75 posts about BBC Four on this blog
Tuesday 21 May 2013, 11:07
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.
Friday 19 April 2013, 10:16
How my love of flying and archaeology helps me explore life in the distant past.
Thursday 28 March 2013, 14:19
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.
Tuesday 26 March 2013, 11:27
How I discovered the glamorous, and at times shocking, footage of Formula 1's early days in the BBC's archives.
Thursday 28 February 2013, 14:41
"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.
Thursday 21 February 2013, 11:44
"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.
Friday 15 February 2013, 14:34
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.
Friday 8 February 2013, 08:39
The vinyl albums which changed music history: the producer on the challenge of packing it all into BBC Four's 90-minute documentary.
Friday 9 November 2012, 15:33
The joys of corresponding by letter with David Attenborough, by the executive editor of BBC Four's Collections.
Wednesday 17 October 2012, 11:00
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...
Monday 3 September 2012, 17:00
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...
Thursday 23 August 2012, 12:03
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...
Wednesday 20 June 2012, 15:47
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.
Wednesday 30 May 2012, 14:33
June 2012, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a heatwave in the headlines and a double-dip recession well underway.
My sister was born slap bang in the middle of the summer of 1976, my all-time favourite film Taxi Driver...
Friday 11 May 2012, 13:00
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.
Monday 5 March 2012, 10:30
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.
Thursday 26 January 2012, 10:38
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...
Friday 9 December 2011, 10:15
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,...
Thursday 1 December 2011, 11:00
Portrait and fashion photo photographer Rankin reveals what it was like to meet five pioneering Life magazine photographers.
Wednesday 2 November 2011, 12:22
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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