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Alexander McQueen Exhibition, Jimmy McGovern, Kill the Messenger

March 4th, 2015

Episode 795 of 1337 episodes

As a major retrospective of the work of the celebrated fashion designer Alexander McQueen opens at the V&A, stylist Katy England and fashion photographer Nick Knight, both long-time collaborators and friends of McQueen, join chief curator Claire Wilcox to discuss McQueen's life and work. Jeremy Renner heads the cast in Kill the Messenger, a new film based on the true story of a reporter driven to the brink of suicide when he exposes the CIA's involvement in drug-trafficking in the 1990s. Writer Misha Glenny reviews. Screenwriter Jimmy McGovern is best known for creating the TV series Cracker, The Lakes and The Accused. He talks about how he played with fact and fiction in his new BBC2 drama series Banished, about the founding of the Sydney Cove penal colony in Australia in 1788. Hans Haacke has been chosen as the next artist for the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square. Ahead of the unveiling of his sculpture Gift Horse, Haacke discusses how his work explores art and the financial markets. Presenter: John Wilson Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.

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