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Carys Bray, The Meddler reviewed, Henry V, Painters' Paintings at National Gallery, Derby Museums acquisitions

June 21st, 2016

Episode 1205 of 1303 episodes

Susan Sarandon stars as an interfering mother in The Meddler, with Rose Byrne as her long-suffering daughter. Critic Kate Muir reviews. The Meddler is released on 24 June, certificate 12A. Derby Museums acquires two Joseph Wright landscapes for its collection after bidding anonymously at a New York auction house. Executive Director Tony Butler explains why he thinks bold acquisitions are the way forward amid shrinking budgets in regional museums. Carys Bray, author of A Song for Issey Bradley, discusses her new novel The Museum of You, in which a 12-year-old girl creates a museum at home dedicated to her mother, who was killed in a road accident shortly after she was born. Painters' Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck is a new exhibition exploring great paintings from the point of view of the artists who owned them. Inspired by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's Italian Woman - left to the National Gallery in London by Lucian Freud following his death in 2011 - the exhibition includes over eighty works, spanning more than five hundred years, all once owned by celebrated painters, such as Van Dyck's Titian, Reynold's Rembrandt, and Matisse's Degas. Front Row sends critic William Feaver to find out what we learn. Painters' Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck opens at the National Gallery in London on Thursday (23 June) and runs until 4 September. Having played many of Shakespeare's female leads, Michelle Terry takes on the role of Henry V at Regent's Park Open Theatre, directed by Robert Hastie. Front Row talks to both about the new production. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Producer: Elaine Lester.

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