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Arena Season 1985

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Season 1985, Episode 01 Sonny Boy Williamson Sings

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Jul 27, 1985
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Sonny Boy Williamson Sings Jul 27, 1985 First transmitted in 1985, Blues Night presents rare footage of the harmonica blues player Sonny Boy Williamson, who gave B.B. King his big break in 1948. ‘He was on the radio doing live performances when I first came to Memphis. He put me on his show to do this one song – a lady saloon-keeper hired me that day and I’ve worked ever since,’ King explained to the Radio Times.

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Season 1985, Episode 02 B.B. King Speaks

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Jul 27, 1985
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B.B. King Speaks Jul 27, 1985 First transmitted in 1985, John Walters talks to B.B. King - aided by his guitar Lucille - about his extraordinary life, from a childhood picking cotton in Mississippi to worldwide stardom.

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Season 1985, Episode 03 The Strange Case Of Yukio Mishima

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Jul 27, 1985
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The Strange Case Of Yukio Mishima Jul 27, 1985 BBC2 Arena documentary from 1985, which examines the controversial life and bizarre death of the Japanese author, playwright, actor and patriot, Yukio Mishima, who was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize for literature, and who committed suicide by ritual disembowelment, on 25th November 1970 after attempting a military coup.Using rare archive footage, including film of Mishima giving a final speech just moments before his death, as well as interviews with the author conducted in English, and reminiscences from his former friends and colleagues, including his English born biographer, Henry Scott Stokes, and translator Donald Keene, the film attempts to shed light on what drove him towards his unusual choice of fate.

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Season 1985, Episode 04 Blind John Davis

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Jul 28, 1985
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Blind John Davis Jul 28, 1985 First transmitted in 1985, the great Chicago broadcaster and journalist Studs Terkel and pianist Blind John Davis meet in a downtown bar to discuss and play the blues. This interview was shot for "Omnibus: Studs Terkel's Chicago" but not shown in the final programme.

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Season 1985, Episode 05 Blues Medley

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Jul 28, 1985
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Blues Medley Jul 28, 1985 First transmitted in 1985, this medley of the blues features Fred McDowell, Thomas 'Georgia Tom' Dorsey, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.Huddie Ledbetter - better known as 'Lead Belly' - performs 'Pick a Bale of Cotton', and Billie Holiday accompanied by Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Roy Eldridge, performs her own composition 'Fine and Mellow'.

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Season 1985, Episode 06 Big Bill Blues

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Jul 28, 1985
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Big Bill Blues Jul 28, 1985 First transmitted in 1985, hard blues meets film noir as Big Bill Broonzy sings and plays in a Belgian nightclub back in the 1950s.

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Season 1985, Episode 07 The Strange Case Of Yukio Mishima

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Dec 3, 1985
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The Strange Case Of Yukio Mishima Dec 3, 1985 BBC2 Arena documentary from 1985, which examines the controversial life and bizarre death of the Japanese author, playwright, actor and patriot, Yukio Mishima, who was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize for literature, and who committed suicide by ritual disembowelment, on 25th November 1970 after attempting a military coup. Using rare archive footage, including film of Mishima giving a final speech just moments before his death, as well as interviews with the author conducted in English, and reminiscences from his former friends and colleagues, including his English born biographer, Henry Scott Stokes, and translator Donald Keene, the film attempts to shed light on what drove him towards his unusual choice of fate.

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Season 1985, Episode 08 The Real Buddy Holly Story

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Sep 12, 1985
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The Real Buddy Holly Story Sep 12, 1985 The definitive story of the "undisputed father of rock music," produced and hosted by former Beatle Paul McCartney.

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