Orson Welles’ Sketch Book is a series of six short television commentaries by Orson Welles for the BBC in 1955. Written and directed by Welles, the 15-minute episodes present the filmmaker’s commentaries on a range of subjects. Welles frequently draws from his own experiences and often illustrates the episodes with his own sketches.

Episode 1: The Early Days
This is the first episode of “Orson Welles’ Sketchbook” in which he discusses his trips abroad and how he came to be an actor. Originally Aired: April 24, 1955.

Episode 2: Critics
This is the second episode of “Orson Welles’ Sketchbook” in which he discusses the potential hazards involved with being a critic. Originally Aired: May 08, 1955.

Episode 3: The Police
This is the third episode of “Orson Welles’ Sketchbook” in which he discusses the invasion of privacy by police and the authorities at home and abroad. Originally Aired: May 22, 1955.

Episode 4: Houdini/John Barrymore/Voodoo Story/The People I Missed
This is the fourth episode of “Orson Welles’ Sketchbook” in which he discusses line-prompting in film and television as well as Harry Houdini and John Barrymore. Originally Aired: June 05, 1955.

Episode 5: The War Of The Worlds
This is the fifth and penultimate episode of “Orson Welles’ Sketchbook” in which he discusses the effects of his “War Of The Worlds” radio broadcast in America. Originally Aired: June 19, 1955.

Episode 6: Bullfighting
This is the final and extremely rare episode of “Orson Welles’ Sketchbook” in which he discusses his relationship with bullfighting. Originally Aired: July 03, 1955.

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Episode 3. Prescient.

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