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BBC ONE Sunday 2 May 2010

Over The Rainbow – Results

Sunday 2 May
7.15-8.00pm BBC ONE

The remaining Dorothys have performed and the public have voted. Andrew Lloyd Webber must now choose between the two performers with the fewest public votes.

The programme also features a group performance by all of the remaining finalists and a recap of their performances from last night (Saturday 1 May), and viewers will once again see the Dorothys embark on another mission.

Then it all comes down to the big result, a climactic sing-off between the two Dorothys with the fewest votes, before Andrew decides who will be sent home and who will continue on their journey along the yellow brick road.


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Modern Masters

Sunday 2 May
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 21 April)

A new, four-part modern art series looks at some of the most notable and influential artists of our time and makes the claim that Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Warhol are Modern Masters.

Artists with intriguing life stories, millionaires in their own lifetimes, it's small wonder that Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Warhol have been embraced by the mainstream, spanning high and low culture in a unique manner. The series looks in depth at each artist and explores why these modern masters deserve their fame and how their legacy continues to pervade our culture and everyday lives.

Iconic Pop Artist Andy Warhol launches the series. Talking to celebrities as diverse as actor Dennis Hopper, celebrity designer Nicky Haslam and singer Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of the French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Alastair Sooke asks whether Warhol (1928-1987) deserves his fame and the price tag that his work has acquired.

Heading from the O2 Arena, where Andy Warhol’s portrait of Michael Jackson went on temporary display in 2009 after the death of the musician, to the artist’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Sooke follows Warhol’s life story and explores the reasons why he gains such admiration.

Pittsburgh today is a far stretch from the poor town in which Warhol grew up during the depression of the Thirties. Rediscovering the kind of impoverished life the artist originally experienced, Sooke discovers how Warhol perceived his artistic talent as a means of getting out of the ghetto and improving his social status.

Beginning work as a commercial artist in New York in 1949, Warhol quickly proved successful and the leap from his commercial work to fine art was made with the creation of the famous cola bottle and soup can works of art. These are important contributions to Pop Art – a movement that chose to use commercial, popular imagery to make serious comment.

Talking to those who were part of Warhol’s Factory studio, where he and his assistants used mass production techniques to generate his work – including his portraits of famous stars such as Marilyn Monroe – Sooke tries his hand at silk screen printing, making his own self-portrait.

Joining a Factory reunion party, Alastair also sits for a Warhol “screen test”. When Warhol began to experiment with film, he would ask the rich and famous to sit in front of his lens for this purpose.

Alastair also explores Warhol’s use of branding in his art. Not only did the artist feature branded goods and film stars such as Marilyn and Elvis in his work, but he also exploited branding techniques to enhance his own fame. His famous “look” – the striped T shirt and blonde wig – coupled with his constant flirtations with the media, elevated Warhol to a level of stardom rarely achieved by artists.

Talking to media commentators and leading contemporary artists such as Marc Quinn, Sooke considers the influence of Warhol in the new media age as a role model for today’s artists and fame seekers alike and wonders if Warhol’s predictions about a future where everyone could be "famous for 15 minutes", has come true.


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BBC TWO Sunday 2 May 2010

MotoGP – Jerez

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 2 May
12.30-2.00pm BBC TWO

Matt Roberts presents live coverage from Jerez in Spain as the 2010 MotoGP season reaches round three.

Reigning champion Valentino Rossi enjoyed his first win of the season at this circuit last year, before going on to collect his seventh MotoGP title in November.

Yamaha rider Rossi and his old rival Casey Stoner are once again favourites to dominate the 2010 season.


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BBC FOUR Sunday 2 May 2010

Maps – Power, Plunder And Possession Ep 3/3

High Definition programme
Sunday 2 May
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR
Professor Jerry Brotton explores how mapping the world helped fuel plunder and conquest
Professor Jerry Brotton explores how mapping the world helped fuel plunder and conquest

Professor Jerry Brotton concludes his series by tracing how the first maps of distant lands tempted adventurous explorers with fables and riches. Mapping the world, he explains, helped fuel plunder and conquest.

First, explorers had to tackle the great challenge of mapping the globe onto a flat surface. There is no perfect solution to the task, but the Father of Geography, Claudius Ptolemy, had some clever ideas in his pioneering map-making kit. Ptolemy's discoveries were then put to the service of trade and plunder all over the world.

Christopher Columbus sailed into the unknown in search of riches, discovering a new continent that would become the most powerful on Earth, while Amerigo Vespucci gave it his name.

Sir Walter Raleigh's treasure map of Eldorado in South America ultimately cost him his head. But the myth of Eldorado lived on, sending hundreds of men to their deaths in fruitless attempts to find the fabled golden city.

As navigation across the globe became easier, world maps enabled nations and enterprises such as the Dutch East India Company to plunder far-off territories for spices, natural resources and gold. Even today, a project to map the North Pole represents the flashpoint for the so-called "Cold Rush" – the dash to exploit oil, gas and mineral reserves as the Arctic ice melts.

BBC Four's maps series coincides with a British Library exhibition, Magnificent Maps – Power, Propaganda And Art, which runs from 30 April.

Maps – Power, Plunder And Possession is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's high definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.


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