Francis Bacon In Your Blood

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01Under The Spell2015082420150825 (R4)

The young ingenue Peppiatt is taken into Bacon's circle.

Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with the defining artist of our time.

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death in 1992.

The Soho photographer, John Deakin, who introduced the young student to the famous artist, called Peppiatt 'Bacon's Boswell'. And for decades, Peppiatt accompanied Bacon on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club to casino, witnessing all aspects of Bacon's 'gilded gutter life', as well as meeting the likes of Lucian Freud, East End thugs, Andy Warhol and the Duke of Devonshire. He also frequently discussed painting with Bacon in his studio, where only the artist's closest friends were ever admitted.

Despite the chaos Bacon created around him Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversations ranging over every aspect of life and art, love and death. And here he shows Bacon close-up, grand and petty, tender and treacherous by turn, and often quite unlike the myth that has grown up around him.

Today: the young ingenue Peppiatt is taken into Bacon's circle.

Reader: Adrian Scarborough

Writer: Michael Peppiatt is an art historian, curator and writer. His 1996 biography of Francis Bacon was chosen as a 'Book of the Year' by the New York Times.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

02Bacon's Boswell2015082520150826 (R4)

Peppiatt becomes Bacon's Boswell, and there is mischief in Morocco.

Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with the defining artist of our time.

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death in 1992.

The Soho photographer, John Deakin, who introduced the young student to the famous artist, called Peppiatt 'Bacon's Boswell'. And for decades, Peppiatt accompanied Bacon on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club and casino, witnessing all aspects of Bacon's 'gilded gutter life'.

Despite the chaos Bacon created around him Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversations ranging over every aspect of life and art, love and death.

Today: Peppiatt becomes Bacon's Boswell, and there is mischief in Morocco.

Reader: Adrian Scarborough

Writer: Michael Peppiatt is an art historian, curator and writer. His 1996 biography of Francis Bacon was chosen as a 'Book of the Year' by the New York Times.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

02Bacon's Boswell2015082520150826 (R4)

Peppiatt becomes Bacon's Boswell, and there is mischief in Morocco.

Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with the defining artist of our time.

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death in 1992.

The Soho photographer, John Deakin, who introduced the young student to the famous artist, called Peppiatt 'Bacon's Boswell'. And for decades, Peppiatt accompanied Bacon on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club and casino, witnessing all aspects of Bacon's 'gilded gutter life'.

Despite the chaos Bacon created around him Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversations ranging over every aspect of life and art, love and death.

Today: Peppiatt becomes Bacon's Boswell, and there is mischief in Morocco.

Reader: Adrian Scarborough

Writer: Michael Peppiatt is an art historian, curator and writer. His 1996 biography of Francis Bacon was chosen as a 'Book of the Year' by the New York Times.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

03'the Dregs Are What I Prefer.'2015082620150827 (R4)

High and low-life in Paris.

Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with one of the greatest artists of our time.

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death in 1992.

The Soho photographer, John Deakin, who introduced the young student to the famous artist, called Peppiatt 'Bacon's Boswell'. And for decades, Peppiatt accompanied Bacon on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club and casino, witnessing all aspects of Bacon's 'gilded gutter life'.

Despite the chaos Bacon created around him Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversations ranging over every aspect of life and art, love and death.

Today: high and low-life in Paris.

Reader: Adrian Scarborough

Writer: Michael Peppiatt is an art historian, curator and writer. His 1996 biography of Francis Bacon was chosen as a 'Book of the Year' by the New York Times.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

03'the Dregs Are What I Prefer.'2015082620150827 (R4)

High and low-life in Paris.

Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with one of the greatest artists of our time.

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death in 1992.

The Soho photographer, John Deakin, who introduced the young student to the famous artist, called Peppiatt 'Bacon's Boswell'. And for decades, Peppiatt accompanied Bacon on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club and casino, witnessing all aspects of Bacon's 'gilded gutter life'.

Despite the chaos Bacon created around him Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversations ranging over every aspect of life and art, love and death.

Today: high and low-life in Paris.

Reader: Adrian Scarborough

Writer: Michael Peppiatt is an art historian, curator and writer. His 1996 biography of Francis Bacon was chosen as a 'Book of the Year' by the New York Times.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

04Poor George2015082720150828 (R4)

Death, guilt and inspiration.

Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and very indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with the defining artist of our time.

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death in 1992.

For decades, Peppiatt accompanied Bacon on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club and casino, witnessing all aspects of Bacon's 'gilded gutter life'. And despite the chaos Bacon created around him Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversation, and here he shows Bacon close-up, grand and petty, tender and treacherous by turn, and often quite unlike the myth that has grown up around him.

Today: death, guilt and inspiration.

Reader: Adrian Scarborough

Writer: Michael Peppiatt is an art historian, curator and writer. His 1996 biography of Francis Bacon was chosen as a 'Book of the Year' by the New York Times.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

04Poor George2015082720150828 (R4)

Death, guilt and inspiration.

Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and very indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with the defining artist of our time.

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death in 1992.

For decades, Peppiatt accompanied Bacon on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club and casino, witnessing all aspects of Bacon's 'gilded gutter life'. And despite the chaos Bacon created around him Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversation, and here he shows Bacon close-up, grand and petty, tender and treacherous by turn, and often quite unlike the myth that has grown up around him.

Today: death, guilt and inspiration.

Reader: Adrian Scarborough

Writer: Michael Peppiatt is an art historian, curator and writer. His 1996 biography of Francis Bacon was chosen as a 'Book of the Year' by the New York Times.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

05A Kind Of Immortality2015082820150829 (R4)

Michael Peppiatt's account concludes with his losing a 'father' and becoming a man.

Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and very indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with the defining artist of our time.

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death in 1992.

For decades, Peppiatt accompanied Bacon on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club, witnessing all aspects of Bacon's 'gilded gutter life'. And here he shows Bacon close-up, grand and petty, tender and treacherous by turn.

Today: Peppiatt loses a 'father', and becomes a man.

Reader: Adrian Scarborough

Writer: Miichael Peppiatt is an art historian, curator and writer. His 1996 biography of Francis Bacon was chosen as a 'Book of the Year' by the New York Times.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

05A Kind Of Immortality2015082820150829 (R4)

Michael Peppiatt's account concludes with his losing a 'father' and becoming a man.

Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and very indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with the defining artist of our time.

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death in 1992.

For decades, Peppiatt accompanied Bacon on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club, witnessing all aspects of Bacon's 'gilded gutter life'. And here he shows Bacon close-up, grand and petty, tender and treacherous by turn.

Today: Peppiatt loses a 'father', and becomes a man.

Reader: Adrian Scarborough

Writer: Miichael Peppiatt is an art historian, curator and writer. His 1996 biography of Francis Bacon was chosen as a 'Book of the Year' by the New York Times.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.