The Culture Show

10:00pm Wednesday 29 August on BBC TWO

Sue Perkins presents a final helping of hits from this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

This week’s programme includes an interview with Howard Jacobson about his new novel Seriously Funny and a look at the art of Dieter Roth.

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10:00pm Wednesday 22 August on BBC TWO

Sue Perkins meets author Kirsty Gunn and music legend Nile Rodgers as she presents a second helping of The Culture Show from the Edinburgh Festival.

The show also celebrates 25 Years of So You Think You’re Funny, the Edinburgh comedy competition that has uncovered stars from Dylan Moran to Peter Kay, while artists David Hockney, Paul Gaugin and Sir Peter Blake swop paint for wool in an exhibition of contemporary tapestries.

The Culture Show also takes a look at Speed of Light, a spectacular mass participatory event in which walkers and endurance runners ascend Arthur’s Seat and illuminate the iconic mountain.

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10:00pm Wednesday 15 August on BBC TWO

Sue Perkins presents three editions of The Culture Show from The Edinburgh Festival, featuring all the best in theatre, dance, literature, music and comedy from the Fringe, International, Art and Book Festivals.

In programme one Sue meets Mark Thomas to discuss his new show Bravo Figaro, about his tempestuous relationship with his dad. Clemency Burton-Hill looks at the International Festival’s very different take on popular stories, including Gulliver’s Travels, Alice in Wonderland and My Fair Lady. Harry Hill takes us on a tour of his art exhibition and Alastair Sooke explores the world of Catherine the Great, in a major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland.

Later programmes include features on NVA’s large scale, mass participatory public spectacle Speed of Light, in which hundreds of runners in light suits make their way up Arthur’s Seat. Alastair Sooke’s tour of the Edinburgh Art Festival takes in an exhibition of Contemporary Tapestries by artists including David Hockney, Paul Gaugin and Sir Peter Blake.

The programme also looks at the very best in international song and dance at the International Festival and speaks to Howard Jacobson about his new book, Zoo Time.

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7:00pm Thursday 11 August on BBC TWO

The Culture Show takes up residence in Edinburgh for the month of August to bring viewers all the best theatre, dance, music, opera, performance, art, literature, comedy and cabaret from this year’s Edinburgh Festivals

7:00pm Thursday 19 May on BBC TWO

Andrew Graham-Dixon is at London’s South Bank for the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain to launch a new series of The Culture Show

7:00pm Thursday 21 October on BBC TWO

A profile of artist and writer Alasdair Gray; British rap sensation Tinie Tempah; much-anticipated movie The Kids Are All Right; and Nina Raines’s new play Tribes are on the menu in this week’s show

A raft of flagship BBC arts, comedy and radio programming is set to go out across the country from the Edinburgh festivals this year.

Television’s The Culture Show, The Review Show, plus two hour-long stand-up specials from Edinburgh, will be joined by BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute, Front Row, and Loose Ends.

BBC Radio Scotland’s Radio Cafe arts strand becomes dedicated to Edinburgh as the Festival Cafe with additional Book Cafe specials. Flagship magazine show MacAulay & Co with Fred MacAulay will also move to the city from Glasgow, taking up residence in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre for two weeks.

There will be a slate of other programming across BBC Radio 1, 2 ,3, 4, 5 Live, 6 Music and Radio Nan Gaidheal, as well as dedicated online coverage. Among the talent broadcasting radio shows from Edinburgh are Scott Mills, Nick Grimshaw, Richard Bacon, Claudia Winkleman, Nicholas Parsons, Arthur Smith and Clive Anderson.

BBC Two’s flagship arts magazine shows – The Culture Show and The Review Show – will this year be working in tandem to provide a brand new package of coverage for the Edinburgh festivals in August.

For three weeks, the two programmes will move from their base in BBC Scotland’s Glasgow headquarters to Edinburgh. They will work together to provide up-to-the-minute reports on The Culture Show, with festival veteran Sue Perkins as the lead presenter, and Kirsty Wark chairing lively topical discussions of the big highlights of the festivals on The Review Show, including a Book Festival Special co-presented with Ian Rankin.

The arrangement will mean that the two series will be able to offer a more in-depth perspective of the major highlights but also showcase a greater range of activity from the UK’s largest arts festival.

The first Culture Show special from Edinburgh this year will be reviewing major cornerstones of the festival over the years including the famous Spiegeltent, Assembly Rooms, Gilded Balloon, and the comedy awards as well as a feature piece on the new National Theatre of Scotland’s Caledonia production. Over the course of three weeks, both The Culture Show and The Review Show will be covering a range of highlights. Also from Edinburgh, Scots comedian Kevin Bridges will host two hour-long comedy specials.

This coverage will also be augmented by news across television, radio and online, as well as a dedicated coverage of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for network BBC One and a BBC Scotland special programme, Tattoo At 60.

Radio 4 returns to the Pleasance for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a selection of its best comedy and arts programmes, special Fringe shows and an opportunity to hear and ask advice and tips from BBC Radio Comedy writers and producers on what it takes to write radio comedy and get it on-air.

Joining Radio 4’s comedy line-up in Edinburgh this year will be:

Arthur Smith, in a special festival edition of his comedy and music show from the Pleasance, Arthur Smith’s Edinburgh Bash; Ed Reardon, Radio 4’s celebrated impoverished author, presents his favourite prose and poetry, written by himself in An Audience With Ed Reardon; award-winning comedian, Andrew Lawrence, records two 15-minute monologues in which he skirts around some of life’s big questions, without drawing any useful conclusions, in The Non-Conformist’s Guide To Civic Responsibility; Ali McGregor, Australian cabaret star and all-round diva, hosts a special cabaret show – Curiosity Killed The Cabaret – featuring the best cabaret and burlesque acts appearing at this year’s Fringe.

And regular favourites from Radio 4 include: Just A Minute – Nicholas Parsons will chair two festival editions of one of the listeners’ favourite panel games; Mark Lawson will present Radio 4’s week night arts show Front Row, reporting on the hits, misses and talking points of the festival so far and Clive Anderson will host a glorious mix of chat, comedy and music on Loose Ends. Comic Fringes returns with three new short stories told by three leading comedians for Radio 4’s Afternoon Readings. Radio 4’s full guest line-up in Edinburgh will be available shortly.

On other BBC radio networks Radio 2’s The Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman will transmit live from Edinburgh and 5 Live will have Richard Bacon broadcasting from the city, as will 6 Music (Saturday 7 August).

Radio 3 will broadcast extensive coverage of the 2010 Edinburgh International Festival, with more than 20 concerts recorded for broadcast, including three from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

From 24 August 2010, Radio 3 broadcasts chamber music from Edinburgh over three weeks in the Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. Highlights include a recital by soprano Magdalena Kozená (25 August) with music by Italian and Spanish composers, including d’India, Caccini and de Ribayaz; baritone Gerald Finley with an entertaining selection of music from Europe and the United States (3 September); and pianist Steven Osborne with an eclectic programme ranging from Scott Joplin to Ravel (10 September).

Radio 3’s Performance On 3’s coverage of the festival begins on 13 September with the festival’s opening concert – John Adams’s oratorio El Niño with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a stellar cast including Jessica Rivera and Sir Willard White. Further highlights include a recital by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in a sumptuous programme of music by American composers alongside songs by Mozart and Mahler (21 September); and performances from the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Franz Welser-Möst (20 September) and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons (22 September).

The Early Music Show will broadcast performances by Florilegium and Ensemble Elyma, tracing the baroque-influenced early music of Latin America (18 and 19 September).

Radio 1 is returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010, with DJ Scott Mills facing his toughest challenge yet in front of an entertainment-hungry audience. Following the huge success of last year’s Scott Mills The Musical, which played to a full house over three nights and received rave reviews, this time Scott and his team must write and perform their own one-man show. From 16-20 August, Scott’s Radio 1 show (4-7pm) will be live from Edinburgh as the team each take it in turns to perform their one-man shows in the evenings.

Over the next few weeks, Scott and the team will be asking listeners for ideas and inspiration on how to entertain an audience on their own.

This year, Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw will also be live from the Edinburgh Fringe and each night, when Scott and the team come off stage, they will go straight onto Nick’s show (10pm-12midnight) to tell him how they got on.

Andrea Miller, Head of Factual at BBC Scotland, said: “The Edinburgh festivals are the biggest, most extensive and varied arts event in the country and our coverage across so many platforms and outlets reflects that.

“We have an ongoing commitment to the Edinburgh festivals, which is not only reflected in dedicated programming but in news and magazine programme coverage, some of which are already starting to carry feature items.

“This year with the rebirth of The Review Show, being broadcast from Scotland, we are able to offer a unique partnership with The Culture Show to showcase and offer a wider arts perspective of the most exciting performances and exhibitions – the buzz of the festivals.”


7.00pm Thursday 20 May on BBC TWO

BBC Two’s flagship arts and culture series returns with news from the Brighton Festival and the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, interviews with Brian Eno and Alex Katz and music from Seun Kuti, youngest son of Fela.

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