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BBC Two Autumn 2007 
Picture shows (L-R) Maggie Smith, David Walliams and Ruth Wilson in Capturing Mary

BBC Two Autumn 2007

Programmes A-D

Am I Normal?


Clinical psychologist Dr Tanya Byron explores the sometimes fine line between "normal" behaviour which may seem eccentric but is harmless, and pathological behaviour which is a suitable case for psychological treatment, in this new series.


Dr Tanya, known for her expertise on The House Of Tiny Tearaways and Teen Angels, takes the themes of sex, addiction, vanity and spirituality as the subjects of these documentaries.


During the series she questions, for example, whether the nun who hears voices and spends her life in cloistered isolation is really that different from the vagrant who spends all day exhorting passers-by to "be a winner, not a sinner". And is the man who claims to have had sex with 6,000 partners sick, sad – or neither?




Arena – The Agony And The Ecstasy Of Phil Spector


The legendary Phil Spector invented the role of music producer and transformed rock 'n' roll – giving us Be My Baby, You've Lost That Loving Feeling, Let It Be, All Things Must Pass, John Lennon's solo work and even the Ramones. He soundtracked a generation but has never agreed to give substantial interviews.


Now, as his trial for murder threatens to eclipse his musical legacy, he is participating fully in a no-holds-barred documentary for Arena, set to the soundtrack of his greatest hits.


The film dissects these songs, from the perspective of Spector's tortured inner world, to spotlight his creative process and celebrate his musical brilliance. Footage from the ongoing trial provides a dramatic counterpoint to this unprecedented material.


Arena – The Agony And The Ecstasy Of Phil Spector is produced by nine-time Bafta-winning Anthony Wall and is directed by multi-award-winning Vikram Jayanti, whose hallmark is empathic explorations of genius.



British Film Forever 
Illustration for British Film Forever


British Film Forever


From Four Weddings And A Funeral to The Elephant Man, Shaun Of The Dead to Gandhi and James Bond to the Ealing comedies, Britain has continued to be a major player in world cinema for over 100 years. A season dedicated to home-grown cinema starts in the late summer, encompassing all genres from thriller and comedy to kitchen-sink drama.


This unique television event celebrates the rich heritage of British film and has as its centrepiece British Film Forever, a prime-time series examining British film by genre. Featuring over 200 exclusive interviews from leading actors and directors including Sir Michael Caine, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Kate Winslet, Ewan McGregor, Gurinder Chadha and Richard Curtis, the series is being made with the support of the British Film Institute and the UK Film Council.


As well as being an enjoyable romp through the greatest films and stars, the series looks at what makes British film unique and what it reveals about British culture.


To complement British Film Forever, BBC Two dedicates itself to the best of British by screening over 40 favourite films, including some exclusive premières. The season also includes special editions of The Proms, The Culture Show and Arena and an extensive website.




Capturing Mary


Dame Maggie Smith, David Walliams and Ruth Wilson star in Capturing Mary, one of two major new films written and directed by the inimitable, award-winning auteur Stephen Poliakoff.


The films are linked by an exquisite house that is frozen in time and a highly individual young man, Joe (played by newcomer Danny Lee Wynter), the concierge of the house, through whose eyes viewers see the world.


Capturing Mary is set in this beautiful but dormant house. The legendary Maggie Smith heads the cast as Mary, a once brilliant writer and critic, reflecting on her younger self (played by Ruth Wilson).


As Mary looks back on her prime, she is haunted by the memory of a supremely charming but subtly evil man, Greville (played by David Walliams), who feigned friendship but actually brought devastation...


Joe's Palace, starring Sir Michael Gambon, Rupert Penry-Jones and Kelly Reilly, is Stephen Poliakoff's other film and can be seen on BBC One.




Classical Star


The hunt for Britain's next classical music superstar is under way and the young hopefuls (19-and-under, minimum Grade 8) must have that "something extra" to impress the élite judging panel.


Classical Star is searching for a top-class performer with the unique ability to broaden the appeal of classical music, who will be awarded a recording contract with a leading classical label and marketing support to launch their career.


Through nationwide open auditions, nine candidates will be selected for three weeks' intensive training in the Music Academy. Music director Matthew Barley – mentor and acclaimed musician – will oversee a programme of teaching: practice, master classes from top artists and industry specialists, and the development of the candidates' all-round performance skills and ability.


A process of elimination will see the final three given a month to prepare for a grand final concert performance, in which the audience will play a key role in deciding the winner.




The Company


Chris O'Donnell (Scent Of A Woman) stars as fictional hero Jack McAuliffe, a man caught in the dark underside of the American intelligence community, in a brand-new TV event for BBC Two.


The Company is based on Robert Littell's gritty, best-selling novel about the CIA, and comes from the writer of Black Hawk Down, the makers of Rome and Band Of Brothers and acclaimed director Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions. The series spans a 30-year period, from the Cold War up to the first Gulf War, and features genuine events and characters.


An international cast includes British-born Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Natascha McElhone (Ronin, Solaris) and Tom Hollander (Pirates Of The Caribbean), with American stars Michael Keaton (Batman) and Alessandro Nivola (Goal!, Junebug).


The Company airs in the US this summer.




Dragons' Den


Dragons' Den is back and it's bigger and better than ever before. The Den is open for business and the multi-millionaire investors are ready to back the best ideas and innovations with their own cash.


This series, Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne will be joined by a new Dragon in the lair.


There's already been a huge response from entrepreneurs hungry for investment in their ideas. These include a revolutionary new watch which doesn't tell, but merely suggests, the time; a dad who hopes to release a CD of R&B nursery rhymes for kids; and Europe's first – and only – motorised rickshaw service.


The entrepreneurs are lined up, dry-mouthed and knock-kneed, at the bottom of the stairs that lead to their fate. Will it be success beyond their wildest dreams or will the tough-talking Dragons send them home with their hopes and plans in shreds? Find out whose investment dreams come true when Dragons’ Den returns…






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