Front Row - Paul Abbott; the art of Roy Lichtenstein; tribute to Richard Briers
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Arts news. Writer and producer Paul Abbott on the final series of his drama Shameless, Lionel Shriver on the art of pop pioneer Roy Lichtenstein, and a tribute to Richard Briers.
With Mark Lawson.
The pioneering pop artist Roy Lichtenstein found inspiration in comic books and advertisements. As a major exhibition of his work opens at Tate Modern in London, writer Lionel Shriver re-assesses the art of the painter who brought the comic-strip Whaam! into the gallery.
The writer and producer Paul Abbott reflects on the end of Shameless, his acclaimed TV drama about life on a Manchester estate, which first arrived on our screens in 2004. The final series begins next week. Abbott discusses his approach to the finale, the differences between UK and US television, and why his idea for a Doctor Who episode was turned down.
The death of the actor Richard Briers was announced today. Front Row pays tribute, with an interview from 2010, in which Richard Briers considered the success of The Good Life, and the importance of light comedies in his early career.