Bright Lights Brilliant Minds: A Tale Of Three Cities

Confirmed for BBC Four on 27 August at 9.00pm to 10.00pm

Ep 2/3

Wednesday 27 August



Sometimes a city explodes into life and comes to define an age. In this series, Dr James Fox tells the story of three cities in three exceptional years - cities whose artists and thinkers, writers and musicians set the world on a new course.

In this programme,he tells the story of Paris in 1928 - a city that attracted men and women dreaming of a better world after the First World War: the year when the Surrealists Magritte, Dali and Bunuel brought their bizarre new vision to the people, when émigré writers and musicians such as Ernest Hemingway and George Gershwin came looking for inspiration, where black musicians and dancers like Josephine Baker found adulation, Cole Porter took time off from partying to write Let’s Do It… and radical architect Le Corbusier planned a modernist utopia that involved pulling down much of Paris itself.