The peerless Arthur Smith returns to Radio 4 this evening with the first in a three-part comedy series about the history of art.
Visitors to his triumphantly silly gallery/installation “Arturart” at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007/2008, or to his somewhat legendary “Arthur Smith Sings Andy Williams” Fringe show, will have some idea what to expect.
1. Classical Civilisation & Arturantiquities
Radio 4, Tuesday 24th March 2009, 11pm (30 mins)
Arthur considers the beginnings of art with a visit to the oldest man-made image in Britain, reveals the truth about Van Gogh’s ear and presents a guide to the unfathomable world of Dada. With contributions from Miriam Elia, Phil Nice and Paul Bahn.
2. The High Summer Of The Arturart Renaissance
Radio 4, Tuesday 31st March 2009, 11pm (30 mins)
Arthur deconstructs the Renaissance and asks if it is time for a ‘Re-Renaissance’. The artist of the week is Caravaggio, who was not a very nice man. With contributions from Miriam Elia, Phil Nice, Leslie Primo and Jessica Hynes.
3. Modern Arturart – Post-Modern Then Email-Modern
Radio 4, Tuesday 7th April 2009, 11pm (30 mins)
Arthur continues his journey through the history of western representation and arrives at its most glorious flowering – his own work. With contributions from Miriam Elia, Phil Nice, Arnold Brown, Ian MacPherson and Simon Munnery.