As Edinburgh welcomes its annual international throng of visitors to the citya��s fiesta of summer festivals a�� International, Fringe, Books and Art a�� the BBC Arts team is capturing all the atmosphere, action and attractions on TV, radio and online.

Mark Bell, Commissioning Editor, Arts, said: a�?Edinburgh Festival is the longest-running and most diverse arts festival in the world. We will be doing what we can to capture its essence for people at home. With a mix of programming inspired by the citya��s four major festival strands we will be bringing viewers across the country a tasting menu of Edinburgha��s delights.a�?

On TV there are two special editions of The Review Show on BBC Four, plus a Secret Knowledge from the Scottish National Gallery of Art and a John Byrne focused What Do Artists Do All Day?

BBC Two will host three festival focused episodes of The Culture Show. Digital viewers will also be able to enjoy three special red button a�?best of the festa�� compilation films produced by The Review Show team.

Online, the BBCa��s digital partnership with ACE England, The Space, will focus on Transmitted Live, the Nam June Paik show hosting a series of contextualising films and commissioning four new pieces of digital art inspired by Paik.

BBC Radio 3 returns to Edinburgh International Festival with a bigger broadcast commitment than ever in 2013. As the official broadcast partner, Radio 3 brings the festival to listeners around the UK and beyond through 15 live and 5 deferred broadcasts.

BBC Arts will also be live at Potterrow, the BBCa��s Edinburgh Festival home, with a special event hosted by Kirsty Wark on 22 August and the opportunity to see some classic arts programming and documentaries on the Big Screen.

All times and dates subject to change.

Edinburgh Festival: A Review Show Special

11 August, BBC Four

Kicking off BBC Foura��s coverage of the festival is a special preview programme featuring the International Festival Beckett season including an interview with director Richard Eyre and Peter Egan. There will also be a pick of the best of the Fringea��s theatre offerings including Making News, Nirbhaya and Chalk Farm; a look at some likely comedy hits; a dance preview; and a dip into the Book Festival with an interview with Roddy Doyle about his latest novel, The Guts. Kirsty will also be exploring the Mary Queen of Scots exhibition.

The Culture Show at Edinburgh: Leonardo da Vinci a�� The Anatomist

14 August, BBC Two

Art critic Alastair Sooke heads north to the new Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The show from the Royal Collection will reveal the startling accuracy of the master’s anatomical drawings – artwork which lay undiscovered for hundreds of years.

They include a series of 18 mostly double-sided sheets known collectively as the Anatomical Manuscript A, on which Leonardo crammed more than 240 meticulous drawings and some 13,000 words of notes in his unmistakeable mirror-writing. These anatomical studies are shown alongside state-of-the art modern medical imagery.

Alastair will delve into the sketches and examine the 3D films, CT and MRI scans in order to uncover just how close the Renaissance genius got to the truth of what lies under the skin. The tragedy of Leonardo’s anatomical investigations is that he never got around to publishing them. If he had done so, his work could have transformed the history of our medical knowledge.

The Review Show

18 August, BBC Four

Ground-breaking in his use of technology in art, Transmitted Live: Nam June Paik Resounds celebrates the 50th anniversary of Korean artist Nam June Paika��s first solo exhibition, Exposition of Music a�� Electronic Television (Wuppertal 1963), when the artist brought television into the realm of art for the first time, presenting it as a tactile and multisensory medium.

Kirsty Wark and her guests a�� Paul Morley, Denise Mina and Mark Thomas – will also be reviewing Margaret Atwooda��s new novel, MaddAddam, and the team will take a peek behind the scenes of Leaving Planet Earth from Scotlanda��s award-winning site specific specialists Grid Iron.

The Culture Show at Edinburgh: Funny Women

21 August, BBC Two

Sue Perkins explores the highs and lows of being a woman in the macho world of stand-up comedy.

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With unique behind-the-scenes access to the most important date in the stand-up comedy calendar, Sue discovers the thrills of a good gig and the spills of a disparaging review as she follows three stand-up comedians at The Edinburgh Festival: Bridget Christie, Claudia Oa��Doherty and Dana Alexander. Also featuring interviews with Jo Brand, Lucy Porter, Jo Caulfield, Andi Osho and Shappi Khorsandi, Sue finds out how her fellow female stand-ups got hooked on comedy and why they keep taking the knocks and coming back for more.

What Do Artists Do All Day a�� John Byrne

26 August, BBC Four

A new documentary profile of John Byrne, filmed as he completes a large mural for the dome of the Kinga��s Theatre in Edinburgh. Renowned as the writer of TV classics such as Tutti Frutti, Byrne is also an internationally acclaimed artist and in this film we spend time with Scotlanda��s great renaissance man, discussing his art and revealing the strong autobiographical themes that run through his work.

The Culture Show at Edinburgh: Happy Birthday Traverse

28 August, BBC Two

Born in a former brothel in 1963, the Traverse theatre is one of the most exciting venues for new writing in Britain. Now in its 50th year, its full-throttle programme of shows from around the world packs in audiences from morning to night throughout the festival. Sue Perkins goes behind the scenes with artistic director Orla Laughlin to see how it all comes together, and celebrates the theatre’s fascinating history, from underground notoriety to a leading light in the vibrant Scottish theatre scene.

Secret Knowledge

4 September, BBC Four

To coincide with the Witches & Wicked Bodies exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, artist Lachlan Goudie presents a highly personal documentary exploring artistsa�� fascination with witches and witchcraft. Ita��s a journey inspired by his father, Alexander Goudie, who spent his later years obsessively painting images of Nannie, the witch in Robert Burnsa�� poem, Tam oa�� Shanter.

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The Space will primarily focus on Transmitted Live, Nam June Paika��s show, producing a contextual film on Paik and his influence, as well as hosting excerpts of some of his key work. The Space has also commissioned four new films inspired by Paika��s approach and aesthetic. The artists creating these films are Torsten Lauschmann and Craig Mulholland who are joined by two emerging artists, who have graduated recently in Scotland, Adam Gierasimiuk and Mandy McIntosh.

BBC Arts at Potterrow

BBC Arts will also be live at Potterrow, the BBCa��s Edinburgh Festival home –

22 August: BBC Review Show Presentsa�� a special audience event with Kirsty Wark, live guests and live performances. 11pm-12midnight.

24 August: Kirsty Wark will be in conversation with the Director of Edinburgh International Festival, Jonathan Mills. 5a��6pm.

There will also be classic arts documentaries screened on the Big Screen.

The Review Show is executive produced by Pauline Law and The Culture Show by Janet Lee for BBC Scotland.

Notes to Editors

Arts on the BBC

The BBC is the biggest producer of and investor in original arts and music programmes in the UK, with a wealth of content across TV radio and online. Across 2012, 39 million individuals watched BBC Arts and Music television programming. The BBC plays a unique role in the cultural life of the UK, creating content and building partnerships with the arts sector that go beyond broadcast, from sharing expertise to widening public engagement, nurturing and celebrating talent and creativity.

This year, the BBC Performing Arts Fund will award A?450,000 to theatre groups and individuals. In 2012, The Public Catalogue Foundation and the BBC completed an ambitious project to make the UKa��s entire collection of oil paintings available online a�� 211,861 paintings are now available on the Your Paintings website.

Recent BBC arts and music content highlights include:

– Your Paintings: A Culture Show Special in which Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Alastair Sooke reattribute a lost Van Dyck

– The Genius Of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution exploring six of Turnera��s works alongside some of the most pivotal industrial moments of 19th century British history

– Pride And Prejudice: Having A Ball in which Amanda Vickery and a team of experts recreated a Regency era ball

– Howard Goodalla��s Story Of Music, a major six-part series for BBC Two

– And, Sir John Eliot Gardinera��s film Bach: A Passionate Life, a 90-minute documentary revealing his lifea��s research into the great composer

The Space

The Space is a digital arts service, developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC, designed to change the way people can connect with and experience the arts. It provides live, free and on demand access to the work of the UKa��s greatest artists and arts organisations.

Piloted from May 2012 until March 2013, The Space service was designed to build the digital skills of the arts and cultural sector, support creativity and experimentation and connect arts organisations with a wider audience. Arts Council England and the BBC are continuing to work in partnership to capture all the good practice and learning from The Space pilot to improve, develop and shape a future service. During this development phase, The Space will occasionally publish work from an arts organisation that enables it to test technical and creative concepts.

The Space is available globally free of charge via the internet, on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected TV (Freeview and Freesat).

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