(Programmes from 8-11pm on BBC 1-4, C4-C5 & ITV)
The historian delves into the history of romance to uncover the forces shaping the happy ever after, revealing how people's most intimate thoughts and feelings have been affected by social, political and cultural ideas. Lucy begins in the Georgian age, when - after centuries of marriage being as much about business as love - women began to have an unprecedented degree of romantic freedom.
British, American and Soviet submarine crews recall their experiences of the Cold War, when their vessels engaged in perilous games of cat-and-mouse as each side battled to gain the tactical and technological advantage. The programme explores close encounters between the opposing navies that put lives at risk and servicemen talk about the pressures of lengthy underwater patrols that drove them to the edge of their physical and mental limits. Haydn Gwynne narrates.
Documentary profiling the Queen's sister, whose life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed Britain during the 20th century. With archive footage and interviews, the series follows Margaret's life as she redefined the image of the modern princess.
With access to a major new excavation on the Tintagel peninsula in Cornwall, Professor Alice Roberts pulls together the latest evidence to reveal what Dark Age Britain was really like. Long known to have been a Dark Ages settlement, the new evidence reveals that Tintagel was also a seat of power, and Alice explores the link between the location and Arthurian legend, tracking down the early sources for the period and the first written reference to King Arthur.
Alex Jones presents the living history series in which a group of women step back in time to experience factory life in the past. The year has moved on to 1973, when manufacturing output and productivity was at its highest since the war. The women are tasked with bright orange flares, a must-have fashion item of the decade, and with business booming, targets have to be met. However, when a male machinist joins the production line, his end-of-week pay packet sends shockwaves around the factory.
New series. Crime drama delving into the trials and triumphs of one of the 20th century's most iconic dynasties, the Gettys. In the opening episode, J Paul Getty Sr, one of the richest men in the world, looks to the rest of his family for an heir to his oil business after the shocking suicide of his eldest son. Starring Donald Sutherland and Harris Dickinson.
The satirist explores the nation's obsession with the past to reveal how and why the British have continually plundered the `olden days' to make sense of and shape the present. He begins by examining the various spins put on the lives of King Arthur and Alfred the Great through the ages. He finds out how Arthur has been variously depicted as a wild Celtic warlord, a chivalric hero and a piously questing king, while Alfred's character was manipulated to suit the purposes of tricky medieval lawyers, a Tudor archbishop and a Georgian Prince of Wales.
New series. Radio controlled plane enthusiasts from Britain and Germany are brought together by historian James Holland to recreate three pivotal days in the most famous aerial battle of the Second World War, using specially designed model aircraft that are able to shoot each other down. The re-enactment picks up from July 4 1940, just a month after the Dunkirk evacuation when bombing of British shipping began as a prelude to invasion.
How Britain was transformed during the Victorian era, including surprising stories behind iconic landmarks and the hidden heroes behind epic constructions.
New series. Comedy about William Shakespeare as he starts to make a name for himself in London while also trying to be a good husband and father for his family in Stratford-upon-Avon.
New series. Adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel about an amoral woman who cunningly manipulates her way to the top of Georgian high society, while the Napoleonic wars rage around her. Starring Olivia Cooke and Claudia Jessie, with Michael Palin appearing as Thackeray himself.
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
New series. Dr Yasmin Khan explores a collection of ship's passenger lists to trace the changing story of migration from the Indian subcontinent to Britain over three key decades. She begins by tracking down passengers who travelled from Mumbai, known, previously as Bombay, to Britain in the 1930s on P&O liner, The Viceroy of India.
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As Tate Liverpool celebrates its 30th anniversary, comedian and former art student Alexei Sayle assesses the gallery's impact on his home city. He also meets up with Tory grandee Lord Heseltine, the politician who was made Minister for Liverpool to try to solve the city's economic and social problems in the 1980s.
The series on art-history detective work returns
Documentary exploring the history of the British TV sitcom, from Hancock's Half Hour in the 1950s to the present day, revealing the inspiration behind some of the most enduring characters and how comedy has reflected changing attitudes in society. Narrated by Rebecca Front, and featuring contributions from writers and actors including Steve Coogan, Richard Curtis, James Corden, Graham Linehan, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
The making of Back to Black, the second and final studio album by singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, which was released in October 2006 to wide critical and commercial acclaim. Featuring singles Rehab, You Know I'm No Good, Back to Black, Tears Dry on Their Own and Love Is a Losing Game, the record has sold almost four million copies and is currently 13th in the list of best-selling albums in the UK.
The story of the singer-songwriter's acoustic performance on Irish TV show Other Voices, filmed at St James's Church in the remote south-western town of Dingle in 2006. Featuring interviews with some of the people she met on that day, including taxi driver Paddy Kennedy, her bass player Dale Davis and the Rev Mairt Hanley of the Other Voices church.
Documentary, making use of archived letters, writings and biographical material to tell the story of the life of Roald Dahl, in his own inimitable voice. From his time as a fighter pilot in the Second World War, through to his work as a spy and his encounters with Walt Disney and Theodore Roosevelt, the programme explores how Dahl's personal experiences may have informed the fantastical tales he would eventually publish, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. Includes contributions by Dahl's last wife Liccy, his daughter Lucy and biographer Donald Sturrock. Long-term collaborator Quentin Blake also provides new animated illustrations based on the events of Dahl's life.
Looters made the most of an opportunity when the MSC Napoli ran aground in January 2007, spilling its cargo on Branscombe beach in Devon. However, they were reviving a tradition that stretches back centuries - connecting coastal communities around Britain to a sinister profession. Author Bella Bathurst embarks on an epic journey from The Isles of Scilly to the Orkney Islands to explore wrecking.
Professor Nandini Das explores Hakluyt's Principle Navigations which records accounts of ventures in search of lucrative spices and dyes. It is a prototype for today's travel guides with advice, warnings, descriptions of remarkable people and a list of vocabulary to converse with foreigners. It became a book that all English seafarers kept on board ship.
Twenty-five years after the biggest riot in British penal history, this documentary brings together the ringleaders of the trouble and the prison guards they battled during the course of three weeks of anarchy - which brought HMP Strangeways to its knees. Former inmates of the Manchester facility describe the explosion of violence that erupted on April 1, 1990, when 1,600 of them escaped from their cells and ran amok, while prison officers recall fearing for their lives as they were driven out of the building, leaving the rioters inside to settle scores and hunt down sex offenders.
Vanessa Collingridge profiles the famous 18th-century navigator and chart-maker, who is regarded in some quarters as the greatest explorer in history, and in others as a ruthless conqueror. Following in his footsteps, she sets out to uncover the forces that drove him to success - and ultimately to his death.
Nicky Campbell investigates the ancestry of Corrie's best loved actors, including Sally Ann Matthews, who discovers she has a famous Weatherfield cousin. Plus, Kym Marsh finds a mysterious link to the Iberian Peninsula, and Bill Roache is reunited with a long-lost cousin. Other familiar faces taking part include Simon Gregson, Cherylee Houston, Nicola Thorp, Katie McGlynn, Connie Hyde, Melanie Hill and Peter Gunn. Discoveries made within the programme could make the cast change the way they understand their own lives.
Documentary investigating the massacre in West Belfast in August 1971, in which 11 people died when British troops opened fire on Catholic residents. The film presents evidence suggesting that, contrary to the claims of the army at the time, all of the victims were innocent and unarmed. The families of the dead accuse Britain's elite Parachute Regiment of carrying out the shootings, the same regiment which, less than six months later, was to shoot dead 13 unarmed people on what became known the world over as Bloody Sunday.
BBC diplomatic editor and former army officer Mark Urban examines the exploits of six members of the 5th Royal Tank Regiment during the Second World War, beginning in northern France, where in 1940 rookie driver Gerry Solomon joined veterans including Jake Wardrop and Harry Finlayson. He follows in the soldiers' tracks across the deserts of North Africa, where he looks at the battles of Sidi Rezegh, Alam el Halfa and El Alamein, which changed the course of the conflict. With archive footage, including rarely seen colour film, as well as first-hand testimony from surviving veterans and letters and diaries.
Dan Snow embarks on a grime-filled journey through the histories of three of the world's leading modern cities.
Matthew Sweet looks at the libertinism that was rife in 18th-century London in the form of prostitutes, erotic entrepreneurs and a wide range of sex clubs. The culture was also characterised by risque ballads and the circulation of licentious pamphlets and lascivious prints.
Dr Hannah Fry and a virtual host present a new way of making television as the BBC's Research and Development uses Artificial intelligence to delve into the treasures of the BBC Archive. Computers trawl through more than quarter of a million shows using a variety of machine-learning techniques, and are let loose to create new mini BBC Four-style programmes-within-a-programme.
The origins of table tennis, from its first appearance as an English parlour game to becoming one of the most popular sports in Asia. The programme looks back to the sport's heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, when crowds gathered at Wembley to watch players such as Johnny Leach, and profiles its greatest maverick, Marty `the Needle' Reisman.
Following the 1993 Warrington bomb attack by the IRA in which their son Tim died, grieving couple Wendy and Colin Parry form an unlikely alliance with Dublin housewife Sue McHugh to try to bring about peace in Northern Ireland. Fact-based drama, starring Vicky McClure, Anna Maxwell Martin and Daniel Mays.
Fergal Keane explores Ireland's cultural, economic and social history, documenting its role on the international stage.
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.
Maxine Peake explores of the story of the Hull woman who led a campaign for safer trawlers after three vessels sank within 10 days of one another in 1968 with the loss of 58 lives. Featuring dramatic reconstructions based on Peake's own stage play, starring Helen Carter as Bilocca.
Drama charting the early years of one of Britain's best comedy double acts, focusing on the influence of Eric Morecambe's mother Sadie (Victoria Wood). A chance meeting on the children's variety circuit sees the start of an unlikely friendship and Eric soon becomes the funnyman to Ernie Wise's `feed'. But as they grow older, the duo struggle to make their way in mainstream entertainment with a few dubious tours and an ill-advised TV series that has the critics gunning for them. Daniel Rigby and Bryan Dick star as Eric and Ernie, with Jim Moir (better known to comedy fans as Vic Reeves) and Reece Shearsmith as their fathers.
Series tracking down lost and hidden paintings from local museums and galleries.
The younger son of George V struggles to cope with an uncontrollable stammer, prompting his wife to enlist the aid of an eccentric Australian speech therapist. The support and friendship of the doctor prove invaluable when a crisis places the repressed prince on the throne, just as the outbreak of the Second World War leaves the country in need of a strong king. Oscar-winning fact-based drama, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce.
Neil Oliver visits Bronze and Iron Age sites that were important to ancient Britons.
Series in which celebrities trace their ancestry, discovering secrets and surprises from their past.
As Henry VIII's court artist, Hans Holbein the Younger witnessed and recorded one of the most notorious eras in English history, painting major characters of the age including Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell, as well as creating one of the most famous images of the king himself. In this programme, Waldemar Januszczak looks at the life and career of an artist who became famous for bringing the Tudor age to life, exploring where he came from and examining the dark and unsettling secrets hidden in his work.
In a unique science experiment, Dr George McGavin and Dr Zoe Laughlin are given unprecedented access to one of the UK's largest landfill sites to investigate the history of rubbish.
BBC Asian Network DJ Bobby Friction tells the story of how British Asians came of age, as they found their voice and celebrated their identity through Bhangra music. He recounts the rise and history of the genre across Britain in the 1980s, and encounters some legends of the scene, including Dhol drummer Gurcharan Mall from band Apna Sangeet.
West Side Story is one of the best-loved musicals of all time, with its timeless story and exhilarating dance and music continuing to excite audiences around the globe. Songs such as Maria, Somewhere, Tonight and America having become some of the biggest hits in showbusiness and yet the musical had an uneasy birth and was even turned away by producers when it was first put together in the 1950s. In this documentary, Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli and Radio 3 presenter Suzy Klein examine the origins of West Side Story, which brought together the talents of Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins.
Twelve-year-old Meena strikes up an unlikely friendship with blonde teenage tearaway Anita. Despite their ethnic and social differences, the girls manage to support each other through difficult times while their families cope with life's problems. Comedy drama set in a Midlands village in the 1970s and based on the novel by Meera Syal, starring Chandeep Uppal, Anna Brewster, Max Beesley, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kathy Burke, Lynn Redgrave and Ayesha Dharker.
The documentary focuses on wartime Hull and the consequences of a specific bomb that fell on the city's 6th Avenue, flattening two houses and changing the lives of two families for ever
The story of a British Asian family across three generations is explored through song. The story is told from the point of view of Jyoti, who fled Idi Amin's reign in Uganda as a child in 1972 to make a new home in Leicester, and who 30 years later would witness the birth of her great niece in the city. The programme tells the story of all 90 members of the family, and how they have balanced maintaining their Hindu culture with adapting to British society.
Dan Cruickshank investigates the story of James Annesley, a 12-year-old boy snatched from the streets of Dublin in 1728 and sent to work on a plantation in America. After 13 years of hard labour, he earned enough money to secure a passage to Britain and challenge his uncle in court, accusing him of masterminding his kidnapping to steal a lucrative inheritance. The story, which helped inspire Robert Louis Stevenson's book Kidnapped, revealed several unpleasant truths about 18th-century society.
Historian Jonathan Foyle examines the often contradictory character of the Tudor monarch. Henry ordered the killing of writers and the demolition of ancient monasteries during his reign, yet was a cultured man who brought the Renaissance to England with a major building programme, tapestry collection and genuine love of the arts.
Suzanne Packer narrates the story of Victorian aristocrat John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the third Marquess of Bute, who financed the construction of distinctive Welsh landmarks including the gothic Cardiff Castle, and Castell Coch. One of the richest men in his era, Lord Bute had a passion for architecture, but is also reported to have been a forward-thinking intellectual who supported women's right and striking miners, and Suzanne explores how Wales became the beneficiary of this visionary Scottish lord's extravagant tastes.
British Crime drama centered around a historical crime, unravelling secrets left buried for years. The programme follows two London detectives DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan, as they work to solve cases involving disappearances and murders.
Victoria Coren Mitchell narrates this Timeshift documentary telling the story of how Britain's phone network was built over the course of 100 years, from early call boxes to the Post Office Tower, and its impact on the public.
Rob Bell reveals the secrets of the historic ships that shaped the nation. He begins with the story of HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson's personal flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. When Victory was built more than 40 years previously, she was the largest warship in the world with firepower equivalent to a whole army on land. However, Rob discovers that this titan of the seas was very nearly scrapped long before the battle that would ultimately seal her place in history.
Dr Suzannah Lipscomb reveals some of the unexpected dangers lurking in the ever-changing homes of Britain in the 1950s. For the first time, moulded plywood furniture, fibreglass, plastics and polyester were becoming fixtures of domestic life, having all been developed and created during the Second World War. However, even as this bright new era of social change progressed, bringing higher living standards and improved technologies, new, unprecedented hazards were finding their way into everyday life.
Rob Bell revisits lines decommissioned in the 1960s and celebrates the new life that has been created from their remains. He begins his quest in Scotland, journeying along the old route from Elgin to Portsoy, a line that served the fishing and whisky industries. Rob wonders at the formidable Elgin station, which still stands strong, before tracking the line along the coast. Lossiemouth once saw sherry barrels aplenty and vast quantities of fish along its route, and the picturesque docks still betray the presence of steel track right up to the water's edge.
Engineer Rob Bell sets out on a journey to discover how six of Britain's most stunning bridges were designed and built. Completed in 1890, the Forth Rail Bridge now carries around 200 trains every day. The last of the great Victorian engineering triumphs, it has grown to symbolise Scotland as much as Edinburgh Castle, bagpipes or kilts. But, as Rob learns, this incredible engineering achievement was born from the tragedy of the 1879 Tay Bridge disaster, and 73 deaths were connected with its construction and immediate aftermath.
Announced, but no air date set
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* 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.
Single drama focusing on the lead up to the big Brexit vote starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings; the head strategist of the Vote Leave Campaign and Rory Kinnear as David Cameron's Director of Communications Craig Oliver. Further cast includes Liz White, Kyle Soller and Lee Boardman.
Three more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama
Three-part adaptation of Eugene McCabe's novel from The Fall 's Alan Cubitt; the drama is a riveting twenty-four hour story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, set in the beautiful, haunting countryside of Fermanagh in 1885.
Second series of Lisa Magee's semi-autobiographical sitcom.
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.
Eight-part period drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright telling the remarkable life story of landowner Anne Lister. Suranne Jones is set to play Anne Lister whilst further cast includes Stephanie Cole, Timothy West, Gemma Jones, Gemma Whelan, Jodi May, Rosie Cavaliero, Vincent Franklin and Shaun Dooley.
Fourth series of the period crime drama which will feature the final appearance from James Norton in his role as Sidney Chambers whilst Robson Green, Tessa Peake-Jones and Kacey Ainsworth. Tom Brittney will replace Norton as Grantchester's newest clergyman Reverend Will Davenport.
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.
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).
One-off fact-based drama looking at a bike courier who racked up thousands of pounds in debt and ultimately took his own life. Chance Perdomo stars in the lead role whilst Craig Parkinson plays the bailiff pursuing him and Juliet Cowan plays his mother.
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.
Andrew Davies's adaptation of Jane Austen's uncompleted novel which focuses on the relationship between the unconventional Charlotte Heywood and the slightly wild Sidney Parker in the eponymous seaside town of the title.
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 historical drama starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes.
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.
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.
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.