BBC FOUR (1 x 60 mins)

John Constable is the Nation’s favourite landscape painter. From The Haywain toThe White Horse his pictures of rural life seem comforting, traditional and perhaps just a bit... boring. Or, as Alastair Sooke says: 'he screams "no sex please we're British!"'

So why is the artist who launched a thousand dish cloths the original country rebel? This film, made in conjunction with a landmark exhibition at the V&A, reveals his revolutionary brush strokes, the outdoors man who pioneered 'wild' oil painting, who rocked the establishment with his greens, was lauded by the French but not his fellows and who gave birth to modern Impressionism.