Monday, April 20, 2020

Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting arrives on BBC4

I idly looked at the TV listings this morning and noticed that there was a programme called The Joy of Painting - and thought that sounded familiar.

Little did I realise at the time that the late Bob Ross (1942-1995) had arrived in the UK to soothe worried brows and keep the older generation happy with his much loved series The Joy of Painting

You can find it on BBC4 at 7pm (this is the iPlayer link for those who can access catchup) .

It was introduced as
Art Inspiration for Lockdown Days - taking you back to calmer and more soothing times - the classic The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross

Series 1 - Episode 1 The Mountain Path
The original 'The Joy of Painting' aired on PBS in America between 1983 and 1994. Ross himself died in 1995 - but the show has continued to have regular outings around the world ever since

Any of you remember my blog post about Why the Smithsonian now owns paintings by Bob Ross - but few others do!


  1. Katherine The Bob Ross series has been on the Vice (sic) channel for the last three or four weeks now with repeats on a Friday and Saturday night. Keep up the good work. Stay safe. John

  2. Hi, Katherine. Hope you are well. Small story. Bob Ross has (had) a serious connection with the state of Virginia. His original patrons (the Kowalskis) put on an exhibition at the Franklin Park Arts Center, complete with a biographical film, "Happy accidents". See The line was around the entire building! He's not to my taste artistically--never was. But my non-artist husband went wild. Interesting how art touches people in different ways.


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