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Season 1996 1996

  • 1996-01-07T16:00:00-08:00 on BBC One
  • 50 mins
  • 9 hours, 10 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary

Omnibus was an arts-based BBC television documentary series, broadcast mainly on BBC1 in the United Kingdom. The programme was the successor to the long-running arts-based series 'Monitor'.
It ran from 1967 until 2003, usually being transmitted on Sunday evenings. During its 35-year history, the programme won 12 Bafta awards.
The series was replaced by Imagine hosted by Alan Yentob.

12 episodes

1996x01 Paul Verhoeven : from Holland to Hollywood

  • Season Premiere

    1996-01-07T16:00:00-08:00 — 50 mins

Paul Verhoeven's directorial career has produced hits such as Robocop, Total Recall and Basic Instinct. But his films court controversy for what critics see as excessive sex and violence. The Dutch-born director, seen at work on the set of Showgirls, discusses his early work and how he realised his dream of achieving success in Hollywood on his own terms.

Omnibus tells the story of how black American gospel music evolved. The African tradition of slave songs was fused with the Anglo tradition of hymns when the slaves were converted to Christianity. With the abolition of slavery, gospel spread but the church continued to play huge part in its popularity until the forties and fifties when the music started to be played outside of the church. Using archive footage and specially recorded interviews from America, tonight's programme features Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Cissy Houston and Thomas Dorsey.

1996x03 The Ploughboy of the Western World

  • 1996-01-21T16:00:00-08:00 — 50 mins

Tonight, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of Robert Burns , Omnibus explores his life and works.

1996x04 Theft of the Century

  • 1996-01-22T16:00:00-08:00 — 50 mins

The events that led up to the discovery of Edvard Munch 's masterpiece, The Scream, that was stolen from the National Gallery in Oslo in 1994.

1996x05 A Day on the Mountain

  • 1996-02-04T16:00:00-08:00 — 50 mins

Artist Paul Cezanne was obsessed with the mountain of Saint Victoire in Provence. Here three artists, all inspired by Cezanne's painting, visit the mountain to talk about his life and work, and to create some art of their own. Narrated by Alec McCowen , with Gabriel Cinque as Paul Cezanne , and music by Jacques Loussier.

1996x06 Spike (Spike Milligan)

  • 1996-04-14T16:00:00-07:00 — 50 mins

Documentary about the life and career of Spike Milligan, including insights from relatives, friends and colleagues and an in-depth interview with the man himself.

1996x07 Written on Water: a Film about Budapest

  • 1996-04-21T16:00:00-07:00 — 50 mins

A report on the city of Budapest which has been in an almost ceaseless struggle for survival in the face of east-west tides. Written and presented by Michael Frayn.

1996x08 What a Relief! Ten Years of Comic Relief

  • 1996-04-28T16:00:00-07:00 — 50 mins

With the help of the stars and founders Omnibus tells the history of Comic Relief and examines how it has managed to take on a nation of introverts and win.

1996x09 Eve Arnold In Retrospect

  • 1996-05-12T16:00:00-07:00 — 50 mins

Celebrated photographer Eve Arnold has travelled the world, crossed political and social boundaries and caused international furore while capturing subjects as diverse as Margaret Thatcher , Malcolm X and Marilyn Monroe.

1996x10 Degas: the Old Man Mad about Art

  • 1996-05-19T16:00:00-07:00 — 50 mins

It was always said that Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas , the great impressionist painter, became a hermit for the last 20 or 30 years of his life and that his great days as an artist were over. In n fact, he was obsessively painting the female figure, creating some of the most original and dazzling pictures of his life, pictures that profoundly influenced the art of the 20th century. On the eve of a major exhibition of late works by Degas at London's National Gallery, Richard Kendall , who put together the exhibition, discusses the late flowering of Degas's talent with artists including Howard Hodgkin and Paula Rego , and explores the influence of his work on, among others, Piccasso and Matisse.

1996x11 Royal Court Diaries

  • 1996-11-04T16:00:00-08:00 — 50 mins

Tonight's special edition of Omnibus provides an insider's guide to how the world-famous Royal Court theatre celebrated a £16-mi I lion grant from the National Lottery to renovate its crumbling Victorian building in Sloane Square, London. Filmed overthe course of a year, it follows artistic director Stephen Daldry , his executive director Vikki Heywood and architect Steve Thomas as they visit theatres in Paris and New York and prepare for a spectacular architectural first night.