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BBC4 goes on safari

By Sebastian Smee   October 2003

The disingenuously gormless television presenter, ?  la Louis Theroux or Matthew Collings, has come to look like one of Britain’s more versatile cultural inventions. The latest incarnation of this type, on Art Safari, BBC Four’s extremely watchable new series of programmes on contemporary artists, is presenter Ben Lewis, who darts back and forth between the gardens of the Venice Biennale, the commercial galleries of New York and artists’ studios in Germany. Lewis has the kind of face which you feel obliged to pity even as you giggle. His fall-back expression-an enthusiastic but dumb grin-appears on camera during interviews while he…

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