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Blues Night

B.B. King Speaks

Duration: 38 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

Available for over a year

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. Show more

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Voices from the Island

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for over a year

Nelson Mandela and his fellow ex-prisoners recall their incarceration on Robben Island, South Africa's Alcatraz. (1994) Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Nelson Mandela
Director:
Adam Low
Series Editor:
Nigel Finch
Series Editor:
Anthony Wall

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Blues Night

Chicago Blues

Duration: 52 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

Available for over a year

First transmitted in 1985, performances by Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy showcase the tough urban music of Chicago. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Muddy Waters
Participant:
Junior Wells
Participant:
Buddy Guy
Participant:
J.B. Hutto
Participant:
Floyd Jones
Participant:
Dick Gregory

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Blues Night

Blind John Davis

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

Available for over a year

First transmitted in 1985, journalist Studs Terkel and pianist Blind John Davis meet in a Chicago bar to discuss and play the blues. Show more

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Blues Night

Sonny Boy Williamson Sings

Duration: 21 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

Available for over a year

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

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Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for over a year

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. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim White
Executive Producer:
Anthony Wall
Executive Producer:
Steve Golin

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Into the Limelight - Tribute Bands

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Available for over a year

Meet the musicians who perform at Crewe's Limelight Club, where the spirit of rock is alive in the form of tribute acts to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. (2007) Show more

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Desert Island Discs

Duration: 47 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for over a year

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. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Anthony Wall

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Blues Night

Blues Medley

Duration: 26 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

Available for over a year

First transmitted in 1985, this medley of the blues features Fred McDowell, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Lead Belly and Billie Holiday. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Fred McDowell
Participant:
Thomas Dorsey
Participant:
Sonny Terry
Participant:
Brownie McGhee
Participant:
Billie Holiday
Participant:
Lead Belly

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Masters Of The Canvas

Duration: 60 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for over a year

When pop artist Peter Blake confessed that his fantasy was to be the mysterious masked wrestler Kendo Nagasaki, little did he know what the consequences would be. (1992) Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Peter Blake
Producer:
Paul Yates

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Cindy Sherman #untitled

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 4 months

A rare insight into the work of Cindy Sherman, one of the world's leading, and most elusive, contemporary artists. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Cindy Sherman
Interviewed Guest:
Kim Cattrall
Interviewed Guest:
Gaby Hoffmann
Producer:
Clare Beavan
Executive Producer:
Janet Lee
Director:
Clare Beavan
Production Company:
BBC Studios

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Everything Is Connected - George Eliot's Life

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for years

Contemporary artist Gillian Wearing celebrates the legacy of Victorian novelist George Eliot in an experimental film made up of a diverse cast of people. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Sheila Atim
Narrator:
Jason Isaacs
Producer:
Martina Hall
Executive Producer:
Janet Lee

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Miller Meets Mandela

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Available for over a year

Following his release from prison, Nelson Mandela opens up about his life and the turbulent times he's faced in this rare and momentous interview with Arthur Miller. (1991) Show more

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Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 5 months

Docudrama portrait of Delia Derbyshire, the electronic sound pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme tune, that explores the idea that this extraordinary composer herself lived outside of time and space. Show more

Contributors

Delia Derbyshire:
Caroline Catz
Young Delia Derbyshire:
Honor-Ray Caplan-Higgs
Desmond Briscoe:
Richard Glover
Radiophonic Workshop Technician:
Zacahary Hart
The Men behind Desks:
Michael Higgs
David Vorhaus:
Tom Meeten
Maddelena Fagandini, Jen, Actor, Mary Wollstonecraft:
Saskia Reeves
Brian Hodgson:
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Producer:
Andy Starke
Director:
Caroline Catz

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Painted with My Hair

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 11 months

How a US lifer survived long-term solitary confinement through a remarkable pen-pal friendship and the making of beautiful little paintings from M&M's. Show more