Season 1, Episode 1: Theatre1 October 1975
Premiere. Ronald Eyre reviews what's going on in the theatre, Kenneth Tynan talks to Laurence Olivier about Lilian Baylis and The Old Vic, and a film about David Hockney's sets for The Rake's Progress.
8 October 1975
George Melly looks at how they sold the 70's and a report on the opening of the Space Studios.
Season 1, Episode 3: Theatre15 October 1975
An interview with Howard Barker, author of 'Stripwell', and an extract from same; commentary by Kenneth Tynan; and an investigation of 'Birds of Paradise'.
22 October 1975
Cartoonist Mel Caiman on the New Yorker magazine and its artists, Richard Hamilton at the Serpentine Gallery, and a new documentary exhibition from Jarrow.
Season 1, Episode 5: Theatre29 October 1975
Peter Hall talks about the history and new South Band location of the National Theater, where he is artistic director.
5 November 1975
Features Observer critic William Feaver on Painting the End of the World, Bill Brandt's selection of landscape photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the best of science fiction illustration.
Season 1, Episode 7: Theatre12 November 1975
Extract from a contemporary play and Kenneth Tynan opines.
19 November 1975
Shirley Conran is the guest columnist; fashion photographer Barry Lategan is filmed working; and Victorian painter Edward Burne-Jones' London exhibition.
Season 1, Episode 9: Theatre26 November 1975
Deborah Norton reviews British stage events, a play extract, and Kenneth Tynan opines about the theatre.
3 December 1975
Guest columnist Terry Measham; a look into the work of painter and poet Charles Tomlinson.
Season 1, Episode 11: Theatre 610 December 1975
Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova rehearse for a BBC New Year Gala Performance; Kenneth Tynan draws a portrait of Albert Finney.
17 December 1975
Filmmaker Roger Graef and journalist Simon Jenkins discuss the destruction of historical buildings, in light of a recent SAVE campaign report and the conclusion of the European Architectural Heritage Year.
Season 1, Episode 13: Theatre7 January 1976
Deborah Norton returns with reports, interviews and extracts from what is liveliest and best in the British theatrical scene.
14 January 1976
Season 1, Episode 15: Theatre21 January 1976
Jonathan Miller introduces this week's look at what is most stimulating and enjoyable on the theatrical scene.
28 January 1976
A look at American photographer Paul Strand and recent trends in British photography.
Season 1, Episode 17: Theatre4 February 1976
Arena goes to Scarborough for the British premiere of a new Alan Ayckbourn play "Just Between Ourselves".
11 February 1976
Arena looks at aspects of community art and the work of painter Keith Grant, artist-in-residence at the New Charing Cross Hospital.
Season 1, Episode 19: Theatre18 February 1976
Claire Bloom and Kenneth Tynan discuss extracts from Samuel Beckett's 'Happy Days', George Bernard Shaw's 'Too True to be Good', and Tennessee Williams' 'Sweet Bird of Youth'.
25 February 1976
Arena talks with Robert Janz and Dante Leonelli about incorporating time into sculpture.
Season 1, Episode 21: Theatre3 March 1976
Arena brings extracts from Paris' contemporary theatre season, including Frank Wedekind's 'Lulu' and Marguerite Duras' 'Days in the Tree', and an interview with Delphine Seyrig.
10 March 1976
Arena presents the work of British and American video artists.
Season 1, Episode 23: Theatre17 March 1976
Barbara Jefford, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Kenneth Tynan Billie Whitelaw and many of the people behind the scenes say goodbye to the Old Vic building.
24 March 1976
Liverpool poet and painter Adrian Henry visits 'The Face of Merseyside'; Boyd and Evans use photographs as the basis of their explorations of everyday life.
31 March 1976
Alumni of the Royal Court celebrate its 20th anniversary.
7 April 1976
Barrie Penrose investigates a multi-national art empire and the artists and methods that created it.
25 August 1976
Features Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Galina Visnevskaya in the Scottish Opera's production of Macbeth, The Kantor Theatre Company from Poland, and Fenella Fielding in a late-night revue.
1 September 1976
Features the La Mama Theatre Company from New York; Bunraku, traditional Japanese Puppet Theatre; a recital by Frederica Von Stade; and Judith Blegen as Susanna in 'The Marriage of Figaro'.
8 September 1976
Writer Germaine Greer and her god-daughter Ruby take a look at a child's Edinburgh Festival and some of the fringe activities, including Gruppo Teatro Libero from Rome and Quentin Crisp.
15 September 1976
A look at the opening of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Season 2, Episode 5: Cinema22 September 1976
Gavin Miller interviews the director Robert Altman on "M*A*S*H", "Nashville", "Buffalo Bill and the Indians" and more.
29 September 1976
David Gould, the expert who discovered Tom Keating's Samuel Palmer imitations, shows the process of identifying and analyzing suspected pictures.
Season 2, Episode 7: Cinema6 October 1976
Gavin Millar talks with Frank Westmore, whose family has dominated the make-up departments of American cinema for decades.
Season 2, Episode 8: Theatre13 October 1976
Peter Shaffer, writer of 'Equus', talks about his plays, his life and the theatre with an excerpt from the 1976 stage production of 'Equus'.
20 October 1976
Gavin Millar interviews director Eric Rohmer about 'Die Marquise von O', 'Claire's Knee' and 'Love in the Afternoon'.
27 October 1976
British illustrators Mick Brownfield and Allan Manham are documented working on their current projects; Artist Chris Orr probes the dreadful truth behind the net curtains of suburbia.
Season 2, Episode 11: Cinema3 November 1976
Don Siegel, director of 'The Shootist', 'Charley Varrick', 'Coogan's Bluff', 'Dirty Harry' and many other violent thrillers talks about the problems of the director who is typecast by his success in one specialized genre.
10 November 1976
A look at Theatre National Populaire, one of France's leading theaters, and Patrice Chéreau's 'La Dispute' by Marivaux and Roger Planchon's 'Tartuffe', as well as scene's from Planchon's scenes from his Blues, Whites and Reds.
Season 2, Episode 13: Cinema17 November 1976
In light of the low proportion of British films in the 20th London Film Festival, Gavin Millar looks at what's wrong with the British film industry and distribution system.
24 November 1976
Sculpture for the Blind - a special Tate Gallery exhibition; Linda Benedict-Jones, photographer; James Boswell - a revival of his war pictures.
Season 2, Episode 15: Cinema1 December 1976
Arena speaks with Spanish directors at the Madrid premiere of 'The Long Vacation of 36'.
8 December 1976
20th anniversary tribute to Bertolt Brecht at Newcastle's University Theatre with scenes from 'The Good Woman of Setzuan' and prose, poetry and music.
15 December 1976
A look at the Disney exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum; an interview with 'The Ritz' director Dick Lester and actress Rita Moreno; an excerpt from Buster Keaton's 'Spite Marriage'; and the results of the Titles Competition.
Season 2, Episode 18: Cinema5 January 1977
Gavin Millar talks to Mel Brooks just before the London release of 'Silent Movie'.
12 January 1977
An introduction to the magical world of wood-sculptor Sam Smith, plus a look at one of this month's major exhibitions.
Season 2, Episode 20: Cinema19 January 1977
Gavin Miller talks to director Martin Ritt, writer Walter Bernstein, and actors Woody Allen and Zero Mostel about 'The Front'
26 January 1977
An interview with Stewart Parker about his new musical 'Spokesong' with excerpt; a profile of 81 year old actor Richard Goolden with scenes from 'Toad of Toad Hall' and Tom Stoppard's 'Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land'.
Season 2, Episode 22: Cinema2 February 1977
9 February 1977
Ralph Steadman illustrates a children's anti-war story, caricatures at his local pub, and speaks about his drawing techniques and his work, including Alice, and impressions of the Patty Hearst trial and the Watergate hearings.
Season 2, Episode 24: Cinema16 February 1977
Gavin Miller discusses 'Network' with director Sidney Lumet and Robert Kee; Alberto Cavalcanti talks about his film career on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
23 February 1977
Peter Stein, director of Die Schaubuhne theatre co-operative, comes to London with his Shakespeare Project. Includes extracts from 'Summerfolk' and 'Shakespeare's Memory'.
Season 2, Episode 26: Cinema2 March 1977
Gavin Millar talks to New Yorker critic Pauline Kael about Costa-Gavras' 'Z' and 'Section Speciale', along with her passion for the movies and how she wields her power.
9 March 1977
Arena investigates holograms and their potential in the arts; artist Kit Williams' vivid folklore paintings.
Season 2, Episode 28: Cinema16 March 1977
On the occasion of the release of the third film version of 'A Star is Born', James Mason talks about the curious business of stardom and how it has changed.
23 March 1977
Arena visits three theatres - the Mercury Theater in Colchester, the Humberside Theatre in Hull, and the Duke's Playhouse in Lancaster - to find out what they are doing, how they are doing it and why they think they should go on doing it.
Season 2, Episode 30: Cinema30 March 1977
A look at Ealing Studios, including excerpts of many of their popular films.
6 April 1977
Portrait painter Philip Sutton; Helmut Weissenborn, a German WWI soldier who illustrated with wood engravings the war diary of Edward Thomas, an English poet who died in WWI; and Gothic art in Cologne.
Season 2, Episode 32: Cinema13 April 1977
In a special edition from Rome, Gavin Millar interviews Bernardo Bertolucci, director of 'Last Tango in Paris' and '1900', and Gore Vidal on Hollywood and 'Cinecitta'.
20 April 1977
Prospect Theatre Company reopens the Old Vic. Includes rehearsal footage from 'St Joan', 'Hamlet', 'Antony and Cleopatra', and 'War Music', a new musical adaptation of 'The Iliad' by Christopher Logue.
Season 2, Episode 34: Cinema27 April 1977
Gavin Millar talks to director Bernardo Berolucci in Rome about '1900', his new five and a half hour film, as well as his earlier work.
4 May 1977
The artist Ian Breakwall gave up painting for the art of a daily diary; Jim Dine explains why he returned from pop art to drawing the human figure.
Season 2, Episode 36: Cinema11 May 1977
Arena looks at erotic films, including 'Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus', 'Hardcore', and 'Come Play With Me'.
Season 2, Episode 37: Cinema25 May 1977
An interview with Sophia Loren on the occasion of the opening of 'The Cassandra Crossing'.
7 September 1977
Features the 1977 Edinburgh International Festival with a new production of Carmen, the experimental shows, Film Festival, Television Festival, and art galleries.
Season 3, Episode 2: Cinema14 September 1977
Season 3, Episode 3: Cinema21 September 1977
28 September 1977
Season 3, Episode 5: Cinema5 October 1977
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen talk about the filming of 'Annie Hall' and their long friendship.
Season 3, Episode 6: Theatre12 October 1977
18 January 1978
George Melly explores his lifelong relationship with surrealism in all its forms and prominent personalities; Henry Moore discusses Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings.
23 January 1980
A journey to Berlin with rock musician Lene Lovich and Les Chappell.
15 January 1988
Season 19, Episode 12: Zhang Yimou12 March 1993
Director of Ju Dou, Red Sorghum and Raise the Red Lantern is interviewed from within China whilst making a commercial for Philip Morris (China is one of the largest consumers of cigarettes in the world). Although many of his films have been banned inside his native China, Zhang Yimou is fast becoming the most celebrated Chinese director in the world.
2 April 1993
Two segments about men on the 25th anniversary of their death: Wilma Wilcox speaks about her husband, the crime photographer Weegee, and Beatrice Wood talks her lover Marcel Duchamp and his urinal.
18 December 1993
Ian McKellen ruminates on the history of radio, characterized as Shakespeare's seven ages of man.
24 July 2016
9 November 1982
15 March 1997
A look at powerful women in British television.
17 November 1981
Detailed interview with Michael Powell
and Emeric Pressburger
looking back at their long career as influential British film-makers and their unusual partnership. Includes clips from many of their films.
29 December 2003
Arena documentary chronicles the life and work of one of Britain's greatest actors.
24 April 2016
An exploration into the history of Shakespeare's plays, from the silent era to the modern day featuring archive interviews with movie directors including Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Franco Zeffirelli, Kenneth Branagh and more.
10 February 2017
Arena spends the summer with super cool self-confessed rock chick, Chrissie Hynde - shopping for clothes in Paris, hanging out with Sandra Bernhard in New York, life in London and a special trip back to her home town of Akron, Ohio.
23 July 2012
Documentary telling the story of the day Amy Winehouse recorded a stunning acoustic performance in a church in the small Irish fishing village of Dingle in 2006.
16 December 1990
16 December 1990
3 September 2005
12 July 1984
2 November 1983
A documentary about and an interview with Hollywood actress Bette Davis about her life and career from the late 1920s to the 1980s on stage and mostly before the camera.
13 January 1989
27 December 1999
26 December 1999
Television documentary celebrating the life and career of legendary British blonde bombshell Diana Dors, who died in 1984. Friends remember her affectionately and film clips illustrate her big screen movie roles.
24 December 1999
26 September 2005
Bob Dylan's songs are often inspired by the lives of real people. This film focuses on three - songwriter Woody Guthrie, boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter and comedian Lenny Bruce.
3 June 2007
The year 1977 was a crucial one in the life of reggae superstar Bob Marley. Forced to leave Jamaica he made an album in London, Exodus, that propelled his music and message of Rastafari across the planet.
22 January 2010
A profile of the musician Brian Eno.
21 January 1988
A picture of Broadway -- the street itself -- from the Battery to Times Square to Uptown, mixing history and the then-contemporary 1980s scene.
12 September 1985
19 December 2003
16 January 1980
22 February 1983
Documentary on the life of William S. Burroughs.
1 April 1988
26 July 2008
1 March 1991
This is the story of Radio Caroline the legendary pirate radio station that helped to reinvent the 60s and lead to an explosion of popular music and the opening up of the airwaves. It shows how charismatic club owner and artist manager Ronan O'Rahilly desperate at the lack of space on the air ways to hear the new emerging music came up with a plan. He would park a boat in international waters and broadcast pop and rock into the UK in defiance of the authorities. It worked beyond his wildest dreams.
3 January 1981
BBC documentary that catches scenes in the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York City.
20 March 1992
2 April 1980
Stephen Pile, author of "The Book of Heroic Failures" and David McGillivray, who failed to complete a book about failure, talk to other failures. Larry Hagman also talks to Stephen Pile about success.
3 April 2009
Documentary exploring the meaning and history of cool through the American music that started in the 1940s in the bars of New York and LA, and became known as cool jazz.
18 January 1997
30 January 1987
Alan Yentob interviews TV dramatist Dennis Potter about his work through the years.
2 January 2005
Documentary looking at how playwright Dennis Potter used popular songs as a powerful dramatic device and to express the depth of his characters in 'Pennies From Heaven' and 'The Singing Detective'.
9 January 2005
A profile of Dennis Potter through archive interview and his role as a television critic.
25 January 1991
26 February 1993
23 February 1982
A 1982 film made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roy Plomley's classic radio programme.
10 January 2012
Arts documentary which scours the archives to reveal why Charles Dickens' work translates so well onto the screen. It looks at films of the silent era, to the work of director David Lean and high definition TV adaptations.
4 April 1981
25 December 2001
Veteran entertainer Charlie Drake looks back over his life and career.
28 September 2005
The story of Bob Dylan's first time in London in December 1962 to film the BBC drama 'Madhouse on Castle Street'.
14 August 2007
A look at the Newport folk festival and the American folk revival of the 60s, which encompassed old time mountain music, blues and gospel.
12 February 1993
Edward Said, a Palestinan writer, academic and exile, talks about his book "Culture and Imperialism" and explains how the attitudes forged over the last 200 years continue to enforce the relationship between the west and the developing world.
13 July 2007
A profile of the famous Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman through the eyes of three people who interviewed him.
2 September 2007
A programme making the case for the greatness of British films of the 40s, 50s and 60s.
19 March 2005
11 March 1985
4 January 1984
Last in the series about George Orwell, beginning in 1945 with the death of his wife and covering his subsequent self-imposed exile to Jura and the writing of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four.'
5 March 1994
26 October 2002
26 October 2002
24 January 2010
17 April 1989
An outline and retrospective of the heavy metal genre that swept the world in the 1980s.
7 September 1986
16 December 1988
5 April 1991
6 October 2007
A documentary looking at the tribute bands who play at and the life that revolves the Limelight Club in a converted Methodist church in Crewe in the north west of England.
9 May 1983
26 December 2002
A documentary about the long-running BBC Radio 4 panel game "Just a Minute".
31 March 2012
Documentary exploring the life of Sir Jonathan Miller CBE - a theatre and opera director, humorist and television presenter. With contributors including Kevin Spacey and Eric Idle.
24 December 2007
A tribute to the Liverpudlian comic Ken Dodd. He discusses his 50-year career and the influences of his comedy style.
10 December 2005
A look at five conductors on London buses over five decades and the demise of the Routemaster bus.
18 February 1986
21 May 1980
25 December 2005
|Linda Hunt|| ... ||Louise Brooks' Book Narrator (voice)|
|Louise Brooks|| ... ||Herself / Various characters (archive footage)|
Nigel Williams meets comedy writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson for lunch as they discuss their career including classics 'Hancock's Half Hour' and 'Steptoe and Son'.
6 October 2012
A look at the Beatles' 1967 TV special, which premiered on British TV to (mostly) negative reviews.
25 December 2001
A film profile of the legendary singer and entertainer.
26 December 2002
A look behind the scenes of the popular Radio 4 comedy series.
4 September 1982
28 June 2015
22 November 2015
To celebrate Arena's 40th anniversary, a new film made entirely from its own archive, evoking the one experience common to all - the 24-hour cycle from dawn to dusk to dawn again.
19 January 1990
18 December 1986
Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist and author Art Spiegelman discusses his graphic novel "Maus," which chronicles how his father survived the Holocaust. Also included a journey to Auschwitz, with his wife and art director Francoise Mouly-Spiegelman.
26 October 2002
1 June 1990
25 December 2004
24 December 2008
29 May 2004
12 November 2006
A film profile of the controversial Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty.
9 April 1994
A documentary which goes on an imaginative tour from the Colorado grave where Dick is buried to the suburbs of California where he lived and worked. Talks to his ex-wives, friends and biographers.
25 April 2011
A profile of legendary music producer Sir George Martin with the help of his son Giles and wife Judy with contributions from Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Palin, Howard Goodall, Cilla Black, Bernard Cribbins and Rolf Harris.
18 December 1993
A themed evening of shows looking at the history and way the two broadcasting mediums, radio and television, have shared ideas and productions through the years. Including "Heard But Not Seen", "It's Life Jim", "Pirates", "The Shipping Forecast", "Sunday Dinner", "Seven Ages of Radio", "The Spot FX Man", "The Time Signal"
9 December 2004
18 March 1988
9 February 1990
29 December 2010
Arena enlists supermodels Lily Cole and Lizzy Jagger and actresses Dervla Kirwan and Emer Kenny to help Rolf Harris achieve his ambition of painting Titania as inspired by Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
20 February 1987
17 December 2006
21 November 1986
Documentary showcasing the life and works of surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
12 December 1986
22 December 2012
25 December 2012
After years of telling the story of Christian art, Sister Wendy Beckett tells her own.
17 February 2012
Restoration of a concert filmed at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in 1974.
16 January 1987
24 September 1997
25 December 2001
A profile of the legendary comedy actor Eric Sykes.
6 June 2009
An in-depth look at the life and work of T.S. Eliot, one of the 20th century's most important literary figures.
24 April 1993
Once upon a time a headline caught the eye of 2 songwriters, and the song caught the eye of a rising star.
8 May 1993
Investigates Bob Dylan's origins in Hibbing, Minnesota and takes a musical and historical journey down Highway 61 itself. John Bucklen, a teenage companion of Bob Dylan, provides some new insights into Dylan's earliest musical experiments and the journey Dylan himself undertook from a middle- class rock'n'roller in Hibbing to fashionable protest singer in New York.
17 April 1993
Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham tells how Buddy Holly's songs Peggy Sue and Peggy Sue Got Married came to be written. She went to the same high school as Holly and married drummer Jerry Allison. Other people recall the era, including Donna Fox who inspired Ritchie Valens' song, Donna.
1 May 1993
Tells the story behind Lou Reed's song Walk on the Wild Side. The characters named in it were people who frequented Andy Warhol's studio in the late 1960s. Holly Woodlawn and Joe Dallesandro are the only "superstars" who have survived and they are interviewed in the programme. The programme presents a snapshot of a certain moment in the life of New York's underground culture.
29 June 2014
16 March 2016
On the 90th anniversary of its construction, a team of dedicated filmmakers rebuilds America's original electric recording device - and captures "lightning-in-a-bottle" single-take performances from some of today's top musicians.
16 December 1990
10 December 1985
17 December 1985
1 January 2007
On 7 November 2006,"The Archers" hit the headlines of every national newspaper when it brought to a climax one of its biggest ever story-lines - the love triangle between David Archer (Tim Bentinck
), his wife Ruth Archer (Felicity Finch
) and herdsman Sam Batton. In the final seconds of the 15,000th episode of the soap, Ruth decided not to consummate her relationship with Sam, and five million listeners across Britain either heaved a collective sigh of relief, or felt cruelly disappointed. In the days that followed, the official Archers website received 1.2 million page impressions. The Ruth/Sam/David storyline is an important one, but it is only the latest in a long line of stories that stretch back to 1 January 1951, when "The Archers" was first broadcast to the nation. As things start to return to normal at Brookfield, who knows what new stories will unfold for the 60-odd other Ambridge residents on whose lives we eavesdrop every weekday, just after 7pm? In this film, broadcast 56 years to the day since the series began, Arena goes behind the scenes at the Archers production office and tracks the development of that dramatic 15,000th episode, from the script meeting last August where the story was mapped out by the team of writers under editor Vanessa Whitburn, through to the writing of the scripts, the studio recording and the response from listeners. We also catch a glimpse of the team preparing for the New Year's Day episode which will have gone out just before the film is broadcast. With extracts from episodes through the ages and interviews with actors, editors, writers and fans, plus comic moments from spoofs, Arena examines the enduring appeal of "The Archers". How has an agricultural soap opera, based in deepest Borsetshire (allegedly somewhere near Worcestershire) but produced in the urban sprawl of Birmingham become so deeply embedded in the British consciousness? And could it's theme tune be the nation's single most loved and loathed piece of music? Stephen Fry
narrates the film, which is directed and produced by Emily Kennedy
. Guy Crossman
is the film editor and the researcher is Sue Fowler. Anthony Wall
is the editor of Arena.
25 December 1998
26 December 1998
18 April 1981
15 December 1990
Traces the history of the patata from the food staple of the Incas to the raw material of the gigantic crisp industry. Featuring an Irish politician, an English historian, a French chef and a Peruvian geneticist.
13 February 1987
In 1987, Robert Crumb presents himself: raised by a Marine father, educated in Catholic schools, married at 21 in Cleveland where he worked for a greeting card company, dropping acid in 1965, heading to San Francisco and getting in on the formation of Zap Comix, gaining celebrity, loving old time jazz, starting a band, living in a commune, meeting Aline Kominsky who became his second wife and his partner in art, having a daughter, and developing a more realistic drawing style. The confessions include his loneliness, his obsessions with women, his bewilderment by fame, his sense of the disintegration of Sixties' subculture, his nervous breakdown in 1973, and his peace now.
17 March 2012
25 December 1983
2 November 1984
2 January 2000
14 December 1983
19 April 1991
A highly innovative arts documentary, which uses the latest special effects, to investigate the cultural and scientific background behind the way we judge people by their face. The documentary was presented by US artist and musician, Laurie Anderson whose face was transformed into iconic and historic stereotypes as she talked. Special effects were created by Christopher Tucker.
20 September 2008
Writer Philip Hoare embarks on a journey to investigate humankind's fascination with the whale. He travels in the footsteps of Ishmael, narrator of "Moby Dick" from Southampton to America to the Azores.
28 February 1992
19 April 2003
11 February 1984
24 August 2003
2 April 2014
24 October 2013
31 October 2013
4 October 2007
|Penelope Wilton|| ... ||Herself - Narrator (voice)|
|Alan Ayckbourn|| ... ||Himself - Playwright|
|Alan Bennett|| ... ||Himself (archive footage)|
|Michael Blakemore|| ... ||Himself - Associate Director, 1970-1976|
|Anthony Blunt|| ... ||Himself (archive footage)|
|Howard Brenton|| ... ||Himself (also archive footage)|
|Peter Brook|| ... ||Himself - Director|
|Bill Bryden|| ... ||Himself - Director, Il Campiello / The Mysteries (also archive footage)|
|Gavin Clarke|| ... ||Himself - National Theatre Archivist|
|Howard Davies|| ... ||Himself - Director, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof|
|Judi Dench|| ... ||Herself|
|Richard Eyre|| ... ||Himself - Director, National Theatre, 1988-1997|
|Michael Gambon|| ... ||Himself|
|Alexander Gowrie|| ... ||Himself - Minister for the Arts, 1983-1985 (archive footage) (as Lord Gowrie)|
|James Graham|| ... ||Himself - Playwright|
|Peter Hall|| ... ||Himself - Director, National Theatre, 1973-1988 (also archive footage)|
|David Hare|| ... ||Himself - Playwright (also archive footage)|
|Nicholas Hytner|| ... ||Himself|
|Kwame Kwei-Armah|| ... ||Himself (also archive footage)|
|Ian McKellen|| ... ||Himself|
|Jonathan Miller|| ... ||Himself - Associate Director, 1973-1975|
|Christopher Morahan|| ... ||Himself - Associate Director, 1977-1988|
|Rufus Norris|| ... ||Himself - Director, London Road|
|Trevor Nunn|| ... ||Himself - Director, National Theatre, 1997-2003 (also archive footage)|
|Laurence Olivier|| ... ||Himself - Director, National Theatre, 1963-1973 (archive footage)|
|Harold Pinter|| ... ||Himself (archive footage)|
|Lucy Prebble|| ... ||Herself - Playwright|
|Ralph Richardson|| ... ||Himself (archive footage)|
|Peter Shaffer|| ... ||Himself - Playwright|
|George Bernard Shaw|| ... ||Himself (archive footage)|
|Lady Mary Soames|| ... ||Herself - Chairman (as Lady Soames)|
|Nick Starr|| ... ||Himself - Executive Director|
|Tom Stoppard|| ... ||Himself - Playwright|
|Mary Whitehouse|| ... ||Herself (archive footage)|
A visualisation of the earliest existing episode of the Archers from the BBC archives - 11th March 1952 - using archive footage to recreate the period.
18 May 1982
21 May 1982
25 February 1995
18 February 1995
11 February 1995
The life and time of comedy genius Peter Sellers, told with the help of his extraordinary collections of home movies and featuring interviews with family, friends and colleagues.
26 December 2001
The first part of a televisual life of the film actor who died in 1999, drawing on new video footage from the archive of Bogarde's long-term partner and manager Anthony Forwood.
26 December 2001
The second part of the film star's life from the release of VICTIM (1961) to the author's death in 1999.
19 January 1982
31 May 1994
23 October 2016
Arena tells the tragicomic roller coaster story of a unique venue.
3 December 1985
10 April 2008
Documentary profile of the life of the Nobel Laureate, V.S Naipaul widely regarded as Britain's greatest living author.
8 February 1991
Detailing the life of an influential 1960s British record producer, the first to top both the UK and US pop music charts with the same record.
21 September 2008
Documentary about the Natural History Museum's Blue Whale exhibit.
30 September 1982
18 March 2007
Documentary of Washington, D.C.'s homegrown funk and go-go music, featuring interviews and raw footage of live performances of the bands throughout the city.
20 March 2014
Documentary telling the story of the genesis of the satirical puppet show Spitting Image, with contributions from caricaturists Peter Fluck and Roger Law and producer John Lloyd.
17 April 1978
A tribute to the British filmmaker Alan Clarke (1935-1990).
20 January 1979
2 January 1999
8 January 1988
21 April 2013
Examining the glamorous life and long career of pioneering photographer Norman Parkinson.
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