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Karajan on BBC Four, A Celebration of the Viola, George Frideric Handel - A Life with Friends

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Tom Service reviews a new Handel biography with Robin Blaze and Tess Knighton, previews John Bridcut's TV documentary on conductor Herbert von Karajan and celebrates the viola. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Service
Interviewed Guest:
Robin Blaze
Interviewed Guest:
Tess Knighton
Interviewed Guest:
John Bridcut
Interviewed Guest:
Brett Dean
Interviewed Guest:
Tabea Zimmermann
Interviewed Guest:
Garth Knox

The Prince of Wales gives his perspective on the work of Hubert Parry, composer of some of Britain's best-loved hymns, with the help of Parry's family, scholars and performers. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary showing the apparently self-confident Edward Elgar as a brilliant but neurotic musician with a chip on his shoulder about his lowly origins and his Catholic religion. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Intimate behind-the-scenes documentary about the handsome German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, one of the hottest properties in the opera world, and his triumphant return after illness. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Jonas Kaufmann
Director:
John Bridcut
Producer:
John Bridcut
Editor:
Riaz Meer
Director of photography:
Jonathan Partridge
Director of photography:
Vaughan Matthews
Sound Recordist:
Paul Nathan
Sound Recordist:
Paul Paragon

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

The great British classical singer Dame Janet Baker discusses the excitements and pitfalls in her career, the way her childhood shaped her voice and the challenges of her life now. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Patricia Routledge
Interviewed Guest:
Janet Baker
Interviewed Guest:
Imogen Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
John Copley
Interviewed Guest:
Joyce DiDonato
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Glover
Interviewed Guest:
Raymond Leppard
Interviewed Guest:
Felicity Lott
Interviewed Guest:
Andre Previn
Director:
John Bridcut

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

The secrets of George III revealed as Robert Hardman explores his private files. George III may be mostly remembered for his madness but these documents reveal another side to him. Show more

Contributors

Voice of King George III:
Simon Callow
Voice of Queen Charlotte:
Sian Thomas
Presenter:
Robert Hardman
Producer:
John Bridcut
Production Company:
Crux Productions Ltd

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary exploring the unique talents of the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, with contributions from his widow and daughters, conductors and former pupils. Show more

Europe: Them or Us

Episode 1: An Island Apart

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

The troubled history of the UK's relationship with Europe. Episode one examines why British governments initially shunned the new Common Market then begged to join. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Nick Robinson
Series Producer:
John Bridcut
Producer:
Nigel Gardner
Production Company:
Crux Productions Ltd

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Documentary offering a rare insight into the early career of dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Includes interviews with friends and colleagues, plus cine-camera footage of the man himself. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
John Bridcut
Executive Producer:
Peter Maniura

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary about the importance of children in the life and work of composer Benjamin Britten and some of the boys he was close to talk about their relationships with him. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
John Bridcut
Director:
John Bridcut
Executive Producer:
Peter Maniura
Participant:
Wulff Scherchen
Participant:
David Hemmings
Participant:
Roger Duncan

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary exploring the contradictions of Frederick Delius's colourful life, a man who forged his own musical language with which he tried to capture the pleasure of the moment. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

As the Duke of Edinburgh marks his 90th birthday, Fiona Bruce explores the apparent contradictions in the life of Prince Philip, and speaks to him about his work and future plans. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Fiona Bruce
Executive Producer:
John Bridcut
Executive Producer:
Nick Vaughan-Barratt

The Prince of Wales gives his perspective on the work of Hubert Parry, composer of some of Britain's best-loved hymns, with the help of Parry's family, scholars and performers. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Musical and psychological portrait of classical composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, which explores the passions that drove this giant of 20th-century English music. Show more

Duration: 2 hours

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Film exploring Benjamin Britten's creativity in the face of death as he raced to complete his opera Death in Venice, tackling an edgy subject which resonated with his own life. Show more

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

A Jubilee Tribute to The Queen by the Prince of Wales

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales presents a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen, featuring previously unseen photographs and cine films - many of them shot by the Queen herself. Show more

Europe: Them or Us

Episode 2: Voice of the People

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

The troubled history of the UK's relationship with Europe. Episode two goes behind the closed doors of Whitehall and Brussels. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Nick Robinson
Series Producer:
John Bridcut
Producer:
Nigel Gardner
Production Company:
Crux Productions Ltd