Imagine...

Imagine...

2001 - 2016,
Alan Yentob presents the arts documentary series
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Episode Guide

  • Imagine... - The Lost Music of Rajasthan (Season 20 Episode 5)
    Season 20 Episode 5:

    The Lost Music of Rajasthan

    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.

  • Imagine... - Iraq in Venice (Season 18 Episode 5)
    Season 18 Episode 5:

    Iraq in Venice

    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.

  • Imagine... - The Man Who Forgot How to Read and Other Stories (Season 18 Episode 1)
    Season 18 Episode 1:

    The Man Who Forgot How to Read and Other Stories

    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.

  • Imagine... - Tony Pappano: A Year at the Opera (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Tony Pappano: A Year at the Opera

    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.

  • Imagine... - Brando (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Brando

  • Imagine... - Bruce Nauman: The Godfather of Modern Art (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Bruce Nauman: The Godfather of Modern Art

  • Imagine... - Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson's "Smile" (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson's "Smile"

  • Imagine... - Arthur Miller: Finishing the Picture (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Arthur Miller: Finishing the Picture

    Alan Yentob looks at the life of playwright Arthur Miller and interviews him about his life and his latest play.

  • Imagine... - Unsuitable for Children? (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Unsuitable for Children?

  • Imagine... - Dirty but Clean Pierre (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Dirty but Clean Pierre

  • Imagine... - Saint John Coltrane (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Saint John Coltrane

  • Imagine... - Sitting For Lucian Freud (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Sitting For Lucian Freud

    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.

  • Imagine... - The Mysterious Mr. Hopper (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    The Mysterious Mr. Hopper

  • Imagine... - An A-z of the Oed (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    An A-z of the Oed

  • Imagine... - From Pencils to Pixels (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    From Pencils to Pixels

  • Imagine... - The World According To Parr (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    The World According To Parr

  • Imagine... - Entertaining Mr. Soane (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Entertaining Mr. Soane

    Sir John Soane, the first innovator of British architecture who broke away from classical styles.

  • Imagine... - A Funny Business (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    A Funny Business

  • Imagine... - The Voice of Bryn Terfel (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    The Voice of Bryn Terfel

    How Bryn Terfel adapts his voice for everything from Wagner to traditional Welsh songs.

  • Imagine... - The Fatwa: Salman's Story (Special)
    Special:

    The Fatwa: Salman's Story

    Salman Rushdie tells the story of how it felt to be condemned to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini.

  • Imagine... - Serial Killers: The Women Who Write Crime Fiction

    Serial Killers: The Women Who Write Crime Fiction

  • Imagine... - The Seven Killings of Marlon James

    The Seven Killings of Marlon James

  • Imagine... - DANGER! Cornelia Parker

    DANGER! Cornelia Parker

  • Imagine... - The Handmade Films of William Kentridge Part 1

    The Handmade Films of William Kentridge Part 1

  • Imagine... - The Handmade Films of William Kentridge: Part 2

    The Handmade Films of William Kentridge: Part 2

  • Imagine... - Sir Roderick Stewart: Can't Stop Me Now

    Sir Roderick Stewart: Can't Stop Me Now

  • Imagine... - One Night in 2012: An Imagine Special

    One Night in 2012: An Imagine Special

  • Imagine... - The Art World's Prankster: Maurizio Cattelan

    The Art World's Prankster: Maurizio Cattelan

  • Imagine... - The Triumph and Laments of William Kentridge

    The Triumph and Laments of William Kentridge

  • Imagine... - Richard Flanagan: Life After Death

    Richard Flanagan: Life After Death

  • Imagine... - Carlos Acosta: Cuba Calls

    Carlos Acosta: Cuba Calls

  • Imagine... - Antony Gormley: Being Human

    Antony Gormley: Being Human

  • Imagine... - The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

    The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

  • Imagine... - Jeff Koons: Diary of a Seducer

    Jeff Koons: Diary of a Seducer

    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.

  • Imagine... - My Curious Documentary

    My Curious Documentary

  • Imagine... - Frank Gehry: The Architect Says `Why Can't I?'

    Frank Gehry: The Architect Says `Why Can't I?'

    A look at the life and career of Frank Gehry; the architect becomes one of the world's most celebrated and provocative creative forces.

  • Imagine... - Shylock's Ghost

    Shylock's Ghost

  • Imagine... - David Chipperfield: A Place To Be?

    David Chipperfield: A Place To Be?

  • Imagine... - The Last Impressario

    The Last Impressario

  • Imagine... - Toni Morrison Remembers

    Toni Morrison Remembers

  • Imagine... - Beware of Mr Baker

    Beware of Mr Baker

  • Imagine... - Rio 50 Degrees: Carry on CaRIOca

    Rio 50 Degrees: Carry on CaRIOca

    Alan Yentob explores the cultural and social history of the city of Rio de Janeiro, home to 12 million Carioca.

  • Imagine... - Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M

    Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M

    Over five decades, Bette Midler's path takes her from a pineapple canning factory in Honolulu to becoming a Hollywood legend.

  • Imagine... - Philip Roth Unleased: Part 1

    Philip Roth Unleased: Part 1

    Philip Roth, once considered to be America's greatest living writer, speaks to Alan Yentob about his life.

  • Imagine... - Philip Roth Unleashed: Part 2

    Philip Roth Unleashed: Part 2

    Philip Roth speaks to Alan Yentob about how he became one of the most controversial and influential writers of the modern age.

  • Imagine... - The One and Only Mike Leigh

    The One and Only Mike Leigh

    Director Mike Leigh talks to Alan Yentob about his unique body of work and lifelong struggle to make films on his own terms.

  • Imagine... - The Art That Hitler Hated

    The Art That Hitler Hated

    A hoard of art, hidden since the Third Reich, is hated by Hitler and labeled degenerate by the Nazi party.

  • Imagine... - Colm Toibin: His Mother's Son

    Colm Toibin: His Mother's Son

    In a thoughtful, lyrical film, Alan Yentob talks to the acclaimed and curiously divided Irish writer Colm Toibin.

  • Imagine... - The Art That Hitler Hated: The Sins of the Fathers

    The Art That Hitler Hated: The Sins of the Fathers

    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.

  • Imagine... - Monty Python: And Now For Something Rather Similar

    Monty Python: And Now For Something Rather Similar

    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.

  • Imagine... - Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On

    Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On

    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.

  • Imagine... - Anselm Kiefer: Remembering the Future

    Anselm Kiefer: Remembering the Future

    Alan Yentob joins Anselm Kiefer at his studios in France and Germany as he prepares for a retrospective at the Royal Academy.

  • Imagine... - Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'

    Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'

    Jimi Hendrix revolutionizes the music scene with his transcendent sound and explosive stage presence.

  • Imagine... - Who's Afraid of Machiavelli?

    Who's Afraid of Machiavelli?

    Marking the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's "The Prince"; the book is used as a manual for tyrants from Napoleon to Stalin.

  • Imagine... - McCullin

    McCullin

    Legendary British war photographer and photojournalist Don McCullin recounts a life lived in the theatre of war.

  • Imagine... - Woody Allen - A Documentary

    Woody Allen - A Documentary

    Alan Yentob interviews Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert B Weide about his intimate portrait of the prolific film director, writer and actor Woody Allen.

  • Imagine... - Hitler, the Tiger and Me

    Hitler, the Tiger and Me

    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.

  • Imagine... - Edmund de Waal: Make Pots or Die

    Edmund de Waal: Make Pots or Die

    Edmund de Waal, the bestselling author of "The Hare With Amber Eyes", puts his homemade pottery on display for the first time in America.

  • Imagine... - Rod Stewart: Can't Stop Me Now

    Rod Stewart: Can't Stop Me Now

    Alan Yentob visits Beverly Hills and Essex to talk to Rod Stewart about the singer's remarkable musical journey.

  • Imagine... - Turning the Art World Inside Out

    Turning the Art World Inside Out

    Alan Yentob explores an alternative art universe; outsider art achieves success in Venice, London and Paris.

  • Imagine... - Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

    Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

    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.

  • Imagine... - David Bowie: Cracked Actor

    David Bowie: Cracked Actor

    To Mark David Bowie's comeback album and new exhibition, Alan Yentob looks back at "Cracked Actor", Bowie's 1975 documentary.

  • Imagine... - Doris Lessing - The Reluctant Heroine

    Doris Lessing - The Reluctant Heroine

    Alan Yentob meets Doris Lessing, an acerbic yet warm woman who won the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature.

  • Imagine... - Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny's Pictures?

    Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny's Pictures?

    Alan Yentob presents the incredible story of Vivian Maier, a mysterious nanny who died in 2009 leaving behind thousands of stunning photographs.

  • Imagine... - Beyonce: Life is But a Dream

    Beyonce: Life is But a Dream

    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.

  • Imagine... - The Many Lives of William Klein

    The Many Lives of William Klein

    The pioneer of street photography, William Klein creates some of the most iconic fashion images of the 20th century.

  • Imagine... - Paul Simon's Graceland: Under African Skies

    Paul Simon's Graceland: Under African Skies

    Paul Simon's album "Graceland" becomes controversial when he breaks the cultural boycott of South Africa; he returns to the country after 25 years.

  • Imagine... - Theatre of War

    Theatre of War

    Professional soldiers help create a play based on their experiences in Afghanistan.

  • Imagine... - Freddy Mercury: The Great Pretender

    Freddy Mercury: The Great Pretender

    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.

  • Imagine... - Dancing with Titian

    Dancing with Titian

    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.

  • Imagine... - Glasgow: The Grit and the Glamour

    Glasgow: The Grit and the Glamour

    A group of artists and curators storm the international art world and turn Glasgow into a global capital for contemporary art.

  • Imagine... - Just One Falsetto

    Just One Falsetto

    Alan Yentob delves into the world of falsetto singing; he discovers why it can express emotions that could not normally be achieved.

  • Imagine... - How Music Makes Us Feel

    How Music Makes Us Feel

    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.

  • Imagine... - A Beauty Is Born: Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

    A Beauty Is Born: Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

    Matthew Bourne, Britain's most commercially successful choreographer, reinterprets Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty"; Alan Yentob gets access to the creative process.

  • Imagine... - Jeanette Winterson: My Monster and Me

    Jeanette Winterson: My Monster and Me

    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.

  • Imagine... - Do or Die: Lang Lang's Story

    Do or Die: Lang Lang's Story

    Alan Yentob reveals the extraordinary life of Lang Lang; China's classical music superstar redefines the idea of the celebrity concert pianist.

  • Imagine... - The Trouble with Tolstoy: In Search of Happiness

    The Trouble with Tolstoy: In Search of Happiness

    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.

  • Imagine... - Save the Last Dance for Me

    Save the Last Dance for Me

    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.

  • Imagine... - Books: The Last Chapter?

    Books: The Last Chapter?

    Alan Yentob discusses whether books are going to be overtaken by e-books; he explores the love story between books and their readers.

  • Imagine... - The Art of Stand Up

    The Art of Stand Up

    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.

  • Imagine... - The Trouble With Tolstoy: At War With Himself

    The Trouble With Tolstoy: At War With Himself

    Alan Yentob takes an epic train ride through Tolstoy's Russia to learn how Russia's greatest novelist became her greatest troublemaker.

  • Imagine... - Simon and Garfunkel: The Harmony Game

    Simon and Garfunkel: The Harmony Game

    Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel talk about the making of "Bridge Over Troubled Water", an extraordinary creative period in their career.

  • Imagine... - Vidal Sassoon: A Cut Above

    Vidal Sassoon: A Cut Above

    Craig Teper charts the career of Vidal Sassoon, the man who invented the bob-cut and the styles that defined a generation.

  • Imagine... - Dame Shirley Bassey: The Girl from Tiger Bay

    Dame Shirley Bassey: The Girl from Tiger Bay

    Alan Yentob gains insight into the creative world of Dame Shirley; she re-enters the ring to confront her life in song.

  • Imagine... - U2: From the Sky Down

    U2: From the Sky Down

    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.

  • Imagine... - Alan Ayckbourn: Greetings from Scarborough

    Alan Ayckbourn: Greetings from Scarborough

    Sir Alan Ayckbourn's fans explain why he must be recognized as one of the great dramatists as he premiers his 75th play.

  • Imagine... - The Pharaoh's Museum on Liberation Square

    The Pharaoh's Museum on Liberation Square

    Alan Yentob visits Egypt's National Museum with its dust-covered collection of thousands upon thousands of priceless ancient antiquities.

  • Imagine... - The Year of Anish Kapoor

    The Year of Anish Kapoor

    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.

  • Imagine... - Harry Nilsson: The Missing Beatle

    Harry Nilsson: The Missing Beatle

    Harry Nilsson is hailed by the Beatles as their favorite American musician; the man with the bewitching voice becomes his own worst enemy.

  • Imagine... - ...And Then There Was Television

    ...And Then There Was Television

    Alan Yentob celebrates the 70th anniversary of the world's first scheduled television broadcast by the BBC.

  • Imagine... - Lennon: The New York Years

    Lennon: The New York Years

    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.

  • Imagine... - Nigel Kennedy's Polish Adventure

    Nigel Kennedy's Polish Adventure

    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.

  • Imagine... - Ben-Hur

    Ben-Hur

    Alan Yentob learns what links the soap "The Archers" with "Ben-Hur", one of the most epic Hollywood blockbusters of all time.

  • Imagine... - Smash His Camera

    Smash His Camera

    Leon Gast follows Ron Galella, the controversial photojournalist, as he recalls his encounters with stars who have tried to evade his lens.

  • Imagine... - Jones the Voice

    Jones the Voice

    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.

  • Imagine... - Growing Old Disgracefully

    Growing Old Disgracefully

    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.

  • Imagine... - Art Is Child's Play

    Art Is Child's Play

    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.

  • Imagine... - Ray Davies: Imaginary Man

    Ray Davies: Imaginary Man

    Alan Yentob meets Ray Davies, the creative powerhouse behind The Kinks; he describes his troubled relationship with fame and the changes in his career.

  • Imagine... - The Weird Adventures of Eadweard Muybridge

    The Weird Adventures of Eadweard Muybridge

    A portrait of the pioneering photographer and forefather of cinema Eadweard Muybridge; his experiments in early cinema astound audiences worldwide.

  • Imagine... - Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour

    Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour

    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.

  • Imagine... - Tom Jones: What Good Am I?

    Tom Jones: What Good Am I?

    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.

  • Imagine... - Bruce Springsteen: Darkness Revisited

    Bruce Springsteen: Darkness Revisited

    Bruce Springsteen describes his attempts to create a sequel to one of the most popular albums of all time.

  • Imagine... - Scrabble: A Night on the Tiles

    Scrabble: A Night on the Tiles

    Lana Botney sets out the discover why Scrabble leaves people spellbound; she visits the Nigerian camp where the government trains its players.

  • Imagine... - Placido Domingo: The Time of My Life

    Placido Domingo: The Time of My Life

    Placido Domingo has embarked on a role that he has long dreamed of performing; Simon Boccanegra, his first as baritone in an opera.

  • Imagine... - David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

    David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

    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.

  • Imagine... - Oliver Sacks: Tales of Music And The Brain

    Oliver Sacks: Tales of Music And The Brain

  • Imagine... - The Story of the Guitar - This Time It's Personal

    The Story of the Guitar - This Time It's Personal

  • Imagine... - The Story of the Guitar -Out of the Frying Pan

    The Story of the Guitar -Out of the Frying Pan

    Alan Yentob goes deeper into the history and culture of the guitar; he discovers that the first electric guitar was called the frying pan.

  • Imagine... - Richard Rogers, Inside Out

    Richard Rogers, Inside Out

    Alan Yentob traces the career of Richard Rogers to uncover the influences that have produced some of the greatest landmarks in modern architecture.

  • Imagine... - The Story of the Guitar-In the Beginning

    The Story of the Guitar-In the Beginning

    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.

  • Imagine... - A Picture of the Painter Howard Hodgkin

    A Picture of the Painter Howard Hodgkin

  • Imagine... - Who Cares About Art?

    Who Cares About Art?

    The people who work in museums explain how being surrounded by the world's greatest masterpieces has changed their lives.

  • Imagine... - The Plinth, the Model, the Artist and his Sculpture

    The Plinth, the Model, the Artist and his Sculpture

    British artist Marc Quinn unveils an extraordinary sculpture of a naked, pregnant and disabled woman to challenge preconceptions about beauty.

  • Imagine... - Being a Concert Pianist

    Being a Concert Pianist

    Piano players Evgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lang Lang talk intimately about their lives, their work and their motivation.

  • Imagine... - Fantastic Mr Dahl

    Fantastic Mr Dahl

    Alan Yentob delves into the life of celebrated children's author Roald Dahl through personal archives and interviews with the author's family.

  • Imagine... - Grayson Perry and the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsmen

    Grayson Perry and the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsmen

    Artist Grayson Perry attempts to create an imaginary civilization at the heart of the British Museum.

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