Insight into the world's greatest animation company. Discover the secrets behind legendary cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear.
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders interview pop singer Dusty Springfield.
Dame Margot Fonteyn narrates a profile of her life.
A profile of actor Ian McKellen.
A profile of the chart-topping rock band REM.
A profile of author Edmund White.
Choreographer Mark Morris rehearses a new work.
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.
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 'The Executioner's Song' in a 1979 interview.
Michael Crawford returns to the Big Apple Circus, where he prepared for his role in 'Barnum.'
Actor John Mills portrayed quintessential English heroes.
Dutch master Jan Vermeer's 35 paintings attract the public to exhibits in Washington, D.C., and the Hague.
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.
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.
Author Martin Amis reads from 'London Fields' and discusses the images and obsessions that make up his work.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee discusses directing, Broadway theater, politics, critics, audiences and his many plays.
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.
Playwright Alan Ayckbourn conducts a seminar at Cardiff University.
Pianist George Shearing's repertoire includes classical and jazz.
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.
Classical guitarist John Williams.
Television scriptwriter Lynda LaPlante created 'Prime Suspect.'
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.
Polish composer Henryk Gorecki has a major success with his Symphony No. 3.
Novelist John Banville is interviewed.
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.
A former commodities dealer's artwork is controversial.
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.
Writer Colin Thiburon travels in Central Asia after the collapse of Soviet power.
Mezzo Cecilia Bartoli performs selections from Rossini, Vivaldi and Mozart.
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.'
Playwright Arthur Miller reviews his life and career.
Dame Vera Lynn's singing career symbolizes British resistance to Hitler during World War II.
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.
Cameras follow opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa through a year of performances and interviews.
Profile of comedian Steve Martin features clips and an interview.
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.
A cappella gospel group Clarence Fountain & the Five Blind Boys performs in Brooklyn.
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.
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.
Artist David Hockney tours his 1988 exhibition at London's Tate Gallery.
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 jam session with Big Joe Duskin and Axel Zwingenberger, interviews, recordings and archival clips of musicians trace boogie-woogie.
Aborigines, a painter, a carver, a novelist and a poet are profiled, as Australia celebrates 200 years of European settlement.
Interviews, concert clips and sets with bassist Jack Bruce and blues artist Buddy Guy outline Eric Clapton.
For his 75th birthday Georg Solti returns to his homeland to conduct the Hungarian State Symphony.
American humor reveals changes in racial and social attitudes.
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.
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.'
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 demonstrates techniques used to make Joiner montages.
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.
Filmmaker Ken Russell traces his career through film clips in an autobiographical film.
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.'
Gore Vidal discusses Middle East wars, Moral Majority and the American empire's impending fall, at his home in Rome in 1987.
Martin Scorcese discusses his film based on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel. Interviews with screenwriter Paul Schrader and Willem Dafoe.
Toni Morrison discusses her book, 'Beloved,' and creating fiction from controversial topics.
British author William Golding discusses his past, future plans and novels including 'Lord of the Flies' and 'Fire Down Below.'
Scottish comedian Billy Connolly returns to his native Glasgow and discusses his work.
Elvis Costello, Max Roach and Wynton Marsalis join Tony Bennett in a New York performance.
German painter Otto Dix captures the horror of World War I.
Poet William Blake.
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.
French balladeer Charles Aznavour performs.
John Hammond reviews the career of legendary blues singer Robert Johnson.
Acting teacher Sanford Meisner is profiled.
A profile of folk singer Woody Guthrie features later musicians he influenced.
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and his trio perform a religious composition.
Clips, paintings and excerpts of his memoirs profile painter Henri Matisse.
John Lloyd explores British humor and profiles John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Lenny Henry, Rik Mayall, Ruby Wax.
Documentary profiles Italian-born conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957).
Dancer and choreographer John Neumeier rehearses and performs a wide range of works set to music, classical and modern.
Choreographer William Forsythe rehearses two ballets, 'Impressing the Tsar' and 'Behind the China Dogs.'
Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor, U2, Clannad and Shane MacGowan of the Pogues discuss Ireland's rock music.
Comedian Barry Humphries discusses his Australian childhood, the alienation that led him to perform and his characters.
Melvyn Bragg observes Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci filming 'The Last Emperor.' Interview with Peter O'Toole.
Film clips, interviews with stage directors and performances show the modern appeal of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.'
Laurence Olivier, Paul Scofield and Michael Hordern discuss their approaches to the role of Shakespeare's 'King Lear.'