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Posted: Friday, 30th May 2008
Imagine... aims to capture the power and effect of the arts and the people who have changed our way of looking at the world.
It is presented by Alan Yentob, who says "The brief for Imagine… is simple. To be bold. We aim to be inclusive but we hope to inspire and surprise too."
In this series of Imagine…
The series opens with an interview with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing, who was filmed as she won the award this year.
In another edition, psychiatrist Oliver Sacks looks at the relationship between music and the human brain. He meets a talented drummer with Tourette syndrome and a man who became a concert pianist after being struck by lightning.
The third film in the series is an edited version of the cinema release Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens, which documents the celebrity photographer (originally produced by New York film company Adirondack Pictures).
The next film follows Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra musicians on their debut tour as they compete to impress conductor Simon Rattle.
In a film set in Japan, Alan Yentob goes in search of the myth of Haruki Murakami, the notoriously publicity-shy author of international bestsellers such as Kafka on the Shore and Norwegian Wood. Murakami agrees to a rare off-camera interview with programme producer Rupert Edwards. In this impressionistic film Yentob goes in search of Murakami's muse in Tokyo and Kobe. There he delves into the social and political background of the author's work and encounters his fans, critics, translators and a talking cat.
For the next film of the season Alan Yentob travels to LA to film an in-depth interview with Herzog, the prolific German film director whose recent credits include documentary Grizzly Man and action film Rescue Dawn.
Finally Alan Yentob presents a tribute to the late Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning director of The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley who died suddenly in March.