The South Bank Show

ITV (ended 2010)


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Welcome to The South Bank Show guide. Britain's longest running arts program, hosted by Melvyn Bragg who had previously hosted BBC2's The Lively Arts. The series was originally broadcast on Saturdays. It moved to Sunday on 30-Apr-1978 and has remained there with few exceptions. The theme song is "Variations 1-4" from the musical Song and Dance, performed by Julian Lloyd-Webber. It can be found on the Andrew Lloyd-Webber record The Premier Collection. The series is shown occasionally on Bravo in the US. Check here to see what South Bank Show is currently on Bravo. In 1995 Bravo showed a compilation of the 7 title sequences used throughout the series. Many episodes are available on videocassette in the United States from Public Media Video. (Note: the website has disappeared. Did the company go under?) Because the series is rarely repeated, I have only seen a handful of episodes. If you have information on any of the episodes, please let me know. In researching this series, I've assumed that episodes were only shown on Saturday or Sunday with the occasional Friday appearance. If additional episodes were broadcast on other days please let me know. Possible additional episodes: Oscar Peterson (Apr? 1984), Marcel Proust (1987), Les silences de Manet (1989), A Game of Chess with Marcel Duchamp (1987), Wassily Kandinsky (1986), Hockney the Photographer (1983)moreless