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Season 1991, Episode 00 Derek Jarman A Portrait

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Jan 25, 1991
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Derek Jarman A Portrait Jan 25, 1991 Derek Jarman is a uniquely British outsider: a painter, film-maker and a self-appointed enfant terrible with a paradoxical affection for tradition. He makes films as a painter or poet, rather than as a conventional film-maker; his subject matter includes Shakespeare's Tempest, a critique of Great Britain in Jubilee year and Sebastiane, an openly gay interpretation of the saint's martyrdom. The programme includes clips from all his work, including his latest film, The Garden.

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Season 1991, Episode 00 Anselm Kiefer: Operation Sealion

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Feb 1, 1991
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Anselm Kiefer: Operation Sealion Feb 1, 1991 Kiefer is Germany's most controversial and reclusive artist. He is also its most successful. The millions his work commands in the auction houses and his popularity with collectors belies the sombreness of the subject matter - Germany's past.Through Wagnerian legend, historical conjecture and ancient mythology, Kiefer offers a personal view of Germany today that is both an exorcism and a warning. Never before filmed, Kiefer has collaborated with Arena in an unusual portrait in which he sets out to 'disinter some corpses from Germany's past'.

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Season 1991, Episode 00 The Very Strange Story Of... The Legendary Joe Meek

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Feb 8, 1991
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The Very Strange Story Of... The Legendary Joe Meek Feb 8, 1991 On 3 February 1967, Joe Meek , composer of Telstar and pioneer independent producer, shot his landlady and then himself. With Humphrey Lyttelton, Screaming Lord Sutch, Heinz, Jonathan King, John Leyton and Jess Conrad, Arena charts this Ortonesque tale.

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Season 1991, Episode 00 Miller Meets Mandela

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Jan 18, 1991
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Miller Meets Mandela Jan 18, 1991 Nelson Mandela, since his release, has become one of the most famous people in the world. Everyone has heard of the leader, but Mandela the man remains an enigma. For the first time he talks about his life and times from a personal standpoint. Arena invited Arthur Miller , veteran of half a century of meditation on moral and social issues, to Soweto and to talk to Mandela. In the intimate setting of his home, they discuss Mandela's life and their hopes and fears for the future of South Africa and the world.

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Season 1991, Episode 10 Caroline 199 - A Pirate's Tale

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Mar 1, 1991
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Caroline 199 - A Pirate's Tale Mar 1, 1991 Radio Caroline, founded in 1964 by Ronan O'Rahilly, gave many DJs their first break, including Tony Blackburn. Arena traces the origins of this broadcasting phenomenon of the 60s which is threatened with extinction by the government's new bill.

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Season 1991, Episode 10 The Human Face

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Apr 12, 1991
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The Human Face Apr 12, 1991 Top US crime writer Elmore Leonard 's street-wise characters range from violent hoodlums in and around Detroit to low-life hustlers on Florida's Gold Coast. Arena travels with him as he visits some of the colourful and contrasting people and places that have been the inspiration for his bestselling books, meeting homicide cops, a Hollywood producer, a circuit court judge and the mermaids of Weeki Wachee.

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Season 1991, Episode 10 The Other Roci

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Mar 22, 1991
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The Other Roci Mar 22, 1991 Rocky is the name of American artist Robert Rauschenberg 's pet turtle. It is also the name of an epic and visionary project which in the last eight years has taken Rauschenberg around the world a dozen times: Roci - the Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange. The resulting work is shown in a huge exhibition, ending in a retrospective in Washington in spring of this year.

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Season 1991, Episode 10 Elmore Leonard's Criminal Records

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Apr 5, 1991
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Elmore Leonard's Criminal Records Apr 5, 1991 When Kenneth Anger first published his classic expose of Hollywood's best-kept secrets and scandals, it was immediately banned. The underground film-maker struck a raw nerve in 'tinsel town'. Tonight he goes for a 'walk on the wild side' with Marianne Faithfull , the man who embalmed Marilyn Monroe and American comic Mike McShane who plays the god of Hollywood. Irreverent but affectionate, Anger reveals the origins of the casting couch, why James Dean was 'the human ashtray' and the truth behind Fatty Arbuckle's public disgrace.

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Season 1991, Episode 10 Three Irish Writers

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Mar 15, 1991
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Three Irish Writers Mar 15, 1991 It has been said that the English hoard words like misers and the Irish spend them like sailors. Tonight's Arena presents three great Irish masters of the English language, Flann O'Brien, Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan. Anthony Cronin, poet, friend and fellow-drinker, recalls their genius and their wild exploits in Dublin

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Season 1991, Episode 10 Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon

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Mar 29, 1991
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Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon Mar 29, 1991 A spectacular musical celebration of life. Lifepulse explores the rhythm of nature, its beauty, horror and delight, in a dramatic visual journey. Music by the Startled Insects.

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Season 1991, Episode 10 Mardi Gras

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Feb 12, 1991
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Mardi Gras Feb 12, 1991 While here in Britain we settle for pancakes, elsewhere Mardi Gras, literally Fat Tuesday, is celebrated in an altogether more spectacular fashion. Arena brings you highlights of the pre-Lenten revelry in New Orleans, Rio and Trinidad.

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Season 1991, Episode 10 The Importance Of Being Oscar

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Mar 17, 1991
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The Importance Of Being Oscar Mar 17, 1991 This one-man show based on the life of Oscar Wilde was the jewel in the crown for Irish actor Michael MacLiammoir 's career. The programme was first shown on St Patrick's Day 1964. With Niall Toibin.

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Season 1991, Episode 10 One Irish Rover

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Mar 16, 1991
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One Irish Rover Mar 16, 1991 For more than two decades, Van Morrison has been fusing different musical influences, creating a style of his own. In this programme he duets with Bob Dylan and plays harmonica with blues legend John Lee Hooker. He leads the Danish Radio Big Band, sings with Irish folk group the Chieftains and relives the heyday of 60s r 'n' b with the Georgie Fame Band.

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Season 1991, Episode 10 Staring At The Ceiling

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Mar 8, 1991
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Staring At The Ceiling Mar 8, 1991 This profile of Keith Waterhouse follows him through his hectic diary. As a columnist for the Daily Mail he reports from the Conservative conference in Bournemouth and the Labour conference in Blackpool, where he slips away to become a tram driver. As the playwright of Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell he tutors the real Jeffrey Bernard in the delicate art of making eggs fly into beer glasses. As a novelist he does research in Haywards Heath. And while one play ends, another one - Bookends - opens in Brighton. He also finds time for his favourite hobby, lunch.

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Season 1991, Episode 20 The Complete Citizen Kane

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Oct 13, 1991
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The Complete Citizen Kane Oct 13, 1991 An Arena Special looking at Orson Welles and the production of the film CITIZEN KANE, considering the furore that accompanied it and the real life press baron William Randolph Hearst upon whom Kane is based, and his efforts to halt the film, destroy the negative and persecution of people involved with its production and showing. It includes BBC interviews with Welles made in 1960 and 1982, and film historian Robert Carringer looks at the scenes that never made it to the screen. American film critic Pauline Kael also analyses the film's enduring appeal.

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Season 1991, Episode 20 The Complete Citizen Kane

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Oct 13, 1991
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The Complete Citizen Kane Oct 13, 1991 An Arena Special looking at Orson Welles and the production of the film CITIZEN KANE, considering the furore that accompanied it and the real life press baron William Randolph Hearst upon whom Kane is based, and his efforts to halt the film, destroy the negative and persecution of people involved with its production and showing. It includes BBC interviews with Welles made in 1960 and 1982, and film historian Robert Carringer looks at the scenes that never made it to the screen. American film critic Pauline Kael also analyses the film's enduring appeal.

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Season 1991, Episode 20 Texas Saturday Night

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Apr 19, 1991
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Texas Saturday Night Apr 19, 1991 In the last of the current series of Arena, musical performance artist Laurie Anderson presents an examination of mankind's obsession with its own image. For thousands of years artists and scientists have attempted to unravel the enigmas of the human face. The disembodied head is a symbol of humanity, conveyor of information and portrayer of emotion. Now modern computer technology may be on the verge of unlocking some of the mysteries of the human face.

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