November 12th, 2015
Episode 1040 of 1398 episodes
Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer at The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a new exhibition of masterpieces from the Royal Collection. Curator Desmond Shawe-Taylor explains the background to the show which includes works by Jan Steen and Pieter de Hooch, and which features Johannes Vermeer's A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman, The Music Lesson (above). Vikram Seth, author of the international bestselling novel A Suitable Boy, discusses his substantial new publication, Collected Poems. Samantha Morton and John Hurt star in the new TV drama series The Last Panthers, based on a real-life network of diamond thieves across Europe. Crime novelist Denise Mina reviews. Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas - famous for his complex microtonal scores - discusses his bold new work Morgen und Abend for the Royal Opera House, featuring Out of Africa Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer. Presenter Samira Ahmed Producer Jerome Weatherald.