Dokumentarni film o američkom pesniku Tomasu Sternsu Eliotu donosi relevantan izbor podataka i vizuelnih predložaka za jednu biografsku priču koja obuhvata različite faze i na dobar način, kako to inače važi za BBC dokumentarne filmove, približava i predstavlja datu ličnost. Na sajtu BBC radija o ovom ostvarenju piše sledeće:
For the first time on television, Arena tells the whole story of the life and work of T. S. Eliot including the happiness he found in the last years of life in his second marriage. His widow Valerie Eliot has opened her personal archive, hitherto unseen, including the private scrapbooks and albums in which Eliot assiduously recorded their life together.
Arena brings an unprecedented insight into the mysterious life of one of the 20th century’s greatest poets, and re-examines his extraordinary work and its startling immediacy in the world today. Thomas Stearns Eliot materialises as banker, critic, playwright, children’s writer, churchwarden, publisher, husband and poet.