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The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.


This is England 86, Channel 4 (Tuesday 7 September, 10.00 pm)

Shane Meadows makes his TV debut with this four part follow-up to his BAFTA winning film of 2006. It is 1986, and Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is leaving school for a Britain of uncertainty and unemployment. The series follows the old gang from the film to parallel the experinces of the youth of mid-1980s Britain with those of today.


PROM 66: WAGNER / R. STRAUSS / SCHOENBERG / WEBERN / BERG, Royal Albert Hall (Saturday 4 September, 7:30pm)

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic through selections from the Austro-German repertoire around the turn of the 20th century. The programme encompasses operas and compositions from Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Schoenberg and includes a performance by celebrated Finnish soprano Karita Mattila.


Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880 - 1900, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow (Until 27 September)

Comprising around 100 oil paintings and 50 works on paper by The Glasgow Boys, an influential group of avant-garde artists inspired by the rural life scenes by continental painters of the late nineteenth century. Drawing together major pictures from public and private collections throughout Scotland, this is the first major exhibition devoted to the Glasgow Boys since 1968.


Blitz Season, BBC Radio 4 (Sunday 5 to Friday 10 September)

The BBC is marking the 70th anniversary of the Nazis' nine month assault on civilian Britain with a series of special programmes. Wednesday evening sees Michael Portillo chairing a discussion with Juliet Gardiner, Terry Charman and Ian Kershaw on the damage inflicted, the attitudes and actions in Hitler's High Command and Churchill's War Cabinet, and the lasting legacy of the Blitz.


Enron, Festival Theatre, Chichester (Thursday 9 to Saturday 18 September)

Lucy Prebble's dramatisation of the Enron disaster, directed by Rupert Goold, opens at Chichester this week for the start of its UK tour. Theproduction combines comedy and tragedy to deal with the themes of hubris, greed, frenzy and loss in the financial world, casting new perspectives on both the late 1990s and today's financial world.


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