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The Culture Show in Glasgow

BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay headquarters is to be the joint home of BBC Two's The Culture Show as it moves to a new primetime slot.


From Tuesday 3 June, the arts magazine programme – a key cornerstone of the BBC Two schedules – will move into the 10.00pm Tuesday slot, currently occupied by Later With Jools Holland, with an extended programme on Fridays at 11.35pm.


Roly Keating, Controller of BBC Two, said: "The team in Glasgow have been part of the success story of The Culture Show since its inception in 2004, working in tandem with team members on the series in London.


"Broadcasting the show from Glasgow and London in alternate weeks underlines the programme's mission to bring a UK-wide perspective to topical arts and culture."


Donalda MacKinnon, Head of Programmes at BBC Scotland, said: "The Culture Show is a major strand for BBC Two and a great example of teams in Glasgow and London working together.


"Having half of the series recorded here at Pacific Quay is a terrific validation of the work the Glasgow team has put in to this ongoing network success."


The Culture Show on 10 June – the first from its Glasgow base – will feature an interview with 27-year old Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel.


Like his fellow members of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, Dudamel is the product of El Sistema, free musical education for some of the poorest young people in Venezuela. Simon Rattle called Dudamel and El Sistema "the most important thing happening in classical music today"; and a similar scheme is being established in the Raploch estate near Stirling.


Andrew Graham-Dixon takes to the Scottish skies to look at land art along the M8, with a drop-off at Charles Jenck's astronomy-inspired Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as music from Elbow and Richard Hawley.


Towards the end of its summer run, The Culture Show – which is presented by Lauren Laverne and Mark Kermode – will transfer from London and Glasgow with the BBC Scotland part of the team taking the helm for three specials from the Edinburgh Festival, screening as the rest of the run on Tuesday nights with an extended programme on Fridays.


Graham Mitchell, Head of The Culture Show team at BBC Scotland, said: "The Culture Show will bring the biggest and best of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe to BBC Two.


"There's a phenomenal line-up of fantastic events scheduled this year and we want to deliver insightful and entertaining coverage of as much as possible, along with giving our audience a real taste of the energy that hits Edinburgh during Festival time."






Category: Scotland; Factual & Arts TV; BBC Two
Date: 21.05.2008
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