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Professor Brian Cox, Sarah Dunant on Michelangelo, My Country, The UK charts

Turning science into an art form with Brian Cox, Sarah Dunant responds to Michelangelo, and critics from both sides of the Brexit debate review My Country; a work in progress.

As Professor Brian Cox adds a number of arena shows to a live tour which has already made the Guinness World Records, he talks about turning science into an art form.

The National Gallery's latest exhibition focuses on the creative partnership between Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Sebastiano del Piombo (1485-1547). Sarah Dunant, who has written novels set in this period of the Borgias, Medicis and Machiavelli, considers the cultural, historical and geographical context of the artists and how they were considered at the time.

Ed Sheeran has 9 songs from his latest album in the UK top 10 Singles Chart. Music journalist Laura Snapes explains how.

In response to the Brexit referendum, the National Theatre has created a new play, My Country; a work in progress. Critics from both sides of the political fence, Susannah Clapp and Lloyd Evans, review this collaboration between director Rufus Norris and the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Hannah Robins.

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30 minutes


  • Professor Brian Cox

    Duration: 09:17

  • The UK Charts

    Duration: 05:01

  • My Country: A Work in Progress

    Duration: 06:56

  • Michelangelo & Sebastiano

    Duration: 06:12

Professor Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox

Brian Cox Live tours the UK from 04 - 26 May 2017, calling at Peterborough, Sheffield, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Derby, Plymouth, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Cardiff, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Manchester, Belfast, Dublin and Wembley.


Main image above: Brian Cox live on stage

Image Credit: Nicky J. Sims/Getty Images

Image to the left: Brian Cox

Sarah Dunant on Michelangelo

Sarah Dunant on Michelangelo

The Michelangelo & Sebastiano exhibition is at The National Gallery's North Galleries, London from 15 March - 25 June 2017.

Image: Sebastiano del Piombo, after partial designs by Michelangelo, Lamentation on the Dead Christ (Pieta), about 1512 - 16, Oil on poplar, 248 x 190cm

Image credit: Museo Civico, Viterbo (c) Comune di Viterbo


My Country

My Country

My Country: A Work in Progress is at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre, London until 22 March 2-017.

It tours the UK from 28 March - 01 July 2017, and visit: Glasgow, Derry, Liverpool, Manchester, Leicester, Cardiff, Gloucester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Warwick, Clwyd, Cambridge  and Stratford in East London.

Radio 4  goes behind the scenes as the National Theatre rehearses My Country.

Image: Penny Laydon (Left) and Christian Patterson in My Country: A Work in Progress

Image credit: Sarah Lee

The UK Charts

The UK Charts
Image: UK charts topper Ed Sheeran


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Interviewed Guest Brian Cox
Interviewed Guest Sarah Dunant
Interviewed Guest Laura Snapes
Interviewed Guest Susannah Clapp
Interviewed Guest Lloyd Evans
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Hannah Robins




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