Twenty-five years after his death, Herbert von Karajan still excites controversy about his music-making and his business methods. He dominated the recording industry for decades, and set up his own company to film almost four dozen great classical works as his legacy. This film, directed by John Bridcut for 1212 Productions, will trace his career from his pioneering work with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London after the war, to his 34-year reign as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.
The film is expected to be shown on BBC Four at 7.30pm on Friday 5 December.
Fantastic Mr Dahl, John Bridcut's 2005 documentary about the life and work of Roald Dahl, has been released on Blu-Ray and DVD by the Criterion Collection, as part of a 3-disc set of Wes Anderson's animation of Fantastic Mr Fox. The documentary, presented by Alan Yentob, was originally made in 2005 for Imagine on BBC One.
Britten's Endgame has won a nomination for the BAFTA Craft Award for Sound (Factual). The nominees are Paul Paragon, Patrick Boland, Mike Hatch and Rowan Jennings. This is the third time that a Crux film has been nominated for a BAFTA Sound craft award: Rostropovich: The Genius of the Cello was a nominee in 2012, and the previous year Elgar: The Man Behind the Mask won the Sound (Factual) Craft Award.
Prince Charles's programme, A Jubilee Tribute to The Queen by The Prince of Wales, is now available on DVD. When first broadcast on BBC One, it trended on Twitter, where The Queen's home movies and her eldest son's responses to them caught people's imagination. It achieved an audience share of 33%, with an average audience higher than either EastEnders or Coronation Street the same evening.
'Of all the commemorative, reflective (and sometimes glutinously sycophantic) programmes on air, it struck to the heart', wrote Libby Purves in her column in The Times.