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Martin Scorsese's film about George Harrison

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 23 September 2011

With Kirsty Lang.

Martin Scorsese's latest music documentary focuses on the 'quiet Beatle' George Harrison, with contributors including Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Pattie Boyd and Phil Spector. Beatles fan David Hepworth gives his verdict.

In February this year a Cultural Olympiad project invited people to contribute a piece of wood with a personal significance to create a 30-foot modern sailing boat. The resulting 7-man boat will sail to the site of the London Olympics next year, and will be a living archive of people's stories and lives. Olympic silver-medalist sailor and boat builder Mark Covell and Gary Winters, the co-founder of the team behind The Boat Project, take Kirsty round the boatyard to see how far the vessel is progressing.

Shirley Bassey's rise from poverty to international stardom has been dramatised for BBC Two. The title role is played by rising star Ruth Negga, best known for her role in Misfits, with Lesley Sharp playing Shirley's mother. Music writer Jacqueline Springer assesses this portrayal of the legendary singer.

Bridget Nicholls, artist-in-residence at London Zoo, refers to herself as a dating agent: bringing artists and scientists together to work on insect-related projects, such as the Ant Ballet which can be seen at London Zoo next month. Bridget explains how much we have to learn from insects, both scientifically and artistically.

Producer Claire Bartleet.

Chapters

4 items
  • George Harrison - Living in the Material World

  • The Boat Project

    • The Boat Project

      A Cultural Olympiad project in which people donate pieces of wood to be made into a boat.

  • Shirley Bassey biopic

  • Pestival

    • Pestival

      Bridget Nicholls, artist-in-residence at London Zoo brings artists and scientists together to work on insect-related projects, resulting in works such as the Ant Ballet.

  • Boat Project

    Boat Project

  • Boat Project

    Boat Project

  • Boat Project

    Boat Project

  • Pestival - Bridget with Butterfly

    Pestival - Bridget with Butterfly

    Photo credit: Sam Christmas

  • Ant Ballet

    Ant Ballet

    Photo credit: Ollie Palmer

    Ollie Palmer, designer
    Project supported by the Bartlett School of Architecture, Pestival, Zoological Society London, UCL Organic Chemistry and Universitat Autonoma Barcelona.

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