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Arena

Desert Island Discs

BBC Four BBC Four logo Duration 00:45 Available for over a year First broadcast:
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Arena

Desert Island Discs

A celebration of Roy Plomley's radio favourite with some celebrity castaways' help.

First transmitted in 1982, Arena celebrates Roy Plomley's classic radio favourite, with the help of celebrity castaways, including Frankie Howerd, Arthur Askey and Paul McCartney.

First transmitted in 1982, Arena celebrates Roy Plomley's Desert Island Discs with the help of many celebrity castaways, including Frankie Howerd, Russell Harty, Trevor Brooking, the Lord Mayor of London, Professor JK Galbraith and Arthur Askey. The special guest for the 40th anniversary programme was Paul McCartney who was also a fan of the show: 'I love its homeliness. It conjures up the best in traditional British pleasure, like the great British breakfast. It's an honour to be asked'.

Credits

Executive Producer
Anthony Wall

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Arena

Free Thinking

Caravaggio, Bob Dylan, Dario Fo, Lenin's Train Journey

BBC Radio 3 BBC Radio 3 logo Duration 00:45 Available for over a year First broadcast:

Free Thinking

Caravaggio, Bob Dylan, Dario Fo, Lenin's Train Journey

Including the Nobel Prize in Literature, Dario Fo's plays and Caravaggio's art.

Presented by Anne McElvoy. Including the Nobel Prize in Literature, the work of playwright Dario Fo, Caravaggio's art and historian Catherine Merridale on her book about Lenin.

The award of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan is discussed by writer Toby Litt and by Anthony Wall, the Editor of BBC TV's Arena series who co-produced the Martin Scorsese documentary about Dylan: No Direction Home and who has made several other films with and about Dylan. As the death of Italian playwright and activist Dario Fo is announced, David Greig Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh is joined by playwright Anders Lustgarten to reflect on Dario Fo's plays. Caravaggio's art explored by curator Letizia Treves, New Generation Thinker Joe Moshenska and playwright Anders Lustgarten. Plus, historian and Russologist Catherine Merridale on her latest book about Lenin's journey from exile in Zurich back to Russia on the eve of the 1917 Revolution. Anne McElvoy presents.

Beyond Caravaggio runs at The National Gallery 12 Oct 2016 To 15 Jan 2017.

Anders Lustgarten's play The Seven Acts of Mercy is at the Royal Shakespeare Company from November 24th to February 10th

Joe Moshenska is the author of A Stain In The Blood and teaches at Cambridge University. He is on the New Generation Thinkers scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into radio.

Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue's novel is called Sudden Death. It's translated by Natasha Wimmer. You can find more about fiction in translation in a collection on our website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047v6vh

Catherine's Merridale's account of Lenin's journey from Zurich to Petrograd is Lenin On The Train.

(Image: Interior with a Young Man holding a Recorder, Oil on canvas 103 x 139.5 cm, Cecco del Caravaggio 1615-20, (c) Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford).

Credits

Interviewed Guest
Toby Litt
Interviewed Guest
Anthony Wall
Interviewed Guest
David Greig
Interviewed Guest
Anders Lustgarten
Interviewed Guest
Letizia Treves
Interviewed Guest
Joe Moshenska
Interviewed Guest
Catherine Merridale
Presenter
Anne McElvoy
Producer
Luke Mulhall

Arena

Blues Night B.B. King Speaks

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Blues Night B.B. King Speaks

John Walters talks to B.B. King about his extraordinary life. (1985)

First transmitted in 1985, John Walters talks to B.B. King about his extraordinary life, from a childhood picking cotton in Mississippi to worldwide stardom.

First transmitted in 1985, John Walters talks to B.B. King - aided by his guitar Lucille - about his extraordinary life, from a childhood picking cotton in Mississippi to worldwide stardom.

Credits

Presenter
John Walters
Presenter
B.B. King
Producer
Anthony Wall

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Arena

Series

Arena: Blues Night

Arena

Blues Night Sonny Boy Williamson Sings

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Blues Night Sonny Boy Williamson Sings

Rare footage of the harmonica blues player Sonny Boy Williamson. (1985)

First transmitted in 1985, Blues Night presents rare footage of the harmonica blues player Sonny Boy Williamson.

First transmitted in 1985, Blues Night presents rare footage of the harmonica blues player Sonny Boy Williamson, who gave B.B. King his big break in 1948. ‘He was on the radio doing live performances when I first came to Memphis. He put me on his show to do this one song – a lady saloon-keeper hired me that day and I’ve worked ever since,’ King explained to the Radio Times.

Credits

Presenter
John Walters
Presenter
B.B. King
Producer
Anthony Wall
Performer
Sonny Boy Williamson

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Arena

Series

Arena: Blues Night

Arena

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

BBC BBC logo Duration 01:25 Available for over a year First broadcast:
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Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Jim White takes a road trip into the heart of the poor white American South. (2004)

First transmitted in 2004, Jim White takes a road trip into the heart of the poor white American South through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truckstops and coalmines.

First transmitted in 2004, this is a stunningly-photographed, thought-provoking road trip into the heart of the poor white American South. Singer Jim White takes his 1970 Chevy Impala through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truckstops, biker bars and coalmines.

Along the way are roadside encounters with present-day musical mavericks the Handsome Family, David Johansen, David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower and old-time banjo player Lee Sexton, and grisly stories from the cult Southern novelist Harry Crews.

Credits

Presenter
Jim White
Director
Andrew Douglas
Producer
Andrew Douglas
Producer
Martin Rosenbaum
Executive Producer
Anthony Wall
Executive Producer
Steve Golin
Writer
Steve Haisman

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