About BBC Two
Steering clear from its predecessor channels’ appeal towards more mainstream shows, BBC Two draws a wider base of intellectual viewership through the educational content of the programmes offered. Launched in April 1964, BBC Two serves adult, viewers via its knowledge- based programmes. Named 2007’s Broadcast Channel of the Year, BBC Two’s content meshes the educational with the entertaining, the intelligent with the stimulating. The channel’s remaining challenge: balancing the attempt to broaden its viewership while maintaining its mission to provide programmes relating to arts and science, history and human interest..
Steven Berkoff - Actor, Writer and DirectorHARDtalk speaks to acclaimed actor, writer and director Stephen Berkoff. He spent more than fifty years in theatre and film, rocking the establishment with his outspoken and often angry views. His work ranges from appearances in A Clockwork Orange and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, to adaptations of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. He believes the art world is letting us all down by abandoning serious quality drama to pursue mass audiences. So what is theatre, art or entertainment?
Lakhdar Brahimi - United Nations-Arab League Special Envoy for SyriaSarah Montague speaks to Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria. He has said that his task is 'nearly impossible'. With the US and the UK talking about the possibility of military intervention and Russia saying such action would have 'catastrophic consequences' for the region, what does the future hold for Syria?
Series 11 - Episode 2Dragons' Den is back with two brand new multimillionaires joining the illustrious line up - cloud computing pioneer Piers Linney and design industry icon Kelly Hoppen take their seats alongside returning den stalwarts Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden. This time a crooning Texan cowboy struts into the den with some backing from his country band, while a husband and wife team hope their Brazilian dance troupe will help grab the Dragons' attention. Will this fresh batch of entrepreneurs get the investment they require?
Series 11 - Episode 1Dragons' Den is back with two brand new multimillionaires joining the illustrious line up - cloud computing pioneer Piers Linney and design industry icon Kelly Hoppen take their seats alongside returning den stalwarts Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden. In this series opener a former male stripper breaks down under the pressure, and two British expats launch their Australian tanning range with a jingle that takes the Dragons by surprise. Will any of the entrepreneurs secure any of the Dragons' cash?
02/08/2013Reporter Adam Fleming travels to Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg to explain how the institutions of the European Union work and meets some of the people who work in its complex bureaucracy.
Alaska: Part 1HARDtalk is on the road in Alaska. In the first of two programmes, Stephen Sackur visits the Bristol Bay region of south-west Alaska where the fishing industry, the mining industry and the federal government are locked in a bitter argument over environmental sustainability and resource exploitation. Every year 40 million salmon swim in to Bristol Bay before beginning their journey up the rivers and streams of the region, it's one of the world's great fisheries, however 120 miles inland there is a plan to build North America's largest copper mine. HARDtalk explores whether the two forms of resource exploitation can co-exist?
16/05/2013David Dimbleby presents Question Time from Ipswich. On the panel: Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond MP; Shadow Immigration Minister, Chris Bryant MP; former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy MP; Financial Times journalist Gillian Tett; and the Chair of Arts Council England, Peter Bazalgette.
Vitali Klitschko - Boxer and Ukrainian Opposition MPFrom fist fights in parliament to dodgy elections and the imprisonment of the country's main opposition leader, politics in Ukraine is a brutal business. So it is perhaps fitting that the rising star of the Ukrainian opposition just happens to be the world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko. He is tough, wealthy and ambitious but does he have what it takes to win in Ukraine's turbulent political arena?
5. Going Great WesternFirst transmitted in 1986, Miles Kington explores the line laid from Bristol to Exeter by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and then travels through south Devon in all its glory.Along the way Kington examines the enormous task faced by Brunel in the design and construction of the Royal Albert Bridge, which carries the Cornish Main Line railway in and out of Cornwall. Perhaps less well known is the impact of the railway line and the rail company on promoting tourism in the Edwardian golden age of British seaside resorts.
2. The Fishing LineFirst transmitted in 1986, Miles Kington experiences the power of a London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Stanier 'Black Five' on a journey from Fort William across the western Highlands via Glenfinnan to Mallaig.While observing breathtaking scenery and stunning engineering achievements, including Glenfinnan viaduct, Kington uncovers what the West Highland Line meant to the traditional crofting communities that had been devastated by the Highland clearances.
2000-2001 - The Empire State StoryFirst transmitted in 2001, this programme chronicles the construction of the Empire State Building in New York, which was the world's tallest skyscraper when opened in 1931. The programme investigates the building's history through interviews with the people who contributed to the construction of this iconic building.
Ken DoddFirst transmitted in 1995, a special edition of The Late Show sees comedian Ken Dodd talking to Jeremy Isaacs about his career and unique approach to comedy. In this rare television interview, Dodd shares stories of his humble beginnings in 1930s Liverpool, his big break in 1965 at the London Palladium and his performance to the royal household at Windsor Castle. He also talks about his fears, regrets and philosophy of life. (R)
Lauren BacallFirst transmitted in 1995, Jeremy Isaacs delves into the life of Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall, who became a movie star instantly following her first screen appearances in 'To Have and Have Not' and 'The Big Sleep'. Born as Betty Perske, she went on to marry Humphrey Bogart and enjoyed a 50-year career under her new name, Lauren Bacall. They discuss her film career, autobiographies and her impending return to the British stage. (R)
Jeanette WintersonFirst transmitted in 1994, Jeremy Isaacs talks to award-winning writer Jeanette Winterson, who discusses her love of writing and reflects on the ways in which her upbringing and sexuality have influenced her work. Winterson also explains her desire to avoid being categorised, either in terms of her work or her life, and the ways in which her non-conformist style of writing and 'taboo' subject matter reflect this and have, perhaps, contributed to her success. (R)
Maya AngelouFirst transmitted in 1994, Jeremy Isaacs asks the black American writer Maya Angelou about her life, her writing and her hopes for the future. What unfolds is a frank and sometimes shocking account of her journey to becoming an established author.