Romancing the Stone

Last year we highlighted an opportunity for those with UK subscription television services to see Caius Gabriel Cibber’s statues of ‘Raving and Melancholy Madness’ on the small screen. These larger than life figures, which reclined on the gateposts of Bethlem Hospital from 1676 to 1815 and are now on display in the Archives and Museum, have since been featured on the British Museum’s History of the World project website.

Now they are to appear on BBC 4’s three-part documentary ‘Romancing the Stone: The Golden Age of British Sculpture’ . We are reliably informed that viewers will catch a glimpse of the statues in the first episode, scheduled for broadcast at 9pm today, Wednesday, 9 February, and an extended treatment in the episode to follow. All those with access to Freeview, take note!

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6 Responses to “Romancing the Stone”


  1. 1 Kathy February 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the alert – I’ll make a point of watching. The short clip on the BBC link, shows just how powerful the statues are.

  2. 2 Andrew Cole February 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Does anyone know the name of the piece of music used to advertise this programme on BBC4 – it is in the trailer advert for the programme and not the programme itself.

    Thanks for your help.

  3. 5 FIONA CRISP February 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I would like to know too please – can anyone help ?
    Its driving my father and I to distraction !

  4. 6 bethlemheritage February 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Brilliant, thanks for your help Andy!


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