In this documentary, Anthony Wilks traces the connections between the events of Eric Hobsbawm’s life and the history he told, from his teenage years in Germany and his communist membership to the jazz clubs of 1950s Soho and the makings of New Labour, taking in Italian bandits, Peruvian peasant movements and the development of nationalism in the modern world, with help from the assiduous observations of MI5. The film features contributions from Frances Stonor Saunders, Richard J. Evans, John Foot, Stefan Collini, Marlene Hobsbawm and Donald Sassoon, as well as Hobsbawm himself in extensive archive footage.
Eric Hobsbawm: The Consolations of History
2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Eric Hobsbawm, one of Britain’s most eminent historians. In 2002, Jeremy Paxman spoke to him about world empires and communism. Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.
Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History
Historian Prof Eric Hobsbawm is interviewed by Simon Schama about his work and his extraordinary life. With archive clips from Eric’s previous TV and radio appearances.
The Late Show – Eric Hobsbawm – Age of Extremes (24 October 1994)
Celebrated historian Professor Eric Hobsbawm talks to Michael Ignatieff about his book Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century. He also discusses his childhood in Central Europe, his loyalty to the communist party and the crisis he sees (in 1994) facing the world at the end of the 20th century.