This surprisingly lively and accessible show looks at well-known works of art through the lens of history. Each week, Oxford University's Dr Janina Ramirez (who has previously presented for BBC television and radio and sounds like she was born to do this), takes a specific piece as her subject and teams up with an expert on the artist in question. Together, they dig into the life and times of the maker to ask what the work says about those times, and how it speaks to us now; her subjects range from The Mona Lisa to Sir Anthony Caro's modernist classic Early One Morning. These conversations clock in at 20 to 30 minutes and are released weekly.
Gateway episodes: Gin Lane by Hogarth (11 Jan 2017) / Elizabeth I - Armada Portrait (14 Dec 2016) / Early One Morning by Sir Anthony Caro (4 Jan 2017)