Insight into the world's greatest animation company. Discover the secrets behind legendary cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear.
Gore Vidal discusses Middle East wars, Moral Majority and the American empire's impending fall, at his home in Rome in 1987.
Interviews, concert clips and sets with bassist Jack Bruce and blues artist Buddy Guy outline Eric Clapton.
A portrait of Marianne Faithfull, told through her songs, from her rise to fame as a 17-year-old, through the bleak years addicted to heroin, and her incredible comeback with `Broken English' in 1979.
Melvyn interviews comedienne, actress, singer, and writer Victoria Wood, who is preparing for national tour in Salford; in the past 10 years she has achieved a record-breaking solo run at the Albert Hall and written two comedy series.
The popular and controversial artist talks about his collections, and opens his studio in Gloucestershire to show how he works.
At the Docker's Club in Leith, near where he wrote 'Trainspotting' Melvyn Bragg interviews controversial writer Irvine Welsh, who reveals his hard line on addiction, which he views as a disease of stupidity.
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders interview pop singer Dusty Springfield.
Dame Margot Fonteyn narrates a profile of her life.
Melvyn Bragg hosts the ninth annual South Bank Show Awards.
Stage and screen star Ian McKellen is profiled.
Jeanette Winterson talks candidly to Melvyn Bragg about her strict religious upbringing and how her mother burned all her books.
The South Bank show meets the 24-year-old jazz phenomenon, Jamie Cullum, who is a self-taught piano player; Cullum scored the highest-ever deal for a British jazz musician with a cool one million.
Novelist Philip Pullman talks to Melvyn Bragg in his first major television interview; the program investigates the issues permeating Pullman's trilogy.
A profile of the chart-topping rock band REM.
A profile of author Edmund White.
Choreographer Mark Morris rehearses a new work.
Mezzo Cecilia Bartoli performs selections from Rossini, Vivaldi and Mozart.
Peter Hall ends his directorship of Britain's National Theatre with three of Shakespeare's last plays.
Performance footage chronicles the music group the Bee Gees.
Elvis Costello, Max Roach and Wynton Marsalis join Tony Bennett in a New York performance.
A profile of Ernest Hemingway features clips of movies based on his stories.
Interviews with show-business legends profile the life of entertainer Peter Allen.
A profile of Jackie Mason compiles some of his funniest material.
Virtuoso Niccolo Paganini revolutionizes violin music through wide use of harmonics and pizzicato.
Conductor Valery Gergiev revitalizes the Kirov Opera.
Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel begins his career in Wales and proceeds to stardom at Madison Square Garden.
Neil Jordan directs a biography of Irish patriot Michael Collins.
Norman Mailer discusses his book on the early life of Picasso.
Michael Crawford returns to the Big Apple Circus, where he prepared for his role in "Barnum."
Actor John Mills portrayed quintessential English heroes.
Dutch painter Jan Vermeer masters the use of light.
Albert Finney discusses acting.
Pop musician Sting records, celebrates a birthday and talks about his life.
Actress Elaine Paige attained stardom in the London productions of "Evita," "Cats" and "Sunset Boulevard."
Wynton Marsalis prepares a new work for recording.
Prolific romance novelist Barbara Cartland is still at work in her 90s.
Actress Judi Dench rehearses a new role and recalls her 35-year career.
Luciano Pavarotti is profiled with an interview at his home and performance clips.
Singer k.d. lang records the album "All You Can Eat."
British comic novelist Tom Sharpe discusses his work.
Clips from films illustrate an interview with Clint Eastwood.
A profile of folk singer Woody Guthrie features later musicians he influenced.
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and his trio perform a religious composition.
Novelist, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron reflects on her work.
South African singer Miriam Makeba is profiled.
Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Mary Chapin Carpenter lead a women's movement in country music.
Novelist Martin Amis is profiled.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee discusses his plays; excerpts from "Three Tall Women."
Photographer Roger Ballen; David Bailey profiles his wife, Catherine.
A 1993 exhibition of flags in Ghana caused a stir in the art world.
Director Jonathan Miller prepares a production of "Cosi Fan Tutte."
Filmmaker Ken Russell profiles the widows of composers William Walton, Bernard Stevens, Benjamin Frankel and Humphrey Searle.
Carl Orff composed many works, but is remembered for "Carmina Burana."
Theatrical creator Lionel Bart goes from rags to riches to rags.
Cameras visit political humorist P.J. O'Rourke at his New Hampshire home.
Contemporary artists interpret Gershwin's songs.
Cinematic interpretations of Mary Shelley's novel include Kenneth Branagh's film starring Robert De Niro as the monster.
American humor reveals changes in racial and social attitudes.
Playwright Alan Ayckbourn conducts a seminar at Cardiff University.
Pianist George Shearing's repertoire includes classical and jazz.
Artist David Hockney demonstrates techniques used to make Joiner montages.
Actress Vanessa Redgrave.
A profile of Marilyn Horne includes performance highlights and a 60th-birthday tribute.
Profile of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck.
Television personality Dawn French explores the allure of large women.
Melvin Bragg interviews horror novelist Clive Barker.
Recording Gershwin songs are Elton John, Sinead O'Connor, Carly Simon, Robert Palmer, Courtney Pine.
Rappers and disc jockeys discuss the origins and development of rap music.
Novelist and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere collaborates with renowned filmmakers.
Bheki Mseleku, a jazz pianist from South Africa, records an album.
John Lloyd explores British humor and profiles John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Lenny Henry, Rik Mayall, Ruby Wax.
Classical guitarist John Williams.
Television scriptwriter Lynda LaPlante created "Prime Suspect."
A former commodities dealer's artwork is controversial.
Lyricist Tim Rice.
Performances and an interview profile ballerina Sylvie Guillem.
Recordings, interviews and clips profile influential blues man John Lee Hooker.
British director Ken Loach focuses on working-class life.
Playwright Willy Russell.
Director Sydney Pollack is interviewed.
Polish composer Henryk Gorecki has a major success with his Symphony No. 3.
Novelist John Banville is interviewed.
Writer Colin Thiburon travels in Central Asia after the collapse of Soviet power.
Novelist/screenwriter Richard Price discusses his work.
Hector Berlioz struggles to get his mammoth opera, "Les Troyens," produced.
Novelist Edmund White profiles French writer Jean Genet.
Classical violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky and rocker cousin, Alexander, perform their composition "Tribe Bolero."
Controversy surrounded Frank Lloyd Wright's construction of the Guggenheim Museum.
Annie Leibovitz photographs the famous and notorious for magazines.
Performances and interviews profile the diva Montserrat Caballe.
Bram Stoker's vampire has gone from evil monster to romantic hero.
Performance clips and interviews with Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding profile Jimi Hendrix.
Dame Vera Lynn's singing career symbolizes British resistance to Hitler during World War II.
Ken Russell and Glenda Jackson star in a portrait of English composer Sir Arnold Bax. Written and directed by Russell, featuring Bax's music.
Director Robert Zemeckis discusses his films, special effects and his relationship with Steven Spielberg.
Viviana Durante and Darcey Bussell earn raves at the Royal Ballet.
Peter O'Toole discusses his autobiography and confronts his past and fears.
Alice Walker discusses her novel "Possessing the Secret of Joy."
David Cronenberg directs the film version of William Burroughs' "Naked Lunch."
Filmmaker Terence Davies reviews his life and work.
An interview and clips profile actor Anthony Hopkins.
Interviews and excerpts profile Noel Coward.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe advance a musical partnership through catchy melodies and critical insights.
Classical trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger tours Europe, recording and performing in varied musical settings.
Lenny Henry interviews James Brown, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton and Hammer.
Douglas Adams' career ranges from television scripts to "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
Cameras follow opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa through a year of performances and interviews.
Playwright Arthur Miller reviews his life and career.
British playwright John Osborne prepares the sequel to "Look Back in Anger," "Dejavu."
Seamus Heaney analyzes thematic changes in his poetry and reads selections.
Cellist Heinrich Schiff is noted for his performances of the works of Bach and Shostakovich.
Filmmaker/animator Terry Gilliam, with Michael Palin.
The British satirical journal Private Eye lampoons celebrities and politicians.
Profile of comedian Steve Martin features clips and an interview.
A cappella gospel group Clarence Fountain & the Five Blind Boys performs in Brooklyn.
The roles of bass Willard White include Leporello in "Don Giovanni" and Mendelssohn's "Elijah."
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performs compositions by Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Franck, Tartini and Beethoven.
Oscar Mazaroli creates a huge body of work while photographing Scottish life.
Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson discusses his plays.
Family and colleagues remember Stan Laurel.
The Tallis Scholars sing sacred Renaissance music.
Puppets satirize politician and pundit alike in a weekly British TV show, "Spitting Image."
Theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh's shows in London include "Cats," "Phantom of the Opera" and "Miss Saigon."
Filmmaker Alan Parker discusses his work and directs "The Commitments" in Dublin.
Dramatizations and an interview with John Updike illustrate his novels.
Composer Anton Bruckner is obsessed with counting objects. Directed by Ken Russell.
Noted for his pop-art images, Roy Lichtenstein comments on his life and career.
An interview with Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie includes dramatized excerpts from "Haroun and the Sea of Stories."
Filmmaker Spike Lee reviews his career.
Actor John Sessions reads from Charles Dickens and is interviewed as the author by biographer Peter Ackroyd.
Welsh poet and priest R.S. Thomas composes nationalistic and religious verse.
Director Robert Altman talks about his style, working methods and his difficult relationship with the American film industry.
Profile of 20th-century composer Paul Hindemith uses his opera "Mathis de Maler."
Designer Vivienne Westwood draws on history, fetishism and street culture as inspiration for her collections.
The British theater company rehearses the play "Glory!"
Soviet violist Yuri Bashmet collaborates with composer Alfred Schnittke and discusses social and musical issues with fellow artists.
African novelist Chinua Achebe discusses his "African Literature As Celebration" lecture.
Christopher Hogwood conducts three of Franz Joseph Haydn's symphonies at the Esterhazy Palace in Hungary.
David Lean and collaborator Robert Bolt have a 30-year friendship and creative relationship.
Scottish musician Evelyn Glennie performs in Rio de Janeiro's Carnival and with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez discusses his involvement with Latin American cinema.
Interviews with Berkoff, Roman Polanski, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Joseph Papp profile maverick playwright, actor and director Steven Berkoff.
Filmmaker Ken Russell traces his career through film clips in an autobiographical film.
Australian novelist Thomas Keneally retraces the research for "To Asmara," about the Eritrea-Ethiopia War.
A profile of TV comedy writer Ben Elton, nicknamed "Motor Mouth," includes clips from "Happy Families" and "Blackadder."
Hollywood begins to collaborate with young independent filmmakers.
Hungarian director Istvan Szabo discusses his beliefs, background and career. Interview with Klaus Maria Brandauer.
Excerpts from his plays profile Christopher Hampton, who won an Oscar for the screen adaptation of his "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."
Author Patrick Leigh Fermor describes Central Europe and relates his wartime experiences in the resistance in Crete.
Poet Derek Walcott discusses "Omeros"; pictures of St. Lucia's islanders and landscapes illustrate readings of his work.
David Bailey discusses his portraits, pop videos, documentaries, Greenpeace and the fur trade.
In a 1988 interview at his Malibu home, John Houseman discusses his rise from stateless Romanian to Oscar-winner.
Interviews with Robert Mitchum and biographer Frank McShane and film clips profile Raymond Chandler, creator of Philip Marlowe.
British producer David Puttnam discusses his ambitions as head of Columbia Studios, his resignation and plans for the future.
Film of Montmartre and clips from John Huston's film "Moulin Rouge" portray Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Film records the remaking of Dylan Thomas' poetic portrait of a Welsh seaside town, with Anthony Hopkins.
Film documents Michael Holroyd's detectivelike process, research and location visits as he profiles George Bernard Shaw.
Doris Lessing discusses her life, work and novel "The Fifth Child."
From his home in Tangier in 1988, novelist/essayist Paul Bowles discusses his work and his life near the Sahara.
Using each letter of the alphabet as a musical item, director Ken Russell critiques British music.
Interviews illustrate the connection between creative writing and political power in Nicaragua.
British comedian Lenny Henry performs at New York's Catch a Rising Star Club.
Interviews with contemporaries and film clips portray American painter Jackson Pollock.
A 19th-century piano style, boogie-woogie, influences contemporary music from jazz to rock.
Aborigines, a painter, a carver, a novelist and a poet are profiled, as Australia celebrates 200 years of European settlement.
Melvyn Bragg observes Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci filming "The Last Emperor." Interview with Peter O'Toole.
For his 75th birthday Georg Solti returns to his homeland to conduct the Hungarian State Symphony.
Melvyn Bragg and drama critic Frank Rich discuss British shows on Broadway; Suzanne Vega performs "Luka" and "Tom's Diner."
Interviews, film excerpts and comments by Ondine, Viva and Brigid Berlin depict Andy Warhol, known for his pop art and underground movies.
Toni Morrison discusses her book, "Beloved," and creating fiction from controversial topics.
Simon Jeffes conducts the Penguin Cafe Orchestra performing "Air," "Bean Fields," "Dirt," and "Giles Farnaby's Dream."
Anthony Hopkins directs Bob Kingdom in a one-man show profiling poet Dylan Thomas.
A profile of British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber includes excerpts from "Cats," "Evita," "Song and Dance" and "Starlight Express" along with a look at his future plans.
TV clips, interviews with friends and reminiscences of companion Jack Dunphy profile Truman Capote.
An autobiography of British filmmaker Michael Powell includes clips from "The Red Shoes" and "Peeping Tom."
Childrens' author Roald Dahl takes a fantasy tour of his imagination in a Spitfire.
Archival and home-movie footage and interviews with Ruby Keeler, George Burns and Evelyn Keyes profile Al Jolson.
Theatrical producer Hal Prince discusses his work and a crisis facing Broadway.
Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Royal Philharmonic and Moscow Chamber Choir pay musical tribute to Sergei Rachmaninov at the composer's country estate outside Moscow.
Choreographer Karole Armitage discusses her work.
French writer Marguerite Duras discusses her life and work.
Alec Guinness discusses his acting career.
Clips of Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, the Nicholas Brothers and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson profile Harlem's Cotton Club.
David Mamet discusses his plays "Oleanna" and "Cryptogram," and his novel "The Village."
Melvyn Bragg interviews author Joseph Heller and his friends and travels to Heller's childhood home, Coney Island.
Paul McCartney is profiled while making the film "Give My Regards to Broad Street."
Paul McCartney is profiled while making the film "Give My Regards to Broad Street."
Alan Bennett, one of the most acclaimed figures in British stage, screen, and television for over fourty years, is talking to Mevyn Bragg about how his childhood in Leeds and life in London have influenced his work.
Actor Alec McCowen portrays Rudyard Kipling at London's Mermaid Theatre.
A band from Zimbabwe discusses its music; two Pittsburgh sisters perform in Harlem.
The theatrical composer Stephen Sondheim is profiled.
Novelist Ed McBain is profiled.
In 1984 81-year-old pianist Claudio Arrau discusses 19th-century composers and performs works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.
Performing works by Schumann, Beethoven and Britten, Barry Tuckwell traces the development of the French horn.
Artist David Hockney tours his 1988 exhibition at London's Tate Gallery.
Clips of "Mahabharata" and interviews with colleagues Peter Hall, Jonathan Miller, Glenda Jackson and Ted Hughes give an account of director Peter Brook's work.
Documentary profiles Italian-born conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957).
Romanticized images of the American frontier enjoy a resurgence.
Interviews and readings of his works profile poet Robert Lowell.
Choreographer Agnes DeMille rehearses and discusses her influences.
Colleagues discuss the work of playwright David Hare.
Crime novelist Patricia Highsmith is creator of amoral crook Tom Ripley.
Laurence Olivier discusses his personal life and his career from 1945 to 1982. With stage and screen clips.
A documentary profiles Laurence Olivier from a childhood influenced by the Anglican Church to his debut as a film director of "Henry V" in 1944.
Vaclav Neumann conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Julian Lloyd Weber playing Dvorak's Cello Concerto.
Saul Bellow discusses his novel "The Dean's December."