New series. The Ellis family from Bradford discover how life has changed for ordinary working families in the north of England over the last 100 years. Jon, Lesley, Caitlin, Freya and Harvey experience the lives of previous generations, from the food people ate to the jobs they did and how they enjoyed themselves.
New series. Inspector Morse prequel, starring Shaun Evans as a younger version of the cerebral detective
The BBC1 drama’s seventh series takes us back to Poplar in East London, where the streets are blanketed with snow and the roads have become sludge. The year is 1963 and London is in the middle of the Big Freeze. Through the blizzard comes the show’s first-ever West Indian midwife, Nurse Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott), ready to join her new colleagues at Nonnatus House.
Period drama following the Roman army as they return to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land led by powerful Druids. Starring David Morrissey
Archive performances from the first 12 years of Top of the Pops, featuring the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Queen, the Kinks and Status Quo
(may still be available to UK residents on "Catch Up")
Documentary exploring the reign of the monarch through her relationships with her husband and their children, using letters, diaries, memoirs and journals to bring the subject and characters to life.
The Duke of Wellington's victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 made him a towering figure in history, for both his achievements and for embodying the stiff-upper-lip notion of Britishness. This drama documentary focuses on the complexities of the man, drawing on his own correspondence to tell his story through his own words, and using the memoirs and diaries of those who knew him best. Richard E Grant plays Wellington in a series of dramatic reconstructions, creating an intimate portrait of a man who was, in turns, a general, a politician, a lover and an outsider.
Between 1941 and 1945, merchant ships escorted by vessels from the US, Canadian and British navies delivered four million tons of essential goods to the Soviet Union. In this documentary, Jeremy Clarkson retraces the journey of the convoy of 35 ships codenamed PQ17 from Iceland to the Russian port of Arkhangelsk in June and July 1942, revealing how the Anglo-American mission became one of the biggest naval disasters of the 20th century. Featuring testimony from men who served on the vessels.
Documentary following scientists at the Natural History Museum and University College London studying Britain's oldest human remains. The skeleton was unearthed in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, and has been dated as 10,000 years old. Two of the world's most acclaimed palaeontological model makers are attempting to recreate the human face of this ancient Briton.
The director and 6Music presenter offers a first-hand account of the skinhead movement, tracing its origins in the 1960s as a `harmonious subgroup' through to its evolution throughout the 1970s and 1980s into a `threatening and bigoted subculture steeped in far-right politics and violence'. Don reflects on the movement's social impact across music, style and culture, its modern-day legacy, and its associated stigma associated by exploring white power nationalists in the US, fascist revivalists in Italy and Neo-Nazis in Germany. Contributors include singer Pauline Black.
Four hundred years ago a motley band of British merchants landed on the coast of India and founded a trading post to export goods to London, and over the next 200 years the business grew into a commercial titan. In this documentary, Dan Snow tells the story of the East India Company, which revolutionised the British lifestyle, creating a mighty empire and laying the foundations for today's global trading systems.
New series. A look at Elizabeth II's life, featuring interviews with some of the prime ministers, close friends, royal household members and special advisors who know her best.
Documentary, broadcast to coincide with the opening of the Royal Academy exhibition Charles I: King & Collector, which gathers together the many disparate items of the Stuart monarch's expansive art collection. Following his execution in 1649, Charles's treasured catalogue was sold off piecemeal on the orders of Oliver Cromwell, and this programme reveals how - for the first time in 370 years - the Royal Academy has managed to reunite a huge number of the works the king had acquired before being deposed.
Andrew Graham-Dixon explores the history of the Royal Collection - the dazzling array of art and decorative objects collected by kings and queens over the past 500 years, and today owned by the Queen as sovereign. The first programme focuses on the works acquired by the collection's founders - Henry VIII and Charles I. Henry VIII tried to overwhelm with magnificence, believing that great art projected power. For Charles I art was a way to compete with other kings through taste, and Andrew reveals how this doomed monarch became the greatest royal collector in British history.
Britain's second longest-reigning monarch (after the current queen, of course) gets a vivacious new screen image in this handsome biographical drama. Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) mixes charm with steely determination as the teenage princess, chafing at the restrictions of life in Kensington Palace in the year leading up to her accession to the throne. The script by Julian Fellowes is at its best focusing on the conflicts between Victoria, her mother the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson) and the overbearing Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong).
Documentary exploring the history of the Fall, the enigmatic British post-punk band fronted by Mark E Smith, who died last month. Emerging from the Manchester punk scene during the late 1970s, the Fall underwent numerous style and line-up changes, with the only persistent member being frontman Smith, whose acerbic wit and biting lyricism became one of the band's few constant trademarks. Featuring footage of the group's last Peel Session, and contributions by Paul Morley, Tony Wilson, Stewart Lee and Franz Ferdinand.
Set in Derry in the run-up to the ceasefire, this sitcom is billed as a warm, funny and honest look at the lives of ordinary people living under the spectre of the Troubles, all seen through the eyes of a local teenager. Writer Lisa McGee has mined her own experiences to create a candid, one-of-a kind comedy about what it’s like to be a teenage girl living amongst conflict. It’s 1994 - a time when nobody can seem to agree on anything, except how much they all enjoy using an acronym (The IRA, The UDA, The RUC). Armed police in armoured Land Rovers, British Army check points and “peace” walls are all an everyday reality for 16-year old Erin and her friends
The story of the women who led a campaign for greater safety at sea after 58 deep-sea fishermen died when Hull trawlers the St Romanus, the Kingston Peridot and the Ross Cleveland sank within three weeks of one another in early 1968.
Andrew Marr provides an insight into Britain at the dawn of the 20th century, highlighting the key moments of the era with archive footage and vivid anecdotes.
New series. Documentary charting 180 years of British history as lived through by the successive inhabitants of a terraced house in Liverpool, from the 1840s to the present day. Presenter David Olusoga reveals how the house came to be built as a merchant's residence in the 1840s, and then tells the story of the first tenant - a customs clerk with a taste for fine furniture and the high life. But his lavish lifestyle came to an end when the money dried up. He, however, was just the first to live in the house. There were more to come throughout the 1840s and 1850s.
Fusing biography, art and the history of fashion, Amber Butchart explores the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore.
On June 4, 1913, militant activist Emily Wilding Davison stepped into the path of George V's horse, which was running in the Epsom Derby, sustaining serious injuries, from which she died from four days later. The shocking moment was captured on three newsreel cameras, but mystery and argument surround the story behind it. What had she intended to do on the track that day, and why did she take such reckless action in the first place? A century on from the incident, Clare Balding and a team of forensic experts have analysed the footage frame by frame and believe they may have made new discoveries that will shed light on what really happened.
Historian Lucy Worsley embarks on a road trip across England to take in some of the places Jane Austen lived in and visited during her lifetime. She aims to demonstrate how Jane's personal experiences influenced the central themes of home and property in her novels, and makes use of detective-work to recreate some of the most important locations that no longer stand. She begins in Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, retracing a journey that marked one of the many times the Austens veered wildly between wealth and genteel poverty - mirroring the Dashwoods of Sense and Sensibility. Lucy also travels from Jane's birthplace in Steventon, Hampshire, to her brother's grand estate at Godmersham Park - the inspiration for Darcy's Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice, along with Lyme Regis, Bath and Southampton.
The abduction and murder of two-year-old James Bulger in February 1993 by 10-year-olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables is a crime that continues to have an impact on British life. In this documentary, key individuals involved in the trial are brought together for the first time in 25 years to debate whether justice was truly served, with the programme including excerpts from police interview tapes, footage from the time and interviews to examine the press, public and political influence on the prosecution of the case.
David Hayman explores the history of one of Scotland's best-loved boats, meeting the last of the men who worked on them and looking at the communities whose lives they transformed. He also celebrates its representation in fiction in the form of the Vital Spark in Neil Munro's Para Handy stories, and takes a trip out to sea on the last remaining steam-powered puffer.
Artist Stanley Spencer's daughters Unity and Shirin discuss their unusual family life. They discuss how they became estranged from each other following their father's traumatic divorce and failed second marriage, and have only recently been reunited with each other in their old age. The film follows them as they box up their father's drawings and letters while preparing to live together.
A dramatised account of the key moments in the lives of Henry VIII's wives, combining drama with the presenter's own contemporary historical comment.
Documentary celebrating handcrafted objects made under the royal warrant, beginning by following the creation of a Wedgwood panther vase by artisan potters. The programme also takes a look at how this quintessentially British company is reinventing itself for the 21st century under new, foreign ownership.
Clare Jackson examines the history of the Stuarts, who grappled with the chaos of three separate kingdoms, multiple religions and civil war during the 17th century. In the opening episode, she looks at James VI of Scotland's attempts to unite his country with England and Ireland and persuade his subjects to feel more British.
In the first five years of King Edward's reign there were 140,000 British patents issued, many using electricity. However, as historian Suzannah Lipscomb discovers, there was no regulation of this new energy, and cables were not insulated or appliances earthed to today's exacting standards. As a response to electrocutions and fires, asbestos was employed, but it would be some time until its own risks to health would be fully appreciated. Suzannah also looks at other dubious products associated with the era, such as the radioactive clock and arsenic soap.
Documentary exploring the hard-working culture that existed in the Clyde shipyards, which were responsible for making the Queen Mary and QE2, despite poor working conditions and industrial relations. The programme examines how the employees' work ethic and strength of public support led them to defy the then-government's efforts to close the factories down in 1971.
A reflection on some of the most popular acts to perform at the music festival over the years, including Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Al Green, Willie Nelson, BB King and Johnny Cash. Plus, Queen of Country Dolly Parton's set from the 2014 event.
Examining the life of Elizabeth Tudor, with a focus on how documentary television 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.
`Whispering' Bob Harris hosts a three-hour special showcasing live performances and archive recordings to mark the 30th anniversary of the landmark BBC music show's last broadcast. Music comes courtesy of former Old Grey Whistle Test stars Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson and Albert Lee, and past presenters Annie Nightingale, Richard Williams, David Hepworth and Andy Kershaw all put in appearances, sharing stories from their time with the show. Plus, Bob gives viewers at home a chance to vote for the archive performance they would most like to see again.
Premiere. A teenager in 1950s Ireland becomes pregnant, and is sent to a home for `fallen women', while her baby is forcibly taken from her and sent to America to be adopted. Fifty years later, she meets a disillusioned political journalist who helps to reunite her with her son. Fact-based drama, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
During its lifetime, the Flying Scotsman has broken records, travelled the world, starred in a movie and even bankrupted its owners. Engineer Rob Bell presents the first of a two-part documentary charting the history of the world's most famous steam locomotive, looking at why has it inspired such affection among steam fans and still attracts huge crowds wherever it goes.
Announced, but no air date set
Drama set around a failing family-run beauty salon based in Manchester from Cutting It and Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield.The cast is set to include Robson Green, Sue Johnston, Polly Walker and James Murray.
Four-part drama from Kate Brooke that explores what happens when heinous crimes, long buried in the past, come back to haunt us. Elizabeth Bancroft is a respected DCI who has given her life to the police force. Sarah Parish to star.
The Barking Murders *Working Title* 2018 - 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.
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.
Three more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama
Second series of Lisa Magee's semi-autobiographical sitcom.
Third series of Sally Wainwright's gripping crime drama.
A new four-part series from Jeff Pope telling the story of an elderly gang of career criminals who pulled off the ultimate jewellery heist in 2015. Timothy Spall, Brian F. O'Bryne and Kenneth Cranham will play leading roles in the drama.
Icons: The Story of the 20th Century 2019 - BBC2 BBC Two is launching a major new global history series telling the definitive story of the 20th Century through the people who made it. From the individuals who came to define our concept of what a great leader is or were instrumental in the struggle for equality and civil rights to those whose inventions transformed the way we live or whose work came to enrich and influence the lives of billions, the series tells the story of a century of seismic change through the lives of the iconic figures who made it. Each individual episode, presented by a well-known public figure will focus on a particular field - leaders, scientists, activists, artists, revolutionaries, inventors and entertainers - with the presenter identifying three particular icons of the 20th century. The historical figures will be chosen by a panel of experts according to their achievements and legacy. The presenters will tell the story of their icons, demonstrating how the world changed and how the lives and achievements of these people have a direct impact on our lives today.
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 Empire, Smash, Masters of Sex).
BAFTA-winner Richard Eyre directs and adapts Shakesepeare's classic with Anthony Hopkins taking on the titular role. Emma Thompson reunites with Hopkins for the first time since The Remains of the Day as Lear's oldest daughter Goneril whilst Emily Watson and Florence Pugh will play her sisters. The all-star supporting cast includes Jim Broadbent, Andrew Scott, Jim Carter, Christopher Eccleston and Tobias Menzies.
Landmark documentary series from Academy Award winning documentary makers James Gay-Rees and Asif Kapadia that will examine one of the most famous cases of 20th century Britain, the murder of 18 year old black student, Stephen Lawrence by a group of white teenage boys. What followed was one of the longest, most complex and mishandled murder investigations in Metropolitan Police history allowing the suspected killers to evade justice for almost 20 years.
Drama written by Ed Whitmore about the real life story of how the murder of French National, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004 was eventually linked to the murders of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler as she travelled home from school in 2002. Martin Clunes will take the role of former DCI Sutton who determinedly and tenaciously pursued serial killer Levi Bellfield.
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the leading role as the eponymous anti-hero of this five-part series. Spanning decades the show sees the outrageous, charming and funny aristocrat Melrose come to terms with his traumatic childhood and substance abuse.
Eight-part period drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright telling the remarkable life story of landowner Anne Lister
One-off biopic from Jeff Pope telling the story of Laurel and Hardy's 1953 UK tour.
The director of 12 Years a Slave's six part series will focus on the life of a West Indian community during the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The drama will look at the formation of the Mangrove Club and the relationships between the group over a number of years.
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.
Stephen Poliakoff’s semi-autobiographical six-part series. Set in the UK during the tumultuous year of 1957. Fear and excitement of the future permeates the lives of all, as Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb, the Prime Minister declares that "most of our people have never had it so good", the Soviets launch their first ballistic missile and beat the Americans by successfully sending a Satellite into space. All this washed down with the emergence of Elvis and rock ‘n’ roll.
A second series of Tom Hardy's atmospheric period drama.
This is England '90 Channel 4 - The concluding part of Shane Meadows' Sheffield saga as the gang experiences the second Summer of Love.
Six-part sitcom written and created by Daniel Lawrence Taylor about a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time to the 1920’s via a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats. Stuck in the past after their ‘time machine’ is destroyed, our gang decide to explore, before quickly discovering that being young and black in the Jazz Age is a lot less genteel and a lot more shady than Downton Abbey had led them to believe.
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.
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.
Third series of the crime drama starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Baskhar as detectives who attempt to solve cold cases. Written by Chris Lang
Third Series of Ben Elton's sitcom starring David Mitchell as William Shakespeare.
A seven-part adaptation of William Makepeace Thackery's classic novel and starring Olivia Cooke as his timeless heroine Becky Sharp. The series is being adapted by Gwyneth Hughes and filming will begin in Budapest later this year.
Three-part drama based on the book A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies And A Murder Plot At The Heart Of The Establishment, by acclaimed journalist John Preston, the drama is written by Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, Queer As Folk, Cucumber). Hugh Grant stars as disgraced MP Jeremy Thorpe who, in 1979 was tried but acquitted of conspiring to murder his former partner.
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.
Inspired by a true story and written by Anna Symon, this three-part drama is set in 1960s London, 1940s London and India in the 1930s. Ruth Wilson is set to star.
Four-part adaptation of the classic novel by Wilkie Collins. Ben Hardy and Jessie Buckley have been cast in the lead roles whilst support will be provided by Charles Dance, Art Malik, Dougray Scott, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine.
Multi-stranded drama telling the story of World War Two through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of this global conflict. The first series of seven episodes tells the story of the first year of the war, starting with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ending with the Battle of Britain.