Celebrating Britain’s culture


Artsnight (Friday, March 6, BBC2, 11pm)

What’s It All About? As far as the BBC is concerned, it’s a big year for British arts – and they are quite keen to give everyone a nudge and get others involved too.

Last month, the broadcaster launched Get Creative, its year-long celebration of arts, culture and creativity, with an aim to boost creativity in the UK, and applaud the millions of people already doing something artistic every day.

As part of this push, the BBC launches Artsnight, a new four-part cultural magazine series, for which various famous faces will each guest edit.

First up, Silk and The Village actress Maxine Peake takes the reins, as she celebrates voices marginalised by mainstream culture,

She talks to Nottingham-based electropunk duo Sleaford Mods, discusses the role of women in television with an all-female panel that includes actress Jessica Hynes, and explores the life and legacy of Salford playwright and screenwriter Shelagh Delaney.

Look Out For: Peake of course. At 40 years old, she has a sparkling CV that many actors twice her age would be envious of, so it’s little wonder the Beeb has snapped her up.