At the time of his death in 1904, George Frederic Watts was the most celebrated artist in Britain.
Marcus Gheeraerts II (1561/2-1636) was one of the great portrait artists of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. A contemporary of William Shakespeare, he painted many of the leading Britons of the time, including Elizabeth I.
Portraits are one of the great subjects of British art, and from school photos to passports portraits are also central to all our lives. In two films for Five, Fiona Shaw goes on a journey…
Matthew Bourne’s updates his sensational take on Swan Lake for the 21st century.
Bizet’s Carmen is transported to 1960s greasy garage-diner where sparks fly.