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Arena Season 1981

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Season 1981, Episode 01 An Evening With René Clair

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Jan 3, 1981
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An Evening With René Clair Jan 3, 1981 Programme which looks at the life and work of French film director Rene Clair and his work in France and Hollywood. With Leslie Caron, Gina Lollobrigida, Jean- Pierre Cassel, Claude Autant-Lara and Michel Boisrond.

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Season 1981, Episode 02 Chelsea Hotel

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Jan 10, 1981
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Chelsea Hotel Jan 10, 1981 Documentary about the Chelsea Hotel in New York, a legendary haven for the some of the greatest artistic talent of the 20th century, from Mark Twain to Dylan Thomas.Andy Warhol and William Burroughs have dinner in the room where Arthur C Clarke wrote 2001, and Quentin Crisp, who lived in the hotel for more than 35 years, recalls moving in.

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Season 1981, Episode 03 The Art of Radio Times - Private Eye

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Jan 17, 1981
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The Art of Radio Times - Private Eye Jan 17, 1981 Since 1923 the Radio Times has been a leader in design & illustration & Eric Fraser one of its regular contributors talks about his work. > Through out the film covers & illustrations from the Radio Times from 1923 to the present day are featured with a soundtrack composed of excerpts from radio progs incl music, sport, comedy, lectures & early radio announcements. Eric FRASER talks about his change of style from humour to a more serious style since the war, his favourite type of work & how he manages to work to a script & produce designs very quickly. The intv with Fraser & vars hm working on an illustration are intercut through out the film. Name FRASER, Eric

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Season 1981, Episode 04 Private Worlds

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Jan 24, 1981
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Private Worlds Jan 24, 1981 Documentary on two very individual English Artists. Sam Smith, who carves wooden toys and models evocative of the Edwardian era, and Chris Orr, illustrator of the minutes of suburbia.

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Season 1981, Episode 05 Today Carshalton Beeches,,,Tomorrow, Croydon

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Jan 31, 1981
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Today Carshalton Beeches,,,Tomorrow, Croydon Jan 31, 1981 Documentary whcih looks at the role of Radio One D.J. John Peel and his producer John Walters have had in the encouragement of rock bands who have yet to break through into commercial recording.

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Season 1981, Episode 06 Edward Hopper

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Feb 21, 1981
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Edward Hopper Feb 21, 1981 Documentary on Edward Hopper, american painter, whose work is the subject of an exhibition in London at the moment.

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Season 1981, Episode 07 Stages

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Feb 28, 1981
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Stages Feb 28, 1981 Documentary on the staging of The Ik in a quarry near Adelaide in australia by Peter Brook's travelling theatre company. Tribal Aboriginal performers travelled 1000's of miles to see the performance, along with popular plays presented by them.

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Season 1981, Episode 08 The Smallest Theatre...

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Mar 7, 1981
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The Smallest Theatre... Mar 7, 1981 Documentary looking at Britain's smallest theatre, run in Scotland by Barrie and Marrianne Hesketh for the last seventeen years, in which they take all the part s, design and direct all the shows.

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Season 1981, Episode 09 Huston's Hobby

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Mar 14, 1981
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Huston's Hobby Mar 14, 1981 Documentary profile of film director John Huston.

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Season 1981, Episode 10 A Walk With Amos Oz

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Mar 21, 1981
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A Walk With Amos Oz Mar 21, 1981 Documentary profile of leading Israeli writer, Amos Oz in which he talks about t he thirty year history of the Israeli state whilst touring his home city of Jerusalem.

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Season 1981, Episode 11 God's Fifth Columinist

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Mar 28, 1981
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God's Fifth Columinist Mar 28, 1981 Film Portrait of William Gerhardie who died in 1977, whose book Bod's Fifth Colu mn was published in 1981. Michael Holroyd discusses Gerhardie's life and work a nd introduces an interview recorded in 1971.

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Season 1981, Episode 12 Did You Miss Me?

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Apr 4, 1981
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Did You Miss Me? Apr 4, 1981 Profile of pop singer Gary Glitter, who "retired" in 1976 and who was soon hopelessly in debt, but whose career has shown recent signs of revival.

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Season 1981, Episode 13 The Return Of Lupino Lane

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Apr 15, 1981
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The Return Of Lupino Lane Apr 15, 1981 Programme which looks at some of the films of silent film comedian Lupino Lane, whose work was mostly destroyed when his studio went bankrupt in the twenties. However exracts from 14 of his restored films are featured here.

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Season 1981, Episode 14 .The Comic Strip Hero

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Apr 18, 1981
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.The Comic Strip Hero Apr 18, 1981 Documentary which looks at the making of the comicbook hero Superman, with inter views with actors Kirk Alyn, Christopher Reeve, Dr Fredric Wertham, Joanna (the model for Lois Lane) and the creators of the character Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster

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Season 1981, Episode 15 Arena on Clair

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May 2, 1981
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Arena on Clair May 2, 1981 Programme which looks at the life and work of French film director Rene Clair and his work in France and Hollywood. With Leslie Caron, Gina Lollobrigida, Jean- Pierre Cassel, Claude Autant-Lara and Michel Boisrond.

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Season 1981, Episode 16 Somewhere Over The Rainbow...

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May 9, 1981
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Somewhere Over The Rainbow... May 9, 1981 Profile of american painter Robert Natkin, who talks about the early influences on his life.

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Season 1981, Episode 17 If The Music Had To Stop...

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May 16, 1981
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If The Music Had To Stop... May 16, 1981 Documentary which examines the effects of the cuts in education spending on Britain's Youth Orchestras, looking in particular at the example of Leicestershire schools.

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Season 1981, Episode 18 Curtains?

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Aug 16, 1981
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Curtains? Aug 16, 1981 Documentary looking at the future of the National Youth Theatre, looking at its history and the financial threats to its future exsistance. With interviews with Sir Ralph Richardson, Kate Adie, Martin Jarvis, Peter Terson, Helen Mirren.

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Season 1981, Episode 19 The Cinema Of Andrzej Wajda

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Sep 6, 1981
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The Cinema Of Andrzej Wajda Sep 6, 1981 Documentary in which Polish film director Wajda is interviewed in Warsaw and Cra cow shortly after receiving the Palm D'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. He talks about his films and his avoidance of censorship as a film-maker in Poland.

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Season 1981, Episode 20 "I Thought I Was Taller"-A Short History Of Mel Brooks

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Oct 2, 1981
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"I Thought I Was Taller"-A Short History Of Mel Brooks Oct 2, 1981 Portrait of comedy film writer, director and sometime actor, Mel Brooks filmed on location in Hollywood with Gene Wilder, Dom de Louise and Sid Caeser.

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Season 1981, Episode 21 Have You Seen The Mona Lisa?

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Nov 3, 1981
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Have You Seen The Mona Lisa? Nov 3, 1981 Documentary about the image on the Mona Lisa and the various contexts in which the image can be seen throughout the world.

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Season 1981, Episode 22 Let Them Know We're Here

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Nov 10, 1981
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Let Them Know We're Here Nov 10, 1981 Documentary which looks at the development of an idea for a play by Hanif Kureishi through the group improvisation and ideas of the Joint Stock Theatre Company to the first performance of the finished play, Borderline.

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Season 1981, Episode 23 A Pretty British Affair

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Nov 17, 1981
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A Pretty British Affair Nov 17, 1981 Documentary on British film-makers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger who talk about their career in partnership which produced some now-acknowledged "classics" of British Cinema, with comment from Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.

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Season 1981, Episode 24 The Art of Radio Times - Private Eye

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Nov 24, 1981
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The Art of Radio Times - Private Eye Nov 24, 1981 Since 1923 the Radio Times has been a leader in design & illustration & Eric Fraser one of its regular contributors talks about his work. > Through out the film covers & illustrations from the Radio Times from 1923 to the present day are featured with a soundtrack composed of excerpts from radio progs incl music, sport, comedy, lectures & early radio announcements. Eric FRASER talks about his change of style from humour to a more serious style since the war, his favourite type of work & how he manages to work to a script & produce designs very quickly. The intv with Fraser & vars hm working on an illustration are intercut through out the film. Name FRASER, Eric

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Season 1981, Episode 25 A Tall Story - How Salman Rushdie Pickled All India

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Dec 8, 1981
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A Tall Story - How Salman Rushdie Pickled All India Dec 8, 1981 Documentary which features the view of Booker prize-winning author Salman Rushdie of India through the eyes of his hero from the novel `Midnight's Children', Saleem Sinai.

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Season 1981, Episode 26 Brixton To Barbados

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Dec 15, 1981
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Brixton To Barbados Dec 15, 1981 Documentary in which Jamaican-born poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, now resident in Brixton, visits Carifesta, a festival of West Indian culture held in Barbados, and surveys a small part of the very diverse cultural activity of the Islands. Performers include: South Stars - Trinidad; Network - Trinidad; Shake Keane - St Vincent; Bahamas National Dance Company; The Soulful Groovers - the Bahamas; Rebirth; the Renegades - Trinidad; Drama Group - Montserrat; the Mighty Arrow - Montserrat; Chronicle Atlantic Symphony Steel Orchestra; Michael Smith - Jamaica; the Dicey Doh Singers - Bahamas; the Mighty Sparrow - Trinidad; Irakere - Cuba.

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