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Episode 19

Episode 19 of 32

Andrew Graham-Dixon meets Tom Wolfe in the US to discuss the release of his first book in eight years, Back to Blood. Also including features on John Bellany and Rambo.

Andrew Graham-Dixon goes stateside to meet Tom Wolfe. After eight long years, the great chronicler of American society returns with a new novel Back to Blood, which promises to do for Miami what Bonfire of the Vanities did for New York. Thirty years since First Blood, Lindsay Johns makes an impassioned argument to rehabilitate Rambo, arguing that he is not a grunting bonehead but an existential everyman and the perfect hero for our troubled times. John Bellany is Scotland's most influential figurative artist and on his 70th birthday the Scottish National Gallery are hosting an exhibition to pay tribute to him. Alastair Sooke visits the artist in his studio to discover the inspiration that Bellany drew from the fishing community he grew up in. Also, to mark the first radio broadcast from the British Broadcasting Company in 1922, the Culture Show celebrates ninety years of radio in ninety seconds.

30 minutes

Last on

Fri 16 Nov 2012 00:30


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon
Series Editor Janet Lee
Series Producer Emma Cahusac
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Presenter Lindsay Johns
Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill
Participant Tom Wolfe
Participant John Bellany
Presenter Mark Kermode


  • Wed 14 Nov 2012 22:00
  • Wed 14 Nov 2012 23:20
  • Fri 16 Nov 2012 00:20
  • Fri 16 Nov 2012 00:30

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