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Series 3

Episode 1

Oliver Kugler talks about winning the V&A’s illustration award for his drawings of his travels in Iran.

Director Christian Jiminez and actor Diego Noguera discuss the Chilean coming-of-age romance, ‘Bonsai’.

The Cedar Lake Installation is avant-garde immersive ballet/ theatre production in New York, where dancers and audience intermingle. Iranian modern artist and teacher Alizera Joday talks about his work.

Episode 2

Exiled Iranian author Mahshid Amirshahi, author of an epic series of novels based on her family talks about her life’s work.

Episode 3

Leading contemporary Iranian artist Mahmoud Bakhshi discusses how politics influences his art.

Sight and Sound editor Nick James reviews Terence Malick’s Cannes winner, ‘The Tree of Life’.

The 2011 Indian Academy awards - the “Bollywood Oscars”, held at a glitzy festival in Toronto, and now rivaling LA’s own Oscar ceremony.

Episode 4

Devoted to the prestigious Venice Biennale festival, and featuring artists from amongst other countries; Egypt, Israel, Poland, Germany.

Episode 5

Following his recent death, we look at charismatic British artist Lucian Freud’s life and art.

NY-based Iranian fashion designer Nima Behnoud talks about his iconic T-shirts.

Kristin Scott Thomas talks about her latest film ‘Sarah’s Key’.

‘Gifts of The Sultans’ is an exhibition in LA’s Museum of Art about what rulers used to give when they travelled. More than chocolates….

Episode 6

Prize winning Afghan author and film director Atiq Rahimi talks about his work, and why he writes in French.

Episode 7

Animator Alireza Mirasadollah looks at the history of animation from the time of Melies till today, including its massive role in wartime propaganda.

Episode 8

Israeli-American architect Michael Arad talks about his winning design for the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero.

The V&A’s Jameel Prize; a Saudi funded biennual prize for the best contemporary middle eastern art, won this year by Algerian-born Rachid Koraichi

Episode 9

Asif Kapadia talks about the making of ‘Senna’, his documentary on the brilliant Brazilian Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna, who died tragically in 1994.

The ideas behind the Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2011.

Literary critic Hossein Noushazar discusses Monir-Aldin Beirouti’s latest novel ‘Salam Matarsak’.

Episode 10

Ai Wei Wei’s new exhibition at the Lisson Gallery, showing how he has integrated Western contemporary styles into a Chinese context.

Review of ‘Jane Eyre’, featuring director Cary Fukunaga and lead actors Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska.

The art and love letters of the late Syd Barrett, the original front man of Pink Floyd.

Episode 11

The London Film Festival’s top films discussed by festival programmer Michael Hayden.

Ron Galella, the godfather of US paparazzi culture talks about his latest exhibition ‘Vintage Galella’.

Episode 12

Octogenarian painter and sculptor Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam, who inspired a generation of Iranian artists, talks about his life’s work form his studio in Rome.

Episode 13

An analysis of Gerhard Richter, one of the 20th Century’s most important painters, who has a retrospective exhibition at the Tate Modern

Tilda Swinton talks about her role in a psychological thriller about a mother who doesn’t love her child: ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’.

Episode 14

A special episode on Tajikistan, including a profile of the late Tajik poet Layegh Shirali, and a film in which photographer and film-maker Zaour Dakhte discusses his landscape and nature photographs.

Episode 15

Alain de Botton leads a tribute to the work of Marcel Proust, which includes an interview with Proust’s Persian translator, Mehdi Sahabi.

David Gritten reviews Woody Allen’s film ‘Midnight in Paris’.

Video art in the Paris: ‘Eye on the Street’ features works from video artsits around the world from the political and provocative to the humorous.

Episode 16

London-based Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary talks about her current exhibition.

David Gritten reviews the spy thriller ‘Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy’.

Hossein Noushazar discusses Fershteh Ahmadi’s latest novel ‘A Cheese Forest’.

‘Degas and the Ballet’ – an exhibition of Degas’ paintings exploring movement, at the Royal Academy of Art.

Episode 17

Quixotic Italian director Nanni Moretti talks about his latest film Habemus Papam - ‘We Have a Pope’ about a Cardinal who doesn’t want to be Pope.

The Islamic Galleries in New York’s Metropolitan Museum, newly opened after an 8 year renovation.

Hamed Naficy talks about the Social History of Iranian Cinema, based on his new book of the same name.

Episode 18

Leading Iranian artist YZ Kami reflects upon his work and influences.

The film ‘Anonymous’ argues that Shakespeare didn’t write the plays under his name. Shakespeare expert David Fallow begs to differ.

London’s International Sculpture Park’s ‘Bold Tendencies’ exhibition, held on the roof of a car park in Peckham.

Episode 19

Director Gerardo Naranjo and lead actress Stephanie Sigman talk about their Mexican drug gang film, ‘Miss Bala’.

A new Leonardo da Vinci exhibition profiling his paintings broke sales records at the National Portrait Gallery. We find out why.

Hamid Adjami talks about his work reinventing Iranian calligraphy whilst remaining a deeply religious and conservative man.

Episode 20

Director Gerardo Naranjo and lead actress Stephanie Sigman talk about their Mexican drug gang film, ‘Miss Bala’.

A new Leonardo da Vinci exhibition profiling his paintings broke sales records at the National Portrait Gallery. We find out why.

Hamid Adjami talks about his work reinventing Iranian calligraphy whilst remaining a deeply religious and conservative man.

Episode 21

Leading critic Nick James reviews Asghar Farhadi’s film ‘A Separation’, winner of best foreign film at this year’s Golden Globe awards.

Iranian modern dance from California, based on the Persian national epic, Shahnameh.

A review of ‘The Artist’, the silent film which became the surprise winner of this year’s Oscar for best film and best director.

Episode 22

The chanting and liturgy of the mourning of the Muharram festival, reinterpreted by rappers.

Nick James reviews the psychological crime drama ‘Margaret’, rescued by Martin Scorsese

The London International Mime Festival, now in its 35th year, and home to a variety of wordless performances.

Episode 23

Documentary photographer Omid Salehi talks about his vivid and poignant studies of ordinary Iranians .

Artist Grayson Perry’s talks about his highly personal British Museum exhibition, ‘The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’

Episode 24

The various Iranian National Anthems spanning the last 100 years are discussed by music historian Mahmoud Khoshnam and sociologist Hossein Ghazian.

Broadcaster Mark Lawson discusses the Oscar nominees and speculates on this year’s winners.

Flying Steps, who breakdance to the music of Bach, tell us why.

Episode 25

Nick James reviews Martin Scorsese’s 3D blockbuster ‘Hugo’, based on the story of Georges Melies.

Abou Farman and Leonor Caraballo speak about their sculptures, inspired by Caraballo’s experience with breast cancer.

Academic Nasrin Rahimieh reflects on the works of Forugh Farrokhzad, the most prestigious female poet of modern Iran.

Episode 26

Head of the Middle East Department Venetia Porter guides us around the British Museum’s ‘Hajj’ exhibition.

Architect Yadegar Asisi talks about making his giant panoramic photographic reconstruction ‘The Panorama of Pergamon’ at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

Director Hooman Khalili explains how he made ‘Olive’, the first feature film made entirely on a smartphone.

Episode 27

Nick James talks about the highlights from the Berlinale Film Festival 2011.

German archaeology in Iran: the ‘Tehran 50 exhibition at the Pergamon Museum’, Berlin.

Episode 28

A special extended version of the profile of Iranian born the actress Susan Taslimi, who has reinvented herself as a successful actor and director in Sweden since arriving 20 years ago.

Episode 29

Reclusive composer Samin Baghcheban and his opera singer wife Evelyn, interviewed in Istanbul just before Samin’s death.

Simin Daneshvar’s poetry, discussed by writer Massoud Behnoud.

An exhibition of Iran’s epic historical narrative, Shahnameh, in Melbourne, Australia: ‘Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond’

Episode 30

Film critic Nick James and psychoanalyst Susie Orbach talk about the film ‘A Dangerous Method’ based on the lives of Freud and Jung and their relationship with a young female patient played by Keira Knightley.

Paris-based Iranian cartoonist Mana Nayestani talks about his work and influences.

Episode 31

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. We look at the winning entries, and talk to one of the winners, Paul Goldstein, about how cameras, lenses and patience needed to do his work.

The art of Greek-born Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, one of the founders of surrealism, on display at the Paris Museum of Modern Art.

A review of ‘Bel Ami’, featuring interviews with co-directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, and lead actor Robert Pattinson.

Episode 32

A graphical exploration of the travels and visit to the Court of King George III, by Mirza Abu’l-Hasan Khan Ilchi Shirazi the first Persian ambassador to Britain, written up as the ‘Heyratnameh’, or ‘The Book of Wonders’.

David Hockney’s phenomenally successful show ‘A Bigger Picture’ at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Episode 33

Nick James reviews ‘The Kid with a Bike’ , the latest film by celebrated Belgian directors the Dardenne brothers. Also includes an interview with Luc Dardenne.

An analysis of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, onetime flower child and collaborator of Andy Warhol, whose retrospective exhibition is at the Tate Modern.

Islamic fashion in Moscow: Iranian designer Sahereh Rahmani tries to design fashionable clothes which conform to Islamic dress codes.

Episode 34

Celebrated photojournalist Don McCullin gives a moving account of his career as a war photographer in some of the late 20th Century’s major conflicts .

The background and design of the huge medieval 'Ardabil' carpet at the V&A Museum.

Episode 35

Photographer Mohsen Rastaani talks about his latest project ‘Iranian Family Portraits’.

Nick James reviews Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Turkish epic, ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’.

An exhibition of young, conceptual Mexican artists in Paris: ‘Resisting the Present: Mexico 2000/2012’.

Episode 36

Celebrity shoe-designer Christian Louboutin discusses his new solo exhibition and talks about his philosophy of high-heeled shoe design.

Babak Hosseini, an artist and photographer obsessed with hands, talks about his latest exhibition: ‘O Hands’.

Conceptual artist Farkhondeh Shahroudi explains to her film-maker son how her work is a response to destruction or injury.

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