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17 Apr. 1978
When Is a Play Not a Play?
A tribute to the British filmmaker Alan Clarke (1935-1990).
 
2 Apr. 1980
Climb Every Mountain or Nothing Succeeds Like Failure
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 Jan. 1981
Chelsea Hotel
BBC documentary that catches scenes in the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York City.
 
17 Nov. 1981
A Pretty British Affair
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.
 
23 Feb. 1982
Desert Island Discs
A 1982 film made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roy Plomley's classic radio programme.
 
22 Feb. 1983
Burroughs
Documentary on the life of William S. Burroughs.
 
2 Nov. 1983
Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano
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.
 
4 Jan. 1984
George Orwell, Part 5: Nineteen Eighty-Four
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.'
 
1990
The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima
About Yukio Mishima that highlights the many known major aspects of his life and personality. Mishima was a pen name he adopted en route to his chosen life as a writer.
 
1986
Welcome to the Go-Go
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.
 
21 Nov. 1986
Salvador Dali
Documentary showcasing the life and works of surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
 
18 Dec. 1986
Of Cats and Mice
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.
 
30 Jan. 1987
Dennis Potter
Alan Yentob interviews TV dramatist Dennis Potter about his work through the years.
 
13 Feb. 1987
The Confessions of Robert Crumb
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,...
 
21 Jan. 1988
Broadway - The Great White Way
A picture of Broadway -- the street itself -- from the Battery to Times Square to Uptown, mixing history and the then-contemporary 1980s scene.
 
17 Apr. 1989
Heavy Metal
An outline and retrospective of the heavy metal genre that swept the world in the 1980s.
 
15 Dec. 1990
The Complete History of the Potato
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.