Over the next few weeks In Conversation with Virginia Trioli features three revealing in-depth interviews with some major icons of the arts - actor, Sir Ian McKellen; singer, Marianne Faithfull; and visual artists, Gilbert and George. Tonight is the turn of Sir Ian McKellen and the veteran actor reveals to Trioli the roles closest to his heart and the important turning points in his life and career.
As the federal government announces its plan to develop a new national cultural policy, setting the agenda for the next 10 years, Virginia Trioli gathers a group of artists, arts administrators, arts educators and cultural theorists to put forward some ideas.
Most parents are very much aware of Elmo, the child-like fuzzy red Muppet who has become a favourite among Sesame Street's youthful audience. Far fewer people know the name Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who breathes the life and soul into Elmo. Something of a loner in his youth, Clash found a way to express himself when he discovered puppetry, and showed a remarkable talent for the art. In this documentary, discover the man behind the Muppet, and find that he is as lovable, wise and infinitely positive as his famous character.