Kylie Minogue; V&A: William Kent; Jack O'Connell on Starred Up
With John Wilson.
Kylie Minogue has achieved record sales of around 70 million, and received multiple awards including a Grammy. She discusses 26 years in the music industry, her new album Kiss Me Once - which features collaborations with artists including Pharrell Williams, and the possibility of Kylie The Musical.
William Kent was an 18th century polymath, an architect, designer, sculptor, artist and landscape gardener. In the years after the act of union with Scotland (1707) and the accession of the Hanoverian Royal Family (1714) Britain redefined itself as a new nation - and Kent played a dominant role in the aesthetic of the Georgian era. A new exhibition at the V&A examines Kent's life and works, demonstrating his transformative effect on the nation's taste - from Whitehall (he designed Horse Guards and the Treasury), to grand country estates, fashion and furniture. Amanda Vickery reviews.
"Starred up" is the process by which difficult young offenders are moved early to adult prisons. Writer and former prison counsellor Jonathan Asser, and actor Jack O'Connell, talk to John about the film, Starred Up - which Jonathan has written and which stars Jack as Eric, a troubled young prisoner who finds himself moved into the same prison as his own father.
When the old Parliament building burned down in 1834, JMW Turner was one of those who went to watch. He produced two oil paintings and a series of watercolour sketches - or so everyone thought. However, new research has revealed that the watercolour sketches are actually of a fire at the Tower Of London, instead. John visits Tate Britain, where David Brown, Turner Curator, explains how this news will change things.
Producer: Claire Bartleet.
The Burning of the Houses of Parliament 1834
Turner’s watercolour sketches can be seen at the moment in the Clore Gallery at Tate Britain, London – and they will also be part of Tate Britain’s forthcoming exhibition of late Turner paintings, The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free, which runs from Wednesday 10 September 2014 until Sunday 25 January 2015.
Image: The Burning of the Houses of Parliament 1834, Watercolour on paper. Tate. Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856.
Designing Georgian Britain
William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain is on at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London from Saturday 22 March until Sunday 13 July 2014.
Image: William Kent by William Aikman, ca. 1723–25. Oil on canvas © National Portrait Gallery, London
|Interviewed Guest||Kylie Minogue|
|Interviewed Guest||Amanda Vickery|
|Interviewed Guest||Jonathan Asser|
|Interviewed Guest||Jack O'Connell|