Rhinegold Nikki Bedi, Giles Coren and Amol Rajan

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Front Row television series announced

2:45, 9th August 2017

The BBC is to extend Front Row, with a BBC Two series set to launch in autumn and plans for an enhanced digital offer.

The Front Row television series will air for seven weeks on Saturday evenings from September, bringing viewers interviews, news, features and performances, as well as arts and culture reviews.

Confirmed presenters include television and radio presenter Nikki Bedi, British columnist and broadcaster Giles Coren and the BBC media editor Amol Rajan. Some interviews conducted by the Radio 4 Front Row presenters will also appear on the television programme.

The BBC has also announced plans to enhance Front Row’s digital offer through videos, which will reveal more about what happens in the studio and behind the scenes to current and new audiences across platforms.

Front Row airs on Radio 4 at 7.15pm on weeknights. The topical discussion show attracts a weekly audience of 2.1 million and will mark its 20th anniversary next year.

Jonty Claypole, the BBC’s director of arts, described Front Row as ‘an outstanding programme, adding: ‘It is able to reflect the latest developments in UK culture as it happens – and isn’t afraid to set the agenda too, bringing us into contact with some of the greatest artists and practitioners each weekday.

‘By expanding its footprint with BBC Two and enhancing its digital presence, we will connect an even wider audience with the very best arts and culture right across the country.’

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