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Malcolm Arnold
In the second of a two-part special the South Bank Show reveals the extraordinary story of Malcolm Arnold.
Ronnie Wood
The South Bank Show takes an exclusive look behind the public image of rock icon Ronnie Wood to see how he deals with fame by combining his two passions: music and painting.
Street Music Stories
For centuries, London has attracted thousands of musicians to perform in its streets, squares and tunnels.
Ian McKellen
Internationally acclaimed film star and one of Britain's foremost classical stage actors IAN MCKELLEN allows The South Bank Show unprecedented and exclusive access to record a year in his life.
The South Bank Show celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s OTHELLO which remains a powerful and controversial text on racism, sexual jealousy, power relations, and good and evil.
Johnny Hallyday
This April, as France and Britain celebrate 100 years of the Entente Cordiale, The South Bank Show crosses The Channel.
Jeanette Winterson
Jeanette Winterson, one of our leading novelists, talks candidly to Melvyn Bragg about her strict religious upbringing, her sheltered early years, and her zealous appetite for art.
Harlem dance theatre
This South Bank Show takes a behind the scenes look at one of the most enthralling, diverse and extraordinary ballet companies.
Jack Vettriano
Self-taught artist JACK VETTRIANO is arguably Britain’s favourite painter.
Lennon's Jukebox
A few years ago, a portable jukebox was discovered which belonged to John Lennon in the 1960s.
The Wilson twins
The South Bank Show brings together the visual artists THE WILSON TWINS and Britpop star Justine Frischmann.
Jamie Cullum
In April 2003, at just 23-years-old, JAMIE CULLUM, a self-taught piano player and singer, made national headlines.
TV Drama Part II
Can television drama still explore the state of the nation.
TV Drama Stories 1
Drama is the backbone of British television - more viewers watch drama then any other genre on TV.
2004 Awards winners
The South Bank Show Awards took place at London's Savoy hotel on January 23rd.
South Bank Awards
The eighth annual SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARDS took place at London's Savoy Hotel.
Mary Poppins
Daniel Barenboim
In the summer of 2003, The South Bank Show gained exclusive access to one of the most controversial and unique orchestras in the world.
The Adventure of English - episode four
Programme four, the concluding episode of Melvyn Bragg's history of the English language, looks at how in the 20th century the rise of America as an industrial power has made it the driving force behind the global spread of English.
The Adventure of English - episode three
Programme three of Melvyn Bragg's history of the English language travels to parts of the former British Empire, to see how English met other cultures and other languages, and was enriched by them.
The Adventure of English - episode two
Programme two of Melvyn Bragg's series on the history of the English language returns to Britain, and tells the story of how in the eighteenth-century Jonathan Swift led a movement to fix and regulate the language.
The Adventure of English
Melvyn Bragg is returning to our screens with the final four parts of his remarkable story of the English language, The Adventure of English.
Germaine Greer
'What is a boy exactly? Generally speaking, a boy is a male person who is no longer a child, but not yet a man.
Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor is considered one of Britain's leading actors.
Lloyd Webber’s art
On Friday 19th September, the eve of a major exhibition at the Royal Academy, Andrew Lloyd Webber invites The South Bank Show into his London and Berkshire homes for an exclusive preview of his remarkable collection.
Robert Harris
Robert Harris, the bestselling author of Fatherland, Enigma and Archangel talks to Melvyn Bragg about how he went about tackling the world of the Ancient Romans in his latest thriller, Pompeii.
Albert Camus
Poet, novelist, scholar, philosopher, Nobel Laureate, political activist, Hero of the Resistance, footballer and lover.
Nick Cave
The singer, songwriter and author, Nick Cave, is now nothing short of a cult legend.
Juan Diego Florez
Thirty year old Peruvian operatic sensation Juan Diego Flórez displays his extraordinary vocal gift during this film.
George Orwell
One hundred years after George Orwell's birth, The South Bank Show commissioned his latest biographer, DJTaylor, to uncover the real George Orwell.
Ang Lee
In the past decade, ANG LEE's work has afforded him the status of top Hollywood film director.
Caetano Veloso
Brazil’s music is a fusion between African, European and native cultures.
Herbie Hancock
As both a pianist and a composer, HERBIE HANCOCK is a jazz legend.
Conor McPherson
Conor McPherson is one of Ireland’s most exciting playwrights.
Johnny Hallyday
Caryl Phillips
Award winning novelist, writer and playwright, Caryl Phillips was born in the West Indies but grew up in northern England after his parents emigrated to the UK when he was just three months old.
Dame Thora Hird
This South Bank Show was originally broadcast in the mid-nineties when Thora Hird was in her early 80's.
Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman has become one of the most popular and controversial authors of the 21st century appealing to children and adults alike.
Felix Dennis
Felix Dennis is a self-made publishing tycoon with a personal fortune of £550m - the 56th richest man in Britain.
Hanif Kureishi
Hanif Kureishi is one of the most important writers of his generation and has often attracted controversy.
Gerhard Richter
Described recently in Art Review as the world's most influential and expensive living artist, the German painter Gerhard Richter has been enjoying enormous success across America with a retrospective entitled 40 Years of Painting.
Irek Mukhamedov
During the eighties Irek Mukhamedov was the jewel in the Bolshoi Ballet's crown.
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson is the classic country music legend.
James MacMillan
Scotsman James MacMillan is one of the country's leading composers of modern music.
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers is the toughest woman in American showbusiness.
Robert Frank
17/10/2004 22:45
Michael Frayn
14/11/2004 22:45
The Darkness
21/11/2004 22:45
Ruth Rendell
12/12/2004 22:45
Iggy Pop
19/12/2004 22:45