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Contemporary arts strand that offers viewers a series of highly imaginative, provocative and unapologetically irreverent films covering the modern art scene

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Contemporary arts strand that offers viewers a series of highly imaginative, provocative and unapologetically irreverent films covering the modern art scene

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    Extreme Puppets

    A collaboration between writer Jacques Peretti and the Little Angel Theatre, Britain's foremost marionette company, these five short scenes involve ordinary people interacting with wooden mannequins in everyday situations that illustrate a particular hell of modern life.

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    David Shrigley doesn't like TV and he doesn't want to be a celebrity either. Nonetheless he is one of the biggest names in British contemporary art with a growing and equally obsessive fan base.

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    Four Posh Dinners and a Curry

    Is food the new sex? Or is it the new porn? We are witnessing an unprecedented bombardment of seductive food imagery in the media, but is it a sign that British cuisine is finally getting better? Or are we just ogling Nigella and Jamie as a piece of ultimately unfulfilling titillation?

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    How to Watch Television

    Charlie Brooker's enjoyable and informative attempt to explain how to watch TV offers a variety of informed information about what a television is, what's on it and how to view it.

  • The Art Show: David Peace - Hunter Joker Ripper Writer

    A look at the life and work of one of Britain's most successful young authors: David Peace. His first three novels (Red Riding 1974, 1977 and 1980) loosely fictionalise the extraordinarily heightened sense of fear surrounding the Yorkshire Ripper case, while the fourth (Red Riding 1983) deals with the Miners' Strike.

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    48 People Who Should Be Dead In Hollywood

    A fictionalized conversation between writer, Jacques Peretti and Vincent Gallo - actor, film director and former model, courier, breakdancer, motorcycle champion and sex hustler - who is one of the most feared and misunderstood cult figures in Hollywood today.

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    I Am, Unfortunately, Randy Newman

    Singer-songwriter Randy Newman takes journalist and lifetime fan Jon Ronson to his Bel Air home, plays some original songs, and muses on his inexplicable lack of popularity.

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    How Sick Is Your Art?

    Jake Chapman, one of the leading artists of his generation, questions the artistic value of contemporary Young British Art.

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    West Side Stories

    Courttia Newland is a young black British novelist, whose first three novels document the realities of urban life on a council estate in West London.

    Newland was brought up on a similar estate and, unlike his contemporary Zadie Smith, did not enjoy the benefits and advantages of a university education. He writes from personal experience, and these experiences are dramatised in the film offering an insight both into Newland's writing, and the complex reality behind the cartoonish surface of the so-called 'So Solid' lifestyle.

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    The A-Z of Now

    Rachel Newsome, editor of style bible Dazed And Confused, guides viewers alphabetically through the landscape of contemporary culture: a place in which mainstream and underground have merged, buying a Dido CD has replaced political protest, and history is recalled as a series of Top Ten lists.

    Have we surrendered to banality, or can we rediscover the authentic in a new generation of musicians, writers and performers? Rachel believes the answer may well lie in K (...for Knitting).

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    Stepford Lives

    Jacques Peretti bleakly comic film charts a day in the life of Graham, Sally and Magda, three fictional characters living in and around the fictional `village' of Harton Wick.

    Harton Wick is a new development with a fake history which was written by an advertising copywriter. Anonymous and secure, designed for individuals with little or no individuality, Harton Wick represents a frightening vision of suburban life.

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    In this unique programme, modern-day poets Bunmi Ogunsiji, Sophie Wooley, Owen Sheers and Selima Hill set about creating their own, 21st century versions of Rudyard Kipling's poem - If. The results show a fundamental shift in our attitudes towards imperialism, race and masculinity.

    In the first instance, the poets discuss the reasons why the poem has enjoyed such long-standing prominence.

    The 21st century versions of If produced by the poets are very much a reflection of their diverse attitudes to the craft of writing poetry. Sophie Wooley's offering is `Bus Groupie', an exploration of the coming-of-age issues which If throws up. Bunmi Ogunsiji has lived in South London all her life and her version takes on the difficulties of growing up and retaining one's identity in an urban context. Owen Sheers, brought up in Wales, looks to the South Wales valleys for inspiration.

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Contemporary arts strand that offers viewers a series of highly imaginative, provocative and unapologetically irreverent films covering the modern art scene

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