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The Culture Show presents an international flavour with reports from Bergen, Florence and Jerusalem.

Verity Sharp gets behind the scenes access to rock behemoths Metallica on tour in Norway. Having sold close to 100 million albums, Metallica are probably the biggest and most influential heavy metal band ever, and are now about to release their long-awaited ninth studio album.

Verity joins the band in Bergen, sitting in on the late night rehearsals and pre-gig rituals. Featuring interviews with lead singer James Hetfield, the ultimate reformed rocker, and Lars Ulrich, drummer and fellow founder of the band, Verity turns the volume up to 11 in this revealing rockumentary of a unique band.

Andrew Graham-Dixon is in Florence for a rare foray into the Vasari Corridor. Normally closed to visitors, this unique corridor, three kilometres in length, provides stunning views across Florence and is home to the world's most important collection of self-portraits by the greatest artists of the 16th to the 20th centuries including Bernini, Guido Reni, Salvator Rosa, Rubens, Canova, Corot, Ingres and Delacroix.

The BBC's Middle East correspondent Tim Franks reports on a very special concert in Jerusalem. Tim follows a young Israeli horn player and a Palestinian oboeist as they take part in a unique series of rooftop performances by young musicians from both sides of the city, in an attempt to promote peace. As a metaphor for their hopes and prayers, the concert is intensely moving.

Music comes from electro-popstars Goldfrapp, with their song Eat Yourself from the latest album Seventh Tree.

29 minutes

Last on

Tue 5 Aug 2008 22:00


Role Contributor
Series ProducerEmily Kennedy
PresenterLauren Laverne
PresenterMark Kermode
PresenterVerity Sharp
PresenterAndrew Graham-Dixon
PresenterTim Franks
Executive ProducerEdward Morgan

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