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Alistair Beaton, Marcus Harvey, Facing the World, Someone Knows My Name

Alistair Beaton on Fracked! Or: Please Don't Use The F-Word, his shale-extraction comedy, TV drama Someone Knows My Name, Facing the World, Marcus Harvey's new show Inselaffe.

Fracked! Or: Please don't use the F-word is a comedy in Chichester about shale extraction. Playwright Alistair Beaton explains how he keeps the play topical in times of fast political change, and how he cast actor James Bolam when he met him demonstrating against a potential fracking site in Sussex.

The art of the self-portrait - why do artists portray themselves? From Rembrandt's unflinching treatment of his ageing reflection to Ai Weiwei's politically-charged use of social media, a new exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh sets out to answer that question. Moira Jeffrey reviews Facing the World.

Someone Knows My Name is a Canadian historical drama which tells the true story of a West African girl who campaigns for her freedom after she is abducted into slavery in South Carolina. Kevin Le Gendre reviews this TV adaptation.

Marcus Harvey first attracted public attention as a YBA with his portrait of the child killer Myra Hindley, created from a small child's handprints. Protestors picketed the Royal Academy when it went on show as part of Sensation in 1997. Harvey discusses new exhibition Inselaffe at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, which explores what it means to be British.

Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe
Producer: Angie Nehring.

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30 minutes


  • Alistair Beaton on his play Fracked

    Duration: 09:03

  • Facing the World: Self Portraits

    Duration: 04:56

  • Someone Knows My Name

    Duration: 04:38

  • Marcus Harvey

    Duration: 08:01



Fracked! Or Please Don't Use the F-Word by Alistair Beaton is playing at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester until 6 August.

Image credit: Catherine Ashmore

Facing the World: Self-Portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei

Facing the World: Self-Portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei

Facing the World: Self-Portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei is showing at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh from 16 July to 16 October.

Robert Mapplethorpe: Self Portrait, 1980 (printed 1999)

Image © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation


Someone Knows My Name

Someone Knows My Name
Someone Knows My Name is broadcast on Sunday 17 July at 9pm on Fox.  

Marcus Harvey

Marcus Harvey
Marcus Harvey: Insalaffe is showing at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings from 16 July to 16 October.

Maggie Island, Marcus Harvey, 2015  

Image credit: Prudence Cuming Associates, courtesy Private Collection


Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Sutcliffe
Producer Angie Nehring
Interviewed Guest Alistair Beaton
Interviewed Guest Moira Jeffrey
Interviewed Guest Kevin Le Gendre
Interviewed Guest Marcus Harvey




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