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.
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
- Diversify by June Sarpong
- The Power of Women by June Sarpong
- I May Destroy You: BBC iPlayer
- Noughts and Crosses: BBC iPlayer
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:
- 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
- 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
- Andrew Martin’s brand new store and ‘Luxe Lab’ Pop Up on 72-74 Sloane Avenue
- Kit and McConnel in Cabaret at the How To: Academy
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
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?
- The Glossy Years by Nicholas Coleridge (published in paperback 16th July)
- 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.
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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:
- Comedy at the Covid Arms
- The British Comedy Guide
- Beyond the Joke
- Michael Spicer
- Sarah Cooper
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
- Sitting in Limbo : BBC i-Player
- Little Fires Everywhere: Amazon Prime
- Filthy Rich: Amazon
- Greed: Amazon Prime
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
- 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 reading our children:
- Tad by Benji Davies, Winner of the 2020 Oscar Award
- A Contemporary Art Society mask (£35 or £120 for a set of four)
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.
- 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
- 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 musicinoffices.com
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.
- 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)
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
- 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
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.
- Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart
- 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:
- Cocktails with a Curator: Happy Hour: YouTube
- London Original Print Fair Online runs from 1st to 31st May: londonoriginalprintfair.com
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
- 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: howtoacademy.com
- Normal People: BBC i-player
- Sex Education: Netflix
- Classical 100: classicfm.com
- Virtual Tour of The Great Wall of China
- Limited Edition Art Posters and prints from countereditions.com
- The Hermitage in St. Petersburg: hermitagemuseum.org
- Riverside Studios Book Club weekly online events: riversidestudios.co.uk
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.
- The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley
- All the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child
We’re 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: Digital Concert Hall
- Olafur Eliasson’s Earth perspective: Serpentine Galleries