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A look back at TV and movie appearances by legends of the silver screen.

Genres: Celebrities | Educational
Station: BBC Two (UK)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Running
Start: 2013-01-05

Talking Pictures Air Dates

S02E28 - Jane Fonda Air Date: 17 December 2017 13:00 -

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As double-Oscar winner Jane Fonda approaches her 80th birthday, Sylvia Syms explores the BBC archives for a look back at the life of one of Hollywood's most successful and controversial actresses.

Interviews with the star from over the years reveal how the legacy of her father Henry has hung over her entire career, and show the journey that has taken her from 60s sex kitten, to feminist icon and political activist, to queen of the fitness video and award-winning producer.

The programme also explores how Fonda's opposition to the Vietnam war impacted on her film choices and earned her the nickname she still struggles to shake off, Hanoi Jane.

S02E29 - Bette and Joan Air Date: 23 December 2017 13:40 -

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Sylvia Syms looks through the BBC archives to tell the story of one of Hollywood's greatest ever feuds - the rivalry between legendary actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Interviews from the 1960s and 70s reveal the mutual loathing that came to a head when, against all expectations, they starred together in the classic psychological thriller Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?.

The programme looks in detail at the making of the film, examines the fallout when Bette and not Joan received an Oscar nomination for her performance, and shows how, despite the hatred, the pair had more in common than audiences appreciated.

S02E30 - Barry Norman Air Date: 30 December 2017 17:35 -

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Rory Bremner explores the BBC archives for an affectionate look back at the career of Barry Norman, who hosted the BBC's Film Review show for 26 years, and passed away in June 2017 at the age of 83.

The programme pieces together a selection of Barry's best bits, from famous interviews to reviews of classic movies, encompassing his frequent trips to Hollywood and the Cannes Film Festival.

Barry's love of language and ability to puncture the ego of Hollywood's most pompous superstars made him the nation's favourite film critic.

Plus a look at his life before television beckoned, discovering how his first love wasn't films at all; he actually preferred cricket.

S02E31 - Epics Air Date: 30 March 2018 13:50 -

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Sylvia Syms looks through the BBC archive to discover what makes an epic. The programme looks at the history of epics, which featured lavish budgets and huge sets, from the Ten Commandments and Ben Hur throughto Titanic and Gladiator. Including interviews from some of the biggest stars in the world, who starred in some of the biggest films in the world.

Talking Pictures Actors

Don Warrington(Narrator)

Sylvia Syms(Narrator)

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