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The Culture Show is a weekly magazine show broadcast on Saturday nights on BBC Two, focussing on the latest developments in the worlds of film, music, art, fashion and the performing arts. It airs from October - June each year.

Launched in November 2004, the show transmitted on Thursday nights in a 7pm slot, lasting 1 hour. In May 2006, it was moved to Saturday nights, shortened to 50 minutes, and began to be regularly presented by Lauren Laverne. The programme then also started to make occasional spin-off specials, which have so far included an hour-long interview with Steven Spielberg on the occasion of his 60th birthday, a programme exploring the work of Michael Palin, and interviews with Lou Reed and Arcade Fire.

Alongside Laverne, regular presenters and reporters on The Culture Show include Andrew Graham-Dixon, Mark Kermode, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Verity Sharp, Matthew Sweet, and Danny Robbins. Guest presenters in the 2006/07 series included Stewart Lee, who interviewed his hero, the cult comedian Ted Chippington; Frank Skinner, who met singer Mark E. Smith for the show; and Guardian TV columnist Charlie Brooker, who came on the show to rant about Saturday night talent shows.

The programme typically features at least one live performance from a musical artist on each edition. Guests who performed on the show in the 2006/07 season included Regina Spektor, Dizzee Rascal, Fence Collective, Field Music, Babyshambles, Manic Street Preachers, Underworld, Mika, Faithless, Jarvis Cocker, Eduardo Niebla, Groove Armada, Example, Joan As Policewoman, Sting, Carlos Acosta, Bryan Ferry, Maxim Vengerov, Bat for Lashes, Antony and the Johnsons and Paul McCartney.

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