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ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 25 January, 9.20pm

She was beautiful, smart, and searching. He was an emerging genius in the world of photography. When they met, they fell instantly in love. Setting off across the West with camera and typewriter in the depths of the Great Depression, Charis Wilson and Edward Weston transformed photography, and each other. Now age 90, Charis Wilson recounts her years with Weston with great humour, candour, and some regret. Combining insight from leading scholars, rare archival images, and convincingly authentic re-enactments, Eloquent Nude presents a remarkable true story of love and loss, travel and adventure, and an intimate look at the making of Modern photography.

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 25 January, 6.55pm

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These concepts were important enough for the Declaration of Independence but what exactly does the pursuit of happiness really mean? Filmmaker Andrew Shapter set about answering that question through a coast-to-coast journey resulting in the critically acclaimed documentarian’s latest film, Happiness Is. Happiness. Like art or love, it’s hard to define but we know it when we see it. This documentary is eye opening.

ARTS CHANNEL – Thursday 24 January, 9.25pm

Jo Whiley talks to Scottish musician and philanthropist Annie Lennox about the humanitarian causes close to her heart. The Eurythmics singer/song-writer is an acclaimed musician – having won 8 Brit Awards, 4 Grammys and selling in excess of 80 million records worldwide – but she is also a political and social activist that has strived to raise money and awareness for HIV charities in Africa. In response to her activist work, in 2011 she received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II for her “tireless charity campaigns and championing of humanitarian causes”.

ARTS CHANNEL – Monday 21 January, 8.30pm

The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s eternal classic, in the choreography by Vasily Vainonen, is a colourful and sensuous dance production: dance in the highest perfection and mastery of modern technology. The film creates spectacular images of this great ballet production for the viewer. Under the direction of Andreas Morell, this unique Nutcracker promises to be a breathtaking experience.

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 20 January, 8.30pm

On 22 November 1981, in the middle of their mammoth American tour, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago prior to playing 3 nights at the Rosemont Horizon. Long influenced by the Chicago blues, the band paid a visit to Buddy Guys’ club, The Checkerboard Lounge, to see the legendary bluesman perform. It didn’t take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining in on stage and later Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Lefty Dizz also played their part. It was a unique occasion that was fortunately captured on camera.

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 20 January, 8.45am

From the Rossini Festival in Pesaro comes the first staged performance since 1825 of Adelaide di Borgogna. Set in medieval times, the libretto relates the tale of a king’s widow who is used as a pawn in diplomatic and amorous intrigues. “Adelaide” stars sought-after mezzo Daniela Barcellona as Ottone, and, in the role of Adelaide, young Australian soprano Jessica Pratt, who possesses a natural-born bel-canto voice. Director Pier’ Alli ha devised a modern, stylish look for his production, which interweaves medieval aspects with ironically used elements from the time of the opera’s genesis.

ARTS CHANNEL – Thursday 17 January, 9.15pm

As quintessentially English as a game of cricket or a plate of fish-and-chips, Morris dancing is one of England’s most ancient traditions. And yet to your average man on the street, it’s seen as little more than a national joke. A heartfelt docu-ballad in praise of birthplace, bloodline and rural brotherhood, Way of the Morris follows actor and filmmaker Tim Plester (Kick-Ass, Control, Doctor Who) on a deeply personal journey from the barley fields of his childhood to the killing fields of The Somme, as he traces the poignant link between the spirited folk revival of the mid-1970s and the true story of the young Adderbury Morris side so decimated by the carnage of the First World War. Featuring contributions from singer/songwriter Billy Bragg and Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie, and utilizing treasured home-movie footage and rare village archive, what emerges is a timely and evocative exploration of the origins and impulses behind the Morris.

ARTS CHANNEL – Thursday 17 January, 8.30pm

James Lipton interviews renowned actor Liam Neeson. For almost fifteen years and more than 200 episodes, James Lipton has sat down with some of the world’s most accomplished actors and directors for penetrating, fascinating interviews. Lipton’s studious research and enlightened curiosity has inspired his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about the art of acting.

ARTS CHANNEL – Wednesday 16 January, 8.30pm

Maria Joao Pires with Beethoven Concerto No. 2, the Overture to Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus and Ravel’s Daphnis & Chloe with Ricardo Chailly conducting Orchestre de Pari

ARTS CHANNEL – Monday 14 January, 8.30pm

In 2011 the Grand Opera Gala in support of the AIDS Foundation was held again at the Deutsche Opera Berlin. The chorus and orchestra of the Deutsche Opera Berlin under the internationally acclaimed conductor welcome some of the world’s leading Opera Artists.