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Festival Tales: Edinburgh At 70

BBC Two documentary about the Edinburgh Festivals. 1 episode in 2017. Features Jack Whitehall, Ian McKellen, Shappi Khorsandi, Stephen Fry and others.

Festival Tales: Edinburgh At 70

A documentary exploring the Edinburgh Festivals and Fringe

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2017
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
1
Features
Jack Whitehall, Ian McKellen, Shappi Khorsandi, Stephen Fry, Claire Bloom, Michael Palin, Alan Cumming and Alexei Sayle

Presented by Jack Whitehall, this one-hour documentary celebrates seventy years of the greatest arts festival in the world.

The programme traces the festivals from the idealism of its glorious beginnings in 1947, when the Edinburgh Festival was conceived as a 'bond of reunion in a disintegrated world, part of a healing process in the aftermath of the Second World War, to the birth of the Fringe the same year and the creative anarchy that it unleashed.

Jack Whitehall recalls miraculous encounters between artists, musicians, writers and performers that Edinburgh has witnessed over the decades, and reflects on what the Edinburgh Festival has done for culture, both nationally and internationally.

Featuring interviews with Sir Ian McKellen, Shappi Khorsandi, Stephen Fry, Claire Bloom, Michael Palin, Alan Cumming, Alexei Sayle, and many more.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 26th August 2017 on BBC Two at 9pm
Episode length
1 hour