Just finished watching the hugely enjoyable Modern Masters on BBC1.
Alastair Sooke presented an hour-long look at Henri Matisse, tracing his biography across Europe, Russia and the US. The programme showed some of the painter's greatest works, and demonstrated how Matisse's vivid use of colour and form has influenced today's artistic and design culture, from Miffy books and the 2012 logo to iPod ads and Paul Smith ties.
The instant response on Twitter was highly positive. The only critcism, incredibly, was of Sooke's alleged insincerity. I couldn't disagree more. I'm highly skeptical of earnest TV presenters, but thought that the Telegraph art critic was excellent: confident, enthusiastic and likeable.
It's exactly what BBC programming should be about, and perfect for a Sunday night. Tonight's episode was second in a series of four - Warhol has gone but Picasso and Dali are yet to come. BBC1 at 9.00 p.m. next Sunday. Don't miss it.