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William H Macy, and new Mel Gibson film The Beaver

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 13 June 2011

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.

Chapters

4 items
  • Shameless

    Shameless US begins on Thursday 23 June at 10pm on More4.

  • The Beaver

    The Beaver

    The Beaver opens across the UK on Friday, certificate 12A.

    The Beaver film website
  • Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound 1914

    Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound 1914

    by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
    National Gallery of Art, Washington

    The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World is at Tate Britain from tomorrow until 4 September

    Tate Britain - The Vorticists website
  • Composition in Blue and Black c1914-15

    Composition in Blue and Black  c1914-15

    by Dorothy Shakespear
    Emerson Art Gallery Hamilton College © Estate of Omar S. Pound

    The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World is at Tate Britain.

  • Dance c 1915

    Dance  c 1915

    Helen Saunders
    Courtesy of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago © the estate of Helen Saunders

    The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World is at Tate Britain

  • Art Fund Prize 2011

    The winner of the Art Fund Prize 2011 will be announced on Front Row on Wednesday.

    Art Fund Prize 2011 website

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