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Featuring top British artist Paul Mellia

Claudia meets Paul Mellia, one of a few artists officially licensed to copy Marvel characters. Plus all-female comedy troupe Lady Garden preview the Manchester Comedy Festival.

Claudia meets the artist Paul Mellia, who's one of the world's fastest selling artists in today's contemporary art scene, renowned for his distinctive 3-D interpretations of celebrated icons. Paul is also one of a select few artists in the world licensed by Marvel Comics to reproduce their super hero characters Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk, as well as Catwoman and The Joker. These along with many other characters represent some of Paul's most popular recreations. While his prints are more affordable, original works of art and proofs of Paul's work are known to fetch five and six figure sums.

Also featuring Illuminating York, an outdoor lighting festival using modern lighting and projection technologies to celebrate the city's unique architecture and history. York Minster's facade will be lit up by night - the first use of the Minster as a canvas for a true "son et lumiere".

All-female comedy troupe Lady Garden preview the Manchester Comedy Festival.

Jan Pienkowski joins Claudia to tell of his rich and fascinating stories from his years in children's illustration.
Jan Pienkowski has won the Greenaway Medal twice - for his illustration of Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea, and for Haunted House. He is widely known for illustrating the Meg and Mog stories.

Michael Billington reviews theatre and Chris McCormack tells us about what's happening in the world of art.

And we go backstage at the English National Ballet to salute some of the unsung heroes who ensure it remains one of this country's premier dance companies.

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