Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

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Some of the sitters have become miniatures, some large tapestries, some statues and, of course, some pots, but all of the works will be shown alongside portraits of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in a special display timed to accompany transmission.

This first episode focuses on the identity of four individuals: subsequent episodes will look at families and groups.