Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe is to receive one of the arts world’s ultimate accolades – an edition of The South Bank Show devoted solely to him.
Radcliffe will be one of the six new subjects of the Melvyn Bragg-fronted series when it returns to Sky Arts next month.
His programme is expected to focus on his work on the eight Potter films as well as his other acting roles, including his acclaimed theatre performance in Peter Shaffer’s play Equus in 2008 and his lead alongside Mad Men’s John Hamm in the Sky drama A Young Doctor’s Notebook.
The five other subjects in the new series will be Blackadder and Spitting Image producer John Lloyd, singer Angel Blue, author Kate Atkinson, Abi Morgan, screenwriter of The Hour and The Iron Lady, and a special episode on King Lear, with contributions from the National Theatre’s most recent Lear, Simon Russell Beale, and its director Sam Mendes.
“I’m delighted, it’s like holding a royal flush,” said Bragg, the show’s editor and presenter. “The South Bank Show continues to profile the best artists of the day.”
The programme will also produce updated versions of thirty episodes first broadcast by its former home, ITV, under the umbrella title The South Bank Show Originals.
These will revisit some of the most famous episodes, adding new interviews, links and footage and will begin airing this July with episodes featuring Francis Bacon, Iggy Pop, Pavarotti, Ingmar Bergman and Sylvie Guillem.
The South Bank Show arrived on Sky Arts in 2012 after Bragg and ITV parted company.