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The Culture Show -- s11e06
The Edinburgh Festival Show
Thursday 13 August 2009
7:00pm - 7:50pm
Lauren Laverne presents from the Pleasance Courtyard -- the heart of the biggest-ever Edinburgh festival.
Lauren looks at the best of the first week of the Fringe, including The Hotel, a transformed building in the city centre
which offers a different theatrical, comic or musical experience in every room (directed by comedian Mark Watson),
and Internal, at The Traverse Theatre, which explores the worlds of speed dating and group therapy and makes
the audience take part in both.
There's also a look ahead to the start of the International Festival. Highlights include Faust, a theatrical spectacle
featuring over 100 actors and musicians, and the bad boy of dance Michael Clark, who returns to the festival after
Andrew Graham Dixon revels in the major summer exhibition, The Discovery of Spain, at the Royal Scottish Academy.
Four years in the making, the collection boasts over 130 works, with Spanish masters such as Goya, Picasso and
Velasquez alongside work by British artists from Melville to Wilkie, as they discovered Spain for themselves.
There's also a celebration of the quintessential Edinburgh writer Muriel Spark as a new biography is released, and
the Fringe pays tribute with theatre performances of A Girl of Slender Means and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
US comic and actor Janeane Garofalo joins Lauren Laverne for a chat in the Pleasance Courtyard. Best known for
her screen roles such as The Larry Sanders Show and 24, Janeane returns to her sardonic stand-up routes for her
first visit to the festival.
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Drama: Casualty, Holby City, The Bill, Hustle, Skins, Shameless, Ashes To Ashes
Game/Quiz Shows: Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Have I Got News For You, Deal Or No Deal (UK), Q.I.
Education/Documentary: Planet Earth, Horizon, Panorama, Mark Thomas (Comedy) Product
Food: Hell's Kitchen, Jamie Oliver, The F Word, Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef, Great British Menu, Gordon Ramsay's Cookalong
Home/Property/Garden: Property Ladder, How Clean Is Your House?, Changing Rooms, Grand Designs, Homes Under The Hammer, To Buy Or Not To Buy
Motoring: Top Gear, Fifth Gear
Music: Top Of The Pops, Jools Holland, Glastonbury
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