Jonathan Miller

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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

The BBC's flagship arts documentary strand Arena returns with the first ever documentary exploring the extraordinary life of Sir Jonathan Miller CBE. Jonathan Miller is usually described as a 'polymath' or 'Renaissance man', two labels he personally dislikes. But no-one quite like him has made such an impact on British culture through the medium of television, radio, theatre and opera. He has straddled the great divide between the arts and the sciences, while being a brilliant humorist, a qualified doctor and even a practising artist. With the man himself and a host of distinguished collaborators, including Oliver Sacks, Eric Idle, Kevin Spacey (who owes his first break to Miller) and Penelope Wilton, this Arena profile explores Miller's rich life and examines through amazing television archive - mostly from the BBC - how he makes these connections between the worlds of the imagination and scientific fact.

  • Jonathan Miller

    Jonathan Miller

    Photo taken in 1964 when Jonathan Miller was editor and presenter of the BBC arts show Monitor.

  • Jonathan Miller at La Specola

    Jonathan Miller at La Specola

    Sir Jonathan Miller at La Specola Zoological Museum, Florence during filming for the BBC.


David Thompson
David Thompson
Series Editor
Anthony Wall
Jonathan Miller
Kevin Spacey
Eric Idle
Oliver Sacks
Penelope Wilton


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