Talking Pictures Series 2

Series 2

Talking Pictures Series 2

First Air Date: February 07, 2015

First Aired on    :   2015
Episodes    :   35 episodes



Episodes

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2x35 Joan Collins (May 23, 2020)


A look back at legendary television appearances by Joan Collins.


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2x34 70s Legends (April 04, 2020)


A look back at television appearances by legends of the silver screen, using archive footage to tell the story of their lives and careers.


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2x33 Rom Coms (February 15, 2020)


Celia Imrie explores one of the best-loved movie genres - the romantic comedy. With classic interviews from cinematic couples like Doris Day and Rock Hudson and Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.


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2x32 Westerns (September 15, 2019)


Sylvia Syms looks back through the BBC’s archives to tell the story of what is perhaps cinema’s most enduring and most visual genre.


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2x31 Epics (March 30, 2018)


Sylvia Syms looks through the BBC archive to discover what makes an epic. The programme looks at the history of epics, which featured lavish budgets and huge sets, from the Ten Commandments and Ben Hur through to Titanic and Gladiator. Including interviews from some of the biggest stars in the world, who starred in some of the biggest films in the world.


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2x30 Barry Norman (December 30, 2017)


Rory Bremner explores the BBC archives for an affectionate look back at the career of Barry Norman, who hosted the BBC's Film Review show for 26 years.


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2x29 Bette and Joan (December 23, 2017)


Sylvia Syms looks through the BBC archives to tell the story of one of Hollywood's greatest ever feuds - the rivalry between legendary actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.


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2x28 Jane Fonda (December 17, 2017)


As double-Oscar winner Jane Fonda approaches her 80th birthday, a look back at the life of one of Hollywood's most successful and controversial actresses.


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2x27 Roger Moore (December 16, 2017)


A look back at the life and career of one of Britain's best-loved actors, Sir Roger Moore, who died in 2017, just months before his 90th birthday.


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2x26 Harry Potter (October 28, 2017)


Actor Warwick Davis - AKA Professor Flitwick and Griphook - explores the BBC archives and conjures up the story of the Harry Potter films - a tale that starts with the casting of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, and ends with the trio firmly established as internationally recognised teenage superstars. The programme uses rarely seen footage and interviews to explore behind the scenes, looks at how the franchise became one of the biggest in cinema history and gets the unique perspectives of the series's producer, directors, actors and JK Rowling herself.


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2x25 60s Icons (April 29, 2017)


Sylvia Syms explores the BBC's archives and chooses a selection of rarely seen interviews that tell the story of the acting stars who made 60s Britain swing.


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2x24 John Hurt (February 18, 2017)


A look back at the life and work of Sir John Hurt - one of Britain's acting greats, who died last month aged 77 after a career that spanned six decades and took in over 100 films. In a selection of rarely seen interviews, we find John discussing some of his most iconic screen creations - most notably Quentin Crisp from The Naked Civil Servant, John Merrick from The Elephant Man and Max from Midnight Express. The conversations also cover John's personal perspective on the craft of acting, the tragedy that claimed the life of the woman he planned marry and his reputation for being a hard-drinking hellraiser - which he felt was largely undeserved.


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2x23 Debbie Reynolds (January 21, 2017)


A look back at the life of the actress Debbie Reynolds - one of the best-loved stars of Hollywood's golden age, who died in December 2016. In a selection of rarely-seen interviews, we find Debbie discussing her favourite film roles, including her career-making appearance in Singin' in the Rain. She also talks about her husband Eddie Fisher leaving her for Elizabeth Taylor and the ensuing scandal that rocked Hollywood, and discusses life as Princess Leia's mum and her relationship with her daughter Carrie Fisher, who also passed away in December 2016, just one day before Debbie's own death.


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2x22 Alan Rickman (January 01, 2017)


A look back at the life and work of Alan Rickman, one of Britain's best-loved actors, who died in January 2016. We hear from the man himself, talking at different key stages of his career in several rarely seen interviews. The conversations, filled with insight and anecdotes, reveal how one of the leading lights of British theatre found movie stardom with Die Hard, and take us through all his favourite film roles, including his special part in the phenomenon that is the Harry Potter franchise.


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2x21 The Black Stars of Film (November 12, 2016)


A retrospective look at some of the best-loved and most popular black stars to have graced cinema screens over the past seven decades, from Gone With the Wind right up to 12 Years a Slave. The programme examines how black actors' achievements have been recognised by the movie industry and the Oscars Academy, and explores Hollywood's complicated role in America's fight for civil rights - sometimes praised for championing black artists, often condemned for perpetuating racial stereotypes. Featuring rarely seen interviews with Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg and Halle Berry. Narrated by Don Warrington.


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2x20 Bing Crosby (August 27, 2016)


A look at TV appearances made over the years by Bing Crosby, with interviews from the archive and classic clips capturing the milestones and highlights of his life and career.


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2x19 War Films (March 26, 2016)


A look back at the great British war films that boosted the nation's morale in the postwar years and launched the careers of some of our best-loved actors and directors.


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2x18 Sex Symbols (January 02, 2016)


Sylvia Syms looks at the handsome heroes, gorgeous heroines, pin-ups and bombshells who came to be known as cinema's greatest sex symbols, hearing from the stars themselves.


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2x17 Child Stars (November 21, 2015)


With classic interviews and rarely seen archive footage, Sylvia Syms examines the world of the big screen's smallest stars - the child actors. Featuring Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, Jack Wild, Macaulay Culkin, Christian Bale, Jodie Foster and the stars of the Harry Potter films, the programme looks at their different careers and explores how these young talents fared once they had all grown up.


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2x16 Great British Comedies (October 31, 2015)


Sylvia Syms looks back on the great British comedy stars who over the years have had cinema audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter. Featuring rarely-seen interviews from the BBC's archives, the programme starts with the great George Formby and the early days of British cinema, and works its way forwards in time, exploring, amongst others, the classic Ealing comedies, the much-loved Doctor series, the saucy postcard humour of the Carry On films, Peter Sellers and the Pink Panther series, and the ground-breaking movies of Monty Python.


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2x15 Hollywood Actresses (October 24, 2015)


Sylvia Syms looks back on the legendary leading ladies of Hollywood - the glamorous and often powerful stars who helped define what it was to be a woman in cinema's golden age. Featuring Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Doris Day, the programme uses rarely seen archive and interviews to examine the relationships these great stars had with audiences, studio bosses - and sometimes with each other.


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2x14 John Huston (October 17, 2015)


A retrospective look at television appearances made over the years by actor and director John Huston, with interviews from the archive and classic clips capturing the milestones and highlights of his life and career. Narrated by Sylvia Syms.


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2x13 Anthony Hopkins (August 31, 2015)


A look back at the life of Oscar-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins and featuring interviews conducted with the BBC over the course of his career.


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2x12 Musicals (August 29, 2015)


In this episode, Talking Pictures tells the story of the Hollywood musical, using interviews with stars from the genre's golden age, as well as some of the directors and songwriters who helped create them. Among the big names remembering their experiences are Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Barbara Streisand, Liza Minelli and Judy Garland - and the films under discussion include some of the best-loved in cinema history: Singin' In the Rain, On the Town, My Fair Lady, Funny Girl and The Sound of Music.


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2x11 Omar Sharif (August 15, 2015)


A look back at the life of the actor Omar Sharif, who died in July 2015 at the age of 83. Using archive from his interviews with the BBC and featuring contributions from director David Lean, this episode explores Sharif's dramatic entrance into the film world of the 1960s with Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, sees him considering his reputation as a playboy, and examines how his passion for cards and gambling at one point threatened to eclipse his reputation as an actor.


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2x10 Christopher Lee (July 11, 2015)


A look back at the life and career of one of the greats of British cinema - Sir Christopher Lee. In BBC interviews conducted over six decades, Lee discusses his position as a legendary screen villain and talks about his major roles, from Count Dracula to Count Dooku.


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2x09 Hitchcock's Leading Actors (May 09, 2015)


To this day, Alfred Hitchcock is looked on as one of cinema's best and most influential directors. But how did the stars of his films finding working with the great man? To some he was 'the master', to others 'the manipulator'. Talking Pictures explores the relationship between Hitch and his leading actors, using rarely seen interviews of the man himself and a line-up that includes Kim Novak, Tippi Hedren, Joan Fontaine, Janet Leigh and Sean Connery.


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2x08 Richard Harris (April 25, 2015)


A retrospective look at television appearances made over the years by Richard Harris, with interviews from the archive and classic clips capturing the milestones and highlights of his life and career. Narrated by Sylvia Syms.


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2x07 Hollywood's Great Directors (April 04, 2015)


A retrospective look at the careers of some of the greatest and most successful directors in movie history, talking about their favourite films, the stars they worked with and their sometimes difficult relationships with Hollywood's studio bosses. Features rarely seen interviews with a line-up of directing legends including names like John Ford, Frank Capra, Sidney Lumet, George Cukor, Billy Wilder and Cecil B Demille.


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2x06 Kenneth More (March 14, 2015)


A retrospective look at television appearances made over the years by BAFTA-winning actor Kenneth More, with interviews from the archive and classic clips capturing the milestones and highlights of his life and career.


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2x05 Noel Coward (March 07, 2015)


A retrospective look at television appearances made over the years by award-winning actor Noel Coward, with interviews from the archive and classic clips capturing the milestones and highlights of his life and career.


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2x04 Albert Finney (February 28, 2015)


A retrospective look at television appearances made over the years by award-winning actor Albert Finney, with interviews from the archive and classic clips capturing the milestones and highlights of his life and career.


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2x03 On the Waterfront (February 21, 2015)


Sixty years after its original release, Talking Pictures examines On the Waterfront, one of the greatest films in US cinema history. Archive interviews with the director, writer and cast members, including Marlon Brando, reveal how behind its success lies a story of betrayal and resentment, born from America's anti-communist fervour of the 1950s


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2x02 Shelley Winters (February 14, 2015)


A look at television appearances made over the years by Oscar-winning actress Shelley Winters, with interviews from the archive and classic clips capturing the milestones and highlights of her life and career.


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2x01 Jack Lemmon (February 07, 2015)


A retrospective look at television appearances made over the years by Some Like It Hot and Days of Wine and Roses star Jack Lemmon, with interviews from the archive and classic clips capturing the milestones and highlights of his life and career.




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