Arena Season 2001
S2001 E00May 13, 2001
And the Winner is... May 13, 2001 There is seemingly no endeavour for which there is not an award, from Preacher of the Year to Street sweeper of the Year. Arena asks what lies at the heart of our fascination with awards and prizes, and society's desire to pick winners and losers. Featuring contributions from, among others, Glenda Jackson MP and Nick Park.
S2001 E00May 19, 2001
Budd Schulberg - a Contender May 19, 2001 Eighty-six-year-old novelist Budd Schulberg talks to old friend Hugh Mcllvanney about his life and his long and varied areer- including his screenplay for the multiple Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront
S2001 E00May 28, 2001
The Source May 28, 2001 Tonight's film dramatises the story behind the leading artists who personified the Beat Generation, which saw its roots in the meeting of Allen Ginsberg , Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs in the forties. Examining their bohemian life in the fifties through a set of vignettes, featuring Dennis Hopper as Burroughs, Johnny Depp as Kerouac and John Turturro as Ginsberg, it also charts the subsequent San Francisco and West Coast renaissance, the hippie, political and spiritual movements of the sixties and seventies, and their influence in today's popular culture.
S2001 E00May 6, 2001
Sykes and a Day May 6, 2001 A programme exploring the work of crime writer James Ellroy, whose credits include LA Confidential, The Black Dahlia and My Dark Places, the latter a harrowing memoir of his own mother's murder. Ellroy later moved on from crime writing to pen his own secret history of the United States. As the second volume of his 'Underworld USA' trilogy - The Cold Six Thousand - was published in the UK in 2001, the film takes a tour of Ellroy's often disturbing world.
S2001 E10Dec 25, 2001
Max Bygraves: I Wanna Tell You a Story Dec 25, 2001 Since a 1951 breakthrough appearance on the long-running radio series Educating Archie, Bygraves has proved a hit with the British public, whether he performs as an actor, a comedian or a ballad singer. He still entertains today, dividing his time between Britain and a second home in Australia. Tonight's Arena finds out what makes the entertainer tick.
S2001 E10May 31, 2001
Stalin - the Red God May 31, 2001 Joseph Stalin is seen outside his native land as one of history's most deplorable tyrants, but throughout the former Soviet states a cult of Stalin still exists. This film documents Stalin's development from would-be provincial priest to ruthless autocrat, and shows how he exploited the repression of the Russian Orthodox Church, using visual propaganda, to reinvent himself as a quasi-religious idol.
S2001 E10Oct 6, 2001
According to Beryl Oct 6, 2001 A one-off film in which author Beryl Bainbridge chronicles the extraordinary relationship during the 18th century between Samuel Johnson and Hester Thrale , the wife of rich London brewer Henry Thrale , which forms the basis for her latest novel, According to Queeney.Johnson lived with the Thrales for most of the last 20 years of his life, during which time Hester nursed him through his bouts of melancholia and gout - until she ran off with her daughter Queeney's Italian singing teacher. Jim Carter and Suzannah Harker read extracts from letters Johnson and Mrs Thrale wrote to each other. Beth Goddard and Bainbridge herself read from According to Queeney.
S2001 E10Dec 25, 2001
Sykes and a Day Dec 25, 2001 Writer, performer and director, the late Eric Sykes was the renaissance man of British comedy. This episode of Arena opens the doors of the room that was his creative home for forty years. "The minute I come through this door and I close it, then I'm in my world of creation. I can't tell you how many shows or how many films - it's all here, I can feel it, it's almost tangible", he says in the film.Post-war Britain saw Sykes catapulted to fame in the hugely successful Variety Bandbox and Educating Archie. He quickly became the country's highest paid comedy writer. When Spike Milligan was going through a period of stress, Sykes helped him with The Goons, sometimes writing whole episodes and typically eschewing the credit. Later, his television series with Hattie Jacques, Sykes And A... ran for 20 years attracting gigantic audiences.The film takes him through a day at his beloved office, an Aladdin's Cave of triumphs and treasures. There he muses on his life and career, and the other greats he knew and worked with.
S2001 E10Dec 26, 2001
The Private Dirk Bogarde Dec 26, 2001 In 1986, Dirk Bogarde burnt most of his personal papers at his home in southern France. However, 12 cans of home movies, shot mostly by Bogarde's long-term partner Anthony Forwood, survived the flames. This Arena special draws on this footage to present for the first time a comprehensive, two-part portrait of the reclusive actor, who died in 1999. The first film chronicles Bogarde's idyllic Sussex childhood and charts his meteoric rise to "idol of the Odeons" status in the fifties. Bogarde's sister, brother and grandmother, and Anthony Forwood's son Gareth offer their recollections.
S2001 E10May 30, 2001
Salgado - the Spectre of Hope May 30, 2001 During the past 30 years the photographic work of Brazilian-born Sebastiao Salgado has helped to bring conditions of famine and poverty to international attention.