The ground-breaking BBC documentary series Arena is one of the most influential programmes of all time. Of the nearly 600 episodes produced, a considerable number focused on Jewish subjects, from Arthur Miller interviewing Nelson Mandela, to shining the spotlight on Amy Winehouse, Art Spiegelman, Peter Sellers, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Linda McCartney. Jewish Book Week and Arena present a series of six events, beginning with a panel discussion with Mark Lawson, producer Sally Angel and editors Anthony Wall & Alan Yentob to discuss these landmark films. This first event includes an exclusive video interview with legendary filmmaker Mel Brooks, subject of one of the most beloved Arena films.
Included in the ticket price is access to the Arena film, I Thought I Was Taller: A short history of Mel Brooks. This film will be available to view online for seven days from 3 October.
Image credit: BBC Arena, Mel Brooks I Thought I Was Taller, 1981
After the live broadcast, the recording will be available until Sun 17 Oct. For information on how to use KPlayer please refer to our guide.
A Blackwell’s pop-up bookstall will be in Kings Place on Sun 3 Oct.