Festival Tales: Edinburgh At 70
A documentary exploring the Edinburgh Festivals and Fringe
- BBC Two
- Jack Whitehall, Ian McKellen, Shaparak 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.
- Production company
- First broadcast
- Saturday 26th August 2017 on BBC Two at 9pm
- Episode length
- 1 hour