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Season 1997 1997

  • 1997-06-22T23:00:00Z on BBC One
  • 50 mins
  • 4 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.

5 episodes

1997x01 George Lucas - Flying Solo

  • Season Premiere

    1997-06-22T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

Profile of George Lucas as STAR WARS hits the cinema screens again, twenty years after its original release. With rare behind-the-scenes footage, Francis Ford Coppola, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Ron Howard, Walter Murch & more... As the “Star Wars” films enter their period of new storylines, recurring characters, and calendar domination over the next decade, George Lucas only stands now to distance himself from his creation, and reportedly get to work on more intimate, experimental ventures. While we wait to see the results of those efforts, an older documentary on the man provides a close look on his life leading up and into his life-changing franchise. Commissioned to coincide with the 1997 “Star Wars” Special Editions, the BBC Omnibus “George Lucas: Flying Solo,” profiles the director as he discusses his formative years, as well as clips and insight into his 16mm short films, “Look at Life,” “Herbie,” and “Freiheit.” His experimental roots are indeed a large element of the documentary (directed by James Erskine), as an interview with Francis Ford Coppola poses Lucas' alternative path if the trilogy never happened. Interviews with his actors and collaborators -- Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Irvin Kershner -- are included as well, and the entire doc is worth a look just to see the personality behind the absolute behemoth that “Star Wars” would eventually become.

1997x02 Oscar

  • 1997-10-11T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

Writer Michael Bracewell presents an unusual and provocative look at the life and legacy of Oscar Wilde, the controversial Irish-born writer. Michael sets out to rescue him from the dangers of respectability by portraying him as an inspiration to generations of rockers and artists. Contributors include Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys, playwright Tom Stoppard, actor Stephen Fry, and guest appearances from musicians Terry Hall and Shane MacGowan. (1997)

1997x03 The Film of Reeves and Mortimer

  • 1997-09-19T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

Documentary looking at comic double act Reeves and Mortimer, tracing their career from their first meeting. Journalist Paul Morley produced this retrospective of Jim and Bob's career.

The first of a two-part profile aboutthe surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Biographer Ian Gibson delves into Dali's life and art, uncoveringthe sources of his most startling images.

In the second and concluding part of the biography of artist Salvador Dali , Ian Gibson explores Dali and his wife Gala's wealth and celebrity in the USA. The programme looks at the commercialisation and the dominating themes of Dali's later work, which included impotence, sexual voyeurism and the latest scientific discoveries, and examines his controversial declining years which were plagued by tax problems, fakes of his work, and his physical decay.