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Two-part documentary in which Jonathan Meades makes the case for 20th-century concrete Brutalist architecture in an homage to a style that he sees a brave, bold and bloody-minded.

Two-part documentary in which Jonathan Meades makes the case for 20th-century concrete Brutalist architecture in an homage to a style that he sees a brave, bold and bloody-minded. Tracing its precursors to the once-hated Victorian edifices described as Modern Gothic and before that to the unapologetic baroque visions created by John Vanbrugh, as well as the martial architecture of World War II, Meades celebrates the emergence of the Brutalist spirit in his usual provocative and incisive style. Never pulling his punches, Meades praises a moment in architecture he considers sublime and decries its detractors.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 12 Aug 2020 01:45

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:05

    Paul Goodwin

    Eternity's Sunrise

  • 00:10

    Boards of Canada

    Sundown

  • 00:16

    Portico Quartet

    Paper Scissors Stone

  • 00:47

    Susumu Yokota

    Purple Rose Minuet

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jonathan Meades
Writer Jonathan Meades
Producer Francis Hanly
Director Francis Hanly
Executive Producer Franny Moyle

Broadcasts

Go to the BBC Four Post-War Architecture Collection

Go to the BBC Four Post-War Architecture Collection

A collection of programmes examining the triumphs and failures of post-war architecture.