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Duration: 58 minutes

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

Documentary that sets Paul Gauguin's artistic achievement against his sexual relationships with young girls in the Pacific and his role in 19th-century French colonialism. Show more

Contributors

Paul Gauguin:
Dominic West
Interviewed Guest:
Marcel Tai Gauguin
Interviewed Guest:
Mette Gauguin
Interviewed Guest:
Tai Shan Schierenberg
Interviewed Guest:
Tyla Vaeau
Interviewed Guest:
Kehinde Wiley
Composer:
Tom Smail
Director of photography:
Bruno Sorrentino
Executive Producer:
Martin Rosenbaum
Executive Producer:
Adam Low
Production Company:
Gauguin Films Limited

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2020

Marina Abramovic: The Ugly Duckling

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One OxfordshireLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland HD

Performance artist Marina Abramovic invites Alan Yentob into her home, opens her archive, travels to her birthplace in Belgrade and talks about turning her life into art. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Adam Low
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Series Editor:
Alan Yentob
Production Company:
Lone Star Productions Ltd

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The Triumph and Laments of William Kentridge

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Alan Yentob joins South African artist William Kentridge as he prepares an epic frieze along the banks of the river Tiber in Rome. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Participant:
William Kentridge
Director:
Adam Low
Executive Producer:
Tanya Hudson
Series Editor:
Alan Yentob
Production Company:
Lone Star Productions Ltd

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Duration: 50 minutes

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

With unique access, this documentary illuminates the inner workings of the Royal Academy of Arts and reveals how it embraces the challenge of balancing tradition and innovation. Show more

Duration: 25 minutes

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

In this award-winning dance film, director Sophie Fiennes collaborates with choreographer Lucy Bennett to reimagine Stopgap Dance Company's stage production Artificial Things. Show more

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Autumn 2015

Episode 3: My Curious Documentary

Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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

Imagine meets those involved with the stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and discovers how it has transformed the public's perception of autism. Show more

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Shorts (2016/17)

Episode 1: The Handmade Films of William Kentridge - Part 1

Duration: 12 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

A look at the work of South African artist William Kentridge who first became well known for making hand-drawn animations set in the urban-industrial landscape of Johannesburg. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
William Kentridge
Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Director:
Adam Low
Executive Producer:
Tanya Hudson
Series Editor:
Alan Yentob

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Shorts (2016/17)

Episode 2: The Handmade Films of William Kentridge - Part 2

Duration: 12 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

A look at the hand-drawn animations of South African artist William Kentridge. Felix in Exile (1994) reflects the civil unrest in South Africa at the end of Apartheid. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
William Kentridge
Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Director:
Adam Low
Executive Producer:
Tanya Hudson
Series Editor:
Alan Yentob

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Autumn 2016

Episode 2: The Triumph and Laments of William Kentridge

Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes

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

Alan Yentob joins South African artist William Kentridge as he prepares an epic frieze along the banks of the River Tiber in Rome. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Participant:
William Kentridge
Director:
Adam Low
Executive Producer:
Tanya Hudson
Series Editor:
Alan Yentob
Production Company:
Lone Star Productions Ltd

Duration: 1 hour, 17 minutes

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

With unique access, this documentary illuminates the inner workings of the Royal Academy of Arts and reveals how it embraces the challenge of balancing tradition and innovation. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 27 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

A portrait of Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney. Six years after his death, his family recalls the experiences that inspired his finest poems. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Adam Low
Executive Producer:
Michael Hewitt
Producer:
Dermot Lavery

Arena

Harold Pinter - Part One: The Room

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Film biography looking at the famous playwright. Pinter's key theme, the room, is explored through the rooms in which he wrote his first series of plays. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Harold Pinter
Participant:
Henry Woolf
Participant:
Michael Billington
Participant:
Kenneth Cranham
Participant:
Peter Hall

Brand

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Arena

One for the Road

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Drama in which Nicolas, who works as a torturer in an unnamed police state, interrogates three members of the same family. Harold Pinter acts in his own play. Show more

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The Hunt for Moby-Dick

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Writer Philip Hoare confronts our fascination with the ocean's mystery animal, the whale. He visits the whaling ports of New England and draws a parallel with the war on terror. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Hoare
Director:
Adam Low
Executive Producer:
Anthony Wall

Brand

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Arena

Arena: The National Theatre

Episode 1: Part One - The Dream

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

First of two documentaries celebrating the National Theatre's 50th anniversary, with contributions from artistic directors, playwrights and stars such as Dame Joan Plowright. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Adam Low
Executive Producer:
Anthony Wall
Executive Producer:
David Sabel

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Arena: The National Theatre

Episode 2: Part Two - War and Peace

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Peter Hall, Richard Eyre, Trevor Nunn and Nicholas Hytner talk about running the new National Theatre from its opening in 1976 to the fulfilment of Olivier's original dream. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Adam Low
Executive Producer:
Anthony Wall
Executive Producer:
David Sabel

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Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

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First transmitted in 2004, Jim White takes a road trip into the heart of the poor white American South through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truckstops and coalmines. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim White
Executive Producer:
Anthony Wall
Executive Producer:
Steve Golin

Brand

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Arena

Routemasters! The Double Decker Bus Conductors

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary celebrating one of London's great characters, the bus conductor. The film tells the stories of five extraordinary conductors from five decades of London's history. Show more