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BBC Two unites Scorsese and Dylan
Bob Dylan
The documentary marks Arena's 30 years on BBC Two
An Arena documentary on musician Bob Dylan directed by Martin Scorsese is among BBC Two's forthcoming highlights.

No Direction Home - Bob Dylan features new interviews with the reclusive musician and unseen footage from his early life and peak creative period.

Scorsese is a fan of Dylan's music and made the show with US broadcaster PBS. It will air simultaneously in the UK and US.

BBC Two controller Roly Keating called it "a remarkable coup".


The channel is also to show 35m drama Rome, featuring Ciaran Hinds as Julius Caesar and James Purefroy as Marc Anthony.

It charts the end of the Roman Republic as seen through the eyes of two foot soldiers.

Filmed at Rome's Cinecitta Studios, it marks another US collaboration between the BBC and HBO, following the success of the Emmy Award-winning Band of Brothers.

Ciaran Hinds in Rome
Hinds plays Julius Caesar in the epic retelling the birth of an empire

Drama documentary Space Race unites America and Russia in their first co-production, exploring the struggle to be the first nation to put a man on the moon.

And Children of Beslan returns to the North Ossetian town less than a year after gunmen seized School Number One and took hostages, killing more than 330 people, half of them children.

The programme sees young survivors recount the event in their own words.

Uniting documentary with adventure, Beyond Boundaries sees 11 travellers, all with some physical disability, trek across Nicaragua from the Mosquito Coast to the Pacific - a route last attempted by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Rob Brydon in Supernova
In Supernova Brydon embarks on a new life in the Australian Outback

And in contemporary drama, actress Helena Bonham Carter takes on the role of Maggi, a mother to seven autistic children.

Magnificent Seven is based on the real-life Jackson family who featured in a BBC Two documentary last year.

New comedy includes Joanna Lumley starring opposite Denis Lawson in Sensitive Skin as a couple in their sixties living in metropolitan London.

And Marion and Geoff star Rob Brydon features as a hapless astronomer in new series Supernova.

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