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Art of Persia

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Samira Ahmed goes back to when Persia faced her gravest threat, Genghis Khan, and reveals how the Safavids, who succeeded the Mongols, give Iran a powerful new identity. Show more

Art of Persia

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Samira Ahmed reveals how Iran preserved its distinctive language and culture despite the Arab conquest of Persia. Show more

Art of Persia

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Documentary series. Samira Ahmed journeys to places rarely seen by western audiences to reveal how the Persian Empire was born. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Lachlan Goudie traces the development of Scottish art. The first episode goes from the sites of the Neolithic era to the period of destruction initiated by the Reformation. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lachlan Goudie
Series Producer:
Matthew Springford
Executive Producer:
Pauline Law
Executive Producer:
David Harron
Producer:
Tim Niel
Director:
Tim Niel

imagine...

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:
Shappi 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:
Shappi 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

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 4 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

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

Lisbon

Duration: 60 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 4 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

Handmade in Japan

Series 1

Episode 2: Kimono

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for 4 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 4 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

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George The Poet on Black Culture

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS EuropeLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Asia Pacific

As part of the BBC World News Identity season, George the Poet explores the meaning of black culture in four spoken word chapters. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
Matthew Springford
Executive Producer:
Janet Lee
Producer:
George Cathro
Director:
George Cathro

Series

Artsnight

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Dr James Fox examines the art and culture of Japan, exploring the links between culture, the countryside, urban landscapes and religion. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
James Fox
Producer:
Ben Harding
Series Producer:
Matthew Springford
Executive Producer:
Richard Bright

Duration: 50 minutes

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

How the artistic life of three Japanese cities - Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo - shaped the country's attitudes. Show more

Duration: 50 minutes

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

James Fox looks at the clean minimalism of the Japanese home, which has been exported around the world, from modernist architecture to lifestyle stores. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
James Fox
Series Producer:
Matthew Springford
Executive Producer:
Richard Bright
Producer:
Jude Ho

Artsnight

Val McDermid on Truth and Fiction

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS EuropeLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Asia Pacific

Is fiction the best way to access the truth? Award-winning Scottish crime writer, Val McDermid, explores the relationship between fiction, video games and real-life crime documenta Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Val McDermid
Editor:
Janet Lee
Series Producer:
Matthew Springford
Producer:
Jon Morrice
Director:
Jon Morrice
Interviewed Guest:
Ken MacLeod
Interviewed Guest:
Richard K Morgan
Interviewed Guest:
Malath Abbas
Interviewed Guest:
Lucas Pope
Interviewed Guest:
Roger Graef

Series

Artsnight

Artsnight

Meg Rossoff on Art and the Unconscious Mind

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS EuropeLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Asia Pacific

Award-winning novelist Meg Rosoff explores the relationship between art and the unconscious mind as she attempts to unlock the secrets of the creative brain. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Meg Rosoff
Executive Producer:
Janet Lee
Series Producer:
Matthew Springford
Producer:
Alex Harding
Director:
Alex Harding
Participant:
Eimear McBride
Participant:
Anne-Marie Duff
Participant:
Denise Gough
Participant:
Susie Orbach
Participant:
Lewis Hou
Participant:
Steven Isserlis
Participant:
Edward Watson

Series

Artsnight

Artsnight

Michael Palin Meets Jan Morris

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Veteran broadcaster Michael Palin travels to north Wales to interview the legendary travel writer Jan Morris. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Michael Palin
Participant:
Jan Morris
Editor:
Janet Lee
Series Producer:
Matthew Springford
Producer:
John O'Rourke
Director:
John O'Rourke

Series

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