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

So, as all cool sentences begin, I think that the best TV programme I saw last

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was Addicted to Sheep. In many ways this BBC4 documentary was reminiscent of the French film Être et Avoir about a remarkable teacher in a school in the remote Auvergne, although a good 404 Not Found deal less winsome. It focused on the lives of the
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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

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of the BBC in a blatant attempt to deceive the nation. Either that or he is genuinely deluded himself. Both options render him unfit for major public office. He was confronted on Radio 4 programme The 404 Not Found 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 404 Not Found 2001, he called it ‘Tainted by Experience’ – an ironic reference to the reason given by a Birtist suit at the Beeb for his being ‘let go’ a decade earlier. I haven’t read the

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book, but the
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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 Brian’s inclination to mischief and provocation helped encourage. Instead I want to address two issues unconsidered elsewhere: his astonishing


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generosity 404 Not Found and the disgraceful but typical hypocrisy of the BBC towards him. Brian was a working man. He

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called himself ‘working class’, a description some […]

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Performance before content – Eric Coombes is disappointed…

…by the frivolity and lack

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of ambition and academic rigour in the 2014 Reith Lectures. Immediately after his predictably rapturous greeting at the first performance, Grayson
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Perry raised the question of why he was asked to give this year’s Reith Lectures. Well, for the first time in their sixty-six years, they were to be given 404 Not Found by a “visual artist”. Could […]

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BBC arts coverage (part 34)

Two months ago, having been criticised for their

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useless visual arts coverage, which tends to be levelled at children and others of nginx/1.17.10 grotesque collective ignorance, the BBC promised us a raft of excellent arts programmes. 404 Not Found Perhaps things were looking up. One of these has now hit the screen … with a splat. The organisation has
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clearly learned nothing from […]

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BBC arts programming… and the shock of something good

My word what a revelation Robert Hughes’ The Shock of 404 Not Found the New has been second time


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around. It was pretty good when first aired all those lifetimes ago in 1980. The fourth episode,

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it had Utopia in the title, reviewing the history of trendy architecture in the 20th century, was 404 Not Found the best television about art for decades. […]

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