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Dream Horse
The film tells the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by small town Welsh bartender, Jan Vokes (Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette). 
Director: Euros Lyn
Writer: Neil McKay
Stars: Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Joanna Page

Emma.
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

The Personal History of David Copperfield
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
Director: Armando Iannucci
Writers: Simon Blackwell (screenplay by), Charles Dickens (novel) 
Stars: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton

1917 
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










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Last Night in Soho (25 Sept.2020)
A young girl, passionate in fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Krysty Wilson-Cairns (screenplay), Edgar Wright (screenplay)
Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Terence Stamp








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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

Digging for Britain: The Greatest Discoveries - BBC 4 REPEAT (7 April 8:00pm)
Professor Alice Roberts re-examines key archaeological sites of prehistoric Britain. REPEAT [Series 1 - Episode 4 of 4]

Secrets of Orkney: Britain's Ancient Capital - BBC 4 (7 April 10:00pm)
Andy Torbet and local seafaring volunteers build a boat made of just willow and cow hide, and set out to cross the dangerous Pentland Firth as the ancient Orcadians would have done. Neil Oliver investigates the extraordinary discovery of some human bones, Chris Packham goes in search of whales and Shini Somara uncovers the powers of the tides. [Series 1, Ep. 2 of 3]

Walking Britain's Lost Railways - C5 (10 April 8:00pm) 
Until it closed in 1966 the Deeside Railway followed the River Dee upstream from Aberdeen into what is now the Cairngorms National Park. As luck would have it, Queen Victoria purchased Balmora just as the line was set to open, giving the route prestige. Rob Bell retraces the route, visiting a shooting estate, tossing a caber and finding an unmistakable Highland `brand' that all owe their existence to this royal railway age. He also explores a quiet valley of cattle farming and timber sawmills, and, in truth, a simple railway that struggled for decades to justify its own existence, despite its royal veneer. [Series 2 - Episode 4: Aberdeenshire]

Top of the Pops: 1989 - BBC 4 (10 April 8:00pm) 
Nicky Campbell hosts the edition first shown on July 6, featuring performances by Sonia, Monie Love, Gladys Knight, Karyn White, Chaka Khan, Pet Shop Boys and the Beautiful South.

Belgravia - ITV (12 April 8:00pm)
A revelation about Charles' past spells disaster for John and jeopardises his entire future. He must act fast to keep the explosive information hidden from those who could use it to ruin his prospects. Anne receives a visit from a former employee, giving Ellis an idea of how to make some money - but she is not as cunning as she thinks. Oliver visits the mill in his search for ammunition to use against Charles, and Lady Templemore stands firm on her plans for Maria's upcoming engagement, meaning the young woman must take matters into her own hands. [Series 1 - Episode 5 of 6]


















  



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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)

Abba at the BBC 
A collection of memorable performances by the group. Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were thrust into the limelight in 1974 when Waterloo triumphed at the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, marking the start of their rise to fame. Various outings were captured by BBC cameras over the next few years and several are featured here alongside their Top of the Pops debut, archive interviews and fly-on-the-wall footage. There is also a chance to see the foursome on a 1982 edition of Noel Edmonds' Late, Late Breakfast Show, which was Abba's last televised appearance in the UK.

Pinewood: 80 Years of Movie Magic 
Jonathan Ross gains unprecedented access to the iconic British film studio, meeting Joan Collins and Barbara Windsor to discuss their experiences on set. The site in Buckinghamshire was transformed into a studio during the 1930s and became home to the James Bond, Harry Potter, Superman and Carry On film series, and Ross goes behind the scenes to tackle some daring and spectacular stunts of his own.

George Best: All by Himself
Documentary telling the story of the reserved young football prodigy from Belfast who became a global superstar, but whose career was blighted by his battle with the pressures of fame. The film reveals how the player dubbed El Beatle helped Manchester United to win two league titles and the European Cup, but his extravagant lifestyle led to various problems, most notably alcoholism.

Back in Time for the Corner Shop 
The Ardern family embark on an extraordinary time-travelling adventure - going back in time to run that great British institution, the corner shop.

Scandal & Beauty: Mark Gatiss on Aubrey Beardsley
The actor and writer explores the life of the Victorian artist who scandalised the art world of the 1890s, revealing a man who was a technological innovator and whose uncompromising attitude still feels remarkably. He follows Beardsley's footsteps from his childhood in Brighton, via notoriety among the decadence of London's fin de siècle, to his early death in France in 1898 at the age of just 25.

​England's Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey 
Historian Helen Castor pieces together the astonishing true story of Lady Jane Grey, the first reigning queen of England - an epic tale of dynastic rivalry, intrigue and betrayal.

Britain's Viking Graveyard
 Documentary exploring the discovery of a Viking mass grave in a vicarage garden in Derbyshire. Archaeologists believe this may be the last resting place of a vast army of thousands of warriors that invaded Britain in the ninth century, but left very little trace of their presence. Examination of the remains uncovers evidence of female warriors among the army, and the story of a king who was reunited with his son in death.

​Rock `n' Roll Island: Where Legends Were Born
The history of Eel Pie Island, a small island in the Thames in south-west London, which became the epicentre of R`n'B in the 1960s. In its heyday, the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Who, David Bowie, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Long John Baldry and many others cut their teeth at the venue before becoming legends of the music industry. Nigel Planer narrates this documentary exploring the unique experiences of the people who either played at the Island Hotel or went there to listen to music and dance on its famous bouncing dance floor. Contributors include Rod Stewart, Steve Hackett and Dave Brock.

Cromwell 
The rise of Oliver Cromwell to power during the turbulent years of the mid-17th century, charting his days as an active parliamentarian to his victory over the royal armies in the English Civil War, and his subsequent role as the country's Lord Protector. Historical drama, with Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley, Dorothy Tutin, Frank Finlay, Patrick Magee, Charles Gray and Timothy Dalton.

Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History 
Maritime historian Dr Sam Willis looks at how and why the shipwreck came to loom so large in British history.

​The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts 
A group of 21st-century crafters move in to a late-1800s Victorian Arts & Crafts commune in the Welsh hills to renovate four of the key rooms in the house

Ian Hislop's Olden Days
Ian Hislop explores the British obsession with the past. He reveals how and why, throughout our history, we have continually plundered 'the olden days' to make sense of and shape the present.

Horizon - Toxic Town: The Corby Poisonings
Lesley Sharp narrates the story of a landmark legal battle by a group of women aiming to uncover the truth about birth defects in the Northamptonshire town being caused by toxic waste from the steelworks that had not been disposed of safely. The case had worldwide legal and medical ramifications as it was the first time that a court had recognised a link between airborne toxins and foetal development damage.

The Story of Ready Steady Go!
Documentary recalling Britain's early 1960s music show Ready Steady Go!, which revolutionised television `for the kids' and introduced emerging talent from the era. The ITV programme, synonymous with its hosts Keith Fordyce and Cathy McGowan, showcased top acts of the day including the Beatles, the Who, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black, Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones. Contributors include original producer Vicki Wickham and pioneering director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, plus Annie Nightingale, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Paul Jones, Gerry Marsden and Jools Holland.

Queen Victoria's Last Love: Abdul Karim
The monarch's relationship with Indian servant Abdul Karim. He was initially employed as a waiter but soon rose to become Victoria's confidant and teacher, giving her daily lessons in Hindustani. His position violated racial and class taboos of the period, and the presence of a Muslim at the heart of the royal household caused problems for the politics of Empire, leading to a dramatic confrontation between the Queen and her family in 1897, which threatened to disrupt her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer.

Elizabeth I and II: Britain's Golden Queens
Two of Britain's greatest monarchs are profiled.

The People's Liners - Britain's Lost Pleasure Fleet
The history of the steamers which were once a common sight on rivers and coastal waters around Britain and were a highlight of seaside holidays from the 1820s until the early 1960s, providing the adventure and trappings of an ocean voyage without venturing out of sight of land.

The Royal Family at War
​A two-part examination of the most bitter feuds within the Royal Family

Armada - 12 Days to Save England
Dan Snow takes to the sea to tell the story of how England came within a whisker of disaster in summer 1588. Anita Dobson stars as Elizabeth I.

Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues
Swashbuckling series in which Dr Sam Willis charts the great age of the British outlaw. 

Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley
Documentary, presented by Lucy Worsley, which uses dramatised testimony to tell the story of a group of working-class women conducting a dangerous campaign for the vote.

Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary 
A dramatisation based on the exchange of letters between Mary Queen of Scots and her cousin Elizabeth I, detailing the hatred and obsession in their bitter rivalry. Expert historians examine and interpret the royals' motives for the animosity that lasted more than two decades, and which threatened to tear apart the reigning monarch and her kingdom.

Maiden: War on the Waves
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.

Charles and Di: The Truth Behind Their Wedding 
Documentary revealing the shocking story of the seven days that led up to Charles' and Diana's wedding at St Paul's Cathedral in 1981, comparing what the jubilant public saw with the doubt, fear and heartbreak suffered privately by two individuals propelled by a fate they could not control.























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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. 

Best Interests  - BBC1 
Four-part drama from Jack Thorne which tells the story of a family driven apart by having to make choices no parent would ever want to make. Andrew and Nicci’s daughter, Marnie, has a life-threatening condition. The doctors believe it is in her best interests to be allowed to die, but her loving family disagree. And so begins a fight that will take them through every stage of a legal process, as they struggle to contemplate this huge decision. Who decides? And in whose best interests will it be?

The Boys  - 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  - BBC 1 
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 II.  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.

Call the Midwife -  BBC 1 
One more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama
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The Elephant Man - BBC 1 
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  - BBC 2  
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  - BBC 1  
Third series of Sally Wainwright's gripping crime drama..

The North Water - BBC 2 
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  - 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   - BBC 1 
 A second series of Tom Hardy's atmospheric period drama.


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To Sir With Love - BBC 1 
 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.

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

Year of the Rabbit - C4 
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 no 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.

COVID-19:  In general, museums are closed. The exhibits below are all temporarily closed but will re-open after the lockdown. Below are exhibits that deal with British history but opening and closing times  are not included below because these times are not yet set. The links below list pre-COVID 19 opening and closing times.

Online British History exhibits
The National Archives

Permanent and temporary exhibits on Jewish History in Britain

Aubrey Beardsley
Tate Britain

Mary Cameron: Life in Paint
City Art Centre |Edinburgh

Steve McQueen
Tate Modern

May Morris: Art & Life
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

War and conflict exhibits







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