The South Bank Show Revisited: Sir Ian McKellen

Sunday, 18 April 2010, 10:15PM on ITV1

Ian McKellen‘s latest interview for The South Bank Show Revisited season, will be his fourth visit to The South Bank Show, and brings up to date the actor’s life and career, which the Arts series has followed for twenty-nine years.

His first interview on The South Bank Show with Melvyn Bragg was in 1981, and saw Ian McKellen as a very earnest and stern young man who talks seriously about the craft of his acting and his passion for the theatre – and his then distaste for film. It was filmed after his successful run in Amadeus on Broadway. This was followed with a diary film of a year in the life of Ian McKellen, as he spent a year working at the National Theatre.

Twenty years later in 2004, The South Bank Show revisited this diary format with Ian McKellen, who was by now an internationally recognised film star after his roles as Magneto in X-Men and Gandalf in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The film shows a lighter and more relaxed man who has embraced the cinema and displays a newfound easiness and emotional freedom that he attributes to having publicly come out.

In this new interview, The South Bank Show Revisited charts Ian McKellen‘s development in both his professional and personal life as he speaks about the monumental changes that have occurred over the past twenty-nine years.

The South Bank Show Revisited features excerpts from his recent and acclaimed performance in Waiting For Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with Roger Rees. The film will also include exclusive extracts from the much anticipated reinvention of the 1960s classic cult thriller, The Prisoner, for ITV1.

Other films in The South Bank Show Revisited season include: Stephen Sondheim, David Hockney, Judi Dench, Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon Rattle and a film on Arts film making to include interviews with Ken Russell, Tony Palmer, James Ivory and others.

The South Bank Show Revisited – a final season to cherish.

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