Arena Episode guide

  1. The 50 Year Argument - The New York Review of Books

    Charting literary, political and cultural history as per the New York Review of Books.

    First broadcast: 29 Jun 2014

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  2. The National Theatre - Learning Zone

    This Arena special examines the history of the National Theatre.

    First broadcast: 02 Apr 2014

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  3. Whatever Happened to Spitting Image?

    Documentary telling the story of the genesis of the satirical puppet show Spitting Image.

    First broadcast: 20 Mar 2014

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  4. The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert

    1983 Royal Albert Hall concert by the Everly Brothers following their ten-year split.

    First broadcast: 07 Feb 2014

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  5. The Everly Brothers: Songs of Innocence and Experience

    Film about the Everly Brothers, among the most revered of the early rock 'n' roll giants.

    First broadcast: 07 Feb 2014

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  6. Arena: The National Theatre

    Two-part documentary looking at the history of the National Theatre.

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  7. aka Norman Parkinson

    Examining the glamorous life and long career of pioneering photographer Norman Parkinson.

    First broadcast: 21 Apr 2013

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  8. The Brian Epstein Story: Tomorrow Never Knows

    By the mid 60s, Epstein was lured into the world of gambling, sex and drugs.

    First broadcast: 15 Feb 2013

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  9. The Brian Epstein Story: The Sun Will Shine Tomorrow

    Documentary examining the turbulent life and career of Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

    First broadcast: 15 Feb 2013

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  10. Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel

    After years of telling the story of Christian art, Sister Wendy Beckett tells her own.

    First broadcast: 25 Dec 2012

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  11. Screen Goddesses

    Film about female movie stars such as Garbo, Dietrich, Hayworth, Crawford and Monroe.

    First broadcast: 22 Dec 2012

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  12. Sykes and a Day

    A profile of Eric Sykes, looking at his career as writer, performer and director.

    First broadcast: 03 Nov 2012

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  13. The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour

    Arena presents the greatest Beatles story never told.

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  14. Amy Winehouse - The Day She Came to Dingle

    How Amy Winehouse gave an acoustic performance in a church in the Irish village of Dingle.

    First broadcast: 23 Jul 2012

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  15. Who Is Poly Styrene?

    1979 film portrait of the late New Wave singer-songwriter, Poly Styrene.

    First broadcast: 08 Jun 2012

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  16. Jonathan Miller

    A look at Jonathan Miller's life, with contributors including Oliver Sacks and Eric Idle.

    First broadcast: 31 Mar 2012

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  17. The Dreams of William Golding

    An intimate glimpse into the troubled psyche of the great British author.

    First broadcast: 17 Mar 2012

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  18. Sonny Rollins '74: Rescued!

    Newly-discovered film footage of tenor sax legend Sonny Rollins at Ronnie Scott's in 1974.

    First broadcast: 17 Feb 2012

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  19. Sonny Rollins: Beyond the Notes

    Documentary about the saxophonist Sonny Rollins, built around his 80th birthday concert.

    First broadcast: 17 Feb 2012

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  20. Dennis Potter

    Alan Yentob interviews TV dramatist Dennis Potter about his life and work.

    First broadcast: 01 Feb 2012

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  21. Dickens on Film

    An exploration of Charles Dickens's contribution to the history of film and television.

    First broadcast: 10 Jan 2012

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  22. James Ellroy's Feast of Death

    Exploring the work of crime writer James Ellroy, whose credits include LA Confidential.

    First broadcast: 01 Dec 2011

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  23. George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    Martin Scorsese's portrait of the musician, philanthropist and filmmaker, George Harrison

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  24. Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball?

    Documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Secret Policeman's Ball in 2004.

    First broadcast: 31 May 2011

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  25. Bob Dylan: No Direction Home

    The story of the early part of Bob Dylan's career, directed by Martin Scorsese

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  26. Produced by George Martin

    Rich and intimate portrait of celebrated record producer, Sir George Martin.

    First broadcast: 25 Apr 2011

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  27. Rolf Harris Paints His Dream

    Arena enlists models Lily Cole and Lizzy Jagger to help Rolf Harris achieve an ambition.

    First broadcast: 29 Dec 2010

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  28. Dave Brubeck - In His Own Sweet Way

    Profile of the influential jazz pianist Dave Brubeck as he approaches his 90th birthday.

    First broadcast: 03 Dec 2010

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  29. Blackpool

    1989 documentary which takes a look at Europe's most successful holiday resort.

    First broadcast: 29 Aug 2010

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  30. According to Beryl

    Beryl Bainbridge takes a tour of the last twenty years of writer Samuel Johnson's life.

    First broadcast: 22 Jul 2010

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