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South Bank Show

The South Bank Show is a television arts magazine show, made by London Weekend Television, presented by Melvyn Bragg, broadcast on ITV and seen in over 60 countries worldwide including Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA. Its stated aim is to bring both high art and popular culture to a mass audience.

It first aired on 14 January 1978, with a show about Germaine Greer, Gerald Scarfe and Paul McCartney. It is now the longest continuously running arts programme on UK television, and the third longest-running series of any kind on ITV (after Coronation Street and Emmerdale).

From the beginning the series intention was to mix so-called high art with popular culture. This has remained, and the programme has always focused predominantly on art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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Starring...
Stephen Fry
John Lloyd
Griff Rhys Jones,
John Bird
John Fortune
Jimmy Mulville
Germaine Greer
Clive James
Bill Oddie
David Mitchell
Alexander Armstrong
Ben Miller


  Beyond The Footlights

Over the past 125 years the Cambridge Footlights has become a finely tuned machine and is still seen as a hugely important breeding ground for both the fringe and television comedy.

The South Bank Show follows the Footlights through the swinging Sixties and to the current Footlights alumni at the Edinburgh Festival 2008.

Highlights from the late fifties and early sixties saw the first woman performer Elenor Bron, John Fortune, David Frost and John Bird who discovered a new star among the freshmen - Peter Cook. By 1963 a new generation had decided that the way forward was to be "funny rather than clever". John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, David Hatch, Bill Oddie, and Graham Chapman created a show that, directed by Humphrey Barclay, transferred to the West End.

Over the next two years Graeme Garden and Eric Idle joined, making the nucleus of Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Goodies, providing the cutting edge for television into the mid seventies. The mid Seventies saw the Footlights dominated by Griff Rhys Jones, Clive Anderson, John Lloyd and Douglas Adams. The most immediate effect was the reinvigorating arrival of Not The Nine O'Clock News, produced by Lloyd who went on to produce the even more radical Spitting Image. Adams went on to create the highly original comedy science fiction A Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

2008 50 click to donate Choose 2 shows per disk

 

170209

 

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Starring...
Nick Park


  Nick Park

Documentray about Nick's his career with interviews and clips from his most famous creations - Wallace & Gromit.

See the Aardman Animation page page here.

2006 55 click to donate Choose 2 shows per disk

 

 

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Starring...
Victoria Wood


  Victoria Wood

Documentray about Victoria's career with interviews and clips from her shows, including Acorn Antiques etc.

See the Victoria Wood page here.

2007 50 click to donate Choose 2 shows per disk

 

 

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Starring...
Douglas Admas


  Douglas Admas

In 1992, ITV's The South Bank Show produced a documentary about Douglas Adams which featured Dirk Gently and characters from Hitchhikers and contributions from Stephen Fry, Richard Dawkins and John Lloyd.

See the Douglas Admas page here.

1992 50 click to donate Choose 2 shows per disk

 

 

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Starring...
Francis Bancon


  Francis Bacon

Part of The South Bank Show series, David Hinton directs this BBC documentary about British painter Francis Bacon, known for his horrifying portraits of humanity.

The program consists of a series of conversations between Bacon and interviewer Melvyn Bragg, starting with commentary during a side-show presentation at the Tate Gallery in London.

Later in the evening, Bacon is followed through various bars hanging out, drinking, and gambling. In another segment, Bacon provides a tour of his painting studio and a glimpse at his reference photographs of distorted humans. The artist discusses his theories, influences, and obsessions. This title won an International Emmy Award in 1985.

See the Art page  here.

1985 55 click to donate Choose 2 shows per disk

 

170209

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