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The Secret Life of Books

Series 2

Episode 4: Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Duration: 30 minutes

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

John Cooper Clarke explores Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater, and discovers how this addiction memoir avoids the cliches of modern 'misery-lit'. Show more

Artsnight

Series 1

Episode 4: Chris Dercon

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Magazine arts show. Chris Dercon, director of Tate Modern, takes the helm of Artsnight. Chris asks why Berlin is the creative capital of Europe. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Portrait of Scottish writer William McIlvanney, one of Scotland's most accomplished and enigmatic writers, and author of books such as Docherty and Laidlaw. 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

The Culture Show

2013/2014

Episode 11: Northern Soul - Keep the Faith

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Northern Soul marked the birth of late-night dance culture in Britain. Paul Mason discovers the origin of this underground music scene and why it inspires so much devotion. Show more

What Do Artists Do All Day?

Episode 8: Tom Wood

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Profile of photographer Tom Wood as he visits Mayo in the west of Ireland, documenting his encounters whilst photographing the landscape and the people for a new book. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Profile of photographer Tom Wood as he visits Mayo in the west of Ireland, documenting his encounters whilst photographing the landscape and the people for a new book. Show more

The Culture Show

Northern Soul - Keeping the Faith

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS AfricaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS South Asia

Northern Soul marked the birth of late-night dance culture in Britain. Paul Mason discovers the origin of this underground music scene and why it inspires so much devotion. Show more

Contributors

Series Editor:
Janet Lee
Presenter:
Paul Mason

Artsnight

Berlin

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Magazine arts show. Chris Dercon, director of Tate Modern, takes the helm of Artsnight. Chris asks why Berlin is the creative capital of Europe. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Dercon
Participant:
Ai Weiwei
Participant:
Harun Farocki
Series Editor:
Janet Lee

Series

Artsnight

Duration: 30 minutes

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

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

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 4 days

Lachlan Goudie traces the development of Scottish art. He explores how it has left a remarkable legacy over the last century through wrestling with questions of identity. Show more

Contributors

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