Next Episode of Grayson Perry: All Man is
Turner Prize-winning artist and double Bafta Award-winning TV presenter Grayson Perry investigates contemporary masculinity. As a frock-wearing, mountain-biking father of one, he's got a unique perspective on his own tribe. In each episode, Grayson spends time in a different ultra-male world to see what their extreme maleness can tell us about the changing lives and expectations of all men in Britain today, as Grayson reflects on his prejudices, his own masculine identity and his upbringing.
In this first episode, Hard Man, Grayson plunges into the world of cage-fighting, or Mixed Martial Arts, in north-east England. As a self-described 'life-long sissy', Grayson has a problem with machismo, but as he spends time with the fighters, many of his expectations about hyper-macho men are overturned.
In this episode Grayson spends time with Lancashire Police as they wrestle with the problems on one of the most crime-plagued estates in Skelmersdale, Lancashire. Although 85% of all crime is committed by men, the issue is rarely discussed in gender terms. But that's what Grayson sets out to do, getting behind the stark statistics and seeing if this masculine conflict can tell us something about all men. Grayson embeds with the police for a series of dawn raids, part of Operation Nemesis, an initiative to crack down on gang-related violence and drug-dealing, and talks to some of the men arrested in police custody.
Eighty-four per cent of senior City bankers are men. Is banking still testosterone-fuelled, even after the 2008 crash? And how will City workers react to the art that they inspire Grayson to create?
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