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Original language(s)  English
Executive producer(s)  Alan Yentob
First episode date  11 June 2003
Genre  Television documentary
6.9/10 IMDb

Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of series  22
Original network  BBC One
Presented by  Alan Yentob
Language  English
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Picture format  576i (16:9 SDTV) 1080i (HDTV)
Nominations  International Emmy Award for Arts Programming
Similar  The Private Life of a Masterpiece, How Art Made the World, Arena, Real Rescues, The Culture Show

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Imagine is a wide ranging arts series first broadcast on BBC One in 2003, hosted and executive produced by Alan Yentob. Each series usually consists of 4 to 7 episodes, each on a different topic. Episodes have been directed by, among others, Geoff Wonfor, Lucy Blakstead, Roger Parsons and Zoë Silver.

Contents

List of episodes

Series 1 (from 11 June 2003):

  • "The Saatchi Phenomenon" - about businessman Charles Saatchi
  • "Barbara Hepworth: Shapes Out of Feelings"
  • "The Hip Hop Generation"
  • "Stella McCartney: Stella's Story"
  • "Carlos Acosta: The Reluctant Ballet Dancer"
  • "The Portrait of Omai"
  • "John Mortimer: Owning Up at 80"
  • Series 2 (from 12 November 2003):

  • "The Voice of Bryn Terfel"
  • "A Funny Business" - A look at British and American sitcoms
  • "John Soane - Entertaining Mr Soane"
  • "Martin Parr - The World According to Parr"
  • "From Pencils to Pixels" - Celebrating the phenomena of the animated feature film
  • "An A-Z of the OED"
  • Series 3 (from 2 June 2004):

  • "Edward Hopper - The Mysterious Mr Hopper"
  • "Sitting for Lucian Freud"
  • "Saint John Coltrane"
  • "Peter Finlay - Dirty But Clean Pierre"
  • "Unsuitable for Children?" - Exploring modern children's fiction
  • "The Smoking Diaries" - about playwright Simon Gray
  • Series 4 (from 24 November 2004):

  • "Arthur Miller - Finishing the Picture"
  • "Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson's Smile"
  • "Bruce Nauman - The Godfather of Modern Art"
  • "Marlon Brando"
  • "Antonio Pappano - A Year at the Opera"
  • Series 5 (from 11 May 2005):

  • "A Short History of Tall Buildings" (3 parts)
  • Series 6 (from 22 June 2005):

  • Fantastic Mr Dahl - about children's author Roald Dahl
  • Frida Kahlo
  • "Being a Concert Pianist"
  • Series 7 (from 23 November 2005):

  • "Elgar and the Missing Concerto"
  • "Amos Oz - The Conscience of Israel"
  • "Chuck Close - Close Up"
  • "Rhythm Is It!"
  • Series 8 (from 17 January 2006)

  • "Sweet Home New Orleans" - examining the city's musical heritage
  • "Andy Warhol - Warhol Denied"
  • "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Studio"
  • "Sitting Comfortably" - Tracing the changing styles of the modern chair
  • Series 9 (from 23 May 2006)

  • "Being Hamlet" - about actor Wayne Cater as he prepares to play Hamlet
  • "The Artist Formerly Known As Cat Stevens" - telling the story of pop star Cat Stevens and how he became Yusuf Islam.
  • "The Ingenious Thomas Heatherwick"
  • "A Picture of the Painter Howard Hodgkin"
  • Series 10 (from 17 October 2006)

  • "Peter Pan: a Hard Act to Follow"
  • "Velazquez, the Painter's Painter"
  • "A Play for Today" - about Jeremy Weller's play, The Foolish Young Man
  • "The Movie Brats, Take Two" - about a group of maverick American directors
  • "Who Cares About Art?" - follows the work of five art curators
  • "Hans Holbein, International Man of Mystery"
  • "Being a Diva" - about operatic divas
  • www.herecomeseverybody.co.uk - a history of the World Wide Web
  • "And Then There Was Television" - about the early days of television
  • Special (27 December 2006)

  • "The Beatles in Love" - documenting the creation of The Beatles project Love
  • Series 11 (from 8 May 2007)

  • "Gilbert and George" - No Surrender
  • "Stealing Klimt" - the story of a 90-year-old's struggle to recover her family's paintings.
  • "Scott Walker"
  • "It's the Surreal Thing" - a history of Surrealism
  • Special (4 July 2007)

  • Damon and Jamie's Excellent Adventure - documentary about cartoon pop group Gorillaz' foray into opera
  • Series 12 (from 23 October 2007)

  • "Henry Perkins: Bolshoi Boy" - following a British boy at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy
  • "Bollywood's Big B" - a profile of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan
  • "Helvetica"
  • "Louise Bourgeois: Spiderwoman" - (with interviews from leading British artists Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Stella Vine)
  • "How to Get on in the Art World" - featuring material on the Frieze Art Fair
  • "The Secret of Life" - looking at the popularity of self-help books
  • "Richard Rogers, Inside Out"
  • "Marc Newson: Urban Spaceman"
  • Series 13 (from 23 May 2008)

  • "Doris Lessing - The Hostess and The Alien"
  • "Oliver Sacks - Tales of Music and The Brain"
  • "Annie Leibovitz - Life Through a Lens"
  • "A Trip to Asia: On the Road with the Berlin Philharmonic"
  • "A Wild Sheep Chase: In Search of Haruki Murakami"
  • "Werner Herzog - Beyond Reason"
  • "Love, Loss and Anthony Minghella"
  • Series 14 (from 5 October 2008)

  • "The Story of the Guitar - In the Beginning"
  • "The Story of the Guitar - Out of the Frying Pan"
  • "Dangerous Liaisons: When Akram Met Juliette"
  • "The Story of the Guitar - This Time It's Personal"
  • "A Love Story"
  • "Jay-Z: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered"
  • "Let There Be Light"
  • "How an Orchestra Saved Venezuela's Children"
  • "Richard Serra: Man of Steel"
  • "Heavy Metal in Baghdad"
  • Series 15 (from 23 June 2009)

  • "Save the Last Dance for Me: The Company of Elders"
  • "David Hockney - A Bigger Picture"
  • "Rufus Wainwright - Prima Donna"
  • "William Eggleston - The Colourful Mr Eggleston"
  • "Art in Troubled Times: A New Deal for Art"
  • "Art in Troubled Times: The Home Front"
  • Series 16 (from 17 November 2009)

  • "The Year of Anish Kapoor"
  • "Dame Shirley Bassey - The Girl from Tiger Bay"
  • "Own Art" - looking at an Arts Council scheme that enables people from all walks of life to buy a piece of art
  • "Joan Baez - How Sweet the Sound"
  • "Scrabble - A Night on the Tiles"
  • Series 17 (from 5 April 2010)

  • "Vincent Van Gogh: Painted with Words"
  • "The Rolling Stones - The Stones in Exile"
  • Series 18 (from 15 June 2010)

  • "Nigel Kennedy's Polish Adventure"
  • "Art Is Child's Play"
  • "Diana Athill - Growing Old Disgracefully"
  • "Tom Jones - What Good Am I?"
  • Series 19 (from 16 November 2010)

  • "Ai Weiwei - Without Fear or Favour"
  • "Ron Galella - Smash His Camera"
  • "The Weird Adventures of Eadweard Muybridge"
  • "Ben Hur in Bath"
  • "Ray Davies - Imaginary Man"
  • Special (23 February 2011)

  • The Plinth, the Model, the Artist and his Sculpture - Film about Marc Quinn's sculpture "Alison Lapper Pregnant" in place on Trafalgar Square's Fourth plinth during 2005 to 2007.
  • The Trouble with Tolstoy (from 27 March 2011)

  • "At War with Himself"
  • "In Search of Happiness"
  • Series 20 (from 28 June 2011)

  • "The Man Who Forgot How to Read and Other Stories"
  • "The Pharaohs' Museum on Liberation Square"
  • "Lennon: The New York Years"
  • "Harry Nilsson: The Missing Beatle"
  • "Iraq in Venice"
  • "U2: From the Sky Down"
  • Series 21 (from 1 November 2011)

  • "Grayson Perry and the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman
  • "Simon & Garfunkel - The Harmony Game"
  • "Alan Ayckbourn - Greetings from Scarborough"
  • "Vidal Sassoon - A Cut Above"
  • "The Lost Music of Rajasthan"
  • "Books - The Last Chapter?"
  • "The Art of Stand-Up - Part One"
  • "The Art of Stand-Up - Part Two"
  • Series 22 (from 26 June 2012)

  • "Theatre of War"
  • "Paul Simon's Graceland - Under African Skies"
  • "Just One Falsetto"
  • "Glasgow: The Grit and The Glamour"
  • "Dancing with Titian"
  • Series 23 (from 19 September 2012)

  • "The Fatwa - Salman's Story"
  • "Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender"
  • "Ian Rankin and the Case of the Disappearing Detective"
  • "Do or Die: Lang Lang's Story"
  • "The Many Lives of William Klein"
  • "How Music Makes Us Feel"
  • "Jeanette Winterson: My Monster and Me"
  • "A Beauty is Born: Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty"
  • Series 24 (from 28 March 2013)

  • Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream
  • "David Bowie - Cracked Actor"
  • "Vivian Maier - Who Took Nanny's Pictures?"
  • Series 25 (from 5 Nov 2013)

  • "Edmund de Waal: Make Pots or Die"
  • "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy"
  • "Turning the Art World Inside Out"
  • "Hitler, the Tiger and Me"
  • "Who's Afraid of Machiavelli?"
  • Series 26 (from 18 May 2014)

  • "Rio 50 Degrees: Carry on CaRIOca"
  • "Philip Roth Unleashed" (2 parts)
  • Monty Python: And Now For Something Rather Similar
  • Series 27

  • The Art That Hitler Hated
  • The Art That Hitler Hated: The Sins Of The Fathers
  • Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M
  • Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On
  • Anselm Kiefer: Remembering The Future
  • The One and Only Mike Leigh
  • Colm Toibin: His Mother's Son
  • Series 28

  • Frank Gehry: The Architect Says, Why Can't I?
  • Jeff Koons: Diary of A Seducer
  • Beware Of Mr Baker
  • Toni Morrison Remembers
  • Richard Flanagan: Life After Death
  • Series 29

  • Shylock's Ghost
  • Other (2006)

  • Imagine... A Mildly Amusing Panel Show - a special highlights edition of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, a parody of the Imagine series, presented by Yentob himself.
  • References

    Imagine (TV series) Wikipedia


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