Tate Britain's Great Art Walks: Stanley Spencer - Billy Connolly

Tate Britain's Great Art Walks: Stanley Spencer - Billy Connolly

Series 2

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Review

Stanley Spencer painted the ordinariness – or “unhappeningness” as he called it – of life, often featuring family, lovers and the villagers of his beloved Cookham in Berkshire. Billy Connolly adores his work for exactly that reason.

Connolly joins art historian Gus Casely-Hayford to stroll around Cookham – the charming village that was the centre of Spencer’s world and which he considered heaven on earth – reflecting on his naive style and the meaning behind his work. But it’s his painting of Clydeside ship builders that is especially poignant for former welder Connolly who has profound things to say about life, death and what’s really important.

Summary

The return of the programme in which art historian Gus Casely-Hayford guides celebrities through the landscapes made famous by their favourite British artists. He begins by leading comedian Billy Connolly on a walking tour of the historic village of Cookham in Berkshire to shed light on the influences of artist Stanley Spencer.
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