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The Perspectives documentary strand brings together powerful stories and unique insights into the arts from a range of well-known figures
|S03E01||David Suchet: The Mystery of Agatha Christie||00/00/0000|
|S03E02||Warwick Davis: The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz||00/00/0000|
|S03E03||Sheila Hancock: The Brilliant Bronte Sisters||00/00/0000|
|S03E04||Michael Portillo: Portillo on Picasso||00/00/0000|
|S03E05||Paul O'Grady: Gypsy Rose Lee - The Queen of Burlesque||00/00/0000|
|S03E06||Jonathan Ross: Alfred Hitchcock - Made in Britain||00/00/0000|
|S03E07||Hugh Laurie - Copper Bottom Blues||00/00/0000|
|S255E01||The Magic of Houdini with Alan Davies||00/00/0000||Perspectives: The Magic of Houdini with Alan Davies “I’ve always liked magic. I had a pack of cards when I was a kid and a book of tricks – even a wand. As a kid growing up in the seventies, you couldn’t turn the television on without somebody sawing a lady in half. But of course, the magician who intrigued me the most was Harry Houdini.” Alan Davies "My brain is the key that sets me free" - Harry Houdini Having had a fascination with the world of magic since he was a boy, Alan Davies explores the extraordinary life of illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini, the man who against the odds became one of the most successful entertainers in the world. In a bid to understand why Houdini felt compelled to perform such terrifying death defying acts, Alan visits New York where the young Eric Weiss arrived as a child with his Hungarian immigrant family, made his entry into show business and ultimately performed some of his most death-defying stunts. Immersing himself in the world of Houdini, Alan tries to hold his breath under ice cold water, lies on a bed of nails, gets strung upside down in a straitjacket and takes an exclusive look at David Copperfield's priceless collection of Houdini artefacts in Vegas. Alan talks to Houdini enthusiasts and delves into the family history of a man driven to conquer his rivals and be the very best. And the star of Jonathan Creek reveals he learnt very few tricks of the trade creating illusions in the drama but marvels at the lengths Houdini, and his modern counterparts, go to protect their illusions. From his most famous escapology stunt the Chinese Water Torture Cell to the momentous showdown of the Daily Mirror Challenge performed at London's Hippodrome, this film takes a journey through the life of the diminutive magician born Erich Weiss. Says Alan: "For Houdini it really was mind over matter...it is amazing what he could withstand, what he put himself through. Physical discomfort mos|
|S255E02||Gary Kemp – 'Kick Out The Jams'||00/00/0000||Perspectives: Gary Kemp – 'Kick Out The Jams' "A group of young British artists emerged at the end of the 1980’s. They became known as the YBAs and changed the face of art. Among them, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, the Chapman Brothers, Sam Taylor Wood and Gavin Turk. Love them or loath them, they’re impossible to ignore. " Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp investigates the modern art world, 25 years since it was rocked on its heels by by the arrival of Hirst, Emin and the other Young British Artists. While better known as a musician and actor, Gary is also an art enthusiast, building up his own significant collection of British art, as well as furniture. He argues that it was the rock and roll style of the YBAs which made contemporary art relevant and altered the cultural life of Britain. Kemp considers the extent to which the YBAs, with their love of glitz and glamour and outrageous posturing, act more like rock stars from his own world, in a film which includes interviews with several YBAs, including Sam Taylor-Wood, Gavin Turk and Jake Chapman. Kemp visits galleries and studios around London, takes us inside his house to view his own artwork, across the Atlantic to LA for a look back with Sam Taylor-Wood and onto the Venice Biennale to speak with Jeremy Deller, an artist critical of the YBA excesses. Says Kemp: "I think that the YBA group of artists were definitely the real rock stars of the 90s. They took their lead from music and used rock band tactics I am familiar with to make it big. But I’ve discovered that art and music ultimately do operate on different levels. I have come to enjoy the art itself a lot more as I have engaged with it on this journey. What I don’t know is how many of the icons and artworks the YBAs created for their moment will stand the test of time . Their legacy is assured in another way though.. In the last 20 years Modern Art has become popular in a whole new way. It’s in the cultural big l|
|S255E03||The Man In The Hat: Rene Magritte with Will Young||04/05/2014||The Man In The Hat: Rene Magritte with Will Young “The way he saw life changed the way I see life. He was a giant of a man.” Having first discovered Rene Magritte’s art as a teenager, singer Will Young was immediately struck by Magritte’s strange distortions of familiar objects and his subversive humour. So much so that Will opened his last tour donning a bowler hat and raincoat, so synonymous with Magritte. In this film, Will goes in search of Magritte the artist and Magritte the man, along the way peering through the window that famously appears in his work. Following in the footsteps of this most famous of Belgians, Will visits Magritte’s place of birth, the site of a tragedy that struck the Magritte family, and ends his journey at Magritte's final resting place. What Will discovers is a superficially conventional man who “lived quietly in a suburb of Brussels, dressed like a banker and married his childhood sweetheart". But appearances can deceive. Magritte’s suit and bowler hat concealed a subversive nature and a deep desire to explore every day, ordinary objects in new and exciting ways. Will visits the house, today a museum, where Magritte lived with his beloved wife Georgette for more than 20 years. He travels to Lessines where the young Magritte spent his early years with his two younger brothers and his parents, and then to Chatelet, where Will discovers an unhappy childhood - Magritte’s mother suffered from severe depression and eventually committed suicide by throwing herself in the river when her oldest son was just thirteen years old. The revelation moves Will deeply: “I can’t imagine what effect that would have had on him. I think if I was his age and my mother had left me in such a sad way as well, I don’t know if I would have ever recovered.” But Magritte wasn’t a man who believed in psychology, despite its significance for the new artistic movement that was beginning to sweep Europe in the 1920s – surrealism. He studied at ar|
|S255E04||Under My Skin: Emeli Sandé In Search of Frida Kahlo||00/00/0000||Under My Skin: Emeli Sandé In Search of Frida Kahlo Singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé made her admiration for the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo perfectly clear four years ago, when she had a large tattoo of the artist’s face etched onto her forearm. At the time Emeli had bravely just quit medical school to write her first album. She needed inspiration and saw Frida as a woman who had triumphed over adversity: ‘As an artist it’s the bravery that I wanted a piece of,’ says Emeli, ‘so I feel that her being on my arm is a constant reminder not to be afraid.’ That subsequent first album, Our Version of Events, won Emeli two Ivor Novello awards and a Brit award for Best British Album - and became the biggest selling record of 2012. Now, two years later, Emeli’s writing her second album - and she’s taking time out to re-connect with Frida on an even deeper level. She travels to Mexico for the very first time, to find out more about the artist whose tumultuous life made her not just one of the world’s most famous female painters but a global feminist icon too. Arriving in Mexico City, Emeli visits the bustling and colourful La Ciudadela market, where ‘Frida kitsch’ is everywhere. The artist’s face is even on Mexican banknotes – a sure sign of the love Mexicans continue to feel for their fiery artistic heroine. Emeli too feels an empathy with the artist; both have the duality of mixed race backgrounds, with Emeli’s parents being English and Zambian and Frida’s German and Mexican. One of Emeli’s big ambitions since she first discovered Frida Kahlo as a teenager has been to visit La Casa Azul, or Blue House, where Frida was born in 1907 and grew up. It was here that Frida battled the devastating effects of polio at the age of six, a disease that left her with a withered leg. But worse physical challenges lay ahead for this clever young girl from a middle class family. At the age of eighteen she was involved in a horrific bus crash on her way to the finest school i|
|S255E05||Freddie Mercury Saved My Life with Alfie Boe||00/00/0000||Freddie Mercury Saved My Life with Alfie Boe "I’m humbled that I’ve got the training that Freddie knew he lacked. But I think his passion and creative energy made up for it and made him the genius he was. He saw no limits to where his talent could take him, and no boundaries to his extraordinary musical imagination. " The bad boy of opera, Alfie Boe explores the art of Freddie Mercury; the outrageous genius, the ultimate front-man of Queen and superlative songwriter and singer. Alfie’s journey from opera to exploring all kinds of music is almost the mirror image of that of his hero Freddie Mercury who went from rock to opera as he used his genius to propel Queen from conventional rockers to become one of the greatest bands ever - embracing many musical styles and art forms. Alfie uses his own experience to propose a new strong personal vision of what makes Freddie Mercury an icon. In this film he argues that Freddie’s genius comes from the very lack of formal musical training that Alfie found himself kicking against in his own quest to escape the constraints of the opera world. At each step of the way, Alfie immerses himself in the music. He performs ‘Barcelona’ live – a song Freddie Mercury himself only performed live twice - in order to gain a deeper understanding of the craft and genius of Freddie from his own perspective. He meets people who knew him as a teenager and is shown never before seen footage of Freddie Bulsara when he first came to England as a refugee. Alfie travels to Switzerland to the old Queen recording studios at Montreux, visits Barcelona to talk to famous soprano Montserrat Caballe who duetted with Freddie and discusses Freddie's unforgettable performance at Live Aid with founder Bob Gedolf. Alfie meets Freddie's close family and talks beginnings with Queen guitarist and song writer, Brian May who explains; "The biggest influence on Freddie was Freddie. And it happened when he started to record, becau|