William H Macy, and new Mel Gibson film The Beaver

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With Mark Lawson.

William H Macy has taken on the role of the drunken unemployed father Frank Gallagher in the US version of the British TV drama series Shameless, created by Paul Abbott. Macy discusses his approach to the character, and reflects on playing the downtrodden car salesman in Fargo, directed by the Coen brothers, and getting on the wrong side of David Mamet.

In his new film The Beaver, Mel Gibson plays a depressed executive who decides to communicate solely through a beaver hand puppet. Mark Eccleston reviews.

Architect Amanda Levete reviews a new exhibition shining a spotlight on The Vorticists, a short-lived British art movement of the early 20th century, about to open at Tate Britain.

Four museums remain in the running for the Art Fund Prize, and Front Row is visiting each of them before announcing the winner on Wednesday. Tonight Mark visits The Polar Museum, Cambridge, which includes the last letters Captain Scott wrote to his family and friends.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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