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The Spitfire

Monday 2 October 2006 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)

Jonathan Glancey joins Matthew Sweet in the cockpit of a Spitfire to tell the story of the people who designed, built and flew the world's most famous fighter aircraft.


45 minutes

Mountains in Provence (near l'Estaque), c.1879, by Cézanne

Mountains in Provence (near l'Estaque), c. 1879, by Cézanne
Mountains in Provence (near l'Estaque), about 1879, Paul Cézanne.
On loan from The National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff, now on exhibition at Cézanne in Britain at the National Gallery, London.


Matthew Sweet will be discussing Cézanne and Britain, a new exhibition at the National Gallery in London.

Cézanne never came to Britain and during his lifetime remained virtually unknown here.

An early exhibition of his work was met with a storm of abuse, the paintings denounced as 'outrageous, anarchistic and childish, an insult to the British public.'

However, Britain now holds one of the world's outstanding collections of Cézanne's work.

The painter Tom Phillips and novelist Michele Roberts will be in the studio to discuss Cézanne in Britain.

Cézanne In Britain will open at the National Gallery on 4 October 2006, and will run until 7 January 2007. Click on this link to visit the National Gallery website.

And click on this link to visit the Night Waves Cezanne gallery, to see some of the images from the exhibition.

Jonathan Glancey
Also in the programme, Jonathan Glancey will be talking about his new book 'Spitfire' which celebrates the plane's seventieth anniversary of the fighter plane.

Spitfire by Jonathan Glancey will be published by Atlantic Books on 6 October 2006

Free Thinking Blogs
The writer Rana Dasgupta will join Matthew in the studio to talk about his Free Thinking blog on the Radio 3 Website.

He'll be discussing the responses to his blog which he writes from his home in New Delhi and looking ahead to the Free Thinking festival in November in Liverpool.

1946 - 2006
And, as part of the celebrations to mark the 60th birthday of the Third Programme, the theatre critic Michael Billington will be reflecting on the changes in British theatre since the first production of J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls in 1946.

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