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Watercooler TV, Bill Viola/Michelangelo, Art Fund Volunteers, Diana Athill remembered

Bros, Bird Box and Sex Education - the recent TV hits provoking debate; Bill Viola/Michelangelo: Life, Death, Rebirth reviewed; Diana Athill remembered; Art Fund news.

Karen Krizanovich explains the appeal of three of the biggest recent hit TV releases still provoking discussion: Bird Box and Sex Education on Netflix, and Bros: After the Screaming Stops on BBC iPlayer.

The contemporary video artist Bill Viola has been paired with the Renaissance master Michelangelo in the Royal Academy’s new exhibition, Bill Viola/Michelangelo: Life, Death, Rebirth. It sets out to show the preoccupation of both artists with the nature of human experience and existence. Critic Waldemar Januszczak gives his response to the exhibition and its thesis.

The Art Fund, the charity that raises money to acquire art for the nation, has revealed that it is to disband its volunteer network by the end of the year. Its director Stephen Deuchar explains the decision.

The death has been announced of the great literary editor and writer Diana Athill. She worked with many celebrated authors including Jean Rhys, Molly Keane and VS Naipaul. In recent decades she became known as a brilliant and unsentimental writer of memoir. The writer Damian Barr was a close friend, and reflects on Athill's life and work.

Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Edwina Pitman

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Bill Viola: Michelangelo

Bill Viola: Michelangelo
Mary Pieta by Bill Viola

Bill Viola/Michelangelo: Life, Death, Rebirth at the Royal Academy in London from
Sat 26 Jan

Imagine is on BBC One on
Mon 4 Feb


TV Review: Bird Box/Sex Education/Bros

TV Review: Bird Box/Sex Education/Bros
Cast of Sex Education
Photo credit: Netflix

Bird Box and Sex Education are currently on Netflix
Bros: After the Screaming Stops is on BBC 2 on Sat 26 Jan at 2245 hrs

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Diana Athill

Diana Athill
RIP Diana Athill

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