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The South Bank Show is a British television arts magazine show, presented by Melvyn Bragg and seen in over 60 countries — including Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA. Its stated aim is to bring both high art and popular culture to a mass audience. Melvyn Bragg Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg (born 6 October 1939, in Wigton, Cumbria) is a British author, screenwriter and television and radio host and journalist. ...



It first aired on 14 January 1978, with a show about Germaine Greer, Gerald Scarfe and Paul McCartney. It is now the longest continuously running arts programme on UK television. January 14 is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Germaine Greer - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Gerald Scarfe (born 1936) is a British cartoonist and illustrator whose work is characterised by an apparent obsession with the grotesque and diseased, perhaps a result of an asthmatic, bed-ridden childhood. ... Paul McCartney, as photographed by John Kelley for the 1968 LP The Beatles (aka The White Album). Sir James Paul McCartney, KBE, MBE (born June 18, 1942), better known as Paul McCartney, is a British musician, composer, and producer, who first came to prominence as a member of The Beatles. ...


It has been awarded more than 110 awards (including 12 BAFTAs, 6 Emmys, 5 Prix Italia and 4 RTS awards). Even Pat Gavin's animated title sequences have won 2 BAFTAs. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... An Emmy Award. ... A title sequence, in a television program, is shown at the beginning which displays the show name and credits, usually including actors, producers and directors. ...


Sir David Lean once said "The best directors in Britain are working on The South Bank Show." Directors who have made South Bank Show programmes include: Sir David Lean (March 25, 1908 – April 16, 1991) was a British film director, best remembered for big-screen epics such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai. ...

Mary Harron (Born: 1956 in Canada-) is a Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer. ... Ken Loach (born June 17, 1936) is a British television and film director, known for his social realist style and socialist themes. ... Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell, known as Ken Russell (born July 3, 1927) is a controversial British film director, particularly known for his films about famous composers. ... James Ivory (born June 7, 1928 in Berkeley, California) is an American film director of such films as Howards End. ...

Theme music

The famous theme music is an Andrew Lloyd Webber arrangement on the theme from Paganini's 24th Caprice. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born March 22, 1948) is a highly successful British composer of musical theatre. ... Niccolò Paganini Niccolò Paganini, (Genoa, October 27, 1782 - Nice, May 27, 1840) was a violinist and composer. ...

External links

  • South Bank Show official site
  • Complete list of subjects from epguides.com

  Results from FactBites:
South Bank - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (310 words)
The South Bank is the area in London on the southern bank of the River Thames near Waterloo station that houses a number of important cultural buildings/institutions.
It was the site of the 1951 Festival of Britain, for which the Royal Festival Hall, now part of the South Bank Centre arts complex, was built.
The area is split between the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.
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