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Antony Gormley, Maria Friedman, Intelligence, Andrei Tarkovsky

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 27 November 2012

Matthew Sweet talks to Antony Gormley about his gigantic new sculpture Model, which continues his exploration of the human form. Matthew crawls inside a hundred tonnes of steel with Antony and conducts a rare interview in the dark.

The leading Sondheim interpreter Maria Friedman reveals why she has decided to move from acting to directing for a new production of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along.

Are we less intelligent than the ancient Greeks? As a top US scientist claims that we reached our peak in intelligence thousands of years ago, Matthew is joined by the psychologists Nicholas Humphrey and Thomas Hill to debate whether we are as smart as we used to be.

And as the literary archive of the great Russian film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky comes up for auction, Matthew looks at his potent legacy.

  • Merrily We Roll Along

    Merrily We Roll Along directed by Maria Friedman is on at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London until Saturday 23 February 2013.

    Menier Chocolate Factory - Merrily We Roll Along

  • Antony Gormley

    Model by Antony Gormley is on display at the White Cube, London from Wednesday 28 November until Sunday 10 February 2013.

    White Cube - Model


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