Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Extended to 50 minutes and in a new slot, The Culture Show starts a new summer run with a programme from Albert Square, the heart of the 2009 Manchester International Festival.
From 2 July, Manchester hosts 18 days of new work by some of the world's leading artists – with music, art and performance premières of every kind.
Tonight's programme goes behind the scenes with artist Jeremy Deller as he gets the festival off to a bang on Sunday 5 July. Famous for recreating the Battle of Orgreave and for fusing acid house with brass-band culture, Deller has been at work for months on a massive procession in Deansgate. Thousands are expected to take part in this one-off event combining art, music and protest politics.
There's also a profile of the Young At Heart Choir. Made up of singers in their seventies and eighties, the choir made its name with their unique take on songs by The Clash and James Brown. The Culture Show caught up with them rehearsing a new show for the Manchester Festival – End Of The Road – based around iconic Manchester songs.
Lauren Laverne talks to Guy Garvey whose band, Elbow, is working with the original Manchester band, the Halle Orchestra, at the Bridgewater Hall.
There's also a chance for viewers to see a rare TV interview with Ralf Hϋtter, founder member of reclusive German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, and stars of a one-off concert at the Manchester Velodrome.
Also in the programme, Carlos Acosta prepares to perform new work at the festival, exploring the idea of the male muse in ballet. His programme includes work by Balanchine's classic Apollo and Robbins's A Suite of Dances.
A panel of cultural critics, meanwhile, discusses all these highlights from Manchester plus performance art from Marina Abramovic, and a new work by German artist Gustav Metzger.
Tonight's edition of The Culture Show can be seen again on Saturday 11 July.
Responding to an officer's call for help, McNulty and Prez turn up at the wrong alley with unforeseen results, as the American crime drama continues.
Under orders, a Barksdale crew violates the long-standing, but unspoken, Sunday truce with gunplay that increases discontent among the New Day Co-op members.
Stymied by bureaucracy in his efforts to open a gym, Cutty is surprised to receive help from within Baltimore's power structure. Omar decides to go it alone against Avon and Stringer Bell, who are pressed by Brianna for answers. Bubbles is wired up and sent into Amsterdam to help make the case against the Barksdale organisation, while Pearlman and Daniels confront a phone company over its feet-dragging on wiretap orders.
Meanwhile, Proposition Joe goes to Vinson in an effort to broker a peace between Marlo and Avon, while a murder in Amsterdam presents new challenges and further divides the Western District troops and their allegiance to Colvin.
Councilman Gray tells Carcetti that he is running for mayor and offers him the council president's slot on his ticket.
McNulty is played by Dominic West, Prez by Jim True-Frost, Cutty by Chad L Coleman, Omar by Michael K Williams, Avon by Wood Harris, Stringer Bell by Idris Elba, Brianna by Michael Hyatt, Bubbles by Andre Royo, Pearlman by Deirdre Lovejoy, Daniels by Maria Broom, Proposition Joe by Robert F Chew, Vinson by Norris Davis, Marlo by Jamie Hector, Colvin by Robert Wisdom, Gray by Christopher Mann and Carcetti by Aidan Gillen.
A season of programmes dedicated to understanding life's twilight years begins on BBC Four.
Giving fresh insight into the matriarchs and patriarchs of family life, the season includes: Getting On, a comedy drama about life on a geriatric ward, starring Jo Brand; the trip of a lifetime in Liz Smith's Summer Cruise; observational documentaries about grandparents; and a behind-the-scenes look at an innovative old people's home.
The season begins with Grandparent Diaries, a series of three documentaries looking at the relationships between three very different sets of grandparents and their grandchildren.
The first film introduces North Londoner Ian Batten – fashion designer, father of four and grandfather of seven. In this warm, insightful film, Ian takes all of his seven grandchildren – ranging in age from toddler to teenaged – for a weekend by the sea, for the first time.
As a Sixties dad who brought up his own children up in the liberal spirit of the time, Ian's approach seems to be a hit with the children. But do Ian's own children recall their upbringings as similarly idyllic, and how has it influenced their own views on parenting?
Through interviews spanning three generations, the family's archive footage and observation, the film looks at how the philosophies of the Sixties influence Ian as a grandfather.
The season of programmes dedicated to understanding life's twilight years continues on BBC Four as Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine star in this comedy of staff and patients "getting on" with it in an overlooked corner of the health service.
Devised, written and performed by the cast and directed by Peter Capaldi, Getting On takes its subject matter – the care of the elderly – and gets to the heart, the hips and the bowels of it.
Darkly funny, tough and compassionate, Getting On follows the daily lives of the medical team as they go about their routine tasks – where messy choices are the order of the day.
Welcome to Ward B4, a backwater in an NHS Trust Hospital. This is the world of slips, trips and hips – healthcare at its least glamorous. Sister Den Flixter, Nurse Kim Wilde and Doctor Pippa Moore assemble for their ward round as the daily grind begins. However, today is different. A new, male matron has just started work and an unsavoury sample and a deceased patient are causing problems.
Kim, who has just returned to nursing, looks to Den for help. However, Den has problems of her own.
Jo Brand plays Nurse Kim Wilde, Vicki Pepperdine plays Doctor Pippa Moore, Joanna Scanlan plays Sister Den Flixter and Ricky Grover plays Matron Hilary Loftus.
CBeebies favourites Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee and friends set off on a new journey to play in the sky, as Show Me Show Me continues. Today's adventures centre on Farms and Feathers.
Chris and Pui take the lift and zoom way up high to the playroom in the sky, where they want to "Show Me Show Me... Farms". Coming up in the lift is Little Bo Peep, who has lost her sheep. What other farm animals could she have? Chris and Pui dress up the toys as farm animals and ask young viewers what animal their toy is pretending to be.
Then it's time to "Show Me Show Me...Feathers" and sing along with a song about soft, tickly feathers and watch as a feather gently floats to the ground. Mo Mo Bot has found a precious feather, but who does it belong to?
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