Arena Season 2004
S2004 E00Dec 9, 2004
Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball? Dec 9, 2004 A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Secret Policeman's Ball in aid of Amnesty International. Many of Britain's finest comedians, including John Cleese, Sir Bob Geldof, Alan Bennett, Jennifer Saunders, Stephen Fry, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Ruby Wax, Lenny Henry, Sting, Phil Collins and Rowan Atkinson are reunited in a reflection of the changes in British comedy over the last quarter of a century. The film examines the event, with interviews and recollections of the original stars alongside classic comedy moments.
S2004 E00Jul 9, 2004
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus Jul 9, 2004 A stunningly-photographed, thought-provoking road trip into the heart of the poor white American South. Singer Jim White takes his 1970 Chevy Impala through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truckstops, biker bars and coalmines. Along the way are roadside encounters with present-day musical mavericks the Handsome Family, David Johansen, David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower and old-time banjo player Lee Sexton, and grisly stories from the cult Southern novelist Harry Crews.
S2004 E00May 29, 2004
Pavarotti: The Last Tenor May 29, 2004 For 40 years, Luciano Pavarotti has been hailed as one of the greatest tenors of all time, an artist fit to rank alongside the great Caruso. As his career reaches its climax, this documentary, showing as part of the BBC's Summer of Opera, chronicles his background and upbringing, and follows him as he performs to sell-out audiences on three continents, culminating with his valedictory performances of Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Backstage in LA, the tenor greets celebrity admirers, including Michael Caine and Dustin Hoffman , in Berlin he's reunited with Three Tenors group members Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo , while in his Italian hometown of Modena the maestro gathers top names in rock and pop, such as Bono, Queen, Ricky Martin and Andrea Bocelli , to raise money for the children of Iraq. Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen.
S2004 E00Dec 25, 2004
Painting the Clouds: a Portrait of Dennis Potter Dec 25, 2004 The Potter at the BBC strand marking the 10th anniversary of his death starts with this feature-length profile. It charts his childhood, time at Oxford, bid for parliament and rise as a constant controversial TV dramatist who was loved and loathed in equal measure. As well as clips from The Singing Detective, Pennies from Heaven and Blue Remembered Hills, Potter's three children and sister talk on screen for the first time about life with him.
Bergman and Faro Island A documentary showing Ingmar Bergman on Faro Island. He goes into his childhood as well as ideas found in his works.