Vic and Bob have done sketch shows (The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer), web series (Vic & Bob’s Afternoon Delights), comedy dramas (Catterick, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)) and the greatest quiz show of all time (Shooting Stars), but until now they’ve never done a sitcom as sit-commy as this. Their new show, House of Fools (BBC2), is filmed in front of a live studio audience, and the duo play Odd Couple-style flatmates in a home filled with bizarre bric-à-brac and beset by unwelcome visitors.
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Monday 19 March 2012
It might seem that everything is crashing down around us in Austerity Britain, but judging by the bumper sales figures disclosed by one London auction house, now could be the perfect time to cash in on those artistic masterpieces gathering dust in your attic.
Monday 19 March 2012
It might seem like everything is crashing down around us in Austerity Britain, but judging by the bumper-billion-pound sales figures disclosed by one London auction house, it appears now is the perfect time to cash in on those artistic masterpieces you've left gathering dust in your attic.
Sunday 05 February 2012
As a film chronicles Freud and Jung's battle of wits, Phil Boucher puts 10 artistic moments on the couch
Friday 20 January 2012
The Czech film director, Jan Svankmajer discusses a troubled childhood and the inspiration for his new film.
Friday 30 December 2011
Graham Greene's religious faith was often fragile. When in one of his periodic moments of doubt he suggested to Evelyn Waugh that he was considering resigning from the Catholic novelist coterie to which the two belonged, Waugh was outraged and insisted Greene carry on writing novels with a religious basis, however uncertain his belief had become.
Monday 08 August 2011
A new collection of works by David Shillinglaw will bring together a selection of art hoping to reflect 'the constant search for and consumption of that which makes us complete'
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Tuesday 05 April 2011
The playful, cartoon-like paintings of Joan Miró are instantly recognisable. Bright in colour and childlike in form, the Catalan artist flirted with both abstract expressionism and surrealism to create his vivid celebrations of the Catalan landscape.
Friday 01 April 2011
An outdoor installation of Salvador Dali's 'Alice in Wonderland' sculpture, previously unseen in the UK, opened today at the Moor House Gallery.
Friday 01 April 2011
A major exhibition of paintings by Spanish artist Lita Cabellut in tribute to late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo opens at the Opera Gallery London today.
Sunday 27 March 2011
Here's a forgotten author, Maurice Richardson, with a single remembered book to his name – but what a book! The paper shortages of the Second World War gave rise to Lilliput magazine, a diminutive periodical that survived thanks to the quality of its writers and illustrators, who included Richardson, Nancy Mitford, Stephen Potter, Mervyn Peake, VS Pritchett, Ronald Searle, Robert Graves, Aleister Crowley, Patrick Campbell, Gerard Hoffnung and Sir Max Beerbohm. It helped that they published fairly saucy (for the time) pictures of unclothed ladies. Every cover featured a scene combining a man, a woman and a dog.
Friday 17 December 2010
The Unseen Dali is an exhibition of 40 or so works, spanning the artist's entire career, many of which have never been shown in the UK before (seven of the drawings have never been exhibited at all). While Dali's reputation as an exhibitionist is made explicit here by the show's semi-naked centrepiece, "Bust de Femme Rétrospectif" – a milliner's bust with cobs of corn across her shoulders, ants on her face and a baguette on her head – the exhibition reveals another side to the artist: a simpler, more low-key draughtsman, painter and sculptor interested in colour, landscapes and the human form.
Thursday 09 December 2010
BBC2's Shooting Stars provided the big break for Angelos Epithemiou and in a very short space of time, the dishevelled clown, who owes so much to the stylings of his hosts Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, has enjoyed a suitably stellar ascent.
Friday 08 October 2010
Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar may be the funniest Belgian surrealists since René Magritte. Their stop-motion animation invokes a head-in-the-clouds papier-mâché otherworld that keeps shattering into pieces and then cleverly reconstituting itself. It centres upon a hilltop house where plastic figurines Cowboy, Indian and Horse all live in chaotic harmony; their bathroom routine is enough to make you giggle by itself.
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