Home / WorldWide / Helen Mirren, Frank Skinner and Carlos Acosta are set to appear in a brand-new series of The South Bank Show this July, alongside the return of The South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Helen Mirren, Frank Skinner and Carlos Acosta are set to appear in a brand-new series of The South Bank Show this July, alongside the return of The South Bank Sky Arts Awards

The South Bank Show one of the UK-s most loved and longest standing arts and culture programme returns on Wednesday 20th July on Sky Arts Free view channel 11 and NOW with three brand new episodes. The South Bank Sky Arts Awards ceremony will return to The Savoy London on Sunday 10th July followed by its onscreen Sky Arts broadcast on Wednesday 13th July.Edited and presented by Melvyn Bragg the new three part series of The South Bank Show showcases talent from the worlds of acting comedy and dance with films about Helen Mirren Frank Skinner and Carlos Acosta.

Helen Mirren is one of the best known and most respected actresses in the world with a career that spans over 30 years. In the first episode of the series she joins Melvyn to discuss her diverse and prolific career across theatre film and television exploring a range of work including her early days at the Royal Shakespeare Company to her extraordinary Oscar winning performance in The Queen.Comedian and writer Frank Skinner has become one of Britains bestloved and most successful comedians since his debut on the comedy circuit in 1987. Frank talks to Melvyn about his working class upbringing his decision to embark on a career as a comedian at the relatively late age of 30 and the success of his TV presenting career including Fantasy Football League and The Frank Skinner Show.

Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta has captivated audiences around the world throughout his 30 year career. Celebrated for his athleticism phenomenal technique and magnetic stage presence Carlos talks to Melvyn about his life and career starting with his childhood in Cuba and his performance at the Prix De Lausanne international youth ballet competition which made him the youngest ever principal with the English National Ballet. Longer form 90 minute episodes of The South Bank Show will also air in late August giving audiences the opportunity to learn more about the incredible careers of Helen Frank and Carlos through extended interviews with host Melvyn Bragg.

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards is the only awards show in the world which celebrates every genre of the Arts including Dance Theatre Pop TV Drama Film Classical Musical Literature Opera Comedy and Visual Art.

All nominees for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2022 will be released soon. Previous winners include Stormzy Tom Hiddleston Ian McEwan Sam Mendes Amy Winehouse Steve Coogan Grayson Perry Akram Khan Steve McQueen Alan Bennett and Kate Bush.The South Bank Show is part of a portfolio of South Bank content on Sky Arts produced by Directors Cut Productions which includes The South Bank Sky Arts Awards the only awards ceremony in the world to represent the entire spectrum of the Arts.

Sky Arts exists to bring more art to more people across the UK. In 2020 with the creative industries under serious threat we threw open our doors to make the channel free for everyone to watch. We have redoubled our mission to increase access to the arts and were committed to getting everyone involved as the industry recovers. The fact is we need the arts now like never before and Sky Arts brings them straight to your living room.

We have something for everyone championing creative talent by showcasing the best in music theatar dance literature opera and visual art. From Glyndebourne to Grime and Cezanne to The Style Council we have got your passions covered. Millions of viewers tune in to hit returning series such as Portrait Artist of the Year Urban Myths and British cultural institution The South Bank Show but our acclaimed new programme might take you anywhere from Pinters house with Danny Dyer to a Scottish road trip with Samuel Johnson.Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. Sky Arts is the headline sponsor of National Theatre Live in the UK and we work with cultural partners across the country including the English National Opera Royal Academy of Arts Tate Creative Industries Federation and Coventry City of Culture to name but a few.

You can watch Sky Arts for free on Freeview channel 11 and Freesat channel 147. If youve got Sky or a Now TV entertainment pass you can also watch over 2000 hours of shows exclusively on demand.Were passionate about supporting the next generation of artists so were working with five leading Sky Arts Ambassadors Booker Prizewinner Bernardine Evaristo dance artist Akram Khan conductor Charles Hazle wood Theatre Royal Stratford East Artistic Director Nadia Fall and sculptor Anish Kapoor to run bursary schemes for new and emerging talent.

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