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Art with Phill Jupitus

Susan Calman to learn how to unwind by visiting the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with Phill Jupitus. From 2016.

Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Grand Theft Auto, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday last year. Her first for four years. But she's been told by the same long-suffering wife, that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old Susan Calman and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit.

This time, she visits the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with Phill Jupitus.

Keep Calman Carry On is an audience stand up show in which Susan reports on how successful she's been - both at relaxing and at the pursuit itself - as well as playing in and discussing a handful of illustrative clips from her efforts. It's an attempt to find out how people find solace or sanctuary in these worlds and how Susan can negotiate her own place in them.

Producer: Lyndsay Fenner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.

30 minutes

Last on

Mon 15 Mar 2021 05:30


Role Contributor
Presenter Susan Calman
Producer Lyndsay Fenner
Writer Susan Calman


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  • Fri 18 Mar 2016 05:30
  • Mon 30 Oct 2017 11:30
  • Sun 4 Aug 2019 07:30
  • Sun 4 Aug 2019 17:30
  • Sun 4 Aug 2019 22:00
  • Mon 5 Aug 2019 05:30
  • Sun 14 Mar 2021 12:30
  • Sun 14 Mar 2021 17:30
  • Sun 14 Mar 2021 22:00
  • Mon 15 Mar 2021 05:30

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