The Modern Beauty season continues with Roger Scruton's provocative essay on the importance of beauty, both in the arts and our lives. The philosopher wants its traditional role 'restored', arguing that 20th-century artists, architects and musicians have turned their backs on beauty, creating a cult of ugliness and leading us into a spiritual vacuum.
The Modern Beauty season continues on Monday with School of Saatchi at 9pm
New series. 1/5. Dl Rebecca Flint and her team are called in to investigate after astrophysicist
Dr Christian King claims to have received a series of images from space. The images show fragments of an explosion in which many people are killed that will, he asserts, take place in just 18 hours' time.
Writer Lizzie Mickery : Producer Marcus Wilson
Director Simon Cellan Jones
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
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Putting the science into sci-fi: page 29
John Landis talks with Francine Stock about his 1981 cult horror comedy An American Werewolf in London, re-released in cinemas this week.
Comic Ben Miller (Armstrong and Miller) profiles innovative and racy comedian Benny Hill (1924-92), whose 1970s TV shows attracted in excess of 16 million viewers and whose fans included likewise visually comical talent Charlie Chaplin. Hill was seen in 140 countries, had a cult following in America, appeared in films (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and scored a 1971 number one hit with Ernie (the Fastest Milkman in the West). Paying tribute are TV mogul Michael Grade, comic actress Bella Emberg, TV producer/director Harold Snoad, comic Tom O'Connor and others. (Phil Collinge)
Another chance to hear Radio 2's ode to gothic rock (aka goth) - a genre of moody, introspective, ethereal, non-chirpy and at times droney music that emerged during the post-punk era of the late 1970s. Goths were swathed in black from head to toe, and identified with the "dark" pop of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure and Sisters of Mercy. Andrew Collins explores the origins and myths of goth, and looks at its modern incarnations (eg Marilyn Manson), including its cult pull with disaffected (and occasionally violent) suburban American youth. With input from
Banshees Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin , ex-chart star Gary Numan , Peter Hook (ex-Joy Division), film director Tim Burton and regulars of Soho's Batcave club: Peter Murphy and David J (of Bauhaus) and Jon Klein (of Specimen).
Black comedy drama based on the works of cult author Charles Bukowski , starring Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei. Hank Chinaski is a struggling writer who drifts through life earning money for booze. Sharing his bed and his blurred world are fellow alcoholics Jan and Laura. Film of the Day: page 35.
Director Bent Hamer (2005,15)
Two fans mark the centenary of Errol Flynn's birth by discussing which of his films they believe to be the best, and presenter Francine Stock studies cult movie The Pool of London. Repeated on Sunday at 11pm
Actor Rosamund Pike tells Francine Stock about her role in Fugitive Pieces, an adaptation of the award-winning novel by Canadian writer Anne Michaels. Director Mike Hodges discusses the restoration of Lola Montes , Max Ophuls 's 1955 cult epic, which was heavily cut at the time of its original release. Producer Stephen Hughes Repeated on Sunday at 11pm
Andrew Collins assesses the meaning of gothic rock - a genre of moody, introspective, non-chirpy and at times droney music that emerged during the post-punk late 1970s, with followers swathed in black from head to toe and identifying with the "dark" pop of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure and Sisters of Mercy. Collins explores the origins and myths of goth, and looks at its modern incarnations (eg Marilyn Manson), including its cult pull with disaffected (and occasionally violent) suburban American youth. With input from Banshees Siouxsie Soux and Steve Severin , ex-chart star Gary Numan , Peter Hook (ex-Joy Division), film director Tim Burton , and regulars of Soho's Batcave club: Peter Murphy and David J (of Bauhaus) and Jon Klein (Of Specimen). Producer Helen Lennard
3/4. The series shifts to the early 1980s, when Kristofferson split from his wife Rita Coolidge and starred in Michael Cimino 's cult disaster
Heaven's Gate, which Radio Times film editor Andrew Collins discusses. Plus a look at Kristofferson's political songs and his membership in the 1985-95 country supergroup The Highwaymen, comprised of Johnny Cash , Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson , with whom he starred in Alan Rudolph 's 1984 film Songwriter. Rosanne Cash recalls observing The Highwaymen. Presented by Steve Earle.
2/3. Out of the Frying Pan. The guitar turns electric and music is changed for ever. Alan Yentob examines the shift in the cultural status of the guitar, from the blues of the Mississipi to the "guitar wars" of the 1950s, when the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul ruled.
Producer Roger Parsons ; Executive producer Janet Lee
Repeated on Friday at 11.30pm on BBC4 Guitar Heroes on Later.... follows at 11.30pm on BBC4
Any episode, after it has first been broadcast, is available for the duration of the entire series at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer
What Alan Yentob is watching: page
Towards the end of his career, film star Peter Lorre found himself at the centre of a strange legal case.
Incorporating verbatim extracts from the court transcripts, Michael Butt 's play wonders what was going through Lorre's troubled mind as he fought to protect his name.
Producer/Director Toby Swift
Sue MacGregor reunites the cast and director of the British cult movie Withnail and I. Actors Richard E Grant, Paul McGann, Ralph Brown and writer and director Bruce Robinson are on the stage of the BFI. Richard Griffiths recorded an interview about his role as Uncle Monty. Producer Kevin Dawson Repeated on Friday at 9am
2/11. Lauren Laverne hosts another bumper batch of cultural gems, including Mark Kermode talking to the multiple Oscar winner Tom Hanks about his latest film, Charlie Wilson 's War, plus there's an interview with cult actress Laura Linney about her role in The Savages. Elsewhere, BBC Radio 1's DJ Nihal travels to Belgium to meet the Dewaele brothers, better known as Soulwax, Author Conn Iggulden visits a story-telling festival in Galway, and folk rockers Beirut hit the streets of Cardiff to see how much they can make as buskers. Studio music comes from electro-pop stars Hot Chip. Producer Graham Mitchell ; Exec producer Edward Morgan
New series 1/6. Writer Michael Smith investigates national identity by travelling around England in search of a modern definition for the elusive concept. See page 80.
Big-budget adaptation of Douglas Adams 's cult sci-fi comedy, starring Martin Freeman. Everyman Arthur Dent 's morning goes from bad to worse when he discovers that not only is his home due to be demolished to make way for a bypass, but that planet Earth itself is to be destroyed to make way for a hyperspace motorway. Film of the Day: page 55. and Director Garth Jennings (2005, PG)
7/10. Actor and director Kenneth Branagh talks to
Mark Kermode about his latest films Sleuth and The Magic Flute. Elsewhere, PJ Harvey talks to
Verity Sharp about her new album White Chalk, designer Peter Saville journeys to the heart of the Bauhaus movement in East Germany and John Waters , cult director of films such as Hairspray, teaches a bad-taste masterclass. Plus music from Ray Davies of the Kinks, and Scottish rock band Sons and Daughters. Exec producer Edward Morgan Repeated at 1.55am Stuart Maconie on PJ Harvey: page 45
Cult horror director George A Romero talks to Francine Stock about his career, including Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow. Producer Stephen Hughes