Arena Season 1978
S1978 E01Jan 11, 1978
'The Journey' or The Memoirs of a Self-Confessed Surrealist Jan 11, 1978 George Melly makes an unusual journey to the 1978 Surrealist Exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London.
S1978 E02Jan 18, 1978
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Jan 18, 1978 No television cameras were allowed onto the set of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, but ARENA: CINEMA was present on the last day of shooting to watch Spielberg at work and talk to him about the film.
S1978 E03Jan 25, 1978
When Is A Play Not A Play? Jan 25, 1978 Examines the current controversy over the blurring of boundaries between drama and documentary. Looks at the conventions programme makers use who make drama documentaries and faction programmes.
S1978 E04Feb 1, 1978
Tubes on Tour Feb 1, 1978 A special edition of ARENA: ROCK featuring rock group The Tubes.
S1978 E05Feb 8, 1978
Vanessa Redgrave Feb 8, 1978 TV Documentary on the actress. It shows her in rehearsal, in performance, and talking about her commitment to an acting career.
S1978 E06Feb 15, 1978
Art and Design: Carrington Feb 15, 1978 Carrington: the letters and paintings of a gifted and tragic artist. ' She was alive at every point, and the variety of her feelings wore her out. All her life she remained a giver, not a receiver.'
S1978 E07Feb 22, 1978
Cinema: Claude Renoir Feb 22, 1978 The man who in 1936 shot Jean Renoir 's Partie de Campagne, the lyrical masterpiece of petit-bourgeois life in the 90s, nowadays finds himself tackling the somewhat different territory of James Bond. Arena: Cinema talks to CLAUDE RENOIR about all sides of his long, fascinating career as a top feature film cameraman.
S1978 E08Mar 1, 1978
Theatre: Hey Kids! Let's Do the Show Right Here ... Mar 1, 1978 This month Arena Theatre looks at the hard facts and the familiar cliches behind a new British Musical revival. A bitter-sweet story - with song and dance-as told by ex-' trouper ' Glyn Worsnip. With sneak previews from The Travelling Music Show Kings and Clowns Kismet, and featuring Bruce Forsyth, Lionel Bart , Anthony Newley Lesley Bricusse , Frank Finlay, Tim Rice , Andrew Lloyd Webber.
S1978 E09Mar 8, 1978
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Mar 8, 1978 No television cameras were allowed onto the set of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, but ARENA: CINEMA was present on the last day of shooting to watch Spielberg at work and talk to him about the film.
S1978 E10Mar 15, 1978
Art and Design: Carl Andre Mar 15, 1978 The Man Behind the Bricks, a film about the controversial American artist, whose brick ' sculpture' caused a storm of protest when first exhibited at the Tate Gallery two years ago. Prior to a major one-man show at the Whitechapel Gallery, Arena meets him in London and New York. Madame Stravinsky Actress, designer and now a painter - VERA STRAVINSKY , widow of the great Russian composer, talks to RONALD HARWOOD about her remarkable life.
S1978 E11Mar 22, 1978
Cinema: Dancing Years Mar 22, 1978 Shirley MacLaine starring with Mikhail Baryshnikov makes a powerful return to the screen in The Turning Point as an ex-dancer. In Monte Carlo at the World Premiere, she talks about her life on screen and off. Plus Roseland - James Ivory 's new film follows the fortunes of the lonely at New York's famous old-time dance hall.
S1978 E12Mar 29, 1978
Theatre: Taking Our Time Mar 29, 1978 Taking Our Time For the last ten years The Red Ladder Company have played in pubs, clubs and community halls, mostly to audiences who have never set foot inside a theatre. Taking Our Time is their latest play. Set in 1842, it uses drama, comedy and songs to tell the story of a turning-point in British history - when the hand-loom weavers of the North rose up against the newly-mechanised world of the Industrial Revolution. Filmed among the industrial museums and the weaving and wool-combing factories of West Yorkshire, this programme shows the making and performance of a new work by one of Britain's most adventurous theatre companies.
S1978 E13Apr 5, 1978
Art and Design: Way Out West Apr 5, 1978 Patrick Hughes runs a home for retired rainbows in the port of St Ives. It's the latest project in a lifetime's work spent exploring visual puns, paradoxes and jokes. Cominq Up for Air John Abbott left the Royal College of Art and a hectic life in London six years ago. He now lives on his own in a remote and beautiful Dartmoor cottage but his work is still haunted by disturbing images of city life.
S1978 E14Apr 12, 1978
Theatre: Children of the Gods Apr 12, 1978 Arena goes to Amsterdam to film the spectacular Japanese theatre company, Tenjosajiki, prior to their first visit to England. Renowned for their fantasy plays based on ceremonial and literary themes, the astonishing virtuosity and imaginative range of this company have earned them both fame and notoriety throughout the world. Their latest production Directions to Servants is typical of their work - a combination of daring visual style and rigorous discipline which makes them unique.
S1978 E15Apr 17, 1978
Television: When Is A Play Not A Play? Apr 17, 1978 Examines the current controversy over the blurring of boundaries between drama and documentary. Looks at the conventions programme makers use who make drama documentaries and faction programmes.
S1978 E16May 3, 1978
Art and Design: George Melly May 3, 1978 Another chance to see George Melly 's highly-personal view of two of the most popular recent events in the art world. A Beginner's Guide to Holograms A magical introduction to this futuristic phenomenon - an entree into a world of art and illusion. The Journey: On a nostalgic trip through front rooms and back streets, GEORGE MELLY revives the spirit of Dada and surrealism, one of the most important movements of 20th-century art.
S1978 E17May 10, 1978
Theatre: Arnold Wesker May 10, 1978 This week Arena reassesses the major achievement of an established dramatist, and looks forward to the work of an exciting new one. John Byrne is a Scottish writer with a highly-original comic talent. Arena visits him in Scotland and enters the world of The Slab Boys -his latest play set in a carpet factory in Glasgow and based on his own experiences. Arnold Wesker 's celebrated Roots trilogy is being revived at the Shaw Theatre, London. It provides a unique chance to reassess a work many regard as an undoubted modern classic. WESKER talks about the trilogy and about his life and work in the 20 years since its first performance.
S1978 E18May 24, 1978
Rock:Tubes on Tour May 24, 1978 A special edition of ARENA: ROCK featuring rock group The Tubes.
S1978 E19Oct 11, 1978
Cinema: Francois Truffaut Oct 11, 1978 Gavin Millar talked to Francois Truffaut when the film was first released here in 1970. From his first film, The Four Hundred Blows, which looks affectionately at the making of a young delinquent, to Small Change, made a couple of years ago, his films have often had children at their centre. In this first edition of a new series of Arena: Cinema Gavin Millar also talks to Bill Douglas whose recently completed trilogy about a poor Scottish childhood, My Childhood, My Ain Folk, My Way Home, is regarded by many as the most important contribution to the British cinema for years.
S1978 E20Oct 18, 1978
Vanessa Redgrave Oct 18, 1978 TV Documentary on the actress. It shows her in rehearsal, in performance, and talking about her commitment to an acting career.
S1978 E21Oct 25, 1978
Cinema: Hooray for Hollywood? Oct 25, 1978 Gavin Millar talks to: Christopher Isherwood has been a Hollywood immigrant for 40 years and loved every minute of bis screenwriting career there. 'Thank goodness I had the sense to realise I wasn't the great genius prostituting myself.* Neil Simon (The' Goodbye Girl, The Cheap Detective) is a New York playwright who has chosen to live now in Hollywood. David Puttnam is the young English producer (Midnight Express) who has been in Hollywood only two years and is coming home. 'Leaving Los Angeles is Mke giving up heroin.'
S1978 E22Nov 22, 1978
Cinema: The Thirty-nine Steps Nov 22, 1978 A new British film has its Royal Premiere tomorrow. It is an English period film and vividly demonstrates the high production values, quality and talent available in this country but which so rarely get the chance to reach our screens. The Thirty-nine Steps was originally a novel by John Buchan and has already been filmed twice, by HITCHCOCK in 1935, starring ROBERT DONAT , and by RALPH THOMAS in 1960, starring KENNETH MORE. Gavin Millar looks at the tradition from which it sprang. Plus a foretaste of one of the most interesting London Film Festivals ever.
S1978 E23Dec 6, 1978
Cinema: A report from Bombay Dec 6, 1978 This year's London Film Festival contained five entries from India. It's a reminder that we hardly see any of the output of the biggest film industry in the world. Gavin Millar reports from Bombay, including interviews with Satyajtt Ray , Shyam Benegal and two of India's heart-throbs, Shashi Kapoor and Parveen Babi.
S1978 E24Dec 20, 1978
Cinema: Robert Altman Dec 20, 1978 Robert Altman is one of the most accomplished film-makers in the world. His output has the kind of unexpected and original stamp that can provoke fury as much as idolatry. With M*A*S*H and Nashville, he has gathered around himself a regular production team and stable of actors. His new film is A Wedding which has attracted the usual crop of contradictory notices. It opens here on 28 December. Arena: Cinema presents an exclusive interview with ALTMAN plus news of Karel Reisz 's new film, the story of a Vietnam veteran, Dog Soldiers.