(daily 9-11pm on BBC 1 - 4, ITV, C4 & C5 only)
David Olusoga traces the house's fortunes in the 18th and 19th centuries. He begins by investigating the death of owner Joseph Holbrook, and discovering why his daughter was written out of the will. A later resident of the home rises to become mayor in the 1830s, but had to find a way to prevent riots that had ravaged the city years earlier from occurring again. David also delves into the life of a servant who worked in the house in the 1870s, only to leave domestic servitude for an abusive marriage, and discovers how a successful teacher who later owned the house ended up committed to an asylum.[Series 3 - Episode 2 of 4]
Lucy Worsley investigates how George II's family fought the French, the Jacobites and one another at the same time. She examines his troubles with his son Frederick, Prince of Wales, and the way he led from the front on the battlefield, becoming the last British monarch to do so, and helped turn the country into a global superpower. Last in the series.[Series 1 - Episode 3 of 3] REPEAT
Despite Miss Bingley's efforts to keep them apart, Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship grows more affectionate - until bad news arrives from Longbourn about Lydia and Wickham. Jane Austen adaptation, starring Jennifer Ehle, Colin Firth and Julia Sawalha.[Series 1 - Episode 5 of 6] REPEAT
Michael Portillo explores how British rule led to armed rebellion in the USA, and a loyalty in Canada that lasted until the very end of the Empire. On Long Island, Michael visits The Brewster House, a former tavern where British soldiers met and talked freely during the Revolutionary War, unaware that it was run by George Washington's Culper Spy Ring. He also calls in at Fort Niagara, where he learns how the native peoples of North America saw their tribes and families torn apart as they picked sides, shedding blood on behalf of either the crown or the patriots. Last in the series.[Series 1 - Episode 4 of 4]
Sybil Ruscoe and Jenny Powell present the edition first shown on September 28, featuring performances by Wet Wet Wet, the Beautiful South, Gloria Estefan, Sydney Youngblood, Kate Bush, Erasure, Black Box and Karyn White.
The journalist examines the post-Thatcher years, considering the nation's final shift from an imperial power to an island at the heart of a strong world economy. He also recalls noteworthy developments under the leadership of John Major and Tony Blair, including Black Wednesday and the increasing awareness of global warming. Last in the series.[Series 1 - Episode 5 of 5 "New Britannia"]
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Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull travel around Britain, exploring scientific breakthroughs from the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era.
Documentary charting the changing face of Britain's canals after the Second World War, as enthusiasts fought to save the inland waterways from destruction - despite facing strong opposition from the government. Amateur and professional footage illustrates the canals' transformation from industrial thoroughfares to tourist attractions during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as efforts to restore and preserve the network's locks and boats. Narrated by Gina McKee.
Historian Dr Sam Willis reveals a remarkable story of invasion in Britain, spanning thousands of years.
Michael Wood tells the story of one place, the Leicestershire village of Kibworth, throughout the whole of English history.
Examining the popularity of family drama series All Creatures Great and Small, which followed the adventures of rural Yorkshire vet James Herriot (played by Christopher Timothy), and whose mix of nostalgia, romance, eccentric characters and stunning scenery could be said to have set the template for several Sunday night dramas that would be aired in years to come. However, the cast and crew reveal things were often much less cosy behind the scenes, thanks to accidents, cantankerous actors and the limited supply of source material. Narrated by Meera Syal.
James Herriot visits Yorkshire seeking work as a vet with Siegfried Farnon's practice, but his interview becomes a baptism of fire when goes out on the rounds in the Dales countryside. The first episode of the drama, starring Christopher Timothy and Robert Hardy.
James discovers the downside of life as a vet when the post-mortem results for Lord Hulton's horse arrive, while Siegfried's younger brother Tristan comes back from college and James is introduced to Mrs Pumphrey and her dog Tricki Woo. [Series 1 - Episode 1 & 2 of 13 "Horse Sense" & "Dog Days"]
Documentary telling the story of the Irish band led by Bob Geldof, who scored hits in the late 1970s and early 80s with the likes of Rat Trap and I Don't Like Mondays, before disbanding a year after Geldof's hugely successful Live Aid event in 1985. The group reformed in 2013 and released their seventh studio album in March 2020.
Documentary charting the history of the high-security psychiatric hospital from the Victorian era to the present day, examining the diverse treatments and regimes that have been applied during the 150 years it has been in operation.
Tom Baker narrates a programme examining the evolution of the loaf in Britain and how the bread that people consumed in the past had a lot to say about their social status. From the time when white bread was exclusively for the rich, to the moment when dietary experts recommended brown loaves for better health, this documentary explains how habits in buying and eating bread have changed.
Documentary in which Daniel Vernon tries to track down Ike White, a musical prodigy who was serving life in prison for murder when he was given the opportunity to record an album. The resulting record Changin' Times came out in 1976 and following his release from prison, Whiteseemed to be on the path to redemption, but just as he was charting a course to stardom, he disappeared.
Michael Buerk narrates a documentary looking at landmark concepts and structures from the Victorian era that transformed the nation, examining sewers, bridges and trains, including London's underground. The programme also looks at advancements in hospitals and surgery, the ships that changed trading pathways for ever, and holidays
The female employees making upholstery for a 1960s British car firm campaign for the right to equal pay, only for the company to declare their work is `unskilled'. The women embark on a national protest, taking their grievance all the way to the government and demanding a change in the law. Fact-based comedy drama, starring Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson and Bob Hoskins.
Lucy Worsley tells the story of the Royal photograph, showing how the Royal family worked with generations of photographers to create images that reinvented the British monarchy.
Documentary revisiting the career of Dusty Springfield, the renowned pop diva famous for classic songs such as You Don't Have to Say You Love Me and Son of a Preacher Man. Archive footage shot in both the UK and the US provides an illuminating insight into her glamorous but private personal life, and contributions from her protective inner circle of friends highlight the Dusty behind the panda eyes and blonde beehive. Includes interviews with Tom Jones, Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Lulu and Neil Tennant.
The story of VE Day in 1945, told through the eyewitness accounts and cine films of ordinary people. Amateur film-makers recorded remarkable scenes, with some of it in glorious colour. Now, rarely seen footage, captured by amateurs and stored away for decades, charts the extraordinary events of May 8 when the entire nation took to the streets. Shots include events in the heart of the madness in central London, village life in Chapeltown on the outskirts of Sheffield and reaction in , Tyne and Wear.
Drama telling the story of one of Britain's greatest heroines, focusing on the aftermath of the Crimean War. Disgusted at the needless suffering of servicemen, the nurse badgered the authorities into allowing her to investigate conditions in military hospitals, little suspecting the effect her findings would have on her own emotional state and the future of her profession. Laura Fraser and Roy Hudd star.
Ben Macintyre revisits the story of wartime double agent Eddie Chapman, the subject matter of his best-selling book Agent Zigzag. He reveals how, during the Second World War, Chapman was able to dupe Nazi Germany so successfully that he was awarded the Iron Cross, the country's most prestigious decoration. Includes footage from an interview the former spy gave three years before his death in 1997.
The broadcaster investigates Winston Churchill's lifelong love for painting and reveals the ways in which his hobby helped shape his career as politician and statesman. Andrew travels to the south of France and Morocco to discovers how the former PM's serious approach to the craft of led to friendships with major British artists of the 20th century, and he finds out how a single painting may have influenced the course of the Second World War.
The Private Eye editor explores the history of dishonest news reporting over the past 200 years, investigating how the rivalry between press barons Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst may have contributed to an actual war. The programme also looks at the influence of technology, from early trick photography to modern deepfakes, and features the owner of a Washington pizza parlour who has been on the receiving end of one of the modern world's most infamous conspiracy theories.
Swashbuckling series in which Dr Sam Willis charts the great age of the British outlaw.
From where they began as the Drifters to the backing band for Cliff Richard, and on to their huge success as the Shadows, this documentary celebrates the band's achievements across 60 years in what has been a time of constant change within social, cultural and musical landscapes. The Shadows were at the forefront of the UK beat boom generation and the first backing band to emerge as big stars in their own right and this programme features unseen archive, personal testimony, interviews with Cliff Richard, band members Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett and some of those they influenced, including Brian May, David Gilmour and Pete Townshend. Narrated by Gina McKee.
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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.
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?
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.
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.
One more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama
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.
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.
Third series of Sally Wainwright's gripping crime drama..
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.
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
A second series of Tom Hardy's atmospheric period drama.
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.
Fourth series of Chris Lang's crime drama starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
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.