Each film will be structured as a journey through that particular landscape. These are films that open up not just the ideas of individual poems but also the idea of poetry itself. Presenter Owen Sheers passionately believes that poems, and particularly poems of place, not only affect us as individuals, but also have the power to mark and define a collective experience: our identities, our country, our land. He has chosen six powerful poems, all personal favourites and ones that have become part of the way we see our landscape. The programmes will include conversations with locals and poets to help provide context and background and each film will feature at least one contemporary poet who in some way treads the same earth as the writer of the main poem.
Narrated by iconic model and actress Joanna Lumley, the film features rare archive, exclusive footage, the first-ever interview with Savage and interviews with a host of fashion icons Mary Quant, Hubert de Givenchy, Yuki as well as other eminent designers, journalists and historians.
A Savage Life in Fashion is about a man whose influence was everywhere but is unknown outside the industry. Raised in the Australian outback, Percy arrived in Paris in 1947 the year Christian Dior launched his New Look.
He would later become a friend of the man who revived the glory of couture and, inadvertently, provided the name for the most famous of Dior fragrances: Eau Sauvage. It was at the House of Lanvin that Percy was asked to start the first Propaganda department, as it was then called, eventually renaming it PR. During his years in Paris, Percy weaved himself into the Parisian fabric and counted Dior, Beaton, Cocteau and Maria Callas among his friends.
Whilst in Paris he travelled the globe, promoting and exhorting designers, journalists, buyers and manufacturers. He introduced Yves Saint-Laurent to Dior and created the explosion that was Mary Quant. He was PR for Nina Ricci during its heyday before moving to England in the 1970s. Percy had been asked by the powers-that-be to put London on a par with Paris, which he did, albeit at his own expense.
This is what life was like growing up in 70s Scotland. Told through laughter, tears and 70s hit music numbers we follow Jim's life as he negotiates the stormy waters of adolescence. From school playground to school disco we witness his life through his memories as it unfolded around him.
His first encounters with love, death and stumbling dealings with the opposite sex are played out for all to see, plus there s musical tributes to the songs that could be heard in school discos everywhere during the 70s: Bohemian Rhapsody , YMCA , Puppy Love and of course the Bay City Rollers hit Shang-a-Lang .
This production has it all and the strong cast brings the story to life with verve and energy that will leave you crying out for more.
In this series architectural historian David Heathcote checks into Claridges Hotel in Londons Mayfair, explores the dramatic 1930s London Transport HQ in St James, spends the weekend at Casa del Rio and boards the Orient Express at Victoria Station whilst heading off for Venice. Watch David as he discovers four of the very best examples of Art Deco in Britain.
A unique contemporary art series that takes the audience on a reverse journey from opening night to original inspiration, stepping back through time to reveal the creative process behind the artworks.
Each step back unravels the process, the vision, the creative discourse and allows the viewer to uncover the personality of the artist. The step-back format is akin to peeling away the layers of an onion.
Each layer reveals more detail about the artist, their process and some unexpected road bumps along the way to the seemingly glittering opening night! As we arrive back at the point of inspiration we are then swept away¦
Featuring artists across a broad range of disciplines from Installation Art, Sculpture, Digital Photography and Performing Art to Dramatic Canvas Painting, Fashion and Textile Design.
Their lives have shared many striking parallels “ a passion for dance, the ability to reinvent themselves and a strong belief that family comes first. Darcey takes this opportunity to explore the private world of Audrey Hepburn, the very real life that saw Hepburn survive starvation during the Nazi occupation of Holland and go on to win love, respect and admiration for her work on the stage, in Hollywood “ where Hepburn won an Oscar for her first starring role “ and on behalf of UNICEF around the world. With the help of Hepburns friends and family in Europe and the USA Darcey Bussell will tell Audrey Hepburns remarkable story.
Renowned for the wild imagination and erotic charge of his images, LaChapelle has become the hottest photographer of the moment, and celebrities are tripping over themselves to be made immortal by him. In New York roads are closed when his gallery opens a new exhibition, and in Italy he is known as ˜the Fellini of photography. Featuring the artists shots of Justin Timberlake, Pamela Anderson and Elton John, this documentary follows LaChapelle while he works, exposing how and why his photographs come together. It tracks the input of his creative entourage as they transform studio surroundings, and delves into LaChapelles complex sources of inspiration, as he grapples with the brutally commercialised and profoundly pornographic industry which he both embodies and satirises with one click of his shutter.
Documentary about the life and work of Antoni Gaudi, narrated by Robert Elms. The programme gives a detailed account of the famous architect's personal life and also looks at his strange but extraordinary work in Barcelona, including the Casa Battlo, the Sagrada Familia and some of his lesser-known projects.
This two hour documentary, presented by Waldemar Januszczak, charts the life of the celebrated artist Paul Gauguin through countless twists and turns which take him from an idyllic childhood in Peru to an horrific death on the Marquesas Islands. The Gauguin who emerges from this story is not only an accomplished sculptor but a musician, print maker, journalist and ceramicist.
Glories of Islamic Art (3 programmes of 45 minutes each).
This series celebrates the glorious heritage of Islamic artists and architects. It explains the close connection between the architectural splendor and the religious message of Islam.
Combining travelogue with compelling story-telling, the programme is highly accessible to a broad audience. The spirit of this programme, presented by Professor Akbar Ahmed, is to embrace trust and shared values between Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
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Its a tale of secret societies, murderous conspiracies and shocking revelations. But is there any historical truth behind the wildly popular novel The Da Vinci Code? Did Jesus and Mary Magdalene marry and have children, producing descendants that walk among us today? Did a furtive cult form to protect ˜the bloodline of Christ, and did Leonardo Da Vinci hide clues about it in his best-known paintings? National Geographic takes you around the globe and beyond the sensationalism to sort fact from fiction, as noted experts, hard-core sceptics and dedicated believers search for the reality behind one of the most phenomenal, and controversial, bestsellers ever published.
Thats exactly what the Japanese did to Korea, targeting the famous entrance gates of the 14th century Gyeongbukgung Palace in the very heart of Seoul. The people of Korea are now rebuilding their sacred palace gates and this lavish documentary follows the trials and tribulations of the ensemble of archaeologists, engineers, architects and craftsmen as they set about restoring the Korean nations most important historic centrepiece.
With exclusive access to the Australian rehearsals of his global theatre hit, MATILDA & ME charts the relationship between Tim Minchin and the musical he has become famous for. From London and Los Angeles to the opening night in Sydney, this is the story of the irreverent comedian whose unlikely partnership with the esteemed Royal Shakespeare Company proved the opportunity of a lifetime.
Presented by art historian Waldemar Januszczak 'Sickert vs. Sargent' brings to life two of the biggest characters in modern British art; Walter Sickert - the gruff, aggressive man-of-the-people; and John Singer Sargent - the urbane and charming dandy.
The film focuses on some of the most beautiful and alarming paintings ever made in this country; pictures of aristocrats and prostitutes, coronations and killings, opera houses and music halls, and will evoke the long-lost atmosphere of Edwardian London.
But above all it will show that from their two outposts in Chelsea and Camden, Sickert and Sargent were waging a war whose legacy still haunts us today.
Talking Pictures consists of two half hour portraits of two of the world's leading film directors, Sir Richard Attenborough and Ken Loach.
Featuring never before seen interviews with each this DVD brings to life some of the greatest British filsm of all timeThe programmes are both searching and compelling and succeed in giving the audience a greater insight into what inspires these directors.
Featuring footage from some of their greatest films, the interviews were conducted by the BFI.
This DVD is a one hour film based on that book. Gerald is still living in Australia. The two brothers were close all their lives. In this film Gerald remembers their childhood, how their mother Edith nurtured Ted's talents as a poet and how the countryside influenced him. The film looks also at Hughes' schooldays. Ted Hughes - Dream Time follows Ted Hughes' progress from childhood to maturity to his untimely all too early death. Many members of Ted Hughes' family have contributed to the film as well as Gerald. It includes contributions from Carol Hughes, Frieda Hughes, Vicky Watling, Hughes' first cousin and Steve Ely who has made a study of Hughes' childhood. David Cohen who produced Ted Hughes - Dream Time was nominated for the BAFTAs for his film on Soham When Holly Went Missing.