November 18th, 2015
Episode 1045 of 1338 episodes
Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution, is the largest ever exhibition about the famous 17th-century diarist which takes a look at the time in which Pepys lived, from the execution of Charles I through the rule of Cromwell to the reinstatement of the monarchy with Charles II, all happening alongside plague, the Great Fire and war. John Wilson talks to the two curators, Robert Blyth and Kristian Martin. Music historian Jon Savage discusses his new novel 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded. In it he argues that the events of 1966 - including the developments in the civil and women rights movements, the escalation of the Vietnam War, and the availability of LSD - resulted in an explosion of creativity which can be traced through the music charts from The Stones' 19th Nervous Breakdown to The Four Tops' Reach Out and I'll be There. Dancer Dana Fouras on her return to the stage after almost 15 years, as her husband, the choreographer Russell Maliphant celebrates the 20th anniversary of his close artistic collaboration with lighting designer Michael Hulls. Presenter John Wilson Producer Jerome Weatherald.