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BBC Edinburgh festivals coverage to include Juliette Binoche and Robert Lepage

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Ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem, actor Juliette Binoche and director Robert Lepage will discuss their work as part of the BBC’s coverage of this year’s festivals in Edinburgh.

All three will feature in an online series that will be streamed from Edinburgh as part of BBC Arts’ coverage.

Called Edinburgh International Festival Conversations, the series also features other performers featured as part of this year’s EIF, including actor and director Simon McBurney.

It will be hosted by director of culture at King’s College London, Deborah Bull, and singer and presenter Jamie MacDougall.

On television, BBC2 will broadcast a series throughout August hosted by Kirsty Wark, called Edinburgh Nights.

This will include interviews, performances and music from across all of the festivals.

Guillem will talk to Wark about her career in ballet and contemporary dance as she brings her final tour, Life in Progress, to the Edinburgh International Festival.

BBC2’s coverage will also include Sue Perkins’ Big Night Out, which will be recorded as live and will feature special guests and performance highlights from across this year’s events. The BBC described it as “a one-hour cabaret of comedy, music and spectacle”.

Elsewhere, The One Show will come from Edinburgh on August 12, 13 and 14, with BBC Breakfast live from the city on August 21.

On BBC Radio 2 there will be a special Radio 2 Arts Show hosted by Anneka Rice, while Simon Mayo’s drivetime programme will be live from Edinburgh from August 17 to 20.

Mayo will talk to entertainers including Bridget Christie, Ed Byrne and Marcus Brigstocke. There will also be a live performance from West End performer Shaun Escoffery.

BBC Radio 4’s coverage includes a live show from Edinburgh on August 17, which will also be available to be watched online.

BBC Scotland head of programmes and services Donalda MacKinnon, said: “The Edinburgh Festivals are always one of the highlights of my year and I’m delighted that the BBC plays its part in making it such a fantastic spectacle. I’m always amazed at the enormous range that our production teams from across the BBC offer in Edinburgh and our cast list this year really does educate, entertain and inform.”

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