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The Culture Show


Episode 6

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Lauren Laverne and Mark Kermode present a mix of classical music, contemporary art and show the first iconic buildings of the 21st century. Mark Kermode meets with Turner prize winning artist Steve McQueen to discuss his latest exhibition at the Barbican - Queen and Country, a series of facsimile postage stamps commemorating those who have died in the Iraq conflict. He also talks about his new film Hunger which focuses on the last days of Irish Republican hunger striker Bobby Sands and picked up the prestigious Camera d'or at Cannes earlier this year.

Verity Sharp marks the 50th anniversary of musician Vaughan Williams's death ahead of the upcoming Proms, which features many of his key works. Verity explores his music and his most famous work, The Lark Ascending. And with the Beijing Olympics just a month away, Tom Dyckhoff is in China to witness the biggest building boom in history. He previews the Beijing National Stadium, or the Bird's Nest, which will be hosting many of the Olympic events, and the mammoth CCTV building, the new headquarters of Chinese Central Television. Constructed on an awesome scale, the CCTV tower is set become one of the most recognisable buildings in the world.

Mark Kermode will also be giving his views on the week's movie releases, including Mamma Mia starring Meryl Streep and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Plus there is music in the studio from Extra Golden, who have combined rock with Kenyan benga music on their second album, Hera Ma Nono. And in this extended edition, more music when Glasgow band Attic Lights take up the show's Busking Challenge this week performing on the streets of Largs, plus more new animation. Show less

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