Tagged with: BBC Four

75 posts about BBC Four on this blog

  1. Love And Death In City Hall: Stories from a register office

    Tuesday 21 May 2013, 11:07

    Guy King Guy King Director

    How the idea for a documentary in Belfast City Hall came about and what it was like capturing the thrills and heartbreak of pivotal moments in people's lives.

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  2. The Flying Archaeologist: Revealing lost worlds

    Friday 19 April 2013, 10:16

    Ben Robinson Ben Robinson Presenter and Archaeologist

    How my love of flying and archaeology helps me explore life in the distant past.

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  3. The Road, A Story Of Life And Death

    Thursday 28 March 2013, 14:19

    Tessa Delaunay-Martin Tessa Delaunay-Martin Editor, TV blog

    A Q&A with documentary director Marc Isaacs and contributor Iqbal Ahmed reveals what it was like filming an intimate portrait of life as it unfolds along London's Edgware Road.

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  4. Motor Racing At The BBC: That Petrol Emotion

    Tuesday 26 March 2013, 11:27

    Francis Welch Francis Welch Producer/Director

    How I discovered the glamorous, and at times shocking, footage of Formula 1's early days in the BBC's archives.

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  5. Boxing At The Movies: Kings Of The Ring

    Thursday 28 February 2013, 14:41

    Danny Leigh Danny Leigh Presenter

    "I still remember the jolt... the charge of emotion and adrenalin every boxing movie has" - presenter Danny Leigh on his inspiration for the BBC Four documentary.

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  6. The Sound And The Fury: Pioneers of minimal music

    Thursday 21 February 2013, 11:44

    Ian MacMillan Ian MacMillan Series Producer

    "Glass invents new sonic torture" Go behind the scenes of BBC Four's 20th Century classical music series to meet Philip Glass and fellow minimialist composers Arvo Pärt and Steve Reich.

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  7. Chivalry And Betrayal: The Hundred Years War

    Friday 15 February 2013, 14:34

    Janina Ramirez Janina Ramirez Historian

    We knew we were taking on a massive topic – those 114 years that saw England and France break apart through dramatic battles that redefined these nations’ histories.

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  8. When Albums Ruled The World: The LP's golden age

    Friday 8 February 2013, 08:39

    Steve OHagan Steve OHagan Director and Producer

    The vinyl albums which changed music history: the producer on the challenge of packing it all into BBC Four's 90-minute documentary.

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  9. The Attenborough Collection: Working with Sir David

    Friday 9 November 2012, 15:33

    Sandra Gorel Sandra Gorel Editorial Executive

    The joys of corresponding by letter with David Attenborough, by the executive editor of BBC Four's Collections.

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  10. Tails You Win: The Science Of Chance

    Wednesday 17 October 2012, 11:00

    David Spiegelhalter David Spiegelhalter

    Chance, risk, uncertainty, luck - call it what you will - affects every part of our lives.

    And so when BBC Four commissioned our programme Tails You Win: The Science Of Chance there was a huge range of possible themes to explore, from gambling to natural disasters, extreme sports to collapsing economies...

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  11. Treasures Of Ancient Rome: Surprising and exquisite

    Monday 3 September 2012, 17:00

    Alastair Sooke Alastair Sooke Presenter

    Ever since studying it almost a decade ago I have noticed that people can be sniffy about Roman art.

    It's been like that for centuries. Some scholars have even questioned whether or not it existed at all.

    Most art historians don't go that far, but traditionally Roman art has presented them with a...

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  12. Robert Hughes On Goya: Crazy Like A Genius

    Thursday 23 August 2012, 12:03

    Nicolas Kent Nicolas Kent

    The late art critic Robert Hughes had always been captivated by the great Spanish artist Goya.

    But it was only when he narrowly survived an automobile accident in Western Australia in 1999 that Robert was impelled to act on that fascination by writing a book and making a film for BBC Four about his...

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  13. Julius Caesar: Political thriller in a modern African state

    Wednesday 20 June 2012, 15:47

    John Wyver John Wyver Producer

    On a dismal afternoon at the end of April, as the rain pours down outside, the cast and crew of Julius Caesar huddle in padded jackets around bright electric fires.

    We are shooting a film for BBC Four of William Shakespeare's vivid political thriller on which I am the producer.

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  14. Punk Britannia: Do you remember 1976?

    Wednesday 30 May 2012, 14:33

    Andy Dunn Andy Dunn

    June 2012, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a heatwave in the headlines and a double-dip recession well underway.

    What better time for BBC Four's Britannia strand to tackle the story of British punk?

    My sister was born slap bang in the middle of the summer of 1976, my all-time favourite film Taxi Driver...

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  15. BBC Young Musician: A music prize like no other

    Friday 11 May 2012, 13:00

    Clemency Burton-Hill Clemency Burton-Hill Radio 3 Presenter

    There's often this moment backstage at BBC Young Musician when a competitor is about to walk on stage and I wish them luck and my voice cracks and suddenly we both realise, in that same instant, that I'm probably more nervous than they are.

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  16. The thousands of creative decisions behind BBC Four's Dirk Gently

    Monday 5 March 2012, 10:30

    Stephen Mangan Stephen Mangan Actor

    One man, Douglas Adams, wrote two and a half books about the adventures of holistic detective, Dirk Gently, and now over 100 people have collaborated to bring his character to the small screen for a new series which starts tonight.

    The...

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  17. We'll Take Manhattan: Meeting David Bailey

    Thursday 26 January 2012, 10:38

    John McKay John McKay Writer/Director

    It's summer 2009, and I am sitting on David Bailey's sofa, trying to persuade him to let me write and direct a film about his life for BBC Four.

    Bailey is short, fierce-eyed and direct: "I just don't want it to be s***!" he says.

    I had spotted the photos which inspired We'll Take Manhattan in a weekend...

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  18. Public Enemy: Prophets Of Rage

    Friday 9 December 2011, 10:15

    James Hale James Hale Producer/Director

    If, like me, you grew up in the 80s, loved loud music and winding up your parents, there's a good chance you were into Public Enemy.

    At one point they were the biggest thing in hip hop and were hugely popular in the UK with both indie kids and rock fans alike.

    I was definitely one of the latter,...

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  19. America in Pictures: The photojournalism of Life magazine

    Thursday 1 December 2011, 11:00

     Rankin Rankin

    Portrait and fashion photo photographer Rankin reveals what it was like to meet five pioneering Life magazine photographers.

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  20. Symphony: The fireworks of Johann Stamitz

    Wednesday 2 November 2011, 12:22

    Andy King-Dabbs Andy King-Dabbs Producer/Director

    Directing the first two episodes of the new Symphony series for BBC Four was a real voyage of discovery for me.

    Although I've been making classical music documentaries for about 15 years now, I always find new music and new stories that I've not encountered before.

    The big revelation of the series...

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