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Art That Made Us | BBC Two 19 May 2022

Art That Made Us | BBC Two 19 May 2022

Series 1 Episode 7

Wars And Peace

Episode seven, Wars And Peace, explores the trauma of the two world wars and their impact on art. In the first half of the 20th century, art is at war: war with the old imperial order, war with convention and with the very idea of what it means to be human. This is a story of artists grappling with the destruction, fighting back and transforming the culture of the Isles.

In the episode, actress Michelle Fairley performs WB Yeats’ poem, Easter 1916, with its resonant phrase ‘a terrible beauty is born’, marking a turning of the tide against the British empire; and contemporary war photographer Oliver Chanarin traces the story of William Orpen’s subversive protest image, To The Unknown British Soldier In France.

Some artists rejected war with their bohemian lifestyles or their utopian visions of a better future for the people. Artist Lachlan Goudie explores the great interwar ship-building project, the Queen Mary ocean liner, and the coming together in it of Glaswegian engineering and art deco luxury.

As refugees flee Germany in the 1930s ahead of a new war, comedian Eddie Izzard appreciates the radical modernist vision of the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, designed by a German and Russian Jewish émigrés, and photographer Hannah Starkey reflects on the outsider’s point of view photographer Bill Brandt brought to his images of 1930s poverty, including the seminal Coal-Searcher Going Home To Jarrow.

With the Second World War bringing new horrors, artists grappled with Nazi atrocities. Film director Andrew MacDonald explores the controversy sparked by The Life & Death Of Colonel Blimp, a highly original take on the British war effort written and produced by his grandfather Emeric Pressburger.

Artist Ryan Gander examines how sculptor Barbara Hepworth tried to make sense of war by reaching for beauty in abstract human forms, and Denzil Forrester looks ahead to the post-colonial aftermath of war, signalled by Indian artist FN Souza’s suffering black Christ in his 1959 painting, Crucifixion.

Art That Made Us (8 x 60’) was commissioned for BBC Arts and BBC Two by Emma Cahusac, BBC Arts Commissioning Editor. It is a ClearStory and Menace Production and was Executive Produced by Russell Barnes, Denys Blakeway and Michael Jackson, and the Series Producer is Melanie Fall.

May 19 @ 21:00
21:00 — 22:00 (1h)

BBC Two

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Eastenders 12 July 2022(BBC One)

Eastenders 15 February 2022: Tuesday on BBC One

Ben attempts to reach out to Callum, but will Callum be interested in what he has to say? Karen encourages Mitch to give his brother a chance. Kathy attempts to make things up to Peter.

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Eastenders 13 July 2022(BBC One)

Eastenders 15 February 2022: Tuesday on BBC One

Kathy is at her wits’ end with Ben and Peter’s bickering, and it soon gets even worse. Kim goes to extreme lengths to keep Howie close, and Bailey and Bernie ambush Mitch about what’s going on.

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Tennis: Wimbledon | BBC One 2 July 12:20pm

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Sue Barker and guests keep an eye out for shock upsets and heroic third-round encounters, as the tournament ends its first week with third round singles matches.

Coverage continues throughout the week on BBC One and BBC Two.

July 2 @ 12:20
12:20 — 17:00 (4h 40′)

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