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Break Out Culture With Ed Vaizey by Country and Town House

Break Out Culture With Ed Vaizey by Country and Town House

By Country & Town House
Country & Town House’s culture editor, Ed Vaizey, and associate editor, Charlotte Metcalf discuss the week’s cultural offerings with a brilliant edit of what you should be watching, reading, listening to, booking and visiting each week. Their roster of high profile guests adds illuminating insight to the current cultural landscape.
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Episode #27 - We Go Futuristic!
Ed and Charlotte talk with Ewan Morrison about his new blockbuster thriller set in 2025. Plus the RSC reimagining Midsummer Night’s Dream for future audiences and the Museum of the Home explores how our homes will change after the pandemic. We’re reading: How to survive everything When there’s no-one left to trust by Ewan Morrison We’re visiting  The Museum of the Home, due to open May We’re bidding at the Museum of the Home’s Behind the Door Auction to win beautiful items and experiences from leading UK designers and creatives. We’re booking: RSC’s production of Dream Friday 12th March to Saturday 20th March Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
February 28, 2021
Episode #26 - Hugh Bonneville on playing Roald Dahl, The Master of Tango, Astor Piazzolla and What YouNever Knew About Dan Brown and Lee Child
We’re Watching: 'To Olivia' Starring Hugh Bonneville and Keeley Hawes - Available on Sky Cinema We’re Browsing: Books and supporting our local bookshop by buying books from We’re Tuning Into: Dan Brown’s Wild Symphony project and listening to the Wild Symphony Album We’re checking out Lee Child’s musical talents: We’re listening to the album co-produced by Bob Lord with Pete Townshend: To enter the Piazzola Competition see here: Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
February 21, 2021
Episode #25 - Valentines Day: Sex, Movies and Design in an Age of Crisis
We chat to British cinematographer Sir Roger Deakins in LA about his knighthood, his Oscars and his podcast with his wife and collaborator James. Victoria Broackes, Director of the Design Biennale, talks about Design in an Age of Crisis (and David Bowie) and author Olivia Fane pleads for a return to a less dark sexuality. We’re tuning into: Team Deakins Podcast We’re visiting: How the Light Gets In Winter Revel on Saturday 20th February We’re buying tickets to hear Olivia Fane in The Limits of Sexuality debate We’re attending: The online event hosted by Chatham House, Redesigning Work:  Design in an Age of Crisis 23rd February at 13.00 We’re marvelling at: All the submissions to Design in an Age of Crisis (young people can still submit ideas): We’re optimistically booking tickets to: The London Design Biennale 2021 at Somerset House 1st to 27th June We’re reading: Why Sex Doesn’t Matter by Olivia Fane Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
February 14, 2021
Episode #24 - Films of Hope: Director Paul Greengrass on Directing Tom Hanks in News of the World
Plus we talk to Gala Gordon and Isabella Macpherson of Platform Presents on the hybrids giving a boost to the performing arts industry and meet the young film-maker celebrating Rachel Carson and Silent Spring in a new film Nevergreen. We’re watching: Paul Greengrass’s movie News of the World, starring Tom Hanks, on Netflix from Wednesday Good Grief, written by Lorien Haynes, starring Sian Clifford and Nikesh Patel, produced by Platform Presents Online from Monday 15th February till 15th April Buy tickets at Eloïse Poulton’s film Nevergreen about Rachel Carson At The Living Record Festival  (till Monday 22nd February) and watching film Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
February 7, 2021
Episode #23 - The Big Issues
Is the BBC our greatest cultural institution? Yes, and we must fight to keep it, argues social and cultural commentator Peter York. Times columnist Sathnam Sanghera discusses his new book Empireland and says we’ll never understand our complicated multi-cultural society if we don’t learn the truth about the British Empire. We’re reading: The War Against the BBC: How an Unprecedented Combination of Hostile Forces is Destroying Britain’s Greatest Cultural Institution… And Why You Should Care by Patrick Barwise and Peter York Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera We’re watching: It’s a Sin on Channel Four Call My Agent on Netflix Finding Alice on ITV Spiral on BBC4 Cobra Kai on Netflix Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
January 31, 2021
Episode #22 - Dancing Nation: Ballet is Back with Akram Khan
Star choreographer and dancer Akram Khan tells us about dancing with Natalia Osipova for Dancing Nation, Sadler’s Wells’ all-day event and Ian Rosenblatt, founder of Rosenblatt Recitals, regales us with the ups and downs of staging a provincial arts festival. We’re tuning into: Dancing Nation from Sadler’s Wells and BBC Arts Thursday 28 January from 12 noon Akram Khan dances with Natalia Osipova in Mud of Sorrow / We’re listening to: Rosenblatt Recitals We’re watching: Lungs by Duncan Macmillan starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith on Old Vic: In Camera We’re subscribing to: National Theatre at Home We’re browsing: Les Aldrich Music Shop Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
January 24, 2021
Episode #21 - How a Small Theatre in Kilburn Became Theatre of the Year
Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of The Kiln in Kilburn, tells us how she and her team transformed the theatre into an award-winning community hub and runner and anthropologist Michael Crawley explains how a strong sense of community is also integral to the supremacy of Ethiopia’s top runner. Follow Country & Town House on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Visit our website and subscribe to the newsletter here. And don't forget to leave a review, rate and subscribe to this podcast to be the first to hear our weekly episodes! Edited and Produced by Alex Graham We’re supporting The Kiln in every way we can:  We’re watching Dear Future Generations, an original film written and performed by The Kiln’s 16-18 Young Company We’re reading: Out of Thin Air: Running Wisdom and Magic from Above the Clouds in Ethiopia by Michael Crawley We’re reading Great British Brands What Next? 2021 Edition and finding out who won the first ever Great British Brands Awards
January 17, 2021
Episode #20 - Your Favourite Songs Specially Arranged, Performed and Streamed into Your Living Rooms
Ed and Charlotte are back from the Christmas break and plunged into another national lockdown! Don't worry, we won't be changing the name of the podcast again and will firmly remain Break Out Culture! They catch up with Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman on their online music commissioning service and share their latest TV and book recommendations.   Follow Country & Town House on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Visit our website and subscribe to the newsletter here. And don't forget to leave a review, rate and subscribe to this podcast to be the first to hear our weekly episodes! Edited and Produced by Alex Graham We’re commissioning: A song from Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman: We’re reading: Out of Thin Air: Running Wisdom and Magic from Above the Clouds in Ethiopia by Michael Crawley Exercised: The Science of Physical Activity, Rest and Health by Daniel Lieberman Ctrl Alt Delete: How Politics and the Media Crashed our Democracy by Tom Baldwin Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart: Winner of the Booker Prize 2020 The Mission House by Carys Davies The Overstory by Richard Powers :Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction We’re watching: Bridgerton on Netflix The Serpent on BBC iPlayer
January 10, 2021
Episode #19 - A Song and Dance About Christmas: The Nutcracker, The Little Match Girl and the Self-Isolation Choir plus Pallant House Gallery
We’ll be back on Sunday 10 th January. Happy Christmas to all our listeners. We’re hoping to go to: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker directed by Peter Wright Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Till 3 rd January Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl directed and choreographed by Arthur Pita Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London Thursday 17 th till Sunday 27 th December We’re watching: Sadler’s Wells Global Gala on YouTube till 5th January We’re hoping to visit: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester Christmas Greetings by Modern British Artists Till 6 th January Degas to Picasso: International Modern Masters Till 18 th April Richard Hamilton: Respective Till 18 th April We’re tuning into: The Self-Isolation Choir’s Christmas at Home Concert December 20 th Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
December 13, 2020
Episode #18 - Nicole Farhi’s Hidden Loves and Dick Whittington Comes to London
Nicole Farhi on her new show ‘Couples’, Jude Christian on adapting Dick Whittington for the National Theatre and three American artists at Gazelli Art House. We’re visiting: ‘Couples’ by Nicole Farhi at the Fine Art Society Ltd. 25 Carnaby Street (entrance in Marlborough Court), W1 Till 23 rd December Claudia Hart: An Imaginary Ruin till 17 th January Jann Haworth: Mannequin Defectors till 9 th January Perle Fine: The Cool Series till 9 th January All at Gazelli Art House, Dover Street, London W1 We’re booking for: Dick Whittington at The National Theatre From 11 th December till 23 rd January Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
December 6, 2020
Episode #17 - At Home With The Stones: Gered Mankowitz the man behind the lens
Gered Mankowitz talks about that photograph of Jimi Hendrix, photographing the Stones, and many more. Plus Love and War, a new podcast about gay love in the trenches to celebrate 100 years since Wilfred Owen’s first book of poetry was published. We’re buying: Goin’ Home with The Rolling Stones ’66, Photographs by Gered Mankowtiz Published by Reel Art Press £19.95 We’re listening to Love and War: A podcast by Kevin Childs with Sam Fairbrother as Wilfred Owen and more We’re watching: Icon: Music Through the Lens 6 x one-hour programmes Sky Arts at 10.10 pm on Fridays Produced and Edited by Alex Graham
November 29, 2020
Episode #16 - Diving into History: Charles Spencer goes in search of the White Ship
Charles Spencer on his book The White Ship, 900 years after the ship sank, three exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth Somerset and the Hay Digital Winter Weekend. We’re reading: The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream by Charles Spencer, published by William Collins, £25 We’re Visiting: Hauser and Wirth, Somerset – Oudolf Field, Roth Bar & Grill and Durslade Farm Shop are open to the local community. See for details. Nicole Eisenman ‘Where I Was, It Shall Be’ is online at Lee Lozano is online at Make Gallery exhibition Gathering open online from 21st November We’re tuning into: The Hay Winter Digital Weekend We’re watching: The Crown on Netflix Small Axe: Mangrove, directed by Steve McQueen on BBC i-player All of Us on Amazon Prime Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
November 22, 2020
Episode #15 - Hallelulujah! And Matthew Parris’s Geniuses
How to sing your way to Christmas in isolation and Matthew Parris talks about his new book on trauma and genius We’re joining: The Self-Isolation Choir and their Christmas at Home Concert on 20 th December We’re reading Fracture: Stories of How Great Lives Take Root in Trauma, by Matthew Parris, published by Profile Books, £16.99 We’re going online to The Stratford Literary Winter Weekend Festival Friday 20 th November to Wednesday 25 th November Matthew Parris talks about his book at 8pm Friday 20th November (available until 11pm 25th November) We’re watching: A one-time live reading of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Jenny Hall and starring Geraldine James and Rebecca Hall November 19 th at 7.30 on Zoom Tickets from We’re buying Portraits of NHS Heroes compiled by Tom Croft, published by Bloomsbury, £25 All royalties and £2.50 of every sale goes to NHS Charities Together  Books are My Bag Reader Awards Winners Reader’s Choice Book of the Year : Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press) Fiction: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton, Raven Books, Bloomsbury Non-Fiction: by Dara McAnulty (Little Toller Books) Poetry: Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright: An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year by Britta Teckentrup and Fiona Waters (Nosy Crow) Young Adult Fiction: Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury) Children’s Fiction: The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (Macmillan Children’s Books) Breakthrough Author: Jean Menzies author of Greek Myths (DK) Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
November 15, 2020
Episode #14 - Theatrical Gyles Brandreth
Gyles Brandreth cheers up lockdown by lifting the lid on all the stories and gossip since theatres began. Art gallerist Johnny Messum tells us how Messums keeps opening new galleries and thriving during lockdown. And we lift the lid on our TV habits. We’re revelling in: The Oxford Book of Theatrical Anecdotes by Gyles Brandreth We’ve voted for our favourite books and now we’re going to watch who wins: ( Awards Ceremony hosted by Grace Dent to be screened on Tuesday November 10 th at 5.30 pm – see website above for details We’re watching: The Undoing on Now TV Roadkill on BBC iPlayer Better Things on BBC iPlayer The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix Adult Material on More 4 We’re visiting (virtually): James Dodds ‘The Work of Human Hands’ till 29 th November Jørgen Haugen Sørensen: ‘A Dark Story in White’ We’re tuning into the Messums Conversation with Rebecca Wragg Sykes, Author of Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art, on Wednesday 18 th November at 6.30 pm See all other Conversations at Produced and Edited by Alex Graham
November 8, 2020
Episode #13 - A Christmas Carol, Carnaby Street and Pioneering Women Artists
NOTE: This Episode was recorded before Saturday’s lockdown announcement. We talk to Nicholas Hytner about the The Bridge Theatre’s Christmas season and hear from art dealer and TV sleuth Philip Mould about Pioneers, his exhibition celebrating 500 years of British women in art. Plus we chat to Kojo Marfo about a new pop-up on Carnaby Street to celebrate black business and creativity We’re going shopping at 56B Carnaby Street… … to visit 21 Youth Street, My Runway Group’s pop-up store for emerging black businesses and talent SEE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON OPENING DATES We’re booking: Fake News by Osman Baig NEW DATES TBC Comedian Simon Amstell’s Work in Progress NEW DATES TBC We’re booking: A Christmas Carol starring Simon Russell Beale at The Bridge Theatre NEW OPENING DATE TBC We’re dropping into: Pioneers: Celebrating 500 Years of Women in Art at Philip Mould & Co., 18-19 Pall Mall SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS We’re tuning into: Art in Isolation with Philip Mould Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
November 2, 2020
Episode #12 - Andrew Lloyd Webber Has A Spring in His Step
Andrew Lloyd Webber is feeling great after receiving the Covid-19 vaccination and is upbeat about the future of London’s theatres. He’s looking forward to spring when his new Cinderella hits the stage and Theatre Royal Drury Lane opens again, restored to all its former glory, with Disney’s Frozen. We’re booking: Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with Emerald Fennell Set to open in April or May Disney’s Frozen at Theatre Royal Drury Lane Due to open Spring 2021 Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
October 26, 2020
Episode #11 - Out of the Box
Plymouth’s dazzling new art space, plus making black female academics visible and spying on Jonathan Yeo painting Jamie Oliver Dr. Nicola Rollock tell us about commissioning Bill Knight to photograph Britain’s 45 black female professors for an exhibition on London’s South Bank. We talk Jo Loosemore, curator at Plymouth’s new art space, The Box, about a new exhibition turning myths about the Mayflower on their head and artist Jonathan Yeo welcomes everyone into his studio – via his futuristic new app. We’re visiting; Jonathan Yeo’s virtual studio We’re breaking out to: Mayflower 400: Legend & Legacy, until September 2021 The Box, Plymouth Book tickets here Phenomenal Women, until November 8th The Queen’s Walk, South Bank women?eventId=860260 We’re lobbying academic institutions about the need for more black female professors by tweeting @ukri_News  @UKRI_CEO   @UniversitiesUK @RussellGroup  @AdvanceHE Produced and Edited by Alex Graham
October 19, 2020
Episode #10 - John Tusa’s On Board Secrets, The Tiny Theatre Making Londoners Smile and Stanley Spencer’s Tragic Love Life
Renowned TV journalist John Tusa spills the beans on what goes on behind the doors of Britain’s art institution. Anthony Biggs, Creative Director of The Playground Theatre in Notting Hill, tells us how a small community theatre can flourish and Amanda Bradley, Curator of Love, Art, Loss, tells about the complicated love life of the great artist Stanley Spencer. We’re visiting: Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham The show runs till Autumn 2021 We’re reading: On Board by John Tusa We’re booking the Playground Theatre Blue Electric : An Opera Bowjangles – dates TBC We’re registering to be part of The Playground Readers Produced and Edited by Alex Graham
October 12, 2020
Episode #09 - How Sir Terence Conran Changed Our Homes
We talk to designer Sebastian Conran about his father’s legacy and his influence on British design. We discover Cromwell Place in South Kensington, London’s newest venue for galleries and collectors shaking up the art world. Plus we talk to the Dutch artist Jan Hendrix at his home in Mexico about his new exhibition, Paradise Lost, just opened at Shirley Sherwood’s Gallery of Botanical Art at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. We’re tracking down and rereading: The House Book by Terence Conran We’re visiting Electronic: from Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers The Design Museum - Paradise Lost : an exhibition by Jan Hendrix The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanic Art, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Cromwell Place in South Kensington Visitors must register to visit beforehand at Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
October 5, 2020
Episode #08 - How Books Can Make the World a Better Place
Elif Shafak on curating the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Chris Riddell’s Poems to Change the World With and Kensington and Chelsea Art Week We’re booking up: The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival from Friday 2nd October until Sunday 11th. For all details of what’s on and how to book visit We’re visiting: Kensington and Chelsea Art Week from Thursday 1st October until Sunday 11th. See website for details and for exhibits that will be in situ for longer We’re reading: How to Survive in an Age of Division by Elif Shafak 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak We’re loving: Poems to Change the World With by Chris Riddell by Macmillan Children’s Books Visit Wonderland with Chris Riddell  Edited and Produced by Alex Graham
September 28, 2020
Episode #07 - ‘Saucy’ Loyd Grossman’s Roman Holiday
Loyd Grossman discusses his new book and saving our culture and the Royal Borough opens its Physic Garden and National Army Museum for its annual History Festival. We’re reading: An Elephant in Rome : Bernini, the Pope and the making of the Eternal City by Loyd Grossman, £19.99 We’re going to: The Chelsea History Festival until 27 th September We’re visiting: The National Army Museum and The Chelsea Physic Garden for numerous live events during The Chelsea History Festival – BOOKING ESSENTIAL We’re scrabbling to get the last seats for: Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – till 27 th September ENO’s Drive & Live : Puccini’s La Bohème at Alexandra Palace till 27 th September Produced and Edited by Alex Graham
September 21, 2020
Episode #06 - Digital Theatre, Free Culture For All and Lifting the Lid on Undiscovered London
This week: Neelay Patel on how Digital Theatre is transforming young people’s lives and revitalising the theatre world, Phil Edgar-Jones on how and why we’re all going to be watching Sky Arts for free and Hafsa Adan on exploring hidden, uncelebrated parts of London at this weekend’s Open House Festival. We’re tuning into Sky Arts for free on Freeview from midday Thursday 17th September We’re logging onto Digital Theatre at subscribe for £9.99 per month or rent productions for £7.99 Teachers, libraries and all educational institutions can subscribe to Digital Theatre + at We’re exploring London this weekend with the Open House Festival from Saturday 19th September. For details of what to see and now to book go to We’re pre-ordering Open House’s Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs, £14.99, edited by Owen Hatherley from Produced and Edited by Alex Graham Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
September 14, 2020
Episode #05 - Racism in the Capital and Blue Plaques
Vogue photographer Misan Harriman on combatting racism in the capital and Kate Mavor from English Heritage chooses her favourite sites and blue plaques to visit For our cultural nutrition, we’re logging onto What We Seee We’re visiting sites cared for by English Heritage. To book please visit We’re downloading the Blue Plaques of London app and watching English Heritage’s video about how it makes them Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
September 7, 2020
Episode #04: We Can Go To The Movies!
Can we go out to watch a film this summer? Ben Roberts, CEO of the British Film Institute tells us what’s happening with British cinema and Rob Adediran from London Music Masters tells us about the positive changes happening in the music industry We’re breaking out to: Recently opened National Trust Properties For all details of how to book: Petworth House in Sussex Barrington Court in Somerset Kingston Lacy in Dorset Lyme in Cheshire Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk The Argory in Country Armagh Packwood House in Warwickshire. Festivals: Gisburne Park’s Pop Up – the first socially distanced festival in Lancashire: Parties in the park every Friday and Saturday from 11 July to 31 August Red Rooster Festival: celebrating the best of the American Deep South at Euston Hall in Suffolk 4-6 September Theatres: Fanny and Stella opens outdoors at The Garden Theatre, adjacent to The Eagle in Kennington Sleepless, based on Sleepless in Seattle, opens at the Troubador in Wembley Park on 25 August Machine de Cirque at Sadlers Wells Peacock Theatre opens 8 September Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert at Regent’s Park Open Theatre Theatre from 14 August Cinema: The BFI on the South Bank will open on 1 September To find out what Odeons are open please see Sign up to I’m In, the new tool from London Music Masters For more of what’s on every week, sign up to our Weekly What’s On newsletter here – Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
July 27, 2020
Episode #03 - Tony Hall on the Future of Art
Tony Hall in his new role as Chair of the National Gallery shares his vision for the gallery’s future and the Marquis of Cholmondeley talks about working with Anish Kapoor to mount his exhibition, now open to the public at Houghton Hall in Norfolk. We’re breaking out to: Titian : Love Desire Death at the National Gallery till 17 th January 2021 Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall till 1 st November 2020 Ronnie Wood at Ashridge House : 21 st to 27 th August – SOLD OUT please see website for news of more ticket releases Turner Contemporary in Margate Produced and Edited by Alex Graham
July 20, 2020
Episode #02 - June Sarpong Talks Diversity and Change at the Beeb
All Change: June Sarpong, TV broadcaster and panellist and author of Diversify became the BBC’s first ever Director of Creative Diversity last October. She talks to Ed and Charlotte about change at the BBC, gives a sneak preview of all the exciting programming coming up this summer and autumn and tells us how white people can be effective allies in the fight against racism We’re breaking out to: Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at The Barbican from 13th July Jan Svoboda: Against the Light at The Photographers Gallery from 14th July Radical Figures:  Painting in the New Millennium  at Whitechapel Gallery from 14th July We’re Reading: Diversify by June Sarpong The Power of Women by June Sarpong We’re Watching: I May Destroy You: BBC iPlayer Noughts and Crosses: BBC iPlayer Produced & Edited by Alex Graham Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
July 13, 2020
Episode #01 - Desire, Death and Dutch Masters
Breaking out from lockdown – what’s opening up from art galleries to the office Cabaret duo Kit and McConnel on the future of cabaret and pantomime, Martin Waller of Andrew Martin on the new-look office and Spirit and Endeavour, the opening of a new art exhibition to celebrate 800 years of Salisbury Cathedral. This week we’re breaking out and visiting: Spirit and Endeavour at Salisbury Cathedral Love, Desire, Death : Titian at the National Gallery Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age at the National Gallery age Picasso and Paper at the Royal Academy of Arts Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media at The Foundling Museum Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings at the Focal Point Gallery, Southend Mohammed Omar Kahlil – Homeland under my Nails at TheMosaic Rooms We’re browsing: Andrew Martin’s brand new store and ‘Luxe Lab’ Pop Up on 72-74 Sloane Avenue We’re watching: Kit and McConnel in Cabaret at the How To: Academy Podcast Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
July 6, 2020
Episode #10 - Discover Jesus’s Secrets
Matthew Burrows explains how his Artists’ Support Pledge has saved thousands of artists’ incomes during lockdown and Jesus Adorno, London’s favourite maître d shares his secrets and tells us if London’s iconic and much-loved restaurant Le Caprice has a post-lockdown future. As we start to leave lockdown, the philanthropist Sir Lloyd Dorfman encourages everyone who’s lost a loved one to Coronavirus to create a memorial for them on St. Paul’s Cathedral’s tribute site 'Remember Me'. Artists’ Support Pledge: @artistsupportpledge Remember Me : St. Paul’s Cathedral Ed and Charlotte will be back next week with 'BREAK OUT CULTURE' Podcast Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
June 29, 2020
Episode #09 - Beyond Lockdown With Nicholas Coleridge
An exclusive podcast interview with Sir Nicholas Coleridge, Chairman of the V&A, Condé Nast supremo and author of The Glossy Years, on life beyond lockdown. What’s going to happen to our museums, to the fashion industry and to magazines? We’re Reading: The Glossy Years by Nicholas Coleridge (published in paperback 16th July) And we’re…. Getting ready to go back out again. Next week will be our last week as Lockdown Culture – but we’ll be back with a new focus on breaking out of lockdown and going out again. For any suggestions, recommendations and comments, email Podcast Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Introduction Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
June 22, 2020
Episode #08 - Covid Comedy in Edinburgh, Chineke Orchestras and Sitting in Limbo
Ready for a laugh?  As we start easing up on lockdown are we ready to laugh about it yet?  We ask comedy producer Emma Brunjes, producer of Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards about comedians’ take on Coronavirus and how they’ll survive without the Edinburgh Festival.  And we talk to Founder of the Chineke Orchestras, Chi-chi Nwanoku about the Junior Orchestra’s triumph on Britain’s Got Talent, the Black Lives Matter movement and the future for classical musicians of colour.  Plus we discuss all latest exciting offerings on television  from Sitting in Limbo and Little Fires Everywhere to Filthy Rich and Steve Coogan in Greed. We’re laughing at: Comedy at the Covid Arms Chortle The British Comedy Guide Beyond the Joke Michael Spicer @mrmichaelspicer on Twitter Sarah Cooper @sarahcpr on Twitter  We’re listening to: Deep River by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a tribute to George Floyd and other victims of racism performed by The Chineke Orhcestra We’re watching: Sitting in Limbo : BBC iPlayer Little Fires Everywhere:  Amazon Prime Filthy Rich:  Netflix Greed:  Amazon Prime Podcast Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Introduction Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
June 15, 2020
Episode #07 - Going Local
We go Local: Hastings Contemporary – the local gallery using a robot to take Sir Quentin Blake’s Guernica global, Sir Nicholas Kenyon on the Barbican’s Radio Local and Bettany Hughes seeps us off on her epic Greek Island Odyssey from the comfort of our armchairs. We’re listening to: Barbican Radio Local with Hunt and Darton Till Friday between 1 and 2 every day on Resonance DAB or on Resonance DAB between 1 and 2 till Friday or at 10 am on Resonance 104.4 FM We’re watching: Everything at The Barbican Secrets of Pompeii’s Greatest Treasures with Bettany Hughes on My5.TV – The Bush Theatre Monday Monologues We’re visiting: Hastings Contemporary Quentin Blake’s ‘We Live in Worrying Times’ times/ Taking a Robot Tour We’re reading our children: Tad by Benji Davies, Winner of the 2020 Oscar Award We’re wearing: A Contemporary Art Society mask (£35 or £120 for a set of four) campaign/ Podcast Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Introduction Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
June 8, 2020
Episode #06 - I Want To Break Free
Song, movies, good news and sex to cheer us up: the national singalong  of 'I Want to Break Free', Gabriel Jagger and his good news channel, the first virtual global film festival We Are One and Lindsay Duncan and Hilton McRae on sex and storytelling during the Black Death. We’re reading: Kevin Child’s new translation of The Decameron Walter Rebhorn's translation for Norton Critical Editions Abridged translation by Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa also from Norton Good news stories on Gabriel Jagger’s positive news media channel Why Now? We’re listening to: A new podcast bringing stories from The Decameron, Passion and the Plague We’re watching: All the new movies from round the world on the global virtual film festival We Are One. Streaming live on YouTube till Sunday 7th June We’re singing along to: Queen’s I Want to Break Free – join the virtual choir on Podcast Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Introduction Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
June 1, 2020
Episode #05 - BalletBoyZ, ArtUK and Lockdown LitFest
This week Lockdown Culture explores the nation’s quarter of a million hidden art treasures with Andrew Ellis of ArtUK. We meet Michael Nunn OBE, one of the duo behind the contemporary dance troupe BalletBoyZ, celebrating 20 extraordinary award-winning years and we point you in the direction of Lockdown Litfest, specially created for our screens. We’re visiting We’re watching Gillian Anderson in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire This House by James Graham on The National Theatre’s YouTube page from Thursday Deluxe by BalletBoyz on BBC4 on Wednesday 27 May at 10.30 pm (available for 28 days) We’re Loving Podcast Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Introduction Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
May 25, 2020
Episode #04 - The Hay Festival Special
This week Lockdown Culture brings you Hay-on-Wifi,  as Boris Johnson has christened the Hay Festival. Founder Peter Florence tells us about the challenges of taking a literary festival digital and we talk to film-maker and author Hannah Rothschild about her new Cornish caper The House of Trelawney and celebrate Shakespeare with poetry fanatic Allie Esiri with an exclusive Sonnet reading from Actor, Dominic West. This week’s recommendations Hay on Way Digital – 18-31 May The House of Trelawney, Hannah Rothchild’s new novel Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year by Allie Esiri Podcast Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Introduction Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
May 18, 2020
Episode #03 - Diana Quick at the Donmar, The First Ever Drive-in Opera, Poetry for the Soul and Cocktails with a Curator at the Frick
This week Ed and Charlotte welcome their first guests – they hear from actress Diana Quick, chat to Stuart Murphy, Chief Executive of English National Opera and talk to the William Sieghart who tells them how Poetry Pharmacy is providing thousands of people – including the actress Emilia Clarke – with solace. We’re Reading: Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart Becoming by Michelle Obama We’re Watching: Midnight Your Time starring Diana Quick from Wednesday 13th May for a week Caliphate on Netflix Call my Agent on Netflix Becoming on Netflix Art We’re Loving: Cocktails with a Curator: Happy Hour London Original Print Fair Online runs from 1st to 31st May For more information on English National Opera’s drive in: Podcast Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Introduction Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
May 11, 2020
Episode #02 - Normal People, The How To: Academy, The Ultimate Top 100 Classical Music Hits and the Virtual Great Wall of China
Our Culture Editor Ed Vaizey is finally taking to the airwaves, recording from his bedroom, to give you his tips for staying in touch with all things cultural, highbrow, lowbrow and everything in between. He’ll be telling us what he’s been reading, what he’s been glued to on TV and Netflix and guiding us through what the home offerings are from the world of theatre, art and music. This week he raves about BBC’s Normal People, discovers Classic FM’s 100 top pieces of music going back 1000 years and tells us where to look out for artists’ work in response to Covid-19 We’re Reading City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert House of Glass by Hadley Freeman East West Street and The Ratline by Philippe Sands Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid We’re watching & Listening The How To: Academy Normal People BBC i-player Sex Education, Netflix Classical 100: Virtual Tour of The Great Wall of China Limited Edition Art Posters and prints from The Hermitage in St. Petersburg Riverside Studios Book Club weekly online events Podcast Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Introduction Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
May 4, 2020
Episode #01 - Tamsin Greig, Fauda & Virtual Machu Picchu
Our Culture Editor Ed Vaizey is finally taking to the airwaves, recording from his bedroom, to give you his tips for staying in touch with all things cultural, highbrow, lowbrow and everything in between. He’ll be telling us what he’s been reading, what he’s been glued to on TV and Netflix and guiding us through what the home offerings are from the world of theatre, art and music. This week he reveals his crush on Tamsin Greig – in Twelfth Night, Belgravia and Friday Night Dinner, tell us which galleries are worth following on Social Media, where to find the best concerts and tell us what books he's reading. Ed’s Reading The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky All the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child The Walker’s Guide to Outside Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley Ed’s watching & Listening Fauda: Netflix Twelfth Night (till Thursday evening) and Frankenstein (from Thursday): National Theatre Home, YouTube Friday Night Dinner, Friday, 10pm: Channel Four The Last Dance: Netflix Berlin Philharmonic Olafur Eliasson’s Earth perspective The Virtual Tour of Machu Picchu: Podcast Edited and Produced by Alex Graham Introduction Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
April 27, 2020