The South Bank Show

The South Bank Show

1978 - 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 - Emma Kirkby, The Unsung Heroine (Season 30 Episode 25)
    Season 30 Episode 25:

    Emma Kirkby, The Unsung Heroine

  • The South Bank Show - Ian McMillan, Bard Of Barnsley (Season 30 Episode 24)
    Season 30 Episode 24:

    Ian McMillan, Bard Of Barnsley

  • The South Bank Show - Macbeth (Season 30 Episode 23)
    Season 30 Episode 23:

    Macbeth

  • The South Bank Show - Zaha Hadid (Season 30 Episode 22)
    Season 30 Episode 22:

    Zaha Hadid

  • The South Bank Show - Marianne Faithfull: A Life In Song (Season 30 Episode 21)
    Season 30 Episode 21:

    Marianne Faithfull: A Life In Song

    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.

  • The South Bank Show - Michael Sheen on Playing It Real (Season 30 Episode 20)
    Season 30 Episode 20:

    Michael Sheen on Playing It Real

  • The South Bank Show - Jarvis Cocker: Running the World (Season 30 Episode 19)
    Season 30 Episode 19:

    Jarvis Cocker: Running the World

  • The South Bank Show - Shane Meadows (Season 30 Episode 18)
    Season 30 Episode 18:

    Shane Meadows

  • The South Bank Show - Isabel Allende (Season 30 Episode 17)
    Season 30 Episode 17:

    Isabel Allende

  • The South Bank Show - Humphrey Lyttelton (Season 30 Episode 16)
    Season 30 Episode 16:

    Humphrey Lyttelton

  • The South Bank Show - Victoria Wood (Season 30 Episode 15)
    Season 30 Episode 15:

    Victoria Wood

    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 South Bank Show - Mark Wallinger (Season 30 Episode 14)
    Season 30 Episode 14:

    Mark Wallinger

  • The South Bank Show - Damien Hirst - Addicted To Art (Season 30 Episode 13)
    Season 30 Episode 13:

    Damien Hirst - Addicted To Art

    The popular and controversial artist talks about his collections, and opens his studio in Gloucestershire to show how he works.

  • The South Bank Show - Grayson Perry (Season 30 Episode 12)
    Season 30 Episode 12:

    Grayson Perry

  • The South Bank Show - Steve Reich (Season 30 Episode 11)
    Season 30 Episode 11:

    Steve Reich

  • The South Bank Show - Nick Park and Aardman Animations (Season 30 Episode 10)
    Season 30 Episode 10:

    Nick Park and Aardman Animations

  • The South Bank Show - Peter Blake (Season 30 Episode 9)
    Season 30 Episode 9:

    Peter Blake

  • The South Bank Show - Lorenzo Da Ponte (Season 30 Episode 8)
    Season 30 Episode 8:

    Lorenzo Da Ponte

  • The South Bank Show - Sue Townsend (Season 30 Episode 7)
    Season 30 Episode 7:

    Sue Townsend

  • The South Bank Show - Spamalot (Season 30 Episode 5)
    Season 30 Episode 5:

    Spamalot

  • The South Bank Show - Irvine Welsh (Season 30 Episode 4)
    Season 30 Episode 4:

    Irvine Welsh

    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.

  • The South Bank Show - Robbie Coltrane (Season 30 Episode 3)
    Season 30 Episode 3:

    Robbie Coltrane

  • The South Bank Show - JG Ballard (Season 30 Episode 2)
    Season 30 Episode 2:

    JG Ballard

  • The South Bank Show - Bill Bryson (Season 30 Episode 1)
    Season 30 Episode 1:

    Bill Bryson

  • 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:

    Othello

  • 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 - Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (Season 27 Episode 2)
    Season 27 Episode 2:

    Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

  • The South Bank Show - Young Directors (Season 20 Episode 21)
    Season 20 Episode 21:

    Young Directors

  • The South Bank Show - Paul Auster (Season 20 Episode 20)
    Season 20 Episode 20:

    Paul Auster

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

    David Helfgott

    David Helfgott.

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

    Paganini

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

  • 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 - Gilbert and George (Season 20 Episode 16)
    Season 20 Episode 16:

    Gilbert and George

  • The South Bank Show - The US and Us (Season 20 Episode 14)
    Season 20 Episode 14:

    The US and Us

  • The South Bank Show - John Galliano (Season 20 Episode 12)
    Season 20 Episode 12:

    John Galliano

  • The South Bank Show - Maggi Hambling (Season 20 Episode 11)
    Season 20 Episode 11:

    Maggi Hambling

  • The South Bank Show - Bogart: Here's Looking at You, Kid (Season 20 Episode 10)
    Season 20 Episode 10:

    Bogart: Here's Looking at You, Kid

  • The South Bank Show - Jimmy McGovern (Season 20 Episode 9)
    Season 20 Episode 9:

    Jimmy McGovern

  • The South Bank Show - Howard Hodgkin (Season 20 Episode 8)
    Season 20 Episode 8:

    Howard Hodgkin

  • 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 - Chanson (Season 20 Episode 5)
    Season 20 Episode 5:

    Chanson

  • 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 - Alan Ayckbourn Workshop (Season 19 Episode 20)
    Season 19 Episode 20:

    Alan Ayckbourn Workshop

  • The South Bank Show - Maxine Peake; Wynton Marsalis in New Orleans (Season 19 Episode 19)
    Season 19 Episode 19:

    Maxine Peake; Wynton Marsalis in New Orleans

  • The South Bank Show - Baaba Maal (Season 19 Episode 18)
    Season 19 Episode 18:

    Baaba Maal

  • The South Bank Show - Claes Oldenburg (Season 19 Episode 17)
    Season 19 Episode 17:

    Claes Oldenburg

  • 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 - John Eliot Gardiner (Season 19 Episode 15)
    Season 19 Episode 15:

    John Eliot Gardiner

  • The South Bank Show - Marlene Dietrich (Season 19 Episode 14)
    Season 19 Episode 14:

    Marlene Dietrich

  • 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:

    Sting

    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 - Coronation Street (Season 19 Episode 8)
    Season 19 Episode 8:

    Coronation Street

  • 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 - Jimmy Nail (Season 19 Episode 6)
    Season 19 Episode 6:

    Jimmy Nail

  • 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 - Ackroyd's Blake (Season 19 Episode 2)
    Season 19 Episode 2:

    Ackroyd's Blake

  • 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 - Jodie Foster (Season 18 Episode 19)
    Season 18 Episode 19:

    Jodie Foster

  • The South Bank Show - Edward Albee (Season 18 Episode 18)
    Season 18 Episode 18:

    Edward Albee

    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:

    Frankenstein

    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 - Vanessa Redgrave (Season 18 Episode 4)
    Season 18 Episode 4:

    Vanessa Redgrave

    Actress Vanessa Redgrave.

  • The South Bank Show - New Generation Poets (Season 18 Episode 3)
    Season 18 Episode 3:

    New Generation Poets

  • 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 - Kenneth Williams (Season 18 Episode 1)
    Season 18 Episode 1:

    Kenneth Williams

  • 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 - Eric Newby (Season 17 Episode 25)
    Season 17 Episode 25:

    Eric Newby

  • The South Bank Show - Christian Boltanski (Season 17 Episode 24)
    Season 17 Episode 24:

    Christian Boltanski

  • 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 - Kiri's 50th Birthday Concert (Season 17 Episode 21)
    Season 17 Episode 21:

    Kiri's 50th Birthday Concert

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

    Gershwin

    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 - Danny Kaye: Nobody's Fool (Season 17 Episode 18)
    Season 17 Episode 18:

    Danny Kaye: Nobody's Fool

  • 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 - Darker Than Me (Season 17 Episode 16)
    Season 17 Episode 16:

    Darker Than Me

  • 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 - Woody Allen (Season 17 Episode 14)
    Season 17 Episode 14:

    Woody Allen

  • The South Bank Show - Cliff Richard (Season 17 Episode 13)
    Season 17 Episode 13:

    Cliff Richard

  • The South Bank Show - British Comedy Special (Season 17 Episode 12)
    Season 17 Episode 12:

    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 - Stevie Wonder (Season 17 Episode 6)
    Season 17 Episode 6:

    Stevie Wonder

  • 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 - Norman Wisdom (Season 16 Episode 25)
    Season 16 Episode 25:

    Norman Wisdom

  • The South Bank Show - Paul Simon (Season 16 Episode 24)
    Season 16 Episode 24:

    Paul Simon

  • The South Bank Show - Benny Goodman, the King of Swing (Season 16 Episode 23)
    Season 16 Episode 23:

    Benny Goodman, the King of Swing

  • The South Bank Show - Dame Elisabeth Frink (Season 16 Episode 22)
    Season 16 Episode 22:

    Dame Elisabeth Frink

  • The South Bank Show - Dudley Moore (Season 16 Episode 21)
    Season 16 Episode 21:

    Dudley Moore

  • 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:

    Dracula

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

  • The South Bank Show - Jimi Hendrix (Season 16 Episode 10)
    Season 16 Episode 10:

    Jimi Hendrix

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

  • 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 World of Jeff Koons (Season 16 Episode 9)
    Season 16 Episode 9:

    The World of Jeff Koons

  • 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 - Sir Richard Attenborough (Season 16 Episode 7)
    Season 16 Episode 7:

    Sir Richard Attenborough

  • The South Bank Show - George Formby (Season 16 Episode 6)
    Season 16 Episode 6:

    George Formby

  • 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 - The Making of Sgt. Pepper (Season 15 Episode 24)
    Season 15 Episode 24:

    The Making of Sgt. Pepper

  • 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 - Paula Rego (Season 15 Episode 19)
    Season 15 Episode 19:

    Paula Rego

  • 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 - Colin Thubron (Season 15 Episode 17)
    Season 15 Episode 17:

    Colin Thubron

  • The South Bank Show - Les Murray (Season 15 Episode 16)
    Season 15 Episode 16:

    Les Murray

  • 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 - Arts Review '91 (Season 15 Episode 12)
    Season 15 Episode 12:

    Arts Review '91

  • 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 - Arthur Miller (Season 15 Episode 9)
    Season 15 Episode 9:

    Arthur Miller

    Playwright Arthur Miller reviews his life and career.

  • 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 - Dame Britain (Season 15 Episode 8)
    Season 15 Episode 8:

    Dame Britain

  • 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 - Neil Simon (Season 15 Episode 4)
    Season 15 Episode 4:

    Neil Simon

  • 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 - David Lodge (Season 15 Episode 2)
    Season 15 Episode 2:

    David Lodge

  • 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 - Kiri Te Kanawa (Season 14 Episode 23)
    Season 14 Episode 23:

    Kiri Te Kanawa

  • The South Bank Show - Rudolph Nureyev (Season 14 Episode 22)
    Season 14 Episode 22:

    Rudolph Nureyev

  • 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 - Bonfire of the Vanities (Season 14 Episode 18)
    Season 14 Episode 18:

    Bonfire of the Vanities

  • 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 - East German Writers (Season 14 Episode 9)
    Season 14 Episode 9:

    East German Writers

  • 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 - Ken Russell on Anton Bruckner (Season 14 Episode 7)
    Season 14 Episode 7:

    Ken Russell on Anton Bruckner

  • 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 - George Michael (Season 14 Episode 1)
    Season 14 Episode 1:

    George Michael

  • 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:

    Hindemith

    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, Temba (Season 13 Episode 22)
    Season 13 Episode 22:

    Carl Davis, Temba

  • 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 - Mark Morris: the Hidden Soul of Harmony (Season 13 Episode 21)
    Season 13 Episode 21:

    Mark Morris: the Hidden Soul of Harmony

  • The South Bank Show - DV8 Physical Theatre (Season 13 Episode 20)
    Season 13 Episode 20:

    DV8 Physical Theatre

  • 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 - Jock Tamson's Bairns (Season 13 Episode 18)
    Season 13 Episode 18:

    Jock Tamson's Bairns

  • The South Bank Show - Hans Werner Henze (Season 13 Episode 17)
    Season 13 Episode 17:

    Hans Werner Henze

  • 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 - Boris Pasternak (Season 13 Episode 13)
    Season 13 Episode 13:

    Boris Pasternak

  • The South Bank Show - Arts Review '89 (Season 13 Episode 12)
    Season 13 Episode 12:

    Arts Review '89

  • 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 - Dame Edna Everage (Season 13 Episode 9)
    Season 13 Episode 9:

    Dame Edna Everage

  • The South Bank Show - Fitzrovia (Season 13 Episode 8)
    Season 13 Episode 8:

    Fitzrovia

  • 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 - Dustin Hoffman, Sir Peter Hall (Season 13 Episode 2)
    Season 13 Episode 2:

    Dustin Hoffman, Sir Peter Hall

  • The South Bank Show - Sir William Golding (Season 12 Episode 24)
    Season 12 Episode 24:

    Sir William Golding

  • The South Bank Show - John Ogdon (Season 12 Episode 23)
    Season 12 Episode 23:

    John Ogdon

  • The South Bank Show - Put Blood in the Music (Season 12 Episode 22)
    Season 12 Episode 22:

    Put Blood in the Music

  • The South Bank Show - John Burnett (Season 12 Episode 21)
    Season 12 Episode 21:

    John Burnett

  • 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 - Tony Palmer on the Concerto (Season 12 Episode 19)
    Season 12 Episode 19:

    Tony Palmer on the Concerto

  • The South Bank Show - Robert Redford (Season 12 Episode 18)
    Season 12 Episode 18:

    Robert Redford

  • 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 - National Training Orchestra (Season 12 Episode 15)
    Season 12 Episode 15:

    National Training Orchestra

  • 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 - Neil Jordan (Season 12 Episode 10)
    Season 12 Episode 10:

    Neil Jordan

  • 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 - Bristol WWII Bombing Raids Reenactment (Season 12 Episode 8)
    Season 12 Episode 8:

    Bristol WWII Bombing Raids Reenactment

  • The South Bank Show - Two Women in Three Dimensions (Season 12 Episode 7)
    Season 12 Episode 7:

    Two Women in Three Dimensions

  • The South Bank Show - David Hockney (Season 12 Episode 6)
    Season 12 Episode 6:

    David Hockney

  • 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 - The Art of Walt Disney (Season 12 Episode 1)
    Season 12 Episode 1:

    The Art of Walt Disney

  • The South Bank Show - Sir Peter Hall's Last National Theatre Production (Season 11 Episode 25)
    Season 11 Episode 25:

    Sir Peter Hall's Last National Theatre Production

  • 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 - A Day on The Grand Canal with the Emperor of China (Season 11 Episode 20)
    Season 11 Episode 20:

    A Day on The Grand Canal with the Emperor of China

  • The South Bank Show - Peter Dickinson (Season 11 Episode 19)
    Season 11 Episode 19:

    Peter Dickinson

  • 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 - George Barker (Season 11 Episode 16)
    Season 11 Episode 16:

    George Barker

  • The South Bank Show - The Golden Age of Television (Season 11 Episode 15)
    Season 11 Episode 15:

    The Golden Age of Television

  • 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 - Australian Aborigines (Season 11 Episode 13)
    Season 11 Episode 13:

    Australian Aborigines

  • 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:

    Bertolucci

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

  • The South Bank Show - Arts Review '87 (Season 11 Episode 11)
    Season 11 Episode 11:

    Arts Review '87

  • 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 - Sir Terence Conran (Season 11 Episode 6)
    Season 11 Episode 6:

    Sir Terence Conran

  • 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 Smiths (Season 11 Episode 3)
    Season 11 Episode 3:

    The Smiths

  • The South Bank Show - Toni Morrison (Season 11 Episode 2)
    Season 11 Episode 2:

    Toni Morrison

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

  • The South Bank Show - Maria Callas (Season 11 Episode 1)
    Season 11 Episode 1:

    Maria Callas

  • The South Bank Show - The Aida File: Aida Performance (Season 10 Episode 26)
    Season 10 Episode 26:

    The Aida File: Aida Performance

  • The South Bank Show - The Aida File: The Making of the Opera (Season 10 Episode 25)
    Season 10 Episode 25:

    The Aida File: The Making of the Opera

  • The South Bank Show - Peter York Lecture (Season 10 Episode 24)
    Season 10 Episode 24:

    Peter York Lecture

  • The South Bank Show - George V. Higgins (Season 10 Episode 23)
    Season 10 Episode 23:

    George V. Higgins

  • The South Bank Show - Turner at the Tate (Season 10 Episode 22)
    Season 10 Episode 22:

    Turner at the Tate

  • 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 - Barbara Dickson (Season 10 Episode 20)
    Season 10 Episode 20:

    Barbara Dickson

  • The South Bank Show - V.S. Naipaul (Season 10 Episode 19)
    Season 10 Episode 19:

    V.S. Naipaul

  • The South Bank Show - The London Underground in Art (Season 10 Episode 18)
    Season 10 Episode 18:

    The London Underground in Art

  • The South Bank Show - The Wooster Group (Season 10 Episode 17)
    Season 10 Episode 17:

    The Wooster Group

  • The South Bank Show - Thomas Allen (Season 10 Episode 16)
    Season 10 Episode 16:

    Thomas Allen

  • The South Bank Show - Birth of Frankenstein and Dracula (Season 10 Episode 15)
    Season 10 Episode 15:

    Birth of Frankenstein and Dracula

  • The South Bank Show - Anthony Green: RA, a Love Story (Season 10 Episode 14)
    Season 10 Episode 14:

    Anthony Green: RA, a Love Story

  • The South Bank Show - Alvin Ailey Dance Theater (Season 10 Episode 13)
    Season 10 Episode 13:

    Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

  • The South Bank Show - Philip Glass (Season 10 Episode 12)
    Season 10 Episode 12:

    Philip Glass

  • The South Bank Show - Anthony Hopkins; David Hare (Season 10 Episode 11)
    Season 10 Episode 11:

    Anthony Hopkins; David Hare

  • 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 - Arts Review '86 (Season 10 Episode 10)
    Season 10 Episode 10:

    Arts Review '86

  • The South Bank Show - The Dream is Over (Season 10 Episode 9)
    Season 10 Episode 9:

    The Dream is Over

  • The South Bank Show - Agatha Christie, How Did She Do It? (Season 10 Episode 8)
    Season 10 Episode 8:

    Agatha Christie, How Did She Do It?

  • 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 - Fay Godwin (Season 10 Episode 6)
    Season 10 Episode 6:

    Fay Godwin

  • 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 - Itzhak Perlman (Season 10 Episode 2)
    Season 10 Episode 2:

    Itzhak Perlman

  • The South Bank Show - John Mortimer (Season 10 Episode 1)
    Season 10 Episode 1:

    John Mortimer

  • 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 - Velvet Underground (Season 9 Episode 23)
    Season 9 Episode 23:

    Velvet Underground

  • The South Bank Show - Hull Truck Theatre Company (Season 9 Episode 22)
    Season 9 Episode 22:

    Hull Truck Theatre Company

  • The South Bank Show - British Soap Operas (Season 9 Episode 21)
    Season 9 Episode 21:

    British Soap Operas

  • 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 - Arthur Boyd (Season 9 Episode 19)
    Season 9 Episode 19:

    Arthur Boyd

  • The South Bank Show - Absolute Beginners (Season 9 Episode 18)
    Season 9 Episode 18:

    Absolute Beginners

  • The South Bank Show - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Season 9 Episode 17)
    Season 9 Episode 17:

    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

  • The South Bank Show - Michala Petri (Season 9 Episode 16)
    Season 9 Episode 16:

    Michala Petri

  • The South Bank Show - Blue Note Records (Season 9 Episode 15)
    Season 9 Episode 15:

    Blue Note Records

  • The South Bank Show - Patrick Heron (Season 9 Episode 14)
    Season 9 Episode 14:

    Patrick Heron

  • The South Bank Show - Purcell's Dido and Aenaes (Season 9 Episode 13)
    Season 9 Episode 13:

    Purcell's Dido and Aenaes

  • The South Bank Show - Paul Schrader (Season 9 Episode 12)
    Season 9 Episode 12:

    Paul Schrader

  • 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 - John Cleese (Season 9 Episode 10)
    Season 9 Episode 10:

    John Cleese

  • The South Bank Show - Peter Shaffer (Season 9 Episode 9)
    Season 9 Episode 9:

    Peter Shaffer

  • 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 - Sir Stephen Spender (Season 9 Episode 6)
    Season 9 Episode 6:

    Sir Stephen Spender

  • The South Bank Show - Pete Townshend: After the Fire (Season 9 Episode 5)
    Season 9 Episode 5:

    Pete Townshend: After the Fire

  • The South Bank Show - Theatre of Comedy Workshop (Season 9 Episode 4)
    Season 9 Episode 4:

    Theatre of Comedy Workshop

  • The South Bank Show - Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor (Season 9 Episode 2)
    Season 9 Episode 2:

    Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor

  • 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 - George Steiner on Vienna at the Turn of the Century (Season 8 Episode 26)
    Season 8 Episode 26:

    George Steiner on Vienna at the Turn of the Century

  • The South Bank Show - Francis Bacon (Season 8 Episode 25)
    Season 8 Episode 25:

    Francis Bacon

  • The South Bank Show - Prez (Season 8 Episode 24)
    Season 8 Episode 24:

    Prez

  • 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 - Olivier Messiaen: The Music of Faith (Season 8 Episode 22)
    Season 8 Episode 22:

    Olivier Messiaen: The Music of Faith

  • The South Bank Show - Michael Crawford; Billy Bragg (Season 8 Episode 21)
    Season 8 Episode 21:

    Michael Crawford; Billy Bragg

  • The South Bank Show - David Mamet (Season 8 Episode 20)
    Season 8 Episode 20:

    David Mamet

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

  • The South Bank Show - Silent Partners: Second Stride Dance Company (Season 8 Episode 19)
    Season 8 Episode 19:

    Silent Partners: Second Stride Dance Company

  • The South Bank Show - George Malcolm on Scarlatti (Season 8 Episode 18)
    Season 8 Episode 18:

    George Malcolm on Scarlatti

  • The South Bank Show - Little Richard (Season 8 Episode 17)
    Season 8 Episode 17:

    Little Richard

  • The South Bank Show - Simon Rattle; Finale of Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony (Season 8 Episode 16)
    Season 8 Episode 16:

    Simon Rattle; Finale of Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony

  • The South Bank Show - David Lean: a Life in Film (Season 8 Episode 15)
    Season 8 Episode 15:

    David Lean: a Life in Film

  • The South Bank Show - Marc Chagall (Season 8 Episode 14)
    Season 8 Episode 14:

    Marc Chagall

  • The South Bank Show - Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex (Season 8 Episode 13)
    Season 8 Episode 13:

    Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex

  • The South Bank Show - Electronic Music (Season 8 Episode 12)
    Season 8 Episode 12:

    Electronic Music

  • The South Bank Show - Anthony Burgess on D.H. Lawrence (Season 8 Episode 11)
    Season 8 Episode 11:

    Anthony Burgess on D.H. Lawrence

  • The South Bank Show - Alan Bleasdale (Season 8 Episode 10)
    Season 8 Episode 10:

    Alan Bleasdale

  • The South Bank Show - Malcolm McLaren (Season 8 Episode 9)
    Season 8 Episode 9:

    Malcolm McLaren

  • The South Bank Show - Max Wall (Season 8 Episode 8)
    Season 8 Episode 8:

    Max Wall

  • The South Bank Show - Mstislav Rostropovich (Season 8 Episode 7)
    Season 8 Episode 7:

    Mstislav Rostropovich

  • 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 - Norman Nicholson (Season 8 Episode 5)
    Season 8 Episode 5:

    Norman Nicholson

  • The South Bank Show - Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Season 8 Episode 4:

    Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

  • The South Bank Show - The Forming of the Phoenix (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    The Forming of the Phoenix

  • 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 - McCartney's Broad Street (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    McCartney's Broad Street

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

  • The South Bank Show - Alan Bennett (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    Alan Bennett

    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.

  • The South Bank Show - Anthony Caro (Season 7 Episode 23)
    Season 7 Episode 23:

    Anthony Caro

  • 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 - Adaptation of Ivy Compton Burnett's Elders and Betters (Season 7 Episode 21)
    Season 7 Episode 21:

    Adaptation of Ivy Compton Burnett's Elders and Betters

  • 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 - David Bintley: New Ballet at Sadler's Wells (Season 7 Episode 18)
    Season 7 Episode 18:

    David Bintley: New Ballet at Sadler's Wells

  • 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 - Michael Frayn (Season 7 Episode 16)
    Season 7 Episode 16:

    Michael Frayn

  • The South Bank Show - Sir Ernst Gombrich (Season 7 Episode 15)
    Season 7 Episode 15:

    Sir Ernst Gombrich

  • The South Bank Show - Ralph Vaughan Williams (Season 7 Episode 14)
    Season 7 Episode 14:

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

  • The South Bank Show - Kathy Acker (Season 7 Episode 13)
    Season 7 Episode 13:

    Kathy Acker

  • 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 - Weather Report (Season 7 Episode 11)
    Season 7 Episode 11:

    Weather Report

  • The South Bank Show - Trevor Griffiths (Season 7 Episode 10)
    Season 7 Episode 10:

    Trevor Griffiths

  • 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 - Ian Hamilton Finlay; Lord Gowrie (Season 7 Episode 8)
    Season 7 Episode 8:

    Ian Hamilton Finlay; Lord Gowrie

  • The South Bank Show - Alberto Moravia (Season 7 Episode 7)
    Season 7 Episode 7:

    Alberto Moravia

  • The South Bank Show - Lillian Gish; Glen Baxter (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    Lillian Gish; Glen Baxter

  • 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 - Jack Lemmon (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    Jack Lemmon

  • The South Bank Show - Peter Brook (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    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 - Yuri Lyubimov (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    Yuri Lyubimov

  • The South Bank Show - Piper's Way (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Piper's Way

  • The South Bank Show - Ken Russell's View of The Planets (Season 6 Episode 26)
    Season 6 Episode 26:

    Ken Russell's View of The Planets

  • The South Bank Show - Producing Don Giovanni (Season 6 Episode 25)
    Season 6 Episode 25:

    Producing Don Giovanni

  • The South Bank Show - Jiri Kylian (Season 6 Episode 24)
    Season 6 Episode 24:

    Jiri Kylian

  • 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 - Keith Waterhouse (Season 6 Episode 21)
    Season 6 Episode 21:

    Keith Waterhouse

  • The South Bank Show - Gene Hackman (Season 6 Episode 20)
    Season 6 Episode 20:

    Gene Hackman

  • The South Bank Show - William Trevor (Season 6 Episode 19)
    Season 6 Episode 19:

    William Trevor

  • The South Bank Show - Choirs and Places Where They Sing (Season 6 Episode 18)
    Season 6 Episode 18:

    Choirs and Places Where They Sing

  • The South Bank Show - John Le Carré (Season 6 Episode 17)
    Season 6 Episode 17:

    John Le Carré

  • The South Bank Show - Ivo Pogorelich (Season 6 Episode 16)
    Season 6 Episode 16:

    Ivo Pogorelich

  • The South Bank Show - R.K. Narayan (Season 6 Episode 15)
    Season 6 Episode 15:

    R.K. Narayan

  • The South Bank Show - Local Hero (Season 6 Episode 14)
    Season 6 Episode 14:

    Local Hero

  • The South Bank Show - Sam Fuller (Season 6 Episode 13)
    Season 6 Episode 13:

    Sam Fuller

  • The South Bank Show - Handel's Semele (Season 6 Episode 12)
    Season 6 Episode 12:

    Handel's Semele

  • 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 - Barry Flannigan; Seamus Heaney (Season 6 Episode 9)
    Season 6 Episode 9:

    Barry Flannigan; Seamus Heaney

  • The South Bank Show - Simone De Beauvoir (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:

    Simone De Beauvoir

  • The South Bank Show - Gospel at Colonus (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:

    Gospel at Colonus

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

    Steven Spielberg

  • 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 - Bruce Chatwin (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    Bruce Chatwin

  • The South Bank Show - Peter Gabriel (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Peter Gabriel

  • 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.