Introducing Lockdown Culture, Country & Town House’s newest podcast series, with host, C&TH culture editor Ed Vaizey. For 20 minutes each week, the longest ever serving Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and now C&TH’s culture editor, Ed Vaizey will be recording from his home in his old constituency of Wantage, giving us his frank, unedited opinion about what’s worth watching and listening to – and what’s not. Every Monday, in conversation with our Associate Editor Charlotte Metcalf, he’ll sift through the tsunami of culture now streaming onto our screens and tell us what he’s been glued to on TV, what he’s reading and what’s caught his eye among all the new digital offerings from the art world.
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