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The arts with Alan Yentob.

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aired 62 days ago
Edna O'Brien is one of the greatest literary talents and rule breakers of her generation. In 1960, her revolutionary debut novel `The Country Girls' broke down social and sexual barriers for women, and was subsequently banned in her native country of Ireland. The unstoppable O'Brien continues to produce some of the most urgent work of her unparalleled career. Her eighteenth novel, `Girl', is a searing story inspired by the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.
aired 507 days ago
He has been crowned with every laurel in contemporary classical music, composed operas which play on the world's most illustrious stages, and been knighted for his services to music. Yet Sir George Benjamin is still relatively little known outside the classical world.
aired 514 days ago
Alan Yentob joins Tacita Dean in her studio in Berlin to discover how the city has infused her work, and visits her in LA where she is completing an hour-long film inspired by her older sister Antigone and the Greek myth which bears her name. Her work is poetic, elegiac, and thought-provoking. It is also the story of her crusade to preserve the medium which inspires her: film.
aired 619 days ago
2018 has been an extraordinary year for British artist Tracey Emin: she tells Alan Yentob about her life to date, from her troubled early years in Margate to a series of breakthroughs in the 1990s as a leading light of the Young British Artists.
aired 626 days ago
Revealing the darker side of one of Britain's most original and inventive artists. A sculptor working with found materials, Cornelia Parker creates beauty from acts of brutality: an exploded shed, piles of squashed silver, the charred remnants of a burnt church suspended in time.
aired 640 days ago
Westminster Abbey has commissioned David Hockney to create a towering stained glass window to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
aired 731 days ago
Romantic, fearless, fantastical: delve into the thrilling world of Philip Pullman, and explore the author's own dark materials. Philip has been named both one of Britain's greatest writers and the most dangerous writer in Britain. He is best known for the much-loved `His Dark Materials' trilogy, which follows a young heroine, Lyra, through a series of heart-stopping adventures into other worlds.
aired 738 days ago
Alan Yentob meets Margaret Atwood in Toronto and discovers how a childhood spent between the Canadian wilderness and the city helped shape her vision of herself and the world, set alight her imagination and set her on a path to literary success.
aired 1,075 days ago
The Egyptian author Nawal El Saadawi is a worldwide legend, as outspoken, hilarious and totally unself-censored today at 85 as she ever was. We visit her at home in Cairo as she addresses some of the world's biggest challenges in a personal way.

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