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How to Be Bohemian with Victoria Coren Mitchell

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Series 1-Episode 3

Series 1-Episode 3

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In this instalment we go from Francis Bacon to Nathan Barley, charting the commodification of bohemian culture. Thankfully, it’s a long way from the fractious niggling of last week’s look at the Bloomsbury group, as 50s and 60s survivors reminisce with Victoria Coren Mitchell and lament the halcyon days of benders at the Colony Club and unfettered sexual freedom – Molly Parkin’s an absolute hoot.

And now? As bearded “hipsters” become the norm and “bohemian” is applied as much to soap or fashion as it is to a radical approach to life, where do we find the real artistic truth-seekers? Could art students, angry drag queens and anti-gentrification squatters hold the answer?


Victoria examines whether everyone is bohemian now or no-one is, and explores the post-war scene from Francis Bacon to the modern day hipster. She also hears about the hedonistic exploits of artist Molly Parkin, the punk past of critic AA Gill and the drug and party years of former pop-star turned vicar the Rev Richard Coles, as well as talking to artists Grayson Perry and Maggi Hambling, poet John Cooper Clarke and writer Will Self.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell
Contributor Molly Parkin
Contributor AA Gill
Contributor The Rev Richard Coles
Director Nick Tanner
Executive Producer Deborah Lee
Executive Producer Archie Baron
Producer Nick Tanner
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