The South Bank Show

The South Bank Show

1993 - 2014, Other
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Episode Guide

  • The South Bank Show - Disney Pixar (Season 36 Episode 4)
    Season 36 Episode 4:

    Disney Pixar

    Insight into the world's greatest animation company. Discover the secrets behind legendary cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear.

  • The South Bank Show - Dusty Springfield (Season 29 Episode 18)
    Season 29 Episode 18:

    Dusty Springfield

    Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders interview pop singer Dusty Springfield.

  • The South Bank Show - Margot Fonteyn (Season 29 Episode 1)
    Season 29 Episode 1:

    Margot Fonteyn

    Dame Margot Fonteyn narrates a profile of her life.

  • The South Bank Show - A Year in the Life of Ian Mckellen (Season 27 Episode 13)
    Season 27 Episode 13:

    A Year in the Life of Ian Mckellen

    Stage and screen star Ian McKellen is profiled.

  • The South Bank Show - Othello (Season 27 Episode 12)
    Season 27 Episode 12:


  • The South Bank Show - Johnny Hallyday: Le Rocker National (Season 27 Episode 11)
    Season 27 Episode 11:

    Johnny Hallyday: Le Rocker National

  • The South Bank Show - Jeanette Winterson (Season 27 Episode 10)
    Season 27 Episode 10:

    Jeanette Winterson

    Jeanette Winterson talks candidly to Melvyn Bragg about her strict religious upbringing and how her mother burned all her books.

  • The South Bank Show - Dance Theatre of Harlem (Season 27 Episode 9)
    Season 27 Episode 9:

    Dance Theatre of Harlem

  • The South Bank Show - Jack Vettriano: The People's Painter (Season 27 Episode 8)
    Season 27 Episode 8:

    Jack Vettriano: The People's Painter

  • The South Bank Show - John Lennon's Jukebox (Season 27 Episode 7)
    Season 27 Episode 7:

    John Lennon's Jukebox

  • The South Bank Show - The Wilson Twins (Season 27 Episode 6)
    Season 27 Episode 6:

    The Wilson Twins

  • The South Bank Show - Jamie Cullum (Season 27 Episode 5)
    Season 27 Episode 5:

    Jamie Cullum

    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.

  • The South Bank Show - TV Drama (Season 27 Episode 4)
    Season 27 Episode 4:

    TV Drama

  • The South Bank Show - TV Drama (Season 27 Episode 3)
    Season 27 Episode 3:

    TV Drama

  • The South Bank Show - Germaine Greer (Season 27 Episode 1)
    Season 27 Episode 1:

    Germaine Greer

  • The South Bank Show - Late Shakespeare (Season 23 Episode 13)
    Season 23 Episode 13:

    Late Shakespeare

    Peter Hall ends his directorship of Britain's National Theatre with three of Shakespeare's last plays.

  • The South Bank Show - Cher (Season 23 Episode 10)
    Season 23 Episode 10:


  • The South Bank Show - The Bee Gees (Season 21 Episode 18)
    Season 21 Episode 18:

    The Bee Gees

    Performance footage chronicles the music group the Bee Gees.

  • The South Bank Show - Stephen Bochco (Season 21 Episode 7)
    Season 21 Episode 7:

    Stephen Bochco

    Stephen Bochco.

  • The South Bank Show - David Helfgott (Season 20 Episode 19)
    Season 20 Episode 19:

    David Helfgott

    David Helfgott.

  • The South Bank Show - Valery Gergiev: Catching Up With Music (Season 20 Episode 17)
    Season 20 Episode 17:

    Valery Gergiev: Catching Up With Music

    Conductor Valery Gergiev revitalizes the Kirov Opera.

  • The South Bank Show - Bryn Terfel (Season 20 Episode 7)
    Season 20 Episode 7:

    Bryn Terfel

    Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel begins his career in Wales and proceeds to stardom at Madison Square Garden.

  • The South Bank Show - Michael Collins (Season 20 Episode 6)
    Season 20 Episode 6:

    Michael Collins

    Neil Jordan directs a biography of Irish patriot Michael Collins.

  • The South Bank Show - Mailer on Picasso (Season 20 Episode 4)
    Season 20 Episode 4:

    Mailer on Picasso

    Norman Mailer discusses his book on the early life of Picasso.

  • The South Bank Show - Michael Crawford (Season 20 Episode 3)
    Season 20 Episode 3:

    Michael Crawford

    Michael Crawford returns to the Big Apple Circus, where he prepared for his role in "Barnum."

  • The South Bank Show - John Mills (Season 20 Episode 2)
    Season 20 Episode 2:

    John Mills

    Actor John Mills portrayed quintessential English heroes.

  • The South Bank Show - Jan Vermeer (Season 19 Episode 16)
    Season 19 Episode 16:

    Jan Vermeer

    Dutch painter Jan Vermeer masters the use of light.

  • The South Bank Show - Albert Finney (Season 19 Episode 13)
    Season 19 Episode 13:

    Albert Finney

    Albert Finney discusses acting.

  • The South Bank Show - Sting (Season 19 Episode 12)
    Season 19 Episode 12:


    Pop musician Sting records, celebrates a birthday and talks about his life.

  • The South Bank Show - Elaine Paige (Season 19 Episode 11)
    Season 19 Episode 11:

    Elaine Paige

    Actress Elaine Paige attained stardom in the London productions of "Evita," "Cats" and "Sunset Boulevard."

  • The South Bank Show - Wynton Marsalis (Season 19 Episode 10)
    Season 19 Episode 10:

    Wynton Marsalis

    Wynton Marsalis prepares a new work for recording.

  • The South Bank Show - Barbara Cartland (Season 19 Episode 9)
    Season 19 Episode 9:

    Barbara Cartland

    Prolific romance novelist Barbara Cartland is still at work in her 90s.

  • The South Bank Show - Judi Dench (Season 19 Episode 7)
    Season 19 Episode 7:

    Judi Dench

    Actress Judi Dench rehearses a new role and recalls her 35-year career.

  • The South Bank Show - Luciano Pavarotti (Season 19 Episode 5)
    Season 19 Episode 5:

    Luciano Pavarotti

    Luciano Pavarotti is profiled with an interview at his home and performance clips.

  • The South Bank Show - k.d. lang (Season 19 Episode 4)
    Season 19 Episode 4:

    k.d. lang

    Singer k.d. lang records the album "All You Can Eat."

  • The South Bank Show - Tom Sharpe (Season 19 Episode 3)
    Season 19 Episode 3:

    Tom Sharpe

    British comic novelist Tom Sharpe discusses his work.

  • The South Bank Show - Clint Eastwood (Season 19 Episode 1)
    Season 19 Episode 1:

    Clint Eastwood

    Clips from films illustrate an interview with Clint Eastwood.

  • The South Bank Show - Nora Ephron (Season 18 Episode 23)
    Season 18 Episode 23:

    Nora Ephron

    Novelist, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron reflects on her work.

  • The South Bank Show - Miriam Makeba (Season 18 Episode 22)
    Season 18 Episode 22:

    Miriam Makeba

    South African singer Miriam Makeba is profiled.

  • The South Bank Show - Women of Country Music (Season 18 Episode 21)
    Season 18 Episode 21:

    Women of Country Music

    Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Mary Chapin Carpenter lead a women's movement in country music.

  • The South Bank Show - Martin Amis (Season 18 Episode 20)
    Season 18 Episode 20:

    Martin Amis

    Novelist Martin Amis is profiled.

  • The South Bank Show - Edward Albee: The Playwright vs. the Theater (Season 18 Episode 18)
    Season 18 Episode 18:

    Edward Albee: The Playwright vs. the Theater

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee discusses his plays; excerpts from "Three Tall Women."

  • The South Bank Show - Roger Ballen/Catherine Bailey by David Bailey (Season 18 Episode 17)
    Season 18 Episode 17:

    Roger Ballen/Catherine Bailey by David Bailey

    Photographer Roger Ballen; David Bailey profiles his wife, Catherine.

  • The South Bank Show - Flags of the Fante Coast (Season 18 Episode 16)
    Season 18 Episode 16:

    Flags of the Fante Coast

    A 1993 exhibition of flags in Ghana caused a stir in the art world.

  • The South Bank Show - Jonathan Miller (Season 18 Episode 15)
    Season 18 Episode 15:

    Jonathan Miller

    Director Jonathan Miller prepares a production of "Cosi Fan Tutte."

  • The South Bank Show - Ken Russell's Classic Widows (Season 18 Episode 14)
    Season 18 Episode 14:

    Ken Russell's Classic Widows

    Filmmaker Ken Russell profiles the widows of composers William Walton, Bernard Stevens, Benjamin Frankel and Humphrey Searle.

  • The South Bank Show - Carl Orff (Season 18 Episode 13)
    Season 18 Episode 13:

    Carl Orff

    Carl Orff composed many works, but is remembered for "Carmina Burana."

  • The South Bank Show - Lionel Bart: The Man Behind 'Oliver!' (Season 18 Episode 12)
    Season 18 Episode 12:

    Lionel Bart: The Man Behind 'Oliver!'

    Theatrical creator Lionel Bart goes from rags to riches to rags.

  • The South Bank Show - P.J. O'Rourke (Season 18 Episode 11)
    Season 18 Episode 11:

    P.J. O'Rourke

    Cameras visit political humorist P.J. O'Rourke at his New Hampshire home.

  • The South Bank Show - The Glory of Gershwin (Season 18 Episode 10)
    Season 18 Episode 10:

    The Glory of Gershwin

    Contemporary artists interpret Gershwin's songs.

  • The South Bank Show - Thora Hird: A Tribute (Season 18 Episode 9)
    Season 18 Episode 9:

    Thora Hird: A Tribute

  • The South Bank Show - Frankenstein (Season 18 Episode 8)
    Season 18 Episode 8:


    Cinematic interpretations of Mary Shelley's novel include Kenneth Branagh's film starring Robert De Niro as the monster.

  • The South Bank Show - Alan Ayckbourn: The Plain Man's Guide to Play-Making (Season 18 Episode 7)
    Season 18 Episode 7:

    Alan Ayckbourn: The Plain Man's Guide to Play-Making

    Playwright Alan Ayckbourn conducts a seminar at Cardiff University.

  • The South Bank Show - George Shearing (Season 18 Episode 6)
    Season 18 Episode 6:

    George Shearing

    Pianist George Shearing's repertoire includes classical and jazz.

  • The South Bank Show - David Mamet (Season 18 Episode 5)
    Season 18 Episode 5:

    David Mamet

    David Mamet discusses his plays "Oleanna" and "Cryptogram," and his novel "The Village."

  • The South Bank Show - Vanessa Redgrave (Season 18 Episode 4)
    Season 18 Episode 4:

    Vanessa Redgrave

    Actress Vanessa Redgrave.

  • The South Bank Show - Marilyn Horne (Season 18 Episode 2)
    Season 18 Episode 2:

    Marilyn Horne

    A profile of Marilyn Horne includes performance highlights and a 60th-birthday tribute.

  • The South Bank Show - John Steinbeck (Season 17 Episode 26)
    Season 17 Episode 26:

    John Steinbeck

    Profile of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck.

  • The South Bank Show - Dawn French: Large Women (Season 17 Episode 23)
    Season 17 Episode 23:

    Dawn French: Large Women

    Television personality Dawn French explores the allure of large women.

  • The South Bank Show - Clive Barker (Season 17 Episode 22)
    Season 17 Episode 22:

    Clive Barker

    Melvin Bragg interviews horror novelist Clive Barker.

  • The South Bank Show - Gershwin (Season 17 Episode 20)
    Season 17 Episode 20:


    Recording Gershwin songs are Elton John, Sinead O'Connor, Carly Simon, Robert Palmer, Courtney Pine.

  • The South Bank Show - Voices of Rap (Season 17 Episode 19)
    Season 17 Episode 19:

    Voices of Rap

    Rappers and disc jockeys discuss the origins and development of rap music.

  • The South Bank Show - Jean-Claude Carriere (Season 17 Episode 17)
    Season 17 Episode 17:

    Jean-Claude Carriere

    Novelist and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere collaborates with renowned filmmakers.

  • The South Bank Show - Bheki Mseleku (Season 17 Episode 15)
    Season 17 Episode 15:

    Bheki Mseleku

    Bheki Mseleku, a jazz pianist from South Africa, records an album.

  • The South Bank Show - British Comedy Special (Season 17 Episode 11)
    Season 17 Episode 11:

    British Comedy Special

    John Lloyd explores British humor and profiles John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Lenny Henry, Rik Mayall, Ruby Wax.

  • The South Bank Show - John Williams (Season 17 Episode 10)
    Season 17 Episode 10:

    John Williams

    Classical guitarist John Williams.

  • The South Bank Show - Lynda LaPlante (Season 17 Episode 9)
    Season 17 Episode 9:

    Lynda LaPlante

    Television scriptwriter Lynda LaPlante created "Prime Suspect."

  • The South Bank Show - Tim Rice (Season 17 Episode 8)
    Season 17 Episode 8:

    Tim Rice

    Lyricist Tim Rice.

  • The South Bank Show - Sylvie Guillem (Season 17 Episode 7)
    Season 17 Episode 7:

    Sylvie Guillem

    Performances and an interview profile ballerina Sylvie Guillem.

  • The South Bank Show - John Lee Hooker (Season 17 Episode 5)
    Season 17 Episode 5:

    John Lee Hooker

    Recordings, interviews and clips profile influential blues man John Lee Hooker.

  • The South Bank Show - Ken Loach (Season 17 Episode 3)
    Season 17 Episode 3:

    Ken Loach

    British director Ken Loach focuses on working-class life.

  • The South Bank Show - Willy Russell (Season 17 Episode 2)
    Season 17 Episode 2:

    Willy Russell

    Playwright Willy Russell.

  • The South Bank Show - Sydney Pollack (Season 17 Episode 1)
    Season 17 Episode 1:

    Sydney Pollack

    Director Sydney Pollack is interviewed.

  • The South Bank Show - Henryk Gorecki (Season 16 Episode 20)
    Season 16 Episode 20:

    Henryk Gorecki

    Polish composer Henryk Gorecki has a major success with his Symphony No. 3.

  • The South Bank Show - John Banville (Season 16 Episode 19)
    Season 16 Episode 19:

    John Banville

    Novelist John Banville is interviewed.

  • The South Bank Show - Richard Price (Season 16 Episode 18)
    Season 16 Episode 18:

    Richard Price

    Novelist/screenwriter Richard Price discusses his work.

  • The South Bank Show - I, Berlioz (Season 16 Episode 17)
    Season 16 Episode 17:

    I, Berlioz

    Hector Berlioz struggles to get his mammoth opera, "Les Troyens," produced.

  • The South Bank Show - Jean Genet (Season 16 Episode 16)
    Season 16 Episode 16:

    Jean Genet

    Novelist Edmund White profiles French writer Jean Genet.

  • The South Bank Show - Dmitry and Alexander Sitkovetsky (Season 16 Episode 15)
    Season 16 Episode 15:

    Dmitry and Alexander Sitkovetsky

    Classical violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky and rocker cousin, Alexander, perform their composition "Tribe Bolero."

  • The South Bank Show - The Guggenheim Museum (Season 16 Episode 14)
    Season 16 Episode 14:

    The Guggenheim Museum

    Controversy surrounded Frank Lloyd Wright's construction of the Guggenheim Museum.

  • The South Bank Show - Annie Leibovitz (Season 16 Episode 13)
    Season 16 Episode 13:

    Annie Leibovitz

    Annie Leibovitz photographs the famous and notorious for magazines.

  • The South Bank Show - Montserrat Caballe (Season 16 Episode 12)
    Season 16 Episode 12:

    Montserrat Caballe

    Performances and interviews profile the diva Montserrat Caballe.

  • The South Bank Show - Dracula (Season 16 Episode 11)
    Season 16 Episode 11:


    Bram Stoker's vampire has gone from evil monster to romantic hero.

  • The South Bank Show - Jeff Koons (Season 16 Episode 9)
    Season 16 Episode 9:

    Jeff Koons

    A former commodities dealer's artwork is controversial.

  • The South Bank Show - The Secret Life of Arnold Bax (Season 16 Episode 8)
    Season 16 Episode 8:

    The Secret Life of Arnold Bax

    Ken Russell and Glenda Jackson star in a portrait of English composer Sir Arnold Bax. Written and directed by Russell, featuring Bax's music.

  • The South Bank Show - Robert Zemeckis (Season 16 Episode 5)
    Season 16 Episode 5:

    Robert Zemeckis

    Director Robert Zemeckis discusses his films, special effects and his relationship with Steven Spielberg.

  • The South Bank Show - Two Ballerinas at the Royal Ballet (Season 16 Episode 4)
    Season 16 Episode 4:

    Two Ballerinas at the Royal Ballet

    Viviana Durante and Darcey Bussell earn raves at the Royal Ballet.

  • The South Bank Show - Peter O'Toole (Season 16 Episode 3)
    Season 16 Episode 3:

    Peter O'Toole

    Peter O'Toole discusses his autobiography and confronts his past and fears.

  • The South Bank Show - Alice Walker (Season 16 Episode 2)
    Season 16 Episode 2:

    Alice Walker

    Alice Walker discusses her novel "Possessing the Secret of Joy."

  • The South Bank Show - Billy Connolly (Season 16 Episode 1)
    Season 16 Episode 1:

    Billy Connolly

    Scottish comedian Billy Connolly returns to his native Glasgow and discusses his work.

  • The South Bank Show - Naked Making Lunch (Season 15 Episode 23)
    Season 15 Episode 23:

    Naked Making Lunch

    David Cronenberg directs the film version of William Burroughs' "Naked Lunch."

  • The South Bank Show - Terence Davies (Season 15 Episode 22)
    Season 15 Episode 22:

    Terence Davies

    Filmmaker Terence Davies reviews his life and work.

  • The South Bank Show - Anthony Hopkins (Season 15 Episode 21)
    Season 15 Episode 21:

    Anthony Hopkins

    An interview and clips profile actor Anthony Hopkins.

  • The South Bank Show - Noel Coward (Season 15 Episode 20)
    Season 15 Episode 20:

    Noel Coward

    Interviews and excerpts profile Noel Coward.

  • The South Bank Show - Colin Thubron: Time Seen As a Road (Season 15 Episode 18)
    Season 15 Episode 18:

    Colin Thubron: Time Seen As a Road

    Writer Colin Thiburon travels in Central Asia after the collapse of Soviet power.

  • The South Bank Show - Pet Shop Boys (Season 15 Episode 18)
    Season 15 Episode 18:

    Pet Shop Boys

    Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe advance a musical partnership through catchy melodies and critical insights.

  • The South Bank Show - Cecilia Bartoli (Season 15 Episode 16)
    Season 15 Episode 16:

    Cecilia Bartoli

    Mezzo Cecilia Bartoli performs selections from Rossini, Vivaldi and Mozart.

  • The South Bank Show - Hakan Hardenberger (Season 15 Episode 15)
    Season 15 Episode 15:

    Hakan Hardenberger

    Classical trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger tours Europe, recording and performing in varied musical settings.

  • The South Bank Show - Lenny Henry Hunts the Funk (Season 15 Episode 14)
    Season 15 Episode 14:

    Lenny Henry Hunts the Funk

    Lenny Henry interviews James Brown, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton and Hammer.

  • The South Bank Show - Douglas Adams (Season 15 Episode 13)
    Season 15 Episode 13:

    Douglas Adams

    Douglas Adams' career ranges from television scripts to "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

  • The South Bank Show - Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Season 15 Episode 11)
    Season 15 Episode 11:

    Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

    Cameras follow opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa through a year of performances and interviews.

  • The South Bank Show - Jose Carreras (Season 15 Episode 10)
    Season 15 Episode 10:

    Jose Carreras

  • The South Bank Show - Dame Vera Lynn (Season 15 Episode 8)
    Season 15 Episode 8:

    Dame Vera Lynn

    Dame Vera Lynn's singing career symbolizes British resistance to Hitler during World War II.

  • The South Bank Show - John Osborne (Season 15 Episode 7)
    Season 15 Episode 7:

    John Osborne

    British playwright John Osborne prepares the sequel to "Look Back in Anger," "Dejavu."

  • The South Bank Show - Seamus Heaney (Season 15 Episode 6)
    Season 15 Episode 6:

    Seamus Heaney

    Seamus Heaney analyzes thematic changes in his poetry and reads selections.

  • The South Bank Show - Heinrich Schiff (Season 15 Episode 5)
    Season 15 Episode 5:

    Heinrich Schiff

    Cellist Heinrich Schiff is noted for his performances of the works of Bach and Shostakovich.

  • The South Bank Show - Terry Gilliam (Season 15 Episode 3)
    Season 15 Episode 3:

    Terry Gilliam

    Filmmaker/animator Terry Gilliam, with Michael Palin.

  • The South Bank Show - Private Eye (Season 15 Episode 1)
    Season 15 Episode 1:

    Private Eye

    The British satirical journal Private Eye lampoons celebrities and politicians.

  • The South Bank Show - Steve Martin: L.A. Story (Season 14 Episode 21)
    Season 14 Episode 21:

    Steve Martin: L.A. Story

    Profile of comedian Steve Martin features clips and an interview.

  • The South Bank Show - Clarence Fountain & the Five Blind Boys (Season 14 Episode 20)
    Season 14 Episode 20:

    Clarence Fountain & the Five Blind Boys

    A cappella gospel group Clarence Fountain & the Five Blind Boys performs in Brooklyn.

  • The South Bank Show - Willard White (Season 14 Episode 19)
    Season 14 Episode 19:

    Willard White

    The roles of bass Willard White include Leporello in "Don Giovanni" and Mendelssohn's "Elijah."

  • The South Bank Show - Anne-Sophie Mutter (Season 14 Episode 17)
    Season 14 Episode 17:

    Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performs compositions by Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Franck, Tartini and Beethoven.

  • The South Bank Show - Oscar Mazaroli (Season 14 Episode 16)
    Season 14 Episode 16:

    Oscar Mazaroli

    Oscar Mazaroli creates a huge body of work while photographing Scottish life.

  • The South Bank Show - August Wilson (Season 14 Episode 15)
    Season 14 Episode 15:

    August Wilson

    Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson discusses his plays.

  • The South Bank Show - Stan Laurel (Season 14 Episode 14)
    Season 14 Episode 14:

    Stan Laurel

    Family and colleagues remember Stan Laurel.

  • The South Bank Show - The Tallis Scholars (Season 14 Episode 13)
    Season 14 Episode 13:

    The Tallis Scholars

    The Tallis Scholars sing sacred Renaissance music.

  • The South Bank Show - Spitting Image (Season 14 Episode 12)
    Season 14 Episode 12:

    Spitting Image

    Puppets satirize politician and pundit alike in a weekly British TV show, "Spitting Image."

  • The South Bank Show - Cameron Mackintosh (Season 14 Episode 11)
    Season 14 Episode 11:

    Cameron Mackintosh

    Theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh's shows in London include "Cats," "Phantom of the Opera" and "Miss Saigon."

  • The South Bank Show - Alan Parker (Season 14 Episode 10)
    Season 14 Episode 10:

    Alan Parker

    Filmmaker Alan Parker discusses his work and directs "The Commitments" in Dublin.

  • The South Bank Show - John Updike (Season 14 Episode 8)
    Season 14 Episode 8:

    John Updike

    Dramatizations and an interview with John Updike illustrate his novels.

  • The South Bank Show - The Strange Affliction of Anton Bruckner (Season 14 Episode 6)
    Season 14 Episode 6:

    The Strange Affliction of Anton Bruckner

    Composer Anton Bruckner is obsessed with counting objects. Directed by Ken Russell.

  • The South Bank Show - Roy Lichtenstein (Season 14 Episode 5)
    Season 14 Episode 5:

    Roy Lichtenstein

    Noted for his pop-art images, Roy Lichtenstein comments on his life and career.

  • The South Bank Show - Salman Rushdie (Season 14 Episode 4)
    Season 14 Episode 4:

    Salman Rushdie

    An interview with Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie includes dramatized excerpts from "Haroun and the Sea of Stories."

  • The South Bank Show - Spike Lee (Season 14 Episode 3)
    Season 14 Episode 3:

    Spike Lee

    Filmmaker Spike Lee reviews his career.

  • The South Bank Show - Ackroyd's Dickens (Season 14 Episode 2)
    Season 14 Episode 2:

    Ackroyd's Dickens

    Actor John Sessions reads from Charles Dickens and is interviewed as the author by biographer Peter Ackroyd.

  • The South Bank Show - R.S. Thomas (Season 14 Episode 20, Part 2)
    Season 14 Episode 20, Part 2:

    R.S. Thomas

    Welsh poet and priest R.S. Thomas composes nationalistic and religious verse.

  • The South Bank Show - Robert Altman (Season 13 Episode 25)
    Season 13 Episode 25:

    Robert Altman

    Director Robert Altman talks about his style, working methods and his difficult relationship with the American film industry.

  • The South Bank Show - Hindemith (Season 13 Episode 24)
    Season 13 Episode 24:


    Profile of 20th-century composer Paul Hindemith uses his opera "Mathis de Maler."

  • The South Bank Show - Vivienne Westwood (Season 13 Episode 23)
    Season 13 Episode 23:

    Vivienne Westwood

    Designer Vivienne Westwood draws on history, fetishism and street culture as inspiration for her collections.

  • The South Bank Show - Carl Davis, Tempa (Season 13 Episode 22)
    Season 13 Episode 22:

    Carl Davis, Tempa

    The British theater company rehearses the play "Glory!"

  • The South Bank Show - Yuri Bashmet (Season 13 Episode 19)
    Season 13 Episode 19:

    Yuri Bashmet

    Soviet violist Yuri Bashmet collaborates with composer Alfred Schnittke and discusses social and musical issues with fellow artists.

  • The South Bank Show - Chinua Achebe (Season 13 Episode 16)
    Season 13 Episode 16:

    Chinua Achebe

    African novelist Chinua Achebe discusses his "African Literature As Celebration" lecture.

  • The South Bank Show - Hogwood on Haydn (Season 13 Episode 15)
    Season 13 Episode 15:

    Hogwood on Haydn

    Christopher Hogwood conducts three of Franz Joseph Haydn's symphonies at the Esterhazy Palace in Hungary.

  • The South Bank Show - David Lean & Robert Bolt (Season 13 Episode 14)
    Season 13 Episode 14:

    David Lean & Robert Bolt

    David Lean and collaborator Robert Bolt have a 30-year friendship and creative relationship.

  • The South Bank Show - Peter Brook (Season 13 Episode 11)
    Season 13 Episode 11:

    Peter Brook

    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.

  • The South Bank Show - Evelyn Glennie (Season 13 Episode 10)
    Season 13 Episode 10:

    Evelyn Glennie

    Scottish musician Evelyn Glennie performs in Rio de Janeiro's Carnival and with the London Symphony Orchestra.

  • The South Bank Show - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Season 13 Episode 7)
    Season 13 Episode 7:

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez discusses his involvement with Latin American cinema.

  • The South Bank Show - Steven Berkoff (Season 13 Episode 6)
    Season 13 Episode 6:

    Steven Berkoff

    Interviews with Berkoff, Roman Polanski, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Joseph Papp profile maverick playwright, actor and director Steven Berkoff.

  • The South Bank Show - Russell on Russell (Season 13 Episode 5)
    Season 13 Episode 5:

    Russell on Russell

    Filmmaker Ken Russell traces his career through film clips in an autobiographical film.

  • The South Bank Show - Thomas Keneally (Season 13 Episode 4)
    Season 13 Episode 4:

    Thomas Keneally

    Australian novelist Thomas Keneally retraces the research for "To Asmara," about the Eritrea-Ethiopia War.

  • The South Bank Show - Jimi Hendrix (Season 13 Episode 3)
    Season 13 Episode 3:

    Jimi Hendrix

    Performance clips and interviews with Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding profile Jimi Hendrix.

  • The South Bank Show - Ben Elton (Season 12 Episode 20)
    Season 12 Episode 20:

    Ben Elton

    A profile of TV comedy writer Ben Elton, nicknamed "Motor Mouth," includes clips from "Happy Families" and "Blackadder."

  • The South Bank Show - Sundance: Portrait of Redford's Film School (Season 12 Episode 18)
    Season 12 Episode 18:

    Sundance: Portrait of Redford's Film School

    Hollywood begins to collaborate with young independent filmmakers.

  • The South Bank Show - Istvan Szabo (Season 12 Episode 17)
    Season 12 Episode 17:

    Istvan Szabo

    Hungarian director Istvan Szabo discusses his beliefs, background and career. Interview with Klaus Maria Brandauer.

  • The South Bank Show - Christopher Hampton (Season 12 Episode 16)
    Season 12 Episode 16:

    Christopher Hampton

    Excerpts from his plays profile Christopher Hampton, who won an Oscar for the screen adaptation of his "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."

  • The South Bank Show - Patrick Leigh Fermor (Season 12 Episode 14)
    Season 12 Episode 14:

    Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Author Patrick Leigh Fermor describes Central Europe and relates his wartime experiences in the resistance in Crete.

  • The South Bank Show - Derek Walcott (Season 12 Episode 13)
    Season 12 Episode 13:

    Derek Walcott

    Poet Derek Walcott discusses "Omeros"; pictures of St. Lucia's islanders and landscapes illustrate readings of his work.

  • The South Bank Show - David Bailey (Season 12 Episode 12)
    Season 12 Episode 12:

    David Bailey

    David Bailey discusses his portraits, pop videos, documentaries, Greenpeace and the fur trade.

  • The South Bank Show - John Houseman (Season 12 Episode 11)
    Season 12 Episode 11:

    John Houseman

    In a 1988 interview at his Malibu home, John Houseman discusses his rise from stateless Romanian to Oscar-winner.

  • The South Bank Show - Raymond Chandler (Season 12 Episode 9)
    Season 12 Episode 9:

    Raymond Chandler

    Interviews with Robert Mitchum and biographer Frank McShane and film clips profile Raymond Chandler, creator of Philip Marlowe.

  • The South Bank Show - David Puttnam: Hollywood & After (Season 12 Episode 5)
    Season 12 Episode 5:

    David Puttnam: Hollywood & After

    British producer David Puttnam discusses his ambitions as head of Columbia Studios, his resignation and plans for the future.

  • The South Bank Show - Toulouse Lautrec (Season 12 Episode 4)
    Season 12 Episode 4:

    Toulouse Lautrec

    Film of Montmartre and clips from John Huston's film "Moulin Rouge" portray Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

  • The South Bank Show - Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood (Season 12 Episode 3)
    Season 12 Episode 3:

    Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood

    Film records the remaking of Dylan Thomas' poetic portrait of a Welsh seaside town, with Anthony Hopkins.

  • The South Bank Show - George Bernard Shaw by Holroyd (Season 12 Episode 2)
    Season 12 Episode 2:

    George Bernard Shaw by Holroyd

    Film documents Michael Holroyd's detectivelike process, research and location visits as he profiles George Bernard Shaw.

  • The South Bank Show - Doris Lessing (Season 11 Episode 24)
    Season 11 Episode 24:

    Doris Lessing

    Doris Lessing discusses her life, work and novel "The Fifth Child."

  • The South Bank Show - Paul Bowles (Season 11 Episode 23)
    Season 11 Episode 23:

    Paul Bowles

    From his home in Tangier in 1988, novelist/essayist Paul Bowles discusses his work and his life near the Sahara.

  • The South Bank Show - Ken Russell's ABC of British Music (Season 11 Episode 22)
    Season 11 Episode 22:

    Ken Russell's ABC of British Music

    Using each letter of the alphabet as a musical item, director Ken Russell critiques British music.

  • The South Bank Show - Nicaragua: Writing and Politics (Season 11 Episode 21)
    Season 11 Episode 21:

    Nicaragua: Writing and Politics

    Interviews illustrate the connection between creative writing and political power in Nicaragua.

  • The South Bank Show - Lenny Henry (Season 11 Episode 18)
    Season 11 Episode 18:

    Lenny Henry

    British comedian Lenny Henry performs at New York's Catch a Rising Star Club.

  • The South Bank Show - Jackson Pollock (Season 11 Episode 17)
    Season 11 Episode 17:

    Jackson Pollock

    Interviews with contemporaries and film clips portray American painter Jackson Pollock.

  • The South Bank Show - A History of Boogie-Woogie (Season 11 Episode 14)
    Season 11 Episode 14:

    A History of Boogie-Woogie

    A 19th-century piano style, boogie-woogie, influences contemporary music from jazz to rock.

  • The South Bank Show - Aboriginal Art (Season 11 Episode 13)
    Season 11 Episode 13:

    Aboriginal Art

    Aborigines, a painter, a carver, a novelist and a poet are profiled, as Australia celebrates 200 years of European settlement.

  • The South Bank Show - Bertolucci (Season 11 Episode 12)
    Season 11 Episode 12:


    Melvyn Bragg observes Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci filming "The Last Emperor." Interview with Peter O'Toole.

  • The South Bank Show - Eric Clapton (Season 11 Episode 10)
    Season 11 Episode 10:

    Eric Clapton

    Interviews, concert clips and sets with bassist Jack Bruce and blues artist Buddy Guy outline Eric Clapton.

  • The South Bank Show - Georg Solti (Season 11 Episode 9)
    Season 11 Episode 9:

    Georg Solti

    For his 75th birthday Georg Solti returns to his homeland to conduct the Hungarian State Symphony.

  • The South Bank Show - African-American Humor (Season 11 Episode 8)
    Season 11 Episode 8:

    African-American Humor

    American humor reveals changes in racial and social attitudes.

  • The South Bank Show - Gore Vidal (Season 11 Episode 7)
    Season 11 Episode 7:

    Gore Vidal

    Gore Vidal discusses Middle East wars, Moral Majority and the American empire's impending fall, at his home in Rome in 1987.

  • The South Bank Show - Frank Rich/Suzanne Vega (Season 11 Episode 5)
    Season 11 Episode 5:

    Frank Rich/Suzanne Vega

    Melvyn Bragg and drama critic Frank Rich discuss British shows on Broadway; Suzanne Vega performs "Luka" and "Tom's Diner."

  • The South Bank Show - Andy Warhol (Season 11 Episode 4)
    Season 11 Episode 4:

    Andy Warhol

    Interviews, film excerpts and comments by Ondine, Viva and Brigid Berlin depict Andy Warhol, known for his pop art and underground movies.

  • The South Bank Show - The Penguin Cafe Orchestra (Season 10 Episode 21)
    Season 10 Episode 21:

    The Penguin Cafe Orchestra

    Simon Jeffes conducts the Penguin Cafe Orchestra performing "Air," "Bean Fields," "Dirt," and "Giles Farnaby's Dream."

  • The South Bank Show - Dylan Thomas: Return Journey (Season 10 Episode 11)
    Season 10 Episode 11:

    Dylan Thomas: Return Journey

    Anthony Hopkins directs Bob Kingdom in a one-man show profiling poet Dylan Thomas.

  • The South Bank Show - Andrew Lloyd Webber Story (Season 10 Episode 7)
    Season 10 Episode 7:

    Andrew Lloyd Webber Story

    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.

  • The South Bank Show - Truman Capote (Season 10 Episode 5)
    Season 10 Episode 5:

    Truman Capote

    TV clips, interviews with friends and reminiscences of companion Jack Dunphy profile Truman Capote.

  • The South Bank Show - Michael Powell (Season 10 Episode 4)
    Season 10 Episode 4:

    Michael Powell

    An autobiography of British filmmaker Michael Powell includes clips from "The Red Shoes" and "Peeping Tom."

  • The South Bank Show - Roald Dahl (Season 10 Episode 3)
    Season 10 Episode 3:

    Roald Dahl

    Childrens' author Roald Dahl takes a fantasy tour of his imagination in a Spitfire.

  • The South Bank Show - The Real Al Jolson Story (Season 9 Episode 24)
    Season 9 Episode 24:

    The Real Al Jolson Story

    Archival and home-movie footage and interviews with Ruby Keeler, George Burns and Evelyn Keyes profile Al Jolson.

  • The South Bank Show - Hal Prince: Rethinking the Musical (Season 9 Episode 20)
    Season 9 Episode 20:

    Hal Prince: Rethinking the Musical

    Theatrical producer Hal Prince discusses his work and a crisis facing Broadway.

  • The South Bank Show - Ashkenazy on Rachmaninov (Season 9 Episode 11)
    Season 9 Episode 11:

    Ashkenazy on Rachmaninov

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Royal Philharmonic and Moscow Chamber Choir pay musical tribute to Sergei Rachmaninov at the composer's country estate outside Moscow.

  • The South Bank Show - Karole Armitage (Season 9 Episode 8)
    Season 9 Episode 8:

    Karole Armitage

    Choreographer Karole Armitage discusses her work.

  • The South Bank Show - Marguerite Duras (Season 9 Episode 7)
    Season 9 Episode 7:

    Marguerite Duras

    French writer Marguerite Duras discusses her life and work.

  • The South Bank Show - Alec Guinness (Season 9 Episode 1)
    Season 9 Episode 1:

    Alec Guinness

    Alec Guinness discusses his acting career.

  • The South Bank Show - The Real Cotton Club (Season 8 Episode 23)
    Season 8 Episode 23:

    The Real Cotton Club

    Clips of Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, the Nicholas Brothers and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson profile Harlem's Cotton Club.

  • The South Bank Show - Joseph Heller (Season 8 Episode 6)
    Season 8 Episode 6:

    Joseph Heller

    Melvyn Bragg interviews author Joseph Heller and his friends and travels to Heller's childhood home, Coney Island.

  • The South Bank Show - Paul McCartney (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney is profiled while making the film "Give My Regards to Broad Street."

  • The South Bank Show - McCowen as Kipling (Season 7 Episode 22)
    Season 7 Episode 22:

    McCowen as Kipling

    Actor Alec McCowen portrays Rudyard Kipling at London's Mermaid Theatre.

  • The South Bank Show - Real Sounds of Africa/Hot Chocolate, de Cocoa & the Cream Machine (Season 7 Episode 20)
    Season 7 Episode 20:

    Real Sounds of Africa/Hot Chocolate, de Cocoa & the Cream Machine

    A band from Zimbabwe discusses its music; two Pittsburgh sisters perform in Harlem.

  • The South Bank Show - Stephen Sondheim (Season 7 Episode 19)
    Season 7 Episode 19:

    Stephen Sondheim

    The theatrical composer Stephen Sondheim is profiled.

  • The South Bank Show - Ed McBain (Season 7 Episode 17)
    Season 7 Episode 17:

    Ed McBain

    Novelist Ed McBain is profiled.

  • The South Bank Show - Claudio Arrau (Season 7 Episode 12)
    Season 7 Episode 12:

    Claudio Arrau

    In 1984 81-year-old pianist Claudio Arrau discusses 19th-century composers and performs works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.

  • The South Bank Show - Barry Tuckwell (Season 7 Episode 9)
    Season 7 Episode 9:

    Barry Tuckwell

    Performing works by Schumann, Beethoven and Britten, Barry Tuckwell traces the development of the French horn.

  • The South Bank Show - David Hockney: Joiner Photographs (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    David Hockney: Joiner Photographs

    Artist David Hockney demonstrates techniques used to make Joiner montages.

  • The South Bank Show - David Hockney at the Tate (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    David Hockney at the Tate

    Artist David Hockney tours his 1988 exhibition at London's Tate Gallery.

  • The South Bank Show - Cowboy Art (Season 6 Episode 23)
    Season 6 Episode 23:

    Cowboy Art

    Romanticized images of the American frontier enjoy a resurgence.

  • The South Bank Show - Robert Lowell (Season 6 Episode 22)
    Season 6 Episode 22:

    Robert Lowell

    Interviews and readings of his works profile poet Robert Lowell.

  • The South Bank Show - Agnes DeMille (Season 6 Episode 11)
    Season 6 Episode 11:

    Agnes DeMille

    Choreographer Agnes DeMille rehearses and discusses her influences.

  • The South Bank Show - David Hare (Season 6 Episode 10)
    Season 6 Episode 10:

    David Hare

    Colleagues discuss the work of playwright David Hare.

  • The South Bank Show - Patricia Highsmith (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    Patricia Highsmith

    Crime novelist Patricia Highsmith is creator of amoral crook Tom Ripley.

  • The South Bank Show - Laurence Olivier, a Life: Part 2 (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    Laurence Olivier, a Life: Part 2

    Laurence Olivier discusses his personal life and his career from 1945 to 1982. With stage and screen clips.

  • The South Bank Show - Laurence Olivier, a Life: Part 1 (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    Laurence Olivier, a Life: Part 1

    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.

  • The South Bank Show - Dvorak in Prague With Julian Lloyd Webber (Season 5 Episode 21)
    Season 5 Episode 21:

    Dvorak in Prague With Julian Lloyd Webber

    Vaclav Neumann conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Julian Lloyd Weber playing Dvorak's Cello Concerto.

  • The South Bank Show - Saul Bellow (Season 5 Episode 17)
    Season 5 Episode 17:

    Saul Bellow

    Saul Bellow discusses his novel "The Dean's December."

  • The South Bank Show - Martin Scorsese: The Last Temptation of Christ (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Martin Scorsese: The Last Temptation of Christ

    Martin Scorcese discusses his film based on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel. Interviews with screenwriter Paul Schrader and Willem Dafoe.

  • The South Bank Show - Toni Morrison (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Toni Morrison

    Toni Morrison discusses her book, "Beloved," and creating fiction from controversial topics.

  • The South Bank Show - William Golding (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    William Golding

    British author William Golding discusses his past, future plans and novels including "Lord of the Flies" and "Fire Down Below."

  • The South Bank Show - Arthur Miller (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Arthur Miller

    Playwright Arthur Miller reviews his life and career.

  • The South Bank Show - Paganini (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:


    Virtuoso Niccolo Paganini revolutionizes violin music through wide use of harmonics and pizzicato.

  • The South Bank Show - The Real Mary Poppins (Episode 307)
    Episode 307:

    The Real Mary Poppins

  • The South Bank Show - Elgar - Fantasy on a Composer on a Bicycle (Episode 258)
    Episode 258:

    Elgar - Fantasy on a Composer on a Bicycle

  • The South Bank Show - Joanna Macgregor (Episode 242)
    Episode 242:

    Joanna Macgregor

  • The South Bank Show - Allen Ginsberg (Episode 228)
    Episode 228:

    Allen Ginsberg

    Allen Ginsberg.

  • The South Bank Show - Tony Bennett's New York (Episode 220)
    Episode 220:

    Tony Bennett's New York

    Elvis Costello, Max Roach and Wynton Marsalis join Tony Bennett in a New York performance.

  • The South Bank Show - Otto Dix (Episode 219)
    Episode 219:

    Otto Dix

    German painter Otto Dix captures the horror of World War I.

  • The South Bank Show - William Blake (Episode 213)
    Episode 213:

    William Blake

    Poet William Blake.

  • The South Bank Show - Ernest Hemingway (Episode 210)
    Episode 210:

    Ernest Hemingway

    A profile of Ernest Hemingway features clips of movies based on his stories.

  • The South Bank Show - Peter Allen: The Boy From Oz (Episode 208)
    Episode 208:

    Peter Allen: The Boy From Oz

    Interviews with show-business legends profile the life of entertainer Peter Allen.

  • The South Bank Show - Jackie Mason (Episode 207)
    Episode 207:

    Jackie Mason

    A profile of Jackie Mason compiles some of his funniest material.

  • The South Bank Show - Charles Aznavour (Episode 206)
    Episode 206:

    Charles Aznavour

    French balladeer Charles Aznavour performs.

  • The South Bank Show - In Search of Robert Johnson (Episode 193)
    Episode 193:

    In Search of Robert Johnson

    John Hammond reviews the career of legendary blues singer Robert Johnson.

  • The South Bank Show - Sanford Meisner (Episode 186)
    Episode 186:

    Sanford Meisner

    Acting teacher Sanford Meisner is profiled.

  • The South Bank Show - Woody Guthrie (Episode 171)
    Episode 171:

    Woody Guthrie

    A profile of folk singer Woody Guthrie features later musicians he influenced.

  • The South Bank Show - Oscar Peterson (Episode 156)
    Episode 156:

    Oscar Peterson

    Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and his trio perform a religious composition.

  • The South Bank Show - Henri Matisse (Episode 154)
    Episode 154:

    Henri Matisse

    Clips, paintings and excerpts of his memoirs profile painter Henri Matisse.

  • The South Bank Show - Toscanini: The Maestro (Episode 140)
    Episode 140:

    Toscanini: The Maestro

    Documentary profiles Italian-born conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957).

  • The South Bank Show - John Neumeier (Episode 114)
    Episode 114:

    John Neumeier

    Dancer and choreographer John Neumeier rehearses and performs a wide range of works set to music, classical and modern.

  • The South Bank Show - William Forsythe at Work (Episode 73)
    Episode 73:

    William Forsythe at Work

    Choreographer William Forsythe rehearses two ballets, "Impressing the Tsar" and "Behind the China Dogs."

  • The South Bank Show - Shamrock & Roll (Episode 70)
    Episode 70:

    Shamrock & Roll

    Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor, U2, Clannad and Shane MacGowan of the Pogues discuss Ireland's rock music.

  • The South Bank Show - Barry Humphries (Episode 64)
    Episode 64:

    Barry Humphries

    Comedian Barry Humphries discusses his Australian childhood, the alienation that led him to perform and his characters.

  • The South Bank Show - A History of Hamlet (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    A History of Hamlet

    Film clips, interviews with stage directors and performances show the modern appeal of Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

  • The South Bank Show - King Lear (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    King Lear

    Laurence Olivier, Paul Scofield and Michael Hordern discuss their approaches to the role of Shakespeare's "King Lear."

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