Arts Channel

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 16 April, 10.30pm

As the 1960’s became the 1970’s, an unorthodox twenty-something from Brixton, London, was growing into one of the biggest icons in popular music. In 1969, David Bowie’s Space Oddity splashed into the UK charts at the time of the moon landings. Shortly afterwards he made Love you Til Tuesday. Quirky, original, and perhaps a little eccentric, the programme features a young Bowie performing early hits in various guises and includes the original video for Space Oddity.

ARTS CHANNEL – Thursday 15 April, 10.00pm

The legendary 70s pop band is back, performing some of their most famous hits at the Ventura Theater 2005. Horse With No Name, Sister Golden Hair and I Need You are just some of the tracks performed and the band is joined by both Andrew Gold and Stephen Bishop, who also perform some of their hits. A 5.1 surround sound recording.

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 11 April, 9.30pm

Mick Fleetwood and former Fleetwood Mac member Rick Vito, live at the Marlowe Theatre, Friars, Canterbury, Kent England on October 25th, 2008 and sees him teaming up on this recording with guitarist and lead vocalist Vito, bassist Lenny Castellanos and keyboardist Mark Johnstone.

SKY TV is moving to expand its programming roles as part of a commitment to developing its in-house channel management team.

Current Prime Channel Manager Karen Bieleski has been promoted to the newly created position of Head of General Entertainment and Prime, overseeing SKY’s in-house channels Prime, The Box, Vibe and Arts.

Prime’s Associate Channel Manager Kathy Wright will move up to the position of Channel Manager Prime.

SKY’s Director of Entertainment Programming, Travis Dunbar, says “SKY’s in-house channels are not only a crucial part of our offerings to viewers, but also an area of expanding importance to the company going forward. As such, the time is right to take a broader management view of their operation.

“Karen Bieleski’s sterling work on Prime and extensive background in programming made her the logical choice to add the in-house channels to her portfolio.  Kathy Wright’s promotion to Channel Manager Prime is a well deserved recognition of her contribution to the channel over the last three and a half years.”

“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, bringing me a much greater degree of involvement with the pay TV aspect of SKY’s business alongside my ongoing commitment to Prime. I’ll be working with a terrific team of programmers on Prime, Arts, The Box and Vibe and I couldn’t ask for a better role,” says Karen.

Kathy adds, “I am delighted and extremely excited to be taking on the role of Channel Manager Prime from Karen. I have been with Prime for nearly four years now and my commitment and passion for the channel has only increased in this time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Karen for being a wonderful mentor over the years and am excited to continue working with her.”

Claudia Aull, currently Channel Manager The Box, will now step into the role of Associate Channel Manager Prime and Sacha Willetts will continue as the Prime Scheduler.

The changes will take effect on 1 November 2009.

Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm on ARTS CHANNEL

New movie strand! Every Saturday at 8.30pm the Arts Channel presents a weekly feature film!

When a humorous script-reader in her New York apartment sees an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature for a bookstore in London that does mail order, she begins a very special correspondence and friendship with Frank Doel, the bookseller who works at Marks & Co., 84 Charing Cross Road.

Starring Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Dame Judi Dench.

Thursday 12 March at 9.30pm on ARTS CHANNEL



Stephen Fry investigates the story of the most important machine ever invented: the printing press. As the world’s first piece of mass-production technology, the printing press ignited a cultural revolution which shaped the modern age.The printing press changed the way our brains work, replacing a spoken culture with a written one. It is the machine that made us who we are today. In this film, Stephen goes on a journey to explore the story of the machine, and of the man who created it: Johann Gutenberg. He travels through the heartland of the printing revolution, exploring the political and religious turmoil which shaped Gutenberg’s world: a world of visionary inventors, greedy investors, crafty bishops and inspired craftsmen. Combining historical enquiry with hands-on craft and technology, Stephen gathers a team to help him build a copy of the printing press. As he grapples with the same problems faced by his 15th Century predecessors, Stephen demonstrates the brilliance of Gutenberg’s invention and brings the man and his machine to life. This is not a traditional history documentary. At its centre is the story of Stephen’s modern-day journey of discovery – a journey which derives its energy and momentum from his fascination for the subject and his infectious hunger for new information.


Wednesday 11 March at 8.30pm on ARTS CHANNEL

Classical Musical Performance!

This is a fresh look by Christoph Eschenbach and his Orchestre de Paris at Mahler’s Tragic Symphony. We know this symphony is very autobiographical, with Alma Mahler describing it as his most personal and most prophetic work.

Monday 9 March at 8.30pm on ARTS CHANNEL


Stage Theatre Performance!

This vibrant and modern production, staring Sean Pertwee as Macbeth and Greta Scacchi as Lady Macbeth, brings Shakespeare’s story up-to-date. Thrilling digital effects and a star-studded cast mean this is Macbeth as never seen before!

‘…visually imaginative , moves at a cracking pace, and features some excellent verse speaking.’ (Time Out)


The Arts Channel is proud to premier two New Zealand films “A Small Life” and “Edith Collier: A Light Among Shadows” in January.

Both directed by New Zealander Michael Heath and Produced by New Zealander Bhim Singh Chouhan, the films represent the best of New Zealand in terms of storytelling and celebrating our own talent.

Starring the late Mahinarangi Tocker, “A Small Life” tells the story of a mother dealing with the life and death of her terminally-ill young son.

The second “Edith Collier: A Light Among Shadows” is a documentary film exploring the very human journey of one of New Zealand’s greatest early modern painters, Edith Collier.

A SMALL LIFE (2000), screens on Wednesday 14 January, 8.30pm

“A Small Life” explores the power of healing through love and music. It tells the story of a mother dealing with the life and death of her terminally-ill young son. The film is profoundly elegiac, emotional, drawing on the luminous landscapes of the Southern Wairarapa, and contrasting them with the characters’ own inner landscapes. The film opens with a lament sung by Ana (Tocker) for her dead son on the misty shore of a lake at dawn. The film becomes the story of the boy’s final day on this earth… his last journey from the isolated house in the middle of the great field, with towering, creaking macrocarpa trees… down to the long dusty road to wait for the Postman… to wait for the letter from his father who has gone away…
Director and Screenplay by New Zealander Michael Heath. Produced by New Zealander Bhim Singh Chouhan.

EDITH COLLIER: A LIGHT AMONG SHADOWS (2007), screens on Wednesday 21 January, 8.30pm

One of New Zealand’s greatest early modern painters, Edith Collier, from Wanganui, whose extraordinarily beautiful work remains largely unknown at home, and overseas. It explores the very human journey of Collier’s way of seeing the world, and how the negative responses from her own community and critics, and the burning of many of her nude paintings by her father, left her demoralized and artistically incapacitated. It is a film about our past – our history largely untold… a story about provincial New Zealand almost 100 years ago… a powerful metaphor for the young artist of today dealing with cultural identity and rejection. Above all it is about a courageous woman determined to survive at all costs. And in the end it is her shining work that is triumphant, and inspirational – revealed on film for the first time for all the world to see, and admire.
Written and directed by New Zealander Michael Heath, Produced by Bhim Singh Chouhan.

ARTS CHANNEL – Fridays from 2 January, 9.30pm

Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited is the story of a vanished generation: the wealthy, careless, independent men and women clinging precariously to a way of life gravely eroded by one war, soon to be swept away forever by another. This classic tale of a young painter, Charles Ryder, who falls under the spell of an eccentric, aristocratic English family. Starring Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews and Diana Quick, with John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier.