Arena Season 1981
S1981 E01Jan 3, 1981
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.
S1981 E02Jan 10, 1981
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.
S1981 E03Jan 17, 1981
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
S1981 E04Jan 24, 1981
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.
S1981 E05Jan 31, 1981
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.
S1981 E06Feb 21, 1981
Edward Hopper Feb 21, 1981 Documentary on Edward Hopper, american painter, whose work is the subject of an exhibition in London at the moment.
S1981 E07Feb 28, 1981
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.
S1981 E08Mar 7, 1981
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.
S1981 E09Mar 14, 1981
Huston's Hobby Mar 14, 1981 Documentary profile of film director John Huston.
S1981 E10Mar 21, 1981
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.
S1981 E11Mar 28, 1981
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.
S1981 E12Apr 4, 1981
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.
S1981 E13Apr 15, 1981
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.
S1981 E14Apr 18, 1981
.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
S1981 E15May 2, 1981
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.
S1981 E16May 9, 1981
Somewhere Over The Rainbow... May 9, 1981 Profile of american painter Robert Natkin, who talks about the early influences on his life.
S1981 E17May 16, 1981
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.
S1981 E18Aug 16, 1981
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.
S1981 E19Sep 6, 1981
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.
S1981 E20Oct 2, 1981
"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.
S1981 E21Nov 3, 1981
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.
S1981 E22Nov 10, 1981
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.
S1981 E23Nov 17, 1981
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.
S1981 E24Nov 24, 1981
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
S1981 E25Dec 8, 1981
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.
S1981 E26Dec 15, 1981
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.