140 posts about BBC Two on this blog
Friday 3 February 2012, 17:04
Tonight, as Egypt - Children Of The Revolution airs - filmed over a year through Egypt's revolution and tumultuous aftermath - two of the three young people we followed, Gigi and Ahmed, are back on the streets still fighting for the regime to "really" fall.
The third, Tahir, an Islamist tortured in...
Tuesday 24 January 2012, 10:35
I first fell in love with crusading history as a schoolboy and continue to be fascinated by these medieval holy wars. In many ways, they have become my life's work.
Monday 16 January 2012, 14:48
I have been fascinated by the night sky ever since I was a child.
I remember seeing Saturn through a telescope for the first time when I was about 10 years old, and the sight was nothing short of magical.
Seeing Saturn, rings and all, hovering against the velvet black sky ignited a fire in me that...
Monday 9 January 2012, 10:29
Charles Dickens died without finishing The Mystery Of Edwin Drood - in fact, he was only halfway through, leaving all the balls in the air and numerous hints, blind alleys, unrevealed connections and intriguing possibilities on display.
In short, a challenge not to be missed.
So, Gwyneth Hughes, a...
Tuesday 13 December 2011, 10:43
I wondered if in some bonkers self-justifying way, the MPs felt they were underpaid, so I worked out how much their net income was.
Then I started...
Friday 2 December 2011, 10:22
The truth was, I didn't know. But I knew it would be seen as a failure if we didn't get an interview.
As a director and producer, I have made documentaries...
Tuesday 22 November 2011, 17:12
I watched a young soldier lying in the mud under a sweltering Afghan sky as his friend, with fumbling hands, desperately tried to get a tourniquet round his naked leg.
The screaming was incessant until finally the tourniquet was in place and fiercely tightened.
What I was watching was a training exercise...
Thursday 17 November 2011, 11:58
I watched episode one of series two on two TVs at home to get a sense of how all our painstaking...
Tuesday 15 November 2011, 11:24
He was motivated by a strange combination of self-interest, hunger for adventure, greed, bravery and patriotism.
He was freed from prison and trained as a spy by the Germans...
Thursday 10 November 2011, 10:10
Of all my career achievements, I am most proud of Life's Too Short.
I say this because I have a much closer connection with the series than any project I
have worked on before.
Tuesday 8 November 2011, 11:30
Some of you may remember Video Nation in the 1990s - a really ground-breaking project where the BBC trained a group of people to use what were then cutting edge camcorders to record their lives on video for a BBC Two series.
The result was fascinating, intimate and raw, sometimes funny and often surprising...
Tuesday 25 October 2011, 13:00
Despite our fascination with World War II it never fails to surprise me how many unusual, forgotten or relatively untold stories there still are.
An upcoming series of programmes on BBC Two takes a fascinating look at some of these lesser known tales, focusing on some of the ordinary heroes and debunking...
Monday 17 October 2011, 16:39
Filming for Origins gave me the opportunity to do something I've never done before: to observe our closest cousins, chimpanzees, in the wild.
Earlier this year, on 5 March, I met up with a crew I knew very well - we'd filmed before on Incredible Human Journey - in Heathrow's Terminal Five.
Thursday 6 October 2011, 15:00
I guess there are two ways of approaching a TV production: knowing exactly what you want to say and finding the people who fit into the mould, or telling the story you discover as you go along.
Tuesday 4 October 2011, 13:33
A little over three years ago I set up a school to teach the rare art of natural navigation.
Since then I have run courses, indoors and out, teaching hundreds of people how to find their way using only the sun, stars, moon, plants, animals, weather and buildings.
When my book on the subject came out...
Thursday 29 September 2011, 18:51
Would I be interested in meeting the Executive Producer Charles Thompson to discuss? How could I refuse?
It sounded like a...
Monday 12 September 2011, 14:45
OK, I admit it.
I was a young, foolish, impressionable 16-year-old who spent a week sleeping rough on a street in South Kensington just so I could hang over the rail at the front of the arena on the Last Night of the Proms in 1982.
Just don't tell anyone.
But my abiding memory of that concert was...
Tuesday 6 September 2011, 12:50
It's perhaps not surprising that I became a film curator.
I come from a family who documented their lives through home movies over a period of almost 60 years.
Every few years we hold a grand screening, projecting the films onto a sheet at the bottom of the garden.
Monday 22 August 2011, 15:43
Friday 12 August 2011, 11:20
The Chilean Miners - 17 Days Buried Alive was really conceived on day 18. The miners had just been found - though not actually rescued for another 52 days - and I was rung while on holiday by Guillermo Galdos, a colleague from Peru.
He descended on the mine and has made two very good films about the...
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