A front-row seat to arts and performance on BBC TV

BBC TV is putting artists and performers centre stage this autumn, with revealing new documentaries and a front row seat to some exceptional performances straight from the stage to screen.

From the television premiere of Rachel Maclean’s Make Me Up and a film adaptation of Alexander Zeldin’s National Theatre hit LOVE, to programmes showcasing the artistry of the animator, uncovering the revolutionary rise of black filmmakers and profiling some of the world’s greatest artists including; David Hockney, Peter Jackson, Tracey Emin, George Benjamin, Egon Schiele and TS Eliot.

  • David Hockney, Tracey Emin, George Benjamin and Carey Grant feature in a new run of imagine… on BBC One
  • BBC Two profiles – with the aid of newly translated letters – the life and work of Egon Schiele
  • The revolutionary rise of Black filmmakers is explored for BBC Two – featuring interviews with Spike Lee, Diahann Carroll, John Boyega, Kasi Lemmons, David Oyelowo OBE and Laurence Fishburne
  • BBC Four celebrates the artistry of animation in a dedicated evening – showcasing new and emerging animators from the BFI/BBC Four partnership (Animation 2018) and revealing the secrets of 100 years of British animation in a new documentary
  • The relationship between dancing and mental health is investigated in a new film with Darcey Bussell for BBC Two
  • In two new documentaries, BBC Four goes behind-the-scenes of the Booker prize and critic and writer A.N. Wilson makes the case for the continuing relevance of poet T.S. Eliot
  • Also on BBC Four, The Space and theatre company 1927 bring the dystopian fable Golem to television, artist Racheal Maclean’s film Make Me Up premieres as part of Arena, there’s unique glimpse into circus artistry past and present, and acclaimed National Theatre production LOVE comes to BBC Two as part of the Performance Live strand
  • To mark and commemorate the end of WW1, BBC Four follows Peter Jackson as he completes his documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, Dan Cruickshank reveals the extraordinary story behind the creation of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Poet Jackie Kay imagines the life of a black soldier

Jonty Claypole, the BBC’s Director of Arts, says: “This autumn we are putting some of the greatest artists of our time centre stage and bringing exceptional performances straight from the stage to the screen. From the television premiere of Rachel Maclean’s Make Me Up and a film adaption of Alexander Zeldin’s National Theatre hit LOVE, to programmes that reveal the artistry of the animator, uncover the revolutionary rise of black cinema and reveal anew extraordinary artists like David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Egon Schiele and T.S. Eliot.”

Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, says: “I’m delighted that BBC Two has such a rich slate of new arts shows across the autumn. From the extraordinary testimony from modern icons of black cinema in Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us to Darcy Bussell’s timely exploration of the impact of dance on mental health, these are films that explore the importance of the arts on how we live.”

Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor, BBC Four, says: “I’m immensely proud that BBC Four continues to hold the banner of ground-breaking experimentation; we’re committed to the Arts and to giving a platform to some of the UKs most innovative artists including Rachel McLean and theatre company 1927, while welcoming to television a whole new generation of creatives ranging from Britain’s best new animators to circus performers.”

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