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John Berger: The Art of Looking

John Berger: The Art of Looking

Documentary exploring the life and work of the late writer and art critic John Berger.

Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance

Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance

In-depth profile of the chameleon-like singer-songwriter Elvis Costello.

13/01/2017

The Film Review: 13/01/2017

Mark Kermode gives his take on the best and worst of the week's film and DVD releases.

Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'

1. Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand: Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'

How the modern shape of the musical was established through a series of pioneering works.

Bowie at the BBC

Bowie at the BBC

Clips from the BBC archive giving an overview of David Bowie's career from 1964 to 2016.

Barnsley

1. Our Dancing Town: Barnsley

West End performer and choreographer Steve Elias is on a mission to get Barnsley dancing.

Knights of Classic Drama at the BBC

Knights of Classic Drama at the BBC

Celebrating the early on-screen appearances of some of Britain's greatest actors.

Richard Harris

42. Talking Pictures: Richard Harris

A retrospective look at television appearances made over the years by Richard Harris.

David Bowie: The Last Five Years

David Bowie: The Last Five Years

An intimate portrait of the last five years of David Bowie's life.

Child Stars

51. Talking Pictures: Child Stars

Sylvia Syms examines the world of the big screen's smallest stars - the child actors.

Silence, Passengers, Assassin's Creed

The Film Review: 06/01/2017

Antonia Quirke runs through the New Year releases.

The Story of 1983

Top of the Pops: The Story of 1983

1983, and there are signs that the show is going through something of a mid-life crisis.

Jack Lemmon

35. Talking Pictures: Jack Lemmon

A retrospective of television appearances made by Jack Lemmon.

Anthony Hopkins

47. Talking Pictures: Anthony Hopkins

A look back at the life of Oscar-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins.

The Ballet Master: Sir Peter Wright at 90

The Ballet Master: Sir Peter Wright at 90

Celebrating the life's work of ballet legend Sir Peter Wright as he turns 90.

James Patterson

Meet the Author: James Patterson

Rebecca Jones talks to writer James Patterson.

British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves

British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves

A look at British sitcom and the social and political context from which the best grew.

Dames of Classic Drama at the BBC

Dames of Classic Drama at the BBC

The early work of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren.

Alan Rickman

55. Talking Pictures: Alan Rickman

A look back at the life and work of Alan Rickman, one of Britain's best-loved actors.

The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl

The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl

Fighter pilot, inventor, spy - the life of Roald Dahl is often stranger than fiction.

The Belfast Tattoo

The Belfast Tattoo

Highlights of the Belfast Tattoo, including the grand finale of the Massed Pipe and Drums.

Joanne Harris

Meet the Author: Joanne Harris

James Naughtie talks to author Joanne Harris about her new book Different Class.

The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven

The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven

Film celebrating the Everly Brothers, arguably the world's greatest ever harmony duo.

Alexander McCall Smith

Meet the Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Jim Naughtie talks to Alexander McCall Smith about his latest novel Precious and Grace.

Dancing the Nutcracker - Inside the Royal Ballet

Dancing the Nutcracker - Inside the Royal Ballet

Behind the scenes at the Royal Ballet during the busiest and most magical time of the year

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Meet the Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford

Jim Naughtie talks to Barbara Taylor Bradford, one of Britain's best selling writers.

All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride

All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride

A real-time journey across the wilderness of the Arctic on a traditional reindeer sleigh.

The Year in Film

Review: 2016, The Year in Film

Film critic Mark Kermode takes a look back at the big releases of the year.

Darcey Bussell: My Life on the BBC

Darcey Bussell: My Life on the BBC

A celebration of the ballet dancer who grew up in public and conquered TV on the way.

Episode 3

3. Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream: Episode 3

While the Habsburgs headed for extinction, Vienna blossomed.

John Bew

BOOKtalk: John Bew

Mark D'Arcy in discussion with John Bew about his book Citizen Clem.

Elizabeth at 90 - A Family Tribute

Elizabeth at 90 - A Family Tribute

A unique celebration of the Queen's ninety years, featuring personal cine films.

Danielle de Niese: The Birth of an Opera

Danielle de Niese: The Birth of an Opera

A backstage pass to Danielle de Niese's preparations for her role in The Barber of Seville

Episode 1

1. Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream: Episode 1

Vienna marked Europe's front line in the defence of Christendom and the Catholic Church.

Rogue One, The Eagle Huntress, A Monster Calls

The Film Review: Rogue One, The Eagle Huntress, A Monster Calls

Mark Kermode joins Gavin Esler for a rundown of the final films coming out in 2016.

Robert Rauschenberg - Pop Art Pioneer

Robert Rauschenberg - Pop Art Pioneer

Alastair Sooke celebrates the protean genius of artist Robert Rauschenberg.