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Sam Taylor-Johnson, Will Young, Stage and screen violence, Museum of the Year finalist

Artist and director Sam Taylor-Johnson on her new TV show Gypsy; Will Young's Queer Icons choice; violence on stage and screen; plus another Art Fund Museum of the Year finalist.

She was nominated for the Turner Prize as an artist and directed a movie which grossed $571 million world-wide but now Sam Taylor-Johnson has turned her attention to TV with Gypsy. The Netflix drama stars Naomi Watts as Jean, a well-heeled New York therapist who gets overly involved with the people in her patient's lives through her alter-ego Diane; putting her own family life at risk in the process. Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the first two episodes and is an executive producer on the series. She has been talking to John Wilson about the difficulties she encountered directing her last film Fifty Shades of Grey and her reasons for getting into TV.

For Queer Icons, Front Row's celebration of LGBTQ culture, singer Will Young chooses Joan Armatrading's Everyday Boy, a song which helped him come to terms with his sexuality when he was a teenager.

Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare's bloodiest play involving rape, incest, cannibalism and massacres. As the RSC begin their new production they have announced they will be conducting research into the effect the violence on stage has on the audience both in the stalls and in the live cinema broadcast. We ask which is more shocking violence on stage or on screen, whether either have got more violence in recent years and if audience expectations and tolerance has changed as a result.

Plus, Tate Modern in London is the subject of the latest report on the finalists for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017.

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30 minutes


  • Sam Taylor-Johnson

    Duration: 08:21

  • Horror and violence

    Duration: 08:52

  • Will Young

    Duration: 04:31

  • Museum of the Year finalist

    Duration: 04:02

  • Barry Norman remembered

    Duration: 01:48

Sam Taylor-Johnson

Sam Taylor-Johnson
Naomi Watts in GypsyPhoto credit: Netflix

Gypsy is available on Netflix now

Will Young

Will Young
Photo credit: Will Young

Will Young's Queer Icon is Joan Armatrading's Everyday Boy 

Museum of the Year

Museum of the Year
The Tate Modern is a finalist for Museum of the Year
Photo credit: Tate Modern © Iwan Baan


Violence and horror on stage and screen

Violence and horror on stage and screen
David Troughton as Titus Andronicus
Photo credit: Helen Maybanks

Titus Andronicus is at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon until 2 Sept
and on at the Barbican Theatre, London from 7 Dec until 19 Jan
And live in cinemas on 9 Aug


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Sam Taylor-Johnson
Interviewed Guest Will Young




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