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An Art Lovers' Guide

Series 1

Episode 3: St Petersburg

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dr Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke discover St Petersburg through its art and architecture, looking to see how art has been used to enhance its power and prestige. Show more

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 2 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

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Playful, moving portrait of Raymond Briggs, told through interviews with Raymond, animation illustrated by Chris Riddell, and contributions from friends and admirers. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Raymond Briggs
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Park
Interviewed Guest:
Andy Serkis
Interviewed Guest:
Posy Simmonds
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Bell
Executive Producer:
Richard Bright
Assistant Producer:
Amy Cameron
Production Manager:
Claire McCluskey
Production Coordinator:
Susan Scott
Animator:
Ross Hogg

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Christopher Eccleston narrates a docudrama about the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed more than 50 million people. Told using powerful personal testimony. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Richard Bright

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Julie Walters narrates the extraordinary story of Sue Townsend, a working-class woman who achieved literary stardom through sheer talent and an irrepressible will to write. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Julie Walters
Executive Producer:
Richard Bright
Producer:
Jude Ho
Director:
Jude Ho
Participant:
Stephen Mangan
Participant:
Isy Suttie
Participant:
Adrian Scarborough

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Scotland HD

Available for 8 months

Documentary charting five extraordinary years that saw the Glasgow School of Art make headlines around the world. Featuring behind-the-scenes access to the restoration process. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Richard Bright
Editor:
Ed Horne
Production Manager:
Claire McCluskey
Production Coordinator:
Susan Scott

Duration: 1 hour

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

Psychotherapist Philippa Perry takes us on a playful journey into the unconscious to discover the deep roots of surrealism in the political upheavals of 1920s Europe. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philippa Perry
Executive Producer:
Richard Bright
Director:
Morag Tinto

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Using rare archive, recordings and interviews, a trip through the surreal, moonlit world of Tom Waits - a portrait of one of modern music's most enigmatic and influential artists. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Richard Bright
Director:
James Maycock
Production Manager:
Fiona Crawford
Production Coordinator:
Fiona Dorman
Camera Operator:
Luke Finn
Interviewed Guest:
Terry Gilliam
Interviewed Guest:
Lucinda Williams
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Rankin
Interviewed Guest:
Ed Harcourt
Interviewed Guest:
Ralph Carney
Interviewed Guest:
Bones Howe
Interviewed Guest:
Ute Lemper
Interviewed Guest:
Nitin Sawhney
Interviewed Guest:
Guy Garvey
Interviewed Guest:
Jim Sclavunos

Duration: 2 hours, 2 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Violent thriller about a bank robber's frantic chase to the Mexican border after he and his wife are double-crossed by a powerful crime lord. With Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw. Show more

Contributors

Doc McCoy:
Steve McQueen
Jack Benyon:
Ben Johnson
Rudy Butler:
Al Lettieri
The Thief:
Richard Bright
Laughlin:
Dub Taylor
Frank Jackson:
Bo Hopkins
The Accountant:
John Bryson
Director:
Sam Peckinpah
Producer:
David Foster

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: 50 minutes

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

Dr Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke explore St Petersburg through its dazzling art and architecture, and investigate how art has been used to enhance its prestige and power. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alastair Sooke
Presenter:
Janina Ramirez
Executive Producer:
Richard Bright