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Station: BBC One (GB)
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Start: 2003-06-11

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  • S14E01 - The Story of the Guitar - In The Beginning

    Alan Yentob embarks on a three-part personal journey to discover how the guitar became the world's favourite musical instrument. Beginning with the rise of the acoustic guitar, the series takes him from an ancient Middle Eastern ancestor of the lute, to the iconic guitars draped round the necks of Bill Hailey and Elvis Presley and beyond.

    Featuring interviews with Bert Weedon - the man who taught Britain to 'Play in a Day', Pete Townshend, Bill Bailey, flamenco player Paco Pena and classical guitarist John Williams.

    Air Date: 05 October 2008 21:35 -
  • S14E02 - The Story of the Guitar - Out of the Frying Pan

    Alan Yentob presents a three-part series examining how the guitar became the world's favourite musical instrument.

    As the guitar turns electric, music is changed for ever. The world's first electric guitar had nothing to do with jazz or blues, but Hawaiian-style music and was known as the 'frying pan'.

    Yentob continues his investigation from the blues of the Mississippi to the guitar wars of the 1950s, when the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul were battling for supremacy.

    Air Date: 12 October 2008 21:35 -
  • S14E03 - The Story of the Guitar - This Time it's Personal

    In the final programme of the series the guitarists talk about how they find their own sound, and how the guitar has changed their lives. Since its invention, the electric guitar has unleashed a seeminglyinexhaustible sonic invention among guitarists.

    Featuring Muse's Matt Bellamy, who turns out to be following in his father's space age footsteps, Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath, who talks about the invention of heavy metal, David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, Pete Townshend (Perhaps equally famous for smashing guitars), Johnny Marr from the Smiths on 'the mother of all riffs', Slash and The Edge from U2 among many others.

    Air Date: 19 October 2008 21:35 -
  • S14E04 - Dangerous Liaisons: When Akram met Juliette

    Arts documentary series. Following British-Bangladeshi choreographer Akram Khan as he takes the risk of his life. He has just months to teach Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche to dance. She must also be confident enough to perform with her teacher in front of the National Theatre's discerning audience. Akram, for his part, will attempt to learn to act. Interviewees include Juliette Binoche, Sylvie Guillem, Joseph Fiennes, Antony Gormley, Nitin Sawhney and Anish Kapoor.

    Air Date: 19 October 2008 21:35 -
  • S14E05 - A Love Story

    What makes a great love story? Imagine looks at the great books, films and pop songs that have tackled the thorny issue of love, pain and desire. Lancelot and Guinevere, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Lady Chatterley's Lover, 24 hours from Tulsa, Casablanca, Brief Encounter and Lolita are all great love stories. But what makes them special?

    'A great love story has to have a fly in the ointment', according to Pulitzer prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides. Other contributors include best selling authors Sarah Waters, Helen Fielding, Jane Austen's biographer Claire Tomalin, Burt Bacharach's lyricist Hal David, screen doctor Robert McKee, psychoanalyst Adam Phillips and literature professor John Sutherland.

    Air Date: 21 October 2008 21:35 -
  • S14E06 - Jay-Z: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

    In this Imagine, Alan Yentob explores the life and work of the chart topping rapper and multi-millionaire business mogul Jay-Z.

    Over a period of six months, Alan follows Jay-Z through key moments in his career, including the media frenzy and build up to his triumphant headline gig at Glastonbury. Jay-Z gives an exclusive insight into his world, with backstage access to his concerts in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York, where Alan rubs shoulders with the stars and meets some of Jay-Z's friends including Chris Martin and P.Diddy.

    The programme reveals Jay-Z's other passions, which extend well beyond music to modern art, architecture, politics, sports and fashion. Alan also uncovers the source and inspiration of Jay-Z's music, from his misspent youth hustling on the streets of the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, to his meteoric rise to success; not only has Jay-Z sold an estimated fifty million albums worldwide, but he has also become responsible for a multi-million dollar business empire, and is listed along with his partner Beyonce Knowles as one of the most powerful celebrity couples in the world.

    Air Date: 28 October 2008 22:35 -
  • S14E07 - Let There Be Light

    Alan Yentob explores the work of artists whose primary medium is light. On his trip down the light fantastic, Alan encounters material from outer space, solid light sculptures, paintings made by the sun and an extinct volcano that has been turned into a temple of perception by the legendary American artist James Turrell.

    Air Date: 11 November 2008 22:35 -
  • S14E08 - How an Orchestra Saved Venezuela's Children

    The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, which caused a sensation at last year's Proms, is the product of an extraordinary music education system that has been running for more than 30 years. Children as young as two get intensive music lessons designed to steer them away from the dangers of the street.

    With Scotland now trying its own version of the scheme, Alan Yentob investigates the phenomenon and meets its most successful graduate, 27-year-old conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who next year becomes music director of the LA Philharmonic.

    Air Date: 18 November 2008 22:35 -
  • S14E09 - Richard Serra: Man of Steel

    Sculptor and giant of modern art Richard Serra discusses his extraordinary life and work.

    A creator of enormous, immediately identifiable steel sculptures that both terrify and mesmerise, Serra believes that each viewer creates the sculpture for themselves by being within it.

    To this end, a Japanese family are reminded of the Temples of Kyoto, a Londoner finds sanctuary in the Serra near Liverpool Street station, and most movingly, a Holocaust survivor sees one piece as a wall separating the living from the dead.

    Contributors include Chuck Close, Philip Glass and Glenn D Lowry, Director of MoMA.

    Air Date: 25 November 2008 22:35 -
  • S14E10 - Heavy Metal in Baghdad

    Rock doc Heavy Metal in Baghdad follows the struggles of Iraq's one and only metal band, Acrassicauda, and tells its own story about the horror of daily life in the war-torn city.

    Following the documentary's limited cinema release Imagine presents an edited down version of that film, then picks up the story as the four band members have fled Iraq and are attempting to re-form their band in the West. Lost in a nightmare of bureaucracy, the four young musicians hold onto their dream, which is simply to play their music.

    Air Date: 02 December 2008 22:35 -
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