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Art in Troubled Times: Part II - The Home Front

Episode 6 of 6

Alan Yentob asks what, in times like these, art is worth, and what it is for, and Simon Callow tells how the big moment for publicly-funded art in Britain was the Second World War.

In times like these, what is art worth? And what is art for?

The big moment for publicly funded art in Britain was the Second World War. "Something absolutely remarkable happened during the war", says actor Simon Callow. "The theatre suddenly was right at the heart of society."

After the war, the idea of "art for all" led to the founding of the Arts Council - "very much a response to the distress, the fear, the uncertainty of war." Alan Yentob asks if culture can play that role again today.

50 minutes

Last on

Tue 28 Jul 2009 23:05


Role Contributor
Presenter Alan Yentob
Director Jill Nicholls
Producer Jill Nicholls
Executive Producer Janet Lee
Participant Simon Callow


  • Tue 28 Jul 2009 22:35
  • Tue 28 Jul 2009 23:05