‘Show Me The Monet:’ – New Art TV Series on BBC Two

May 10, 2011 on 7:43 pm | In Competition, TV & Film | 7 Comments

‘Show Me The Monet’ is a brand new 10-part art series that aired for the first time yesterday evening at 17:15 on BBC Two in the UK. The series follows the competitive journey of both professional and amateur artists from every corner of the UK, as they battle to secure a spot in the ‘Show Me The Monet’ grand exhibition and sale held at the Royal College of Art, London.

However, making it to the grand finale will be no easy feat for the contenders, as they will have to face three of the toughest critic’s from the art world. The first judge is art historian, critic, and broadcaster: Charlotte Mullins, the second: David Lee is an art critic, historian, and editor of art magazine ‘The Jackdaw,’ and the third judge is art dealer and historian: Roy Bolton. The contestants’ nerve-racking meeting with the judges could potentially lead to their dreams coming true, or for those that aren’t so lucky having their artistic creations dashed on national television.

Picture of judges: David Lee, Charlotte Mullins & Roy Bolton

Those that manage to secure the much needed stamp of approval from the judges could go on to make some serious cash at the grand exhibition, as members of the public and prestigious names from the art world alike will be bidding to buy the best art work on show.

This brand new series continues tonight at the same time of 17:15 BBC Two



Useful Links
Watch the first show here (limited time)
General Info about the show and its presenter & judges
Royal College of Art, London


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  1. I probably should have waited till Thursday before leaving a comment here! WHY?? Because I am due to appear on the programme on Wednesday!
    Well it was quite an experience – my work was not accepted by the panel for the final exhibition.I was not too disappointed though,as the exhibition was only up on the wall for 2 days, I believe. And of courde the verdict could have been quite different with a different panel of experts!
    I think the format of the programme is too repetitive and it would have engaged the viewers more, if there had been film showing the artists’ working methods

    Comment by Mary Rouncefield — May 16, 2011 #

  2. I am intrigued by the show and think it is very helpful for Artists who are unable to have their work exhibited or sold due to lack of resources or other difficult circumstances. I would be most obliged if you could let me know if the “Hanging Committee” will ever come to Dublin and if so where and how do I enter the Competition. I live in Dublin.

    Comment by Elizabeth Frances Defvoy — May 17, 2011 #

  3. Been watching “show me a Monet” with great interest and its been a pleasure to hear David Lee’s comments on each piece of work. He is the only genuine artist on the panel and how i agree with his views and criticism. Its all about making large sums of money and sensitivity doesn’t seem to come into man y of these ‘artists’thinking or even a talent, or an eye for colour when painting is shown. Thank goodness for David Lee’s invaluable comments.

    Comment by judy critchlow — May 17, 2011 #

  4. Raises thoughtful issues on how we judge success – must art be “tick boxed” by the criteria of originality, good technique and emotional impact? Should it be divorced from the context of the human story behind the artist which makes it more appealing? And why would anyone think that winning one prestigious exhibition slot in London will automatically bring fame and fortune? It was a fascinating concept but the judges were very predictable and this was clearly about popular art. Dare I say that art is bigger and more complex than this?

    Comment by Heather Fletcher — May 29, 2011 #

  5. I watched all 10 episodes, not because I wanted to, but because all of my family knew what it was all about after the first episode, but I did not.
    To come straight to the point: the presenters were irritating and, I am sorry to say, stupid. Some of the artists who presented their work know about art,art history and art criticism; far more than the ‘experts’. The presenters were telling us all of the time that ‘reputation’ of the ‘experts’ were at stake; but reputations with whom? Footballers and the alike perhaps? Because nearly everything the experts chose was either trivial art or just craft. Is this what this programme was about? So why not call it “Chocolate-Box Challenge”? What has it to do with Monet?
    It looks as thought the experts knew less about art than the general public. Emotional connection? Are they all mad? Do these ‘experts’ know anything about what is art is? Where did they got their degree? Obviously, either not from a university that did philosophy of art, or they just paid for it.
    Another thing I personally cannot understand is why they did not advertise all of artists whose work was filmed for this TV show, but not chosen by the ‘experts’, because I, with pleasure, would buy the art work of some artists who were not chosen, as they were unique and original (not just ‘artistic’ pop star wannabes). Or do these art ‘experts’ put their ‘reputations’ on the line to ensure that no talented artists ever get selected?
    So another theme park show like X factor. Well done BBC!

    Comment by Olga — July 11, 2011 #

  6. A TV show is just a TV show. Nothing can be taken for granted! Art is a question of taste!
    In this video appear a diplomatic master dealing with all aspects of life

    Comment by Blank Slate — March 9, 2012 #

  7. you do not have to be a cook to enjoy food the experts have spent a lot of time in the art world and had interesting comments

    Comment by alan — February 18, 2013 #

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