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T.V series, documentaries & films for artists & creatives in 2022

T.V series, documentaries & films for artists & creatives in 2022

We have put together a list of current and future T.V Series, Documentaries and Films that will inspire and entertain any creatives out there! 

T.V Series

Series 7 of Landscape Artist of the Year The return of the competition searching for the nation's best landscape painter. Broadcast on Sky Arts starting Wednesday 12th January 2022 on Sky Arts on Freeview (Channel 11) at 8pm. Get your submission ready now for Series 8 A chance to win a £10,000 prize commission for a major British institution, The deadline to apply is NOON on 14 April 2022. 

'Watercolour Challenge' Four amateur painters compete against the clock to capture some of Britain’s finest views. Showing from February weekdays at 4.00pm on Channel 5.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The Repair Shop Each week members of the public bring their sentimental treasures to The Repair shop Crew to fix and bring back to their former glory. Everything from WW2 coding machines to precious 50-year-old dollies has been featured on the show, mended, and handed back to their owners in tip-top condition (available on BBC iPlayer and all series are replaying on BBC 1&2)
The Big Design Challenge will see eight creatives battle across five episodes to be crowned “Britain’s next design superstar”.In partnership with the V&A and Lexus, t he final result finds a balance between “introducing and deconstructing ‘design’ for an audience as well as creating entertaining TV”.
(Sky Arts, Freeview Channel 11, and streaming service NOW from 15 February 2022).                                                                                                                           
Extraordinary Portraits  Artists create breathtaking portraits of people with incredible personal and powerful stories - creating a picture of modern Britain.
(BBC One- Episode 1 Feb 27th Sunday 18.30)                                                                                                                                                                                              
Dance Passion Shining a light on the UK’s world-class dance sector in all its form, Dance Passion will be a month-long celebration of dance, feature leading names and exciting new talent across television and online on BBC networks, stations, and platforms.
(BBC networks- throughout Feb & March)                                                                 
The Great Cookbook Challenge With Jamie Oliver Jamie Oliver is  Britain’s second-best-selling author, just missing out on the crown to J.K. Rowling! In his new TV Series, a budding cook gets the chance to write a bestselling recipe book. 18 contestants have an idea for a cookbook and those being pitched include a recipe book dedicated to lasagna, quick and easy vegan dishes, meals that can be mopped up with bread and a love letter to Austrian food. Each contestant then cooks a dish and works on the final image for the cookbook.
(Channel 4, Mondays @8pm starting 31st Jan)
The Creative Brain  Neuroscientist David Eagleman taps into the creative process of various innovators while exploring brain-bending, risk taking ways to spark creativity. (available on Netflix)                                                                                                                       
Interior Design Masters Ten talented designers. One life changing contract. Alan Carr and interiors guru Michelle Ogundehin are on the hunt for talent, passion and dazzling designs.        
Grayson Perry’s Art Club will be returning for another series starting March 18th 8pm Channel 4.  The themes have been revealed and entries are now open! Here are the Grayson’s Art Club themes for 2022:
  • Week 1 – Love
  • Week 2 – Heroes and heroines
  • Week 3 – Normal life
  • Week 4 – Inside my head
  • Week 5 – Holidays
  • Week 6 – The future                                                                       
Art that made us  A landmark eight-part series for BBC Two. Through 1500 years and eight dramatic turning points, the series presents an alternative history of the British Isles, told through art.                                                                                       
The Prince’s Master Crafters: The Next Generation Spotlights Britain’s rich heritage of traditional crafts:
  • Episode 1: Wood Carving – Sarah Goss asks the craftspeople to create a carving inspired by William Morris and the arts and crafts movement
  • Episode 2: Stained Glass – Derek Hunt challenges the craftspeople to create a stained-glass panel to include a symbol
  • Episode 3: Weaving - Rezia Wahid sets an intricate task asking our craftspeople to use different types of weaving in as they weave material of their choice
  • Episode 4: Blacksmithing – Phil Carter challenges our craftspeople to create a fire poker with a leaf detailing
  • Episode 5: Stone Carving – Zoe Wilson sets a task to create a stone carved leaf
  • Episode 6: Pargeting – Johanna Welsh’s task for the crafters is to create a pargeted panel of leaves and acorns
  • Episode 7: Grand Final

Showing on SkyArts throughout June.

Kirstie's House Of Crafts: Kirstie Allsopp puts celebrities to the test with tough crafting challenges. Available on More4                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Jays Yorkshire WorkshopJay Blades opens the doors to his brand new workshop in Bradford. In each episode, members of the public nominate local heroes from across Yorkshire to receive a bespoke, handmade piece of wooden furniture to recognise the work they do for their community, often going above and beyond. Showing on BBC2 and available now on BBCiPlayer.                                     

The Great Songwriters  Series featuring original portraits of songwriters discussing the creative process and their inspiration, including exclusive performances and interviews.- Available on Sky Arts 

The Art of Architecture An exploration of some of the world's most famous structures and the inspirations of the architects behind them.Available on Sky Arts.

The Beatles: Get Back The Beatles write and rehearse 14 new songs as they plan their first live show in more than two years; includes their unforgettable rooftop concert at London's Savile Row.  Warmth. Camaraderie. Creative genius. Experience it all in the docu-seriesstreaming on Disney+. Subscription required.                                                                                                                                        

Francis Bacon: Fragments of a Portrait Francis Bacon's paintings have been called sick and corrupt.He has also been hailed as the greatest British painter since Turner. This film study shows his work and its sources and critically assesses his paintings (1966)  

L.S. Lowry - The Industrial Artist    In this fascinating film, Lowry talks about his art and his desire "to put the industrial scene on the map". He succeeded, though the world that inspired him has now largely disappeared. Free to view on BFI.

Mr.Turner An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life. (available on Amazon Prime).

Maudie (2016) the story of Canadian folk artist, painter Maud Lewis.We see her birds, flowers and landscapes in bright, unmixed colours and painted from memory fan out over every surface of the tiny Nova Scotian house. (available on Amazon Prime)

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) Through interviews with his friends and collaborators, such as Al Diaz, the other half of graffiti duo “SAMO©”, Basquiat emerges as both a discerning young artist and an ambitious networker. The documentary shows that his compulsion to create broached many art forms: poetry, music, design, as well as painting or writing on every available surface. 

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang Cai became an international star with his lavish pyrotechnic display for the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony but he has a complex relationship with the Chinese state. His father, a gifted painter and calligrapher, was oppressed during the Cultural Revolution, and Cai’s own career can be seen as driven by a need to re-establish family honour. (available on Netflix)

Loving Vincent The life and death of famous Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh, becomes the focus of this innovative film. First shot as a live action film with actors, then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in 65,000 oil-paintings, Loving Vincent is vividly painted in the style of the artist himself. (available to rent on BFIplayer & Prime Video)

At Eternity's GateA look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France. (available on Prime Video)

Frida The true story of Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) and her husband Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), the larger-than-life painters who became the most acclaimed artists in Mexican history, and whose tempestuous love affair, landmark journeys to America, and outrageous personalities made them legendary. (available to watch on apple t.v, Prime Video , HBO Max)


Catherine Peters
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