Henry Moore

Duration: 21 minutes

First transmitted in 1960, Huw Wheldon visits Henry Moore at his home in the run-up to a major exhibition of his work at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Wheldon tries to uncover deeper meanings and motivations in the artist's work, but Moore freely admits that he doesn't want to examine himself too thoroughly in case it inhibits his ability to create.

'I hate talking about my work,' said Moore. 'You can't explain a year's work in five minutes; and in any case all you do is to release your tensions and talk them away. All the same, there are things that can and perhaps should be said on a programme like Monitor.'.

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    Huw Wheldon, a major figure in television history, went on from devising and presenting the Monitor series to become the BBC's managing director. Under his guidance, the landmark series Civilisation, Ascent of Man and Alistair Cooke's Letter from America were all produced. Wheldon helped to found the Open University, held five honorary doctorates, was president of the Royal Television Society and trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. He was also awarded the Military Cross during World War II.
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Interviewed Guest
Henry Moore
Huw Wheldon


  • Sun 20 Nov 1960 22:10 BBC Television Service

  • Sun 28 Sep 2008 20:10 BBC Four

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