The new Museum of Liverpool; Beginners; Mercury Prize Shortlist

Mark Lawson visits the newly-opened Museum of Liverpool, which tells the story of the city, from its role in the history of the British Empire to what it means to be a Liverpudlian today.

Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer star in Beginners, a new film from writer/director Mike Mills, in which Plummer plays a man who, at the age of 75, tells his family that he's gay. Kate Saunders reviews.

The shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for album of the year was announced today, with nominations ranging from chart-topper Adele to jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock. Chair of the judges Simon Frith discusses the contenders.

Abstract painter Cecily Brown's own father was an art critic. She explains how this has helped her deal with reviews, why she doesn't mind being asked to explain her paintings and why tablecloths and St Anthony feature in her work.

Producer Andrea Kidd.

Release date:

Available now

30 minutes

Last on

Tue 19 Jul 2011 19:15

Queer Icons

QUEER ICONS COMPOSITE

Front Row LGBTQ guests champion queer artworks which are special to them.

Hooked

Hooked

What are you hooked on? Actors, singers and writers list their current cultural obsessions

Russian Revolution at 100

Russian Revolution at 100

Cultural figures champion art works inspired by the events of 1917.

Shakespeare’s People

Shakespeare’s People

Front Row’s celebration of Shakespeare’s characters.

BBC Arts Digital

Arts logo red

The best of British culture live and on demand.

Books website

Books home

Get closer to books with in-depth articles, quizzes and our picks from radio & TV.