How to Be Bohemian. Victoria Coren Mitchell. Copyright: BBC.


BBC Radio 4 panel show challenging received opinions. 65 episodes (pilot + 11 series), 2003 - 2019. Stars David Baddiel and Victoria Coren Mitchell.

Series 7, Episode 1

Victoria Coren returns as host of the show which dares to commit heresy. Victoria and guests Rufus Hound, Grayson Perry and Julia Hartley-Brewer challenge received opinion, expose the wrong-headedness of received wisdom and kick back at knee-jerk reactions.

Further details

Guests in the first programme in the series are comedian and Sport Relief Let's Dance champion Rufus Hound; the artist best known for his ceramic vases and habit of cross-dressing, Grayson Perry; and newspaper columnist and political journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer.

They challenge, among other things, the received wisdom that an artist who doesn't make his own work is a fraud and that women look better in men's clothes than men do in women's.

The received wisdom that 'Women look better in men's clothes than women do in women's' is rejected by Grayson Perry on the grounds that he's never been more successful with the ladies than when he's wearing a dress.

In arguing against the belief that 'an artist who doesn't make his own work is a fraud' Julia Hartley-Brewer points out that nobody ever complained that Sir Christopher Wren was never seen up a ladder laying the bricks of St Paul's Cathedral.

And all three guests dismiss the idea that spending 4.4 billion on the Large Hadron Collider is a waste of money - if only on the grounds that it may prove useful for smashing a few political leaders' heads together.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 19th May 2010
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Victoria Coren Mitchell Host / Presenter
    Guest cast
    Rufus Hound Guest
    Grayson Perry Guest
    Julia Hartley-Brewer Guest
    Writing team
    Victoria Coren Mitchell Writer
    Charlie Skelton Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Brian King Producer

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