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Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Stephen Smith uncovers the secret history of the humble fig leaf, opening a window onto 2,000 years of western art and ethics, from Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin to modern art. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary following writer and broadcaster Stephen Smith on the trail of Vladimir Nabokov, the elusive man behind the controversial novel and 1962 film, Lolita. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Smith
Producer:
Emma Boswell
Director:
Emma Boswell
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Executive Producer:
Jonty Claypole

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Stephen Smith explores how Vienna's artists rebelled against the establishment in the late 19th century and brought their own highly sexed version of art nouveau to the city. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Writer and broadcaster Stephen Smith re-envisions the story of 20th-century American culture by taking a girth-busting road trip through its most iconic institution - the diner. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Documentary in which Stephen Smith traces the revolutionary beginnings of Dr Zhivago, one of the best-known love stories of the 20th century, written by Boris Pasternak. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Smith
Director:
George Cathro
Producer:
George Cathro
Executive Producer:
Ross Wilson
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Production Company:
Matchlight

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Stephen Smith explores Britain's art nouveau heritage, from the controversial life of Aubrey Beardsley to the work of Mary Watts and the influence of Arthur Liberty. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Stephen Smith explores the objects of Parisian Art Nouveau and learns how some of the 19th century's most glamorous, controversial figures inspired an extraordinary movement. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Stephen Smith meets Andy Warhol's friends and confidantes to get closer to the man behind the enigmatic public image, experiencing a day in the life of the pop art superstar. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Smith
Producer:
David Shulman
Director:
David Shulman
Executive Producer:
Richard Bright
Unit Manager:
Lisa Phelan

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS EuropeLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS North America

Stephen Smith explores the extraordinary life and work of the virtuoso jeweller Carl Faberge who created the bejewelled Faberge eggs. Show more

Free Thinking

Russian Art and Revolution

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Dolya Gavanski, Stephen Smith, Victor Sebestyen and Charlotte Hobson join Anne McElvoy to assess the Royal Academy's Russian art show and the role of the arts in the Revolution. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Dolya Gavanski
Interviewed Guest:
Charlotte Hobson
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Victor Sebestyen
Producer:
Zahid Warley

Front Row

Banksy's Dismaland, Andrew Haigh, Resistance, Andy Warhol

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news with Samira Ahmed, including a review of Banksy's Dismaland, Andrew Haigh on 45 Years, a review of drama Resistance and Stephen Smith on his new Andy Warhol documentary. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Andrea Rose
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Haigh
Interviewed Guest:
Caroline Moorehead
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Smith
Producer:
Anna Bailey

How to Get Ahead

Episode 2: At Renaissance Court

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 3 months

Stephen Smith explores Renaissance Florence under the reign of Grand Duke Cosimo Medici, where some of the greatest painters, sculptors and craftsmen in world history served. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Smith
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Production Coordinator:
Grace Brassington
Production Manager:
Nicholas Franklin

How to Get Ahead

Episode 3: At Versailles

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 3 months

Stephen Smith explores the Baroque court of Louis XIV, who created the Palace of Versailles to surround himself with artists, designers, gardeners, chefs and musicians. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Smith
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Producer:
Ian Leese
Director:
Ian Leese
Production Coordinator:
Grace Brassington
Production Manager:
Nicholas Franklin

How to Get Ahead

Episode 1: At Medieval Court

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 3 months

Writer and broadcaster Stephen Smith finds out what it took to get ahead at the court of Richard II, who presided over the first truly sophisticated and artistic court in England. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

From the home of the book festival at Hay-on-Wye, Martha Kearney looks at how the way we read is changing in the era of electronic publishing and globalised media. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Martha Kearney
Presenter:
Stephen Smith
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Executive Producer:
David Okuefuna
Producer:
Lucie Donahue
Director:
Lucie Donahue

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 1 month

Stephen Smith explores the life and work of the virtuoso jeweller Carl Faberge, who transformed his father's modest business into the world's most famous supplier of luxury items. Show more