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ART OF GERMANY BBC4, 9PM Andrew Graham-Dixon's brilliant account of German art concludes in the 20th century. This week he looks at the art of Weimar, the Bauhaus, Hitler's theories of aesthetics -- he gives a devastating analysis of one of the Fuhrer's favourite paintings, a more subversive piece than its owner realised -- and the post-war art scene, including the work of Joseph Beuys, whose tree-planting installation in the city of Kassel brings the series to a moving close.

RIVER COTTAGE CHRISTMAS CHANNEL 4, 9PM Pity the poor telly chef. Year after year, he or she has to come up with some spectacular festive novelty to amuse the viewers, none of whom has the slightest intention of spending the last days of Advent sourcing a partridge, a pigeon, a teal, a pheasant, a guinea fowl, a mallard, a chicken, a duck, a goose and a turkey, and then stuffing them up each other's fundaments in order of size, as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall once memorably encouraged us to do. …


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