A sizzling summer of Arts TV on the BBC

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  • Mark Gatiss (pictured) tells the story of John Minton’s colourful, complex and bohemian life for the first time on television. Part of a run of singular arts documentaries on BBC Four this summer.
  • BBC Four follows acclaimed artist Sonia Boyce as she prepares a new exhibition from artists of African and Asian descent who have helped shape the British art scene.
  • Musician and performer Anoushka Shankar, artists Mahtab Hussain and Raqib Shaw are profiled as part of the British Asian season on BBC Four.
  • BBC Two’s revealing documentary looks into the life of Sylvia Plath through her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar.
  • BBC Two goes behind the scenes as the Royal Academy celebrates its 250th Summer Exhibition with artist Grayson Perry at the helm.
  • BBC One will be profiling leading British artists Tacita Dean and Rose Wylie, for imagine…

From Mark Gatiss’ personal quest to uncover the forgotten talent of artist John Minton, to a behind-the-scenes look at this year's RA summer exhibition co-ordinated by Grayson Perry, to profiles of Anoushka Shankar, Mahtab Hussain and Raqib Shaw, to a revealing portrait of Sylvia Plath with exclusive testimony from her daughter Frieda, BBC Arts TV has something for everyone interested in the arts.

Mark Gatiss says: "I'm thrilled to be celebrating my love of this unjustly neglected artist on BBC Four. John Minton's life and art shine a dazzling light on a Soho long gone and a vanished England."

Jonty Claypole, BBC Director of Arts, says: “This summer, we’re putting artists centre stage on television, as BBC Arts profiles some extraordinary artists, including John Minton, Rose Wylie, Tacita Dean and performer Anoushka Shankar, as well as going behind the scenes of the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

“We’ll also be highlighting some of the UK's forgotten masterpieces by black and Asian British artists through Sonia Boyce's new exhibition in Manchester. Finally, we’re delving into lives of extraordinary female writers Sylvia Plath and Angela Carter, with two intimate and revealing films.”

BBC Four will also be making Monday nights an Arts destination this summer, with a run of single documentaries including:

  • Mark Gatiss on John Minton: The Lost Man Of British Art
  • Abducted - Elizabeth I’s Child Actors
  • Black British Artists - Britain’s Hidden Art History (w/t)