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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Saatchi Phenomenon

11 June 2003

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Tracey Emin ... Herself

Stephen Fry ... Himself
A.A. Gill ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 2: Barbara Hepworth: Shapes Out of Feelings

18 June 2003
In her centenary year, Alan Yentob looks at the life and work of the sculptor/artist and political activist, Barbara Hepworth.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 1, Episode 3: The Hip-Hop Generation

25 June 2003
Alan Yentob attempts to trace how Hip hop and Rap has become immersed into British youth culture, while revisiting his previous work about Hip hop 'Beat This' made for BBC Arena 20 years ago.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 1, Episode 4: Stella's Story

2 July 2003

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Stella McCartney ... Herself

Kate Moss ... Herself

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Herself
Joe Simon ... Himself

Anna Wintour ... Herself

Season 1, Episode 5: Carlos Acosta: The Reluctant Ballet Dancer

9 June 2003
Lucy Blakstad film follows acclaimed classical ballet dancer Carlos Acosta from a visit to his birth place on Havana, Cuba where he retraces his roots to his preparations for his latest show, an autobiographical work, 'Tocororo - A Cuban Tale'
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Carlos Acosta ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 6: The Portrait of Omai

23 July 2003

Moses Rockman ... Omai

Season 1, Episode 7: John Mortimer: Owning Up at 80

23 July 2003

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
John Mortimer ... Himself

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: The Voice of Bryn Terfel

12 November 2003

Claudio Abbado ... Himself

Andrea Bocelli ... Himself
José Carreras ... Himself

Elvis Costello ... Himself

Renée Fleming ... Herself
Bryn Terfel ... Himself

Season 2, Episode 2: A Funny Business

19 December 2003


Colin Ferguson ... Himself

Ricky Gervais ... Himself

Jay Harrington ... Himself
Michael Jackson ... Himself

Norman Lear ... Himself

Dan Mazer ... Himself

Stephen Merchant ... Himself

Steven Moffat ... Himself
David Renwick ... Himself

Benjamin Silverman ... Himself (as Ben Silverman)

Rena Sofer ... Herself
Phoef Sutton ... Himself
Beryl Vertue ... Herself
Sue Vertue ... Herself

Sonya Walger ... Herself

Season 2, Episode 3: Entertaining Mr Soane

26 November 2003


Corin Redgrave ... Sir John Soane

Samuel West ... Wightwick

Season 2, Episode 4: The World According to Parr

3 December 2003

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
David Hurn ... Himself - Magnum Photographer
Colin Jacobson ... Himself - Picture Editor
Martin Parr ... Himself
Susie Parr ... Herself
Val Williams ... Herself - Biographer & Curator

Season 2, Episode 5: From Pencils to Pixels

10 December 2003
A celebration of the phenomena of the animated feature film and whether there is a future for traditional animated techniques in the age of computer and digital imaging.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 2, Episode 6: An A-Z of the OED

18 December 2003
This is the bizarre tale of the making of perhaps the greatest book in the English language, which took 60 years to create, the Oxford English Dictionary. From murderers in Broadmoor to little old ladies in Bognor, the book was compiled by a bunch of remarkable characters, eccentrics, scholars and recluses who worked together to create this massive repository of the meaning of our language which continues to evolve right up to the present day. Imagine tells this story of Victorian achievement through reconstructions and interviews.

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: The Mysterious Mr. Hopper

2004

Season 3, Episode 2: Sitting for Lucian Freud

9 June 2004
Alan Yentob talks with the artist Lucien Freud about his life and work while sitting for his own portrait.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Lucian Freud ... Himself

Season 3, Episode 3: Saint John Coltrane

16 June 2004
A biography of the Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, with interviews with friends, colleagues and admirers.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Mary Alexander ... Herself
Kenneth Clarke ... Himself - Jazz Radio Broadcaster (as Kenneth Clarke M.P.)
Yasuhiro Fujioka ... Himself - Discographer
Roberta Garrison ... Herself - Dancer
Benny Golson ... Himself - Musician
Franzo King ... Himself - Church of St John Coltrane) (as Archbishop Franzo King)
Lewis Porter ... Himself - Biographer
Archie Shepp ... Himself
Chuck Stewart ... Himself
McCoy Tyner ... Himself
Rudy Van Gelder ... Himself - Recording Engineer, A Love Supreme
Val Wilmer ... Herself - Writer, Photographer

Season 3, Episode 4: Dirty But Clean Pierre

23 June 2004
Alan Yentob follows the author DBC Pierre as he attends signings and press junkets, and discusses the 'second novel syndrome'.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
D.B.C. Pierre ... Himself

Season 3, Episode 5: Unsuitable for Children?

30 June 2004

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 3, Episode 6: The Smoking Diaries

7 July 2004

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

James Fleet ... Father
Simon Gray ... Himself

Harriet Walter ... Mother

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Arthur Miller: Finishing the Picture

24 November 2004
Alan Yentob spends three days with legendary American playwright Arthur Miller, during the course of which Miller extensively discusses his life and work.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Arthur Miller ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 2: Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson's Smile

1 December 2004


Brian Wilson ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 3: Bruce Nauman: The Godfather of Modern Art

8 December 2004

Bruce Nauman ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 4: Brando

16 December 2004

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Ellen Adler ... Herself

Bernardo Bertolucci ... Himself

James Caan ... Himself

Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself

Anne Jackson ... Herself
Jay Kanter ... Himself
Jeremy Leven ... Himself

Karl Malden ... Himself

Arthur Penn ... Himself

Budd Schulberg ... Himself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself

Elaine Stritch ... Herself

Eli Wallach ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 5: Antonio Pappano: A Year at the Opera

22 December 2004

Antonio Pappano ... Himself

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: A Short History of Tall Buildings: Part 1

11 May 2005

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Paul Goldberger ... Himself - Architecture Critic
Blair Kamin ... Himself - Architect Critic
Rem Koolhaas ... Himself - Architect
Renzo Piano ... Himself - Architect
Richard Rogers ... Himself - Architect
Roy Suskin ... Himself - Building Project Manager
Carol Willis ... Herself - Curator, Skycraper Museum

Season 5, Episode 2: A Short History of Tall Buildings: Part 2

18 May 2005

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Bill Baker ... Himself - Structural Engineer
Norman Foster ... Himself - Architect
Jonathan Glancey ... Himself - Architecture Critic
Paul Goldberger ... Himself - Architecture Critic

Peter Hall ... Himself - Planner
Philip Johnson ... Himself - Architect (archive footage)
Blair Kamin ... Himself - Architect Critic
Richard Rogers ... Himself - Architect
Sam Webb ... Himself - Architect
Jack Whittle ... Himself - LCC and GLC Architect

Season 5, Episode 3: A Short History of Tall Buildings: Part 3

25 May 2005

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Richard Rogers ... Himself

Season 5, Episode 4: Fantastic Mr Dahl

22 June 2005

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Roald Dahl ... Himself (archive footage)
Liz Attenborough ... Herself
Sonia Austrian ... Herself
Quentin Blake ... Himself
Amanda Conquy ... Herself (as Amanda Conquy Brown)
Liccy Dahl ... Herself (as Felicity [Liccy] Dahl)
Ophelia Dahl ... Herself

Sophie Dahl ... Herself
Tessa Dahl ... Herself
Theo Dahl ... Himself
Valerie Eaton-Griffiths ... Herself
Brough Girling ... Himself
Luke Kelly ... Himself

Patricia Neal ... Herself
Murray Pollinger ... Himself
Stephen Roxburgh ... Himself
David Weatherall ... Himself (as Sir David Weatherall)

Season 5, Episode 5: Frida Kahlo

29 June 2005

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Carlos Fuentes ... Himself
Hayden Herrera ... Herself
Frida Kahlo ... Herself (archive footage)
Diego Rivera ... Himself (archive footage)
Raquel Tibol ... Herself
Martha Zamora ... Herself

Season 5, Episode 6: Being a Concert Pianist

6 June 2005

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Vladimir Ashkenazy ... Himself (archive footage)
George Benjamin ... Himself
Christopher Elton ... Himself
Benjamin Grosvenor ... Himself
Richard Hickox ... Himself
Stephen Hough ... Himself
Yoheved Kaplinsky ... Herself (as Veda Kaplinsky)
Evgeny Kissin ... Himself

Lang Lang ... Himself
Joanna MacGregor ... Herself
Caio Pagano ... Himself
Artur Rubinstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Rui Shi ... Herself
Joyce Yang ... Herself

Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: Elgar and the Missing Concerto

23 November 2005

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 6, Episode 2: Amos Oz: The Conscience of Israel

30 November 2005

Amos Oz ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 3: Chuck Close, Close Up

7 December 2005


Chuck Close ... Himself

Philip Glass ... Himself
Arne Glimcher ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 4: Rhythm Is It!

14 December 2005

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Royston Maldoom ... Himself
Simon Rattle ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 5: Sweet Home New Orleans

17 January 2006
From unique musical heritage to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina - a reflection on New Orleans, the city, its soundtrack, its influence and its resilience. Irma Thomas, arguably the star of Jools Holland's Hootenanny on New Year's Eve, is among those presenter Alan Yentob meets as he ponders the legends (Dr John, Louis Armstrong, etc) who have hailed from New Orleans and the rich variety of musical forms pioneered and perfected there. Holland inevitably pops up, too, together with Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello, to offer perspectives from this side of the Atlantic.

Elvis Costello ... Himself
Quint Davis ... Himself
Jools Holland ... Himself

Allen Toussaint ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 6: Warhol: Denied

24 January 2006

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Joe Simon ... Himself
Sam Green ... Himself

David Hockney ... Himself
Gerard Malanga ... Himself

Paul Morrissey ... Himself
John Richardson ... Himself

Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 6, Episode 7: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Studio

31 January 2006
Alan Yentob asks, "Is the British sitcom really dead?" The answer is a resounding no.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Ash Atalla ... Himself

Oliver Chris ... Himself

Ricky Gervais ... Himself

Tamsin Greig ... Herself

Armando Iannucci ... Himself

Chris Langham ... Himself

Robert Lindsay ... Himself
Graham Linehan ... Himself

Stephen Mangan ... Himself

Stephen Merchant ... Himself

David Mitchell ... Himself
Henry Normal ... Himself
Victoria Pile ... Herself
Martin Sixsmith ... Himself
Billy Sneddon ... Himself

Zoë Wanamaker ... Herself

Robert Webb ... Himself

Paul Whitehouse ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 8: Sitting Comfortably

7 February 2006
Alan Yentob examines the changing styles of the modern chair.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Terence Conran ... Himself
Magnus Magnusson ... Himself (voice)
Emma Parsons ... Ballet Dancer

Season 7


Season 7, Episode 1: Being Hamlet

23 May 2006

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Vaneshran Arumugam ... Himself
Michael Bogdanov ... Himself
Wayne Carter ... Himself
Michael Cumpsty ... Himself

Frances de la Tour ... Herself

Ralph Fiennes ... Himself

Derek Jacobi ... Himself (as Sir Derek Jacobi)

Jonathan Pryce ... Himself

Simon Russell Beale ... Himself

Ed Stoppard ... Himself

Janet Suzman ... Herself

David Warner ... Himself

Season 7, Episode 2: The Artist Formerly Known as Cat Stevens

30 May 2006

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Bob Geldof ... Himself
Jerry Moss ... Himself

Dolly Parton ... Herself
Cat Stevens ... Himself (as Yusuf Islam)
Richard Thompson ... Himself

Season 7, Episode 3: The Ingenious Thomas Heatherwick

6 June 2006
Following three weeks in the life of up and coming designer Thomas Heatherwick.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Thomas Heatherwick ... Himself

Season 7, Episode 4: A Picture of the Painter Howard Hodgkin

13 June 2006
Alan Yentob takes the artist Howard Hodgkin away from his Bloomsbury studio to India to discover more about his works and what inspires him.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Lorelei King ... Reader (voice)

Christopher Villiers ... Reader (voice) (as Chris Villiers)
Julian Barnes ... Himself
William Boyd ... Himself
Bruce Chatwin ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Correa ... Himself - Architect
Simon Digby ... Himself
Seamus Heaney ... Himself - Poet
Howard Hodgkin ... Himself (as Sir Howard Hodgkin)
Nicholas Serota ... Himself - Director, Tate
Susan Sontag ... Herself (archive footage)
Andrew Topsfield ... Himself - Ashmolean Museum (as Dr. Andrew Topsfield)
Colm Tóibín ... Himself

Season 8


Season 8, Episode 1: Following Peter Pan

17 October 2006
Alan Yentob takes a look at J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan and the new novel 'Peter Pan in Scarlet' and follow it's author Geraldine McCaughrean as she prepares for it's publication.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Geraldine McCaughrean

Season 8, Episode 2: Velazquez: The Painter's Painter

24 October 2006

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 8, Episode 3: A Play for Today

31 October 2006
Alan Yentob follows playwright Jeremy Weller as he attempts to get his play, The Foolish Young Man, ready in time for the reopening of Camden's ubiquitous Roundhouse theatre.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Jeremy Weller ... Himself - Director
Jamie Downey ... Jay

Season 8, Episode 4: The Movie Brats, Take Two

6 November 2006
Imagine with Alan Yentob in Cannes, New York and Los Angeles on the trail of the leading independent minded directors currently working in American cinema.

Wes Anderson ... Himself

Sofia Coppola ... Herself

Richard Linklater ... Himself

Alexander Payne ... Himself

Season 8, Episode 5: Who Cares About Art?

14 November 2006
Alan Yentob follows five stories about the people who work in museums and galleries as guardians of their art and treasures.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 8, Episode 6: Hans Holbein, International Man of Mystery

21 November 2006
Alan Yentob goes in search of the real Hans Holbein.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 8, Episode 7: Being a Diva

28 November 2006
Alan Yentob takes at look at operatic divas and what it takes to be one, he also talks to some of the most well known divas including Angela Gheorghiu and Kiri Te Kanawa.

Season 8, Episode 8: www.herecomeseverybody.co.uk

5 December 2006

David Firth ... Himself

Season 8, Episode 9: And Then There Was Television

19 December 2006
Alan Yentob visits Alexander Palace and looks back at it's first high-definition television broadcast in 1936.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
John Logie Baird ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Baker ... Himself (also archive footage)
Betty Bolton ... Herself (archive footage)
Ian Carmichael ... Himself (also archive footage)

Petula Clark ... Herself (archive footage)
Paul Fox ... Himself (as Sir Paul Fox)
Richard R. Greenough ... Himself
Harry Hockley ... Himself - Engineer
Marista Leishman ... Herself

Maureen Lipman ... Herself
Yvonne Littlewood ... Herself
Cecil Madden ... Himself (archive footage)
Helen McKay ... Herself (archive footage)
Bob Mears ... Himself - Engineer
Leslie Mitchell ... Himself (archive footage)
D.H. Munro ... Himself (archive footage)
Marguerite Patten ... Herself (also archive footage)
Sylvia Peters ... Herself (also archive footage)
John Reith ... Himself (archive footage)
Beryl Romeril ... Herself - Vision Mixer (as Beryl Hockley)
John Trenouth ... Himself

Norman Wisdom ... Himself (also archive footage) (as Sir Norman Wisdom)

Season 8, Episode 10: The Beatles in 'Love'

27 December 2006
Alan Yentob looks at the collaboration between the Beatles music and Cirque Du Soleil.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Hassan El Hajjami ... Himself
Guy Laliberté ... Himself

George Martin ... Himself
Giles Martin ... Himself

Paul McCartney ... Himself

Ringo Starr ... Himself

Season 9


Season 9, Episode 1: Gilbert and George: No Surrender

8 May 2007
Alan Yentob meets the Turner Prize winning artists Gilbert & George at home.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
George Passmore ... Himself
Gilbert Prousch ... Himself (as Gilbert Proesch)

Season 9, Episode 2: Stealing Klimt

15 May 2007
Alan Yentob meets Maria Altmann who is battling to recover five works by Gustav Klimt that were stolen from her family by the Nazis in 1938 and which have hung at the Austrian National Gallery ever since.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Maria Altmann ... Herself
Adele Bloch-Bauer ... Herself (archive footage)
Gustav Klimt ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 9, Episode 3: Scott Walker

22 May 2007
A profile of the legendary singer-songwriter Scott Walker.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Damon Albarn ... Himself / Various
Dot Allison ... Herself

David Bowie ... Himself

Jarvis Cocker ... Himself
Alison Goldfrapp ... Herself

Johnny Marr ... Himself
Radiohead ... Themselves

Philip Sheppard ... Himself

Sting ... Himself
Scott Walker ... Himself

Season 9, Episode 4: It's the Surreal Thing

29 May 2007
With a major exhibition 'Surreal Things' at the V&A Museum, Alan Yentob takes a timely look at the history of surrealism and tries to find out what it all means.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 9, Episode 5: Imagine... a Mildly Amusing Panel Game

20 June 2007
A tongue-in-cheek version of the regular series featuring Alan Yentob taking a not so serious look at the BBC2 musical comedy quiz gameshow 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks'.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Simon Amstell ... Himself

Bill Bailey ... Himself
Phill Jupitus ... Himself

Season 9, Episode 6: Damon and Jamie's Excellent Adventure

4 July 2007
Alan Yentob takes a look at the latest project of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, an operatic adaptation of Wu Cheng'en's epic novel 'Monkey: Journey to the West' in collaboration with acclaimed theatre and opera director Chen Shi-Zheng.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Damon Albarn ... Himself
Thomas Bloch ... Himself

Shi-Zheng Chen ... Himself (as Chen Shi-Zheng)
Jean-Luc Choplin ... Himself - Director, Théâtre du Châtelet
David Coulter ... Himself
Ross Downes ... Himself
Dan Halhead ... Himself
Jamie Hewlett ... Himself
Alex Poots ... Himself - Manchester International Festival Director
Gavin Turk ... Himself

Season 10


Season 10, Episode 1: Bolshoi Boy

23 October 2007
Imagine follows Henry Perkins, promising young British ballet dancer as he travels to Russia to train with the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet at their academy in Moscow and his experiences once there.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Ilya Kuznetsov ... Himself
Henry Perkins ... Himself

Season 10, Episode 2: Bollywood's Big B

30 October 2007
Alan Yentob explores the world of Bollywood and the part it plays in Indian culture and meets one of its biggest stars, Amitabh Bachchan.

Abhishek Bachchan ... Himself

Amitabh Bachchan ... Himself

Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Himself
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 10, Episode 3: Helvetica

6 November 2007
Imagine presents a history of the world's most popular font.

Season 10, Episode 4: Louise Bourgeois: Spiderwoman

13 November 2007
Alan Yentob pays a visit to Louise Bourgeois's studio where they discuss her life, work and inspirations.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Louise Bourgeois ... Herself
Tracey Emin ... Herself
Antony Gormley ... Himself

Season 10, Episode 5: How to Get on in the Art World

20 November 2007
Alan Yentob visits the Frieze Art Fair and wonders about the world of investing and trading in art.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Dinos Chapman ... Himself
Jake Chapman ... Himself
Dave Hickey
Boo Ritson
Keith Tyson

Season 10, Episode 6: The Secret of Life

19 February 2008

Season 10, Episode 7: Richard Rogers Inside Out

26 February 2008

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Ivan Harbour ... Himself - Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Renzo Piano ... Himself - Architect
Richard Rogers ... Himself
Su Rogers ... Herself - Architect

Season 10, Episode 8: Marc Newson: Urban Spaceman

4 March 2008

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Peter Brant ... Himself - Collector
Philippe Garner ... Himself - Head of Design, Christie's
Reed Krakoff ... Himself - Collector
Adam Lindemann ... Himself - Collector
J Mays ... Himself - Ford Motor Company
Marc Newson ... Himself
Alice Rawsthorn ... Herself - Design Critic, International Herald Tribune

Season 11


Season 11, Episode 1: Doris Lessing: The Hostess and the Alien

27 May 2008
Arts and culture program. Doris Lessing, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, is both 'hostess' and 'alien' - the hostess, who presents a public face to the world, and the private person who writes, dreams and 'experiments with her life'. Alan Yentob meets the feisty 88-year-old whose 'myth country' is still the African bush where she was brought up. All her life she's been fighting her mother - a relationship she explores in her latest book.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Doris Lessing ... Herself

Season 11, Episode 2: Oliver Sacks: Tales of Music and the Brain

3 June 2008
Alan Yentob talks to Dr. Oliver Sacks about his latest book 'Musicophila: Tales of Music and the Brain' which deals with the power of music and how it helps those with extreme neurological conditions, and meets some extraordinary people overcame their conditions with music.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Anne Barker ... Herself
Tony Cicoria ... Himself
Kathy Giordano ... Herself
Matt Giordano ... Himself

Moby ... Himself
Adam Ockelford ... Himself - Roehampton University (as Professor Adam Ockelford)
Derek Paravicini ... Himself
Lawrence Parsons ... Himself - University of Sheffiekd (as Professor Lawrence Parsons)
Oliver Sacks ... Himself
Lauren Stewart ... Herself - Goldsmiths, University of London (as Dr. Lauren Stewart)

Season 11, Episode 3: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

28 February 2008
Barbara Leibovitz's intimate biography of her sister the photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Paula Abdul ... Herself (archive footage)
Ruth Ansel ... Herself

Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Himself

Tina Brown ... Herself

Rosanne Cash ... Herself

Hillary Rodham Clinton ... Herself

George Clooney ... Himself
James Danziger ... Himself

Robert Downey Jr. ... Himself

Kirsten Dunst ... Herself
Bea Feitler ... Herself (archive footage)
Vicki Goldberg ... Herself

Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself
Mark Holborn
Robert Hughes ... Himself

Mick Jagger ... Himself

Keira Knightley ... Herself
Susan Leibovitz Steinman ... Herself

Annie Leibovitz ... Herself
Barbara Leibovitz ... Herself
Howard Leibovitz ... Himself (archive footage)
Marilyn Edith Leibovitz ... Herself
Paula Leibovitz ... Herself (archive footage)
Philip Leibovitz ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Leibovitz ... Himself (archive footage)
Sarah Leibovitz ... Herself

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)

Bette Midler ... Herself
Dave Monsees ... Himself (archive footage)

Demi Moore ... Herself
Mark Morris ... Himself

Yoko Ono ... Herself
Robert Pledge ... Himself

Keith Richards ... Himself

Julia Roberts ... Herself

Chris Rock ... Himself
Jane Sarkin ... Herself

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself
Kazuyo Sejima ... Herself
Susan Sontag ... Herself (archive footage)

Gloria Steinem ... Herself

Jann Wenner ... Himself
Robert Wilson ... Stage Director

Anna Wintour ... Herself

Season 11, Episode 4: A Trip to Asia: On the Road with the Berlin Philharmonic

17 June 2008
Following the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with the conductor Simon Rattle as they embark on a concert tour of Asia.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Aline Champion ... Herself
Stanley Dodds ... Himself
Raphael Haeger ... Himself
Olaf Maninger ... Himself
Albrecht Mayer ... Himself
Fergus McWilliam ... Himself
Fredi Müller ... Himself
Manfred Preis ... Himself
Simon Rattle ... Himself (as Sir Simon Rattle)
Virginie Reibel ... Herself
Edicson Ruiz ... Himself
Franz Schindlbeck ... Himself
Rainer Seegers ... Himself
Walter Seyfarth ... Himself
Naoko Shimizu ... Herself
Daniel Stabrawa ... Himself
Martin Stegner ... Himself
Klaus Stoll ... Himself
Wilfried Strehle ... Himself
Gábor Tarkövi ... Himself
Götz Teutsch ... Himself
Thomas Timm ... Himself
Henning Trog ... Himself
Martin von der Nahmer ... Himself
Klaus Wallendorf ... Himself
Jelka Weber ... Herself
Wieland Welzel ... Himself
Sarah Willis ... Herself
Dominik Wollenweber ... Himself
Toru Yasunaga ... Himself

Season 11, Episode 5: A Wild Sheep Chase: In Search of Haruki Murakami

28 June 2008

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Alfred Birnbaum ... Himself - Murakami Translator

Susan Momoko Hingley ... (voice)

Togo Igawa ... Narrator - Voice of Murakami (voice)
Justin McCurry ... Himself - Tokyo Correspondent, The Guardian
Jay Rubin ... Himself - Murakami Translator & Biographer

Alexander Siddig ... Narrator - Novel Extracts (voice)

Kenji Watanabe ... (voice)
Takako Yagyu ... Herself

Season 11, Episode 6: Werner Herzog: Beyond Reason

1 July 2008
Alan Yentob meets the renowned German film director Werner Herzog in this documentary from the BBC's flagship 'Imagine' strand. Herzog is as far from the mainstream as it is possible to be, so it is a surprise when Alan finds him living in the Hollywood Hills. Spending time with Werner at some of his favorite Los Angeles locations, Alan attempts to uncover whether Herzog is the maverick risk-taker he appears to be. He also questions what the future is for Herzog - will he succeed in bucking the Hollywood system, or will he be forced to compromise his unique vision and style?

Les Blank ... Himself

Werner Herzog ... Himself

Harmony Korine ... Himself

Season 11, Episode 7: Love, Loss and Anthony Minghella

8 July 2008

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Anthony Minghella ... Himself

Season 12


Season 12, Episode 1: Dangerous Liaisons: When Akram Met Juliette

14 October 2008

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Juliette Binoche ... Herself

Joseph Fiennes ... Himself
Sylvie Guillem ... Herself
Anish Kapoor ... Himself
Akram Khan ... Himself

Nitin Sawhney ... Himself

Season 12, Episode 2: A Love Story

21 October 2008

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Hal David ... Himself
Jeffrey Eugenides ... Himself

Helen Fielding ... Herself

Robert McKee ... Himself
Adam Phillips ... Himself
John Sutherland ... Himself

Claire Tomalin ... Herself
Sarah Waters ... Herself

Season 12, Episode 3: Jay-Z: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

28 October 2008

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Afrika Bambaataa ... Himself (archive footage)

Mary J. Blige ... Herself
Michelle Carter ... Herself - Jay-Z's Sister
Jackson 5 ... Themselves (archive footage)

Jay-Z ... Himself

Jonathan Ross ... Himself

Will Smith ... Himself
Rob Stringer ... Himself - Chairman, Sony Music Label Group
Studda ... Himself

Season 12, Episode 4: Let There Be Light

11 November 2008

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
James Turrell ... Himself

Season 12, Episode 5: How an Orchestra Saved Venezuela's Children

18 November 2008

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Jose Antonio Abreu ... Himself (as José Antonio Abreu)
Gustavo Dudamel ... Himself
Richard Holloway ... Himself - Scottish Arts Council

Season 12, Episode 6: Richard Serra: Man of Steel

25 November 2008

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Chuck Close ... Himself

Philip Glass ... Himself
Glenn Lowry ... Himself
Richard Serra ... Himself

Season 12, Episode 7: Heavy Metal in Baghdad

2 December 2008

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Acrassicauda ... Themselves (archive footage)
Firas Al-Lateef ... Himself (archive footage)
Suroosh Alvi ... Himself (archive footage)
Marwan Reyad ... Himself (archive footage)
Faisal Talal ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 13


Season 13, Episode 0: Yes We Can: The Lost Art of Oratory

5 April 2009

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Tony Benn ... Himself

Bob Geldof ... Himself
Charlotte Higgins ... Herself - Writer
Boris Johnson ... Himself

Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage)

Michelle Obama ... Herself (archive footage)
Theodore Sorensen ... Himself - Speechwriter to John F. Kennedy

Gore Vidal ... Himself - Writer

Season 13, Episode 1: Save the Last Dance for Me

23 June 2009

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 13, Episode 2: David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

30 June 2009
Filmed over three years, this documentary is an unprecedented record of a major artist at work. It captures David Hockney's return from California to his native Yorskhire, outside, through the seasons and in all weathers.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Damien Hirst

David Hockney ... Himself
Margaret Hockney ... Herself

Season 13, Episode 3: Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna

7 July 2009

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Bernadette Colomine ... Herself - Prima Donna Co-Librettist

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Soprano
Anna McGarrigle ... Herself
Kate McGarrigle ... Herself
Cherry Vanilla ... Herself

Loudon Wainwright III ... Himself

Martha Wainwright ... Herself

Rufus Wainwright ... Himself

Season 13, Episode 4: The Colourful Mr Eggleston

14 July 2009

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Maud Schuyler Clay ... Herself (as Maude Schuyler Clay)
William Eggleston III ... Himself

Andra Eggleston ... Herself
Rosa Eggleston ... Herself
William J. Eggleston ... Himself
Winston Eggleston ... Himself

David Lynch ... Himself
Martin Parr ... Himself - Photographer
Juergen Teller ... Himself - Photographer

Season 13, Episode 5: Art in Troubled Times: Part 1

21 July 2009
The Great Depression and the Second World War changed what was expected of the arts; Alan Yentob asks if this recession could see the next transformation. Artist Chuck Close talks about the New Deal in America in the 30s, when the government paid artists to work, while actor Simon Callow tells how thrilled actors were to feel their work mattered. And dealer Kenny Schachter explains how, in a perverse way, he feels this recession is the best thing that has happened to the art world in ten years.

Simon Callow ... Himself

Chuck Close ... Himself
Kenny Schachter ... Himself
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 13, Episode 6: Art in Troubled Times: Part 2

28 July 2009
In times like these, what is art worth? And what is art for? The big moment for publicly funded art in Britain was the Second World War. "Something absolutely remarkable happened during the war", says actor Simon Callow. "The theatre suddenly was right at the heart of society". After the war, the idea of "art for all" led to the founding of the Arts Council - "very much a response to the distress, the fear, the uncertainty of war." Alan Yentob asks if culture can play that role again today.

Season 14


Season 14, Episode 1: The Year of Anish Kapoor

14 November 2009

Anish Kapoor ... Himself
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 14, Episode 2: Dame Shirley Bassey: The Girl from Tiger Bay

24 November 2009

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
David Arnold ... Himself - Album Producer

Gary Barlow ... Himself - Take That

John Barry ... Himself

Shirley Bassey ... Herself
Don Black ... Himself - Songwriter
James Dean Bradfield ... Himself - Manic Street Preachers
Leslie Bricusse ... Himself - Songwriter
Mike Dixon ... Himself - Musical Director
Richard Hawley ... Himself

K.T. Tunstall ... Herself (as KT Tunstall)
Nicky Wire ... Himself - Manic Street Preachers

Season 14, Episode 3: Own Art

1 December 2009

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 14, Episode 4: Joan Baez... How Sweet the Sound

8 December 2009

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 14, Episode 5: Plácido Domingo: The Time of My Life

15 December 2009
Legendary opera singer Placido Domingo looks back on his career as he embarks on his first role as a baritone.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Daniel Barenboim ... Himself - Conductor
José Carreras ... Himself - Tenor

Plácido Domingo ... Himself
Zubin Mehta ... Himself - Conductor

Luciano Pavarotti ... Himself - Tenor
Kiri Te Kanawa ... Herself - Soprano (as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa)

Franco Zeffirelli ... Himself

Season 14, Episode 6: Scrabble: A Night on the Tiles

22 December 2009

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Jayant Agarwalla ... Himself - Co-creator of Scrabulous
Rajat Agarwalla ... Himself - Co-creator of Scrabulous
Chief Toke Aka ... Himself - President of Nigerian Scrabble Federation
David Allmark ... Himself - General Manager, Mattel UK
Lynn Barber ... Herself - Journalist
Robert Butts ... Himself - Alfred Butt's Nephew
Henry Elliss ... Himself - Social Media Analyst
Brian Galebach ... Himself - Scrabble Competitor
Helen Gipson ... Herself - World Ranking, 10th
Martin Halliwell ... Himself - professor of American Studies, University of Leicester
Richard Herring ... Himself
Noreena Hertz ... Herself - Political Economist (as Dr Noreenah Hertz)
Elaine Higgleton ... Herself - Editorial Director (as Dr Elaine Higgleton)
Marlon Hill ... Himself - Scrabble Competitor
Dennis Obeyoma Ikekergor ... Himself - Nigerian Scrabble Competitor

Moby ... Himself
Lynn Murphy ... Herself - Psycholinguist, University of Sussex (as Dr Lynn Murphy)
Pakorn Nemitrmansuk ... Himself - Team Thailand
Mikki Nicholson ... Himself - World Ranking, 18th
Mark Nyman ... Himself - World Ranking, 19th
Chinedu Nosike Okwelogu ... Himself - Nigerian Scrabble Competitor
Victor Effiong Owokere ... Himself - Nigerian Scrabble Competitor
Robin Pollock ... Herself - Scrabble Competitor
David Quantick ... Himself
Jonathan Richards ... Himself - Technology Reporter, The Times
Nigel Richards ... Himself - Runner Up, 2009
Bradley Robbins ... Himself - Scrabble Competitor
Phil Robbins ... Himself - Bradley's Father
John Robertson ... Himself - Referee
Greg Rowland ... Himself - Semiotician
Ayorinde Adebanjo Saidu ... Himself - Nigerian Scrabble Competitor
Oyeleke Seun ... Himself - Nigerian Scrabble Competitor
Panupol Sujjayakorn ... Himself - 2003 World Scrabble Champion
Jighere Wellington ... Himself - Nigerian Scrabble Competitor
John Williams ... Himself - National Scrabble Association President

Season 15


Season 15, Episode 1: Nigel Kennedy's Polish Adventure

15 June 2010

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Lizzie Ball ... Herself - Orchestra of Life
Dorothy Delay ... Herself - Juilliard School of Music, NY (archive footage) (as Dorothy De Lay)
Anna-Maria Jopek ... Herself

Agnieszka Kennedy ... Herself
Nigel Kennedy ... Himself
Kroke ... Themselves
Janusz Lunz ... Himself - Club Owner
Yehudi Menuhin ... Himself (archive footage)
Nigel Kennedy Quintet ... Themselves
Alicja Smietana ... Herself - Orchestra of Life
Jarek Smietana ... Himself - Polish Jazz Guitarist
Scylla Stoner ... Herself (archive footage)
Piotr Wylezol ... Himself

Season 15, Episode 2: Art Is Child's Play

22 June 2010

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
David Bailey ... Himself
Mat Collishaw ... Himself
Tracey Emin ... Herself
Grayson Perry ... Himself
Marc Quinn ... Himself
Gavin Turk ... Himself

Season 15, Episode 3: Diana Athill: Growing Old Disgracefully

29 June 2010
At the age of 92, Diana Athill is suddenly a celebrity. Her frank and entertaining memoirs, mainly written after the age at which most people retire, chart a life less ordinary. She's had a string of love affairs, mainly with married, black and/or younger men; enjoyed fifty years of success as an editor, worked with writers as distinguished as Jean Rhys, Norman Mailer and VS Naipaul; and led a privileged childhood in a Norfolk mansion. Recently, she has chosen to go into an old people's home, where they take people 'who have had interesting lives'. Alan Yentob meets her to discuss her life, her work - and her outspoken thoughts on death
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Diana Athill ... Herself

Season 15, Episode 4: Tom Jones: What Good Am I?

6 July 2010

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Rob Brydon ... Himself
Anne Dudley ... Herself
Jools Holland ... Himself
Kelly Jones ... Himself

Tom Jones
Barry Mason ... Himself
Cerys Matthews ... Herself
Gordon Mills ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Morley ... Himself
Terry O'Neill ... Himself
Leslie Reed ... Himself (as Les Reed)
Sandie Shaw ... Herself
Mark Woodward ... Himself

Season 16


Season 16, Episode 1: Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour

16 November 2010

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Weiwei Ai ... Himself
Ethan Coen ... Himself - Gallerist
Joan Lebold Cohen ... Herself - Art Historian
Chris Dercon ... Himself - Curator
Boyi Feng ... Himself (as Feng Boyi)
Norman Foster ... Himself - Architect (as Sir Norman Foster)
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage)
Hans Ulrich Obrist ... Himself - Serpentine Gallery
Evan Osnos ... Himself - The New Yorker
Adrian Searle ... Himself - The Guardian
Karen Smith ... Herself - Writer & Curator
Phil Tinari ... Himself - Writer (as Philip Tinari)

Season 16, Episode 2: Smash His Camera

23 November 2010

Season 16, Episode 3: The Weird World of Eadweard Muybridge

30 November 2010
Pioneer photographer, forefather of cinema, showman, murderer - Eadweard Muybridge was a Victorian enigma. He was born and died in Kingston upon Thames, but did his most famous work in California - freezing time and starting it up again, so that for the first time people could see how a racing horse's legs moved. He went on to animate the movements of naked ladies, wrestlers, athletes, elephants, cockatoos and his own naked body, projecting his images publicly with a machine he invented and astounding audiences worldwide with the first flickerings of cinema. Alan Yentob follows in Muybridge's footsteps as he makes - and often changes - his name, and sets off to kill his young wife's lover. With Andy Serkis as Muybridge
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Marta Braun ... Herself - Ryerson University, Toronto (as Prof Marta Braun)
Philip Brookman ... Himself - Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington
Peta Cook ... Herself - Curator, Kingston Museum
Ann Dumas ... Herself - Curator
Stephen Herbert ... Himself - Historian
Richard Jones ... Himself - Historical Photographer
Jonathan Miller ... Himself (as Sir Jonathan Miller)

Andy Serkis ... Himself / Reader
Rebecca Solnit ... Herself - Writer
Herb Westfall ... Himself
Rachel Williamson ... Herself - Horse Trainer

Michael G. Wilson ... Himself

Season 16, Episode 4: Bruce Springsteen: Darkness Revisited

7 December 2010

Season 16, Episode 5: Ben-Hur

14 December 2010

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 16, Episode 6: Ray Davies: Imaginary Man

21 December 2010

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Ray Davies ... Himself
Mick Avory ... Himself

Paloma Faith ... Herself

Amy Macdonald ... Herself

Season 17


Season 17, Episode 1: The Man Who Forgot How to Read and Other Stories

28 June 2011

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Sue Barry ... Herself

Chuck Close ... Himself
Danny Delcambre ... Himself
Howard Engel ... Himself
Oliver Sacks ... Himself

Season 17, Episode 2: The Museum on Liberation Square

5 July 2011

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Shahira Abouellail ... Herself
Tarek El Awady ... Himself - Director, Egyptian Museum (as Dr. Tarek El Awady)
Philippe Flandrin ... Himself
Farghali Abdel Hafiz ... Himself - Artist
Mamdouh Hamza ... Himself - Architect (as Dr. Mamdouh Hamza)

Zahi Hawass ... Himself

Omar Sharif ... Himself
Ahdaf Soueif ... Herself

Season 17, Episode 3: Lennon: The New York Years

12 July 2011

Season 17, Episode 4: Harry Nilsson: The Missing Beatle

19 July 2011

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 17, Episode 5: Iraq in Venice

26 July 2011
For the 1st time since Saddam Hussein's rise to power 35 years ago, Iraq has a presence at the Venice Biennale - the show that is the Olympics of the international art world calendar. We follow 6 artists as they prepare for opening night.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Halim Al Karim ... Himself
Ahmed Al Soudani ... Himself
Ali Assaf ... Himself
Walid Siti ... Himself

Season 18


Season 18, Episode 1: Grayson Perry and the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

1 November 2011

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Grayson Perry ... Himself

Season 18, Episode 2: Simon and Garfunkel: The Harmony Game

8 November 2011

Season 18, Episode 3: Alan Ayckbourn: Greetings from Scarborough

15 November 2011

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Alan Ayckbourn ... Himself - Interviewee (as Sir Alan Ayckbourn)

Sabine Azéma ... Herself - Interviewee

Richard Briers ... Himself - Interviewee

Tom Courtenay ... Himself - Interviewee (as Sir Tom Courtenay)

Michael Gambon ... Himself - Interviewee (as Sir Michael Gambon)

Peter Hall ... Himself - Interviewee (as Sir Peter Hall)
Penelope Keith ... Herself - Interviewee

Felicity Kendal ... Herself - Interviewee
Eduardo Muniz ... Himself - Interviewee
Lavínia Panunzio ... Himself - Interviewee (as Lavínia Pannunzio)

Alain Resnais ... Himself - Interviewee (voice)

Catherine Tate ... Herself - Interviewee
Matthew Cottle ... Himself - actor (uncredited)

Season 18, Episode 4: Vidal Sassoon: A Cut Above

22 November 2011

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Mary Quant ... Herself

Vidal Sassoon ... Himself

Season 18, Episode 5: The Lost Music of Rajasthan

6 December 2011
The arts series takes a road trip round the desert state of Rajasthan, meeting musicians whose existence is under threat from the new India. They meet Bhopa bards who recite four-night-long epics in front of huge hand-painted scrolls, saffron-clad, chillum-smoking sisters, cross-dressers and Gypsy dancers who literally bend over backwards to pick up rupees.
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Harish Bhati ... Himself
Divya Bhatia ... Himself - Festival Director
William Dalrymple ... Himself - Writer
Prakash Detha ... Himself
Bhanwari Devi ... Herself
Jamuna Devi ... Herself
Mali Devi ... Herself
His Royal Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh Jodhpur ... Himself (as His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur)
Vinod Joshi ... Himself - Community Director
Kalunath Kalbeila ... Himself
Mohini Kalbeila ... Herself
Shakar Khan ... Himself
Krishna Kumar ... Himself
Adita Mehta ... Herself
Bamsidhan Sharma ... Himself - Village Pharmacist
Faith Singh ... Herself
Jason Singh ... Himself
John Singh ... Himself

Season 18, Episode 6: Books: The Last Chapter?

13 December 2011

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Julian Barnes ... Himself - Man Booker Prize Winner 2011

Alan Bennett ... Himself
Douglas Coupland ... Himself - Author and Artist
Theo Gray ... Himself - Touch Press
Brewster Kahle ... Himself - Digital Librarian
Ewan Morrison ... Himself
Rachael Morrison ... Herself - Librarian
Richard Ovenden ... Himself - Bodleian Library
Gail Rebuck ... Herself - Publisher
Mike Shatzkin ... Himself - Publishing Consultant
Gary Shteyngart ... Himself
Bob Stein ... Himself - Institute for the Future of the Book
Andrew Stride ... Himself
Ed Victor ... Himself - Agent
Max Whitby ... Himself - Touch Press
Simon Winchester ... Himself

Season 18, Episode 7: The Art of Stand-Up: Part One - To Be or Not to Be...

19 December 2011

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Chris Addison ... Himself
Dave Allen ... Himself (archive footage)

Woody Allen ... Himself (archive footage)

Simon Amstell ... Himself
David Baddiel ... Himself

Mel Brooks ... Himself

Ed Byrne ... Himself
Jimmy Carr ... Himself

Billy Connolly ... Himself
Jim Davidson ... Himself
Jack Dee ... Himself

Omid Djalili ... Himself
Oliver Double ... Himself
Howard Jacobson ... Himself
Russell Kane ... Himself
Shappi Khorsandi ... Herself

Jackie Mason ... Himself
Max Miller ... Himself (archive footage)
Dara O'Briain ... Himself

Andi Osho ... Herself
Frank Skinner ... Himself
Tommy Trinder ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Whitehall ... Himself

Season 18, Episode 8: The Art of Stand-Up: Part Two - The Journey...

20 December 2011

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Chris Addison ... Himself

Simon Amstell ... Himself
David Baddiel ... Himself

Roseanne Barr ... Herself (archive footage)

W. Kamau Bell ... Himself

Mel Brooks ... Himself
Lenny Bruce ... Himself (archive footage)

Ed Byrne ... Himself

Jim Carrey ... Himself (archive footage)

Billy Connolly ... Himself
Jack Dee ... Himself

Omid Djalili ... Himself

Elon Gold ... Himself
Rich Hall ... Himself

Eddie Izzard ... Himself

Anthony Jeselnik ... Himself
Shappi Khorsandi ... Herself
Adrian LeBlanc ... Herself - Writer
Caryn Mandabach ... Herself
Michael McIntyre ... Himself (archive footage)

Jim Norton ... Himself
Dara O'Briain ... Himself

Tom Papa ... Himself

Richard Pryor ... Himself (archive footage)

Mort Sahl ... Himself (archive footage)

Jerry Seinfeld ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Skinner ... Himself

Jack Whitehall ... Himself

Eric Idle ... Himself (uncredited)

Garry Shandling ... Himself (uncredited)

Season 19


Season 19, Episode 1: Theatre of War

26 June 2012

Season 19, Episode 2: Paul Simon's Graceland: Under African Skies

3 July 2012

Season 19, Episode 3: Just One Falsetto

10 July 2012

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Philip Bailey ... Himself - Earth, Wind & Fire
Daphne Brooks ... Herself - Princeton University
Harrow School Chapel Choir ... Themselves
Iestyn Davies ... Himself
Brian Eichenberger ... Himself - Lead Vocal
Bobby Flanigan ... Himself (archive footage) (as Bob Flanigan)
Four Freshmen ... Themselves (also archive footage)
Eddie Holman ... Himself
Al Jardine ... Himself
Vince Johnson ... Himself - 3rd Vocal
Mike Love ... Himself

Brian May ... Himself
The New Stylistics ... Themselves
Thomas Rhyant Jr. ... Himself (as Rev. Thomas Rhyant Jr.)
Sylvester ... Himself (archive footage)
Russell Thompkins Jr. ... Himself
Hayden Thorpe ... Himself

Frankie Valli ... Himself
Danny Walker ... Himself (as Pastor Danny Walker)

Brian Wilson ... Himself
Dave Woodcock ... Himself - Director of Music, Harrow School (as David Woodock)

Season 19, Episode 4: Glasgow: The Grit and the Glamour

17 July 2012

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 19, Episode 5: Dancing with Titian

23 July 2012

Carlos Acosta ... Himself
Frederico Bonelli ... Himself
Kim Brandstrup ... Himself
Lucy Carter ... Herself
Jonathan Dove ... Himself
Seamus Heaney ... Himself
Nehemiah Kish ... Himself
Sarah Lamb ... Herself
Alastair Marriott ... Himself

Wayne McGregor ... Himself
Steven McRae ... Himself
Nico Muhly ... Himself
Marianela Nuñez ... Herself
Chris Ofili ... Himself
Liam Scarlett ... Himself
Conrad Shawcross ... Himself
William Tuckett ... Himself
Mark-Anthony Turnage ... Himself
Mark Wallinger ... Himself
Jonathan Watkins ... Himself
Edward Watson ... Himself
Christopher Wheeldon ... Himself

Season 20


Season 20, Episode 1: Fatwa: Salman's Story

19 September 2012

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Salman Rushdie ... Himself

Season 20, Episode 2: Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender

16 October 2012

Season 20, Episode 3: Ian Rankin and the Case of the Disappearing Detective

6 November 2012

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Miranda Harvey ... Herself - Ian's Wife
Richard Moore ... Himself - Waterstone's
Ian Rankin ... Himself

Season 20, Episode 4: Do or Die: Lang Lang's Story

12 November 2012

Steve Abbott ... Himself - Manager
Daniel Barenboim ... Himself - Pianist and Conductor

Lang Lang ... Himself
Bryce Morrison ... Himself - Royal Academy of Music
Andrew Solomon ... Himself - Writer

Dun Tan ... Himself - Composer

Season 20, Episode 5: The Many Lives of William Klein

20 November 2012

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Lewis Macleod ... Reader (voice)
Glenda Bailey ... Herself - Editor-in-Chief Harper's Bazaar
David Campany ... Himself - Writer & Curator
William Klein ... Himself
Don McCullin ... Himself - Photographer
Dorothy McGowan ... Herself - Model
Martin Parr ... Himself - Photographer
Peter Saville ... Himself - Graphic Designer
Susan Train ... Herself - Paris Bureau Chief American Vogue

Season 20, Episode 6: How Music Makes Us Feel

28 November 2012

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 20, Episode 7: Jeanette Winterson: My Monster and Me

4 December 2012

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Beeban Kidron ... Herself
Vicky Licorish ... Herself
Susie Orbach ... Herself - Psychotherapist
Ruth Rendell ... Herself
Sylvia Whitman ... Herself - Bookseller
Jeanette Winterson ... Herself

Season 20, Episode 8: A Beauty Is Born: Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

18 December 2012

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Matthew Bourne ... Himself

Season 21


Season 21, Episode 1: Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny's Pictures?

25 June 2013

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 21, Episode 2: McCullin

2 July 2013

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 21, Episode 3: Rod Stewart: Can't Stop Me Now

9 July 2013

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Brian Auger ... Himself
Mary Cady ... Herself
Bob Harris ... Himself

Penny Lancaster ... Herself

Rod Stewart ... Himself

Bobby Womack ... Himself

Ron Wood ... Himself

Season 21, Episode 4: Woody Allen: A Documentary - Part One

23 July 2013

Season 21, Episode 5: Woody Allen: A Documentary - Part Two

24 July 2013

Season 21, Episode 6: Zaha Hadid... Who Dares Wins

30 July 2013

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Saffet Bekiroglu ... Himself - Project Architect, Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre (as Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu)
Hélène Binet ... Herself - Photographer
Nigel Coates ... Himself - Architect
Piers Gough ... Himself - Architect
Zaha Hadid ... Herself
Julia Peyton-Jones ... Herself - Director, Serpentine Gallery
Patrik Schumacher ... Himself - Partner, Zahid Hadid Architects
Deyan Sudjic ... Himself - Director of Design Museum
Thomas Vietzke ... Himself - Project Architect, Nordpark Railway
Elia Zenghelis ... Himself - Architect and Ex Unit Master, AA

Season 22


Season 22, Episode 1: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin'

29 October 2013

Season 22, Episode 2: Edmund De Waal: Make Pots or Die

5 November 2013

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Tobias Menzies ... (voice)
Edmund de Waal ... Himself

Season 22, Episode 3: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

12 November 2013

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Season 22, Episode 4: Turning the Art World Inside Out

19 November 2013

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
James Brett ... Himself - The Museum of Everything

Joe Coleman ... Himself
Tom Di Maria ... Himself - Director, Creative Growth
Johann Feilacher ... Himself - Director, Gugging (as Dr. Johann Feilacher)
Leonhard Fink ... Himself
Johann Garber ... Himself
Massimiliano Gioni ... Himself - Curator, The Encyclopaedic Palace
Rebecca Hoffberger ... Herself - American Visionary Art Museum
Nina Katschnig ... Herself - Gugging Gallery
Paul Laffoley ... Himself
John Maizels ... Himself - Editor, Raw Vision Magazine
Robert Manley ... Himself - Christie's
Frank Maresca ... Himself - Ricco Maresca Gallery
Jean-Hubert Martin ... Himself - Curator

Jerry Saltz ... Himself - New York Magazine
Shinichi Sawada ... Himself
William Scott ... Himself
Roberta Smith ... Herself - New York Times
Gerone Spruill ... Himself
Ionel Talpazan ... Himself
George Widener ... Himself

Season 22, Episode 5: Hitler, the Tiger and Me

26 November 2013

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Selin Charlton ... Reader (voice)
Jill Nicholls ... Reader (voice)
Ines Clasen ... Herself - Primary School Teacher
Elgin Helmstaedt ... Herself - Activist
Judith Kerr ... Herself
Michael Rosen ... Himself - Children's Writer
Peter von Becker ... Himself - Theatre Critic

Season 22, Episode 6: Who's Afraid of Machiavelli?

3 December 2013

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter

Peter Capaldi ... Himself - Presenter

Tony Blair ... Himself (archive footage)

Kenneth Branagh ... Colonel Tim Collins (archive footage)
Alastair Campbell ... Himself
Tim Collins ... Himself - Former British Army Officer (as Colonel Tim Collins)

Hilary Devey ... Herself - Businesswoman
Michael Dobbs ... Himself
Robert Harrison ... Himself - Stanford University
Nicoletta Marcelli ... Herself - Univerità di Macerata

George R.R. Martin ... Himself
Lucia Migliorini ... Herself
Stephen Milner ... Himself - Manchester University

Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage)
Adam Phillips ... Himself - Psychoanalyst
Jonathan Powell ... Himself

Prince Philip ... Himself (archive footage)

Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself (archive footage)

Margaret Thatcher ... Herself (archive footage)

Season 23


Season 23, Episode 1: Rio 50 Degrees: Carry on CaRIOca!

18 May 2014
A look at Rio's cultural, political and technical revolutions since the 1970s to 2011.

Carmen Miranda ... Herself (archive footage)
Paulo Lins ... Himself
Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Narcisa Tamborindeguy ... Herself - Socialite
Fausto Fawcett ... Himself - Street Philosopher
Fernando Gabeira ... Himself - Mayoral Candidate 2008
Dado Villa-Lobos ... Himself - Musician
Eduardo Paes ... Himself - Mayor of Rio

Season 23, Episode 2: Philip Roth Unleashed, Part One

20 May 2014

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Jane Brown Maas ... Herself - College Friend
Edna O'Brien ... Herself - Writer
Claudia Roth Pierpont ... Herself - Writer
Philip Roth ... Himself

Salman Rushdie ... Himself

Season 23, Episode 3: Philip Roth Unleashed, Part Two

27 May 2014

Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Philip Roth ... Himself

Season 23, Episode 4: Monty Python: And Now for Something Rather Similar

29 June 2014


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