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The Culture Show

Season 4 2009

  • 2009-10-22T13:00:00-05:00 on BBC Two
  • 30 mins
  • 4 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • News

Best of the week's arts and culture news, covering books, art, film, architecture and more.

8 episodes

4x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2009-10-22T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A Culture Show special from the London Film Festival, presented by Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo. They review the festival highlights and talk to actor David Morrissey about his directorial debut, and comedian Michael Palin discusses his life in films and his new book. Toby Young examines the future of the critic and talks to Cosmo Landesman and Peter Bradshaw as he eagerly awaits the first reviews of his latest television film. Miranda Sawyer explores the Frieze contemporary art fair.

4x02 Episode 2

  • 2009-10-29T14:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Lauren Laverne presents from the Glasgow School of Art, which is celebrating the centenary of the opening of its remarkable home. Matt Collings is in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which is showcasing 120 letters and over 300 paintings, drawings and sketches by Van Gogh and other artists. Andrew Graham-Dixon reviews The Sacred Made Real exhibition. Plus there's an interview with Harold Evans, whose new autobiography My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times is just out.

4x03 Episode 3

  • 2009-11-05T13:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

Andrew Graham-Dixon presents from the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford, which is about to re-open after a multi-million pound makeover. Andrew explores the 39 new galleries, home to the Ashmolean's greatest treasures. Michael Smith takes a wider look at Oxford, exploring the 'town and gown' divide in the city. As a new film about the life of Keats called Bright Star opens, director Jane Campion and Keats biographer Andrew Motion talk about what his poetry means to them.

4x04 Episode 4

  • 2009-11-12T13:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

Lawrence Pollard presents a packed show from Nottingham. When it opens on 14 November, the Nottingham Contemporary will be one of the biggest art centres in the UK. Tom Dyckhoff explores the new building designed by award-winning architects Caruso St John. There's a review of the opening exhibition at the new Nottingham gallery - 60 works by David Hockney from 1960-1968. And in a rare TV interview, crime-fiction writer James Ellroy talks to Miranda Sawyer about his fascination with crime and with 1950s Los Angeles.

4x05 Episode 5

  • 2009-11-19T13:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

Mark Kermode presents from Aardman studios in Bristol to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wallace and Gromit's first outing. A mix of high profile fans including Terry Wogan, Jonathan Ross and Ian Hislop tell us how and why they fell in love with this one man and his dog. Lauren Laverne also traces the Aardman story and Mark Kermode talks to Nick Park about his creative inspirations.

4x06 Episode 6

  • 2009-11-26T13:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

Lauren Laverne is joined by writers and thinkers for a discussion on the past, present and future of the British pub. Sting visits the Cumberland Arms, the heart of Newcastle's folk scene, and performs from his new album If on a Winter's Night. Carol Ann Duffy performs a special poem for this pub-themed edition. Plus a rare TV interview with John Cale, Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo discussing films with apocalyptic themes, and Martha Wainwright singing a song from her new album.

4x07 Episode 7

  • 2009-12-03T13:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

Tonight's Culture Show, presented by Mishal Husain, comes from the new medieval and Renaissance Galleries at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Andrew Graham-Dixon picks out his favourites from the collection. He also meets up with John Lydon, who is performing exclusively with the re-formed Public Image Ltd. Plus Josie Long on online comedy, Mark Kermode at a special premiere of Me and Orson Welles and Clemency Burton-Hill talking to opera director Graham Vick about his production of Othello.

4x08 Episode 8

  • 2009-12-17T13:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

This edition of The Culture Show features a rare extended interview with actor Daniel Day Lewis on the release of his latest film Nine. Andrew Graham Dixon also looks back at the highlights of The Culture Show's year including Danny Boyle on the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, Robert Carlyle reading Robert Burns on his 250th anniversary, and some of the best performances from the 2009 Manchester and Edinburgh Festivals.