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What's the Value of Culture Today?

Episode 5 of 5

42 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 04 January 2013

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the meaning and value of culture in the twenty-first century. In a programme recorded in front of an audience at Newcastle's Literary and Philosophical Society, Melvyn and the panel consider whether Matthew Arnold's assessment of culture as 'the great help out of our present difficulties' still has any relevance, almost 150 years after it was written.


Sir Christopher Frayling
Former Rector of the Royal College of Art and Chair of Arts Council England

Tiffany Jenkins
Sociologist and cultural commentator

Matt Ridley
Scientist and writer

Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • Melvyn and the panel

    Melvyn Bragg and the panel at Newcastle's Literary and Philosophical Society

    Matt Ridley, Tiffany Jenkins, Melvyn Bragg and Sir Christopher Frayling at Newcastle's Literary and Philosophical Society. 


    The Lit & Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne



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    The Value of Culture

    Melvyn Bragg explores the history of the idea of culture, and its value today.

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