Arena


Arena

Arena is the BBC's multi award-winning arts strand. Founded in 1975, Arena continues to produce gold standard documentaries for the BBC and world audiences


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Six Days in September

Arena: Six Days in September

Profile of John Hoyland, seen by many as England's finest abstract painter. (1979)

Chelsea Hotel

Arena: Chelsea Hotel

Chelsea Hotel in New York, a haven for some of the 20th Century's greatest talent. (1981)

Desert Island Discs

Arena: Desert Island Discs

A celebration of Roy Plomley's radio favourite with some celebrity castaways' help. (1982)

Henry Moore

Arena: Henry Moore

John Read shares his memories of the artist he filmed six times over 28 years. (1986)

Woody Guthrie

Arena: Woody Guthrie

The life of Woody Guthrie, travelling American singer-songwriter. (1988)

Voices from the Island

Arena: Voices from the Island

Nelson Mandela and other ex-prisoners recall their incarceration on Robben Island. (1994)

Buffalo Bill's Wild West: How the Myth Was Made

Arena: Buffalo Bill's Wild West: How the Myth Was Made

Dramatic reconstruction and archive footage recreates the life of the Wild West showman.

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Arena: Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Jim White takes a road trip into the heart of the poor white American South. (2004)

Ken Dodd's Happiness

Arena: Ken Dodd's Happiness

Profile of Ken Dodd, one of Britain's most enduring variety entertainers.

Routemasters! The Double Decker Bus Conductors

Arena: Routemasters! The Double Decker Bus Conductors

Documentary celebrating one of London's great characters, the bus conductor.

Dave Brubeck - In His Own Sweet Way

Arena: Dave Brubeck - In His Own Sweet Way

Profile of the influential jazz pianist Dave Brubeck as he approaches his 90th birthday.

Produced by George Martin

Arena: Produced by George Martin

A rich and intimate portrait of celebrated record producer, Sir George Martin.

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Martin Scorsese's portrait of the musician, philanthropist and filmmaker, George Harrison

James Ellroy's Feast of Death

Arena: James Ellroy's Feast of Death

Exploring the work of crime writer James Ellroy, whose credits include LA Confidential.

Dickens on Film

Arena: Dickens on Film

An exploration of Charles Dickens's contribution to the history of film and television.

Dennis Potter

Arena: Dennis Potter

Alan Yentob interviews TV dramatist Dennis Potter about his life and work.

Sonny Rollins: Beyond the Notes

Arena: Sonny Rollins: Beyond the Notes

Documentary about the saxophonist Sonny Rollins, built around his 80th birthday concert.

Sonny Rollins '74: Rescued!

Arena: Sonny Rollins '74: Rescued!

Newly-discovered film footage of tenor sax legend Sonny Rollins at Ronnie Scott's in 1974.

The Dreams of William Golding

Arena: The Dreams of William Golding

An intimate glimpse into the troubled psyche of the great British author.

Jonathan Miller

Arena: Jonathan Miller

A look at Jonathan Miller's life, with contributors including Oliver Sacks and Eric Idle.

Who Is Poly Styrene?

Arena: Who Is Poly Styrene?

1979 film portrait of the late New Wave singer-songwriter, Poly Styrene.

Amy Winehouse - The Day She Came to Dingle

Arena: Amy Winehouse - The Day She Came to Dingle

How Amy Winehouse gave an acoustic performance in a church in the Irish village of Dingle.

The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour

The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour

Arena presents the greatest Beatles story never told.

Sykes and a Day

Arena: Sykes and a Day

A profile of Eric Sykes, looking at his career as writer, performer and director.

Screen Goddesses

Arena: Screen Goddesses

Film about female movie stars such as Garbo, Dietrich, Hayworth, Crawford and Monroe.

Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel

Arena: Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel

After years of telling the story of Christian art, Sister Wendy Beckett tells her own.

The Brian Epstein Story: The Sun Will Shine Tomorrow

Arena: The Brian Epstein Story: The Sun Will Shine Tomorrow

Documentary examining the turbulent life and career of Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

The Brian Epstein Story: Tomorrow Never Knows

Arena: The Brian Epstein Story: Tomorrow Never Knows

By the mid 60s, Epstein was lured into the world of gambling, sex and drugs.

aka Norman Parkinson

Arena: aka Norman Parkinson

Examining the glamorous life and long career of pioneering photographer Norman Parkinson.

Arena: The National Theatre

Arena: The National Theatre

Two-part documentary looking at the history of the National Theatre.

The Everly Brothers: Songs of Innocence and Experience

Arena: The Everly Brothers: Songs of Innocence and Experience

Film about the Everly Brothers, among the most revered of the early rock 'n' roll giants.

The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert

Arena: The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert

1983 Royal Albert Hall concert by the Everly Brothers following their ten-year split.

Whatever Happened to Spitting Image?

Arena: Whatever Happened to Spitting Image?

Documentary telling the story of the genesis of the satirical puppet show Spitting Image.

The National Theatre - Learning Zone

Arena: The National Theatre - Learning Zone

This Arena special examines the history of the National Theatre.

The 50 Year Argument - The New York Review of Books

Arena: The 50 Year Argument - The New York Review of Books

Charting literary, political and cultural history as per the New York Review of Books.

Night and Day

Arena: Night and Day

A new film made entirely from Arena's own archive, evoking the 24-hour daily cycle.

Loretta Lynn - Still a Mountain Girl

Arena: Loretta Lynn - Still a Mountain Girl

Country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn looks back at her long, extraordinary life.

All the World's a Screen - Shakespeare on Film

Arena: All the World's a Screen - Shakespeare on Film

Documentary exploring the rich, global history of Shakespeare in the cinema.

1966 - 50 Years Ago Today

Arena: 1966 - 50 Years Ago Today

Documentary marking the year pop music and popular culture ripped up the rule book.

The Roundhouse - The People's Palace

Arena: The Roundhouse - The People's Palace

The rollercoaster story of a unique venue in north London as it celebrates 50 years.

Alone with Chrissie Hynde

Arena: Alone with Chrissie Hynde

A thoughtful and intimate portrait of self-confessed rock chick, Chrissie Hynde.

American Epic

American Epic

Series of documentaries telling the stories of the pioneers of American roots music.

Kirsty Young: 75 Years of Desert Island Discs

Arena: Kirsty Young: 75 Years of Desert Island Discs

Kirsty Young introduces the 1982 Bafta-winning Arena classic about Desert Island Discs.