Saturday 30 Aug 2014
The Doonans go deep into the world of Brit Art when they meet rabble-rouser Stacey Bile near the Kate Winslet memorial roundabout, in the penultimate episode of Jonathan Harvey's glitzy comedy inspired by the memoirs of New York fashionista – and native of Reading – Simon Doonan. This episode also features guest star Dannii Minogue.
Two accidental encounters with Stacey Bile drag the Doonan Family into the bizarre world of galleries and installations. Debbie becomes Stacey's muse when they meet in Jo Ho Yo's hairdressing salon and Debbie recognises her as the woman whose reckless driving round the Kate Winslet memorial roundabout led to a broken arm for Andy and scuffed trainers for Simon.
Meanwhile, Debbie's absence means that Simon and Kylie can learn Indian dance moves from Auntie Hayley, whose cooking results in some urgent trips to the hospital with Hayley – who is blind – at the wheel of the Doonan Drainage van. Debbie runs out of patience with Stacey which results in third party, fire, theft and the Turner Prize. Meanwhile, Hayley sets herself up as a telephone astrologer whose services are called upon by passing songstress Dannii Minogue.
Debbie is played by Olivia Colman, Andy by Aidan McArdle, older Simon by Samuel Barnett, young Simon by Luke Ward-Wilkinson, Kylie by Layton Williams and Auntie Hayley by Meera Syal. Dannii Minogue makes a guest appearance as herself.
Sergei Diaghilev's legendary company, Ballets Russes, gave its first thrilling performance at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris in May 1909.
During the following 20 years until his death, Diaghilev's company revolutionised ballet which, at that time, was an art form in decline, redefining it for the 20th century.
For Art's Sake – The Story Of Ballets Russes celebrates the achievements of Ballets Russes under Diaghilev's guidance and their continuing influences on dance, art and music today.
It features the English National Ballet performing extracts from two Ballets Russes' masterpieces, Les Sylphides and Scheherazade, as well as a new version by David Dawson of the iconic Nijinsky ballet Afternoon Of A Faun. This is in addition to Anna Pavlova's iconic solo Dying Swan as performed by the leading English National Ballet star Elena Glurdjidze, and extracts of other major ballets Les Noces, The Firebird and The Rite Of Spring.
The music from the period is discussed by great French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who is joined by prolific English composer and broadcaster Howard Goodall. Ninety-five-year-old Frederick Franklin recounts what it was like to see the scandalous ending of Nijinsky's Afternoon Of A Faun, while dancers, musicians, writers, critics, stylists and historians contribute to the film, painting a vivid portrait of this unique dance company and discussing the legacy of Diaghilev's genius on the creative arts.
The fearsome Vikings set up a lending library and Jasmine and Prudith find out the cost of pick 'n' mix in this week's helping of comedy sketches for the whole family in Sorry I've Got No Head.
Meanwhile, Tammy has another embarrassing run-in with the storyteller when she tries to get L'il Chris's autograph and, on North Barrasay, Ross, his teacher Valerie and Archie pass the time by reading aloud when they are trapped at school by a snowstorm.
Elsewhere, Harry Bolds tackles a new sport and the snowman wants to take a holiday to sunny climes.
Sorry I've Got No Head features the comedy talents of Marcus Brigstocke, Mel Giedroyc, David Armand, Anna Crilly, James Bachman and Nick Mohammed.
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