Artsnight Season 4
S04 E01Oct 1, 2016
Poets at the BBC Oct 1, 2016 A look through the BBC archives to show how bards turned into broadcasters, featuring some of the most beloved poets Britain has produced.
S04 E02Oct 8, 2016
Michael Palin Meets Jan Morris Oct 8, 2016 Michael Palin travels to north Wales to interview legendary travel writer Jan Morris.
S04 E03Oct 15, 2016
When Julie Walters Met Willy Russell Oct 15, 2016 Julie Walters, one of Britain's most popular actresses, meets Willy Russell, to find out how a 15-year-old dropout from a working-class suburb of Liverpool became one of the most successful playwrights in the history of modern British theatre.
S04 E04Oct 22, 2016
The Man Booker Prize 2016 Oct 22, 2016 David Baddiel introduces the six novels on the 2016 Man Booker Prize shortlist.
S04 E05Oct 29, 2016
2016 The Year of King Lear Oct 29, 2016 A look at why Lear resonates so deeply with contemporary audiences.
S04 E06Nov 19, 2016
What Has the Turner Prize Ever Done for Us? Nov 19, 2016 Magazine arts show. The Turner Prize is probably the most prestigious contemporary art prize in the world. It puts art in the headlines - though not always for the right reasons. In this programme, critic and broadcaster Waldemar Januszczak looks back over three decades of critical acclaim, public outcry and artistic controversy, hearing from the winners, nominees and judges to find out what the history of the prize can tell us about our relationship to the relevance and purpose of contemporary art.
S04 E07Nov 26, 2016
The Brits Who Designed the Modern World Nov 26, 2016 If there were an olympic league table for design, Britain would be right at the top. Since the Second World War, British designers have revolutionised our homes, our workplaces, our roads and our public institutions. In November 2016, the Design Museum opens its new ú83m home in Kensington. To mark this great moment for British design, BBC Arts profiles ten great living British designers. Arts reporter Brenda Emmanus meets and profiles our 'Top 10', to find out what inspires them to make such phenomenal objects and to explore how designers have responded to society's evolving tastes.
S04 E08Dec 1, 2016
Know Your Enemy - Stephen Poliakoff in Conversation Dec 1, 2016 The dramatist Stephen Poliakoff has long been obsessed with the secret history of Britain in the 20th century. His latest work, Close to the Enemy, looks at the clandestine work of the secret service after the end of the Second World War. Historian and broadcaster David Reynolds talks to Poliakoff about the inspiration behind Close to the Enemy, as well as the always tricky relationship between history and fiction.
S04 E09Dec 10, 2016
Robert Rauschenberg - Pop Art Pioneer Dec 10, 2016 Alistair Sooke celebrates the protean genius of one of America's most prolific and original artists, Robert Rauschenberg. Fearless and influential, he blazed a trail for artists in the second half of the 20th century, and yet his work is rarely seen here in the UK. That is about to change with a major retrospective at Tate Modern in December 2016. Rauschenberg was the first artist to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1963, creating a crucial bridge between the abstract expressionists of the 50s and the pop artists who emerged in the 60s. Famous for his 'combines' that elevated the rich junk of life to the status of high art, he continued to work right up to his death in 2008, collaborating with dancers, scientists and social activists on a startlingly broad array of projects. Alastair travels to the east coast of the USA to talk to those closest to Rauschenberg.