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Ros: Heima

Sunday 31 December 8.30pm


Sting: A
Free Man

Sunday 31 December 7.30pm


Olarfur Arnalds: Island Songs

Saturday 30 December 9.30pm


Beauty And
The Beast

Monday 25 December 9.30pm


Channel 020

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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.

Sigur Ros: Heima

Sunday 31 December 8.30pm Channel 020

In the summer of 2006, Sigur Ros returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland. Filmed during this already legendary tour, ‘Heima' (Icelandic for "at home" or "homeland"), is part concert doco, part travelogue and part meditation on homesickness and the changing relationship with the country of one’s birth over time, set against the backdrop of historical archive footage and some truly spectacular cinematography of Iceland’s stark landscapes.

'Heima' features performances of songs from all four Sigur Ros albums, many radically reworked, as well as two exclusive new songs in 'Gitardjamm', which was filmed inside an abandoned herring oil tank in the far west of the country, and the traditional ‘A Ferd il Breidafjardar 1922’ performed with poet Steindor Andersen. The band travel to ghost towns, outsider art shrines, national parks, small community halls and the absolute middle-of-nowhere-ness of the highland wilderness, as well as playing the largest gig of their career (and in Icelandic history) at their homecoming Reykjavik show.

Sting: A Free Man

Sunday 31 December 7.30pm Channel 020

100 million records sold, 16 Grammy Awards and a place on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Sting is a genre-breaking, unique paradox in the world of music. Both a rock superstar and an edgy poet; the author of popular hits and connoisseur of William Shakespeare and Carl Jung; he is a multimillionaire regular attendee at social gatherings and a disarmingly simple man who defends the Amazon Rainforest: Sting is an enigma, a rare species. Yet we know so little about the man. Behind the global rock star hides an intellectual, a free and frail man who uses his art to express his inner thoughts and bear the battles important to him. This documentary is a unique opportunity to discover more through exclusive interviews with the star singer and testimonies of famous artists like Will I Am, Zucchero or Bob Geldof.


Sunday 31 December 8am Channel 020

“Tutto nel mondo è burla” – Life is a burst of laughter – is the beginning of the finishing fugue in Verdi’s last opera, and Falstaff continues “wise is he who is jolly”. This crystalizes the wisdom of an old age composer, delivering his last masterpiece. And who better to sing the role of Falstaff than Ambrogio Maestri, the greatest Falstaff of our time. This brilliant production by Robert Carson has been performed in opera houses all over the world and was recorded at the DNO in Amsterdam. An added bonus is the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra which rarely sits in the pit of an opera house.

Conductor: Daniele Gatti. Stage Director: Robert Carsen. Soloists: Ambrogio Maestri, Massimo Cavalletti, Paolo Fanale, Carlo Bosi, Patizio Saudelli.

Olarfur Arnalds: Island Songs

Saturday 30 December 9.30pm Channel 020

The innovative Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds (BAFTA Award winner for Broadchurch) explores the vibrant artistic life of his fellow countrymen and women in a seven week journey from the remotest northern village to the beautiful Westfjords.

Arnalds performs with seven diverse music-makers, including Of Monsters and Men’s Nanna Bryndís, Hollywood film composer Atli Orvarsson, Poet Einar Georg, organist Dagny Arnalds and The South Iceland Chamber Choir.

Over the course of seven weeks in the northern summer of 2016, Olafur travelled to seven very different locations in Iceland to record a series of new compositions, collaborating with artists local to the town to create and perform a new song.

Il Volo: Notte Magica: A Tribute To The Three Tenors

Saturday 30 December 7.45pm Channel 020

On July 7, 1990, a magical night took place in Rome: José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti sang together for the very first time in one of the most evocative temples of opera, the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome giving life to the biggest classical music project of the century, The Three Tenors. Twenty-six years later, worldwide platinum selling artists, Il Volo, pay tribute to the event and to the Three Tenors with a live concert event, "Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors”.

The concert took place at the Piazza Santa Croce, one of the most beautiful plazas in Florence with the famous Teatro Massimo di Palermo Orchestra. Il Volo performed some of the most famous Neapolitan songs and arias from the Italian and international operatic repertoire all of which were sung by the original Three Tenors. As a special guest, Maestro Plácido Domingo conducted almost half of the program and joined Il Volo singing the classic “Non ti scordar di me”.

Although Il Volo were not yet born when The Three Tenors first performed, they grew up listening to them, being fascinated and inspired by their voices and legendary achievements. Now, Il Volo deliver this music to a younger audience so they can experience the same emotions from that long ago magical night.

The Complete Mozart Violin Concertos

Wednesday 27 December 7.30pm Channel 020

On the occasion of the MPHIL 360° festival, Valery Gergiev brings together the Munich Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra and five highly promising young violin talents at the Philharmonie im Gasteig. Together they perform all five of Mozart’s violin concertos. An impressive encounter of excellent musicians, who “show off in questions of virtuosity” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Once again, “Musicmaniac” Gergiev’s motto is “‘Think Big!’ Success proves him right” (Münchner Merkur).

Conductor: Valery Gergiev, Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici. Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker, Mariinsky Orchestra. Artists: Vilde Frang, Sergej Dogadin, Alexandra Conunova, Yu-Chien Tseng, Daniel Lozakovich, violin.

An Art That Nature Makes

Tuesday 26 December 8.30pm Channel 020

Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed a body of work that has provoked international attention, graced the pages of National Geographic and more than twenty books. Molly Bernstein´s film details Purcell´s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insights into Purcell´s unique way of re-contextualizing objects, both ordinary and strange, into sometimes disturbing but always breath-taking imagery. This is what New York Times critic has to say about the artist and the film: “Before seeing Ms. Bernstein´s documentary, I had seen and admired some of Ms. Purcell´s art, but never taken the full measure of her accomplishment. Now it´s clear to me that she is without question our greatest living 17th century photographer”.

Beauty And The Beast

Monday 25 December 9.30pm Channel 020

Based in the Basque coastal resort town of Biarritz in Southern France, Artistic Director Thierry Malandain has developed a very personal approach to dance that is rooted in classical ballet with a contemporary, full-bodied style.

With ingenious stagecraft, elegant costumes, and a romantic score drawn from Tchaikovsky's symphonies, this unique and ethereal vision of classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast sweeps us toward an uplifting finale where goodness and love conquer fear and evil.

Beauty and the Beast choreography by Thierry Malandain. Music by Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovski: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, Pathétique. Performed by the Malandain Ballet Biarritz, Euskadi Symphonic Orchestra.

The Who: Isle Of Wight 2004

Sunday 24 December 8pm Channel 020

In 2004, The Who returned to the Isle Of Wight Festival for the first time since their legendary performance there in 1970. Their UK concerts in 2004 were the first in their home country since the death of John Entwistle. As the evening shadows lengthened across the festival site, The Who took to the stage and delivered an incendiary performance packed with hit singles and classic album tracks such as ‘Baba OʼRiley’, ‘Wonʼt Get Fooled Again’ and ’My Generation’.

Divine Divas

Saturday 23 December 9pm Channel 020

The Divine Divas are iconic performers of the first generation of Brazilian transvestite artists in the 1960’s. One of the first venues that gave shelter to men dressed as women was the Rival Theatre, run by Américo Leal, grandfather of the director. This documentary explores the intimacy, the talent and the stories of a generation that revolutionized sexual behaviour and challenged the morals of a country and its time.

Max Gimblett: Original Mind

Saturday 23 December 8pm Channel 020

Max Gimblett: Original Mind documents the life and process of the eccentric creative genius, Max Gimblett. One of New Zealands’ most successful and internationally prominent living painters, he has been working in America since 1962. Gimblett took refuge in the precepts of Buddhism and is known for creating quatrefoil-shaped paintings and Sumi Ink ‘enso’ works.

Gimblett has become famous for his ‘all mind-no mind’ approach to painting. “We’re going to turn off our mind, and proceed with gesture; work with our body faster than our mind can follow.” He has developed a reputation for shouting and stomping whilst painting in an attempt to be completely spontaneous and as an expression of the immediacy of Zen Buddhism. Gimblett’s work is in the collections of many of the world’s leading museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Chasing The Light

Thursday 21 December 8.30pm Channel 020

When Australia's most awarded photographer, Ken Duncan, sets out on an adventure-assignment, he does so with formidable and steel-like resolve to get the shot, no matter what it takes. Ray Martin, Australia's most celebrated and awarded journalist, joins Ken on his latest adventure. He is determined to understand what it is that separates Ken from the rest.

Le Concert De Paris 2017

Wednesday 20 December 7pm Channel 020

Every year, follow the most unique and unforgettable classical concert with the best prestigious musicians, opera singers and conductors of the world.

This 2017 edition will be on the theme of the Olympic Games, and will play famous arias from Berlioz, Bizet, Strauss, Saint-Saens, Chastakovicth, Moussorgsky, Brahms, Verdi and more.

Under the exceptional direction of Valery Gergiev, the Orchestra of France with the Radio France Choir shares the stage with the greatest international talents such as Helene Grimaud, Diana Damrau, Bryan Home, Gauthier Capuçon, Ludovic Tezier, Anita Rachvelishvili and Renaud Capucon.

Sidney Nolan: Mask And Memory

Tuesday 19 December 8.30pm Channel 020

Sidney Nolan is a painter who, according to the Times, “added Australian colour to British art”. Born in 1917 to Irish parents in Melbourne during the Great Depression in Australia, he was almost self-taught, studying design at college in Melbourne and then sporadically attending art college night classes. Having achieved some popularity with his series of paintings on the Australian outlaw and folk hero Ned Kelly, Nolan travelled the world and settled in England in 1954, where he later bought The Rodd, a 17th century Manor House near the Welsh border. Catherine Hunter´s documentary explores the rich personal history behind the art of this famous and enigmatic figure. This includes his earlier marriages and love affairs as well as his travelling and experimentation, which never changed Nolan´s essentially Australian manner as a painter.

Verbier 2016: Stutzmann & Thomas

Monday 18 December 8.30pm Channel 020

The Verbier Festival Orchestra, under the baton of one of the greatest Mahlerians of our time, Michael Tilson Thomas, perform the Austrian composer’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, an ode to nature. This concert, the climax of the 2016 Verbier Festival, sees two Swiss choirs and soloist Nathalie Stutzmann join the Verbier Festival Orchestra to perform this magnificent symphony high in the Alps.

REPERTOIRE: Mahler Symphony No. 3.

Simple Minds: Acoustic In Concert

Sunday 17 December 8.30pm Channel 020

In this exclusive show filmed at The Hackney Empire in November 2016, Simple Minds perform a career spanning collection of their hits reimagined acoustically, including ‘Alive And Kicking’, ‘Chelsea Girl’ and the everlasting ‘Donʼt You Forget About Me’, which sent them rocketing to the top of the charts in America when featured in the seminal film, ‘The Breakfast Club’. Simple Minds achieved stratospheric success performing stadium tours worldwide, including highlight performances in front of 100,000 people at Live Aid in Philadelphia and Nelson Mandelaʼs 70th Birthday tribute concert, Mandela Day.

Fairport Convention: Fairport At Fifty

Saturday 16 December 9.45pm Channel 020

Fairport At Fifty tells the story of how in the late 1960s, a group of North London musicians shook traditional English folk music to its roots by fusing it with rock – simultaneously outraging the purists and delighting a new and devoted audience.

Their seminal album Liege & Lief is considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, which provided a distinctively English identity to rock music and helped awaken much wider interest in traditional music in general.

Through newly filmed interviews with the band, the film explores how the group survived tragedy when their drummer was killed in a car crash, followed by the tragic death of lead vocalist Sandy Denny and how they overcame numerous line-up changes to continually reinvent themselves by discovering and recruiting some of the finest virtuosos in the country.


Saturday 16 December 8.30pm Channel 020

Director Rahul Jain presents an intimately observed portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India. Moving through the corridors and bowels of the enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a journey to a place of dehumanising physical labour and intense hardship, provoking pause for thought about persistent pre-industrial working conditions and the huge divide between first world and developing countries. Since the 1960s, the area of Sachin in western India has undergone unprecedented, unregulated industrialisation, exemplified in its numerous textile factories. Machines portrays only one of these factories, while at the same time representing the thousands of labourers working, living and suffering in an environment they can’t escape without unity. With strong visual language, memorable images and carefully selected interviews with the workers themselves, Jain tells a story of inequality and oppression, humans and machines.

Colour Theory (Series 3)

Tuesdays 9.30pm from 12 December Channel 020

Colour Theory is an art series focused on contemporary Australian indigenous artists. Presenting the work of various artists from across the country, Colour Theory demonstrates the incredible range of indigenous artistic expression and practice. Featuring works in a variety of media, each half hour episode explores the Artist’s work and their connection to their art, community and country.

City Time Traveller (Series 2)

Fridays 8pm Channel 020

Eco-architect, master-planner and academic professor Jason Pomeroy loves the distinct sights and sounds of Asia. As a frequent traveller, Jason often finds moments of timelessness tucked away in the old quarters of the cities he visits. In brand new business districts, he often gets an adrenaline rush seeing impressive cityscapes taking shape.

Be it futuristic structures or historical monuments, Jason uncovers a rich tapestry of colours, shapes and motifs. They reveal a fascinating story unique to these cities. These stories are what Jason is passionate about sharing.

Andre Rieu: Welcome To My World (Series 2)

Fridays 7pm Channel 020

One of the world’s most successful performers returns with his orchestra to give audiences a musical extravaganza - combining classical and waltz music. Each episode features one of Andre’s legendary concerts and is combined with exclusive backstage interviews with the star.

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