Imagine (2003)

  • Genre: Documentary, News
  • First Air Date: 2003-05-01
  • Last Air Date: 2014-12-02
  • Total Seasons: 22
  • Total Episodes: 139
  • Status: Returning Series
  • Episode Runtime: 50 min.
  • Networks: BBC One


Imagine is a wide ranging arts series first broadcast on BBC One in 2003, hosted and executive produced by Alan Yentob. Each series usually consists of 4 to 7 episodes, each on a different topic. Episodes have been directed by, among others, Geoff Wonfor, Lucy Blakstead, Roger Parsons and Zoë Silver.

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Imagine Seasons

Season 0

First Air Date: 2010-05-23
7 Episodes

Season 1

First Air Date: 2003-06-11
7 Episodes

Season 2

First Air Date: 2003-11-12
6 Episodes

Season 3

First Air Date: 2004-11-24
6 Episodes

Season 4

First Air Date:
3 Episodes

Season 5

First Air Date: 2005-06-22
4 Episodes

Season 6

First Air Date: 2005-11-23
5 Episodes

Season 7

First Air Date: 2006-01-17
4 Episodes

Season 8

First Air Date: 2006-05-22
7 Episodes

Season 9

First Air Date: 2007-10-23
10 Episodes

Season 10

First Air Date: 2007-05-08
7 Episodes

Season 11

First Air Date: 2007-10-23
10 Episodes

Season 12

First Air Date: 2008-10-05
4 Episodes

Season 13

First Air Date: 2009-07-25
7 Episodes

Season 14

First Air Date: 2008-10-14
7 Episodes

Season 15

First Air Date: 2010-05-23
6 Episodes

Season 16

First Air Date: 2009-11-17
8 Episodes

Season 17

First Air Date: 2011-06-28
6 Episodes

Season 18

First Air Date: 2011-11-01
8 Episodes

Season 19

First Air Date: 2012-06-26
6 Episodes

Season 20

First Air Date: 2012-11-06
7 Episodes

Season 21

First Air Date: 2012-07-03
5 Episodes

Season 23

First Air Date: 2013-06-25
6 Episodes

Imagine Episodes

Title Air Date Duration
Season 1Episode 1The Saatchi Phenomenon90 min
Season 1Episode 2Barbara Hepworth, Shapes out of Feelings90 min
Season 1Episode 3The Hip-Hop Generation90 min
Season 1Episode 4Stella's Story90 min
Season 1Episode 5Carlos Acosta, the Reluctant Ballet Dancer90 min
Season 1Episode 6The Portrait of Omai90 min
Season 1Episode 7John Mortimer Owning up at 8090 min
Season 2Episode 1The Voice of Bryn Terfel90 min
Season 2Episode 2A Funny Business90 min
Season 2Episode 3Entertaining Mr Soane90 min
Season 2Episode 4The World According to Parr90 min
Season 2Episode 5From Pencils to Pixels90 min
Season 2Episode 6An A-Z of the OED90 min
Season 3Episode 1The Mysterious Mr Hopper90 min
Season 3Episode 2Sitting for Lucian Freud90 min
Season 3Episode 3Saint John Coltrane90 min
Season 3Episode 4Dirty But Clean Pierre90 min
Season 3Episode 5Unsuitable for Children?90 min
Season 3Episode 6Simon Gray's Smoking Diaries90 min
Season 4Episode 1Arthur Miller: Finishing the Picture90 min
Season 4Episode 2Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson's Smile90 min
Season 4Episode 3Bruce Nauman: The Godfather of Modern Art90 min
Season 4Episode 4Marlon Brando90 min
Season 4Episode 5Antonio Pappano: A Year at the Opera90 min
Season 5Episode 1A Short History of Tall Buildings - Episode 190 min
Season 5Episode 2A Short History of Tall Buildings - Episode 290 min
Season 5Episode 3A Short History of Tall Buildings - Episode 390 min
Season 6Episode 1Fantastic Mr Dahl90 min
Season 6Episode 2Frida Kahlo90 min
Season 6Episode 3Being a Concert Pianist90 min
Season 7Episode 1Elgar and the Missing Concerto90 min
Season 7Episode 2Amos Oz: The Conscience of Israel90 min
Season 7Episode 3Chuck Close, Close Up90 min
Season 7Episode 4Rhythm Is It!90 min
Season 8Episode 1Sweet Home New Orleans90 min
Season 8Episode 2Andy Warhol: Denied90 min
Season 8Episode 3A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Studio90 min
Season 8Episode 4Sitting Comfortably90 min
Season 9Episode 1Being Hamlet90 min
Season 9Episode 2Yusuf, the Artist Formerly Known as Cat Stevens90 min
Season 9Episode 3The Ingenious Thomas Heatherwick90 min
Season 9Episode 4A Picture of the Painter Howard Hodgkin90 min
Season 10Episode 1Peter Pan, a Hard Act to Follow90 min
Season 10Episode 2Velazquez, The Painter's Painter90 min
Season 10Episode 3A Play for Today90 min
Season 10Episode 4The Movie Brats, Take Two90 min
Season 10Episode 5Who Cares About Art?90 min
Season 10Episode 6Hans Holbein, International Man of Mystery90 min
Season 10Episode 7Being a Diva90 min
Season 10Episode min
Season 10Episode 9And Then There Was Television90 min
Season 10Episode 10The Beatles in Love80 min
Season 11Episode 1Gilbert and George: No Surrender90 min
Season 11Episode 2Stealing Klimt90 min
Season 11Episode 3Scott Walker90 min
Season 11Episode 4It's The Surreal Thing90 min
Season 11Episode 5Damon and Jamie's Excellent Adventure90 min
Season 12Episode 1Henry Perkins: Bolshoi Boy90 min
Season 12Episode 2Bollywood's Big B90 min
Season 12Episode 3Helvetica90 min
Season 12Episode 4Louise Bourgeois: Spiderwoman90 min
Season 12Episode 5How to Get on in the Art World90 min
Season 12Episode 6The Secret of Life90 min
Season 12Episode 7Richard Rogers, Inside Out90 min
Season 12Episode 8Marc Newson: Urban Spaceman90 min
Season 13Episode 1Doris Lessing - The Reluctant Heroine90 min
Season 13Episode 2Oliver Sacks: Tales of Music and the Brain90 min
Season 13Episode 3Annie Leibovitz - Life Through a Lens90 min
Season 13Episode 4A Trip to Asia: On the Road with the Berlin Philharmonic90 min
Season 13Episode 5A Wild Sheep Chase: In Search of Haruki Murakami90 min
Season 13Episode 6Werner Herzog: Beyond Reason90 min
Season 13Episode 7Love, Loss and Anthony Minghella90 min
Season 14Episode 1The Story of the Guitar - In The Beginning90 min
Season 14Episode 2The Story of the Guitar - Out of the Frying Pan90 min
Season 14Episode 3Dangerous Liaisons: When Akram met Juliette90 min
Season 14Episode 4The Story of the Guitar - This Time it's Personal90 min
Season 14Episode 5A Love Story90 min
Season 14Episode 6Jay-Z: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered90 min
Season 14Episode 7Let There Be Light90 min
Season 14Episode 8How an Orchestra Saved Venezuela's Children90 min
Season 14Episode 9Richard Serra: Man of Steel90 min
Season 14Episode 10Heavy Metal in Baghdad90 min
Season 15Episode 1Yes We Can! The Lost Art Of Oratory70 min
Season 15Episode 2Save the Last Dance for Me90 min
Season 15Episode 3David Hockney: A Bigger Picture90 min
Season 15Episode 4Rufus Wainwright, Prima Donna90 min
Season 15Episode 5The Colourful Mr Eggleston90 min
Season 15Episode 6Art in Troubled Times: A New Deal for Art90 min
Season 15Episode 8Art in Troubled Times: Part II – The Home Front90 min
Season 15Episode 10The Smoking Diaries Update90 min
Season 16Episode 1The Year of Anish Kapoor90 min
Season 16Episode 2Dame Shirley Bassey: The Girl from Tiger Bay90 min
Season 16Episode 3Own Art90 min
Season 16Episode 4Joan Baez... How Sweet the Sound90 min
Season 16Episode 5Placido Domingo: The Time of My Life90 min
Season 16Episode 6Scrabble - A Night on the Tiles90 min
Season 17Episode 1Vincent Van Gogh: Painted with Words90 min
Season 17Episode 2The Stones in Exile90 min
Season 18Episode 1Nigel Kennedy's Polish Adventure90 min
Season 18Episode 2Art Is Child's Play90 min
Season 18Episode 3Growing Old Disgracefully90 min
Season 18Episode 4Tom Jones - What Good Am I?90 min
Season 19Episode 1Ai Weiwei - Without Fear or Favour90 min
Season 19Episode 2Smash His Camera90 min
Season 19Episode 3The Weird Adventures of Eadweard Muybridge90 min
Season 19Episode 4Bruce Springsteen: Darkness Revisited90 min
Season 19Episode 5Ben-Hur90 min
Season 19Episode 6Ray Davies - Imaginary Man90 min
Season 20Episode 1The Trouble with Tolstoy - 1. At War with Himself90 min
Season 20Episode 2The Trouble with Tolstoy - 2. In Search of Happiness90 min
Season 20Episode 3The Man Who Forgot How to Read and Other Stories90 min
Season 20Episode 4The Pharaohs' Museum on Liberation Square90 min
Season 20Episode 5Lennon: The New York Years90 min
Season 20Episode 6Harry Nilsson: The Missing Beatle90 min
Season 20Episode 7Iraq in Venice90 min
Season 21Episode 1U2: From the Sky Down90 min
Season 21Episode 2Grayson Perry and the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman90 min
Season 21Episode 3Simon and Garfunkel - The Harmony Game90 min
Season 21Episode 4Alan Ayckbourn - Greetings from Scarborough90 min
Season 21Episode 5Vidal Sassoon - A Cut Above90 min
Season 21Episode 6The Lost Music of Rajasthan90 min
Season 21Episode 7Books - The Last Chapter?90 min
Season 21Episode 8The Art Of Stand-Up (Part One)90 min
Season 21Episode 9The Art Of Stand-Up (Part Two)90 min
Season 22Episode 1Theatre of War90 min
Season 22Episode 2Paul Simon's Graceland - Under African Skies90 min
Season 22Episode 3Just One Falsetto90 min
Season 22Episode 4Glasgow: The Grit and the Glamour90 min
Season 22Episode 5Dancing with Titian90 min
Season 23Episode 1The Fatwa - Salman's Story90 min
Season 23Episode 2Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender90 min
Season 23Episode 3Ian Rankin and the Case of the Disappearing Detective90 min
Season 23Episode 4Do or Die: Lang Lang's Story90 min
Season 23Episode 5Lang Lang90 min
Season 23Episode 6The Many Lives of William Klein90 min
Season 23Episode 7How Music Makes Us Feel90 min
Season 23Episode 8Jeanette Winterson: My Monster and Me90 min
Season 23Episode 9A Beauty is Born: Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty90 min
Season 24Episode 1Beyoncé: Life is But a Dream90 min
Season 24Episode 2David Bowie - Cracked Actor90 min
Season 24Episode 3Vivian Maier - Who Took Nanny's Pictures?90 min
Season 24Episode 4McCullin90 min
Season 24Episode 5Rod Stewart: Can't Stop Me Now90 min
Season 24Episode 6Woody Allen: A Documentary - Part One90 min
Season 24Episode 7Woody Allen: A Documentary - Part Two90 min
Season 24Episode 8Zaha Hadid: Who Dares Wins90 min
Season 25Episode 1Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'90 min
Season 25Episode 2Edmund de Waal: Make Pots or Die90 min
Season 25Episode 3Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy90 min
Season 25Episode 4Turning the Art World Inside Out90 min
Season 25Episode 5Hitler, the Tiger, and Me90 min
Season 25Episode 6Who's Afraid of Machiavelli?90 min
Season 26Episode 1Rio 50 Degrees: Carry on CaRIOca90 min
Season 26Episode 2Philip Roth Unleashed, Part One90 min
Season 26Episode 3Philip Roth Unleashed, Part Two90 min
Season 26Episode 4Monty Python: And Now for Something Rather Similar90 min
Season 27Episode 1The Art That Hitler Hated90 min
Season 27Episode 2The Art That Hitler Hated: The Sins of the Fathers90 min
Season 27Episode 3Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M90 min
Season 27Episode 4Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On90 min
Season 27Episode 5Anselm Kiefer: Remembering the Future90 min
Season 27Episode 6The One and Only Mike Leigh90 min
Season 27Episode 7Colm Toibin: His Mother's Son90 min
Season 28Episode 1Frank Gehry: The Architect Says90 min
Season 28Episode 2Jeff Koons: Diary of a Seducer90 min
Season 28Episode 3Beware of Mr Baker90 min
Season 28Episode 4Toni Morrison Remembers90 min
Season 28Episode 5Richard Flanagan: Life After Death90 min
Season 29Episode 1Shylock's Ghost90 min
Season 29Episode 2Antony Gormley: Being Human90 min
Season 29Episode 3My Curious Documentary90 min
Season 29Episode 4The Last Impresario90 min
Season 29Episode 5The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson90 min
Season 29Episode 6David Chipperfield: A Place to Be90 min
Season 29Episode 7Carlos Acosta: Cuba Calls70 min
Season 30Episode 1One Night in 2012 - An Imagine Special100 min
Season 30Episode 2Danger! Cornelia Parker70 min
Season 30Episode 3Georgia O'Keeffe: By Myself65 min
Season 30Episode 4Sir Roderick Stewart: Can't Stop Me Now82 min
Season 31Episode 1The Seven Killings of Marlon James58 min
Season 31Episode 2The Triumph and Laments of William Kentridge65 min
Season 31Episode 3Serial Killers - The Women Who Write Crime Fiction65 min
Season 31Episode 4The Art World's Prankster: Maurizio Cattelan75 min
Season 31Episode 5Listen to Me Marlon100 min
Season 31Episode 6She Spoke the Unspeakable90 min
Season 31Episode 7Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise95 min
Season 31Episode 8Alice Neel: Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde80 min
Season 31Episode 9Chris Ofili: The Caged Bird's Song60 min
Season 32Episode 1Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures115 min
Season 32Episode 2Margaret Atwood: You Have Been Warned!60 min
Season 32Episode 3Alma Deutscher: Finding Cinderella65 min
Season 32Episode 4Cameron Mackintosh: The Musical Man90 min
Season 33Episode 1Rachel Whiteread: Ghost in the Room60 min
Season 33Episode 2Mel Brooks: Unwrapped75 min
Season 33Episode 3Philip Pullman: Angels and Daemons65 min
Season 33Episode 4Andrew Lloyd Webber: Memories90 min
Season 33Episode 5Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words100 min
Season 33Episode 6Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part One65 min
Season 33Episode 7Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part Two90 min
Season 34Episode 1Rupert Everett: Born to be Wilde65 min
Season 34Episode 2Orhan Pamuk: A Strange Mind65 min
Season 34Episode 3Rose Wylie: This Rose is Blooming70 min
Season 34Episode 4Tacita Dean: Looking to See70 min
Season 34Episode 5Hockney, the Queen and the Royal Peculiar60 min
Season 34Episode 6George Benjamin: What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up?90 min
Season 34Episode 7Tracey Emin: Where Do You Draw The Line?90 min
Season 34Episode 8Becoming Cary Grant85 min
Season 34Episode 9Andrea Levy: Her Island Story75 min
Season 35Episode 1James Graham: In the Room Where It Happens75 min
Season 35Episode 2Jo Brand: No Holds Barred60 min
Season 35Episode 3Bill Viola: The Road to St Paul's65 min
Season 35Episode 4Edna O'Brien: Fearful... and Fearless65 min
Season 35Episode 5Faith Ringgold: Tell It Like It Is70 min
Season 35Episode 6Olafur Eliasson: Miracles of Rare Device60 min
Season 35Episode 7EastSide Story70 min
Season 2020Episode 1Lenny Henry: Young, Gifted and Black74 min
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