williams
Song: Love Letters in the Sand
Composer: Kenny/Kenny/Koots
Album: A World of Love
Label: Music Club

Artist: The Box Tops
Song: The Letter
Composer: Thompson
Album: Best of the Box Tops
Label: BMG

Artist: Shadows
Song: Kontiki
Composer: Carr
Album: The Shadows - Another String of Hot Hits and More
Label: EMI

Artist: Indigo Girls
Song: Burn All the Letters
Composer: Saliers
Album: Shaming of the Sun
Label: Epic

Artist: Smokey Robinson
Song: Love Letters
Composer: Robinson/Jones
Album: A Quiet Storm
Label: Motown

Artist: Ketty Lester
Song: Love Letters
Composer: Heyman/Young
Album: The Golden Age of American Rock n Roll
Label: Ace

Artist: The Juniper Passion
Song: The Juniper Passion
Composer: Michael F Williams
Album: The Juniper Passion
Label: Atoll

Artist: Robert Plant/Alison Krauss
Song: Please Read the Letter
Composer: Jones, Lee, Page, Plant
Album: Raising Sand
Label: Rounder

Artist: Laura Cantrell
Song: Letters
Composer: Williams
Album: Humming By the Flowered Vine
Label: Matador

Artist: Frank Sinatra
Song: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
Composer: Ahlert/Young
Album: An Historic Music First
Label: Reprise

Artist: War of the Worlds
Song: War of the Worlds
Composer: Jeff Wayne
Album: War of the Worlds
Label: Radio Spirits

Artist: The Wallflowers
Song: Letters from the Wasteland
Composer: Jakob Dylan
Album: Breach

Artist: The Proclaimers
Song: Letter From America
Composer: Reid/Reid
Album: The Proclaimers. The Best Of
Label: Persevere