Arena Season 1988
S1988 E01Jan 8, 1988
Woody Guthrie Jan 8, 1988 Woody Guthrie was born into a family made rich by the Oklahoma oil boom. But by the time he was eight years old, his mother was in an insane asylum and his father had lost every penny. His personal life was a catalogue of tragedy and disease, yet he had a vision that inspired two generations of Americans. The dustiest of the Dust Bowlers, Guthrie made his own life into a myth. He appointed himself spokesman for the poor and oppressed and through his songs turned their life into his own.This classic film is full of the songs of Woody Guthrie and contains rare footage of him performing. Guthrie's story is told in his own words and includes extended interviews with friends and family.
S1988 E02Jan 15, 1988
The Dandy-Beano Story Jan 15, 1988 Arena presents, on the occasion of their 50th anniversaries, a tribute to those great British institutions, the Beano and the Dandy.In their pages, the Softie has fought an unending losing battle against the likes of Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx, and the cow pie and the slap-up feed remain the just rewards for good behaviour.Arena visits Dundee in Scotland, where the current editors give their rendition of 'The Lost Highway' to the strumming of the Beano guitar. The film also includes such stalwart fans as the acerbic Steve Bell on the sources of his inspiration, Joan Armatrading, who not only wrote a song about the Beano but actually guest-starred in a strip, and leading young fogey A. N. Wilson on his admiration for Desperate Dan.
S1988 E03Jan 22, 1988
The Dandy-Beano Story Jan 22, 1988 50th anniversary tribute to the Beano and Dandy comics. (Synopsis from BFI Film & TV Database)
S1988 E04Jan 29, 1988
Ryszard Kapuscinski : Your Man Who Is There Jan 29, 1988 On the work of Ryszard Kapuscinski, a major figure in contemporary literature an d journalism. In three decades he has witnessed and reported on 27 revolutions, and is now working on a trilogy on 20th century despotism - 'Amin'.
S1988 E05Feb 5, 1988
The Emperor Feb 5, 1988 Performance of Jonathan Miller's production for the Royal Court Theatre, of Ryszard Kapuscinski's "The Emperor", adapted for the stage and television by Michael Hastings and Jonathan Miller. Drama about the last days of Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia before his final overthrow.
S1988 E06Feb 12, 1988
My Name Is Celia Cruz Feb 12, 1988 Profile of Cuban salsa singer Celia Cruz, who now lives and works in New York.
S1988 E07Mar 4, 1988
An Andalucian Journey Mar 4, 1988 A journey through southern Spain to meet the Andalucian gypsy families who keep alive the traditions of flamenco.
S1988 E08Mar 18, 1988
Robert Mapplethorpe Mar 18, 1988 Profile of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, to accompany the exhibition of his work at the National Portrait Gallery.
S1988 E09Mar 25, 1988
The English Thoroughbred Mar 25, 1988 Documentary on the thoroughbred horse. Horses include Oh So Sharp, Dancing Brave, Adjal and Reference Point.
S1988 E10Apr 1, 1988
Byrne About Byrne Apr 1, 1988 John Byrne, author of TUTTI FRUTTI, writes and directs his own film autobiography.
S1988 E11Nov 25, 1988
Ten Green Bottles Nov 25, 1988 Tenth anniversary edition of the programme, featuring clips from some of the pro grammes of the last ten years.
S1988 E12Dec 2, 1988
Clint Eastwood Dec 2, 1988 Interview with Clint Eastwood about his career, his work as a director and the evolution of the Eastwood persona.
S1988 E13Dec 9, 1988
Moving Across The World On Horses Dec 9, 1988 Documentary about the work of Michael Ondaatje, including a dramatisation of his ideas.
S1988 E14Dec 16, 1988
History Boys On The Rampage Dec 16, 1988 Report about the Field Day Theatre Company's production of Making History on tour in Northern Ireland.
S1988 E15Dec 23, 1988
The Unforgettable Nat King Cole Dec 23, 1988 Portrait of American singer Nat King Cole, from his birthplace in Alabama through his early career as a young jazz pianist in Chicago to world famous vocalist.