Each year, the Today programme hands over the editorial reins to six public figures, giving them a chance to decide what goes on the programme between Christmas and New Year.
The programme on December 29th was the artist David Hockney. You can hear highlights from his programme using the links below - many of which are extended versions of those heard on air.
A life-long smoker, he asked Defence correspondent and committed smoker
to travel Europe to see the different reactions to the smoking ban. And correspondent
visited Egypt, a country where smokers are free to light up wherever they wish.
He was also interested to find out a little more about the history of smoking, which social historian
was happy to divulge.
Hockney's strong opposition to the smoking ban exemplified his concerns that the country is sliding towards authoritarianism. Political editor Nick Robinson went to
to investigate, and former Home Secretary David Blunkett, discussed why so many laws are passed. Hockney discussed his political beliefs, describing politicians as "mean-spirited," and "controlling."
David Hockney also wanted to flag up what he considers an unhealthy obsession with our own bodies, exemplified by politicians' desire to be seen in jogging in public. French philosopher
describes why people should walk instead of jog.
The guest editor gave Today presenter Evan Davis a rare
tour of his studios
in the Yorkshire seaside town of Bridlington, giving him some advice on how to see the world from an
, and explaining why he now uses an
instead of a sketch pad.
Hockney made his name as a young artist while studying at the Royal College of Art alongside another grand old man of British art,
. The two met up for his programme to discuss their provincial artistic inspiration.
ABOUT THE GUEST EDITOR
Born in Bradford in 1937 to a "radical working-class family", David Hockney was educated Bradford Grammar School, before pursuing art full time at Bradford College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London.
Already a rising star of the British art establishment, in 1963 Hockney visited the US, where in New York he befriended Andy Warhol and continued to paint. For many years he lived in California, inspiring a series of paintings of swimming pools including the iconic A Bigger Splash.
Now widely considered one of the most influential British artists of the 21st Century, Hockney continues to paint, print, make films and recently iPhone paintings based in his studio near Bradford.
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