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Bendor Grosvenor and Emma Dabiri reveal the story behind some exciting new discoveries. In this series, Bendor suspects a portrait of a fellow of Merton College, George Oakley Aldrich, by an unknown artist may have been painted in Rome in the 1750’s by the master of Grand Tour portraits, Pompeo Batoni. A roughly painted woodland scene is catalogued as ‘After’ Thomas Gainsborough, but there is evidence it may be a preparatory sketch for the painters last great landscape, one of his picturesque ‘Cottage Door’ series and the art detectives uncover a Madonna and Child by a follower of Botticelli, but could it in fact be from the hand of the master himself? With the help of forensic scientific analysis and painstaking archive research we try to ascertain the identity of these lost masterpieces.
The latest instalment of this fascinating, long-running programme features a wide range of new treasures up for auction, including a personal collection of 120 guitars belonging to Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour, an iconic painting by David Hockney, set to become the most valuable work by a living artist to be sold at auction, and George Michael’s personal art collection, which includes works by Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. A valuable lot from the Rockefellers, once the richest family in America, goes under the hammer, as do items from the family home of Lord Lucan, following the recent death of his wife.
An anthology of darkly comic tales by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, each one taking place behind a door marked ‘number 9’. The show has been showered with praise and won awards including the Rose d’Or television comedy award, two major prizes at the Banff World Media Festival and a Royal Television Society Award. Featuring a stellar line-up, this latest instalment combines horror, thriller, drama and comedy – always aiming to surprise, delight, unnerve and amuse in equal measure.
The award-winning anthology returns in a special edition for Halloween. When Arthur Flitwick finds an old mobile phone in his local graveyard, he makes the mistake of trying to contact the owner. But some mysteries are best left unsolved, and as Halloween draws near Arthur is plunged into a nightmare of his own making. It seems that no good deed can go unpunished, in this world or the next.
This is the story of the MP3, an audio breakthrough that brought a billion-dollar industry to the brink of collapse, but also paved the way for our modern digital lives.
Germany 1995, a PhD student makes a technological breakthrough when he discovers how to compress audio without losing sound quality. He calls his new file type an "MP3". Within just a few years, and with the help of a nascent tech community, illegal MP3s begin filling up the hard drives of millions of computers around the world. It's the beginning of our modern digital age and internet culture.
Featuring interviews with infamous music executives, artists, and techies, System Shock chronicles how the MP3 crushed the music industry and gave rise to the billion-dollar sharing economy.
After the great success that Il Trovatore received in Paris, Verdi was commissioned to compose a French version of the opera to suit the tastes of the local public. Le Trouvere was first staged in Brussels in 1856 and premiered at the Paris Opera in 1857. The plot is highly dramatic and captivating: Verdi portrays strong characters who deal with war, obsession and revenge. Director Robert Wilson’s approach to the opera aims at preserving its emotional strength by using a very essential decor, whose main element is light. In the set’s background the director also uses some photos by American photographer Robert Rosenkranz.
Travel to Worthy Farm with highlights from the biggest, most talked about music festival of 2019. After a year’s break, Glastonbury is back and proving as popular as ever. Featuring performances by Stormzy, The Killers, The Cure, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, George Ezra, Vampire Weekend, Sheryl Crow, Liam Gallagher and many more.
A hilarious profile of some of the world’s favourite comedy stars. Each episode celebrates one artist and includes highlights from their comedy careers while host and comedy writer, Barry Cryer recalls some of his funniest moments working with each them.
The series includes contributions from comedians Tony Hawks, Clive Anderson, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Steve Punt and comedy critic from The Times, Stephen Armstrong. A truly unique perspective of some of the greats of comedy from the UK and USA.
The conductor of this New Year’s Eve concert is Daniel Barenboim, one of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s oldest friends. He also takes on the role of soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 – a work of sparkling beauty and nuanced expression. There are also four famous works by Maurice Ravel, which create an impressive synthesis of elegance and originality. The final highlight is the Bolero, perhaps the most stunning crescendo in music history.
REPERTOIRE: Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 26 in D major, K. 537 Coronation; Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, Alborada del gracioso, Pavane pour une infante defunte (for orchestra), Bolero.
In a trailblazing experiment, a group of international artists travels to North Korea to collaborate with local counterparts. But what happens when a Western sound artist, and a man who has used his own skin in art, meet with local artists who have only ever helped prop up the regime, making statues of their leaders or painting pretty sunsets?
In a country dominated by bleak modernism and conformity, and where abstract art is forbidden, the visiting artists’ colourful self-expression and creative visions make a culture clash seem entirely inevitable. Cameras follow as the visitors join forces with the local artists over a 10-day period to create a new public exhibition.
Will collaboration or confrontation rule? How much are these creative minds willing to constrain themselves in order to gain acceptance by the regime? And what happens when their integrity is threatened?
Both Californian keyboarder Rose Ann Dimalanta, aka RAD, as well as Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer have worked closely with the legendary funk revolutionary and all-rounder Prince and belong to his distinguished New Power Generation family of musicians. Together with bass player Raymond McKinley and drummer Massimo Buonanno, RAD founded a top-class trio that pays tribute to the groovy, scintillating music of Bill Evans and George Duke right up to the music of Stevie Wonder and D’Angelo. As a first at the Baloise Session, Candy Dulfer will appear as a Very Special Guest of the RAD Trio, celebrating with them the immortal sound of the New Power Generation in a hitherto unheard, innovative manner.
Violent, terrifying and fascinating, Caligula, Nero and Elagabalus led lives so short, ambivalent and cruel that they inspired numerous writers. Cavalli’s last-known opera, dating from 1667, focuses on the perverse young emperor who neglected affairs of state in favour of sensual pleasures. Systematically overturning accepted morals, Elagabalus dresses men as women, and names women to the Senate, favours sinning servants and humiliates generals. Baroque and carnivalesque, Eliogabalo is not, however, an opera that advocates a return to order. Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, a finder of baroque gems, and Thomas Jolly are careful not to transform Eliogabalo into a sublime icon who would abase virtue. On the contrary, the conductor and young director, who are presenting their first production for the Paris Opera, accept the character’s contradictions and ambiguities.
Like the Amish, the ultra-conservative Christian community of the Mennonites reject modern society and live a life frozen in the 19th century. Nearly all Mennonites live in self-sufficient colonies, embracing isolation, which helps protect them from the temptations of the modern world. Now, for the first time, one of these communities has agreed to open their doors to our cameras.
At first sight, time seems to have stopped in the colony of Little Belize, in South America. People travel around on horse-drawn carriages and still speak Plattdeutsch, an old German dialect. But even here, signs of the outside world are creeping in. Wilhelm, the community’s former doctor, was recently expelled for owning a mobile phone. Fearing their community is being tainted, some traditional members, like Abraham and his family, have decided to create a new colony, even more isolated, in the jungle of Peru, where they can remain true to their original doctrine.
We follow them on their exodus and take an unprecedented look at the world of the Mennonites.
What are the latest ideas from the world’s most prominent intellectuals? In this unique interview series, great minds of our time discuss arts, politics, literature, economics, and more. Featuring radical French philosopher Jacques Ranciere, German sociologist Axel Honneth, Italian philosopher Umberto Galimberti, and American art critic Jonathan Crary.
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