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01Boy Wonder2015042720170213 (R3)

To mark the centenary of the birth of Orson Welles, five essays by five enthusiasts that follow the rise and fall of this controversial Renaissance man who was an actor, film director, radio producer and theatre impresario. Essayists include film critics Peter Bradshaw and David Thomson and Sarah Churchwell.

Simon Callow, Welles's biographer, tracks the transformation from schoolboy to prodigy and unpicks what really happened during the six months Welles spent at Dublin's Gate Theatre.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Five essays by five enthusiasts that follow the rise and fall of Orson Welles, the controversial Renaissance man who was an actor, film director, radio producer and theatre impresario. Essayists include film critics Peter Bradshaw and David Thomson and Sarah Churchwell.

02He That Plays The King2015042820170214 (R3)

Filmmaker, Kevin Jackson, crowns Welles the Prospero of the silver screen as he appraises Welles's Shakespeare trilogy.

Five essays by five enthusiasts that follow the rise and fall of controversial Renaissance man, Orson Welles.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

To mark the centenary of the birth of Orson Welles, five essays by five enthusiasts that follow the rise and fall of this controversial Renaissance man.

03Why Citizen Kane Matters2015042920170215 (R3)

Five essays by five enthusiasts that follow the rise and fall of controversial Renaissance man, Orson Welles.

Film critic Peter Bradshaw shares his own Rosebud theory in his personal take on Citizen Kane.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

To mark the centenary of the birth of Orson Welles, five essays by five enthusiasts that follow the rise and fall of this controversial Renaissance man.

04F For Fake2015043020170216 (R3)

To mark the centenary of the birth of Orson Welles, five essays by five enthusiasts that follow the rise and fall of this controversial Renaissance man.

Gatsby expert, Sarah Churchwell on Orson Welles's talent for self-mythologizing and how he compares with fiction's great dissembler, Jay Gatsby.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Five essays by five enthusiasts that follow the rise and fall of controversial Renaissance man, Orson Welles.

Gatsby expert, Sarah Churchwell on Welles's talent for self-mythologizing and how he compares with fiction's great dissembler, Jay Gatsby.

Italian chef Ermanno Furlanis was recruited to work in a seaside pleasure palace, making and baking pizza for the ""Dear Leader"", Kim Jong il.

His story is contrasted with the harrowing tale of North Korean student Kang Hyeok, as he searches for food amidst the country's continuing famine.

He meets starving children, grain thieves and degraded beggars who know nothing of their leader's magnificent banquets.

I Made Pizza for Kim Jong Il: Italian chef Ermano Furlanis recalls his time working for the North Korean leader and contrasts his experiences with tales of poverty and famine.

05Some Kind Of Genius2015050120170217 (R3)

Welles's career is littered with lost and half-finished projects. Film critic, David Thomson explores the man's complicated relationship with failure.

Five essays by five enthusiasts that follow the rise and fall of controversial Renaissance man, Orson Welles.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

To mark the centenary of the birth of Orson Welles, five essays by five enthusiasts that follow the rise and fall of this controversial Renaissance man.