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Arena

All Episodes 1975 - 2022
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  • 2018-01-13T21:00:00Zs at 2018-01-13T21:00:00Z on BBC Two
  • 1975-10-01T20:00:00Z
  • 1h 30m
  • 22d 18h 45m (372 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary
Arena is a British television documentary series, made and broadcast by the BBC. Voted by leading TV executives in Broadcast as one of the top 50 most influential programmes of all time, it has run since 1 October 1975 with over five hundred episodes made, directed by the likes of Martin Scorsese, Alan Yentob, Roly Keating, Frederick Baker, Volker Schlondorff and Vikram Jayanti. Arena's subjects are a roll-call of the world's best known cultural figures from the 20th and 21st centuries, from singers Bob Dylan and Amy Winehouse to academics Edward Said and Eric Hobsbawm, from writers Jean Genet and V S Naipaul to artists Francis Bacon and Louise Bourgeois. The current series editor is Anthony Wall.

385 episodes

Series Premiere

1975-10-01T20:00:00Z

1x01 Theatre

Series Premiere

1x01 Theatre

  • 1975-10-01T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Premiere. Ronald Eyre reviews what's going on in the theatre, Kenneth Tynan talks to Laurence Olivier about Lilian Baylis and The Old Vic, and a film about David Hockney's sets for The Rake's Progress.

1975-10-08T20:00:00Z

1x02 Art and Design

1x02 Art and Design

  • 1975-10-08T20:00:00Z1h 30m

George Melly looks at how they sold the 70's and a report on the opening of the Space Studios.

1975-10-15T20:00:00Z

1x03 Theatre

1x03 Theatre

  • 1975-10-15T20:00:00Z1h 30m

An interview with Howard Barker, author of 'Stripwell', and an extract from same; commentary by Kenneth Tynan; and an investigation of 'Birds of Paradise'.

1975-10-22T20:00:00Z

1x04 Art and Design

1x04 Art and Design

  • 1975-10-22T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Cartoonist Mel Caiman on the New Yorker magazine and its artists, Richard Hamilton at the Serpentine Gallery, and a new documentary exhibition from Jarrow.

1975-10-29T21:00:00Z

1x05 Theatre

1x05 Theatre

  • 1975-10-29T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Peter Hall talks about the history and new South Band location of the National Theater, where he is artistic director.

1975-11-05T21:00:00Z

1x06 Art and Design

1x06 Art and Design

  • 1975-11-05T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Features Observer critic William Feaver on Painting the End of the World, Bill Brandt's selection of landscape photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the best of science fiction illustration.

1975-11-12T21:00:00Z

1x07 Theatre

1x07 Theatre

  • 1975-11-12T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Extract from a contemporary play and Kenneth Tynan opines.

1975-11-19T21:00:00Z

1x08 Art and Design

1x08 Art and Design

  • 1975-11-19T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Shirley Conran is the guest columnist; fashion photographer Barry Lategan is filmed working; and Victorian painter Edward Burne-Jones' London exhibition.

1975-11-26T21:00:00Z

1x09 Theatre

1x09 Theatre

  • 1975-11-26T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Deborah Norton reviews British stage events, a play extract, and Kenneth Tynan opines about the theatre.

1975-12-03T21:00:00Z

1x10 Art and Design

1x10 Art and Design

  • 1975-12-03T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Guest columnist Terry Measham; a look into the work of painter and poet Charles Tomlinson.

1975-12-10T21:00:00Z

1x11 Theatre

1x11 Theatre

  • 1975-12-10T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova rehearse for a BBC New Year Gala Performance; Kenneth Tynan draws a portrait of Albert Finney.

1975-12-17T21:00:00Z

1x12 Art and Design

1x12 Art and Design

  • 1975-12-17T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Filmmaker Roger Graef and journalist Simon Jenkins discuss the destruction of historical buildings, in light of a recent SAVE campaign report and the conclusion of the European Architectural Heritage Year.

1976-01-07T21:00:00Z

1x13 Theatre

1x13 Theatre

  • 1976-01-07T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Deborah Norton returns with reports, interviews and extracts from what is liveliest and best in the British theatrical scene.

1976-01-14T21:00:00Z

1x14 Art and Design

1x14 Art and Design

  • 1976-01-14T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1976-01-21T21:00:00Z

1x15 Theatre

1x15 Theatre

  • 1976-01-21T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Jonathan Miller introduces this week's look at what is most stimulating and enjoyable on the theatrical scene.

1976-01-28T21:00:00Z

1x16 Art and Design

1x16 Art and Design

  • 1976-01-28T21:00:00Z1h 30m

A look at American photographer Paul Strand and recent trends in British photography.

1976-02-04T21:00:00Z

1x17 Theatre

1x17 Theatre

  • 1976-02-04T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena goes to Scarborough for the British premiere of a new Alan Ayckbourn play "Just Between Ourselves".

1976-02-11T21:00:00Z

1x18 Art and Design

1x18 Art and Design

  • 1976-02-11T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena looks at aspects of community art and the work of painter Keith Grant, artist-in-residence at the New Charing Cross Hospital.

1976-02-18T21:00:00Z

1x19 Theatre

1x19 Theatre

  • 1976-02-18T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Claire Bloom and Kenneth Tynan discuss extracts from Samuel Beckett's 'Happy Days', George Bernard Shaw's 'Too True to be Good', and Tennessee Williams' 'Sweet Bird of Youth'.

1976-02-25T21:00:00Z

1x20 Art and Design

1x20 Art and Design

  • 1976-02-25T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena talks with Robert Janz and Dante Leonelli about incorporating time into sculpture.

1976-03-03T21:00:00Z

1x21 Theatre

1x21 Theatre

  • 1976-03-03T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena brings extracts from Paris' contemporary theatre season, including Frank Wedekind's 'Lulu' and Marguerite Duras' 'Days in the Tree', and an interview with Delphine Seyrig.

1976-03-10T21:00:00Z

1x22 Art and Design

1x22 Art and Design

  • 1976-03-10T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena presents the work of British and American video artists.

1976-03-17T21:00:00Z

1x23 Theatre

1x23 Theatre

  • 1976-03-17T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Barbara Jefford, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Kenneth Tynan Billie Whitelaw and many of the people behind the scenes say goodbye to the Old Vic building.

1976-03-24T20:00:00Z

1x24 Art and Design

1x24 Art and Design

  • 1976-03-24T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Liverpool poet and painter Adrian Henry visits 'The Face of Merseyside'; Boyd and Evans use photographs as the basis of their explorations of everyday life.

1x25 Theatre: Happy Birthday Royal Court

  • 1976-03-31T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Alumni of the Royal Court celebrate its 20th anniversary.

1x26 Art and Design: Art for Money's Sake?

  • 1976-04-07T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Barrie Penrose investigates a multi-national art empire and the artists and methods that created it.

Season Premiere

1976-08-25T20:00:00Z

2x01 Edinburgh International Festival 1976: Part 1

Season Premiere

2x01 Edinburgh International Festival 1976: Part 1

  • 1976-08-25T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Features Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Galina Visnevskaya in the Scottish Opera's production of Macbeth, The Kantor Theatre Company from Poland, and Fenella Fielding in a late-night revue.

Features the La Mama Theatre Company from New York; Bunraku, traditional Japanese Puppet Theatre; a recital by Frederica Von Stade; and Judith Blegen as Susanna in 'The Marriage of Figaro'.

Writer Germaine Greer and her god-daughter Ruby take a look at a child's Edinburgh Festival and some of the fringe activities, including Gruppo Teatro Libero from Rome and Quentin Crisp.

2x04 Theatre: A Dream Come True

  • 1976-09-15T20:00:00Z1h 30m

A look at the opening of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

1976-09-22T20:00:00Z

2x05 Robert Altman

2x05 Robert Altman

  • 1976-09-22T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Miller interviews the director Robert Altman on "M*A*S*H", "Nashville", "Buffalo Bill and the Indians" and more.

2x06 Art and Design: After Samuel Palmer

  • 1976-09-29T20:00:00Z1h 30m

David Gould, the expert who discovered Tom Keating's Samuel Palmer imitations, shows the process of identifying and analyzing suspected pictures.

1976-10-06T20:00:00Z

2x07 Frank Westmore

2x07 Frank Westmore

  • 1976-10-06T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Millar talks with Frank Westmore, whose family has dominated the make-up departments of American cinema for decades.

1976-10-13T20:00:00Z

2x08 Theatre

2x08 Theatre

  • 1976-10-13T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Peter Shaffer, writer of 'Equus', talks about his plays, his life and the theatre with an excerpt from the 1976 stage production of 'Equus'.

1976-10-20T20:00:00Z

2x09 Cinema: Eric Rohmer

2x09 Cinema: Eric Rohmer

  • 1976-10-20T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Millar interviews director Eric Rohmer about 'Die Marquise von O', 'Claire's Knee' and 'Love in the Afternoon'.

British illustrators Mick Brownfield and Allan Manham are documented working on their current projects; Artist Chris Orr probes the dreadful truth behind the net curtains of suburbia.

1976-11-03T21:00:00Z

2x11 Don Siegel

2x11 Don Siegel

  • 1976-11-03T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Don Siegel, director of 'The Shootist', 'Charley Varrick', 'Coogan's Bluff', 'Dirty Harry' and many other violent thrillers talks about the problems of the director who is typecast by his success in one specialized genre.

2x12 Theatre: The Cultural Common Market

  • 1976-11-10T21:00:00Z1h 30m

A look at Theatre National Populaire, one of France's leading theaters, and Patrice Chéreau's 'La Dispute' by Marivaux and Roger Planchon's 'Tartuffe', as well as scene's from Planchon's scenes from his Blues, Whites and Reds.

1976-11-17T21:00:00Z

2x13 Cinema

2x13 Cinema

  • 1976-11-17T21:00:00Z1h 30m

In light of the low proportion of British films in the 20th London Film Festival, Gavin Millar looks at what's wrong with the British film industry and distribution system.

Sculpture for the Blind - a special Tate Gallery exhibition; Linda Benedict-Jones, photographer; James Boswell - a revival of his war pictures.

1976-12-01T21:00:00Z

2x15 Cinema

2x15 Cinema

  • 1976-12-01T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena speaks with Spanish directors at the Madrid premiere of 'The Long Vacation of 36'.

2x16 Theatre: Brecht in Newcastle

  • 1976-12-08T21:00:00Z1h 30m

20th anniversary tribute to Bertolt Brecht at Newcastle's University Theatre with scenes from 'The Good Woman of Setzuan' and prose, poetry and music.

1976-12-15T21:00:00Z

2x17 Cinema: Christmas Special

2x17 Cinema: Christmas Special

  • 1976-12-15T21:00:00Z1h 30m

A look at the Disney exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum; an interview with 'The Ritz' director Dick Lester and actress Rita Moreno; an excerpt from Buster Keaton's 'Spite Marriage'; and the results of the Titles Competition.

1977-01-05T21:00:00Z

2x18 Cinema

2x18 Cinema

  • 1977-01-05T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Millar talks to Mel Brooks just before the London release of 'Silent Movie'.

An introduction to the magical world of wood-sculptor Sam Smith, plus a look at one of this month's major exhibitions.

1977-01-19T21:00:00Z

2x20 Cinema

2x20 Cinema

  • 1977-01-19T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Miller talks to director Martin Ritt, writer Walter Bernstein, and actors Woody Allen and Zero Mostel about 'The Front'

2x21 Theatre: Spokesong/At Home with Mole

  • 1977-01-26T21:00:00Z1h 30m

An interview with Stewart Parker about his new musical 'Spokesong' with excerpt; a profile of 81 year old actor Richard Goolden with scenes from 'Toad of Toad Hall' and Tom Stoppard's 'Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land'.

1977-02-02T21:00:00Z

2x22 Cinema

2x22 Cinema

  • 1977-02-02T21:00:00Z1h 30m

2x23 Art and Design: Ralph Steadman

  • 1977-02-09T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Ralph Steadman illustrates a children's anti-war story, caricatures at his local pub, and speaks about his drawing techniques and his work, including Alice, and impressions of the Patty Hearst trial and the Watergate hearings.

1977-02-16T21:00:00Z

2x24 Cinema

2x24 Cinema

  • 1977-02-16T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Miller discusses 'Network' with director Sidney Lumet and Robert Kee; Alberto Cavalcanti talks about his film career on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Peter Stein, director of Die Schaubuhne theatre co-operative, comes to London with his Shakespeare Project. Includes extracts from 'Summerfolk' and 'Shakespeare's Memory'.

1977-03-02T21:00:00Z

2x26 Cinema

2x26 Cinema

  • 1977-03-02T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Millar talks to New Yorker critic Pauline Kael about Costa-Gavras' 'Z' and 'Section Speciale', along with her passion for the movies and how she wields her power.

Arena investigates holograms and their potential in the arts; artist Kit Williams' vivid folklore paintings.

1977-03-16T21:00:00Z

2x28 Cinema

2x28 Cinema

  • 1977-03-16T21:00:00Z1h 30m

On the occasion of the release of the third film version of 'A Star is Born', James Mason talks about the curious business of stardom and how it has changed.

1977-03-23T20:00:00Z

2x29 Theatre: A Night Out

2x29 Theatre: A Night Out

  • 1977-03-23T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena visits three theatres - the Mercury Theater in Colchester, the Humberside Theatre in Hull, and the Duke's Playhouse in Lancaster - to find out what they are doing, how they are doing it and why they think they should go on doing it.

1977-03-30T20:00:00Z

2x30 Cinema

2x30 Cinema

  • 1977-03-30T20:00:00Z1h 30m

A look at Ealing Studios, including excerpts of many of their popular films.

Portrait painter Philip Sutton; Helmut Weissenborn, a German WWI soldier who illustrated with wood engravings the war diary of Edward Thomas, an English poet who died in WWI; and Gothic art in Cologne.

1977-04-13T20:00:00Z

2x32 Cinema

2x32 Cinema

  • 1977-04-13T20:00:00Z1h 30m

In a special edition from Rome, Gavin Millar interviews Bernardo Bertolucci, director of 'Last Tango in Paris' and '1900', and Gore Vidal on Hollywood and 'Cinecitta'.

2x33 Theatre: The Prospect Before Us

  • 1977-04-20T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Prospect Theatre Company reopens the Old Vic. Includes rehearsal footage from 'St Joan', 'Hamlet', 'Antony and Cleopatra', and 'War Music', a new musical adaptation of 'The Iliad' by Christopher Logue.

1977-04-27T20:00:00Z

2x34 Cinema

2x34 Cinema

  • 1977-04-27T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Millar talks to director Bernardo Berolucci in Rome about '1900', his new five and a half hour film, as well as his earlier work.

The artist Ian Breakwall gave up painting for the art of a daily diary; Jim Dine explains why he returned from pop art to drawing the human figure.

1977-05-11T20:00:00Z

2x36 Cinema

2x36 Cinema

  • 1977-05-11T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena looks at erotic films, including 'Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus', 'Hardcore', and 'Come Play With Me'.

1977-05-25T20:00:00Z

2x37 Cinema

2x37 Cinema

  • 1977-05-25T20:00:00Z1h 30m

An interview with Sophia Loren on the occasion of the opening of 'The Cassandra Crossing'.

1977-06-08T20:00:00Z

2x38 Cinema

2x38 Cinema

  • 1977-06-08T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Mr Universe, the Crazy Horse Girls de Paris, Yum Yum Shaw, superstars with police escorts, topless bathing beauties-the Cannes Film Festival still sometimes seems more like a circus than a trade fair. But for all that, film people find it an indispensable fortnight in their calendar. More buying, selling and setting up of movies takes place in the jostling corridors of the Carlton Hotel in the last two weeks of May than anywhere else the rest of the year. A report on the business and the ballyhoo.

2x39 Theatre: Playwrights of the 70's

  • 1977-06-15T20:00:00Z1h 30m

In the last ten years an astonishing number of new writers have emerged. Plays by Barrie Keeffe, John McGrath, David Hare, Howard Barker, Howard Brenton, Trevor Griffiths and Stephen Poli akoff have been performed at the Royal Court, the Aldwych, in the West End and at the National Theatre. The plays they write are about violence, sex and politics. How accurate and useful is their portrayal of society? What is the reason for their success? What are their own roots, influences and attitudes? In an extended Arena, writer and critic Albert Hunt assesses this renaissance of British playwrights, which has given the theatre of the 70s a distinctive voice. Including interviews with, and extracts of plays by: Howard Bren ton, Trevor Griffiths, David Hare, Barrie Keeffe and John McGrath.

Season Premiere

1977-09-07T20:00:00Z

3x01 Edinburgh Festival

Season Premiere

3x01 Edinburgh Festival

  • 1977-09-07T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Features the 1977 Edinburgh International Festival with a new production of Carmen, the experimental shows, Film Festival, Television Festival, and art galleries.

1977-09-14T20:00:00Z

3x02 Cinema

3x02 Cinema

  • 1977-09-14T20:00:00Z1h 30m

with Gavin Millar returns for a new season after a visit to Hollywood, which despite rumours of slump and panic is still the unquestioned capital of the cinema world. We talked to one of its ruling princes, John Franken heimer, director of The Manchurian Candidate and Grand Prix, about his career in the Dream Factory, and especially his latest suspense thriller Black Sunday.

1977-09-21T20:00:00Z

3x03 Cinema

3x03 Cinema

  • 1977-09-21T20:00:00Z1h 30m

1977-09-28T20:00:00Z

3x04 Art and Design

3x04 Art and Design

  • 1977-09-28T20:00:00Z1h 30m

1977-10-05T20:00:00Z

3x05 Cinema

3x05 Cinema

  • 1977-10-05T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen talk about the filming of 'Annie Hall' and their long friendship.

1977-10-12T20:00:00Z

3x06 Theatre

3x06 Theatre

  • 1977-10-12T20:00:00Z1h 30m

1977-10-19T20:00:00Z

3x07 Cinema: Greece

3x07 Cinema: Greece

  • 1977-10-19T20:00:00Z1h 30m

3x08 Art and Design: Richard Seifert

  • 1977-10-26T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1977-11-02T21:00:00Z

3x09 Cinema

3x09 Cinema

  • 1977-11-02T21:00:00Z1h 30m

3x10 Theatre: Hands Off the Classics

  • 1977-11-09T21:00:00Z1h 30m

In the 17th century Troilus and Cressida was censored and in the 18th century Tate gave King Lear a happy ending. The programme debates the line between interpretation and vandalism.

3x11 Cinema: 21st London Film Festival

  • 1977-11-16T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1977-12-07T21:00:00Z

3x14 Theatre: Leonard Rossiter

3x14 Theatre: Leonard Rossiter

  • 1977-12-07T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1977-12-14T21:00:00Z

3x15 Cinema: The Deep

3x15 Cinema: The Deep

  • 1977-12-14T21:00:00Z1h 30m

3x16 Cinema: The Force is with us?

  • 1978-01-11T21:00:00Z1h 30m

George Melly explores his lifelong relationship with surrealism in all its forms and prominent personalities; Henry Moore discusses Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings.

1978-02-08T21:00:00Z

3x20 Cinema: Joseph Conrad

3x20 Cinema: Joseph Conrad

  • 1978-02-08T21:00:00Z1h 30m

3x21 Art and Design: Carrington

  • 1978-02-15T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1978-02-22T21:00:00Z

3x22 Cinema: Claude Renoir

3x22 Cinema: Claude Renoir

  • 1978-02-22T21:00:00Z1h 30m

3x25 Art and Design: Carl Andre

  • 1978-03-15T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1978-03-22T20:00:00Z

3x26 Cinema: Dancing Years

3x26 Cinema: Dancing Years

  • 1978-03-22T20:00:00Z1h 30m

1978-03-29T20:00:00Z

3x27 Theatre: Taking Our Time

3x27 Theatre: Taking Our Time

  • 1978-03-29T20:00:00Z1h 30m

3x28 Art and Design: Way Out West

  • 1978-04-05T20:00:00Z1h 30m

3x29 Theatre: Children of the Gods

  • 1978-04-12T20:00:00Z1h 30m

3x30 Television: When Is A Play Not A Play?

  • 1978-04-17T20:00:00Z1h 30m

A tribute to the British filmmaker Alan Clarke (1935-1990).

3x31 Art and Design: George Melly

  • 1978-05-03T20:00:00Z1h 30m

1978-05-10T20:00:00Z

3x32 Theatre: Arnold Wesker

3x32 Theatre: Arnold Wesker

  • 1978-05-10T20:00:00Z1h 30m

1978-05-24T20:00:00Z

3x33 Rock: Tubes on Tour

3x33 Rock: Tubes on Tour

  • 1978-05-24T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena explores the rise of the legendary crooner Frank Sinatra from his early family background to overwhelming showbusiness success. Interviews with friends, family and associates reveal a star-studded career in music and film.

2000-06-02T20:00:00Z

25x03 Wisconsin Death Trip

25x03 Wisconsin Death Trip

  • 2000-06-02T20:00:00Z1h 30m

2012-12-22T21:00:00Z

38x09 Screen Goddesses

38x09 Screen Goddesses

  • 2012-12-22T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Documentary about the early female movie stars: Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe - immortal goddesses made by Hollywood to reign over the silver screen.

45x06 Bergman: A Year in the Life

  • 2019-09-29T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Documentary that exposes a darker, less well-known side of film director Ingmar Bergman, focusing on the landmark year of 1957, which saw Bergman direct two films and four plays.

Season Premiere

1976-01-07T21:00:00Z

1976x01 Theatre (7)

Season Premiere

1976x01 Theatre (7)

  • 1976-01-07T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Deborah Norton returns with reports, interviews and extracts from what is liveliest and best in the British theatrical scene.

1976-01-14T21:00:00Z

1976x02 Art and Design (7)

1976x02 Art and Design (7)

  • 1976-01-14T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1976-01-21T21:00:00Z

1976x03 Theatre (8)

1976x03 Theatre (8)

  • 1976-01-21T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Jonathan Miller introduces this week's look at what is most stimulating and enjoyable on the theatrical scene.

1976-01-28T21:00:00Z

1976x04 Art and Design (8)

1976x04 Art and Design (8)

  • 1976-01-28T21:00:00Z1h 30m

A look at American photographer Paul Strand and recent trends in British photography.

1976-02-04T21:00:00Z

1976x05 Theatre (9)

1976x05 Theatre (9)

  • 1976-02-04T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena goes to Scarborough for the British premiere of a new Alan Ayckbourn play "Just Between Ourselves".

1976-02-11T21:00:00Z

1976x06 Art and Design (9)

1976x06 Art and Design (9)

  • 1976-02-11T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena looks at aspects of community art and the work of painter Keith Grant, artist-in-residence at the New Charing Cross Hospital.

1976-02-18T21:00:00Z

1976x07 Theatre (10)

1976x07 Theatre (10)

  • 1976-02-18T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Claire Bloom and Kenneth Tynan discuss extracts from Samuel Beckett's 'Happy Days', George Bernard Shaw's 'Too True to be Good', and Tennessee Williams' 'Sweet Bird of Youth'.

1976-02-25T21:00:00Z

1976x08 Art and Design (10)

1976x08 Art and Design (10)

  • 1976-02-25T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena talks with Robert Janz and Dante Leonelli about incorporating time into sculpture.

1976-03-03T21:00:00Z

1976x09 Theatre (11)

1976x09 Theatre (11)

  • 1976-03-03T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena brings extracts from Paris' contemporary theatre season, including Frank Wedekind's 'Lulu' and Marguerite Duras' 'Days in the Tree', and an interview with Delphine Seyrig.

1976-03-10T21:00:00Z

1976x10 Art and Design (11)

1976x10 Art and Design (11)

  • 1976-03-10T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Art and Design

1976-03-17T21:00:00Z

1976x11 Theatre (12)

1976x11 Theatre (12)

  • 1976-03-17T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Barbara Jefford, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Kenneth Tynan Billie Whitelaw and many of the people behind the scenes say goodbye to the Old Vic building.

1976-03-24T20:00:00Z

1976x12 Art and Design (12)

1976x12 Art and Design (12)

  • 1976-03-24T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Liverpool poet and painter Adrian Henry visits 'The Face of Merseyside'; Boyd and Evans use photographs as the basis of their explorations of everyday life.

Alumni of the Royal Court celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Barrie Penrose investigates a multi-national art empire and the artists and methods that created it.

Features Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Galina Visnevskaya in the Scottish Opera's production of Macbeth, The Kantor Theatre Company from Poland, and Fenella Fielding in a late-night revue.

Features the La Mama Theatre Company from New York; Bunraku, traditional Japanese Puppet Theatre; a recital by Frederica Von Stade; and Judith Blegen as Susanna in 'The Marriage of Figaro'.

Writer Germaine Greer and her god-daughter Ruby take a look at a child's Edinburgh Festival and some of the fringe activities, including Gruppo Teatro Libero from Rome and Quentin Crisp.

1976x18 Theatre: A Dream Come True

  • 1976-09-15T20:00:00Z1h 30m

A look at the opening of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

1976-09-22T20:00:00Z

1976x19 Cinema (1)

1976x19 Cinema (1)

  • 1976-09-22T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Miller interviews the director Robert Altman on "M*A*S*H", "Nashville", "Buffalo Bill and the Indians" and more.

David Gould, the expert who discovered Tom Keating's Samuel Palmer imitations, shows the process of identifying and analyzing suspected pictures.

1976-10-06T20:00:00Z

1976x21 Cinema (2)

1976x21 Cinema (2)

  • 1976-10-06T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Millar talks with Frank Westmore, whose family has dominated the make-up departments of American cinema for decades.

1976-10-13T20:00:00Z

1976x22 Theatre (15)

1976x22 Theatre (15)

  • 1976-10-13T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Peter Shaffer, writer of 'Equus', talks about his plays, his life and the theatre with an excerpt from the 1976 stage production of 'Equus'.

1976-10-20T20:00:00Z

1976x23 Cinema: Eric Rohmer

1976x23 Cinema: Eric Rohmer

  • 1976-10-20T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Millar interviews director Eric Rohmer about 'Die Marquise von O', 'Claire's Knee' and 'Love in the Afternoon'.

British illustrators Mick Brownfield and Allan Manham are documented working on their current projects; Artist Chris Orr probes the dreadful truth behind the net curtains of suburbia.

1976-11-03T21:00:00Z

1976x25 Cinema: Don Siegel

1976x25 Cinema: Don Siegel

  • 1976-11-03T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Don Siegel, director of 'The Shootist', 'Charley Varrick', 'Coogan's Bluff', 'Dirty Harry' and many other violent thrillers talks about the problems of the director who is typecast by his success in one specialized genre.

A look at Theatre National Populaire, one of France's leading theaters, and Patrice Chéreau's 'La Dispute' by Marivaux and Roger Planchon's 'Tartuffe', as well as scene's from Planchon's scenes from his Blues, Whites and Reds.

1976-11-17T21:00:00Z

1976x27 Cinema: British Films

1976x27 Cinema: British Films

  • 1976-11-17T21:00:00Z1h 30m

In light of the low proportion of British films in the 20th London Film Festival, Gavin Millar looks at what's wrong with the British film industry and distribution system.

Sculpture for the Blind - a special Tate Gallery exhibition; Linda Benedict-Jones, photographer; James Boswell - a revival of his war pictures.

Arena speaks with Spanish directors at the Madrid premiere of 'The Long Vacation of 36'.

1976x30 Theatre: Brecht in Newcastle

  • 1976-12-08T21:00:00Z1h 30m

20th anniversary tribute to Bertolt Brecht at Newcastle's University Theatre with scenes from 'The Good Woman of Setzuan' and prose, poetry and music.

1976x31 Cinema: Christmas Special

  • 1976-12-15T21:00:00Z1h 30m

A look at the Disney exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum; an interview with 'The Ritz' director Dick Lester and actress Rita Moreno; an excerpt from Buster Keaton's 'Spite Marriage'; and the results of the Titles Competition.

Season Premiere

1977-01-05T21:00:00Z

1977x01 Cinema: Mel Brooks

Season Premiere

1977x01 Cinema: Mel Brooks

  • 1977-01-05T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Millar talks to Mel Brooks just before the London release of 'Silent Movie'.

An introduction to the magical world of wood-sculptor Sam Smith, plus a look at one of this month's major exhibitions.

1977-01-19T21:00:00Z

1977x03 Cinema: 'The Front'

1977x03 Cinema: 'The Front'

  • 1977-01-19T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Miller talks to director Martin Ritt, writer Walter Bernstein, and actors Woody Allen and Zero Mostel about 'The Front'

An interview with Stewart Parker about his new musical 'Spokesong' with excerpt; a profile of 81 year old actor Richard Goolden with scenes from 'Toad of Toad Hall' and Tom Stoppard's 'Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land'.

1977-02-02T21:00:00Z

1977x05 Cinema: News

1977x05 Cinema: News

  • 1977-02-02T21:00:00Z1h 30m

A fortnightly look at the big screen at home and abroad. News, views and interviews presented by Gavin Millar.

1977x06 Art and Design: Ralph Steadman

  • 1977-02-09T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Ralph Steadman illustrates a children's anti-war story, caricatures at his local pub, and speaks about his drawing techniques and his work, including Alice, and impressions of the Patty Hearst trial and the Watergate hearings.

1977-02-16T21:00:00Z

1977x07 Cinema: 'Network'

1977x07 Cinema: 'Network'

  • 1977-02-16T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Miller discusses 'Network' with director Sidney Lumet and Robert Kee; Alberto Cavalcanti talks about his film career on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Peter Stein, director of Die Schaubuhne theatre co-operative, comes to London with his Shakespeare Project. Includes extracts from 'Summerfolk' and 'Shakespeare's Memory'.

1977-03-02T21:00:00Z

1977x09 Cinema: 'Z'

1977x09 Cinema: 'Z'

  • 1977-03-02T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Millar talks to New Yorker critic Pauline Kael about Costa-Gavras' 'Z' and 'Section Speciale', along with her passion for the movies and how she wields her power.

Arena investigates holograms and their potential in the arts; artist Kit Williams' vivid folklore paintings.

1977x11 Cinema: 'A Star is Born'

  • 1977-03-16T21:00:00Z1h 30m

On the occasion of the release of the third film version of 'A Star is Born', James Mason talks about the curious business of stardom and how it has changed.

1977-03-23T20:00:00Z

1977x12 Theatre: A Night Out

1977x12 Theatre: A Night Out

  • 1977-03-23T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena visits three theatres - the Mercury Theater in Colchester, the Humberside Theatre in Hull, and the Duke's Playhouse in Lancaster - to find out what they are doing, how they are doing it and why they think they should go on doing it.

1977-03-30T20:00:00Z

1977x13 Cinema: Ealing Studios

1977x13 Cinema: Ealing Studios

  • 1977-03-30T20:00:00Z1h 30m

A look at Ealing Studios, including excerpts of many of their popular films.

Portrait painter Philip Sutton; Helmut Weissenborn, a German WWI soldier who illustrated with wood engravings the war diary of Edward Thomas, an English poet who died in WWI; and Gothic art in Cologne.

1977x15 Cinema: Bernardo Bertolucci

  • 1977-04-13T20:00:00Z1h 30m

In a special edition from Rome, Gavin Millar interviews Bernardo Bertolucci, director of 'Last Tango in Paris' and '1900', and Gore Vidal on Hollywood and 'Cinecitta'.

Prospect Theatre Company reopens the Old Vic. Includes rehearsal footage from 'St Joan', 'Hamlet', 'Antony and Cleopatra', and 'War Music', a new musical adaptation of 'The Iliad' by Christopher Logue.

Gavin Millar talks to director Bernardo Berolucci in Rome about '1900', his new five and a half hour film, as well as his earlier work.

The artist Ian Breakwall gave up painting for the art of a daily diary; Jim Dine explains why he returned from pop art to drawing the human figure.

1977-05-11T20:00:00Z

1977x19 Cinema: Erotic Films

1977x19 Cinema: Erotic Films

  • 1977-05-11T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Arena looks at erotic films, including 'Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus', 'Hardcore', and 'Come Play With Me'.

1977-05-25T20:00:00Z

1977x20 Cinema: Sophia Loren

1977x20 Cinema: Sophia Loren

  • 1977-05-25T20:00:00Z1h 30m

An interview with Sophia Loren on the occasion of the opening of 'The Cassandra Crossing'.

1977-09-07T20:00:00Z

1977x21 Edinburgh Festival

1977x21 Edinburgh Festival

  • 1977-09-07T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Features the 1977 Edinburgh International Festival with a new production of Carmen, the experimental shows, Film Festival, Television Festival, and art galleries.

1977x22 Cinema: John Frankenheimer

  • 1977-09-14T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Gavin Millar returns for a new season after a visit to Hollywood, which despite rumours of slump and panic is still the unquestioned capital of the cinema world. We talked to one of its ruling princes, John Frankenheimer, director of The Manchurian Candidate and Grand Prix, about his career in the Dream Factory, and especially his latest suspense thriller Black Sunday.

1977x23 Cinema: New York, New York

  • 1977-09-21T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Martin Scorsese 's film New York, New York starring Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli is his most ambitious film to date. Not just a nostalgic homage to the Hollywood musical but a personal work that means as much to him, says Scorsese as Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. Gavin Millar talks to Scorsese in San Francisco and the programme includes rare interviews with Robert De Nira , Liza Minnelli and Jodie Foster.

William Feaver introduces the latest work of this unique and controversial artist, known since the 60s as our foremost concrete poet. We visit Finláy's remote home in Scotland, where he has constructed his garden as a poem, a submarine noses its way through the bushes, an aircraft-carrier functions as a bird bath, and the sign on his front lawn tells us to beware of mines - Achtung Minen ! Plus Cleveland Brown a truly original naive painter from North London whose subjects include the Spaghetti House Siege and the Queen's Jubilee.

1977-10-05T20:00:00Z

1977x25 Cinema: 'Annie Hall'

1977x25 Cinema: 'Annie Hall'

  • 1977-10-05T20:00:00Z1h 30m

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen talk about the filming of 'Annie Hall' and their long friendship.

Second only to North Sea oil, the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre is Scotland's most staggering and unlikely success story. Despite its location on a devastated patch of Gorbals' ground, it attracts a large and dedicated audience for its bold and often spectacular productions. A look at the company, its policy, its audience and its plays.

1977-10-19T20:00:00Z

1977x27 Cinema: Greece

1977x27 Cinema: Greece

  • 1977-10-19T20:00:00Z1h 30m

The Colonels have gone - and Greek cinema is emerging again. Gavin Millar talks to Melina Mercouri in Athens where she is finishing her first film since her return from exile.

This month features Richard Seifert , who created much of the new sky-line of London. His high-rise blocks - most notably Centre Point - have been the cause of controversy and scandal, while the architect himself has remained an elusive and enigmatic figure. Now he talks to Arena about his career, his personal reason for city planning, and his present attitude to high-rise building. Plus Cleveland Brown : the work of a truly original North London ' naive ' painter - postponed from last month. And another discovery: an exhibition of dazzling patchwork pictures made by the wives of political prisoners in Chile.

1977-11-02T21:00:00Z

1977x29 Cinema

1977x29 Cinema

  • 1977-11-02T21:00:00Z1h 30m

A fortnightly look at the big screen at home and abroad: news, views and interviews presented by Gavin Millar

Messing around with the classics has a long and honoured history. In the 17th century Troilus and Cressida was produced with all the dirty bits cut out. In the 18th, King Lear had a happy ending. In the 19th, vast chunks were sliced off the classics to make way for ballet and vaudeville. In our own century we take a scalpel to the classic rather than a hatchet. Nevertheless a fascinating and vitriolic debate is now raging over the border line between interpretation and vandalism.

Introduced by Gavin Millar This week sees the opening of the 21st London Film Festival -the festival of festivals - with new films from 24 countries. Bertolucci, Angelopoulos, Herzog, James Ivory , Marguerite Duras and most of the brightest names in cinema will be here to see their films screened. Arena: Cinema reports on this year's highlights.

The Family: Michael Bennett introduces Uncle Cyril and other members of his own family whom he has immortalised in an exhibition of photographs. Wrapping up the Reichstag: The artist Christo has parcelled up buildings, coastlines, and human beings, hung an orange curtain across a Colorado gulf and created a two-million-dollar nylon fence along 25 miles of American farm-land. Last week CHRISTO was in London, and he explained to Arena his latest project- wrapping up the Reichstag in Berlin. The Wireless Show

This year's London Film Festival -the 21st - has been one of the biggest ever with a wider spread of films - in scale, nationality, genre and politics - than ever before. But one of the constant themes in pictures big and small has been the political struggle of Left and Right: fascism still seems everybody's favourite subject. Featuring Bertolucci's 1900, and films by Larissa Shepitko , Syberberg, Tanner and Gutierrez.

1977x34 Theatre: Leonard Rossiter

  • 1977-12-07T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Leonard Rossiter is currently tackling his most demanding role as The Immortal Haydon. Alone on stage for two hours, he portrays the mad 18th-century painter Benjamin Haydon , whose life of wild fantasy and ambition ended in suicide. Nola Rae is a mime artist, clown, and one of the funniest women on the stage. She re-creates for Arena some of her bizarre and poignant characters, and Michael Dean makes a valiant attempt to interview her.

1977-12-14T21:00:00Z

1977x35 Cinema: The Deep

1977x35 Cinema: The Deep

  • 1977-12-14T21:00:00Z1h 30m

The Deep opens in London this week. Written by the man who wrote Jaws, Peter Benchley , it's been the biggest grosser in the USA this year-after Star Wars, of course. Although it features an underwater Jacqueline Bisset menaced by a moray eel, it has nothing to do with Jaws, swears its British director PETER YATES. Yates has been one of our more successful exports since Steve McQueen asked him over to direct Bullitt.

Season Premiere

1978-10-11T20:00:00Z

1978x01 Cinema: Francois Truffaut

Season Premiere

1978x01 Cinema: Francois Truffaut

  • 1978-10-11T20:00:00Z1h 30m

1978x02 Cinema: Vanessa Redgrave

  • 1978-10-18T20:00:00Z35m

1978x05 Cinema: A report from Bombay

  • 1978-12-06T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1978-12-20T21:00:00Z

1978x06 Cinema: Robert Altman

1978x06 Cinema: Robert Altman

  • 1978-12-20T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1979-01-08T21:00:00Z

1978x07 The Museum of Drawers

1978x07 The Museum of Drawers

  • 1979-01-08T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1979-01-15T21:00:00Z

1978x08 On Photography

1978x08 On Photography

  • 1979-01-15T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1979-01-15T21:00:00Z

1978x09 Cinema

1978x09 Cinema

  • 1979-01-15T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1979-01-20T21:00:00Z

1978x10 Who Is Poly Styrene?

1978x10 Who Is Poly Styrene?

  • 1979-01-20T21:00:00Z1h 30m

Season Finale

1979-02-05T21:00:00Z

1978x13 Maler's Requiem

Season Finale

1978x13 Maler's Requiem

  • 1979-02-05T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1979-02-12T21:00:00Z

1978x14 Cinema: Piaf

1978x14 Cinema: Piaf

  • 1979-02-12T21:00:00Z1h 30m

1979-02-14T21:00:00Z

1978x15 Cinema: John Barry

1978x15 Cinema: John Barry

  • 1979-02-14T21:00:00Z1h 30m