The South Bank Show, the long-running arts programme axed by ITV in 2009, is being revived by Sky Arts.
Melvyn Bragg will return with the iconic series which looks at the work of the biggest figures in the arts including musicians, performers, writers and artists.
First airing in 1978, The South Bank Show is widely considered Britain’s greatest arts documentary.
Bragg will present six brand-new episodes for Sky Arts HD which will also broadcast the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in May.
“I very much wanted to continue to make The South Bank Show and I’m delighted that Sky Arts has given me the chance to do that,” commented Melvyn Bragg.
“I worked with them earlier in the year for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards and the winners’ films, and it was a very enjoyable partnership. I greatly look forward to working with James Hunt and his team again.”
James Hunt, Director of Sky Arts, said: “The South Bank Show is synonymous with top quality, engaging and entertaining arts programming, and we’re delighted to be working with Melvyn to bring it back to screens, for both loyal former viewers and a brand new audience.”