Posted on Saturday, August 13th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
He’s long since conquered the art world and, last year, he conquered the movie world with his meta-documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. Now, international man of mystery Banksy is moving onto another medium: television. He’s created an hour-long special that will premiere Saturday night on Channel 4 in the U.K. called The Antics Roadshow, a take off of The Antiques Roadshow, described as ‘Banksy’s ‘incomplete guide to total anarchy’ providing a greatest hits of wayward behavior, sedition and sabotage.” There’s no U.S. air date yet. Read more about the special, including a quote from Banksy, after the jump.
The Los Angeles Times alerted us to the show and echo our plea for someone in the U.S. to buy the rights to this special.
Here’s how the Channel 4 website describes the show, including a gem of a quote from Bansky:
An hour-long special made by Banksy charting the history of behaving badly in public, from anarchists and activists to attention seeking eccentrics. Contributors include Michael Fagan talking about breaking into the Queen’s bedroom: ‘I looked into her eyes, they were dark’; and Noel Godin, who pioneered attacking celebrities with custard pies: ‘Instead of a bullet I give them a cake’.
Explaining his reasoning behind the show, Banksy said: ‘Basically I just thought it was a good name for a TV programme and I’ve been working back from there’.
Narrated by Kathy Burke and produced by Jamie D’cruz, The Antics Roadshow examines the stories behind some of the most audacious stunts of recent times and what motivates the perpetrators, from mindless boredom to heartfelt political beliefs. It includes a world exclusive first interview with the man responsible for putting the turf Mohican on Winston Churchill’s head.
Sounds like something that’s right up Banksy alley, but there must be some kind of subversion afoot here. I’ll be curious to find out what it is once the special airs in the UK.