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Season 1994, Episode 00 The Dark Side of Black

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Feb 12, 1994
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The Dark Side of Black Feb 12, 1994 The new stars of ragga and gangster rap - Shabba Ranks, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Buju Banton - have become as notorious as they are successful. They command huge audiences and record sales but they have been accused of hating women, inciting violence against gays and encouraging the use of guns. Award-winning film maker Isaac Julien is gay and black and he confronts them. With contributions from Michael Manley and Cornel West.

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Season 1994, Episode 00 The Two Voyages of Donald Crowhurst

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Feb 22, 1994
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The Two Voyages of Donald Crowhurst Feb 22, 1994 The tragic story of the lone yachtsman who attempted to fake a round-the-world voyage. Director Jill Evans : Series editorsNigel Finch and Anthony Wall

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Season 1994, Episode 00 Who Is Vladimir Pozner?

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Feb 5, 1994
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Who Is Vladimir Pozner? Feb 5, 1994 In the 1980s Vladimir Pozner , once dubbed "Ivan the Telegenic", became the second most celebrated communist in the west. Carrying Gorbachev's message to western television screens, he intrigued and troubled millions of viewers. But who is he, this unrepentant propagandist and ex-Soviet correspondent.who is now a talk-show host in America? Arena follows him over a dramatic year and explores the contradictions in his extraordinary life.

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Season 1994, Episode 00 In Search of Oz

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Jan 29, 1994
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In Search of Oz Jan 29, 1994 In Search of Oz, an exploration of the phenomenal popularity of L Frank Baum 's famous children's story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written in 1900. About 20 film versions of the story have been made (including a 1925 one with Oliver Hardy), and the programme includes clips from a selection of these, plus the first TV showing of Baum's own 1908 film and missing footage from the Judy Garland movie. Distinguished devotees to Baum's magical land include writers Gore Vidal, Ray Bradbury and Saiman Rushdie, and film-maker Nora Ephron.

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Season 1994, Episode 10 Glitterbug - Derek Jarman

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Mar 19, 1994
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Glitterbug - Derek Jarman Mar 19, 1994 Seventy million Kalashnikov (or AK-47) guns are scattered across the world. It was the Russians' Cold War weapon and is still the first choice of terrorists, guerrillas and mercenaries. Through the story of Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, Arena asks whether the AK-47 is a cultural icon or just a killing machine.

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Season 1994, Episode 10 Voices from the Island

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Apr 9, 1994
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Voices from the Island Apr 9, 1994 The author of the stories behind Blade Runner and Total Recall grew up in California at a time when an agricultural idyll was fast being replaced by motorways, shopping stores and junk culture. Philip K Dick drew inspiration for his 42 science-fiction novels and countless short stories from the neighbourhood growing up around him and the advertisements on television. This documentary goes on an imaginative tour from the Colorado grave where Dick is buried to the suburbs of California where he lived and worked. Talks to his ex-wives, friends and biographers.

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Season 1994, Episode 10 The Ring - A South London Tale

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Feb 26, 1994
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The Ring - A South London Tale Feb 26, 1994 Documentary following Paul Lynch of South London, who takes part in illegal bare-knuckle fights, and is challenged by the `Cyclone', the supposed Northern Ireland bare-knuckle boxing champion. Despite the build-up and apparent animosity between the two men, the `Cyclone' pulls out and the fight never takes place. It further transpires that Lynch, whose previous claim to fame was as the world press-up champion (with a tv appearance on RECORD BREAKERS), has probably engineered the whole circumstances. There never was anyone called the `Cyclone' (one of Lynch's friends in disguise) and all of the supposed footage of bare-knuckle boxing during the programme was staged. Just how much the programme makers were in on the hoax from the beginning is unclear.

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Season 1994, Episode 10 The Ring - A South London Tale

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Apr 23, 1994
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The Ring - A South London Tale Apr 23, 1994 Nelson Mandela and his fellow ex-prisoners recall their incarceration on South Africa's Robben Island. For three decades, the island housed not only political prisoners but convicts, lepers and the mentally ill. Yet amidst the hopelessness, Nelson Mandela and his comrades devised strategies and subterfuges with which they transformed life on the island, while the vision of a new South Africa began to take shape.

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Season 1994, Episode 10 Theatre without Actors

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Mar 12, 1994
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Theatre without Actors Mar 12, 1994 In 1960 an American film called Primary changed the notion of what a documentary could be, using techniques never before seen on TV. It was made by Robert Drew , whose role in the movement that has become known as cinéma vérité has gone largely unrecognised. Tonight's programme tells his story.

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Season 1994, Episode 10 Cindy Sherman - Nobody's Here but Me

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Apr 24, 1994
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Cindy Sherman - Nobody's Here but Me Apr 24, 1994 Using herself as the model, American artist Cindy Sherman has produced hundreds of photographs exploring the use of female stereotypes. Most recently she has addressed the theme of sexuality and Aids. Renowned for her secrecy - this is the first documentary on her work - Sherman talks about her influences and reveals her working methods through her video diaries.

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Season 1994, Episode 10 Bahia of all the Saints

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May 7, 1994
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Bahia of all the Saints May 7, 1994 Brazil's major slave-trading port for nearly three centuries, Bahia has a black population of over 80 per cent which maintains the legacy of African tradition at every level of daily life. Jana Bokova 's vivid film portrait captures the spirit of the Bahian people, their music, culture, and most of all their religion - candomble - a fusion of Catholic and African religious beliefs. The film culminates in the annual celebration of carnival.

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Season 1994, Episode 10 Sandra Bernhard - Confession of a Pretty Lady

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May 20, 1994
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Sandra Bernhard - Confession of a Pretty Lady May 20, 1994 Sandra Bernhard 's outrageous one-woman show deals with many normally taboo subjects and controversy runs through her personal life: she was once Madonna's lover and is a lesbian pin-up, but she also posed for Playboy. In this country, however, she is perhaps best known as the bisexual Nancy in the Channel 4 comedy Roseanne. Bringing together archive clips, footage of her sell-out New York show and interviews, this sometimes explicit film explores how Bernhard has become a cult icon of female sexual power.

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Season 1994, Episode 10 Philip K. Dick A Day In The Afterlife

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Apr 9, 1994
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Philip K. Dick A Day In The Afterlife Apr 9, 1994 Documentary which goes on an imaginative tour from the Colorado grave where Dick is buried to the suburbs of California where he lived and worked. Talks to his ex-wives, friends and biographers.

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Season 1994, Episode 10 Glitterbug - Derek Jarman

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Mar 5, 1994
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Glitterbug - Derek Jarman Mar 5, 1994 During the 1970s and 1980s Derek Jarman kept a Super-8 film diary, chronicling the cultural high life and low life of London. The footage ranges from William Burroughs reading aloud at the nightclub Heaven, to candid behind-the-scenes footage of his most controversial feature films including Jubilee and Sebastiane. The original music is written by his long term collaborator Brian Eno. Glitterbug, his last film, was shown as a tribute to Jarman who died on 19 February 1994

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Season 1994, Episode 20 Tuning In. Episode about radio enthusiasts

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Tuning In. Episode about radio enthusiasts

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Season 1994, Episode 20 Louise Bourgeois

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Aug 6, 1994
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Louise Bourgeois Aug 6, 1994 This Arena special profiles sculptor Louise Bourgeois, who has suddenly become fashionable at the age of 84, and has been chosen to represent America at the Venice Biennale, the world's most prestigious art exhibition.

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