Profile of the sculptor Antony Gormley, known for his monumental public sculpture The Angel of the North, as he prepares to unveil an even bigger work called Quantum Cloud. Show more
Kirsty Wark looks at Sandro Botticelli's visual realisation of Dante's 'Divine Comedy', illustrations which have been called 'the world's first great comic strip'. Show more
Documentary on the London jazz venue. In 1959, young saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened a club where he and his friends could play, which became the heartbeat of British jazz. Show more
1969 documentary about author Christopher Isherwood. Derek Hart interviews him about his life and work, featuring extracts from films of his novels and stories. Show more
In 1820 John Keats was dying of tuberculosis. Friends and doctors suggested a trip to Italy for the better climate might save him. Andrew Motion retraces his extraordinary journey.
Documentary which looks at the image of himself that Gauguin hoped to promote in his book Noa Noa, about his stay in Tahiti.
Documentary-drama presenting a kaleidoscopic, impressionistic picture of the life and loves of the great artist. Produced to commemorate the centenary of Van Gogh’s death.
For much of his career, Lucian Freud allowed his paintings to speak for themselves, but in 1988 he talked for the first time - to Omnibus - about his work and ambitions. Show more
Omnibus reports from outside the Ambassador's Theatre where The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie, has been running for 20 years and has just finished its 8,320th performance. (1972) Show more
A film about portrait painting, focusing on the role of the artist and the human face. Featuring Sir William Coldstream, David Sylvester, Isabel Lambert and Jonathan Miller. Show more
A portrait of Damien Hirst, presented as a drug-induced nightmare after he has been put to sleep by a sinister dentist (played by Donald Pleasence). Show more
Author and screenwriter Graham Greene is interviewed about his life and work by Christopher Burstall, on the Orient Express travelling from Paris to Istanbul.
Exploring the life and legacy of French impressionist painter Claude Monet, tracing his obsessive attempts to capture colour and light and explaining his enduring appeal.
In this extract from the long-running arts programme, Richard Baker introduces a short film celebrating the elusive English sculptor and land artist Richard Long. (1983) Show more
Archive rockumentary shot in 1974, following Bowie in Hollywood as he prepares to discard his Ziggy Stardust persona and assume a new, more enigmatic role. Show more
Biography of the late Gore Vidal, looking at the life of one of America's leading literary figures. He recalls the second half of his life, starting from Kennedy's presidency. Show more
David Croft and Jimmy Perry, one of TV's most successful comedy writing duos, talk about their lives, their work and what makes them laugh.
First shown on BBC One on 28 June 1970. Ted Heath talks to Bryan Magee about his love of music. A programme to mark 50 years since Edward Heath become Conservative Party leader. Show more
Profile of the British-born actress who went on to become one of Hollywood's most enduring stars and whose love affair with Richard Burton captured the public's imagination. Show more
Writer Michael Bracewell presents an unusual and provocative look at the life and legacy of Oscar Wilde. With contributions from Stephen Fry, Neil Tennant and Tom Stoppard. (1997) Show more