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77 posts about BBC Four on this blog

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Holy Flying Circus: Making a drama of Monty Python

    Wednesday 19 October 2011, 11:45

    Rufus Jones Rufus Jones Actor

    "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."

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  4. Elegance and Decadence: The Age of the Regency

    Monday 5 September 2011, 14:00

    Lucy Worsley Lucy Worsley Presenter

    A ballroom, pretty dresses, couples twirling round the floor to the swelling music of the Waltz. What could be more genteel?

    Well, as I discovered in my new series Elegance and Decadence: The Age of the Regency, the waltz was the Regency equivalent of dirty dancing.

Historian Robin Benie gives...

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  • The Killing on BBC Four

    Thursday 1 September 2011, 17:30

    Richard Klein Richard Klein Controller, BBC Four

    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...

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  • British Masters: My one big chance to get even

    Monday 18 July 2011, 17:00

    James Fox James Fox Presenter

    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.

    That...

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  • Prince Charles and Jerusalem's composer Hubert Parry

    Thursday 26 May 2011, 15:20

    John Bridcut John Bridcut Director

    Jerusalem is perhaps the greatest of England's national songs - familiar at rugby matches and meetings of the Women's Institute, as well as royal weddings and the Last Night Of The Proms.

    But, unlike Edward Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory, its composer has languished in the shadows, an almost forgotten...

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  • Driving the A303: Highway To The Sun

    Thursday 19 May 2011, 15:16

    Tom Fort Tom Fort Presenter

    "Why a road?" people asked when I told them I was presenting this documentary, then, "Why the A303?"

    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...

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  • If Walls Could Talk: what did we do without bathrooms?

    Tuesday 19 April 2011, 12:24

    Lucy Worsley Lucy Worsley Presenter

    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...

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  • BBC Four's new programmes for spring

    Wednesday 30 March 2011, 11:00

    Richard Klein Richard Klein Controller, BBC Four

    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...

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  • Women In Love: Adapting DH Lawrence's famous novels

    Thursday 24 March 2011, 12:03

    William Ivory William Ivory Writer

    This is what I call squeaky bum time. A few days to go before transmission of the first instalment of my two-part version of DH Lawrence's Women In Love.

    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...

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  • Romancing The Stone: The Golden Ages Of British Sculpture

    Wednesday 23 February 2011, 11:05

    Alastair Sooke Alastair Sooke Presenter

    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...

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  • Fig Leaf: The Biggest Cover-Up In History

    Thursday 10 February 2011, 09:59

    Stephen Smith Stephen Smith

    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,...

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  • Outside The Court: Filming the stories behind the court cases

    Monday 31 January 2011, 17:26

    Fiona Wickham Fiona Wickham Editor, TV blog

    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...

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  • Hattie Jacques: How we filmed her bittersweet tale

    Wednesday 19 January 2011, 11:03

    Seb Barwell Seb Barwell Producer

    The idea for a Hattie Jacques film was first hatched with Cheryl Taylor in BBC Comedy, following the excellent BBC Four dramas on Frankie Howerd, Tony Hancock and others.

    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...

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  • Nordic Noir: The Story Of Scandinavian Crime Fiction

    Monday 20 December 2010, 09:00

    Robert Murphy Robert Murphy Producer

    The Stieg Larsson phenomenon was building to a crescendo when we decided the time was ripe to take stock of Scandinavian crime fiction in the documentary that became Nordic Noir.

    Why had a region best known for Volvos, Abba and Ikea begun producing dark and violent thrillers filled with brooding detectives...

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  • Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently: How slavishly should a screen adaptation follow the book?

    Thursday 16 December 2010, 10:33

    Stephen Mangan Stephen Mangan Actor

    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...

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  • Macbeth with Sir Patrick Stewart: The Scottish play from stage to TV

    Thursday 9 December 2010, 11:23

    John Wyver John Wyver Producer

    Huddled against the cold in a huge overcoat, I'm cowering by a wall with a vicious-looking Alsatian snapping at my heels.

    That's one of my more vivid memories from the location shoot for director Rupert Goold's film of Macbeth with Sir Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood.

    Fortunately my canine assailant...

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  • The Art Of Germany

    Monday 6 December 2010, 11:51

    Andrew Graham-Dixon Andrew Graham-Dixon Presenter

    "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...

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  • Watch a sneak preview of the BBC's Christmas shows

    Friday 3 December 2010, 11:50

    Jana Bennett Jana Bennett Director, BBC Vision

    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...

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