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: Chess Pieces - 21st Century Art

Damien Hirst is among contributors to a look at art and chess, two worlds driven by money and power. How has the game been used to illustrate ideas about art and society?
With Alan Yentob. (W)


Unknown: Damien Hirst
Unknown: Alan Yentob.

: Talking to a Stranger

Judi Dench stars in the first of John Hopkins's quartet of plays that look at the same weekend through the eyes of four people. With Maurice Denham, Margery Mason and Michael Bryant.
(Continues tomorrow at 9pm) (S)

Drama: Talking to a Stranger: 7.30pm BBC4
A young Judi Dench delivers a powerhouse performance as a neurotic nonconformist in this powerful psychological drama from 1966, the first in a quartet of plays by John Hopkins that dissects a grim family weekend through the eyes of its four members.
This opener puts 30-year-old Terry (Dench) at the centre of the family conflicts. It may be an old, black-and-white production, but its sheer power makes most modern TV drama look pale in comparison.
Although its concerns may be rooted in the 1960s, writing and acting of this quality (Maurice Denham, Margery Mason and Michael Bryant) are pure pleasure. It's enough to make you wonder what happened to TV plays. (Geoff Ellis)

TV Insider: Early promise
It wasn't her first TV role, but back in 1966, Judi Dench's performance in Talking to Stranger marked her as a star-in-the-making. Over the next four nights, starting tonight at 7.30pm, BBC4 shows this quartet of plays for which Dench won one of her eight Bafta awards. She'd already played the part of a young tearaway in an early Z Cars story written by John Hopkins. That character became the basis for the role of disaffected daughter Terry, which Hopkins created for her in this ground-breaking drama series. Originally shown on the then-new BBC2, it was described by George Melly - then Observer TV critic - as "the first authentic masterpiece written directly for television."
At the time, Hopkins was considered on a par with Dennis Potter. He co-wrote the screenplay to the 007 film Thunderball, and went on to work in Hollywood. He also adapted John le Carre's Smiley's People for BBC2.


Unknown: Judi Dench
Unknown: John Hopkins
Unknown: Maurice Denham
Unknown: Margery Mason
Unknown: Michael Bryant

: Edge of Darkness

Craven goes to pieces in part four of Troy Kennedy Martin 's classic
1985 thriller. Bob Peck stars as the detective investigating his daughter's death. (S)


Unknown: Troy Kennedy Martin
Unknown: Bob Peck

: Peter Brook's Hamlet

Adrian Lester heads the cast in Peter Brook 's stage production of The Tragedy of Hamlet, shot at the Theatre de Bouffes du Nord, Paris. An interview with Brook follows. (S) (W)


Unknown: Adrian Lester
Unknown: Peter Brook

: Interview with Peter Brook

Sir Richard Eyre talks to Brook about his production of Hamlet. (S) (W)


Talks: Sir Richard Eyre

: Baader-Meinhof: In Love with Terror

From bank heists to hijackings and murder, this is the story of the German terrorist group. (S) (W)

: As 7pm.

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