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Artsnight

Series 2

Episode 12: Ben Okri

Duration: 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Magazine arts show. Ben Okri explores the transformative effect of the Booker prize on the career of its recipients. He tells the story of his journey since winning. Show more

Handmade in Japan

Series 1

Episode 1: Samurai Sword

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 11 months

Series looking at traditional Japanese crafts. On Kyushu, a family of Samurai sword makers continue a tradition their ancestors began 230 years ago. Show more

Handmade in Japan

Series 1

Episode 2: Kimono

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for 11 months

Series celebrating traditional Japanese crafts. On Amami Oshima in the southern oceans, we follow the elaborate handmade production of a traditional Japanese kimono. Show more

Handmade in Japan

Series 1

Episode 3: Mingei Pottery

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 11 months

Series celebrating Japanese crafts. The Hamadas are a famous family of potters, and we see Tomoo at work, shaping his pots and firing them in a wood-fuelled kiln. Show more

An Art Lovers' Guide

Series 2

Lisbon

Duration: 60 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 10 months

Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke reveal Lisbon's fascinating history through its cobbled streets, steep hills, picturesque shoreline and cultural riches. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Kirsty Wark celebrates the best of this year's Edinburgh Festival, now in its seventieth year, looking at how the idealism and bravura of the original 1947 festival live on today. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Wark
Executive Producer:
Matthew Springford

Art of the Sea

Episode 1: In Pictures

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Poet and author Owen Sheers examines our changing relationship to the sea over the last four centuries and how this is reflected in the work of many British artists. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Owen Sheers
Executive Producer:
Jo Roe

An Art Lovers' Guide

Series 2

Episode 3: Baku

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 10 months

In the final episode of the series, our intrepid cultural explorers Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke set off on their most adventurous trip yet - to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series exploring the lives of Scottish writers. Andrew Marr looks into the life of poet Hugh MacDiarmid, who reinvented Scots as a language for serious writing. Show more

Artsnight

Series 3

Episode 7: Lynn Barber meets Mumford & Sons

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Magazine arts show. Mumford & Sons talk to Lynn Barber about becoming an international super group and their varied influences and tastes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lynn Barber
Editor:
Janet Lee
Series Producer:
Matthew Springford
Participant:
Marcus Mumford
Participant:
Winston Marshall
Participant:
Ben Lovett
Participant:
Ted Dwane
Participant:
Baaba Maal

Artsnight

Series 3

Episode 1: David Baddiel

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Magazine arts show. David Baddiel investigates Thomas Carlyle's Great Man theory - a view that history is formed by the impact of certain charismatic men. Show more

Artsnight

Series 3

Episode 8: Maria Balshaw

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Magazine arts show. Ahead of the announcement of the 2016 Museum of the Year award, Maria Balshaw visits each of the five museums shortlisted for this year's prize. Show more

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 3 months

Sam Roddick explores the enduring appeal of Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, one of the most celebrated paintings in western art and a joyous celebration of female sexuality. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Sam Roddick
Executive Producer:
Richard Bright
Series Producer:
Matthew Springford

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Winter 2012

Lang Lang

Duration: 17 minutes

First broadcast: on Red Button (Freeview)Latest broadcast: on Red Button (Satellite and Cable)

Arts series presented by Alan Yentob. The pianist performs Chopin and Beethoven at Latitude, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

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Winter 2011

Episode 7: The Art of Stand-Up - Part One

Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

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

Alan Yentob presents the first of a two-part series on the art of stand-up comedy. He talks to comedians in Britain and America, exploring their backgrounds and influences. Show more

Contributors

Series Editor:
Alan Yentob
Series Editor:
Alan Yentob
Interviewed Guest:
Billy Connolly
Interviewed Guest:
Eddie Izzard
Interviewed Guest:
Jack Dee
Interviewed Guest:
Omid Djalili
Interviewed Guest:
Frank Skinner
Interviewed Guest:
David Baddiel
Interviewed Guest:
Shaparak Khorsandi
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Amstell
Interviewed Guest:
Dara O Briain
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Addison
Interviewed Guest:
Jack Whitehall
Interviewed Guest:
Ed Byrne
Interviewed Guest:
Jim Davidson

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Winter 2011

Episode 8: The Art of Stand-Up - Part Two

Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

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

Documentary on the art of stand-up comedy. Alan Yentob talks to comedians in Britain and America, exploring the evolution of stand-up and how it transfers to other mediums. Show more

Contributors

Series Editor:
Alan Yentob
Series Editor:
Alan Yentob
Interviewed Guest:
Billy Connolly
Interviewed Guest:
Eddie Izzard
Interviewed Guest:
Jack Dee
Interviewed Guest:
Omid Djalili
Interviewed Guest:
Frank Skinner
Interviewed Guest:
David Baddiel
Interviewed Guest:
Shaparak Khorsandi
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Amstell
Interviewed Guest:
Dara O Briain
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Addison
Interviewed Guest:
Jack Whitehall
Interviewed Guest:
Ed Byrne
Interviewed Guest:
Jim Davidson

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Summer 2008

Imagine... Love, Loss and Anthony Minghella

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Alan Yentob looks at the work of Anthony Minghella, the celebrated and Oscar-winning director of The English Patient and The Talented Mr Ripley, who died suddenly in March. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Producer:
Hans Petch
Executive Producer:
Alan Yentob
Executive Producer:
Janet Lee

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Winter 2012

Episode 2: Do or Die: Lang Lang's Story

Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes

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

Arts series. From child prodigy to global phenomenon, Alan Yentob reveals the extraordinary life of Lang Lang, China's classical music superstar. Show more

Contributors

Series Editor:
Alan Yentob
Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Assistant Producer:
Rachel Allison

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Summer 2010

Episode 2: Art Is Child's Play

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Alan Yentob considers the influence of play with some leading British artists, including Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk and David Bailey. Show more

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Autumn 2010

Episode 1: Ai Weiwei - Without Fear or Favour

Duration: 55 minutes

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

Arts documentary. Alan Yentob reveals how Chinese artist Ai Weiwei continues to fight for artistic freedom of expression. Show more