BBC Arts puts artists centre stage this summer

BBC Arts puts artists centre stage this summer

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(Credit: BBC)
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This summer BBC Arts is showcasing arts and literature, with a range of programmes across BBC channels One, Two and Four

Highlights include Mark Gatiss’ quest to uncover the overlooked talent of artist John Minton, a behind-the-scenes look at this year's Grayson Perry co-ordinated RA summer exhibition and a new documentary about the tragic life of Sylvia Plath featuring exclusive testimony from her daughter, Frieda.

The summer line-up includes:

  • Mark Gatiss explores John Minton’s colourful, multifaceted and avant-garde life for the first time on television in John Minton: The Lost Man Of British Art.
  • As part of the British Asian season on BBC Four, there will be profiles of artists Mahtab Hussain and Raqib Shaw, as well as musician and performer Anoushka Shankar.
  • BBC Four follows celebrated artist Sonia Boyce as she plans a new exhibition from artists of African and Asian descent who helped shape the British art scene.
  • BBC Two’s enlightening documentary looks into the life of Sylvia Plath, framed by her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar.
  • BBC Two looks behind the scenes at the Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition, with artist Grayson Perry at the helm.
  • BBC One profiles prominent British artists Tacita Dean and Rose Wylie, for imagine…
  • BBC Two observes writer Angela Carter’s fabulous world, from a young housewife, to the trip to Japan which transformed the way she saw the world.
  • On BBC Four Katherine Rundell uncovers the fascinating true story of a child abducted from the streets of Elizabethan London to be put on the stage - and the father who desperately fought to get him back in Abducted - Elizabeth I’s Child Actors
  • BBC One favourites Fake Or Fortune? and imagine... return with a focus on British artists.

"I'm thrilled to be celebrating my love of this unjustly neglected artist on BBC Four,” said Mark Gatiss. He added, “John Minton's life and art shine a dazzling light on a Soho long gone and a vanished England."

The programmes are scheduled to air over the course of the summer. 

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This summer BBC Arts is showcasing arts and literature, with a range of programmes across BBC channels One, Two and Four