Does Sir Kenneth Branagh want to run the National Theatre?

This week, the National Theatre's chief executive exited stage right from the organisation. Under different circumstances that could have left Sir Kenneth Branagh in charge.

Instead, on Friday he announced that he was launching his own theatre company. The troupe includes Rob Brydon and Dame Judi Dench, and will be at a West End theatre for a year.

For this week's vlog - Sir Kenneth spoke exclusively to Will Gompertz.

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What does it take to be a museum director?

The director of the British Museum, Neil Macgregor announced he was stepping down in early April.

Since taking over in 2002 he has transformed the institution into Britain's most visited tourist attraction.

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Can we design for a better living?

A device that texts a farmer when one of his cows goes into labour, a light shade made out of mushrooms and a bollard that talks to you are just some of the latest cutting edge designs shortlisted for the Designs of the Year award.

I take a look at the role of imagination in saving the world from its problems.

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Should museums ban selfie sticks?

The National Gallery in London is among a growing number of venues that have banned selfie sticks - those telescopic arms that allow people to take photos of themselves using a mobile phone.

The gallery says it needs to protect artworks and other visitors. But some users can't see what the fuss is about.

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Who decides what culture is?

Only 8% of the population actively consumes culture in the UK, according to Enriching Britain, a study by Warwick University.

But perhaps it depends on what you consider to be culture.

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How did Paul Durand Ruel invent impressionism?

You might never have heard of Paul Durand Ruel, but you will know the artists the dealer made famous.

Monet, Manet, Pissarro and Degas all have him to thank for backing then when nobody else would, in the process writing the first chapter in the story of modern art.

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UK visitor numbers drop at top London art galleries

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern
Henri Matisse's Cut-Outs were among the big attractions at Tate Modern last year

Two of London's most prestigious fine art galleries have seen UK visitor numbers fall significantly over the last five years, official figures show.

A few days ago, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) sent out a press release stating: "Latest statistics for Government-sponsored museums show two million more visits were made than previous year."

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Does Harper Lee prove most artists are one-hit wonders?

Author Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, is to publish only her second novel in over 50 years.

Does that go to show just how difficult it is to have one great idea let alone two?

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Is it ok to tamper with other people's work?

From cover versions to fan fiction, we live in age of appropriation.

You can make big money from tampering with other people's work.

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Are true stories all the rage?

Does art imitate life, or life imitate art? And are true stories all the rage at the movies?

If you take the Oscars as your benchmark, you could argue it used to be the former but now it is the latter. Four of the last five winners of the best picture Oscar have been based on true stories. So why are British actors trading so well in this area? Find out what I think in my latest vlog.

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