The pruning shears may be dangling over BBC Four's budget but today the Beeb's press office has announced a major new collaboration between the V&A and its "gold card channel for arts and culture" exploring the decorative arts over a year long season, Handmade in Britain.
The concept takes inspiration from the pioneering History of the World in 100 Objects project with the British Museum, getting items out of the V&A display cases and bringing them to life for a virtual audience. The programmes will explore the evolution of the craft and media, the intersection between beauty and functionality and the social, political and cultural context behind the objects.
Three, three-part series and a selection of individual hour-long films will look at a wide variety of art and design disciplines: ceramics, wood, metalwork, textiles, stained glass and paper.
Handmade in Britain begins this autumn.
This Friday is a Late Summer Camp at V&A, focusing on Design.