The Big Painting Challenge

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The Big Painting Challenge

Series 3 - Episode 1



The amiable art contest stretches its canvas for another run. Richard Coles and Mariella Frostrup return as the lightly bantering hosts, with ten amateur artists putting themselves through painterly challenges.

This week the theme is still life – literally in the case of rendering the copper stills at a Glasgow spirit makers onto canvas. The hopefuls learn about the difference between shape and form and the technique of reductive painting. They also get a masterclass in patronising: “Well done for your energy,” is Mentor Diana Ali’s comment on one effort. “It’s very punchy,” adds Coles, kindly.

Incidentally, if you’ve previously warmed to one of the show’s judges, Lachlan Goudie, he continues his part-spiritual, part-artistic journey Painting the Holy Land at 9am on BBC1.


Mariella Frostrup and Rev Richard Coles present a third series of the art contest, which begins with 10 contestants getting a masterclass in still life in Glasgow. The painters must each depict an object they have brought with them from home, before visiting a distillery to produce a large scale painting of the stills and fermenters. The finished art is displayed to members of the public, who get the chance to vote for their favourite, before judges Lachlan Goudie and Daphne Todd decide who will be the first to be eliminated.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Rev Richard Coles
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Judge Daphne Todd
Judge Lachlan Goudie