The Edinburgh Festivals: there’s something for everyone

Posted August 12, 2015 - Blog Posts

From laugh out loud comedy to beautiful orchestral music, the BBC is certainly mixing it up with this year’s coverage of the Edinburgh Festivals. There are lots of stellar names to keep your entertained, like Paul Merton, Joanne Harris, Jo Brand, Rory Bremner, Sylvie Guillem, Nish Kumar, Ian Rankin and many more. And the BBC will be on the ground at Potterow to bring you the best of the action.

The One Show

TV coverage kicks off with The One Show live from the heart of Edinburgh. Presenters Alex Jones, Matt Baker and, on Friday, Patrick Kielty bring you a selection of established and up and coming guests who are making a splash at this year’s Edinburgh Festivals.

You can catch all this on BBC One at 7pm on Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 August.   

The show continues every evening at 7.30pm on the Red Button with The One Show Edinburgh Showcase. Matt, Alex and Patrick will host a live mix of comedy highlighting some of the best and funniest acts at the Fringe, like Irish-Iranian comic Patrick Monahan and The Boy with Tape on his Face

BBC Breakfast

If you’ve got out the wrong side of bed, this is sure to brighten your mood. On Friday 21 August, BBC Breakfast is live from Potterrow. Presenter Charlie Stayt will be joined by a host of talent from across the Edinburgh Festivals, including some early morning performances and sofa guests.

Edinburgh Nights

Your Friday nights are well and truly sorted for the next few weeks. On BBC Two, Kirsty Wark presents Edinburgh Nights, bringing interviews, performances and music from across the Festivals.

Sylvie Guillem talks to Kirsty about her career in ballet and contemporary dance, whilst art critic Alastair Sooke offers his personal highlights from the Edinburgh Art Festival. Musical performances will include pianist and composer Chilly Gonzales who will be performing with the Hamburg-based Kaiser Quartett.

Sue Perkin’s Big Night Out

Sue takes a break from Bake Off to make another appearance at the Fringe. In this one hour show, Sue celebrates the very best comedy, music and performance from this year’s Edinburgh festivals. Filmed in front of a live audience, you can catch the show on Saturday 29 August at 9pm on BBC Two.

Celebrating 50 years of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

The Edinburgh Festival Chorus is one of the world’s finest choirs – an achievement all the more remarkable since its 130-strong ranks are made up of amateur singers from Edinburgh and throughout Scotland. BBC Scotland will follow the creation of a spectacular outdoor audio-visual show to mark the 50th anniversary of this world-class choir.

Juliette Binoche’s Antigone

This is one of the real gems of this year’s Edinburgh festivals and you catch it on BBC Four. BBC cameras exclusively capture Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche playing the title role in the classic Sophocles tragedy.

The Barbican’s visionary production was translated into English by TS Eliot prize-winning poet and classicist Anne Carson. At the helm is renowned Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

BBC One’s coverage of the Festivals concludes on Monday 31 August with the best of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – an incredible display of music, dance and precision.

The RAF take the lead for this year’s Tattoo, there’ll be plenty of dramatic performances including their Massed Bands. And with the theme being East Meets West, there will also be a great range of international acts including the Top Secret Drum Corps from Basle in Switzerland.

There’s even more on radio and digital…

You can watch more live shows and performances on the BBC Edinburgh Festivals website.With content co-curated by BBC Arts, there will be something for everyone, from comedy to theatre to spoken word – with 26 live streams and numerous individual films to enjoy.

There’s also extensive coverage on BBC Radio, including shows like Simon Mayo’s Drivetime, the Radio 2 Arts and Saturday Breakfast shows, Jazz on 3, Late Junction, and In Tune and World on 3.

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