With a line-up as diverse and exciting as ever, new episodes of The South Bank Show feature Game of Thrones author George RR Martin, novelist Margaret Drabble, director Paul Greengrass, actor Mark Rylance, Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, and British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula.

A lynchpin of arts and culture broadcasting for 35 years, The South Bank Show has profiled the world's most renowned performers, artists, actors, writers and musicians, forming a vast and vivid archive of 20th century culture.

Seen in more than 60 countries, it is one of the world's most coveted arts shows. Editor and presenter Melvyn Bragg meets the best of British achievement spanning across the whole spectrum of the arts, from pop to classical music, from contemporary theatre and dance to opera, and from TV drama to film.

Bringing high art and popular culture to a mass audience, the show has featured the likes of Michael Gambon, Alan Bennett, Victoria Wood, Jamie Cullum, Damien Hirst, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne, and many more, serving up the best that the arts world has to offer.

The South Bank Show returns on June 17th at 9pm

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