Gus Casely-Hayford and actress Dame Harriet Walter venture into the world of Walter Sickert, an artist who revelled in the life of music halls and popular entertainment. From the seedy underworld of London's Camden to the English seaside they embark on a journey full of twists and turns discovering a truly eccentric man with multiple personas. Harriet Walter shared her highly personal insight into the world of performing, which Sickert was so fascinated by as a former actor himself.
Gus Casley-Hayford is joined by actor Robert Lindsay as they explore the landscapes that inspired Victorian painter William Holman Hunt. This journey of discovery takes Gus and Robert from the cliffs of the Sussex coast to the backs-streets of Chelsea as they venture into the world of the pre-raphelite brotherhood the group of young men who started an art revolution and became obsessed with their muses. These men, led by Holman Hunt railed against The Royal Academy and changed British Art forever.
Gus Casely-Hayford is joined by legendary society photographer David Bailey to explore the world of Edwardian portrait painter John Singer Sargent. This journey takes Gus and David to some of Britain's grandest estates from Blenheim palace to Ightham Mote and gives us a fascinating peek into this artist outsider who painted some of the Belle Epoque's most celebrated names. Gus' journey also takes him to Paris where Sargent trained but also where his career nearly ended in scandal, here Gus gets unique access to the Louvre to discover one of his Sargent's early paintings with a fascinating tale behind it of jealousy and subterfuge.
The utterly beguiling Helena Bonham Carter embarks on a journey with Gus Casely Hayford following in the footstep of one of Helena's teenage heroes, Dora Carrington. This adventure takes them from the beautiful Sussex countryside to the breathtaking landscapes of the Lake District, discovering along the way a complex and tragic figure at the centre of an impossible menage a trois between Ralph Partridge, a husband she didn't a love and Lytton Stachey the gay man she adored.
Gus Casely Hayford and broadcasting legend Jeremy Paxman walk through the wilderness of the Scottish Caingorms mountains and discover the landscapes that inspired Victorian artist Edwin Landseer. Together they reveal the fascinating yet tormented portrait of Landseer, whose life story started with ambition and ended in madness. With his passion for the history of Victorian era, Jeremy gives us his unique insight into the context in which the artist was painting. The walks will take Gus and Jeremy to some of the most remote parts of the UK, from the grand Balmoral estate to the rugged scenery of Loch Avon.
Gus Casley-Hayford and Billy Connolly embark on a journey through Cookham, Berkshire, the home and artistic inspiration for Stanley Spencer, the man once dubbed the divine fool of British art.
Actor, writer and raconteur Simon Callow joins Gus Casley- Hayford on a romp into a painting often sneered at by the establishment but loved by the masses, William Powell Frith's Derby Day. A bawdy portrayal of the Victorian British class system that holds up a remarkable mirror to who we are as a nation today.
Writer, journalist and radio DJ, Danny Baker joins art curator, Gus Casely-Hayford, for a gin fuelled romp around London through the works of the capital's first visual biographer: painter, print-maker and political satirist, William Hogarth.
Michael Sheen joins art curator Gus Casely-Hayford on a moving journey back to his native South Wales in the footsteps of Josef Herman.
Singer, songwriter and broadcaster Cerys Matthews joins art curator Gus Casely-Hayford on beautiful walks through the breathtaking landscapes that inspired Britain's greatest artist, JMW Turner.
Prepare to have your opinion of John Constable turned on its head as Richard E Grant joins host Gus Casely-Hayford on a lively journey, walking the landscapes of one of the nation's greatest painters.
Actress and national treasure Miriam Margolyes joins art curator Gus Casley-Hayford on a jaw-dropping voyage of discovery, walking in the footsteps of the fisherman artist Alfred Wallis.
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