Drawing on over thirty years’ experience in broadcasting and documentary film-making, we produce intelligent programmes for inquisitive audiences.
Find out more

Series 6

Episode 1

Asia Society in New York puts on a major retrospective of Iranian modern art at Grey Art Gallery. The literary historian, Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak looks at the significance of one of Iran's most celebrated contemporary poem, Zemestan by Mehdi Akhavan-Sales. Nick James reviews the film Nebraska, which is based in the farmlands of America’s mid-West.

Episode 2

A look at the life and work of the Iranian novelist Sharnoush Parsipour.

Episode 3

The Iran-born American artist Siah Armajani, renowned for his public art commissions which include bridges, reading rooms and poetry gardens discusses his latest exhibition at the Parasol Unit. Jason Solomons reviews The Wolf of Wall Street, an American black comedy based on the memoir by the former stockbroker Jordan Belfort.

Episode 4

Jason Solomons reviews 12 Years a Slave, a film about a New York State-born free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, based on a memoir by Solomon Northup.

The experimental theatre director Robert Wilson discusses The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, an opera based on Abramovic's biography.

The Canadian poet, novelist and literary critic Margaret Atwood reflects on her work.

Episode 5

The Iranian artist Abbas Akhavan, who recently had a residency at the Delfina foundation in London and an exhibition in Paris discusses his work that ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video and performance.

Professor of Persian language Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak talks about the poetry of the late Foroush Farrokhzad and the young poets she inspired.

Nick James reviews Saving Mr Banks , which is centred on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios film Mary Poppins.

Episode 6

Film critic Robbie Collin gives his predictions for this year’s Academy Awards.

Iranian theatre director Mohammad Aghebati, now based in the US, talks about some of the productions he has staged, including Oedipus the King and Hamlet.

Episode 7

Hamed Yousefi discusses the works of Parastou Forouhar, Mehraneh Atashi, Mehran Mohajer, Shahab Fotoui and others, featured in the exhibition which he curated of the leading contemporary Iranian artists at Brunei Gallery at the London School of Oriental and African Studies.

Tokyo based critic Houshang Rast reviews the recent Japanese film which looks at the consequences when two families discover their six year old boys had been accidentally swapped at birth.

Khaled Hosseini, the Afghan born author of The Kite Runner, talks about his latest book And The Mountains Echoed.

Episode 8

A look at the work of the Iranian conceptual artist, poet and short-story writer Vahid Sharifian.

The director Ramin Niami speaks about her latest film Shirin In Love a romantic comedy that follows a sophisticated, young Iranian-American woman as she re-discovers herself in the cultural clash between “Tehrangeles” and the rest of Los Angeles.

Episode 9

Basteh Negar is a film about Iranian women singers and their vinyl records which were recorded by International recording companies in Iran between the First and Second World Wars.

Episode 10

The theatre director Arby Ovanessian speaks about the movement that he founded in Iranian theatre in 1970s called Kargahe Namayesh.

Episode 12

A short profile of animator Noureddin Zarrinkelk who had a huge impact on modern day animation in Iran.

Beau Willimon, the writer of the American political drama television series House of Cards talks about the series.

Episode 13

A report about Czech born writer Milan Kundera, now recognised as a leading European author.

The Iranian New York-based artist Sarah Rahbar, whose art is mostly autobiographical and ranges from photography installation, talks about her work that involves objects of war.

Episode 14

A profile of artist Ghassem Hajizadeh who talks about his use of old photographs and Iranian popular culture, in addition to the diverse painting techniques he employs in his art.

Episode 15

A look at the work of the leading director of Iranian films featuring children, Mohammad-Ali Talebi.

Geoff Rayner, the curator of the exhibition “Artists Textiles” reflects on how ordinary people in the twentieth century were once able to engage with modern art through textiles by buying clothes designed by famous artists.

Episode 16

The Iranian filmmaker Shahram Mokri discusses his latest film Fish and Cat.

The director Macha Makeïeff and the actors Shakrokh Moshkin Ghalam and Sahar Dehghan talk about their show ‘Ali Baba’ taking place at the Theatre Chaillot in Paris.

A look at the Tate’s exhibition of the work of Richard Hamilton, who was one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, including an interview with the American art critic and historian Hal Foster.

Episode 17

The Iranian writer and literary critic Mahsa Mohebali talks about the themes in her work.

Curator Sonnet Stanfill speaks about the V&A exhibition The Glamour of Italian Fashion and about how the Italian fashion blossomed after World War II.

A review of the film Unforgiven, a 2013 Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood's 1992 western.

Episode 18

Ghazi Rabihavi, one of the most prolific Iranian novelists and playwrights since the revolution, talks about his work.

Episode 19

Nick James gives his opinions of this year’s Cannes Film Festival 2014.

A profile of German performance artist and actor Hito Steyerl, including interviews with the artist and with philosopher and critic Peter Osborne .

Episode 20

Director Hossein Amini talks about the making of his debut film Two Faces of January, which is based on the 1964 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith.

Henrique Oliveira, a Brazilian emerging artist known for his spatial wooden pieces, reflects on his work.

Episode 21

Curators Catherine David and Morad Montazami discuss their exhibition Unedited History: Iran 1960-2014 on at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

A report about the Brazilian artist Renata Lucas, whose practise is largely focused on pushing the delineated boundaries of architectural and urban space.

Episode 22

A look at the Polish experimental theatre ensemble called Song of the Goat.

Critic Geoffrey Macnab reviews the film God's Pocket.

Iranian photographer Babak Kazemi speaks about his work.

Episode 23

Chinese director Jia Zhangke talks about his latest film A Touch of Sin, nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Episode 24

An episode devoted to the 2014 Venice Film Festival. With contributions from critics Jay Weissberg and Deborah Young.

Episode 25

A profile of photographer Jassem Ghazbanpour, which focuses on his extensive body of war photographs taken during the Iran-Iraq war both at the front-line and also in cities during air raids.

Director Bahman Ghobadi discusses his latest film Words with Gods.

Japan based Iranian artist GolMaryam Massoudi talks about how the new environment shapes her art.

Episode 26

A performance by the Berlin-based Iranian artist Azin Feizabadi.

A review of the London 3D Print Show, exploring how a range of artists from fashion designers to sculptors and painters now use 3D printers in their practises.

Episode 27

A ‘Best Of’ episode featuring Edward Hopper, Andreas Gursky and Richard Rogers.

Episode 28

A review of the work of documentary photographer Behnam Sadighi, winner of the 3rd Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize 2013.

Review of the German film The Cut directed by Fatih Akın, which competed for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.

Episode 29

A review of the Iranian film Today from director Reza Mirkarimi.

Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino talks about her art and how her inspiration comes from experience as an immigrant growing up in politically unstable Brazil.

Award-winning auteur Francesco Munzi discusses his film Black Souls, based on a novel by Gioacchino Criaco.

Episode 30

An interview with Houshyar Ansarifar, one of Iran’s leading modern poets who have emerged since the Islamic Revolution.

A review of the Tate Modern photography and architecture exhibition Constructing Worlds, which brings together photographers from 1930s to the present day who have changed the way we view architecture.

Episode 31

A report about the recent Tate retrospective of the great Russian artist Kasimir Malevich, who profoundly influenced much of 20th Century modern art. With Malevich biographer Boris Groys.

A review of three influential documentaries about living conditions in the city of Tehran screened at Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine museum in Paris.

Critic Robbie Collin reviews Boyhood by Richard Linklater, which follows a boy and his family over a period of 12 years.

Episode 32

A review of the exhibition Truth and Memory, the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years.

Peter Chan talks about his film Dearest, based on a true story of kidnapping in China.

Painter Darvish Fakhr reflects on his latest exhibition called Palimpsest.

Episode 33

A report about leading graphic designer Iman Raad, who plays with some of the most sacredly held elements of Islamic visual culture.

Aditya Sengupta talks about the making of his film Labour of Love, which focuses on the hard lives endured by ordinary working people in Calcutta.

An exploration of the hugely successful phenomenon of Manga through a visit to the International Manga Museum in Kyoto.

Episode 34

A ‘Best Of’ Tamasha episode featuring fashion.

Episode 35

A ‘Best Of’ Tamasha episode conceptual art.

Episode 36

A ‘Best Of’ Tamasha episode culture and politics compilation.

Episode 37

A ‘Best Of’ Tamasha episode featuring contemporary painting.