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According to Beryl

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dame Beryl Bainbridge takes an idiosyncratic tour of the last twenty years of writer and poet Samuel Johnson's turbulent life, focusing on his relationship with Hester Thrale. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Udayan Prasad
Executive Producer:
Anthony Wall
Participant:
Susannah Harker
Participant:
Beth Goddard
Participant:
Jim Carter

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The Brian Epstein Story: The Sun Will Shine Tomorrow

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary examining the turbulent life and career of the Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who died in 1967 in mysterious circumstances. Show more

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The Brian Epstein Story: Tomorrow Never Knows

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Part two of the documentary on Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Epstein was lured into the world of gambling, sex and drugs and in 1967 he was found dead. Show more

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Ken Dodd's Happiness

Duration: 58 minutes

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

A tribute to Liverpudlian comic Ken Dodd, in which he discusses his career and influences. Featuring clips of his early performances and footage of him on tour in recent times. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Ken Dodd
Series Editor:
Anthony Wall

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Bob Dylan: No Direction Home

Part 1

Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes

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

The story of Bob Dylan, from a rock 'n' roll-loving kid in the Midwest to his arrival as a major force in the world of folk music. Including unseen footage and rare recordings. Show more

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Bob Dylan: No Direction Home

Part 2

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Martin Scorsese continues to explore Bob Dylan's early career. At 23, Dylan confounds expectations and finds a new musical vocabulary to capture the seismic cultural shift. Show more

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The Hunt for Moby-Dick

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Writer Philip Hoare confronts our fascination with the ocean's mystery animal, the whale. He visits the whaling ports of New England and draws a parallel with the war on terror. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Hoare
Director:
Adam Low
Executive Producer:
Anthony Wall

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The Roundhouse - The People's Palace

Duration: 1 hour

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

The tragicomic rollercoaster story of a unique venue, the Roundhouse in north London, which has hosted virtually every big name in rock and alternative theatre since 1966. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Anthony Wall
Series Editor:
Anthony Wall

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The 50 Year Argument - The New York Review of Books

Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes

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

Martin Scorsese's documentary film charting literary, political and cultural history as per the New York Review of Books, America's leading journal of ideas since 1963. Show more

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Dickens on Film

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

An exploration of Charles Dickens's contribution to the history of film and television, using archive footage of classic and less familiar adaptations from 1898 to the present day. Show more

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Arena: The National Theatre

Episode 1: Part One - The Dream

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

First of two documentaries celebrating the National Theatre's 50th anniversary, with contributions from artistic directors, playwrights and stars such as Dame Joan Plowright. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Adam Low
Executive Producer:
Anthony Wall
Executive Producer:
David Sabel

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Produced by George Martin

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Profile of record producer Sir George Martin, with his wife Judy, son Giles, Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Michael Palin among the many contributors. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
George Martin
Participant:
Judy Martin
Participant:
Giles Martin
Participant:
Paul McCartney
Participant:
Ringo Starr
Participant:
Cilla Black
Participant:
Michael Palin
Participant:
Bernard Cribbins
Participant:
Howard Goodall
Participant:
Millicent Martin
Participant:
John McLaughlin
Participant:
Dewey Bunnell
Participant:
Jeff Beck
Producer:
Francis Hanly
Director:
Francis Hanly
Series Editor:
Anthony Wall

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One for the Road

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Drama in which Nicolas, who works as a torturer in an unnamed police state, interrogates three members of the same family. Harold Pinter acts in his own play. Show more

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American Epic

Episode 2: Blood and Soil

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Series telling the stories of the pioneers of American roots music. The second episode explores gospel, the songs of the coal mines and the Mississippi Delta blues. Show more

Contributors

Series Editor:
Anthony Wall
Producer:
Duke Erikson
Executive Producer:
T Bone Burnett
Executive Producer:
Robert Redford
Executive Producer:
Jack White
Production Company:
Lo-Max