Telegraph Marks Arena’s 40th Anniversary

The Daily Telegraph has marked the 40th anniversary of BBC’s award-winning arts documentary series Arena by selecting what it regards as its¬†10 best programs. Among the Telegraph’s top 10, no. 4¬†is the 1987 production entitled “The Waugh Trilogy”:

With Granada’s Brideshead a barely faded memory, Nicholas Shakespeare’s three-parter took its structural cue from the Sword of Honour novels to unravel a life which followed the time-worn trajectory from goggle-eyed innocent to harrumphing curmudgeon.

The selection, by Jasper Rees, also names at no. 5¬†a 1989 one-off production entitled “The Other¬†Graham Greene.” The notoriously TV-shy Greene agreed to participate but not to appear on film. Arena¬†also did a three-part program on Greene as well as a five-part series on George Orwell and a single program on Anthony Powell, but these did not make Rees’s final cut.

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