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Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

After 53 years Television Centre, the BBC's TV headquarters, is closing its doors and Michael Grade gathers together many of its best-loved faces to stroll down memory lane. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Talking to enthusiasts and performers, Michael Grade traces the history of the music hall in a journey that takes him from Wilton's Music Hall in London to Glasgow's Britannia. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One North WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

A tribute to actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough. Narrated by Alan Rickman and featuring contributions from many of the people who worked closely with him. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Alan Rickman
Participant:
Candice Bergen
Participant:
Terence Clegg
Participant:
Michael Douglas
Participant:
Edward Fox
Participant:
Geraldine James
Participant:
Michael Grade
Participant:
Anthony Hopkins
Participant:
John Hurt
Participant:
Ben Kingsley
Participant:
Shirley MacLaine
Participant:
Hayley Mills
Participant:
Nanette Newman
Participant:
Alan Parker
Participant:
Frank Price
Participant:
David Puttnam
Participant:
Debra Winger
Executive Producer:
Phil Dolling
Director:
Sally Norris
Producer:
Sally Norris

Timeshift

Series 12

Episode 3: Klezmer

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Michael Grade narrates the story of klezmer, from its origins in Jewish folk music performed at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs to a musical sensation enjoyed by millions worldwide. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Michael Grade
Series Producer:
William Naylor

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Royal Festival Hall concert celebrating the music of songwriter and performer Burt Bacharach, with Alfie Boe, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Justin Hayward, Michael Kiwanuka and Joss Stone. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Michael Grade
Interviewed Guest:
Burt Bacharach
Performer:
Burt Bacharach
Performer:
Alfie Boe
Performer:
Shaun Escoffery
Performer:
Justin Hayward
Performer:
Laura Mvula
Performer:
Joss Stone
Executive Producer:
Anita Land
Executive Producer:
Guy Freeman

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Michael Grade sets out to answer a question that has fascinated him since he first saw them as a boy - does the musical create the star or is it the star who makes the musical? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Michael Grade
Executive Producer:
Sue Summers
Producer:
Michael Burke
Director:
Michael Burke

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Michael Grade reveals the story of General Tom Thumb, the world's first global show business celebrity, who went from humble beginnings in America to international superstardom. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Michael Grade
Producer:
Nick Tanner
Director:
Ian Denyer
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Production Company:
Wingspan Productions

Duration: 1 hour

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

Michael Grade explores the history of the British pantomime dame. He meets dames such as Berwick Kaler and Richard Briers, and even bravely tries on the full make-up and frock. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Michael Grade
Producer:
Michael Burke
Director:
Michael Burke
Executive Producer:
Debbie Christie

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary in which Michael Grade sets out to discover whether jokes come and go with the passing of time or whether we are still laughing at the same things our ancestors did. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Michael Grade
Executive Producer:
Caroline Wright

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

What happened to the variety stars once the theatres closed and the cameras beckoned? Michael Grade tells the ups and downs of the variety stars on television.

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Fifty years ago every UK town had a variety theatre. Michael Grade tells the story of this lost world.

The Many Faces of...

Series 2

Episode 2: Stanley Baxter

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Fans including Michael Grade, Barry Cryer and Bill Oddie celebrate the extraordinary career of entertainer Stanley Baxter, who captivated huge TV audiences for twenty years. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
Charlie Stuart
Executive Producer:
Stephen Stewart
Participant:
Michael Grade
Participant:
Barry Cryer
Participant:
Bill Oddie
Participant:
Gregor Fisher

Free Thinking

Dadaism, The Invisible Present, National Treasures

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet presents. With a discussion about the founding of Dadaism, an exhibition about notions of time and a debate about when a celebrity becomes a 'national treasure'. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Will Abberley
Interviewed Guest:
Janet Street-Porter
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Grade

Lost Sitcoms

Episode 2: Let's Talk about Alf

Duration: 5 minutes

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

A look at the impact of Alf Garnett, with contributions from Graham Linehan, Lee Mack and Simon Day.

Contributors

Participant:
Graham Linehan
Participant:
Lee Mack
Participant:
Simon Day
Participant:
Beryl Vertue
Participant:
Adil Ray
Participant:
Jon Plowman
Participant:
Michael Grade
Participant:
Trix Worrell
Producer:
Owen Bell
Executive Producer:
Steven Canny

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Don Black, lyricist behind hit songs including Diamonds are Forever, Born Free and Love Changes Everything, shares fascinating insights into his life's work with Michael Grade. Show more

Sunday Morning Live

Series 7

Episode 3

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Lord Grade explains why he's launching a watchdog to crack down on charities using high pressure sales techniques. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Naga Munchetty
Producer:
Neil Dimmock
Assistant Producer:
Stephen McVey
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Grade