A 2012 BBC Arts Documentary narrated by John Edginton.

John Edginton's documentary explores the making of Pink Floyd's ninth studio album, Wish You Were Here, which was released in September 1975 and went on to top the album charts both in the UK and the US. Featuring new interviews with band members Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason alongside contributions from the likes of sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson and photographer Jill Furmanovsky, the film is a forensic study of the making of the follow-up to 1973's Dark Side of the Moon, which was another conceptual piece driven by Roger Waters. The album wrestles with the legacy of the band's first leader, Syd Barrett, who had dropped out of the band in 1968 and is eulogised in the album's centrepiece, Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Pink Floyd had become one of the biggest bands in the world, but the 60s were over and the band were struggling both to find their purpose and the old camaraderie.

A 2003 Arts Documentary Isis Production broadcasted as part of Classic Albums series.

Prior to 1973, Pink Floyd maintained a relentless gigging schedule and by the time they came to record "Dark Side Of The Moon" had already created many of the basic tracks. "Dark Side Of The Moon" would be the first Pink Floyd (post Syd Barrett) album where Roger Waters would supply all the lyrics around a concept: The Circle of Life. With the timeless qualities of its production and musicality, allied to the hypnotic evocation of its central themes - alienation, paranoia, madness, war and death, "Dark Side Of The Moon" would become the album that would dominate the 70's and 80's (with a record number of 741 consecutive weeks in the Billboard 200).

This program takes an in depth look at the making of the 1973 album. All four members of the band Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright are featured in exclusive interviews. Roger, David and Richard play songs and demonstrate themes from the album. Alan Parsons (the original engineer) takes you through the multi track tapes giving a unique insight into the musical fabric of the record and the program is illustrated throughout with archive footage. "Dark Side Of The Moon" with its combination of great songs, inventive effects and one of the best known sleeves ever, tapped into the world's collective subconscious and became a landmark in Rock history and a truly Classic Album.

The most phenomenal recording in rock & roll history is thoroughly examined in Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon. The Floyd's 1973 masterpiece remained on bestseller charts for nearly 14 years, and its enduring importance is honored here by all four members of Pink Floyd and key personnel (engineer Alan Parsons, mixing supervisor Chris Thomas, sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson, and others) who played essential roles in the landmark album's creation. Produced for the Classic Albums series that originally aired on VH-1, this thorough and thought-provoking study highlights a track-by-track dissection of the LP's master tapes (including the spoken-word passages that bookend the album), superbly interlaced with archival footage, early demo tapes, concert animations, and latter-day acoustic performances by David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright to demonstrate each track's contribution to the final mix--a sonic exploration that extends to the illuminating bonus features. Informative interviews abound (including Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke), and much-deserved credit is given to saxophonist Dick Parry, solo vocalist Clare Torry, and former Capitol Records chairman Bhaskar Menon, who fostered the album's U.S. commercial success. For Floyd fans, musicians, and studio technicians alike, this is a must-have addition to any DVD library.

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A 1999 Arts Documentary Isis Production in co-production with Eagle Rock Entertainment and NRK.
Hosted by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, broadcasted as part of Classic Albums series.

Who's Next is viewed by many as the greatest testament to the songwriting talent of Pete Townshend and the musical power of The Who. When the album was released in 1971 it climbed to the Number 1 spot on the British Album chart and remained in the Top 50 for over three months. In the United States, the album went to Top 5 on the Billboard chart and remained in the top 40 for five months.

The story of how The Who came to record the album is told by group members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and John Entwistle, together with contributions by those who were close to the group during the making of this classic album. Early archive footage of The Who performing classic tracks such as I Can't Explain and My Generation help to illustrate how the group made the transition from performing in small London clubs, to the rock giants they became upon the release of the pioneering Tommy Album.

Pete Townshend explains the difficulties the group faced in trying to bring to fruition the idea he planned for the group's follow up, the ground breaking "rock-opera" Tommy. The original idea, as Roger Daltrey tells us, was for a multimedia event that would incorporate a live concert, a film and a soundtrack album. When Townshend's version proved beyond the grasp of his fellow group members, The Who set about recording the songs that would have made up the soundtrack to the proposed movie.

The songs recorded for the Who's Next album and featured here include such classics as Won't Get Fooled Again, Baba O'Riley and Behind Blue Eyes. We hear from the group members how these songs would have fitted into the original concept. We are also given an insight as to the importance of the late great Keith Moon to the success of The Who, and hear how great his larger than life personality often overshadowed his musical contribution to the group.

Included in this documentary are previously unseen performances of songs from the album that prove the longevity and lasting appeal of Who's Next, a true Classic Album.

A 2013 Arts Documentary directed by Bob Smeaton. Audio in English with Italian subtitles.

On September 18, 1970, 50 years ago, Jimi Hendrix died aged 27. Featuring interviews and testimonies from friends (including Paul McCartney) and family and unpublished archival images from his concerts, this documentary paints the portrait of "the greatest guitarist in rock history".

An acoustic guitar bought by his father for $ 5 was enough for the legend of little Jimi Hendrix to blossom in the 1950s. Rock & roll is in its infancy, but Hendrix delights in playing the songs of the greats of the time, in a blend of blues , rock and psychedelic. After a few years alongside Little Richard and Wilson Pickett, Jimi Hendrix is spotted in 1966 in Greenwich Village by Keith Richards' girlfriend. Thus comes the meeting with Chas Chandler, musician of The Animals, who takes his first steps in the world of production. In the heart of the London of the Swinging Sixties the band Jimi Hendrix Experience is born.

"Powerful, sensual, brilliant": Jimi Hendrix's friends and acquaintances who feature in the documentary are not greedy for praise for the psychedelic blues-rock icon. Died at the age of 27, at the height of his glory, Hendrix marked several generations of guitar artists and went down in legend as the greatest guitarist in rock history.

A 2019 Arte Documentary. Audio in German with English subtitles.

Leaving the studio to go out and capture real life: that was the impressionist aesthetic. Claude Monet was its most famous proponent and artist. This revealing documentary reveals the places that inspired the painter during his lifetime.

A 2007 Channel 4 Arts Documentary hosted by Brian Sewell.

Salvador Dali is one of the most popular of all Surrealist painters, yet behind his image of dream and fantasy was a deeply troubled man of ambiguous sexuality and Freudian confusion. In this intimate film art critic Brian Sewell - who knew Dali at the point when his genius and reputation were both exhausted - gives his sympathetic private view of a man whose life and work were surrendered to sexual obsessions.

Between 1968 and 1971, Sewell spent four intensely memorable summers with Dali in the artist's Spanish home town. When he knew Dali, the artist was living entirely freed from the constraints of morality, respectability and logic. At first hand, Sewell witnessed the day-to-day routine and recalls the details that vividly and dramatically illustrate both Dali's extravagant, flamboyant genius and the personal demons - sexual and psychological - that drove him and his work

Russian conductor Valery Gergiev conducts the Munich Philharmonic in a performance of Mahler and Strauss.

The Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss are the composer’s final completed compositions, published posthumously in 1950. German soprano Diana Damrau sensitively performs these gravely beautiful works.

Gustav Mahler’s 5th symphony includes the famously passionate third movement Adagio. Cinephiles will recognise it from Luchino Visconti’s film: Death in Venice.

A 1985 British musical television film directed by Tony Palmer, written by John Osborne and starring Trevor Howard, Christopher Bramwell and Dave Griffiths. It was aired on Channel 4 in 1985 and was made to mark the 300th anniversary of Handel's birth.

Shortly before death, George Fredrick Handel (1685-1759), old, blind, portly, sometimes raging and usually reflective, narrates a look back over his life. As he tells his story, his music plays as background or is performed on screen.

A 2006 Arts Documentary narrated by Tony Palmer. The German language parts with English subtitles.

The Salzburg Festival has hosted every great star of the opera and concert hall, from Toscanini to Anne-Sophie Mutter, from Fischer-Dieskau to Barenboim, from Pollini to Mitsuko Uchida. In this film, the first to tell the story of this remarkable Festival, set in the birthplace of Mozart, director Tony Palmer has been granted unprecedented access to Austria's film archives.

Highlights include performances of Jedermann from 1920 to the present day, featuring actors such as Maximilian Schell and Klaus Maria Brandauer; Don Giovanni (with Furtwängler in 1954 and a controversial performance directed by Peter Sellars in the 90s); a wealth of footage of Herbert von Karajan, including performances and never-seen-before home movies; and film of the Nazi hierarchy at the Festival during the Second World War. Alongside this historical footage, the film interviews contemporary stars such as Placido Domingo, Valery Gergiev, Lang Lang, James Levine, Anna Netrebko, Riccardo Muti and Simon Rattle, who tell their stories and open their hearts about this unique Festival.

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A 2011 BBC Arts Documentary narrated by Richard Dormer.

Episode 4: The paperback book democratised reading in the 20th century, and printing directly onto the covers became a way of selling a book in the mass market.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell was a book written in and for this era, emerging as a paperback in 1954. Its changing cover design reflects each decade's approach to selling the book to new readers: from its classic 50s Penguin cover to the latest design from Jon Gray, they are signs of our times.

As an example of how cover design has become art, the iconic 'cog eye' design by David Pelham of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange has permeated society since the first paperback of 1972. Bringing the story of the book up to the 21st century, the arrival of electronic readers has sent traditional publishing into a tailspin. The paperback and its cover design has been replaced by the concept of mass storage and electronic pages. As this new technology gains new fans the paper book comes under renewed scrutiny. Whether society accommodates both ways of disseminating knowledge in the future depends on our continued devotion to good writing, editing and design.

A 2011 BBC Arts Documentary narrated by Richard Dormer.

Episode 3: The Victorians were masters of illustrated books, especially for children. Thanks to an emerging middle-class readership, new printing technology and a sentimentalised regard for childhood, fairy tales and fantasy fiction containing words and pictures grew into an established genre.

First published in 1865, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was one of the most remarkable books of the period, a combination of the genius of Carroll's nonsense verse and prose and the meticulously detailed illustrations of John Tenniel. Creating a handshake on the page, they formed an inseparable bond that has since become a cultural phenomenon. But beyond Tenniel, Carroll's masterpiece has been illustrated hundreds of times by artists like Salvador Dali, Ralph Steadman and Mervyn Peake, all creating their own distinctive Wonderlands. Peake was also a talented writer, and his Gormenghast trilogy of 1946 is an illustrated series of fantasy novels that re-interpreted the genre in the 20th century.

Today, illustrated or 'picture' books are still thriving for the youngest readership. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler reveals how the genius of the writer and illustrator partnership continues to enthral and enrich the story of the book.

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A 2011 BBC Arts Documentary narrated by Richard Dormer.

Episode 2: The medieval era was the heyday of illuminated manuscripts. In the 14th and 15th centuries, there was a flowering of religious texts set into beautifully-decorated pages. Among these devotional books were psalters, or books of psalms. Hundreds of these were produced, but the Luttrell Psalter is remarkable for its whimsical, humorous and vivid pictures of rural life and a demonic world that is terrifying and grotesque. This period also saw the development of literature in English.

The great Geoffrey Chaucer, often called the Father of English Literature, took the bold decision to reject literary convention and write in English. His brilliant, bawdy satire, the Canterbury Tales, became a medieval bestseller and, as a result, when William Caxton set up his first printing press in London, he chose Chaucer's tales as his first major English publication.

These wonderful books contain clever, often mysterious references for their readers and are crucial milestones in the story of the book, charting the last phase of the manuscript and the arrival of the printed book.

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A 2011 BBC Arts Documentary narrated by Richard Dormer.

The British Library in London is home to 14 million books, on shelves that stretch over 600km. Extraordinary vessels of ideas and knowledge, they testify to the love affair we have with books. This series explores the enduring appeal and importance of books from a 4th-century bible to present-day paperbacks.

Episode 1: The Codex Sinaiticus is the world's oldest surviving bible. Made around 350 AD, it is a unique insight into early Christians and their effort to find a single version of the biblical text that everyone could accept - a bible fit for the Roman Empire. 800 years later, an illuminated bible rich in gold and lapis lazuli and produced in Winchester, recalls a time when bibles were at the centre of the Church's struggle with the State for ultimate authority. Both of these bibles are works of art and remarkable achievements in book technology. They are also annotations on the political era in which they were created, providing fascinating commentary on the life of Jesus and the murder of Thomas Becket.

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A 2013 BBC Arts Documentary narrated by Shaun Parkes.

Episode 3: The beginning of the 80's saw the meteoric rise of MTV which completely changed the landscape of rock music. From Los Angeles, a new rock scene emerged of party-anthem pop-metal, tailor-made for the visual medium of TV. Bands like Van Halen, Motley Crue and Poison sported heavy make-up, flashy clothes and huge hair while singing songs of sex, partying, drinking and drugs. The other side of American mainstream rock attempted to tackle the social and political issues of the time. John Mellencamp, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen all produced a stadium rock that appealed to the nation's blue-collar workers. Their music filled arenas, but was anybody really listening to the message?

As the decade moved on, MTV exposure directly translated to commercial profit and soon the hugely popular pop-metal - dubbed Hair Metal by its critics - was saturating the market. Power ballads, big choruses and even bigger hair were the order of the day, with the highly marketable Bon Jovi leading the pack. Guns N' Roses saw themselves as the antithesis to what they considered fake rebellion, soft-rock drivel. But, as we discover, even they became neutralised by the commercialisation of the rock industry.

The documentary ends in the early 90s with the emergence of Nirvana and grunge. However, it was ultimately another genre of pop music that really replaced the golden age of rock, producing the big personalities the rock scene could no longer provide.

A 2013 BBC Arts Documentary narrated by Shaun Parkes.

Episode 2: After the rage and protest of the previous decade, rock music of the early 70s was gentle and sweet - the songs of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Doobie Brothers. Although the USA was riven by political disasters - the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate and the gasoline crisis - rock music seldom commented on them, although Alice Cooper's Nixon satire Elected was a rare exception. But in the middle of the decade new voices started to emerge, such as Bruce Springsteen's songs of working class glory or Tom Petty's tight, 1960s-inspired sound.

The massive success of stadium shows exemplified how big American rock had become and, in 1976 and 1977, the genre soared with a string of multi-platinum albums by Fleetwood Mac, Boston, the Eagles and Meat Loaf. Unlike in the UK, American punk barely diverted the rock gods, but disco did make an impact. Rock became smoother and more saccharine and in the corporate offices of record labels the drive was for ever larger profits.

Interviews include: Tom Petty, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Tom Scholz (Boston), Todd Rundgren, Don Felder (the Eagles), Tom Johnston (the Doobie Brothers), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Peter Frampton, Bill Payne (Little Feat), Pamela des Barres, FM DJ Jim Ladd, film director Penelope Spheeris, manager Peter Mensch, journalists Sylvie Simmons and Rolling Stone magazine's David Fricke.

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A 2013 BBC Arts Documentary narrated by Shaun Parkes.

Born To Be Wild is a three-part series telling the story of the rise and fall of the golden age of American rock from the late 60s to the early 90s. This was a time when singers were gods, guitarists were axe men and songs were anthems, forging the soundtrack to the nation one stadium at a time. Born out of revolution, it initially scared the hell out of the establishment but ended up becoming a multi-billion dollar industry and the sound of Middle America. It’s a tale of classic songs and big riffs through to spandex pants and huge hair. The series is set against a back-drop of three decades of seismic political and social change which American rock both reflected and ignored. The story is told by the people who were there, who lived it.

Episode 1: During the era of flower power, Vietnam and LSD, bands such as the Doors, Jefferson Airplane and MC5 not only sang about the revolution, they were the revolution. This episode explores the artists that made the soundtrack to the peace and love generation. The culmination of this era was when half a million people descended on a field in the small hamlet of Woodstock. At that moment rock music seemed a beacon of hope for those who believed in the ideals of equality and freedom. But instead of inspiring a new generation of artists to lead the revolution through political songs the festival proved to be a watershed moment for rock music's reactionary era. The marketing men lined up ready to sign and keen to turn this music from protest into profit.

Features interviews with Alice Cooper, Tom Petty, John Densmore and Ray Manzarek of The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Doug Clifford, Martin Balin of Jefferson Airplane, MC5’s Wayne Kramer and Steppenwolf’s John Kay.

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Utopia is a British black comedy-conspiracy thriller drama television series that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 15 January 2013 to 12 August 2014.

Episode 6: The gang face a race against time to work out who is going to release the flu, and stop them in order to prevent global disaster.

Utopia is a British black comedy-conspiracy thriller drama television series that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 15 January 2013 to 12 August 2014.

Episode 5: With the revelation that her father is alive, Jessica and Milner set off to find him.
Arby takes Grant and Anton to a place from his past, a remote mountainside where he came as a child.

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Utopia is a British black comedy-conspiracy thriller drama television series that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 15 January 2013 to 12 August 2014.

Episode 4: A shocked Dugdale reluctantly agrees to harbour Jessica. Jessica is searching for Ian, as is Milner who is convinced he will lead her to Carvel.

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Utopia is a British black comedy-conspiracy thriller drama television series that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 15 January 2013 to 12 August 2014.

Episode 3: The gang are on the run and find a precocious young hacker, who uncovers the key to The Network's new plan: a real global outbreak of weaponised Russian flu that will prompt the entire world to take up their vaccine on V Day.

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Utopia is a British black comedy-conspiracy thriller drama television series that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 15 January 2013 to 12 August 2014.

Episode 2: 3 months after the destruction of the manuscript, things have been quiet for Ian, Becky and Grant. Believing the Network to be finished, they each try to resume some semblance of normality, but the Network's plan is only just beginning.

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Utopia is a British black comedy-conspiracy thriller drama television series that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 15 January 2013 to 12 August 2014.

Episode 1: 1974, England - Scientist Philip Carvel has a fateful meeting with a young woman, Milner, bonding over a shared ideology their influence on each other will lead to the creation of a virus - their solution to the world's over-population.

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Utopia is a British black comedy-conspiracy thriller drama television series that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 15 January 2013 to 12 August 2014.

Episode 6: Time is running out, the gang must find Mr Rabbit and stop The Network before they release Janus. As a daring plan is formed, only one question remains - will the true secrets of Utopia finally be revealed?

Season 2 - Episode 1:

Utopia is a British black comedy-conspiracy thriller drama television series that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 15 January 2013 to 12 August 2014.

Episode 5: The gang's attempt to disrupt The Network's plans backfires leaving one of them in danger. Arby's confession to Jessica has damaging repercussions while Becky is left with an impossible choice.

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Utopia is a British black comedy-conspiracy thriller drama television series that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 15 January 2013 to 12 August 2014.

Episode 4: Hidden away in a derelict manor house, the group attempt to decipher the secret meaning of the manuscript. But will uncovering the identity of Mr Rabbit really allow them to return to their former lives?

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