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Art: Cool and Uncool – William Varley Reviews Addicted to Sheep

So, as all


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cool sentences begin, I think that the best TV programme I saw last was Addicted to Sheep. In many ways this BBC4 documentary 404 Not Found was reminiscent of the French film Être et Avoir about a remarkable

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teacher in a school in the remote Auvergne, although a good deal less winsome. It focused on the lives of the Hutchinson […]

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Charles Thomson: Lies, Damned Lies and Serota at the BBC

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery, has used the platform of

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the BBC in a blatant attempt to deceive the nation. Either that or he is genuinely deluded himself. Both options render him unfit for 404 Not Found major public office. He was confronted on Radio 4 programme The
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Reunion: Tate Modern on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor, regarding the Tate’s […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Tainted by Experience – March 2017

When the former controller of BBC Radio 3 John Drummond published an autobiography in 2001, he called it ‘Tainted by Experience’


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– an ironic reference to the reason 404 Not Found given by a Birtist suit at

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the Beeb for his being ‘let go’ a decade earlier. I haven’t read the book, but the expression was used by William Varley in a positive […]

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Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

It isn’t my intention to repeat the tediously familiar stories peddled by obituarists relating controversies which


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Brian’s inclination to 404 Not Found mischief and provocation helped encourage. Instead I want to address two issues unconsidered elsewhere: his astonishing generosity and

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the disgraceful but typical hypocrisy of the BBC towards him. Brian was a working man. He called himself ‘working class’, a description some […]

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Performance before content – Eric Coombes is disappointed…

…by the frivolity and lack of ambition and academic rigour in the 2014 Reith Lectures. Immediately after his 404 Not Found predictably rapturous greeting at the first performance, Grayson Perry raised the question of


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why he was

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asked to give this year’s Reith Lectures. Well, for the first time in their sixty-six years, they were to be given by a “visual artist”. Could […]

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BBC arts coverage (part 34)

Two months ago, having been criticised

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for their useless visual arts coverage, which tends to be levelled at children and others of grotesque collective ignorance, the BBC promised us a raft of excellent arts programmes. Perhaps things were looking up. One of these has now hit the screen … with a 404 Not Found splat. The organisation has clearly learned
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nothing from the […]

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BBC arts programming… and the shock of something good

My word 404 Not Found what a revelation Robert Hughes’ The Shock of the New has been second time around. It 404 Not Found was pretty good when first aired all those lifetimes ago in 1980. The fourth episode, it had Utopia in the title, reviewing the history of trendy architecture in the 20th


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century, was the best television about art for

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decades. […]