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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.