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Alan Yentob

Alan Yentob has held many of the most prestigious positions at the BBC. He joined as a general trainee in 1968. After working on arts programmes such as Omnibus (1967) and Arena (1975), he was made Head of Music and Arts at the BBC (1985 - 1988), Controller of BBC Two (1988 - 1993), Controller of BBC One (1993 - 1997), BBC Director of Programmes in... See full bio »
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  Imagine (TV Series documentary) (series editor - 34 episodes, 2009 - 2015) (executive producer - 33 episodes, 2003 - 2012) (producer - 6 episodes, 2004 - 2014) (series producer - 3 episodes, 2010 - 2015)
- Antony Gormley: Being Human (2015) ... (series producer)
- Richard Flanagan: Life After Death (2015) ... (series editor)
- Toni Morrison Remembers (2015) ... (series editor)
- Frank Gehry: The Architect Says "Why Can't I?" (2015) ... (series editor)
- Colm Toibin: His Mother's Son (2014) ... (series editor)
 2015 Woman in Gold (executive producer)
 2013 The Vivian Maier Mystery (Documentary) (producer)
 2011 The Trouble with Tolstoy (TV Series documentary) (series editor - 2 episodes)
- In Search of Happiness (2011) ... (series editor)
- At War with Himself (2011) ... (series editor)
 2010 Van Gogh: Painted with Words (TV Movie) (producer)
 2009 Nova (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Musical Minds (2009) ... (executive producer)
 2008 The Story of the Guitar (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 3 episodes)
- This Time It's Personal... (2008) ... (executive producer)
- Out of the Frying Pan... (2008) ... (executive producer)
- In the Beginning... (2008) ... (executive producer)
 2008 Trip to Asia: The Quest for Harmony (Documentary) (producer)
 2007 Krapp's Last Tape (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2006 Who Cares About Art (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 2003 Leonardo (TV Mini-Series documentary) (executive producer)
 1988 American Experience (TV Series documentary) (producer - 1 episode)
- Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Revisited (1988) ... (producer)
 1988 Exiles: Edward Said (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 1987 Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 2 episodes)
- A Woman's Lot (1987) ... (executive producer)
- Let's Face the Music and Dance (1987) ... (executive producer)
  Omnibus (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 3 episodes, 1986) (series editor - 1 episode, 1986) (producer - 1 episode, 1975)
- The Mission (1986) ... (executive producer)
- The Last Moguls (1986) ... (executive producer)
- Made in Ealing (1986) ... (series editor)
- Huw Wheldon by His Friends (1986) ... (executive producer)
- Cracked Actor (1975) ... (producer)
 1986 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (producer - 1 episode)
  Arena (TV Series documentary) (producer - 17 episodes, 1977 - 1984) (executive producer - 2 episodes, 1982 - 1985) (series editor - 2 episodes, 1981 - 1982)
- Buddy Holly (1985) ... (executive producer)
- The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert (1983) ... (producer)
- The GPO Story (1983) ... (producer)
 1983 Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 1982 The Catherine Wheel (TV Movie) (producer)
 1982 Caribbean Nights: The Bob Marley Story (Documentary) (executive producer)
 1981 The Return of Lupino Lane (TV Movie) (producer)
 1979 Arena: Mentioned in Dispatches (Documentary) (executive producer)
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[on the frustrating complications of programme commissioning] You know what these things are like. You know there is endless discussions, negotiations. You know what the American networks are like, you know what Hollywood is like, you know what the BBC is like. You can't trust anyone, believe me. These things take a while. See more »


He is a supporter of science-fiction. He brought Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) to British television as controller of BBC Two and made efforts to restore Doctor Who (1963) to BBC One despite antipathy towards it from other BBC executives at the time. See more »

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