Culture Vulture: Our guide to the week’s entertainment

Sunday 2 January 2022

Anything Goes: The Musical BBC4 9 pm

Filmed at London’s Barbican (where I worked while a student!). Cole Porter knew how to write songs and this contains some of my favourites: Anything Goes, You’re the Top and I Get a Kick Out of You. Anything Goes is set aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy Number 13, “Moonface” Martin, aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. Sutton Foster, Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot star in this production.

Monday 3 January 2022

Art on the BBC: Salvador Dali BBC4 9 pm

(1/4) Art historian David Dibosa delves into the BBC archives to create a TV hisotry of one of art’s greatest entertainers, Salvador Dali.

How to Be a Surrealist BBC4 10 pm

“Melting clocks, lobster telephones – the perplexing images of surrealist art are instantly recognisable to millions. But for psychotherapist Philippa Perry the radical ideas which inspired the original artists are often overlooked. In this film, Philippa takes us on a playful journey into the unconscious to discover the deep roots of surrealism in the political upheavals of 1920s Europe and new ways of understanding the human psyche.

Among her surrealist adventures, Philippa sets up her own Bureau of Surrealist Research on the streets of Paris and invites members of the public to tell her their dreams, she uncovers the role of women in the surrealism movement and has a go at being an artist’s muse herself, rolls up her sleeves to try some surrealist techniques with art critic Adrian Searle, and puts on a screening of Dalí and Buñuel ‘s famous film Un Chien Andalou for a group of unsuspecting art students.” – BBC

Tuesday 4 January 2022

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man Sky Arts 8:30 pm

A revealing documentary about the great singer/songwriter set around a tribute concert to him in Sydney in 2005.

Thursday 6 January2022

Andy Warhol’s America BBC2 9 pm

(1/3) How Warhol both glorified and critiqued American culture. This charts his rise from poverty and obsurity in Pittsburgh to wealth and fame in New York.

Friday 7 January 2022

The British Invasion: Small Faces Sky Arts 7 30 pm

I’m a big fan of the Small Faces. This features interviews with original members and performances of classic hits including Itchycoo Park and Lazy Sunday. I’m hoping my favourite, Tin Soldier (1967) will feature. It’s also one of my favourite YouTube videos – who says ‘white men can’t dance’?

Selected by Pat Harrington


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