Tim Minchin, Alison Balsom, David Hare, Alfie Boe, Tamara Rojo, Paula Rego and Tracey Emin – new line up for The South Bank Show is revealed
The most respected arts programme in the world, The South Bank Show, returns to Sky Arts on 18 April with a great line-up of in-depth interviews, showcasing the works of the finest living practitioners across the arts.
Edited and Presented by Melvyn Bragg, the new series will look at a catholic range of subjects from classical music, dance, theatre and contemporary art.
The series profiles Tamara Rojo, arguably one of the world’s most celebrated and popular dancers, as she takes up her biggest challenge to date – Artistic Director of English National Ballet.
The show came to Sky Arts in 2012. It has been a lynchpin of arts and culture broadcasting for over thirty-three years, exploring the works of some of the finest living artists, musicians, performers and writers.
“We’re delighted that The South Bank Show returns to Sky Arts with such an extraordinary line-up,” comments Melvyn Bragg. “From David Hare to Alfie Boe, Tamara Rojo to Paula Rego, these remarkable people are among the finest contemporary artists at work today and it has been a huge privilege to secure exclusive interviews and access for the series.”
“The South Bank Show is synonymous with bringing the very best of the arts to our screens, and this is exactly what Melvyn has done with this new series,” comments James Hunt, Channel Director of Sky Arts. “We know our customers will be as delighted as we are to have such a comprehensive and fascinating insight into the worlds of these exceptional artists.”
The South Bank Show will begin on 18th April, at 9.30pm on Sky Arts 1 HD, and will be available live and on-demand on Sky Go.
The South Bank Show line-up:
9th May: Tamara Rojo
Producer: Suzannah Wander
· Tamara has danced with leading ballet companies all over the world
· This programme follows her first few months in her new role as Artistic Director of English National Ballet, and gains intimate insight into her working practices in rehearsals and on tour
The South Bank Show, 9.30pm, Sky Arts 1 HD and available live and on-demand via Sky Go
About Sky Arts
Sky Arts offers an eclectic mix of the best music, arts, biographies, chat shows, film, drama and comedy. Sky is the only broadcaster in the UK and Ireland with channels dedicated solely to the arts, with 48 hours of the best arts content from around the world across Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2 daily. Sky Arts now reaches more than 6 million viewers every month.
Recent highlights include Playhouse Presents… a series of one-off comedies and dramas starring world-renowned talent including Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Thompson, Sir Tom Jones, Brenda Blethyn, David Tennant and Alison Steadman. The channel was also responsible for resurrecting the much-loved South Bank Show and The South Bank Show Awards. Sky Arts also encourages new formats and methods for accessing the arts, working with the ENO and National Gallery to beam the world’s first live opera and first live opening night of an exhibition in 3D to cinemas across the UK and Ireland.
Sky Arts also seeks to connect with culture on the ground; creating and collaborating with the best of the arts in the UK and Ireland to bring new experiences to life. Sky Arts has collaborated with a number of arts organisations including the English National Ballet and has supported the Hay Festival as broadcast partner since 2006.
The Sky Arts Ignition Series launched in in 2011 to invest in the arts landscape of the UK. The Series will seek to collaborate with six arts organisations over the next three years in the creation of brand new works; Sky Arts Ignition Series: Futures Fund will support five young artists with a bursary of £30,000 each, enabling Sky Arts to back the creation of new works of art as well as nurture emerging talent.