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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.
Brought to you by multi Grammy winner producer Scott Millaney and BAFTA winning director Brian Grant, this series highlights the visual style and musical impact of individual artists. Each episode is dedicated to the particular artist, the video directors and stylists who gave the world their visual statements.
Ep 1: Blondie: Thursday 6th September, 7pm
Ep 2: George Michael: Thursday 13th September, 7pm
Ep 3: Paul Weller: Thursday 20th September, 7pm
Ep 4: Toyah: Sunday 23rd September, 8pm
Ep 5: Elvis Costello: Thursday 27th September, 7pm
Ep 6: Peter Gabriel: Sunday 30th September, 8pm
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.
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.
Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Emma Dabiri return to scour Britain’s regional and local museums in a hunt for more lost and hidden public treasures, uncovering the forgotten but fascinating stories behind our public collections. In this series, they visit Manchester Art Gallery, Petworth House in West Sussex and Knightshayes Court in Devon. They explore the stories behind the collections, the origins of the buildings themselves, the rich history of the benefactors and the tales behind the artists and the sitters. Along the way, they uncover works by Zoffany, Titian, van Dyck and Rembrandt.
A few years ago, they were the number one viral sensation of the world. Now they are taking the biggest news stories, the cover-ups, the celebrity scandals, and singing them out-loud!
"Stories from Norway" is a ground-breaking and insanely ambitious series that has created a new genre: the investigative MUSICAL! In each episode, we follow a different story: covering some of the most bizarre, unforgettable and unlikely stories that have in some way or another, reached, astonished and startled the public eye.
What really happened when Justin Bieber cancelled his Oslo concert? How could the Scream painting, one of the most famous paintings in the world, be so easily stolen, just by breaking a museum window? And how on earth did a single-mom-party-girl end up as Crown Princess of Norway?
In this documentary, Iggy Pop reads and recites Michel Houellebecq’s manifesto, TO STAY ALIVE: A METHOD. The documentary features real people from Houellebecq's life; the text is based on their life stories. Iggy is confronted with himself in the process of reading: Houellebecq's book reflects his own laborious start as a person and as an artist.
How can it be that this ‘advice to a young poet’ applies so strongly to him too? His personal recitation of the text is a journey of discovery to answer that question. In the end, Iggy meets Michel Houellebecq as one of the characters in the book. The two celebrities meet at the house of Houellebecq's late grandparents, talk about each other's work and drive, and express their mutual admiration.
Throughout the film, reveries, interviews and dialogues alternate with Iggy often directly addressing the viewers, using arguments from Houellebecq's texts. It's an appeal to all of us to break our chains and go for it.
The true story of Marilyn Monroe, American sweetheart, struggling on the set of Some Like it Hot. Marilyn runs to Arthur Miller and Paula Strasberg for reassurance, leaving Billy Wilder tearing his hair out and Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon making side-bets. On the forty-seventh take, Marilyn nails it: It’s me. Sugar!
Starring Gemma Arteron (Marilyn Monroe), James Purefoy (Billy Wilder), Alex Pettyfer (Tony Curtis), Adam Brody (Jack Lemmon), Felicity Montagu (Paula Strasberg) Dougray Scott (Arthur Miller) and Irfan Shamji (Clapperboard Guy).
On May 20th 2015 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California, The Rolling Stones performed the entire Sticky Fingers album live in concert for the first and so far only time in their career. The show celebrated the reissue of the Sticky Fingers album and was the opening night of The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour of North America that would run over the next two months. The intimate setting of the Fonda Theatre was in contrast to the huge stadiums in which the band performed the rest of the tour and made this an incredibly special intimate concert film.
In this fascinating new series, set in three different American territories, Waldemar Januszczak explores the golden age of American art: when it became indisputably American and indisputably great. The first episode takes us to the Wild West and the sublime art of the Hudson River School. The film culminates in the art of Wyoming-born Jackson Pollock, who arrived in New York wearing a Stetson and cowboy boots.
Episode 2 features the American city, including the harsh immigrant experience of Ellis Island, and its impact on Mark Rothko. Finally we head to small town America with Waldemar on a road trip from Iowa to Tennessee. He discovers how this much-maligned territory had a huge impact on American art, and after examining various overlooked and undervalued artists, he explores the brilliant welded art of David Smith, the leading sculptor of Abstract Expressionism.
Public interest is high as possessions that belonged to a number of famous faces come up for auction in this latest series, including personal items from actresses Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn. There is also the last picture that Winston Churchill ever painted and a family of woolly mammoths found in Russia. However, it is the exciting sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi that really grabs all the headlines when it becomes the most expensive painting ever sold at auction – for $450 million!
Returning to the Verbier Festival after a 19-year hiatus, Sir Antonio Pappano leads the Verbier Festival Orchestra for one evening in a concert to perform Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. He is joined by the great pianist Yefim Bronfman.
Premiered in Budapest in 1881, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major was an immediate success: one of his greatest masterpieces, it has become a pillar of the piano repertoire. Strauss' symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero's Life") was the crowning gem of a decade of symphonic poems, after which he turned his creative efforts toward opera.
Since her astonishing international breakthrough at the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Riccardo Muti, Latvian born Marina Rebeka has emerged as one of the most thrilling soprano superstars for decades.
Wowing audiences from The Royal Opera House and The Met, to Carnegie Hall and La Scala, her breath-taking performances - including critically acclaimed leading roles in Norma, La Traviata, La Boheme and Don Giovanni - have set a new benchmark for world-class excellence.
This intimate portrait allows us unprecedented insight into what makes Marina Rebeka such a gift to opera and music in general, revealing an ordinary woman with extraordinary talent, whose warmth, down-to-earth humour and spirit of generosity completely shatter the “diva” stereotype.
Multiple Grammy Award winner Norah Jones plays an exclusive sold-out show at the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. This wonderfully intimate live performance film sees Jones return to the piano, accompanied on stage by drummer Brian Blade and bassist Chris Thomas to form a classic jazz trio. The group play tracks from Jones’ sixth solo album Day Breaks and a selection of hits including the singles, Carry On, Flipside and Don’t Know Why.
Let’s Play Two is a concert film that chronicles Pearl Jam’s legendary performances at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs historic 2016 season. Pearl Jam perform tracks from the album, Ten, through their ever-growing catalogue spanning the band's 25-year career.
With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam has forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports and music. The film includes exclusive interviews and a behind-the-scenes look, as the Wrigleyville neighbourhood transitions, through the eyes of renowned director/photographer Danny Clinch and the voice of Pearl Jam.
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