Mark Gatiss On John Minton: The Lost Man Of British Art, 9pm, BBC Four
THE sense of sharing a personal passion that Mark Gatiss brings to this loving portrait of the brilliant illustrator, painter and teacher John Minton marks the film out and makes it a joy. With his dark good looks and rapidly evolving style, Minton flourished on the bohemian Soho scene of the post-war era, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud (who painted his portrait in 1952). His paintings and dazzlingly bright book illustration soon brought him best-seller levels of fame, hailed as one of the rising talents of his generation by Vogue magazine. Yet a dark and lonely streak ran through much of his work, rooted partly in the tension he experienced as a gay man in a repressive society that branded his search for love illegal. By 1957, he was dead by his own hand, aged only 39, and with his work already fading from public memory. Following his footsteps, Gatiss does a by turns vivid and melancholy job of bringing him back into the light.