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.
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.
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,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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/...
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.