This weekend see the launch of the BBC's Big Painting Challenge, a six week television series hosted by Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon in a search for Britain's best amateur artist.
No episodes have been viewed at the time of writing, but promotional material suggests it consists of a series of knock out challenges, similar to the format employed by the Great British Bake-Off or the Great British Sewing Bee.
The first show is broadcast at 6pm Sunday 22nd February and will be available on BBC iPlayer for sometime afterwards. The theme for episode one is landscapes and much of it was filmed around Alnwick Castle. It also includes a short section on one of the nation's best known landscapes, Constable's "The Hay Wain". (Spot the hidden wife!)
Next week ..... Portraits !
There's a write up of the new programme in this week's Radio Times and the series is also supported by it's own pages on the BBC site http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02cs0gw.
[ Obligatory Contrived Yorkshire Connection: Una Stubbs was the face of Dairy Box, manufactured by Rowntrees in Haxby Road, York. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf9anxwo_vY ]