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Steve McQueen, The Simpsons, Brutal North, Jenny Sturgeon

Steve McQueen on his Small Axe films and the enduring popularity of The Simpsons as the 31st season reaches the UK.

The Simpsons is the longest running scripted primetime TV show ever. As season 31 kicks off in the UK we explore its potent popularity with comedian and fan David Baddiel and writer, producer, and story editor on thes how Tim Long who’s worked on more than 450 episodes

Photographer Simon Phipps discusses his book Brutal North, a celebration of modernist and brutalist architecture in the north of England. The post-war years saw the building of some of the most aspirational and successful modernist architecture in the world, from Newcastle’s Byker Wall Estate to the Preston bus station, completed in 1969. But how vulnerable are these buildings today?

British film director Steve McQueen has achieved Oscar success but his latest project sees him returning to the small screen with a series of five new dramas for BBC TV, set in London’s West Indian community between 60s and the 80s.

Jenny Sturgeon’s new album is inspired by and takes its title from Nan Shepherd’s book about the Cairngorms, The Living Mountain, which, though slender, has had a profound influence, changing the way we relate to high and wild places. There are 12 chapters and Sturgeon has written a song for each. She talks about recording them in the mountains, with a backing track of natural sounds. She tells, too, the story of her guitar, made from local materials – an old shelf from a local bar and even heather and lichen growing in the Cairngorms.

Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe
Producer: Julian May

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41 minutes

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen
Steve Toussaint
Photo credit: BBC/McQueen Limited

Small Axe begins on BBC One on Sun 15 Nov at 9 pm



Main image: John Boyega
Photo credit: BBC/McQueen Limited/Will Robson-Scott

The Simpsons

The Simpsons streams on Disney+ from Mon 16 Nov

Brutal North

Brutal North
Kingsgate Bridge in Durham
Photo credit: Simon Phipps

Jenny Sturgeon

Jenny Sturgeon
Jenny Sturgeon's guitar

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