On a road trip to Rahasthan, the team meet musicians whose existence is threatened by the new India; gypsy dancers literally bend over backward to pick up rupees.
Iraq has a presence at the Venice Biennale for the first time since Saddam Hussein's rise to power; Iraqi artists prepare exhibits for the prestigious show.
Alan Yentob meets clinical neurologist and author Dr Oliver Sacks; he looks at fascinating and bizarre cases of patients who have lost the ability to read, recognize faces and see in three dimensions.
Tony Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, is followed through a testing year that reaches its climax with the launch of a production of Wagner's Ring Cycle.
Alan Yentob looks at the life of playwright Arthur Miller and interviews him about his life and his latest play.
An intimate look at one of Britain's greatest living painters, Lucian Freud, by the people who know him best - the sitters seen in his extraordinary portraits.
Sir John Soane, the first innovator of British architecture who broke away from classical styles.
How Bryn Terfel adapts his voice for everything from Wagner to traditional Welsh songs.
Salman Rushdie tells the story of how it felt to be condemned to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini.
Alan Yentob enters the world of the most successful and controversial artist of modern times; the artist who celebrates the commonplace mines some dark territory.
A look at the life and career of Frank Gehry; the architect becomes one of the world's most celebrated and provocative creative forces.
Alan Yentob explores the cultural and social history of the city of Rio de Janeiro, home to 12 million Carioca.
Over five decades, Bette Midler's path takes her from a pineapple canning factory in Honolulu to becoming a Hollywood legend.
Philip Roth, once considered to be America's greatest living writer, speaks to Alan Yentob about his life.
Philip Roth speaks to Alan Yentob about how he became one of the most controversial and influential writers of the modern age.
Director Mike Leigh talks to Alan Yentob about his unique body of work and lifelong struggle to make films on his own terms.
A hoard of art, hidden since the Third Reich, is hated by Hitler and labeled degenerate by the Nazi party.
In a thoughtful, lyrical film, Alan Yentob talks to the acclaimed and curiously divided Irish writer Colm Toibin.
A treasure trove of art, unseen since World War II, is discovered hidden away in a flat in Munich; the son of Hitler's art dealer watches over the trove.
Alan Yentob follows the five surviving member of Monty Python as they pursue solo projects in far flung locations, reflect on old age, and prepare for the shows in London that will bring the final curtain down on Python after 45 years.
Bette Midler returns to Caesar's Palace for an all-singing, all-dancing career revue featuring many of her colorful and classic characters and songs.
Alan Yentob joins Anselm Kiefer at his studios in France and Germany as he prepares for a retrospective at the Royal Academy.
Jimi Hendrix revolutionizes the music scene with his transcendent sound and explosive stage presence.
Marking the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's "The Prince"; the book is used as a manual for tyrants from Napoleon to Stalin.
Legendary British war photographer and photojournalist Don McCullin recounts a life lived in the theatre of war.
Alan Yentob interviews Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert B Weide about his intimate portrait of the prolific film director, writer and actor Woody Allen.
Judith Kerr was forced to flee Germany aged nine as her father, a writer, was an outspoken opponent of the Nazis. Her children's novel `When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit' tells their story and is now a set text in German schools.
Edmund de Waal, the bestselling author of "The Hare With Amber Eyes", puts his homemade pottery on display for the first time in America.
Alan Yentob visits Beverly Hills and Essex to talk to Rod Stewart about the singer's remarkable musical journey.
Alan Yentob explores an alternative art universe; outsider art achieves success in Venice, London and Paris.
A look at the unique role Jews have played in creating the modern American musical; interviews and performances explore the work of pre-eminent musical maestros.
To Mark David Bowie's comeback album and new exhibition, Alan Yentob looks back at "Cracked Actor", Bowie's 1975 documentary.
Alan Yentob meets Doris Lessing, an acerbic yet warm woman who won the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature.
Alan Yentob presents the incredible story of Vivian Maier, a mysterious nanny who died in 2009 leaving behind thousands of stunning photographs.
Beyonce takes the director's chair for a unique and confessional film; spectacular showpieces and video diary footage give a revealing insight into the life of the 16-time Grammy Award-winning singer.
The pioneer of street photography, William Klein creates some of the most iconic fashion images of the 20th century.
Paul Simon's album "Graceland" becomes controversial when he breaks the cultural boycott of South Africa; he returns to the country after 25 years.
Professional soldiers help create a play based on their experiences in Afghanistan.
The renowned front man of Queen's life is explored in a touching portrait; Freddie Mercury collaborates with Michael Jackson and performs with Dame Montserrat Caballe.
Musicians Emeli Sande, who enthralled the world when she sang at the Olympics, opera diva Jessye Norman, dub step artist Mala and modern classical composer George Benjamin explain how music makes them feel.
A group of artists and curators storm the international art world and turn Glasgow into a global capital for contemporary art.
Alan Yentob delves into the world of falsetto singing; he discovers why it can express emotions that could not normally be achieved.
Three of Titian's greatest masterpieces are shown together at the National Gallery; Alan Yentob meets a contemporary dance team whose performance is based on paintings of the goddess Diana.
Nearly 30 years after her triumphant debut novel "Oranges are Not the Only Fruit", Jeanette Winterson returns, with Alan Yentob, to the scenes of her childhood in Lancashire.
Matthew Bourne, Britain's most commercially successful choreographer, reinterprets Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty"; Alan Yentob gets access to the creative process.
Alan Yentob reveals the extraordinary life of Lang Lang; China's classical music superstar redefines the idea of the celebrity concert pianist.
Alan Yentob takes an epic train ride through Tolstoy's Russia to learn how Russia's greatest novelist became her greatest troublemaker.
Alan Yentob continues his exploration of the life of Russia's great novelist; the success of "War and Peace" brings Tolstoy fame, wealth and a massive mid-life crisis.
Alan Yentob gains insight into the creative world of Dame Shirley; she re-enters the ring to confront her life in song.
Alan Yentob explores the evolution of stand-up and how it transfers to other mediums; he joins Eddie Izzard backstage for a show at the Hollywood Bowl.
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel talk about the making of "Bridge Over Troubled Water", an extraordinary creative period in their career.
Alan Yentob discusses whether books are going to be overtaken by e-books; he explores the love story between books and their readers.
Craig Teper charts the career of Vidal Sassoon, the man who invented the bob-cut and the styles that defined a generation.
A group of retirees take up contemporary dance; Alan Yentob follows them as they prepare to perform at Sadler's Wells, one of the world's top dance venues.
Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim chronicles the making of U2's seminal album "Achtung Baby"; he uses animation and unseen footage from Berlin and Dublin to show a key chapter in the band's career.
Alan Yentob visits Egypt's National Museum with its dust-covered collection of thousands upon thousands of priceless ancient antiquities.
Sir Alan Ayckbourn's fans explain why he must be recognized as one of the great dramatists as he premiers his 75th play.
Harry Nilsson is hailed by the Beatles as their favorite American musician; the man with the bewitching voice becomes his own worst enemy.
Alan Yentob celebrates the 70th anniversary of the world's first scheduled television broadcast by the BBC.
John Lennon, dispirited and disillusioned with life in England, escapes across the Atlantic to New York City in 1971; he starts a new life in a city he has come to love.
Alan Yentob follows Anish Kapoor through a period of intense productivity as the sculptor becomes the first British artist to have a solo show occupying the entire Royal Academy gallery.
Alan Yentob examines the extraordinary story of singer Sir Tom Jones; in a frank and revealing interview, Sir Tom describes the ascent from his humble beginnings as a miner's son in South Wales to becoming a headline act in Las Vegas.
Leon Gast follows Ron Galella, the controversial photojournalist, as he recalls his encounters with stars who have tried to evade his lens.
Bruce Springsteen describes his attempts to create a sequel to one of the most popular albums of all time.
Alan Yentob learns what links the soap "The Archers" with "Ben-Hur", one of the most epic Hollywood blockbusters of all time.
Ai Weiwei is China's most politically outspoken artist; as his latest work is unveiled, Alan Yentob reveals how the courageous and determined Weiwei continues to fight for artistic freedom while living under restrictive authoritarian rule.
Alan Yentob meets Ray Davies, the creative powerhouse behind The Kinks; he describes his troubled relationship with fame and the changes in his career.
Alan Yentob considers the influence of play with some of Britain's leading artists, including Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Mat Collishaw and David Bailey, who offer insights into the transformative power of their early creative experiences.
A portrait of the pioneering photographer and forefather of cinema Eadweard Muybridge; his experiments in early cinema astound audiences worldwide.
Alan Yentob talks to 92-year-old Diana Athill about her memoirs; she's had a string of love affairs, 50 years of success as an editor, worked with writers Jean Rhys, Norman Mailer and VS Naipaul, and led a privileged childhood in a Norfolk mansion.
British pop icon Tom Jones shares stories of his life, from his beginnings as a miner's son in South Wales to headlinng in Las Vegas, recalling cherished moments from his career.
Classical musician Nigel Kennedy, known for his 1989 recording of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," leaves Britain for Poland, where he fronts an all-Polish jazz band.
Lana Botney sets out the discover why Scrabble leaves people spellbound; she visits the Nigerian camp where the government trains its players.
As David Hockney approaches the age of 70, he reinvents his painting from scratch, working through the seasons and in all kinds of weather in the Yorkshire countryside; he ends up with the largest picture ever made outdoors.
Placido Domingo has embarked on a role that he has long dreamed of performing; Simon Boccanegra, his first as baritone in an opera.
Alan Yentob traces the career of Richard Rogers to uncover the influences that have produced some of the greatest landmarks in modern architecture.
Alan Yentob goes deeper into the history and culture of the guitar; he discovers that the first electric guitar was called the frying pan.
Alan Yentob looks at early ancestors of the guitar as he begins a journey to discover how it became the world's favorite musical instrument.
The people who work in museums explain how being surrounded by the world's greatest masterpieces has changed their lives.
British artist Marc Quinn unveils an extraordinary sculpture of a naked, pregnant and disabled woman to challenge preconceptions about beauty.
Alan Yentob delves into the life of celebrated children's author Roald Dahl through personal archives and interviews with the author's family.
Piano players Evgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lang Lang talk intimately about their lives, their work and their motivation.
Artist Grayson Perry attempts to create an imaginary civilization at the heart of the British Museum.