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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Profile of John Hoyland, seen by many as England's finest abstract painter. (1979)
Chelsea Hotel in New York, a haven for some of the 20th Century's greatest talent. (1981)
A celebration of Roy Plomley's radio favourite with some celebrity castaways' help. (1982)
John Read shares his memories of the artist he filmed six times over 28 years. (1986)
The life of Woody Guthrie, travelling American singer-songwriter. (1988)
Nelson Mandela and other ex-prisoners recall their incarceration on Robben Island. (1994)
Dramatic reconstruction and archive footage recreates the life of the Wild West showman.
Jim White takes a road trip into the heart of the poor white American South. (2004)
Profile of Ken Dodd, one of Britain's most enduring variety entertainers.
Documentary celebrating one of London's great characters, the bus conductor.
Profile of the influential jazz pianist Dave Brubeck as he approaches his 90th birthday.
A rich and intimate portrait of celebrated record producer, Sir George Martin.
Martin Scorsese's portrait of the musician, philanthropist and filmmaker, George Harrison
Exploring the work of crime writer James Ellroy, whose credits include LA Confidential.
An exploration of Charles Dickens's contribution to the history of film and television.
Alan Yentob interviews TV dramatist Dennis Potter about his life and work.
Documentary about the saxophonist Sonny Rollins, built around his 80th birthday concert.
Newly-discovered film footage of tenor sax legend Sonny Rollins at Ronnie Scott's in 1974.
An intimate glimpse into the troubled psyche of the great British author.
A look at Jonathan Miller's life, with contributors including Oliver Sacks and Eric Idle.
1979 film portrait of the late New Wave singer-songwriter, Poly Styrene.
How Amy Winehouse gave an acoustic performance in a church in the Irish village of Dingle.
Arena presents the greatest Beatles story never told.
A profile of Eric Sykes, looking at his career as writer, performer and director.
Film about female movie stars such as Garbo, Dietrich, Hayworth, Crawford and Monroe.
After years of telling the story of Christian art, Sister Wendy Beckett tells her own.
Documentary examining the turbulent life and career of Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
By the mid 60s, Epstein was lured into the world of gambling, sex and drugs.
Examining the glamorous life and long career of pioneering photographer Norman Parkinson.
Two-part documentary looking at the history of the National Theatre.
Film about the Everly Brothers, among the most revered of the early rock 'n' roll giants.
1983 Royal Albert Hall concert by the Everly Brothers following their ten-year split.
Documentary telling the story of the genesis of the satirical puppet show Spitting Image.
This Arena special examines the history of the National Theatre.
Charting literary, political and cultural history as per the New York Review of Books.
A new film made entirely from Arena's own archive, evoking the 24-hour daily cycle.
Country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn looks back at her long, extraordinary life.
Documentary exploring the rich, global history of Shakespeare in the cinema.
Documentary marking the year pop music and popular culture ripped up the rule book.
The rollercoaster story of a unique venue in north London as it celebrates 50 years.
A thoughtful and intimate portrait of self-confessed rock chick, Chrissie Hynde.
Series of documentaries telling the stories of the pioneers of American roots music.
Kirsty Young introduces the 1982 Bafta-winning Arena classic about Desert Island Discs.