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Season 1993, Episode 00 Larry Kramer

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Feb 5, 1993
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Larry Kramer Feb 5, 1993 One of the world's leading figures in the battle against Aids is not a doctor, scientist or politician, but a writer - Larry Kramer - who says: "Aids has given me my life's work." A novelist, playwright and screenwriter, Kramer first came to prominence in the 1960s with his screenplay of the film Women in Love. His 1970s novel Faggots caused widespread controversy as he attacked his contemporaries in the gay community for their regime of casual sex and easy promiscuity, earning him the title "the angriest gay man in the world". In the 1980s, when the Aids epidemic began to decimate the community, he was one of the first people to take a political, active stance in bringing it to the attention of the world. In recent years - and with the discovery of his own HIV-positive status - Kramer has withdrawn from activism to concentrate on writing, and his new play, the autobiographical The Destiny of Me, has opened off-Broadway to rave reviews.

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Season 1993, Episode 00 Edward Said: the Idea of Empire

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Feb 12, 1993
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Edward Said: the Idea of Empire Feb 12, 1993 Palestinian writer, academic and exile, Edward W Said takes a journey into the worlds of history, literature, ideas and imagination to explain how he wrote his most recent book, Culture and Imperialism. Opening in New York, "the city of exiles", Said's passionate and challenging TV essay ranges from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness to the Gulf War. In it, he shows how attitudes forged over the last 200 years continue to enforce the relationship between the west and the developing world. Challenging the barriers imposed by race, religion and nationalism, he argues that the experience of empire connects us all - whoever we are, wherever we are from - that our histories overlap, that all our cultures are hybrid and impure.

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Season 1993, Episode 00 A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

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Jan 29, 1993
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A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie Jan 29, 1993 Profile of the jazz trumpeter, composer and band leader who died earlier this month (January 1993).

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Season 1993, Episode 00 The Grateful and the Dead

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Jan 22, 1993
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The Grateful and the Dead Jan 22, 1993 The story of the unlikely and unpublicised relationship between a 60s American rock band and some of Britain's little-known orchestral composers. Once the icons of the San Francisco hippie scene, the Grateful Dead are still a leading touring band. But behind their continuing success, the group hide a secret cause: through their Rex Foundation, they have been anonymously - and usually to the astonishment of the recipients - funding British composers ignored or neglected in their homeland. This mysterious foundation has helped to finance recordings of Havergal Brian 's 32 symphonies, for example. And it has enabled the likes of Robert Simpson , Michael Finnissey and James Dillon not only to write their music but to perform and record it as well. This film contrasts the Dead's extravagant shows with the private lives and music of the composers who benefit.

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Season 1993, Episode 10 Only the Names Have Been Changed....

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Mar 26, 1993
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Only the Names Have Been Changed.... Mar 26, 1993 To the innocent reader, the characters in a work of fiction are the author's inventions. To those in the know, it is often more complicated. Arena investigates the effect novels can have on those people who do see a resemblance between themselves and a fictional character and asks whether or not it is "entirely coincidental".

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Season 1993, Episode 10 Duchamp's Fountain

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Apr 2, 1993
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Duchamp's Fountain Apr 2, 1993 In 1917, Marcel Duchamp entered a white porcelain object in a New York exhibition. it was a urinal. Arena unearths the origins of this extraordinary story with an account from Duchamp's lover of the time, ceramicist Beatrice Wood.

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Season 1993, Episode 10 Tales of Rock 'N' Roll: Peggy Sue

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Apr 17, 1993
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Tales of Rock 'N' Roll: Peggy Sue Apr 17, 1993 Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham tells how Buddy Holly's songs Peggy Sue and Peggy Sue Got Married came to be written. She went to the same high school as Holly and married drummer Jerry Allison. Other people recall the era, including Donna Fox who inspired Ritchie Valens' song, Donna.

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Season 1993, Episode 10 Not a Bad Girl

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Apr 18, 1993
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Not a Bad Girl Apr 18, 1993 Brenda Fassie is South Africa's answer to Madonna. A black singer for black people, she is streetwise, outrageous and aiming to be an international star. With her new album I'm Not a Bad Girl, this Arena special shows Brenda Fassie in performance and meets the musicians and media-manipulators working with her in an ever-changing South Africa.

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Season 1993, Episode 10 Tales of Rock 'N' Roll: Heartbreak Hotel

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Apr 24, 1993
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Tales of Rock 'N' Roll: Heartbreak Hotel Apr 24, 1993 This film tracks down the song's writers, schoolteacher Mae Axton and Country musician Tommy Durden, and discovers that Heartbreak Hotel was inspired by a real-life suicide in Miami in 1955. The lyrics of the song actually incorporate the suicide note found by police at the scene. Heartbreak Hotel launched Elvis into international stardom but the song came back to haunt him at the end of his life, which - alleges controversial biographer Albert Goldman - also ended in suicide. This documentary looks at both his meteoric success and his later decline, through the words and music of the song that made it all happen.

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Season 1993, Episode 10 The Last Soviet Citizen

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Feb 19, 1993
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The Last Soviet Citizen Feb 19, 1993 For three decades the Soviet Union's obsession with space stirred the soul of the nation like a secular religion - from the first space star Yuri Gagarin to the sad saga of cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev who circled the planet for almost a year, a helpless spectator of the momentous events back home on earth. Exploring the spiritual force of this grand obsession, Arena talks to Krikalev and the first cosmonauts, and ventures into the world of relics, icons and the memorabilia of the Soviet space venture.

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Season 1993, Episode 10 Zhang Yimou - A Story of China

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Mar 12, 1993
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Zhang Yimou - A Story of China Mar 12, 1993 Director of Ju Dou, Red Sorghum and Raise the Red Lantern is interviewed from within China whilst making a commercial for Philip Morris (China is one of the largest consumers of cigarettes in the world). Although many of his films have been banned inside his native China, Zhang Yimou is fast becoming the most celebrated Chinese director in the world.

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Season 1993, Episode 10 Philip Roth

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Mar 19, 1993
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Philip Roth Mar 19, 1993 To mark his 60th birthday, and the publication of his new book Operation Shylock, Philip Roth breaks his long silence and talks to Arena about his life, books, and some of the links between the two. Since his outrageous comic novel Portnoy's s Complaint appeared in the late 1960s, Roth's chronicles and comedies of Jewish America have established him as one of the most important writers of his generation. But success has brought hostile criticism and, until now, he has refused every request for a television interview, preferring to present himself in his books in the guise of fictional alter egos.

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Season 1993, Episode 10 A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

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Feb 26, 1993
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A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie Feb 26, 1993 Profile of the jazz trumpeter, composer and band leader who died earlier this month (January 1993).

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Season 1993, Episode 10 Weegee

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Apr 2, 1993
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Weegee Apr 2, 1993 Chronicling New York low and high life, Weegee's photographs have often shocked the world. His wife, Wilma Wilcox , talks about the man behind the myth.

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Season 1993, Episode 20 Tales of Rock 'N' Roll - Walk On The Wild Side

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May 1, 1993
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Tales of Rock 'N' Roll - Walk On The Wild Side May 1, 1993 Tells the story behind Lou Reed's song Walk on the Wild Side. The characters named in it were people who frequented Andy Warhol's studio in the late 1960s. Holly Woodlawn and Joe Dallesandro are the only "superstars" who have survived and they are interviewed in the programme. The programme presents a snapshot of a certain moment in the life of New York's underground culture.

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Season 1993, Episode 20 Tales of Rock 'N' Roll: Highway 61 Revisited

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May 8, 1993
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Tales of Rock 'N' Roll: Highway 61 Revisited May 8, 1993 Investigates Bob Dylan's origins in Hibbing, Minnesota and takes a musical and historical journey down Highway 61 itself. John Bucklen, a teenage companion of Bob Dylan, provides some new insights into Dylan's earliest musical experiments and the journey Dylan himself undertook from a middle- class rock'n'roller in Hibbing to fashionable protest singer in New York.

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