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Grayson Perry: All Man
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You can count on artist Grayson Perry for television that opens cans of worms -then embroiders them beautifully. His can this time is the “tower of power” that is modern masculinity, starting with the macho world of cage fighters in the North East of England.
“A life-long cissy myself,” says Perry, “I wonder whether the need to be hard is what’s holding men back.” He elaborates on his theme via the Durham Miners’ Gala, where he sees the blessing of banners at the cathedral and finds it “a stirring folk-art requiem for a certain kind of man”.
Fair enough, but there are times when Perry’s take on machismo might seem a bit obvious: men build emotional armour that makes them tough but shuts them off. Except, Perry isn’t a social commentator, remember, he’s an artist, and the works he responds with at the end of the programme remind us he’s a brilliant one.
Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry is not your typical man. As a frock-wearing, mountain-biking father-of-one, he has a unique perspective of the male psyche. In this three-part documentary, he investigates modern masculinity, beginning with the world of cage-fighting, or mixed-martial arts, in North East England. As a self-described `sissy', he has a problem with machismo, but as he spends time with the fighters, many of his prejudices are overturned - especially as he realises the struggles some of these men have faced in trying to live up to these masculine ideals.
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Full Episode Guide
Philippa Perry talks sex, surrealism and living with Grayson
The Psychotherapist explains How to Be a Surrealist and what it's like being married to the newly crowned television presenter of the year
Macho men are finished - and Grayson Perry knows why
Why women should watch Grayson Perry's series about masculinity
Grayson Perry on his Dream Essex House: "It's a monument to thwarted female intelligence"
Who is Philippa Perry?
What happened when Grayson Perry met Chris Huhne and Rylan Clark?
Chris Huhne's face, a numberplate and a penis - introducing Grayson Perry's latest work...
Grayson Perry: I designed my new artwork while watching The X Factor
Grayson Perry says Damien Hirst's art work is "hackneyed" and "tatty"
Grayson Perry on teddy bears, transvestites and the art world
Grayson Perry: “The art world is out of touch”
Stephen Mangan to play a troubled therapist in new Channel 4 comedy Hang Ups