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The Barber is number one for The One Show

Regulars of The One Show may have tuned in to see Arts Correspondant and popular ex-cricketer Phil ‘Tuffers’ Tufnell and veteran television art critic Sister Wendy exploring saints in art at the Barber Institute on 31 October. Having done a feature on Degas’ Jockeys Before the Race on 30 March, barely a fortnight later, Tuffers , himself a keen painter who has sold some of his works, was back filming with sister Wendy. The pair, who made an unlikely but hugely engaging and entertaining double act discussed depictions of St John the Baptist in Neri di Bicci’s St John the Baptist leaving for the Desert and The Beheading of St John the Baptist by Pierre-Cecile Puvis de Chavannes.

Said Tuffers: ‘I had never been to the Barber Institute before, although obviously I have visited Edgbaston many times for other reasons! You could say I’ve become a bit of a regular in recent weeks!

Sister Wendy added: ‘I have a great affection for the Barber Institute. There are so many wonderful works of art – and nothing that isn’t worth looking at’.


If you missed it, you can always catch up on iplayer:


EDGAR DEGAS (1834-1917)

Dancer ready to dance, the right foot forward

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The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist


NERI DI BICCI (1418 – about 1492)

Saint John the Baptist Leaving for the Desert


Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917)

Mademoiselle Malo