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It’s back and better than ever! Our Lockdown Culture podcast is back with a bang for a second series, and this time we’re breaking OUT. Introducing Break Out Culture, Country & Town House’s newest podcast series. 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 from adds illuminating insight to the current cultural landscape.

Listen now on Spotify or iTunes.

Break Out Culture Podcast

Break Out Culture Podcast

EPISODE TWO: June Sarpong Talks Diversity and Change the Beeb

All Change: June Sarpong, TV broadcaster, 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

Get the episode on iTunes or Spotify

EPISODE ONE: 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:

We’re browsing:

  • Andrew Martin’s brand new store and ‘Luxe Lab’ Pop Up on 72-74 Sloane Avenue

We’re watching:

Get the episode on iTunes or Spotify

Lockdown Culture Series Notes

EPISODE TEN: Discover Jesus’ Secrets

Matthew Burrows explains 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.

Ed and Charlotte will be back next week with BREAK OUT CULTURE  

Get the episode on iTunes or Spotify

EPISODE NINE: 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 lockdownculture@countryandtownhouse.co.uk

Get the episode on iTunes or Spotify

EPISODE EIGHT: 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:

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 i-Player
  • Little Fires Everywhere:  Amazon Prime
  • Filthy Rich:  Amazon
  • Greed:  Amazon Prime

Get the episode on iTunes or Spotify

EPISODE SEVEN:  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: culturemile.london, 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 Channel5
  • Bettany Hughes’s Greek Island Odyssey, Episode One, 9 pm on Friday 12th June, Channel5
  • The Bush Theatre Monday Monologues: bushtheatre.co.uk

We’re visiting:

We’re reading our children:

  • Tad by Benji Davies, Winner of the 2020 Oscar Award

We’re wearing:

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EPISODE SIX:  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
  • 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: play.acast.com

We’re watching:

We’re singing along to:

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EPISODE 5: 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

We’re Loving

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EPISODE 4: Hay-on-Wifi

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 filmmaker and author Hannah Rothschild about her new Cornish caper The House of Trelawney and celebrate Shakespeare with poetry fanatic Allie Esiri and actor Dominic West.

This week’s recommendations

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EPISODE 3:  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 William Sieghart who tells them how Poetry Pharmacy is providing thousands of people – including the actress Emilia Clarke – with solace.

Get the episode on iTunes or Spotify

We’re Reading:

  • Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart

We’re Watching:

  • Midnight Your Time starring Diana Quick from Wednesday 13th May for a week youtube.com
  • Caliphate: Netflix
  • Call my Agent: Netflix

Art We’re Loving:

For more information on English National Opera’s drive in: eno.org

EPISODE 2: Normal People, The How To: Academy, the ultimate top 100 classical music hits and the virtual Great Wall of China

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

Get the episode on iTunes or Spotify

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

EPISODE 1: Lockdown Culture With Ed Vaizey

In the first episode, Ed admits his devotion to Tamsin Greig in Twelfth Night, Belgravia and Friday Night Dinner, introduces us to the new documentary series on Michael Jordan, tries out Olafur Eliasson’s new Earth perspective with his kids and admits a weakness for Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels.

Episode Notes:

We’re Reading

  • The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley
  • All the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child

We’re Watching & Listening

Listen now on Spotify or iTunes.

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