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Arena is the BBC's multi award-winning arts strand. Founded in 1975, Arena continues to produce gold standard documentaries for the BBC and world service.

Genres: History
Station: BBC Two (UK)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Running
Start: 1975-10-01

Arena Air Dates

S2020E02 - The Changin' Times of Ike White Air Date: 18 May 2020 21:00 -

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Documentary in which Dan Vernon tries to track down Ike White, a musical prodigy who was serving life in prison for murder when he was given the opportunity to record an album. The resulting record Changin' Times came out in 1976 and following his release from prison, Whiteseemed to be on the path to redemption, but just as he was charting a course to stardom, he disappeared.

S2020E03 - I Am Not Your Negro Air Date: 20 June 2020 20:00 -

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Documentary-maker Raoul Peck uses an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin, an account of the lives and successive assassinations of civil rights leaders Medgar Evans, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, as the springboard for this examination of the black experience in America. Narrated by Samuel L Jackson, the film uses Baldwin's words as it explores everything from Hollywood stereotypes to police brutality.

S2020E04 - Keith Haring: Street Art Boy Air Date: 04 July 2020 20:15 -

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International art sensation Keith Haring blazed a trail through the art scene of 1980s New York and revolutionised the worlds of pop culture and fine art. When he was diagnosed with Aids in 1989, he asked writer John Gruen to write his biography, and the subsequent audio interviews form the basis of this profile. They are combined with archive footage and contributions from friends, critics and contemporaries, telling the artist's story from the sleepy Pennsylvania of his youth to the clubbing scene of New York and to the streets, where he made his instantly recognisable graffiti-like art.

S2020E05 - Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat Air Date: 21 November 2020 21:30 -

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Exclusive testimony reveals the multifaceted man behind the maverick performer Fela Kuti, who created a sound for a continent - afrobeat.

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