The Big Painting Challenge



Richard Bacon and Una Stubbs (2015)

Mariella Frostrup (2017-19) (and Richard Coles from 2017-18)


Lachlan Goudie
Daphne Todd
David Dibosa (2017)


BBC Arts for BBC One, 22 February 2015 to 6 May 2018 (18 episodes in 3 series)

as Celebrity Painting Challenge: 4 to 25 April 2019 (4 episodes in 1 series)


10 amateur artists compete to be crowned Britain's best painter.

A touring show, telling stories about the artists as much as their artwork. Hosts Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon look at local artwork and the week's subjects.

Lachlan Goudie and Daphne Todd decide the winner, and Lachlan offers his expert tips on how to draw.

After the series, work by the finalists went on show at Tate Britain.

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2015 Paul Bell
2017 Suman Kaur
2018 Oliver Freeston

Celebrity Painting Challenge

2019 Josie d'Arby

Theme music

Theo Vidgen was credited as "composer".


Commissioned under the working title The Big Picture.


Tie-in book by Rosa Roberts

Web links

BBC programme page (Series 1)

BBC programme page (Series 2-3)

BBC programme page (Celebrity)

BBC Learning made resources for schools

Wikipedia entry

Judges' websites: Lachlan Goudie and Daphne Todd

See also

Weaver's Week review


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