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
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)
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
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
Irreverent comedy based on the cult TV series starring Phil Cornwell , John Sessions and Ronni Ancona. Review paqe 48.
Director Peter Richardson (2004, 15)
The British film season continues with Bend It like Beckham tomorrow at 9pm
5/7. Magic, Murder & Monsters: the Story of Horror & Fantasy. Documentary looking at the British cinema's forays into the gothic world of spine-chillers and fantasy, including Harry Potter , Dracula, Hammer horror, The Plague of the Zombies, The Wicker Man , Brazil, Witchfinder General (which follows at 10.45) and The Innocents. Featuring contributions from Anthony Hopkins , John Hurt , Simon Pegg ,
Terry Gilliam , Rupert Grint and John Landis. Plus recollections from some of Britain's cult screen horror stars including Ingrid Pitt and Barbara Shelley. Series producer Garry John Hughes
Executive producer Ricky Kelehar Barry Norman on Peter Cushinq : page 39
Mark Kermode and Lauren Laverne present a celebration of movie locations across Britain, including rom com in Notting Hill and the backdrop for Brief Encounter's restrained romance, Carnforth railway station. Danny Boyle reveals how he created eerie, deserted London streets in 28 Days Later.... and Edward Woodward revisits the creepy landscape of cult horror classic The Wicker Man. Underworld perform their dance hit Born Slippy, which featured on the Trainspotting soundtrack. Producer Edward Morgan
Series producer Sam Starbuck The Simpsons: a Culture Show Special is on Wednesday at 7.30pm
4/8. This week Mark Kermode travels to the Cannes Film Festival to talk to cult filmmakers the Coen brothers about their new movie, No Country for Old Men. Meanwhile, art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon takes to the skies in a helicopter to present his favourite land art from the air. And Zina Saro Wiwa laments the slow death of pub culture in our major cities. Presented by Lauren Laverne.
Series producer Danielle Graham ; Exec producer Edward Morgan Repeated at 12.45am www.bbc.co.uk/cultureshow
The cult 1990s drama returns for a one-off feature-length episode. The five former housemates meet up at a funeral of another old friend. There, they learn Egg has written a bestselling book about their time together, and is also being filmed for a fly-on-the-wall documentary. The quintet then organise a formal reunion at Miles's country mansion.
Writer Amy Jenkins ; Exec producer Tony Garnett The Inside Story: page
Andrew Graham-Dixon journeys into the art and soul of the Samurai by immersing himself in the rituals and practices of the warrior cult. On a trip to Japan, he witnesses the creation of a Samurai sword by one of the few remaining such craftsmen, visits a stunning garden made of nothing but rock and gravel, gets tipsy with a geisha and films a scene for his very own Samurai action film.
Director Patrick Dickinson ; Producer Martin Rosenbaum
Action-packed adventure, the first in a double bill of Cary Grant films. Three British soldiers and their courageous water-carrier uncover a sinister plot to resurrect the feared thuggee cult of India. Review page 66. Director George Stevens (1939, U)
Cult blaxploitation starring
Ron O'Neal. A drug dealer's plans to go straight are tested by the world of organised crime. Review page 55.
Director Gordon Parks Jr (1972, 18) This week's premieres: paqe 51; Film Trivia: page 64 Followed by The Witness
2/4. Andrew Graham-Dixon 's insightful series on how, by looking at drawings, we can arrive at a greater grasp of the history of art, science and technology. Storylines. Drawing has been used down the centuries to tell narrative stories, many of them dark or satirical, from animation to Japanese manga books. Political cartoonist Martin Rowson explains how his savage commentaries on contemporary politicians are influenced by Hogarth while, in a rare interview,
American comic-strip artist Daniel Clowes talks about what inspired his celebrated graphic novel Ghost
World. Plus Belleville Rendez-vous animator Sylvain Chomet on drawing individual film frames by hand and cult manga artist Misako on her hit Biker Girl.
Producer Diana Hill ; Series producer Ian Macmillan
3/6. Kate Winslet takes on a worthy role she hopes will bag her an Oscar and Andy puts on a uniform that could see him win his first girlfriend.
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Brian Cooke's acclaimed play of the cult 1960s radio sketch show that sent up the establishment with bawdy jokes and surreal literary invention.
Jonathan Rigby, Robin Sebastian, Kate Brown, Charles Armstrong and Nigel Harrison re-create the original cast - Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Douglas Smith and Hugh Paddick, respectively - and their cavalcade of grotesques, including lecherous J Peasmold Gruntfuttock and camp couple Julian and Sandy. Directed by Michael Kingsbury and filmed at the Venue in London.
Director Nick Wood; Executive producer Richard Fell
Papa Wemba , a well-known Congolese singer, is also a prominent figure in a Paris- and Brussels-based cult known as La Sape , whose acolytes - many of whom are illegal immigrants - spend huge amounts on designer clothes in an effort to appear as conspicuously elegant as possible. Set to the strains of Wemba's music, this film from the Storyville documentary strand follows him as he prepares for what's being touted as his last major concert. Directors George Amponsah and Cosima Spender
Series editor Nick Fraser www.bbc.co.uk/storyville
Vivian Stanshall : the Canyons of His Mind Profiling the lead singer of cult 60s group the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, from his Southend childhood, through art school, contemporary status with the Beatles, and his later resurfacing as a solo artist.
John Peel , Jack Bruce and Stephen Fry are among those paying tribute. Director/Producer Paul Kerr (AD) Phill Jupitus goes wild for Gorilla: page 37
Satirical drama starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.
Meeting by chance, soap salesman Tyler Durden and a frustrated office worker conceive the Fight Club, where disaffected young men seeking a release can beat each other up with bare knuckles. Their idea is hugely successful, but as Tyler becomes a cult hero, his actions grow increasingly reckless. Review page 45.
Director David Fincher (1999, 18) Film Highlights: page 40
New series 1/13. Thy Kingdom Come. Andrew McCarthy stars in Stephen King 's adaptation of Lars von Trier's cult mini-series The Kingdom. When the victim of a road accident is admitted to hospital, he encounters a ghostly figure. The second episode follows on BBC3 at 11.20.
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