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The One and Only Mike Leigh

Director Mike Leigh talks to Alan Yentob about his unique body of work and struggle to make films on his own terms. Actors he has worked with discuss his distinctive methods.

In a revealing documentary, Mike Leigh, director of Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake and Abigail's Party among many others, talks to Alan Yentob about a unique body of work and a lifelong struggle to make films on his own terms.

On day one of a Mike Leigh film, there is no script, no story and the actors do not know if they will even be in the final film. It is a process that has yielded some of cinema's most celebrated performances, and Leigh's new film Mr Turner is already winning critical acclaim.

Actors including Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Sally Hawkins, Lesley Manville and James Corden give fascinating insights into the director and his distinctive method of working.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Tue 25 Nov 2014 23:35

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Vince Guaraldi

    Fenwyck’s Farfel

  • Donald Byrd

    Cristo Redentor

  • Donald Byrd

    Beast of Burden

  • Ryan Teague

    Shadow Play

  • Back to Earth

    Dave Brubeck

  • Chavo on bellowhead Presents & Chavo

    Ganka’s song

  • Portico Quartet

    Too Many Cooks

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Symphony The Carinval of the Animals

  • Laurent Dury


  • Nils Frahm

    In the sky and on the ground

  • Max Richter


  • Max Richter

    Vladimir’s Blues

  • Max Richter


  • Yo La Tengo

    They Shoot, we score

  • Richard Hawley

    Born Under a Bad Sign

  • Low


  • Yo La Tengo


  • Arthur Sullivan

    The Mikado Overture

    Performer: John Hollingsworth. Conductor: William Gilbert.
  • Max Richter

    Landscape with Figure

  • Squarepusher

    My Sound

  • Ólafur Arnalds


  • Murcof

    A Lesson for the Future, Farewell To The Old Ways

  • Cenciarelli Catala no torossi & Guido Cenciarelli, Catalano Massimo & Stefano Torossi



Role Contributor
Presenter Alan Yentob
Interviewed Guest Mike Leigh
Interviewed Guest Jim Broadbent
Interviewed Guest Eddie Marsan
Interviewed Guest Sally Hawkins
Interviewed Guest Lesley Manville
Interviewed Guest James Corden
Producer Jude Ho
Director Jude Ho
Series Editor Alan Yentob
Executive Producer Tanya Hudson


  • Tue 25 Nov 2014 22:35
  • Tue 25 Nov 2014 23:05
  • Tue 25 Nov 2014 23:35