All American

A collection of programmes from the BBC archives exploring art, technology, politics and society in the United States of America.

All American Adam Curtis introduces All American

Documentary film maker Adam Curtis argues that these programmes show an American dream of complete personal freedom shadowed by a dark and frightening tale of power and exploitation. Read more

About the BBC releasing the archive

Collection items

1 - 16 of 16 items available to watch online

Alistair Cooke's America: The First Impact Alistair Cooke's America: The First Impact

First Broadcast: 1972 50 mins

Alistair Cooke recounts his personal experiences of time spent in America. (1972)

Arena: Chelsea Hotel Arena: Chelsea Hotel

First Broadcast: 1981 1 hour

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

Arena: Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus Arena: Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

First Broadcast: 2004 1 hour, 20 mins

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

Arena: Woody Guthrie Arena: Woody Guthrie

First Broadcast: 2012 1 hour, 8 mins

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

Close Up: Jackson Pollock: Love and Death on Long Island Close Up: Jackson Pollock: Love and Death on Long Island

First Broadcast: 1999 50 mins

Profiling American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. (1999).

The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 1 The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 1

First Broadcast: 1979 25 mins

Alexis Korner delves into the world of American Blues music. (1979)

The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 2 The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 2

First Broadcast: 1979 25 mins

Alexis Korner delves further into the soulful world of traditional Blues music. (1979)

The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 3 The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 3

First Broadcast: 1979 25 mins

Alexis Korner discovers that Blues music expresses a deep symbolic message. (1979)

The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 4 The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 4

First Broadcast: 1979 25 mins

Alexis Korner looks at contemporary Chicago Blues music. (1979)

Face to Face: Martin Luther King Face to Face: Martin Luther King

First Broadcast: 1961 32 mins

Martin Luther King, civil rights leader, interviewed by John Freeman. (1961)

Inside America: The Quiet Persuader Inside America: The Quiet Persuader

First Broadcast: 1965 29 mins

American advertising execs like Steve Frankfurt spend vast amounts on the industry. (1965)

The Late Show: Face to Face: Maya Angelou The Late Show: Face to Face: Maya Angelou

First Broadcast: 1994 38 mins

Jeremy Isaacs talks to the American writer Maya Angelou about her life. (1994)

Omnibus: Studs Terkel's Chicago Omnibus: Studs Terkel's Chicago

First Broadcast: 1985 1 hour, 1 min

Profile of Studs Terkel, the acclaimed Chicagoan broadcaster. (1985)

Panorama: California 2000 Panorama: California 2000

First Broadcast: 1966 46 mins

Imagining how California's technology industry will evolve by the year 2000. (1966)

Timewatch: 2000-2001: The Empire State Story Timewatch: 2000-2001: The Empire State Story

First Broadcast: 2001 49 mins

The construction of the New York's Empire State, once the world's tallest building. (2001)

Whicker's World: Conflict in Kentucky Whicker's World: Conflict in Kentucky

First Broadcast: 1967 45 mins

Alan Whicker attends the 93rd running of the annual Kentucky Derby. (1967)

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