The South Bank Show

TV Show (0013 - 2008)

The South Bank Show
Melvyn Bragg presents in-depth profiles and reports on the arts scene
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Latest Episodes

  • Season 35 Episode 8: Out of Nigeria - Part Two

    Part two of two. Profiles of Nigerian writers Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, exploring the connections between their lives and work. After predicting a coup in his 1966 novel A Man of the People, Achebe and his family escaped assassination and then faced the Biafran War - the setting for Adichie's Orange prize-winning book Half of a Yellow Sun. With contributions by Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer

  • Season 35 Episode 7: Out of Nigeria - Part One

    The first of two programmes profiling Nigerian writers Chinua Achebe, one of Africa's leading novelists, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the continent's newest literary star. The documentary explores how, despite being from different generations, their paths have often crossed - Adichie was brought up in Achebe's old house and her debut novel Purple Hibiscus revisits the themes of Things Fall Apart, his acclaimed novel of 1958

  • Season 34 Episode 5: Alfie Boe

    Melvyn Bragg meets singer Alfie Boe, who was working as a mechanic when a customer recommended he audition for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Discussing his work in classical and popular music, Boe reflects on his ability to perform in both arenas, as well as his admiration for Pavarotti and his approach to playing Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in London's West End

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