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Drawing in front the telly

I really enjoyed listening to Grayson Perry‘s series of lectures on art for BBC Radio 4 (listen or download these Reith Lectures here). In one episode he mentioned he likes drawing in front of the television while watching crap programs. In a recent interview with Time Out he put it like this:

‘I find drawing in front of the telly very therapeutic because I watch something like “The X Factor”, which only needs half an eye, and have a couple of beers, so I’m sort of loosened up. Then I get my felt pens out, so I’ve only got half an eye on the drawing as well. It’s quite a good way to operate – your impulse control is low and that’s good.’

Now I must admit I LOVE this series on Channel 4 called The Fried Chicken Shop – Life in a Day. Filmed over 3 weeks it shows us the trials and tribulations of the customers and employees of a fried chicken shop in Clapham, South London. I hate fried chicken and I hate reality tv, but this program is hilarious and charming (and disgusting – there’s no way of eating fried chicken in a decent manner) all at the same time. But I find it increasingly difficult to just watch television without feeling idle. In comes Grayson Perry! So I got my pencils out, made myself a nice cuppa tea and watched all three episodes of The Fried Chicken Shop in one go WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY.

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Here’s the trailer for The Fried Chicken Shop. Watch all episodes on YouTube.

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