BBC TWO Autumn 2006
Power Of Art
Historian Simon Schama recounts the remarkable story of eight moments of high drama in the making of eight masterpieces:
Caravaggio's David With The Head Of Goliath; Bernini's Ecstasy Of St
Theresa; Rembrandt's Conspiracy Of Claudius Civilis; Jacques-Louis
David's Marat; Turner's Slave Ships With Slavers Throwing The Dead
And Dying Overboard; Van Gogh's Wheatfield With Crows; Picasso's
Guernica; and Mark Rothko's suite of paintings for the Seagram
Building restaurant, the Four Seasons in New York.
In Power Of Art, Schama returns to the intense moment of the
work's original creation. In each case the artist is backed into a
corner, facing a crisis and given a chance to confound his rivals,
enemies and critics one more time.
However, this is more than a story about art and artists. As
Schama goes back to the birthplace of these masterpieces – to
Baroque Rome, revolutionary Paris, Provence and Civil War
Spain – a very modern history of the Western world unfolds.
Stephen Fry –
The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive
Stephen Fry investigates the reality of
living with bipolar affective disorder –
the condition more commonly known as
Stephen, himself a manic depressive, speaks to celebrities and
others not in the public eye who live with the condition.
programmes show how the condition can affect anyone – accountants, Hollywood
actors, famous comedians, a journalist, a former naval commander, a superstar
singer, single mums and a sportsman.
They all speak frankly about how manic depression
has affected them in their day-to-day lives. The documentary
reveals just how debilitating the condition can be and looks at the
devastating consequences it can have for sufferers, their friends
and their families.
It is 50 years since one of the
mythologised and pivotal
episodes of the 20th century –
the Suez Crisis.
When the Suez Canal
Company was nationalised it
culminated in Anglo-French
and Israeli military action in
the autumn of 1956 and the
downfall of British Prime
Minister Sir Anthony Eden.
Suez takes a comprehensive
look at one of the key turning
points of modern history.
The series reveals the dramatic
personal stories unfolding
against the backdrop of the
Cold War, the end of the
British Empire and the making
of the modern Middle East.
With access to those involved
in the political manoeuvring
and military campaigns, Suez
sheds fresh light on one of the
most compelling narratives of
That Mitchell &
Bafta-nominated comedians Robert Webb and David
Mitchell (Peep Show) invite viewers into their lop-sided world of sketch comedy.
The series is peopled with strange characters, including the old-school waiter ("How
dare you ask to see the wine list, you aren't even wearing a tie!"); the alcoholic
snooker commentators ("A difficult pot this, let's hope he's not distracted by the
thought of a beautiful pint of cooling lager"); and the anxious Nazis ("Erich, do you
think we're the baddies?").
Based on the hugely successful Sony Silver Award-winning BBC Radio 4 show That Mitchell And Webb Sound, the series features a strong supporting cast including Olivia Colman (Green Wing, Look Around You), James Bachman (Hyperdrive) and Paterson Joseph (Peep Show).
It is written by Mitchell and Webb and award-winning writers John Finnemore (Dead Ringers), Sam Bain (Peep Show) and Jesse Armstrong (The Thick Of It).
Time Trumpet With
Sick of clip shows in which
Z-list celebrities try and
remember The Fifty Funniest
Things You Use Your Hand
To Throw? No? Good.
Because Armando Iannucci
brings you Time Trumpet, a clip
show from the future looking
back at the key events,
celebrities, television shows
and people of the next
Imagine Question Time
presented by a donkey puppet
called David Dimbledonkey. Imagine a meal made of cloned
bits of talking Jamie Oliver
flesh that tells you how to
Comedians, including Richard
Ayoade and Stewart Lee,
explain the future's past to
Throughout the series
Armando is joined by much,
much older versions of
Anne Robinson, Charlotte
Church, David Cameron, Ant
and Dec, David Beckham and
many more wrinkled but still
familiar faces who contribute
their views on past events.
Tsunami – The Aftermath
Tim Roth, Toni Collette, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh
Bonneville, Gina McKee, Kate Ashfield, Samrit MacHielsen and
Grirggiat Punpiputt star in Tsunami – The Aftermath, a fictional
landmark drama of loss, survival and hope.
Based on extensive
research and interviews, the drama focuses on the aftermath of the
tsunami in Thailand, as seen through the eyes of a group of fictitious
characters whose lives are irrevocably transformed by the disaster.
Tsunami – The Aftermath powerfully and affectingly explores the
cultural and personal fault lines that can be ruptured when
catastrophe strikes and how, in the face of this extraordinary
tragedy, people came together from all over the world to try to help
one another rebuild their lives.
It examines the lessons for humanity
raised by the events, and forces us to ask how the response can be
improved next time.
Filmed on location in Thailand, Tsunami – The Aftermath, is written by
award-winning Abi Morgan (Bafta winner for Sex Traffic and Murder).
Why Are We Waiting?
Sir Gerry Robinson, the
ruthless turnaround king of big
business (and star of BBC
TWO's I'll Show Them Who's
Boss), is spending six months in
the NHS to slash waiting times
and to find a formula that
patients can wait up to three
months to see an NHS
consultant; Sir Gerry's
challenge in a Yorkshire
hospital is to cut that to two
Patients can also find
themselves waiting up to six
months for an operation and
Sir Gerry is determined to
reduce that figure to only
Sir Gerry brings his
management experience to
bear on four areas –
child health and endoscopy –
to see if it is possible to make
a real difference.