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Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Emma Dabiri travel to Derby, on the hunt for a potential hidden masterpiece by Joseph Wright of Derby.

Along with a hippo skeleton, a stuffed hedgehog and a log boat, Derby Museum has the best collection of Joseph Wright of Derby paintings in the world. Wright of Derby is one of the greatest English artists who ever lived. He painted the most astounding 'birth of science' scenes, his landscapes and portraits are exquisite and he was inspired by the Industrial Revolution.

But can our team peel back layers of modern restoration on a mysterious landscape painting stuck in the Derby vaults to reveal another hidden masterpiece by Wright of Derby? Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Emma Dabiri travel to Derby to investigate a painting which suffered industrial scale restoration in the 1970s. Can it be saved and carefully restored now? While Bendor travels to Italy to find where the landscape may have been painted, Emma investigates Derby as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution and the 'lunar-tics' of the Midlands who changed the world through science and philosophy.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:19

    Kurdish Moon

    Arabian Atmosphere 1 - 2

  • 00:35

    Enrico Caruso

    Addio A Napoli


Role Contributor
Presenter Bendor Grosvenor
Presenter Emma Dabiri
Production Company Tern Television Productions Ltd
Director Spike Geilinger
Executive Producer Brendan Hughes
Executive Producer Harry Bell