Melvyn Bragg, longstanding face of the arts on ITV, is to return to the BBC. Bragg started his career at the corporation nearly 50 years ago. His return to the BBC follows ITV’s decision to effectively axe the long-running arts programme The South Bank Show.
Melvyn Bragg is to return to the BBC where he started his career nearly 50 years ago. Bragg has been the face of arts coverage on ITV and fronted the long-running series The South Bank Show for ITV but earlier this year cut backs at the broadcaster effectively cancelled the arts strand. – after more than 30 years on-air. The South Bank Show originally launched in 1978 and was produced by LWT and later by ITV itself when the regional franchises were slowly brought up by Granada and Carlton. Bragg was critical of ITV’s decision to cancel the series and cut backs at the broadcaster in general.
Lord Bragg will front a new series on BBC Two which will examine class in Britain and will look at how class has been expressed in culture over the last two centuries. Bragg will also front another documentary, on the King James Bible. The documentary on the King James Version of the bible will be part of the BBC’s celebration of its 400th anniversary.