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Revolution at the V&A, Ben Hur, Anthropoid, Maggi Hambling

Reviews the V&A exhibition You Say You Want A Revolution and the remake of Ben Hur. Plus, film director Sean Ellis on Anthropoid and Maggi Hambling's sketches at the British Museum.

"You Say You Want A Revolution"? asks the Victoria and Albert Museum. John Wilson takes a tour around its new blockbuster show which explores the great changes in civil rights, multi-culturalism, consumerism, youth culture, fashion and music that took place between 1966 - 1970 and examines how they changed the world.

As the Ben Hur remake hits our cinema screens, Kate Muir reviews the biblical epic.

"Operation Anthropoid," was the code name of a daring mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect of the Final Solution and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. Sean Ellis is the director of a new film telling the extraordinary true story which stars Cillian Murphey, Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones as the Czech resistance.

The artist Maggi Hambling is best-known for her celebrated and controversial public works - a sculpture for Oscar Wilde in central London and Scallop, a 4-metre-high steel shell on Aldeburgh beach - as well as for her large and colourful portraits. Drawing though has always remained at the heart of her work and a new exhibition at the British Museum captures that. She talks about the creative experience of charcoal, graphite or ink on paper.

Image: The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, 'Revolution' 1968 by Alan Aldridge (c) Iconic Images, Alan Aldridge.

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30 minutes


  • You Say You Want A Revolution?

    Duration: 09:47

  • Ben Hur

    Duration: 04:33

  • Anthropoid

    Duration: 06:52

  • Maggi Hambling - Touch: works on paper

    Duration: 06:40

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 - 70

You Say You Want a Revolution?  Records and Rebels 1966 - 70

Victoria and Albert Museum, London  from 10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017 

Image:  John Wilson with Victoria Broackes, co-curator of the exhibition.


Ben Hur

Ben Hur

Ben Hur is in cinemas nationwide, certificate 12A.
Image:   Messala Severus (Toby Kebbell)  and Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston). 
Credit: Philippe Antonello,  © 2016 Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.




Anthropoid is released nationwide on Friday, cert 15.
Image:  Cillian Murphy as Josef Gabčík.   Credit:   Icon Films

Maggi Hambling – Touch: works on paper

Maggi Hambling – Touch: works on paper

The British Museum, 8 September 2016 - 29 January 2017
Image:  Rosie, the stuffed rhinoceros in Ipswich Museum, 1963.  Ink 48.3 x 34.9 cm, Maggi Hambling © The Trustees of the British Museum



Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Philip Sellars
Producer Rebecca Armstrong


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