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The Great Songwriters (Series 2)

Thursdays 9pm from 23 August


Isle Of
Wight 2018

Sunday 26 August 8.30pm


Double Take: The Art Of Elizabeth King

Tuesday 28 August 8.30pm


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.

Sing: Ultimate A Cappella

Thursdays 7.30pm from 2 August Channel 020

A Cappella singing groups compete to win a money-can’t-buy prize: either recording a song for Pitch Perfect 3’s UK soundtrack or releasing a Christmas Single by Universal Music. Judged by music experts who score the groups using official criteria from A Cappella competitions, there are six heats leading up to the grand final where the winning group is decided.

Private View: The Art Of Collecting

Fridays 8.30pm Channel 020

The great art collectors of the world open their doors in a new series that reveals unseen treasures. Among them is a leading collector of Islamic art who has amassed 35,000 pieces, England’s foremost collector of Old Masters, and the Manchester businessman who started out selling vacuum cleaners and ended up with 2,500 works by Modern British artists. It has made him one of the world’s top 200 art collectors. Also in the series, a fabulous collection of Venetian glass, images from the dawn of photography, and exquisite pocket watches spanning 300 years.

The Sounds Of New York

Sundays 9.30pm Channel 020

The Sound Of New York is an exploraton of the musical world of a new generation of artists based in New York City. These musicians hail from different countries, with their own stories and diverse experiences, are giving birth to a new musical wave that is influencing the worldwide artistic scene.

It's right in New York today that this impulse is stronger than ever: the sounds come from a deep integration of music of the past and today, interacting with other artistic forms. It's a modern concentration of African-American music influences, including classical and contemporary, as well as more mainsterm styles such as Hip-Hop, R'n'B, Rock, etc.

10 internationally known musicians will lead us into this world walking along the streets of New York. We will see the places where they and listen to the music they compose to experience their artistic essence.

Portrait Artist Of The Year (Series 4)

Tuesdays 8.30pm Channel 020

Hosts Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell return to uncover UK's next great portrait artist in this inspiring fine art competition.

Franco Zeffirelli: Directing From Life

Thursday 16 August 8.30pm Channel 020

Chris Hunt's biography will explore how Zeffirelli's sense of drama was born out of his own experience and how his life inspired his productions. His mother was rejected by his father and young Zeffirelli witnessed huge and violent rows between them including her stabbing him. This is reflected in his legendary stagings of "La Traviata", "La Boheme" or "Carmen" and "Pagliacci".

During the war, Zeffirelli fought as a partisan and twice escaped death by firing squads. He himself identifies a clear link between his work and the "theatre of war" in scenes like the Jesus of Nazareth crucifixion. This documentary including clips from operas, films and plays will be the definitive portrait of a Renaissance man larger than life.

The Wanderers

Mondays 8pm from 20 August Channel 020

The Wanderers profiles six of Australia’s most exciting street artists as they take their work on the road to unexpected and unusual parts of Australia. This is a series about discovery of self and of Australia’s next generation of contemporary artists.

Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks (Series 2)

Mondays 8.30pm from 20 August Channel 020

Cultural historian Gus Casely-Hayford is joined by a cast of celebrities as he guides them through the landscapes made famous by their favourite British artists.

Ep 1: Monday 20th August, 8.30pm
Billy Connolly joins art historian Gus Casely-Hayford to stroll around the historic village of Cookham in Berkshire to shed light on the influences of artist Stanley Spencer.

Ep 2: Monday 27th August, 8.30pm
Jeremy Paxman and art expert Gus Casely-Hayford head to Scotland's Cairngorms mountains to walk in the footsteps of renowned Victorian artist Edwin Landseer.

Verbier 2017: Lucas Debargue Piano Rectial

Wednesday 22 August 8pm Channel 020

Rising star of the piano world Lucas Debargue presents here his first recital at the Verbier Festival 2017. His solo recital features works by Schubert, Liszt, Schumann, Faure, and Chopin.

Programme: Franz Schubert Piano Sonata No. 14 in A Minor, D. 784; Franz Liszt Piano Sonata in B Minor, S.178; Robert Schumann Carnival Jest from Vienna, Op. 26; Gabriel Faure Barcarolle No. 4 in A-flat Major, Op. 44; Frederic Chopin Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat Major, Op. 53 “Heroic”.

Brilliant Ideas (Series 3)

Thursdays 8.30pm from 23 August Channel 020

Get inside the minds of the world’s most influential and provocative artists with this unique series. Meet the trailblazers who are reinventing art as we know it. Brilliant Ideas takes you inside the studios of these acclaimed visionaries, featuring fascinating insight from art world experts and those closest to the artists.

The Great Songwriters (Series 2)

Thursdays 9pm from 23 August Channel 020

A classic series of original portraits of legendary songwriters discussing their creative processes and inspirations. Each film features four exclusive performances with compelling, intimate new interviews. These films reveal the inner workings of the subject and the wide range of artists builds into an authoritative, fascinating and entertaining series. With this presenter-less format, each film has an individual look and feel driven by the personality of the Artist as explain their work and passion in their own words.

Urban Myths: Agatha Christie

Saturday 25 August 8.30pm Channel 020

Agatha Christie’s mysterious 11-day disappearance in 1926 gripped the nation and set off one of the biggest manhunts ever mounted. In desperation, Britain’s most famous crime writers of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy L. Sayers, were drafted in to help the search.

As they took matters into their own hands with their contrasting methods of detection, this was the beginning of crimes most unlikely investigative partnership: Sayers and Conan Doyle, together at last and on the hunt for Agatha Christie.

Starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Bill Paterson, Rosie Cavaliero, Adrian Scarborough and Robert James-Collier.

Isle Of Wight 2018

Sunday 26 August 8.30pm Channel 020

The 50th anniversary show with headliners Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher with additional performances from Van Morrison, The Script, Blossoms and James Bay.

Double Take: The Art Of Elizabeth King

Tuesday 28 August 8.30pm Channel 020

Elizabeth King combines figurative sculpture with stop-frame animation in works that blur the boundary between actual and virtual object. Intimate in scale and made to solicit close looking her work reflects her interest in the history of the puppet, the automation, the medical model and literature’s host of legends in which the artificial figure comes to life.

She asks: “What is the figure in sculpture now? The representation of the body and its life? Can I absorb the news from biotechnology and cognitive science but keep art’s ancient pact with theatre?” King obsessively manipulates her materials to produce pieces that both approximate and challenge the viewer. She has work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the LACMA and the Hirshhorn. Olympia Stone observes the artist at work, talks to fellow artists, friends and students in order to create an intimate portrait of the sculptress.

Eugene Delacroix: From Paris To Morocco

Tuesday 28 August 9.30pm & 10.15pm Channel 020

Follow the leading light of French Romanticism, Eugene Delacroix, on his journey from Paris to Morocco. This seminal biography reveals for the first time the inspiration behind the artist’s most famous works, featuring sumptuous historical reconstructions based faithfully on Delacroix’s travel diaries and exquisite sketchbooks.

Verbier 2017: Eugene Onegin

Wednesday 29 August 7.15pm Channel 020

The final operatic event of this year's festival was Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Stanislav Kochanovsky leads the young musicians and singers of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Academy in Timothy Carroll's semi-staged version of this landmark opera.

Eugene Onegin was inspired by Alexander Pushkin's novel of the same name. It was the singer Elizavieta Lavrovskaya who originally suggested adapting Pushkin's novel into an opera. While initially sceptical, Tchaikovsky became heavily invested in the opera's composition, entirely rewriting the libretto himself in a single evening.

The story centres on Eugene Onegin, a young dandy of Saint Petersburg, who rejects the love of a young aristocrat and becomes involved in a deadly combat with his best friend out of jealousy. Tragedy and depression hover like shadows over this masterpiece of lyric opera.

Who Stole The Bolero?

Friday 31 August 8.30pm Channel 020

One of the world's most popular classical pieces of music, Ravel's Bolero finally came out of copyright on May 1st 2016. Having been played somewhere in the world every 15 minutes, Ravel's music meant big business. But where did all the money go?

Filmmaker Fabien Caux-Lahalle pieces together evidence from the creation of the piece, through the Vichy Regime, the post-war lobbying to obtain extensions of the copyright, Ravel's and his brother's last wills, apparent tax avoidance schemes and so forth. A fascinating account of what happened to one of the most loved pieces of music right under the eye of the public.

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