Forty years on

14th January 2024

John Wyver writes: Here's a remarkable trace of my, and of Illuminations' and Channel 4's pasts - a programme break from 14 January 1984 with a continuity announcement and slide trailing the first documentary I produced, Six Into One: The more

Exit Emin Stage Right

17th June 2022

In 1997 Illuminations produced the live show, Is Painting Dead? Chaired by Tim Marlow, it featured Norman Rosenthal, Tracey Emin, Matthew Collings, Richard Cork, Jane Harris, Waldemar Januszczak, Martin Maloney, and Roger Scruton to discuss the titular question.The show itself more

Happy Anniversary to us!

15th June 2022

John Wyver writes: Remarkably, Illuminations was incorporated forty years ago today, 15 June 1982. Which makes this our Ruby anniversary. Five months before Channel 4 went on air, co-founder Geoff Dunlop and I bought the defunct Chromeland more

2020 and all that…

31st December 2020

Even if our initial instinct is to wish fervently to forget the year that's passing, we want to take just a moment to recall below the productions that we've worked on with wonderful collaborators over the past 12 months. Meanwhile, more

Making ‘Drama…’, 4. The Graphics

10th October 2020

John Wyver writes: With transmission on Monday evening (9pm, BBC Four, in case you're in any doubt) hurtling towards us I'm returning to this series of posts reflecting on the production process of our documentary about Play for Today, Drama more