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SKY Arts


Jaco: A Film About Jaco Pastorius

Sunday 29 April 8.30pm


Fake Or Fortune (Series 6)

Thursdays 8.30pm from 12 April


Landscape Artist Of The Year (Series 3)

Tuesdays 8.30pm from 10th April


Channel 020

Tune in to the best arts and cultural television from New Zealand and around the world.

Fascinating documentaries on artists, writers, dancers, musicians and more
Intelligent interviews with the stars of stage and screen
In-depth shows on modern and classical art, architecture and design
A wide range of concerts from classical to rock, pop, jazz, soul and the blues
Stimulating programmes examining popular fiction, classic novels and poetry
Inspiring performances of contemporary dance, ballet, opera and theatre
SKY ARTS is proud to support New Zealand Arts, so look out for more home grown arts programmes made by local artists and filmmakers.

William Kentridge In Rome

Tuesday 3 October 9.20pm Channel 020

In 2016, internationally renowned artist William Kentridge presented “Triumphs and Laments”, his colossal tribute to the history of Rome. A 550 meters long frieze on the Tiber banks, portraying the glories and the tragedies of the Eternal City, from the birth of the Eternal City to Pasolini’s murder, from Bernini to Dolce Vita and the refugee crisis.

The most majestic artwork to take place in Rome since the painting of the Sistine Chapel disappeared within a few short months. This film, shot with exclusive access over two years, is its only memory.

Verbier 2016: Behzod Abduraimov

Monday 29 January 7.45pm Channel 020

Behzod Abduraimov’s has quickly established himself as one of the leading pianists of this generation. Here he performs masterpieces from the piano repertoire, with works by Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Bach and Prokofiev. Among the highlights of the concert, Prokofiev‘s Sonata for Piano No. 6 in A Major, which was praised by Sviatoslav Richter, the first performer after the composer himself, for its “remarkable stylistic clarity and the structural perfection”.

REPERTOIRE: Chopin: Ballade No.1 Op.23; Schubert: Moments musicaux D. 780 (Op.94), 2. Andantino (Ab major), 3. Allegro moderato (F minor); Beethoven: Piano Sonata pour piano No.23, Op.57 "Appassionata"; Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6, Op.82; Bach: Piano concerto in D minor BWV 596, Largo.

Passions: Giacomo Puccini

Monday 30 April 8.30pm Channel 020

Italian Conductor Andrea Colombini is arguably the biggest Puccini fan in the world. He has dedicated his whole life to preserving the legacy of the world famous opera composer in the place of his birth, the beautiful and historic walled city of Lucca, in Tuscany. Now, in homage to the Maestro, Andrea is staging his own production of La Boheme in Lucca’s charming Teatro del Giglio and we follow him casting, rehearsing and preparing for this incredible undertaking. Along the way Andrea takes time out to find out more about Puccini’s life, loves and just what it was that made him the ‘rock star’ of his day. In addition, a rare interview with the composer’s granddaughter, Simonetta, gives us a unique insight into how Giacomo Puccini wrote about his own life experiences. In this delightful hour, the beauty of Lucca combines with the memorable and emotive music of Puccini to create a sensual feast for both the ears and eyes, as well as a viewing treat that will enchant anyone who loves a great love story!

Jaco: A Film About Jaco Pastorius

Sunday 29 April 8.30pm Channel 020

The compelling story of the prodigious talent of the phenomenal Jaco Pastorius through the eyes of family and musical collaborators. Featuring interviews with Sting, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock and others.

Il Barbiere Di Siviglia

Sunday 29 April 8am Channel 020

A pupil of Doctor Bartolo, Rosina leads an uneventful life until, introduced by Figaro, a barber in Seville, to the young count Almaviva. This young man is called on to redouble his ingenuity, with Figaro's tricks, to thwart the vigilance of Bartolo, who does not intend to allow this alliance.

PERFORMERS: Lionel Lhote, Jodie Devos, Gustavo de Gennaro, Enrico Marabelli, Laurent Kubla, Alexise Yerna & Opera Royal de Wallonie Orchestra & Choirs.

Darcey Bussell: Looking For Fred Astaire

Friday 27 April 8.30pm Channel 020

There's one man Darcey Bussell never got to dance with, and always wishes she had: the legendary Hollywood dancer Fred Astaire, who died 30 years ago this year.

In this documentary, Darcey goes in search of Fred and discovers a very different story from the one she expected. Fred was born into an immigrant family in Omaha, Nebraska, in the middle of America. His name was Austerlitz, not Astaire. And, most surprising of all, Fred was never meant to be the dancer in the family. His mother only got him dancing to partner his sister Adele. For 30 years Adele, not Fred, was the star of their brother-sister song-and-dance act.

When Adele left the act to get married, Fred was finally able to shine in his own right, only to find his ambitions for a solo career thwarted when he came to Hollywood. 'What's all this about my being teamed with Ginger Rogers?' He wrote to his agent. 'I will not, repeat will not have it'.

In a journey that takes her from Nebraska to New York and from London to Los Angeles, Darcey marvels at Fred's discipline as a dancer. To outshine his sister Adele, Fred worked twice as hard as she did, always seeking out inventive new dance techniques to lift the act to another level. As a teenager, Fred discovered tap dance in the heart of black Harlem, introducing African-American steps into his routine. And Fred's success with Ginger Rogers was so great that ever since the golden age of the 1930s, Hollywood has tried to repeat the magical Astaire-Rogers formula - as Darcey learns from the choreographer of La La Land.

By the end of her quest, Darcey understands why there were three women who really made Fred Astaire. Not Ginger Rogers as everyone expects, but his mother, who first got him dancing, his sister, who gave him the competition to make him excel, and his wife Phyllis, whom Fred married as he made his way to Hollywood. That marriage gave Fred the love and security he needed when he broke away from his family to become a Hollywood star.

Glass: A Portrait In 12 Parts

Monday 23 April 8.30pm Channel 020

In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2007. Over the next 18 months, Scott followed Philip across three continents – from his annual ride on the Coney Island “Cyclone” to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia.

Allowed unprecedented access to Glass’ working process, family, spiritual teachers and long-time collaborators, Hicks worked with a skeleton crew and shot the lion’s share of the film himself, giving us a singular revelation into the life of this surprising and complex man.

Rush: Clockwork Angels

Sunday 22 April 8.30pm Channel 020

Legendary rock trio Rush perform epic versions of songs rarely performed and never-before captured alongside new arrangements reworked specifically for the legendary trio’s celebrated Clockwork Angels Tour. Compiled from shows across North America including Phoenix, Dallas and San Antonio in 2012, Rush are accompanied by a 9-piece string ensemble for the closing set. Songs include The Spirit of Radio, Subdivisions, The Body Electric and Tom Sawyer.

Benvenuto Cellini

Sunday 22 April 8am Channel 020

With its stunning visual and musical set pieces such as the Mardi Gras carnival, Berlioz’s first completed opera is based on the autobiography of the infamous and celebrated 16th-century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. Telling the story of thwarted love, elopement, intrigue, disguise and mistaken identity the opera features some of Berlioz’s most vibrant and tender music.

A stellar cast has been assembled for this new production, led by rising tenor Michael Spyres in the title role, with the stunning soprano Corinne Winters as Cellini’s lover, Teresa. ENO favourite Willard White returns to the company to add Pope Clement VII to his already extensive list of roles.

Tuning 2 You: Lost Musicians Of India

Fridays 9.30pm from 13 April Channel 020

15 years on, London based musician Soumik Datta returns to his homeland in search of a music that can make him feel again. Far from the world he knows, pushed beyond the extreme, Soumik’s journey leads him deep into the heart of rural India where he is brought face to face with rituals, superstitions and intoxicating music. But will these rustic communities accept an outsider? Will they share the secrets hidden in their songs, with a complete stranger?

Fake Or Fortune (Series 6)

Thursdays 8.30pm from 12 April Channel 020

Fake or Fortune returns for a sixth series as art detectives Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce investigate more thrilling cases of art world mystery, intrigue and deception.

Landscape Artist Of The Year (Series 3)

Tuesdays 8.30pm from 10th April Channel 020

Hosts Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner launch a nationwide search for the Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 as contestants paint National Trust properties across the country.

Velvet (Series 3)

Saturdays 8.30pm Channel 020

A feel-good, compelling Spanish story of a fashion house in Madrid in the late 1950s, which is scene to money, fashion, drama, entanglements, love, jealousies, plots and counter-plots involving its owners, customers and employees.

Utopia: In Search Of The Dream

Fridays 8.30pm from 6 April Channel 020

Ever since Thomas More coined the term ‘utopia’ in 1516 - that better place somewhere between fiction and reality - has been constantly re-imagined and re-invented by generations of writers, artists and dreamers. Utopias have inspired major art and design movements, spawned new genres of fiction and forged experimental rural and urban communities. Now, in this major new series, art historian Professor Richard Clay examines what utopian visions say about our hopes, dreams and fears, and how they take us to the heart of what it means to be human.

Across three fascinating episodes he investigates the purpose of utopias, why so many fail, and then explores the numerous ways we’ve created to immerse ourselves in perfect moments– or personal utopias - from digital games to music. Ambitious and provocative, with expert commentary and rich location sequences filmed in Britain, Lithuania, Germany and the United States, the series makes bold connections and intriguing comparisons as it ranges across high art and popular culture, from Swift to Star Trek and from Wagner to Wikipedia.

Treasures Of The British Library (Series 1)

Fridays 7.30pm Channel 020

This series follows celebrities as they delve into the archives of the British Library unlocking masterpieces to explore their personal roots, passions and heroes. Each person discovers six items from the British Library’s vast and unique collections, from well-loved items such as Leonardo Da Vinci drawings, Jane Austen’s writing desk and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony sketchbook, to the Library’s lesser-known treasures including photographs, sound recordings and banknotes. The distinguished guests include jazz singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum, actor and writer Meera Syal, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, children's author Julia Donaldson, professor and television presenter Lord Robert Winston and trumpeter Alison Balsom.

Off Camera (Series 6)

Thursdays 9.30pm from 5 April Channel 020

Off Camera delves into the lives of some of Hollywood’s hottest talent, as photographer/director Sam Jones hosts interviews with a myriad of some the world’s most recognised artists. Stepping away from the spotlight, each celebrity opens up about some of those deeper questions that leave us wondering.

The Great Pottery Throwdown (Series 1)

Wednesdays 5pm Channel 020

From the producers of the hugely successful 'Great British Bake Off’ comes a search for the most passionate and creative amateur pottery talent. The series follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors, young and old, from every background and every walk of life, as they attempt to prove their pottery prowess. Ten passionate potters compete against one another as they showcase the skills and craftsmanship required to create beautiful objects out of lumps of clay.

Stars Of The Silver Screen (Series 5)

Wednesday & Saturday Nights Channel 020

To be a Hollywood great is to fly too close to the sun, to embody the dreams of millions while placing your fate in their hearts. Stars Of The Silver Screen celebrates the lives of those who soared the highest. Contributions from contemporary commentators and current Hollywood glitterati will bring each icon’s legacy up to date as we relive their most magical motion picture moments and explore the personalities behind the names.

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