Tagged with: BBC Four

75 posts about BBC Four on this blog

  1. Spitfire Women: Margaret Frost on her role in the Battle of Britain

    Wednesday 15 September 2010, 17:21

    Gary Andrews Gary Andrews

    Spitfire Women is a documentary that tells the story of the female pilots who transported aeroplanes for the RAF as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).

    Eighty-nine-year-old Margaret Frost was one of the one hundred and sixty-eight women in the ATA and features in the programme. She spoke to the...

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  2. Why Mad Men needs no hard sell

    Friday 3 September 2010, 11:23

    Will Dean Will Dean

    When Mad Men first appeared on BBC Four in 2008 it wasn't the casual racism and misogyny that shocked most viewers. It was the smoke.

    Mad Men introduced us to a world of 1960s ad men who smoked like industrial revolution-era chimneys and drank up spirits like whisky-powered Henry hoovers. And, very...

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  3. New programmes on BBC Four this autumn

    Thursday 26 August 2010, 16:15

    Richard Klein Richard Klein Controller, BBC Four

    It's mid-August, it's raining and blowing an autumnal gale and the Edinburgh TV Festival beckons. Must be time for BBC Four's autumn/winter launch.

    This time last year I wrote about the pleasures of three artistic women's lives dramatised - Enid, Gracie and Margot. This year, it's the story of how...

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  4. Dan Snow's Norman Walks: In search of hidden history

    Wednesday 4 August 2010, 16:23

    Owen Rodd Owen Rodd

    I guess I should consider myself very lucky. I get paid to do what most folk have to do as a hobby. But after six series of walks with Julia Bradbury, Dan Snow's Norman Walks has thrown up a fresh new set of challenges - and, it has to be said, a whole new level of walking fascination.

    Since the age...

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  5. The Great Outdoors: Can rambling ever be cool?

    Wednesday 28 July 2010, 13:34

    Kevin Cecil Kevin Cecil Screenwriter

    Being a comedy writer is quite a sedentary job, and the advent of email made it worse as we don't even get to nip to the Post Office to send off scripts any more. Eventually they will find a way to make coffee via USB and then we will never leave our chairs again.

    But you have to be active - everyone...

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  6. On Hannibal's Trail: Cycling from Spain to Italy via the Alps

    Monday 19 July 2010, 13:05

    Ben Wood Ben Wood Presenter

    My brother Sam is the brains, or lack thereof, behind BBC Four's On Hannibal's Trail. After a cycling holiday in the Pyrenees his suggestion for our next trip was following the 2,500 mile route Hannibal took when he invaded Italy.

    Sam is an archaeologist and one his heroes is Hannibal - the Carthaginian...

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  7. How healthy are BBC One, Two and Four?

    Monday 5 July 2010, 15:00

    Jana Bennett Jana Bennett Director, BBC Vision

    Today the BBC's governing body the BBC Trust has published its report on three of the BBC's television channels, BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four.

    These reports are essentially health checks done every five years to ensure that the channels are delivering the kind of programmes that audiences expect...

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  8. Disappearing Dad: is fiction better off without fathers?

    Tuesday 29 June 2010, 17:08

    Andrew Martin Andrew Martin Presenter

    When I had the chance to write and present the documentary Disappearing Dad, about fathers in fiction, I immediately knew which way I wanted to go.

    I had just been trying to invent a plot for a novel, and I'd been thinking it would be useful if the villain of the piece had been psychologically damaged...

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  9. Lennon Naked: Getting under the skin of John Lennon

    Wednesday 23 June 2010, 12:32

    Robert Jones Robert Jones Writer

    I stick to a routine when it comes to writing. I can't write in a café or a park. I get to my desk around nine and set myself a target for the number of pages to get done in a day.

    At the place where I work they take the mickey out of me for always making coffee at exactly 11 o'clock. It's like a...

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  10. Fatherhood season: Celebrating dads through time

    Thursday 17 June 2010, 20:28

    Richard Klein Richard Klein Controller, BBC Four

    I remember the day my father died. I was suddenly aware that there was no ceiling above me, just the heavens, and I realised that I too would someday die.

    Not the cheeriest start to your Father's Day reading and it gets bleaker before (I promise) some sunshine. I then had to go to Germany to sort out...

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  11. The history of Rude Britannia - from Chaucer to Little Britain

    Monday 14 June 2010, 10:10

    Alastair Laurence Alastair Laurence

    People might ask why we made Rude Britannia - well you might!

    As is sometimes the case with television projects, Rude Britannia had a long gestation period.

    Nearly three years ago we made a series called Comics Britannia in which we celebrated, among other things, the rude genius that was - and still...

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  12. My journey with Stephen Fry and Wagner

    Tuesday 25 May 2010, 10:45

    Patrick McGrady Patrick McGrady Director

    I'm approaching the end of a journey which began nearly three years ago. In summer 2007, my company, Wavelength Films, was lucky enough to be working with Stephen Fry on a film for BBC Four about Johannes Gutenberg - the man who invented printing.

    As we travelled through Germany in quest of that elusive...

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  13. Sectioned: Filming inside a mental health unit

    Wednesday 19 May 2010, 14:45

    Ben Anthony Ben Anthony Director

    I'm really interested in making documentaries that go into worlds we seldom get to see, so I was thrilled to be asked to work with producer Lucy Cohen on an observational film made inside a psychiatric hospital.

    I'd also had an old mate who'd been in and out of psychiatric hospital many times and felt...

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  14. Canoe Man: Why does the Darwins' story stick in our minds?

    Tuesday 30 March 2010, 10:45

    Richard Klein Richard Klein Controller, BBC Four

    A Canoe Man paddles across your horizon only once in a while, so my first reaction to director Norman Hull and producer Magnus Temple's suggestion that we dramatise this story was one of delight.

    It is odd, is it not, how every now and again some stories stick in our minds? They are true stories. Real...

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  15. BBC's quality shines at the RTS Awards

    Thursday 18 March 2010, 15:37

    Jana Bennett Jana Bennett Director, BBC Vision

    One of the most memorable images of the week for me was the moment when Charlie Brooker stepped onto the stage to pick up the Royal Television Society award for best entertainment programme.

    BBC Four's Newswipe with Charlie Brooker was recognised above two estimable giants of the entertainment world...

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