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.
Produced in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of The Great Gatsby for the BBC’s acclaimed art series Omnibus, explores the life and dark creative spirit of its writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald. It examines his disappointing college days at Princeton, his difficult relationship with fellow author Ernest Hemingway, and his turbulent last days in Hollywood. It dispels the age-old mythology surrounding Fitzgerald, largely created by himself, which tends to glamorize the Jazz-Age and his alcoholism.
As a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, BBC4 shows this film from her visit to Britain in 2000 during which she received her damehood from the Queen. Hollywood's last great star talks for the first time in years about her career, her life, and the challenges of the future. From her early days as a child star in Lassie Come Home and National Velvet to becoming the century's biggest star of all - in Cleopatra - her life, her loves and her work have all been lived to an intensity no other star can match. Joined by Shirley MacLaine, Rod Steiger, and Angela Lansbury, Taylor remembers the glory days of working with Richard Burton, Montgomery Clift, Rock Hudson, James Dean and Paul Newman; how filming never stopped regardless of what life threw at her; the pain and pleasure of two Oscars - one for a film she can hardly bear to remember; and, not least, the feelings she has for Britain where she was born and how it was her English accent that launched on the way to stardom at the very beginning.
John Barry is the most successful film score composer of the 20th century. From his work on the Bond movies, Born Free, Out of Africa, Dances With Wolves and many more he has produced cinema's most memorable music, winning five Oscars in the process.