Arena (1975)

Arena is the BBC's premier arts and culture documentary showcase. More than 600 films by some of the world's greatest directors have been featured—from profiles of cultural icons like Bob Dylan, Salman Rushdie, and Orson Welles to explorations of more esoteric topics like the Ford Cortina, New York's Chelsea Hotel, and subcultures from the Caribbean to China. Originally conceived as a weekly magazine-style show in 1975 with three "strands"—Art & Design, Theatre, and Cinema—it transitioned to feature-length movies in 1979.


Aliases
  • BBC Arena
  • Arena (BBC)
English
  • TheTVDB.com Series ID 73156
  • Status Continuing
  • First Aired October 1, 1975
  • Recent December 26, 2023
  • Network BBC Four BBC Two
  • Average Runtime 63 minutes
  • Genres Documentary
  • Original Country Great Britain
  • Original Language English
  • On Other Sites IMDB TheMovieDB.com
  • Episode Screenshot Format 16:9 Screencap
  • Favorited This series has been favorited by 23 people.
  • Created February 4, 2008 by
    richdruitt
  • Modified April 30, 2024 by
    valkree
Season From To Episodes
All Seasons
Specials November 1988 November 2015 22
Season 1975 October 1975 December 1975 12
Season 1976 January 1976 December 1976 34
Season 1977 January 1977 December 1977 47
Season 1978 January 1978 December 1978 28
Season 1979 January 1979 September 1979 29
Season 1980 January 1980 December 1980 20
Season 1981 January 1981 December 1981 25
Season 1982 January 1982 December 1982 22
Season 1983 January 1983 December 1983 18
Season 1984 January 1984 December 1984 28
Season 1985 February 1985 December 1985 25
Season 1986 January 1986 June 1996 24
Season 1987 January 1987 December 1987 22
Season 1988 January 1988 December 1988 17
Season 1989 January 1989 December 1989 26
Season 1990 January 1990 December 1990 34
Season 1991 January 1991 October 1991 16
Season 1992 January 1992 December 1992 20
Season 1993 January 1993 May 1993 21
Season 1994 January 1994 August 1994 18
Season 1995 February 1995 August 1995 4
Season 1996 January 1996 December 1996 4
Season 1997 January 1997 December 1997 7
Season 1998 April 1998 December 1998 6
Season 1999 January 1999 December 1999 12
Season 2000 January 2000 December 2000 5
Season 2001 May 2001 December 2001 13
Season 2002 May 2002 December 2002 10
Season 2003 January 2003 December 2003 9
Season 2004 May 2004 December 2004 5
Season 2005 January 2005 December 2005 12
Season 2006 November 2006 December 2006 2
Season 2007 January 2007 December 2007 13
Season 2008 April 2008 December 2008 9
Season 2009 February 2009 June 2009 3
Season 2010 January 2010 December 2010 5
Season 2011 April 2011 November 2011 3
Season 2012 January 2012 December 2012 10
Season 2013 April 2013 October 2013 3
Season 2014 March 2014 June 2014 3
Season 2015 June 2015 1
Season 2016 March 2016 October 2016 4
Season 2017 February 2017 June 2017 5
Season 2018 February 2018 November 2018 4
Season 2019 April 2019 December 2019 10
Season 2020 March 2020 November 2020 5
Season 2021 March 2021 November 2021 7
Season 2022 February 2022 November 2022 5
Season 2023 April 2023 December 2023 8
Unassigned Episodes 17
Season From To Episodes
Specials 0
Unassigned Episodes 712
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Season From To Episodes
Season 1 0
Unassigned Episodes 712

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Name Number of Episodes Dates
Anthony Wall 23 02/13/1980 - 10/23/2016
Nigel Finch 10 03/22/1978 - 01/31/1992
Bernard MacMahon 7 05/21/2017 - 06/09/2017
Adam Low 7 04/20/1987 - 03/17/2012
David Thompson 6 07/13/2007 - 04/24/2016
Martin Scorsese 6 05/20/2011 - 11/13/2011
Mike Dibb 5 07/28/1985 - 10/31/2021
Mary Dickinson 5 03/25/1988 - 12/19/2003
Nigel Williams 4 01/17/1981 - 12/25/2005
Nicola Roberts 4 10/06/2007 - 02/10/2017
Alan Yentob 4 01/18/1978 - 11/02/1984
Rachel Maclean 3 11/04/2018
Francis Hanly 3 04/25/2011 - 10/06/2012
Helen Gallacher 3 02/20/1987 - 04/07/1989
Jana Bokova 3 03/04/1988 - 04/15/1990
Gisela Grischow 3 01/23/1992 - 01/25/1992
Volker Schlöndorff 3 01/23/1992 - 01/25/1992
Charles Chabot 2 05/02/1981 - 02/17/2012
Georg Stefan Troller 2 12/18/1987 - 02/03/1989
Gavin Millar 2 03/14/1981 - 11/17/1981
Kate Meynell 2 04/10/1987 - 03/27/1992
Vikram Jayanti 2 10/25/2008 - 03/18/2016
Daniel Vernon 2 11/04/2019 - 05/18/2020
Alan Lewens 2 11/30/1982 - 12/23/1988
Judy Marle 2 09/29/1979 - 03/31/1989
Paul Tickell 2 07/24/2016
Dennis Marks 2 03/21/1981 - 08/16/1981
Zimena Percival 2 07/19/2008 - 07/26/2008
Heather Lenz 2 09/01/2019
Charles Pattinson 2 01/22/1988 - 01/13/1989
Debbie Geller 2 02/24/1989 - 01/29/1993
Caroline Catz 2 05/16/2021
Kristina Lindström 1 02/13/2022
Eddie Hutton-Mills 1 11/27/2022
Andy Haries 1 02/06/1987
Raoul Peck 1 06/20/2020
Kristian Petri 1 02/13/2022
Vivian Kubrick 1 10/04/1980
Christine Pearce 1 01/27/1989
Nigel French 1 04/04/1981
Georg Misch 1 02/12/2005
Nigel Smith 1 11/25/1988
Andrew Starke 1 11/21/2021
James Marsh 1 07/02/2000
John Byrne 1 04/01/1988
Fisher Dilke 1 01/19/1990
Murray Lerner 1 10/14/2007
Alex Marengo 1 11/20/1987
Chuck Workman 1 05/28/2001
Paul Lee 1 01/08/1988
Gerry Pomeroy 1 01/23/1987
Gillian Wearing 1 11/10/2019
Udayan Prasad 1 12/04/1987
Randall Wright 1 12/25/2012
Rosemary Bowen-Jones 1 01/16/1987
Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir 1 11/28/2021
Bennett Maxwell 1 03/28/1981
Howard Brookner 1 02/22/1983
Roger Michell 1 06/02/2018
Bruce Ricker 1 12/03/2010
Martin Rosenbaum 1 12/24/2010
Peter Lydon 1 03/01/1991
Dick Fontaine 1 02/17/2012
Michael MacIntrye 1 04/03/1987
Biyi Bandele 1 11/21/2020
Jonathan Miller 1 02/05/1988
Amir Amirani 1 05/13/2001
Jane Price 1 09/26/2005
Maurice Linnane 1 07/23/2012
Caroline Tisdall 1 06/06/1987
Peter West 1 05/16/1981
Rosemary WIlton 1 03/07/1981
Harley Cokeliss 1 07/27/1985
Jennifer Lebeau 1 03/30/2018
Geoff Cox 1 11/21/2021
Ian Rickson 1 12/24/2010
Ian Potts 1 03/20/1987
Andrew Douglas 1 07/09/2004
Chris Austin 1 02/27/1987
Jill Evans 1 02/17/1989
Rick Gardner 1 12/23/1983
Rob Walker 1 12/09/1988
Gina Newson 1 11/03/1981
Jane Bywaters 1 09/26/2005
Margy Kinmonth 1 12/09/2004
Ted Clisby 1 01/22/1979
Jeff Perks 1 02/26/1979
Andrew Eaton 1 12/16/1988
Carol Bell 1 02/21/1981
Tristram Powell 1 12/08/1981
Morgan Neville 1 02/05/2005
Name Number of Episodes Dates
B.B. King 3 07/27/1985
Philip Hoare 3 12/18/1993
Duke Erikson 3 05/21/2017 - 06/09/2017
Allison McGourty 3 05/21/2017 - 06/09/2017
Jon Savage 3 02/13/1980 - 07/24/2016
George Melly 2 01/18/1978
Jim White 2 07/09/2004
Studs Terkel 2 07/28/1985
Robert Redford 2 05/28/2017 - 06/04/2017
John Walters 2 07/27/1985
Adrian Wootton 2 04/24/2016
Dilly Barlow 1 06/28/2015
James Baldwin 1 06/20/2020
Harold Pinter 1 12/24/2010
Arthur Miller 1 01/18/1991
Steve Haisman 1 07/09/2004
John Read 1 09/07/1986
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Natasha Dack Ojumu 1 11/27/2022
Stephanie Bennett 1 12/23/1983
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Phil Everly 1 12/23/1983
Don Everly 1 12/23/1983

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BFI TV 100 (2000)

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The BFI TV 100 is a list of 100 television programmes or series that was compiled in 2000 by the British Film Institute (BFI), as chosen by a poll of industry professionals, with the aim to determine the best British television programmes of any genre that had been screened up to that time.

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