Arena Season 1982
S1982 E01Jan 19, 1982
A Genius Like Us: A Portrait of Joe Orton Jan 19, 1982 This quirky Arena, made in 1982, looks back to a time when the humble Ford Cortina was the most popular, and the most stolen, car in Britain.
S1982 E02Jan 28, 1982
Mike Leigh Making Plays Jan 28, 1982 ohn Updike 's new book, Rabbit is Rich, is the third in the Rabbit series from the author of Rabbit, Run, Couples and The Coup. At 50, Updike is at the height of h s powers and reputation. His novels amount to a chronicle of Middle America in the liberated and disillusioned post-Kennedy years. 'Many of my books and stories involve a bourgeois home being disrupted by sex ... Maybe 1 should pay more attention to the fact that these homes were basically established by sex as well.' Art, sex and religion; he has described these as the Three Great Secret Things, and in this film, the first full-length study of Updike, he looks at his own life and art in the light of his strictly religious Pennsylvania past, and wonders about the drives that make Rabbit run.
S1982 E03Feb 2, 1982
The Orson Welles Story Feb 2, 1982 Osip Mandelstam, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, died in a prison camp somewhere in Siberia in the 1930s: no one knows precisely how or when. He was imprisoned not for his political activity but for writing a poem. All we know of the life of this remarkable man comes from two classic books by his widow, Nadezhda Mandelstam : Hope Against Hope and Hope Abandoned. In tonight's Arena, poet and novelist D. M. Thomas , author of The White Hotel, traces the the career of this great lyric poet, with the help of Joseph Brodsky , exiled Russian poet, and Nadezhda Mandelstam. filmed secretly in her Moscow flat in 1973 and seen here for the first time on British tv.
S1982 E04Feb 9, 1982
The Orson Welles Story: Part Two Feb 9, 1982 In a month of continuing controversy about the aims and methods of the ' documentary', Arena presents a classic film by one of the pioneers of the movement-Humphrey Jennings 's Listen to Britain. Made in 1941, it will be seen here, complete, for the first time on British television. Also Gavin Millar looks at the craft of recent documentary makers, focusing on the techniques of the BBC's current Police series. With Roger Graef , Charles Stewart and the team who made it.
S1982 E05Feb 23, 1982
Desert Island Discs Feb 23, 1982 Arena celebrates Roy Plomley's Desert Island Discs with the help of many celebrity castaways, including Paul McCartney, Frankie Howerd, Russell Harty, Trevor Brooking, the Lord Mayor of London, Professor J.K. Galbraith and Arthur Askey.The special guest for the 40th anniversary programme was Paul McCartney who was also a fan of the show: "I love its homeliness. It conjures up the best in traditional British pleasure, like the great British breakfast. It's an honour to be asked."
S1982 E06Mar 9, 1982
The Private Life of the Ford Cortina Mar 9, 1982 This quirky Arena, made in 1982, looks back to a time when the humble Ford Cortina was the most popular, and the most stolen, car in Britain.
S1982 E07May 18, 1982
The Orson Welles Story: Part One May 18, 1982 Two-part film profile of Orson Welles, looking at his life and career in theatre, radio and particularly film. Part One with Jeanne Moreau, John Huston, Peter Bogdanovitch, Robert Wise, Charlton Heston, and a detailed interview with Welles himself. This part deals with his work up to Touch of Evil.
S1982 E08May 21, 1982
The Orson Welles Story: Part Two May 21, 1982 Two-part film profile of Orson Welles, looking at his life and career in theatre, radio and particularly film. This is the second of the two-part profile of Orson Welles, looking at films including The Trial, Chimes at Midnight, The Immortal Story and F for Fake and discussing his many unfinished projects, including The Other Side of the Wind and Don Quixote.
S1982 E09Sep 4, 1982
Mike Leigh Making Plays Sep 4, 1982 Explores the early career of the English writer and film director Mike Leigh and the actor-centered process of collaborative creation that he has developed in his devised dramas for theatre, television, and the cinema.
S1982 E10Nov 9, 1982
A Genius Like Us: A Portrait of Joe Orton Nov 9, 1982
S1982 E11Nov 16, 1982
A Play for Bridport Nov 16, 1982 One of the most spectacular and unlikely theatre events of last year took place a long way from the West End of London in the small Dorset town of Bridport. The Poor Man's Friend, written by playwright Howard Barker and performed by hundreds of towns-people, was the inspiration of Ann ellicoe, best known as the author of The Knack. During the past five years her ambition to create true community theatre has produced amazing results. HOWARD BARKER 'S play looks at the history of the town where in the 19th century the best hanging-rope was made and focuses on the dubious figure of Dr Roberts, inventor of the famous patent medicine known as ' The Poor Man's Friend'. Tonight Arena follows the making of the production, chronicling the scenes on and off the stage as the whole of Bridport becomes absorbed in telling a story from their past.
S1982 E12Nov 23, 1982
Upon Westminster Bridge Nov 23, 1982 It is commonly thought that poets are-university-trained intellectuals who occasionally produce slim volumes about their personal feelings. This is not so with Michael Smith. Smith, an electrifying performer, is an exponent of ' dub ' poetry - which draws on talk culture, reggae music and the rich rhythms of Caribbean native speech. At school in Jamaica Smith was taught the standard works of English Literature but poems about ' The Daffodils ' and ' Westminster Bridge ' had little relevance to his upbringing in the ghettos of Kingston. Tonight's Arena follows Smith on his recent British tour and features the great Marxist historian C. L. R. James, Lynton Kwesi Johnson , the pioneer of dub poetry, and film of the late Boh Marley.
S1982 E13Nov 30, 1982
Three Steps To Heaven Nov 30, 1982 Documentary which looks at the life and premature death of rock n' Roll star Eddie Cochran, with comment from Larry Parnes, Adam Faith, Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Cochran's mother and his fiancee Sharon Sheeley.
S1982 E14Dec 11, 1982
Angus McBean Dec 11, 1982 For nearly 50 years everybody who was anybody in the British theatre passed before the lens of Angus McBean - Gielgud, Olivier, Thorndike, Coward ... He was known as the photographer who resolutely flattered his sitters. Tonight, after a ten-year absence. McBean demonstrates his skill with his old friend Sir Ralph Richardson. He discusses for the first time his astonishing surreal pictures of the 30s and 40s. And photographer Jo Spence faces up to herself and looks beyond the smiling pictures in her own family album.
S1982 E15Dec 11, 1982
Happy Days Dec 11, 1982 Arena presents the first programme in a Samuel Beckett Season providing a unique opportunity to see famous interpretations of his work. The playwright himself directed this production of his classic play Happy Days, and BILLIE WHITELAW , Beckett's favourite actress, plays Winnie - one of the strangest parts in modern theatre. Winnie, buried to her waist in a sandy mound, struggles to get through her day, searching for distractions that will stave off the panic of having nothing to say, nothing to do, no reason to continue living. Willie, her husband, offers little help. Out of this bizarre and improbable setting Beckett makes a play with many comic and touching moments. Introduced by Martin Esslin
S1982 E16Dec 13, 1982
Eh Joe Dec 13, 1982 continues the Samuel Beckett season starring Jack MaeGowran A rare opportunity to see an early television premiere. Recorded in 1966, tonight's presentation has only one visible actor, the late JACK MACGOWRAN who, with Patrick Magee , was one of the principal interpreters of Samuel Beckett 's work. Unseen is an actress, Sian Phillips. She is the voice of a woman whom Joe once loved. He sits remembering, and his memories recall a life whose hypocrisy and faithlessness have brought tragedy-as much for Joe as for the woman. Introduced by Martin Esslin
S1982 E17Dec 14, 1982
Rockaby Dec 14, 1982 Arena continues the Samuel Beckett Season with a unique record of his new play Rockaby which has just opened at the National Theatre. Premiered in America, it was filmed in rehearsal and performance by the celebrated film maker D.A. Pennebaker. The programme follows Billie Whitelaw's preparations for her latest Beckett role: 'People think because I do this I'm well read and knowledgeable and know what it means. In fact, I have no education at all. Beckett blows the notes... they just come out of me....' Attend the opening night in Buffalo; New York, and see the strange and haunting play, and the old woman rocking herself into death...
S1982 E18Dec 15, 1982
am Not I Dec 15, 1982 continues the Samuel Beckett Season In one of the most extraordinary pieces of modern drama Billie Whitelaw , Beckett's foremost interpreter, performs this astonishing tour de force. Not I - the mouth suspended in space, caused a sensation when it was first performed at the Royal Court in 1973. Beckett himself is a great admirer of this television version.
S1982 E19Dec 16, 1982
Quad Dec 16, 1982 continues the Samuel Beckett Season with a premiere A play without words. Quad has a musical structure. It is a kind of canon or catch-a mysterious square-dance. Four hooded figures move along the sides of the square. Each has his own particular itinerary. A pattern emerges and collisions are just avoided. From these permutations, Beckett, as writer and director creates an image of life that is both highly charged and strangely funny. Introduced by Martin Esslin Assistant director bruno voces
S1982 E20Dec 17, 2016
Krapp's Last Tape Dec 17, 2016 concludes the Samuel Beckett Season One of the best-known Beckett monologues starring its creator, the late Patrick Magee Krapp, an old man, is alone with his memories and the reels of tape he has recorded during his life. As he reviews the years listening to his diary, he finally makes a conclusion about the most important thing that ever happened to him. Introduced by MARTIN ESSLIN
S1982 E21Dec 28, 1982
Guernica - The Long Exile Dec 28, 1982 Last year a £13-million painting travelled in top secret from America to Spain. Next day it was headline news that Picasso's masterpiece ' Guernica ' had come home at last, after 40 years in exile. This Arena special tells the story of an extraordinary work of art, and talks to survivors of the terrible event that inspired it.