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Philip Hoare's Guide To Whales: 1. Baleen

Arena - Philip Hoare's Guide To Whales: 1. Baleen

Acclaimed author and whale-watcher Philip Hoare takes us into the world of baleen whales, the largest animals ever to have lived. \n\nWith plates of bristly baleen instead of te ...

19-09-2018

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Whatever Happened To Spitting Image?

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Documentary telling the story of the genesis of the satirical puppet show Spitting Image, with contributions from caricaturists Peter Fluck and Roger Law and producer John Lloyd.

05-08-2018

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Jana Bokova's Havana

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1990 documentary. Havana has a dilapidated ruined beauty - decaying grandeur alongside squalor with a string atmosphere of Africa and Old Spain. Despite the political turmoil of ...

11-05-2018

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Cigars - Out Of The Humidor

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Documentary which follows the story of the cigar - from the tobacco fields west of the Cuban capital of Havana into the factories where poetry and daily newspapers are read alou ...

22-04-2018

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My Name Is Celia Cruz

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The queen of salsa, Celia Cruz has been the most adored and dynamic singer in Latin America for more than four decades. Since she left Cuba at the time of the 1959 revolution wi ...

20-04-2018

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Bob Dylan - Trouble No More

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In 1979, Bob Dylan released Slow Train Coming, an album of strictly devotional songs. He declared he had found God in Christianity. For the following two years, accompanied by t ...

30-03-2018

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Ken Dodd's Happiness

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A tribute to Liverpudlian comic Ken Dodd, in which he discusses his 50-year career and the influences of his comedy style. Features film clips of his early performances and foo ...

12-03-2018

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Stanley And His Daughters

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'Children of geniuses tend to have a rather hard time of it. If you're a genius you have to be a bit tough', says Unity Spencer, daughter of Stanley Spencer, one ...

04-02-2018

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Desert Island Discs

Arena - Desert Island Discs

A 1982 film made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roy Plomley's classic radio programme, featuring his successor as presenter, Sue Lawley.

29-05-2017

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The 50 Year Argument - The New York Review Of Books

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Martin Scorsese's documentary film charting literary, political and cultural history as per the New York Review of Books, America's leading journal of ideas since 1963.

29-06-2014

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The National Theatre - Learning Zone

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Made especially for schools, this version of the BBC Four Arena programme examines the history and purpose of the National Theatre as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

17-06-2014

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Frank Sinatra: The Voice Of The Century

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Arena profiles crooner Frank Sinatra, acknowledged as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century, from his early family background to overwhelming showbusiness success.

05-05-2014

BBC 4

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