75 posts about BBC Four on this blog
Wednesday 19 October 2011, 11:45
"I suppose the challenge with Jones The Wife was to try and create something sweet, something truthful, then stick some fake boobs on it and see if the audience still bought it."
Monday 5 September 2011, 14:00
A ballroom, pretty dresses, couples twirling round the floor to the swelling music of the Waltz. What could be more genteel?
When it first appeared in the...
Thursday 1 September 2011, 17:30
The Killing is back! Well, we're repeating all of the first series in its entirety, at least.
The whole original and best version in one mad block of programmes so that fans and newcomers, people who missed the series first time around, and those hungry to watch it again, can submerge themselves in...
Monday 18 July 2011, 17:00
A few years ago I was at a conference on 20th Century painting. As I queued up for a coffee in the canteen I overheard a French historian describe Britain as "the land without modern art".
His friends all laughed in agreement. I was livid. And ever since I've been determined to prove them wrong.
Thursday 26 May 2011, 15:20
Thursday 19 May 2011, 15:16
Actually it took a while for the questions to occur to me. About 20 years in fact, which is how long I've been driving the road on a regular basis.
Like most others I drove it and didn't think about...
Tuesday 19 April 2011, 12:24
When the BBC suggested that I temporarily leave my usual rather grand surroundings at Britain's Historic Royal Palaces, where I work as a curator, in order to present If Walls Could Talk: The History Of The Home, I was thrilled.
This BBC Four series explores the history of British homes at all levels...
Wednesday 30 March 2011, 11:00
Spring is here, the sap is rising and I am delighted to say that BBC Four has a whole host of wonderful and entertaining shows lined up this season.
A BBC Four audience is one that gets its kicks out of delighting in discourse. I believe that all human life can be found in almost any subject - it just...
Thursday 24 March 2011, 12:03
Some press coverage has started to emerge and plenty more will be lined up behind it. Not to mention the opinions of numerous academics and Lawrence...
Wednesday 23 February 2011, 11:05
When the BBC asked me to present the BBC Four series Romancing The Stone: The Golden Ages Of British Sculpture, I jumped at the chance - because I have long believed that sculpture in this country suffers unfairly from neglect.
Our towns and cities are full of civic statuary that we routinely ignore...
Thursday 10 February 2011, 09:59
When I was approached to make a documentary about the fig leaf in sculpture, I sensed a cloud no bigger than a man's hand - or other prominent feature.
Was the subject too slight?
But it turned out that hidden within the roomy folds of this humble frond was an eye-popping story of sex, religion,...
Monday 31 January 2011, 17:26
Film-maker Marc Isaacs spent three months on the steps outside Highbury and Islington Magistrates' Court in London, talking to the people who were coming in and out. The result is Outside The Court, a documentary that is part of BBC Four's Justice season.
Marc told the BBC TV blog about how he filmed...
Wednesday 19 January 2011, 11:03
We all felt it was time to look at a woman in comedy and it would be interesting to portray a comic whose life was more colourful...
Monday 20 December 2010, 09:00
Why had a region best known for Volvos, Abba and Ikea begun producing dark and violent thrillers filled with brooding detectives...
Thursday 16 December 2010, 10:33
It's been made very clear to me, mainly through conversations on Twitter, that a lot of people hold the Dirk Gently books in great affection and that they are going to be very upset if we don't get it right.
Dirk is described as "a pudgy man who normally wears a heavy old light brown suit, red checked...
Thursday 9 December 2010, 11:23
Huddled against the cold in a huge overcoat, I'm cowering by a wall with a vicious-looking Alsatian snapping at my heels.
Fortunately my canine assailant...
Monday 6 December 2010, 11:51
"Every nation writes its own history in three books, the book of its words, the book of its deeds, and the book of its art: the last of the three is the most reliable."
Well, that was John Ruskin's theory, and I'd go along with it.
I hope our new series, The Art Of Germany, lives up to Ruskin's proposition...
Friday 3 December 2010, 11:50
You will probably already have seen details of some of the great programmes we have coming up this Christmas across all of BBC television. This week we published our final schedules for Christmas and last night we gave a sneak preview of our festive highlights to the press, and I though it would be nice...
Wednesday 22 September 2010, 17:08
We are outside Mary's Deli in the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire, and I am scribbling this as the camera crew gulp a quick coffee, after an early start.
Thursday 16 September 2010, 16:15
I'm about to appear in a BBC Four drama about how Coronation Street started called The Road to Coronation Street, where I play my father, Bill Roache (who plays Ken Barlow in the soap) as a young man. I am about the same age as him when it started.
To get into the role I had some great chats with my...
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