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Sky Arts is going walkabout, and it wants you to go with it. 'Tate Britain's Great British Walks' promises to follow in the footsteps of famous British artists to see the scenery that inspired them.

A host of celebrities – including Danny Baker, Simon Callow, Richard E Grant, Cerys Matthews and Michael Sheen – will embark on an "epic travelogue through British art", exploring the real-life landscapes behind some of Tate Britain's most famous paintings.

It will include work by William Hogarth, John Constable, JMW Turner, Alfred Wallis and Josef Herman. We're promised lush countryside, gritty urban landscapes and romantic coasts.

Basically, if you liked 'Landscape Artist of the Year', you'll love this.

Art historian Gus Casely-Hayford will accompany the celebrities as they discover the stories behind the paintings.

"I thought I knew Britain, but seeing it through an artist's eyes was like seeing it for the very first time," Casely-Hayford said in a statement. "Stepping into worlds created by some of our greatest landscape painters and walking the very paths that they once trod has changed the way that I feel about our country."

Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts, said in a statement: "In each film, we are art detectives in the magnificent company of well-loved British figures, undertaking epic journeys across the nation to discover paintings that hold a personal resonance for them. The guests have been remarkably open and passionate, not just about art, but about their lives, Britain and the timeless spirit of its landscape and peoples."

Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain, added that the show would "map the connections between people and places in six of the paintings on display here, revealing the artists' relationship with the landscape and locality."

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