Your Paintings: A Culture Show Special

Sat Mar 9, 6.30-7.30pm, BBC2

An intriguing project, this one. Who knew that for years, thousands of paintings owned by the British public have been hidden away and inaccessible? Not us, that’s for sure. Happily, that’s all about to change – the Your Paintings project has overseen the photographing and online archiving of more than 200,000 works.

Now, the coast is clear for the likes of Alastair Sooke to dig in and tell us what it all means. Tonight, in the company of ‘art detective’ (no, we didn’t really know that was an actual job title either) Dr Bendor Grosvenor, Sooke will be analysing the collection for clues to British identity. No preview material was available, but this is an intriguing story well worth telling.