The BBC have today released promotional pictures for the first part of Victoria Coren Mitchell’s new documentary series based around the truth about Bohemians – and how to become one. The first part of the series airs on BBC Four on the 8th of June and is on from 9:00pm to 10:00pm. Below are more promotional pictures as well as the synopsis for the first part:
These characters revelled in the absurd, with one famously taking his pet lobster for walks in the park. Here the archetype of the bohemian was born, immortalised later in Puccini’s opera La Bohème. But were they trailblazing creatives or irritating posers? And is living outrageously a necessary step towards producing great art?
Victoria goes on to explore how bohemian subculture took root in Britain through the ground-breaking art, eccentricities and bad-boy behaviour of the Pre-Raphaelites. Dante Gabriel Rossetti cultivated his image as an oddball, keeping a menagerie including a much-loved wombat. He caused a scandal when he became obsessively entangled with Janey Morris, wife of his friend the famous designer William Morris.Victoria learns how bohemianism evolved into the dandy pose of aesthetes such as playwright Oscar Wilde, and artist Aubrey Beardsley, whose explicit drawings intrigued and shocked the public in equal measure.
And she recounts how, most surprisingly, bohemian living found one of its greatest advocates in children’s author Arthur Ransome, who long before Swallows and Amazons wrote a whimsical traveller’s guide to bohemian London.
Victoria’s historical journey is given added resonance through her probing and highly entertaining encounters with a range of illuminating modern bohemians, including Stephen Fry; artists Grayson Perry and Maggi Hambling; pop star turned vicar and broadcaster Richard Coles; writer Will Self and drag artist Jonny Woo.
With thanks to BBC Media and BBC Pictures.