To mark the centenary of the October Revolution, the BBC has commissioned a selection of programmes across television and radio examining this significant event and its continued impact on society.
Broadcasting live from St Petersburg on Tuesday 7 November 2017, Petroc Trelawny opens a day of programming marking the Russian Revolution on the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Winter Palace.
Private Passions: Simon Sebag Montefiore
Michael Berkeley is joined by Russian historian and best-selling author, Simon Sebag Montefiore, who shares his private passions.
Composer Of The Week: 100 Years Of The Russian Revolution From 1917 To 2017
In a special edition of composer of the week, Donald Macleod is joined by musicologist and music historian, Professor Marina Frovola-Walker, to discuss the lives of Russian composers against the backdrop the Revolution. Each programme will focus upon two composers, shining the spotlight on lesser-known figures of this period, including Nikolai Roslavets and Alexander Mosolov.
Between The Ears: Bring Me The Head Of Karl Marx (w/t)
For almost 60 years, the tomb of Karl Marx in Highgate cemetery, London, has been a spot for international pilgrimage. The giant bronze head mounted on a huge stone was inaugurated in 1956. Stone and bronze do not speak, but what would we hear if we could make out the thoughts of the pilgrims and naysayers about Marx and his legacy?
Running for two weeks, this series of essays capture the spirit and ideas of the Russian Revolution through both the stories and artists of the time and cultural figures of ours. Contributors include Sir Richard Eyre discussing the theatre director and actor Vsevolod Meyerhold, former ballerina Deborah Bull on celebrated dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, and writer Elaine Feinstein on the poetry of Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvestaeva. The series culminates with a personal essay written by Martin Sixsmith on the general impact of the revolution on the arts as a whole.
Sunday Feature: To Resurrect Mayakovsky
In a series of Sunday Features exploring different aspects of the revolution, writer Ian Sansom explores the figure of Vladimir Mayakovsky - the poet who proclaimed the Russian Revolution. The question is posed; if an artist becomes a mouthpiece for dictators, can we still admire their work, and does it still deserve to be read?
In Tune: From Russia With Love
Tom Service presents ten features which tell the story of the Russian century through ten works of art. Recorded in Moscow and St Petersburg, a light will be shone on the diverse range of artistic output of the country, including everything from Anna Akhamatova’s epic poem Requiem, Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer and Malevich’s Black Square.
Drama On 3: Fathers And Sons
Drama On 3 presents Brian Friel’s acclaimed dramatisation of Turgenev’s 1860 novel. Telling generational collision of two young men and their families, this piece illuminates the political climate that ultimately led to the Russian Revolution. Featuring an all-star cast including Charles Dance and George Blagden. Directed by Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres.