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Anthony Hopkins - South Bank Show
Anthony Hopkins - South Bank Show
Published: 2017/06/03
Channel: Jabei
Werner Herzog South Bank Show (1982)
Werner Herzog South Bank Show (1982)
Published: 2012/07/01
Channel: TheStickingPlace
The South Bank Show: Philip Larkin
The South Bank Show: Philip Larkin
Published: 2015/05/27
Channel: Seán Ó Caoimh
South Bank Show Originals   Paul McCartney
South Bank Show Originals Paul McCartney
Published: 2014/07/11
Channel: kenzy liverbird
Peter Gabriel on The South Bank Show 1982 (Making of Security/ PG4)
Peter Gabriel on The South Bank Show 1982 (Making of Security/ PG4)
Published: 2013/07/14
Channel: TheGenesisArchive
The Smiths - The South Bank Show (part 1)
The Smiths - The South Bank Show (part 1)
Published: 2008/01/09
Channel: vivahate33
BJORK - THE SOUTH BANK SHOW DOCUMENTARY 1997  [HQ]
BJORK - THE SOUTH BANK SHOW DOCUMENTARY 1997 [HQ]
Published: 2016/07/03
Channel: PNEUMONIA
The South Bank Show Presents - R.E.M
The South Bank Show Presents - R.E.M
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: * Gowie
DANNY KAYE-THE SOUTH BANK SHOW-1994-PART 1/4
DANNY KAYE-THE SOUTH BANK SHOW-1994-PART 1/4
Published: 2012/02/04
Channel: sunsetz777
Benedict Cumberbatch - The South Bank Show
Benedict Cumberbatch - The South Bank Show
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Abby Cumbernation
The South Bank Show: Francis Bacon 1/6
The South Bank Show: Francis Bacon 1/6
Published: 2010/05/18
Channel: xenbay
DR. FEELGOOD The South Bank Show 1981
DR. FEELGOOD The South Bank Show 1981
Published: 2009/08/20
Channel: pit2ryan3
William Blake   South Bank Show
William Blake South Bank Show
Published: 2014/03/25
Channel: tony sharp
The South Bank Show - Clive Barker
The South Bank Show - Clive Barker
Published: 2012/10/17
Channel: SeraphimInc
Kenneth Williams, The South Bank Show (Part 1 of 5)
Kenneth Williams, The South Bank Show (Part 1 of 5)
Published: 2009/09/12
Channel: ninethenazeing
Iggy Pop and the Stooges - South Bank Show
Iggy Pop and the Stooges - South Bank Show
Published: 2014/03/08
Channel: Lorenzo Sandri second
Talking Heads - South Bank Show (1979)
Talking Heads - South Bank Show (1979)
Published: 2015/04/10
Channel: Ross Hudson
Simon Raven - The South Bank Show
Simon Raven - The South Bank Show
Published: 2017/05/09
Channel: nosoapradiopolka
Bing Crosby - South Bank Show
Bing Crosby - South Bank Show
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: Jabei
South Bank Show Title Sequences 1978-1992
South Bank Show Title Sequences 1978-1992
Published: 2015/02/19
Channel: PoisonedDragon1964
South Bank Show - James Bond Special featuring Sean Connery and Daniel Craig (part 1 of 5)
South Bank Show - James Bond Special featuring Sean Connery and Daniel Craig (part 1 of 5)
Published: 2009/06/19
Channel: James Bond Fights (And Other Stuff)
South Bank Show Opening
South Bank Show Opening
Published: 2011/05/24
Channel: lagedor30
"The South Bank Show" - (8th November 1992)
"The South Bank Show" - (8th November 1992)
Published: 2012/05/06
Channel: George Formby
Tim Minchin - The South Bank Show
Tim Minchin - The South Bank Show
Published: 2013/04/28
Channel: Luna Hawk
Tracey Emin - The South Bank Show
Tracey Emin - The South Bank Show
Published: 2013/02/21
Channel: VHS PILE
Will Self - "The South Bank Show" 1/5
Will Self - "The South Bank Show" 1/5
Published: 2008/08/18
Channel: JamesBurrTV
The South Bank Show - Dracula (1/6)
The South Bank Show - Dracula (1/6)
Published: 2010/07/06
Channel: FOLIE NOIRE
The South Bank Show - Sing the Theme Song
The South Bank Show - Sing the Theme Song
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: Sky Arts
The Smiths - The South Bank Show (part 2)
The Smiths - The South Bank Show (part 2)
Published: 2008/01/09
Channel: vivahate33
Edward Albee - The South Bank Show (1 of 4)
Edward Albee - The South Bank Show (1 of 4)
Published: 2013/03/23
Channel: albeefan
The South Bank Show: J.G. Ballard (ITV, 2006)
The South Bank Show: J.G. Ballard (ITV, 2006)
Published: 2013/01/30
Channel: Tomás Olano
ITV The South Bank Show: Gerhard Richter (2006)
ITV The South Bank Show: Gerhard Richter (2006)
Published: 2012/12/13
Channel: NewCrossGate
The South Bank Show - Bill Bryson
The South Bank Show - Bill Bryson
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: Mark Graham
The South Bank Show - Disney-Pixar - Part 1/4
The South Bank Show - Disney-Pixar - Part 1/4
Published: 2010/12/10
Channel: mousefiles
Gary Oldman Documentary 1997 - The South Bank Show (Full Episode) **contains some adult content**
Gary Oldman Documentary 1997 - The South Bank Show (Full Episode) **contains some adult content**
Published: 2012/05/30
Channel: Maximus Headroom
John Mortimer South bank Show
John Mortimer South bank Show
Published: 2014/06/30
Channel: videocurios
Gore Vidal -
Gore Vidal - 'South Bank Show' (2008) - Full Show
Published: 2012/05/07
Channel: scalagreen20
The South Bank Show John Galliano Documentary 1996
The South Bank Show John Galliano Documentary 1996
Published: 2013/07/08
Channel: braitnicho
South Bank Show - Malcolm McLaren Part 1
South Bank Show - Malcolm McLaren Part 1
Published: 2009/05/19
Channel: schdwardten
Coldplay on "The South Bank Show"
Coldplay on "The South Bank Show"
Published: 2013/09/04
Channel: FrigidArtic
Stan Laurel - South Bank Show
Stan Laurel - South Bank Show 'The Last Laugh'
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: Pickles Norman
George Michael The South Bank Show 1990
George Michael The South Bank Show 1990
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Robert Vann
pete townshend - the south bank show - part 5
pete townshend - the south bank show - part 5
Published: 2008/07/06
Channel: colourscrash
"The Last Laugh" Stan Laurel The South Bank Show 6.1.91 Part 1
"The Last Laugh" Stan Laurel The South Bank Show 6.1.91 Part 1
Published: 2009/04/27
Channel: tocknet
Steve Reich - South Bank Show - Part 1
Steve Reich - South Bank Show - Part 1
Published: 2007/09/09
Channel: timegrinder
South Bank Show - Elbow (Part 1 of 5).
South Bank Show - Elbow (Part 1 of 5).
Published: 2009/11/18
Channel: MrsWoman
Weather Report: South Bank Show (March 11 1984)
Weather Report: South Bank Show (March 11 1984)
Published: 2011/10/21
Channel: digimaton
George Michael  SOUTH BANK 2006
George Michael SOUTH BANK 2006
Published: 2016/04/12
Channel: ross25live
South Bank Show Special - Word of Mouth RSC (1979)
South Bank Show Special - Word of Mouth RSC (1979)
Published: 2014/01/15
Channel: Gassalasca4
Blur - South Bank Show part 1
Blur - South Bank Show part 1
Published: 2009/05/09
Channel: VHS Rocks
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The South Bank Show
South bank show.jpg
Genre Arts
Presented by Melvyn Bragg
Opening theme Variation on Paganini's "24th Caprice" by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 32
No. of episodes 736
Production
Running time 60mins (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) LWT
Distributor ITV Studios
Release
Original network ITV (14 January 1978 – 30 May 2010)
Sky Arts (27 May 2012 – present)
Picture format 16:9
Original release 14 January 1978 (1978-01-14) – present

The South Bank Show is a television arts magazine show. It was originally produced by London Weekend Television and broadcast on ITV between 1978 and 2010. A new version of the series began on Sky Arts from 27 May 2012.[1] Conceived, written and presented by former BBC arts broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, the show aims to bring both high art and popular culture to a mass audience.

History[edit]

The programme was a replacement for Aquarius, the arts series which had been running since 1970. Presenter Melvyn Bragg was already well known for his arts broadcasting on BBC television, notably Monitor and BBC Two's The Lively Arts. It first aired on 14 January 1978, covering many subjects, including Germaine Greer, Gerald Scarfe and Paul McCartney. It is the longest continuously running arts programme on UK television. From the beginning the series' intent was to mix high art and popular culture. This has remained, and the programme has always focused predominantly on art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

For much of its life, the show was produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for the ITV network.

In May 2009, ITV announced that the show was to come to an end. Although it was originally reported that the show was ending due to Bragg's retirement,[2] Bragg later made it clear that he decided to leave after they ended the show, and thought ending it was a mistake; according to him, "they've killed the show, so I thought, I'll go as well."[3][4]

On Monday 28 December 2009 the final edition of The South Bank Show was broadcast featuring The Royal Shakespeare Company as its subject. Melvyn Bragg announced on this programme, after the final South Bank Show Awards in January 2010, there would be a series of ten South Bank Show Revisited programmes transmitted in early 2010 featuring updates on previous South Bank Show subjects.

The show resumed airing in 2012..

Awards[edit]

The programme has been awarded more than 110 awards (including 12 BAFTAs, 5 Prix Italia and 4 RTS Awards). Pat Gavin's animated title sequences have won two BAFTAs.

Subjects[edit]

There have been many subjects of the show,[5] including:

Directors[edit]

Directors who have made editions of the programme include:

Theme music and visuals[edit]

The iconic image of the Hand of God giving life to Adam, used since the series' inception.

The theme music is taken from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Variations composed in 1977 for his brother, the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. This is based on the theme from Paganini's "24th Caprice". The brand image of the programme is an animated version of a detail from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling painting, specifically the image of the Hand of God giving life to Adam. It shows the two hands meeting, generating a lightning bolt.

Parody[edit]

The comedy series Dead Ringers often parodied The South Bank Show. It does this in a series of sketches called South Bank, a cross between The South Bank Show and the American cartoon South Park, set in the South Bank of London. In these sketches, Melvyn Bragg is Stan Marsh, Alan Yentob is Kyle Broflovski, Mark Lawson is Eric Cartman and Kenneth Branagh is Kenny McCormick.

A sketch in The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer featured Vic Reeves as Melvyn Bragg (with felt-tip marks on his face) presenting a feature on fictional folk singers Mulligan and O'Hare. Reeves depicts Bragg as an unlikely A-Team obsessive.

Harry Enfield's TV film Norbert Smith - a Life is a parody edition of The South Bank Show.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's second series of Extras featured a reference to a fictional episode of The South Bank Show focused on madcap children's television presenters Dick and Dom.

Private Eye tends to parody Melvyn Bragg's name, and Spitting Image would rather accentuate his nasal accent.

Benny Hill once parodied Bragg in a 1978 episode of The Benny Hill Show as Melvyn Dragg. The name of the show was also parodied, and it was called "The South Blank Show."

Podcast[edit]

From 18 September 2006, ITV have begun releasing a podcast of the interviews from the show, including extra material not included in the broadcast editions. There are plans to release past interviews as part of the podcast as well.[8]

Revival by Sky Arts[edit]

At the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards show in January 2010, Lord Melvyn Bragg said he was baffled by ITV's decision to axe The South Bank Show after 30 years on air. Also at the awards show, Prince Charles said in a taped testimonial that it was the end of one of the most important beacons of arts in this country which this country was lucky enough to enjoy.

In July 2010, it was revealed that Bragg had bought the rights to the brand and had first right of access to The South Bank Show archives.[9] Sky Arts broadcasts South Bank Show archive editions and hosted the South Bank Sky Arts Awards on 25 Jan 2011, presented by Melvyn Bragg, accompanied by a new arrangement of The South Bank Show theme.

Sky Arts revived The South Bank Show with a new series starting 27 May 2012.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sherlock and Twenty Twelve up for South Bank Awards". RadioTimes. 
  2. ^ "ITV to axe The South Bank Show when Melvyn Bragg retires next year", The Guardian (London), 6 May 2009
  3. ^ Chitra Ramaswamy (9 November 2009). "Interview: Melvyn Bragg - Man out of time". The Scotsman. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 'It did [shock me] a bit, especially from [ITV chairman] Michael [Grade],' says Bragg before steeling himself. 'I think it's a mistake. But there you go. These things happen. You move on.' 
  4. ^ See also Bragg's book of reminiscences, The South Bank Show: Final Cut. Hodder, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4447-0552-2
  5. ^ "The South Bank Show (a Subjects & Air Dates Guide)". epguides.com. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Drama & Soaps". The ITV Hub. 
  7. ^ Description of one programme, British Film Institute. Accessed 13 February 2013.
  8. ^ "The South Bank Show Podcast RSS". itv.com. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Brown, Maggie (19 July 2010). "Lord Bragg takes South Bank Show to Sky Arts". The Guardian. London. 

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