Imagine (TV series)

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Imagine
Genre Documentary
Presented by Alan Yentob
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 22
Production
Executive producer(s) Alan Yentob
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 11 June 2003 (2003-06-11) – present
External links
Website

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.

List of episodes[edit]

Series 1 (from 11 June 2003):

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):

Series 4 (from 24 November 2004):

Series 5 (from 11 May 2005):

  • "A Short History of Tall Buildings" (3 parts)

Series 6 (from 22 June 2005):

Series 7 (from 23 November 2005):

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)

Special (04 July 2007)

  • Damon and Jamie's Excellent Adventure - documentary about cartoon pop group Gorillaz' foray into opera

Series 12 (from 23 October 2007)

Series 13 (from 23 May 2008)

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)

Series 17 (from 5 April 2010)

Series 18 (from 15 June 2010)

Series 19 (from 16 November 2010)

Special (23 February 2011)

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)

Series 22 (from 26 June 2012)

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)

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)

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.

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