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Jonathan Meades: 'I find everything fascinating and that is a gift'

9 November 2013 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jonathan Meades, author, broadcaster and architecture critic, has three books and a new TV series in the offing, yet the man known for his mordant on-screen presence is beset by worries that his style of film-making is being marginalised

Somewhat predictably, my taxi driver pulls a face as we arrive at the great concrete hive-come-cliff that is Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse in Marseille. "Unbelievable!" he says, shrugging dementedly. "Who would want to live here? Impossible to imagine." Naturally, I try to tell him, in my best O-level French, that many people consider the Cité Radieuse, the first Unité d'Habitation, to be the apogee of chic modern living. But I'm wasting my breath: he's heard it all before, not least from those peculiar tourists for whom the Cité Radieuse is more beguiling than the pyramids, more beautiful than the Parthenon, more sacred than the cathedral at Chartres. In fact, here come a couple now, »

- Rachel Cooke

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Tony Hall, take a long knife to the parasites the BBC calls managers | Jonathan Meades

2 April 2013 12:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Only a brutal demolition from the new director general can restore the glory of the British Betrayal Corporation

Nicholas Hytner recently complained that the BBC was "neglecting the arts". Melvyn Bragg has said that "I'm disappointed at the way the arts seems to be shrinking on the BBC."

But both Hytner and Bragg are one letter out. The "arts" conjures up images of committees of bores, worthily reverent exegesis, the horrors of dance, the misfit between opera and even a 42-inch screen, and ancient avant-gardist cliches – "ahead of its time", "ground-breaking", "controversial". Bragg and Hytner, the National Theatre director, would have been on the mark had they omitted the "s".

Yes, "art": television is capable of creating its own art, which is not dependent on other arts, or is at least a mongrel synthesis of them. It is capable of a sort of fabrication that is peculiar to the medium, »

- Jonathan Meades

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