The BBC has announced profiles of Kazuo Ishiguro and Quentin Blake, and a documentary about Jackie Collins, in its latest tranche of literature-inspired programming.
It comes as the organisation commits to expand its arts and music content, planning to double investment in these areas for BBC Two over the next two years. At the beginning of April, the BBC will hand over its entire Local Radio network to local arts organisations to showcase their content and performances, and the company has also pledged to create eight major arts and music boxset series for BBC iPlayer each year.
The literary content includes interviews conducted by Alan Yentob on "imagine…", featuring an insight to Ishiguro's world in an hour-long programme on BBC One. A celebration of Blake's work will air on BBC Two, while a 90-minute documentary about Collins, titled "Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story", will also be released.
Programming will also include new commissions to mark key anniversaries for T S Eliot and James Joyce, also on BBC Two.
As previously announced, a new series of book club show "Between The Covers", hosted by Sara Cox, will launch on BBC Two, alongside a series in which Richard E Grant visits places that have inspired writers, to explore how they have informed the writers’ experiences.
Charlotte Moore, BBC chief content officer, said: “The BBC has always prided itself on having a world class arts and music offer. The BBC wants to build on that to expand the reach of Arts and Music programming and deliver even more unique, high impact content for the public. Alongside that, we want to be Britain’s creative partner and platform for talent. I am excited about the content we have commissioned and how our new approach will help that reach more people.”
Patrick Holland is to start in his new role as director of Factual, Arts & Classical Music in April. He will start the process of recruiting a new head of Arts and Classical Music immediately, as Jonty Claypole steps down.
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