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Artsnight Season 4 Episodes

Season 4 Episode Guide

8 Episodes 2016 -

Episode 1

Poets at the BBC

Sat, Oct 1, 2016 35 mins

Over the decades, the BBC has captured many of the most famous poets for posterity. This programme trawls through the archives to show how bards turned into broadcasters, featuring some of the most beloved poets Britain has produced.

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Episode 2

Episode 2

Sat, Oct 8, 2016 35 mins

Veteran broadcaster Michael Palin travels to north Wales to interview the legendary travel writer Jan Morris. Originally born as James Morris, Jan shot to fame as part of the team that successfully climbed Mount Everest in 1953. She spent the rest of the decade as a journalist travelling the world, interviewing figures such as Che Guevara, and producing reports for BBC Panorama from Hong Kong and Japan.

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Episode 3

When Julie Walters Met Willy Russell

Sat, Oct 15, 2016 35 mins

Julie Walters meets Willy Russell, to find out how a 15-year-old dropout from a working-class suburb of Liverpool became one of the most successful playwrights in the history of modern British theatre. Russell's Educating Rita catapulted Julie Walters to international stardom. He has written some of the most insightful and sensitive roles for women actors in modern British theatre history.

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Episode 4

The Man Booker Prize 2016

Sat, Oct 22, 2016 35 mins

It's that time of year again, when readers turn to the Man Booker Prize shortlist for a view on the very best of fiction in the English-speaking world. For this episode of Artsnight, David Baddiel, author, comedian and former Booker Prize judge, introduces the six novels chosen by 2016's judges. Reviewers including Mariella Frostrup, Val McDermid and George the Poet meet the authors.

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Episode 5

2016 the Year of King Lear

Sat, Oct 29, 2016 35 mins

This year's hottest play was written over 400 years ago - Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear. With five major productions taking place across 2016, this film looks at why Lear resonates so deeply with contemporary audiences. The programme includes contributions from Diana Rigg, Timothy West, Antony Sher and Nicholas Hytner on why Lear is widely viewed as Shakespeare's towering achievement.

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Episode 6

What Has the Turner Prize Ever Done for Us?

Sat, Nov 19, 2016 35 mins

The Turner Prize is probably the most prestigious contemporary art prize in the world. In this programme, critic and broadcaster Waldemar Januszczak looks back over three decades of critical acclaim, public outcry and artistic controversy, hearing from the winners, nominees and judges to find out what the history of the prize can tell us about our relationship to the relevance and purpose of contemporary art.

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Episode 7

The Brits Who Designed the Modern World

Sat, Nov 26, 2016 35 mins

If there were an olympic league table for design, Britain would be right at the top. Since the Second World War, British designers have revolutionised our homes, our workplaces, our roads and our public institutions. In November the Design Museum opens its new £83m home in Kensington. To mark this great moment for British design, BBC Arts profiles ten great living British designers.

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Episode 8

Know Your Enemy - Stephen Poliakoff in Conversation

Thu, Dec 1, 2016 35 mins

The dramatist Stephen Poliakoff has long been obsessed with the secret history of Britain in the 20th century. His latest work, Close to the Enemy, looks at the clandestine work of the secret service after the end of the Second World War. Historian and broadcaster David Reynolds talks to Poliakoff about the inspiration behind Close to the Enemy, as well as the always tricky relationship between history and fiction.

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