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Gentleman Jack, correcting the contemporary art canon, #BeMoreMartyn, Futbolka

Novelist Philippa Gregory reviews Gentleman Jack. Plus the question of correcting the contemporary art canon, and #BeMoreMartyn - the verbatim play inspired by Martyn Hett.

Television dramatist Sally Wainwright has written award-winning crime series such as Happy Valley, heart-warming love stories such as Last Tango in Halifax. The last time she turned her attention to the 19th century, it was to portray the Brontës in To Walk Invisible. Now she’s returned to the Victorian age, this time looking at the life of lesbian landowner Anne Lister. Historical novelist, Philippa Gregory reviews.

The idea of the canon in contemporary and modern art is currently being fiercely debated in galleries and museums with many of these institutions now attempting to broaden the canon by including previously overlooked female artists and artists of colour, and challenging the idea of a universal canon by trying to reflect their localities in their collections. Caroline Douglas, Director of the Contemporary Art Society, and Helen Legg, Director of Tate Liverpool discuss the rebalancing of modern and contemporary art collections.

In the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing, the name of one of the victims, 29-year-old Coronation Street superfan, Martyn Hett, began trending on twitter with the hashtag BeMoreMartyn. The hashtag has now evolved into the title of a verbatim play created from interviews with eight of Martyn’s friends. Theatre critic Lyn Gardner, and Mike Lee, the co-writer of the play, join Front Row to talk about making theatre from such a traumatic event.

Recent days have seen English football clubs enjoy dramatic success in Europe, but it’s Welsh football that is the subject of celebration in a new exhibition at Tŷ Pawb, the arts centre in Wrexham. Curator James Harper discusses how contemporary artists have found inspiration in the beautiful game.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Ekene Akalawu

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Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack
Gentleman Jack begins this Sunday, 19th May, at 9pm on BBC One

Rebalancing the Modern and Contemporary Art Canon

Caroline Douglas, Director of the Contemporary Art Society and Helen Legg, Director of Tate Liverpool



Hope Theatre Company's play #BeMoreMartyn opens at the Pleasance Islington on May 21st before going on to Brighton, Newcastle, Sheffield and Salford


Futbolka is at Tŷ Pawb arts centre, Wrexham, til July 27th


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Philippa Gregory
Interviewed Guest Caroline Douglas
Interviewed Guest Helen Legg
Interviewed Guest James Harper
Interviewed Guest Lyn Gardner
Interviewed Guest Mike Lee
Producer Ekene Akalawu




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