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


  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2003 - 2022
  • 71 episodes (12 series)

A panel of celebrity guests join Victoria Coren Mitchell to use their wit and wisdom to argue against narrow-minded thinking and received opinions of the day. Also features David Baddiel.

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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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 8th May 2014 9:00am Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 8th May 2014 6:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Friday 9th May 2014 1:00am Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 30th November 2016 9:00am Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 30th November 2016 4:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 1st December 2016 4:00am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

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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