The Culture Show

The Culture Show

2004 - 2015,
Magazine programme featuring news and reviews of the latest events in the worlds of culture and the arts.
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Episode Guide

  • The Culture Show - Holbein: Eye of the Tudors - A Culture Show Special (Episode 149)
    Episode 149:

    Holbein: Eye of the Tudors - A Culture Show Special

    As Henry VIII's court painter, Hans Holbein witnessed and recorded the most notorious era in English history, but who really was Holbein? Where did he come from? And what were the dark and unsettling secrets hidden in his art?

  • The Culture Show - The Great War - An Elegy: A Culture Show Special (Episode 148)
    Episode 148:

    The Great War - An Elegy: A Culture Show Special

    Simon Armitage visits French beaches, German prison camps, so-called 'Thankful' villages and remote corners of the Scottish highlands as he considers the death of over 700,000 British soldiers in World War One.

  • The Culture Show - Rankin Shoots Rembrandt (Episode 147)
    Episode 147:

    Rankin Shoots Rembrandt

    World renowned photographer Rankin takes on the challenge of interpreting Rembrandt's portraits of old age, adapting the Dutch Master's techniques for his camera.

  • The Culture Show - Hilary Mantel: Case Histories (Episode 146)
    Episode 146:

    Hilary Mantel: Case Histories

    James Runcie meets the novelist Hilary Mantel, who has conjured the ghosts of Henry VIII and Lady Diana, and whose latest collection of short stories contemplates the possibility that Margaret Thatcher was assassinated in 1983.

  • The Culture Show - Tents - The Beginning of Architecture (Episode 144)
    Episode 144:

    Tents - The Beginning of Architecture

    Tom's takes a freewheeling journey into the secret life of the tent. It takes him back to the origins of human habitat; from the Yurts and Tipis of our nomadic past, to the German mecca of high tech, cutting edge tensile architecture.

  • The Culture Show - The Battle for Stonehenge: A Culture Show Special (Episode 143)
    Episode 143:

    The Battle for Stonehenge: A Culture Show Special

    Alastair Sooke shows that Stonehenge has long been a place of conflict and controversy, and that passions still run high at the monument where druids, archaeologists and scientists all battle for the soul of Stonehenge.

  • The Culture Show - Hanif Kureishi: Writers Are Trouble (Episode 128)
    Episode 128:

    Hanif Kureishi: Writers Are Trouble

    An exploration of Hanif Kureishi literary work. The Buddha of Suburbia and My Beautiful Laundrette author has amused, provoked, annoyed and betrayed for over four decades now.

  • The Culture Show - Tony Parsons - The Art of Boxing (Episode 30)
    Episode 30:

    Tony Parsons - The Art of Boxing

    Author and columnist Tony Parsons explores the history of boxing and its influence on the work of cultural giants, from Hemingway to Manet.

  • The Culture Show - Henri Matisse: A Cut Above the Rest (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    Henri Matisse: A Cut Above the Rest

    Alastair Sooke presents a moving and intimate portrait of Henri Matisse, with contributions from the Tate's Nicholas Serota, Hilary Spurling and Jacqueline Duheme, who worked with Matisse in the late 1940s at the critical turning point in his career.

  • The Culture Show - Lego: The Building Block of Architecture (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    Lego: The Building Block of Architecture

    Tom Dyckhoff meets the artists and architects reared on Lego, who are using it to reimagine our cities today, from Bjarke Ingels, 39, the leading architect of his generation, to international artist Olafur Elliasson.

  • The Culture Show - Vicky Featherstone - All Change at the Royal Court (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    Vicky Featherstone - All Change at the Royal Court

    Clemency Burton-Hill presents an intimate profile of Royal Court Theatre artistic director Vicky Featherstone, as she attempts to make theatre accessible to all.

  • The Culture Show - D.H. Lawrence: A Journey Without Shame - A Culture Show Special (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    D.H. Lawrence: A Journey Without Shame - A Culture Show Special

    Geoff Dyer and Catherine Brown celebrate the life and work of D.H. Lawrence by retracing his 1912 alpine journey, a trip that enabled him to complete his first masterpiece,'Sons and Lovers'.

  • The Culture Show - Paul Smith -These are a Few of my Favourite Things (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    Paul Smith -These are a Few of my Favourite Things

    Alan Yentob, in a bid to understand fashion designer Paul Smith, challenges him to choose the objects which sum up his life.

  • The Culture Show - Gaga - The Mother Monster (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    Gaga - The Mother Monster

    Miranda Sawyer meets Lady Gaga to talk about pop, art, her 'Little Monsters', and her latest album 'ARTPOP'.

  • The Culture Show - The Art of Chinese Painting (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    The Art of Chinese Painting

    Kate Bryan, travels to China to learn about the golden age of Chinese landscape painting; discover why ink is still favoured over paint and how the country's unique aesthetic was heavily influenced by those age old standards of class and politics.

  • The Culture Show - Jon Ronson meets Malcolm Gladwell: Beware the Underdog (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    Jon Ronson meets Malcolm Gladwell: Beware the Underdog

    Jon Ronson goes head to head with 'The Tipping Point' author in his New York home to talk about his latest work. In it Gladwell argues we get advantage and disadvantage the wrong way round.

  • The Culture Show - EPISODE 12 (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    EPISODE 12

  • The Culture Show - Northern Soul - Keeping the Faith (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    Northern Soul - Keeping the Faith

    Paul Mason, economics journalist and once a regular at the famous 'all-nighters' at Wigan Casino, discovers the origin of the Northern Soul underground music scene and explores why it continues to inspire such devotion.

  • The Culture Show - JK Rowling - Writing for Grown-Ups: A Culture Show Special (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    JK Rowling - Writing for Grown-Ups: A Culture Show Special

    JK Rowling reveals the exact nature of her novel 'The Casual Vacancy'.

  • The Culture Show - A Portrait of Jonathan Yeo (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    A Portrait of Jonathan Yeo

    Alastair Sooke meets portrait artist Jonathan Yeo as he prepares for a solo show at the National Portrait Gallery.

  • The Culture Show - EPISODE: 9 (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    EPISODE: 9

    Interview with artist Damien Hirst; an English village sets up its own book prize; the return of Dr. Who.

  • The Culture Show - EPISODE: 9 (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    EPISODE: 9

  • The Culture Show - EPISODE: 8 (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    EPISODE: 8

    Interview with cartoonist Robert Crumb; the legacy of the Arts and Crafts movement; Brixton prison inmates rehearse a production of 'Othello.'

  • The Culture Show - EPISODE: 7 (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    EPISODE: 7

    Writer-director Woody Allen ('Melinda and Melinda'); children's author Jacqueline Wilson; the secret world of fonts.

  • The Culture Show - The Culture Show at Edinburgh: Funny Women (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    The Culture Show at Edinburgh: Funny Women

    With unique behind-the-scenes access to the most important date in the stand-up comedy calendar, Sue Perkins discovers the thrills of a good gig and the spills of a disparaging review as she follows three stand-up comedians at The Edinburgh Festival.

  • The Culture Show - EPISODE: 6 (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    EPISODE: 6

    Ferryside in Wales tests TV's digital switchover; actor Liam Neeson ('Kinsey'); on tour with Kaiser Chiefs.

  • The Culture Show - The Culture Show at Edinburgh: Leonardo da Vinci - The Anatomist (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    The Culture Show at Edinburgh: Leonardo da Vinci - The Anatomist

    Alastair Sooke heads to the new exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings, artwork which lay undiscovered for hundreds of years and if published, could have transformed the history of anatomical knowledge.

  • The Culture Show - EPISODE: 5 (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    EPISODE: 5

    Director Martin Scorsese ('The Aviator').

  • The Culture Show - 9 December (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    9 December

  • The Culture Show - Deller and Kane - Folk Devils (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Deller and Kane - Folk Devils

    In June 2014 the first national exhibition to look back at the tradition of folk art in this country opens at Tate Britain. Artists Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane get a preview of the show and give their own take on what folk art is.

  • The Culture Show - Venice - A Tale of Two Cities (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Venice - A Tale of Two Cities

    Alastair Sooke heads to Venice with art historian Dr. Bendor Grosvenor to explore the city's old and new art.

  • The Culture Show - EPISODE: 4 (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    EPISODE: 4

    Author Kurt Vonnegut.

  • The Culture Show - Ryan Gander - The Art of Everything (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Ryan Gander - The Art of Everything

    Miranda Sawyer enters the wild imagination of celebrated British conceptual artist Ryan Gander. A cultural magpie renowned for his playful, cryptic and complex creations.

  • The Culture Show - Glasgow (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Glasgow

    A report from the Celtic Connections Music Festival.

  • The Culture Show - Michael Jackson Special

    Michael Jackson Special

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