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The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (in USA)
A tale of women's empowerment, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi tells the true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857.
Director: Swati Bhise
Stars: Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Jodhi May, Nathaniel Parker

The Aeronauts
Pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon.
Director: Tom Harper
Stars: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Phoebe Fox

Downton Abbey 
The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century.
Director: Michael Engler
Writer: Julian Fellowes (characters)
Stars: Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern

Judy 
Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.
Director: Rupert Goold
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell

Official Secrets 
The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Director: Gavin Hood
Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Katherine Kelly, Ralph Fiennes
Box Office: Weekend: $0.00M, Gross: $0.40M







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Coming Soon

1917 (Dec. 27)
Two young British privates during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier's brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.
Director: Sam Mendes
Stars: Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Mark Strong

Emma (Feb.21 2020)
Adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, 'Emma'.
Director: Autumn de Wilde
Writers: Jane Austen (novel), Eleanor Catton
Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Callum Turner, Bill Nighy








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In development

The Dig
Cate Blanchett is in talks to play the grieving widow who oversaw one of Britain's greatest archaeological finds in the Susanne Bier period drama The Dig, reports Screen.

Blanchett looks set to play amateur archaeologist Edith Pretty, a driving force behind the 1938-9 excavation of Sutton Hoo burial grounds near Woodbridge, Suffolk. The grounds were unearthed on the Sutton Hoo House estate which Pretty owned along with her husband Frank, who had died four years earlier, after she hired archaeologist Basil Brown to begin an excavation.

Brown made some promising early finds in 1938. But it was when he returned in the summer of 1939 for a further dig that the real treasure was discovered. A 27-metre seventh-century Saxon ship, most likely the last resting-place of King Rædwald of East Anglia, was among the new finds. Pretty donated the entire discovery to the British Museum, and the House and burial site are now in the care of the National Trust.




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Coming Soon

Top of the Pops: 1988 - BBC 4 (6 Dec. 9:00pm) Nicky Campbell and Caron Keating present the edition first aired on December 8 featuring performances by Status Quo, Angry Anderson, Phil Collins, Petula Clark, New Order, Inner City, Erasure, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, Cliff Richard and Bananarama. 

The Royal House of Windsor - C4 (7 Dec. 8:00pm)
This episode reveals how Prince Philip was the Windsors' most radical moderniser, and explores how he compensated for his emasculated status in one of the most daring experiments in modernisation attempted by the Windsors. The focus also falls on the formidable opposition that the young Queen Elizabeth II faced during her early years in the throne, as influential figures opposed her bearing her husband's family name, Mountbatten. [Series 1 - Episode 3 of 6]

My Grandparents' War: Kristin Scott Thomas - C4 (11 Dec. 9:00pm)
The actress discovers what happened to her grandfather, William, who served as a commanding officer in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Kristin uncovers how he saved thousands of fellow soldiers at Dunkirk, and endured the horrors of the Russian Arctic convoys. Throughout the programme, Kristin meets the families of people her grandfather saved during the war, as well as veterans who served alongside him. [Series 1, Ep. 3 of 4]

Digging for Britain - BBC 4 (11 Dec. 9:00pm)
The team follow the search for artefacts from the Second World War, joining marine archaeologists in the Solent as they raise a Fairey Barracuda divebomber. Elsewhere, a dig in the Lake District tells the moving story of the Windermere Boys, and in Aldbourne in Wiltshire, archaeologists search for personal items from the most famous American unit of the US army, 'Easy Company', who were stationed there in 1943 and 1944. Last in the series. [Series 8 - Episode 4 of 4 "WWII Special"]

​Who Do You Think You Are? - BBC 1 (12 Dec. 9:00pm)
Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet follows a rumour of Scandinavian ancestry on her late mother Sally's side of the family and is delighted when it turns out to be true and that she has Swedish heritage. However, her joy turns to tears and anger when she uncovers the extreme hardships her ancestors endured, from famine to flogging and imprisonment. Switching to her father's side of the family, Kate finds a drummer boy in the Grenadier Guards and, this time, an unusually positive encounter with prison.















  



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Just Finished
(may still be available to UK residents on "Catch Up"; links available below for a month after broadcast. Programmes soon to become unavailable denoted in red)

The War of the Worlds 
Three-part adaptation of HG Wells's classic tale of a Martian invasion of Earth, starring Rafe Spall, Eleanor Tomlinson , Rupert Graves and Robert Carlyle. 

Elton John at the BBC 
A selection of interviews, news clips and archive BBC session performances from throughout the singer's career, including footage from The Old Grey Whistle Test and Top of the Pops. Songs featured include Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting), I'm Still Standing and Circle of Life.

Catching Britain's Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us
The stories of murder investigations and their extraordinary consequences, which overturned laws, transformed police interrogation and revolutionised forensic detection. 

The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4) 
Julie Walters narrates a profile of the author and creator of Adrian Mole. Sue Townsend left school at 14 with no qualifications, and was struggling to support three children when her writing career began. The critical and commercial success of the first Adrian Mole book led to her becoming one of the best-selling writers of the 1980s. Featuring contributions from friends, family, comedians and writers she inspired, and pupils at her former school, as well as entries from her own diary, documenting her struggles with ill health.

​Bob Monkhouse: The Last Stand
Cameras capture the quiz show host and comedian in the summer of 2003 - just months before his death - as he entertains a room full of fellow comics with stand-up, chat and a masterclass in his craft. The night became the stuff of legend among comedians, but was never transmitted in full until recently.

Hunt v Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals
Documentary examining the battle between Britain's James Hunt and Austria's Niki Lauda for the 1976 Formula 1 world drivers' championship, which was decided by the last grand prix of the season. Featuring rare archive footage and interviews with team managers, families, journalists and friends.

Boom, Bust & Bankers
Documentary exploring the history and the workforce of Broadgate, the financial complex at the heart of the City of London, which is home to 28 international banks. The building has stood since 1985, when it formed a central element in Margaret Thatcher's efforts to redirect the British economy from manufacturing to finance. The programme examines the daily lives of those who work here, from CEOs and bankers to cleaners and security guards.

Sadie Hartley: 5 Clues That Caught a Killer
Documentary examining the vital breakthroughs that helped police catch the killers of 60-year-old Sadie Hartley, who was immobilised with a stun gun and stabbed to death in her own home in January 2016. Detectives quickly identified two suspects, but only patient and thorough police work could uncover the evidence to secure a conviction.

Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal
Intimate series profiling Princess Margaret, whose life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed Britain during the 20th century.

Gary Lineker: My Grandad's War  
The Match of the Day presenter retraces the footsteps of his grandfather Stanley Abbs to explore a brutal but often overlooked chapter of the Second World War. Using the official war diary kept by Stanley's unit as a guide, Gary revisits the places where he was stationed and meets experts who help him piece together what happened to his grandfather during the Italian campaign. Along the way, Gary meets veterans who share first-hand testimonies to and help him understand the reality of combat in Italy.

Prince Andrew & the Epstein Scandal: The Newsnight Interview
In a Newsnight special, Emily Maitlis interviews the Duke of York, as he speaks for the first time about his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and allegations which have been made against him over his own conduct.​

Six Wives with Lucy Worsley 
Documentary series featuring dramatic reconstruction in which Lucy Worsley revisits key events in the lives of Henry VIII's six wives.

Britain's Lost Masterpieces 
Series tracking down lost and hidden paintings from local museums and galleries.

Scuffles, Swagger & Shakespeare: The Hidden Story of English 
John Gallagher examines how English became the world's most widely spoken language, examining the impact of William Shakespeare. During the playwright's lifetime, English was rarely spoken outside of Britain - but the beginnings of the British Empire would see it become a global language. The programme also examines what life was like for immigrants to Elizabethan Britain.

Queen Elizabeth I: A Timewatch Guide 
Vanessa Collingridge examines the life of Elizabeth Tudor, with a focus on how documentary TV and the BBC have looked at her legacy and interrogated her reign. Using archive stretching back over 60 years, her upbringing, her conflicts with enemies including Mary Queen of Scots, and her greatest victory against the Spanish Armada are investigated. The programme seeks to understand how the monarch created a legacy that people still live with today, and how it has changed throughout the centuries.

Maiden - Storyville 
Documentary telling the story of how 24-year-old Tracy Edwards became the skipper of the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. The film reveals how her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, while the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failing, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing the crew would die at sea and generate bad publicity.

Unremembered - Britain's Forgotten War Heroes 
A century ago, in the aftermath of the First World War, Britain established vast war cemeteries to honour each individual who died serving the nation. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission set up to run them became famous for its principle of equality in death for everyone, regardless of the military rank or their role in civilian life. David Lammy journeys across Kenya and Tanzania to find out why many African soldiers and porters were overlooked during the conflict, and their names forgotten. He also looks at the impact this has on modern Africa and its communities today, and why he believes Britain has to put this right.

Dan Cruickshank's Monuments of Remembrance
The extraordinary stories behind First World War cemeteries and memorials, including those at the Somme and Gallipoli, as well as those responsible for creating them.

World on Fire
Second World War drama, starring Sean Bean and Helen Hunt

​Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2019 
Huw Edwards presents the Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance from the Royal Albert Hall, in the presence of HM the Queen and members of the royal family. Throughout the festival, artists including James Blunt, Leona Lewis and Jeff Goldblum will perform alongside the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the Band of HM Royal Marines.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC
A compilation of classic rock 'n' roll artists and songs in celebration of the musical genre, Including performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Dion, Dick Dale and Neil Sedaka. Plus, a selection of songs with rock 'n' roll in the title, such as Tom Petty's Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll, Joan Jett's I love Rock 'n' Roll and Oasis's Rock 'n' Roll Star.

The Beatles: Made on Merseyside
Few dispute that the Beatles defined 1960s music and popular culture like no other band, but how John, Paul, George and Ringo made the journey from Merseyside teenagers to international pop stars is less known. Director Alan Byron's documentary recounts the rise of the band as American rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues dragged post-war Liverpool into one of the most vibrant music cities ever with the Mersey Beat sound.

Charles: 50 Years a Prince 
Fifty years ago in Caernarfon at his investiture, Prince Charles embarked on a unique relationship with a country that has shaped his life and work. While acknowledging a sometimes troubled and turbulent history, this documentary celebrates Wales through the eyes of a prince who has made the role his own. Narrated by Luke Evans

London Calling: Cold War Letters 
On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this documentary reveals how for more than 25 years, the BBC gave voice to the silenced people of the former communist state of East Germany by inviting them to secretly write in to a radio show called Letters without Signature. Broadcast on the BBC's German Service, the programme gave voice to ordinary citizens who wrote about life under the repressive communist regime.






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Announced, but no air date set

Anne - ITV 
Factual drama focusing on Anne Williams; who dedicated her life to discovering the truth about the Hillsborough disaster which claimed the life of her son Kevin who was only fifteen years old at the time. 

The Barking Murders *Working Title* 2019- BBC1 
Factual drama which goes beneath the headlines to shed new light on this story by telling it from the point of view of the families of Stephen Port’s victims, focusing on their fight to uncover the truth about what had happened to their lost sons and brothers. Written by Jeff Pope and Neil McKay. Sheridan Smith, Stephen Merchant and Jaime Winstone are set to star in the lead roles. Further cast includes Rufus Jones, Leanne Best, Stephanie Hyam and Samuel Barnett.

Belgravia 2020 - ITV 
Period drama based on the novel from Downton Abbey writer Jullian Fellows.

The Boys 2019 - Channel 4 
New five-part series from Russell T Davies which focuses on three eighteen-year-olds Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin as they leave home to embark on a new life in London in 1981. The story will look at the AIDS epidemic and will follow the three characters throughout the 1980's to explore their ups and downs. 

Black Narcissus 2019 - BBC1 
Three-part adaptation of Rumer Godden’s iconic tale of sexual repression and forbidden love from Amanda Coe. Returning this haunting love story to its original setting in the 1930s, as the western colonial order is about to explode into the crisis of World War Two, Black Narcissus follows Sister Clodagh and the nuns of St Faiths, who travel to Nepal to set up a branch of their order in the remote palace of Mopu.

Britannia 2019 -  Sky Atlantic 
Second series of the medieval drama starring David Morrissey and Kelly Reilly.

Call the Midwife - 2020 BBC1 
One more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama
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The Elephant Man - 2019 BBC1 
Two-part dramatisation of John Merrick's extraordinary story, from birth to death written by Neil McKay and starring Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton in the lead role.

Englistan 2019 - BBC2  
Nine-part drama series created by Riz Ahmed exploring three generations of the same Pakistani-family over four decades as they attempt to settle in England.

​Happy Valley 2019 - BBC1  
Third series of Sally Wainwright's gripping crime drama.

Jerusalem 2019 - Channel 4 
Six-part thriller set in the aftermath of the Second World War that centres around a seismic moment in history, when Britain was struggling to define itself in a new world order. Written and created by Bash Doran (Boardwalk EmpireSmashMasters of Sex).

The North Water - 2020 BBC2 
Four-part thriller from Andrew Haigh focusing on a disgraced ex-army surgeon who, in the 1850s, who signs up as a ship's doctor on a whaling mission in the arctic. Colin Farrell stars as harpooner Henry Drax.
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A Suitable Boy 2019 - BBC1 
Eight part drama from Andrew Davies adapting Vikram Seth’s international bestseller A Suitable Boy. A modern classic about a young woman’s search for love and identity in a newly independent, post-Partition India defining its own future, this beloved novel has never been adapted for the screen before. Now, Andrew Davies’ scripts will bring the story to a whole new audience with his signature blend of warmth, wit and humanity

Taboo 2019  - BBC1 
 A second series of Tom Hardy's atmospheric period drama.


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To Sir With Love - BBC1 
 A one-off adaptation of ER Braithwaite's autobiographical story about a Guyanese RAF engineer who becomes a teacher in a challenging school in the East End of London.

The Trial of Christine Keeler 2019 - BBC1 
Six-part drama series about the sexual and cultural politics of one of the most revealing and iconic stories of modern times. At the centre of the storm was 19-year-old Christine Keeler - a young woman whom the powerful, male-dominated establishment sought to silence and exploit, but who refused to play by their rules.

Unforgotten 2019 -  ITV 
Fourth series of Chris Lang's crime drama starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

White Gold - BBC2 
Six-part comedy from Inbetweeners writer Damon Beesley set in double-glazing showroom in Essex in 1983, led by charismatic salesman Vincent (Ed Westwick). Smart, handsome and cocksure, Vincent will happily break the rules if it guarantees a sale. It’s a story of dodgy shenanigans, scams and petty rivalries - alongside free-flowing drugs, cash and sex. Inbetweeners stars Joe Thomas and James Buckley star.

Year of the Rabbit 2019 - Channel 4 
Six-part sitcom written by and starring Matt Berry as DI Rabbit; a drunken Victorian-era sleuth who solves crimes alongside his by-the-books partner played by Freddie Fox.






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Please note that few American museums are listed below.  This is only because it is too difficult to keep track of all the exhibits at all of the US museums that might be relevant to this site. Also,  the following list is not  a guide  for those traveling in Britain. It is not  a comprehensive guide to what is on at museums in the UK. Only exhibits which focus on British history are listed below.

Please  note that, unless otherwise indicated, all venues are in London. Exhibits about to end are noted in red. Those not yet opened are designated in orange.

Online British History exhibits
The National Archives

Permanent and temporary exhibits on Jewish History in Britain


Architecture of London
Guildhall Art Gallery
31 May – 1 December 2019

Beasts of London
Museum of London
5 April 2019 – 5 January 2020

William Blake
Tate Britain
11 September 2019 – 2 February 2020

Mary Quant
V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)
6 April 2019 – 16 February 2020

Queer Looks
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery|Brighton
30 June 2018 - December 2019

Titanic Stories
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
8 March 2018 – 5 January 2020

War and conflict exhibits







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