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The South Bank Show

Season 41 2015

  • 2015-06-10T21:45:00Z on Sky Arts
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary

The South Bank Show is a television arts magazine show, made by London Weekend Television. Presented by Melvyn Bragg, it was broadcast on ITV from 1978 until 2010 when it was cancelled and has since been revived by Sky Arts in 2012. Seen in over 60 countries worldwide including Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA, its stated aim is to bring both high art and popular culture to a mass audience.

6 episodes

41x01 George RR Martin

  • Season Premiere

    2015-06-10T21:45:00Z — 60 mins

An interview with American author George RR Martin, whose epic fantasy novels have been brought to life in Sky Atlantic's Emmy Award-winning series Game of Thrones.

41x02 Paul Greengrass

  • 2015-06-17T21:45:00Z — 60 mins

Melvyn Bragg talks to award-winning director Paul Greengrass, whose films include the politically charged Bloody Sunday, The Bourne Supremacy, United 93 and Captain Phillips.

41x03 Margaret Drabble

  • 2015-06-24T21:45:00Z — 60 mins

Melvyn Bragg meets English novelist, biographer and critic Margaret Drabble, whose celebrated works include Jerusalem the Golden and The Pure Gold Baby.

41x04 Laura Mvula

  • 2015-07-01T21:45:00Z — 60 mins

The Birmingham singer tells Melvyn Bragg on the South Bank Show about her battle with her body image. Melvyn calls her “one of the most promising and original young singer songwriters in Britain today”. He talks to her about her hit debut album Sing to the Moon and the gospel, soul and classical influences that formed her childhood in Kings Heath. Laura also talks about her devastation at her parents’ divorce, which she expresses through her songs Father Father and Is There Anybody Out There?

41x05 Joseph Calleja

  • 2015-07-13T21:45:00Z — 60 mins

In a candid discussion with Melvyn Bragg, Joseph Calleja reflects on how he has risen to become one of the most acclaimed and sought-after tenors in the world.

41x06 Mark Rylance

  • 2015-02-24T22:45:00Z — 60 mins

Melvyn Bragg meets English actor, theatre director and playwright Mark Rylance for a candid conversation about his glittering career on stage and screen