Sensationalists: The Bad Girls and Boys of British Art “Is It Art?” 4 October 2022: Episode 2 on BBC Two

Sensationalists: The Bad Girls and Boys of British Art "Is It Art?" 4 October 2022: Episode 2 on BBC Two 11

In the 1990s, young artists, musicians and creatives use the recession in Britain to their advantage, putting on their own shows in abandoned spaces and warehouses and moving to the run-down and deserted East End of London to live, work and play.

In an age of marketing and branding, advertising guru Charles Saatchi groups together a series of young, contemporary British artists to provide their experience of Britain, which leads to the first female winner of the Turner Prize, a pickled shark that creates waves, as well as eggs, kebabs and rotting meat – all in the name of art.

It culminates in Sensation, the iconoclastic exhibition of Saatchi’s private collection at the Royal Academy, where the young rebels are placed at the heart of the establishment. The results are explosive – but is it art?



About Sensationalists: The Bad Girls and Boys of British Art

On the 25th anniversary of Charles Saatchi’s iconoclastic exhibition Sensation, a look at a group of rebellious art students who took on the old guard and changed the art world forever.

This show is broadcast on BBC Two, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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