Rolf Harris Paints His Dream

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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Rolf Harris dreams of painting the hilarious tryst between Titania, Queen of the Fairies and the donkey-headed buffoon, Bottom, from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. So Arena invited supermodels Lily Cole and Lizzy Jagger and actresses Emer Kenny and Dervla Kirwan to pose for him as Titania. As he paints them he recalls his 57 years as a singer, musician, artist and regular fixture in the lives of millions.

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  • Ten things you didn't know about Rolf Harris

    1. On 30th March 2010 Rolf celebrated his 80th birthday.

    2. Both Rolf’s parents are Welsh, as is his wife, Alwen.

    3. Rolf has always had a dream to paint the scene from 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' where Titania wakes and falls in love with an ass.

    4. Rolf’s original paintings now sell for tens of thousands of pounds.

    5. In 1946 Rolf was the Australian junior backstroke champion.

    6. Rolf left Australia in 1952 to study art in London and met his wife, Alwen, at London’s Royal Academy of Art where they were both exhibiting.

    7. In 1963 Rolf and the Beatles sang 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport' with specially adapted lyrics.

    8. Rolf made his first appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in 1994 following his success with a cover version of Led Zeppelin’s 'Stairway to Heaven'.

    9. Rolf offered his portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to the National Portrait Gallery but it was refused.

    10. Sun Arise was produced by Sir George Martin and Rolf was the best man at George's 1966 wedding.

Credits

Series Editor
Anthony Wall
Presenter
Rolf Harris
Participant
Lily Cole
Participant
Emer Kenny
Participant
Dervla Kirwan
Participant
Lizzy Jagger
Participant
Alwen Harris
Director
Vikram Jayanti

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