The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry talk about their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and pay tribute to the many ways her influence has shaped their lives. The brothers share some of their earliest memories of her, recall the final contact they had with her before her death in August 1997 and discuss their feelings in the aftermath of that event. Featuring contributions from Elton John, Rihanna and Diana's brother, Earl Spencer.
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.
Maritime historian Dr Sam Willis reveals the stories behind some of the shipwrecks that surround Britain's coastline.
Four modern confectioners relive the world of historical sweets, making treats that have not been tasted in centuries from original recipes.
Documentary shedding light on the emotional fallout of the murder of Sarah Payne, the eight-year-old girl who was kidnapped and killed in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex in 2000. Two weeks after her disappearance, Sarah's body was found, and after a high-profile police investigation, Roy Whiting was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Testimonies from friends, family, police officers, key witnesses and experts in criminology are combined with an interview with Sarah's mother, to illustrate the tragic toll the case took on those closest to the victim
In May 2012, eight British-Pakistani men and an Afghan asylum-seeker were found guilty of the grooming, rape and sex trafficking of underage teenage girls in Rochdale, but it turned out that police and social services had known about the abusers for years and that the scandal went far beyond the Greater Manchester town. This feature-length documentary features testimonies from victims whose stories have not been told before and includes interviews with people who spoke out on behalf of the girls
New series. The Victorian crime drama returns for its fifth and final series. Only days after the murder of Inspector Bennet Drake, his friends Edmund Reid, Homer Jackson and Long Susan are drawn together to bring his murderer - a new serial killer stalking Whitechapel's streets - to justice. But they themselves are now being hunted by the police and Assistant Commissioner Augustus Dove has hired Jedediah Shine to take charge of Leman Street police station. Starring Matthew Macfadyen.
New series. The popular period drama based on the novels of Winston Graham returns. The year is 1794, and Ross Poldark throws himself into the business of repairing Nampara, and rebuilding his relationship with Demelza. However, Elizabeth's pregnancy continues to cast a shadow over the pair's marriage. Young Geoffrey Charles is placed in the care of a new governess, and he and Poldark bond over their shared hatred of George. Meanwhile, Demelza visits her dying father at the behest of her brothers, who have taken up Methodism, and Elizabeth places both her own life and that of her unborn child in danger when she tries to hide the fact that she has gone into labour early. Starring Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson and Heida Reed.
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
Series in which celebrities trace their ancestry, discovering secrets and surprises from their past.
(may still be available to UK residents on "Catch Up")
Lyse Doucet and Alex Crawford join Melvyn Bragg as he explores the extraordinary impact British television has made on the nation's culture since its first great unifying moment - the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Filmed at Bafta, Bragg and his interviewees highlight the way television has reflected and influenced Great Britain as a whole, challenging authority, redefining celebrity, and evolving the concept of democracy
Documentary celebrating the Forth Road Bridge, one of Scotland's great landmarks and the biggest of its kind when it opened in 1964. The film includes the recollections of those who built the bridge, the memories of former ferry workers and old home-movie footage.
Documentary telling the tale of the ups and downs of Raleigh bikes, using personal testimony and rare and previously unseen archive film. Born in the back streets of Nottingham in 1888, Raleigh grew to become the biggest bicycle manufacturer in the world and, for more than a century, was known for its simple and practical bikes.
Clare Balding uncovers the hidden history of women's football. A hundred years ago, the women's game dominated the headlines and attracted crowds of up to 60,000. The star players everyone wanted to see were teenage striker Lily Parr and her teammate Alice Woods, and the most popular team in England was Dick, Kerr's Ladies. Clare reveals how women's football teams grew out of munitions factories during the First World War where women had replaced men sent into battle. It also uncovers an untold chapter in the fight for equality waged at a time when women ruled the pitch.
In the year 793, Europe changed for ever when the famous monastery at Lindisfarne on the Northumbrian coast was suddenly attacked and looted by seafaring Scandinavians. Alice Roberts examines how the story of the Vikings has been portrayed on TV since the 1960s. She investigates how the focus has shifted from viewing them as brutal barbarians to pioneering traders, able to integrate into multiple cultures. She also considers how their huge trading empire spread and their surprising legacy in the modern world.
Janina Ramirez explores the long-lasting effects of Viking culture on the British Isles through interpretations of a selection of archaeological items from the Swedish National Museum, which are now on display in Edinburgh.
Historian Dr Janina Ramirez investigates the development of Anglo-Saxon art. Examining the Sutton Hoo treasures the Franks Casket, the Staffordshire Hoard and the Lindisfarne Gospels, she uncovers the secret codes and symbols that reveal the pagan past and Christian future of the Anglo-Saxon people, and discusses how their artistic development was brought to an end by the Norman invasion of 1066.
Tribute to the actress, exploring her rise to fame in the 1960s as the star of the Carry On films and later renaissance in the 1990s as EastEnders' indomitable landlady Peggy Mitchell. Her life has been as interesting off-screen as on it, from her association with the notorious Kray twins and fiery first marriage to local `bad boy' Ronnie Knight, to her famously close friendship with Carry On co-star Kenneth Williams and affair with Sid James. Featuring contributions from Michael Sheen, Bernard Cribbins, Ross Kemp, Pam St Clement and June Brown.
Rick Wakeman offers a first-hand account of rockers on the road from the late 1950s onwards, recalling the golden age of touring - a secret history of transport cafes, transit vans, B&Bs, sleepless roadies and loved ones left at home. The musician and tour bus aficionado also reflects on the audiences, both good and bad, and the gigs themselves, from the early variety package to the pubs, clubs and stadiums. With contributions by Suzi Quatro and members of Dr Feelgood, the Shadows, the Pretty Things, Fairport Convention, Happy Mondays, Aswad, Girlschool and the Damned
As Brexit Britain prepares to draw up new rules on who is welcome in the UK, Ian Hislop explores the decades from the Victorian era to the First World War, when modern Britain introduced its first peacetime restrictions on immigration. Until then, the Victorians had an open door to foreigners, but rising numbers in the late 19th-century triggered a fierce disagreement over who should be allowed in, mirroring the ongoing modern-day debate.
Broadcaster David Dimbleby sails his yacht Rocket around the British coastline, exploring different aspects of the nation's maritime history, art and architecture along the way.
A 1979 edition of the old-time music hall programme, chaired by Leonard Sachs. John Inman, Rita Morris, the Balladiers, John Wade, Julie Royce, Duo Barodies, Raymond Bowers and members of The Players' Theatre, London, entertain an audience from the stage of the Leeds City Varieties. First shown on March 1, 1979.
Historian Sam Willis charts the stories of Britain's castles and their roles in the country's history, art and literature. He begins by looking at the structure's first appearance during Norman rule in 1066, and then at the siege of Kenilworth Castle 200 years later, revealing how it was initially used as an instrument of invasion, but soon became a weapon with which unruly barons challenged the crown. He also visits Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, the place where King Arthur is said to have been conceived.
Tom Jones fronts the first of four retrospective documentaries in which celebrated musicians look back at the decades that defined them. For Tom, that decade is the 1950s, the era following the austerity of the Second World War that saw a boom in popular culture, which swept aside the old order and ushered in a new era of entertainment. The veteran singer provides a first-hand guide to his formative years in a small mining community in south Wales, revealing how he - much like many people of his generation - turned to TV, movies, radio and music to find a voice for himself. Revisiting Treforest and Pontypridd, where he spent his childhood and teenage years, Tom recalls his joy when rationing finally ended, his encounter with American GIs stationed near his home, and the arrival of rock `n' roll and the `Teddy Boys'. Includes contributions by writers Joan Bakewell, Katherine Whitehorn and Michele Hanson, and historians Alwyn Turner, Dr Martin Johnes, Tony Russell and Francis Beckett.
A celebration of the singer's performances, from the start of his career in the 1960s to his appearance on Later with Jools Holland just before he celebrated his 70th birthday in 2010. The programme includes archive footage of the Welshman's appearances on The Dusty Springfield Show and Top of the Pops.
Documentary exploring the life of the Clyde-built ship, from the maiden voyage in May 1936 to New York, and her 1939 role in the Battle of the Atlantic, to her current status as a floating luxury hotel and museum in Long Beach, California. Among the contributors are singer Johnny Mathis.
A frontier drama focusing on the first British settlers in America in 1619.
Documentary examining the famous Second World War evacuation of Allied soldiers - codenamed Operation Dynamo - from the beaches of Dunkirk, France, between May 26 and June 4, 1940. Recently released Ministry of Defence files reveal that, far from being absent as many historians have believed, the RAF was suffering massive losses supporting the evacuation. Operating at high altitude and deep inside France, RAF planes were halting the bulk of Luftwaffe bombers before they could reach the beaches. The files also reveal that the famous Spitfire took flight for the first time during the mission, and the agile fighter was a spectacular success.
A look at the year that saw the Brighton hotel bombing, Torvill and Dean win gold at the Winter Olympics with their famous Bolero routine, the death of comedian Eric Morecambe and Virgin Atlantic Airways make its inaugural flight. Featuring hits by Black Lace, Cyndi Lauper, Sade and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
To celebrate its 90th birthday, Barbara Flynn narrates the story of the nation's love affair with the Flying Scotsman - arguably the most famous locomotive in the world, and one that symbolises all that was great about British engineering. In 2004, public donations and grants were used to purchase the train and keep it in Britain, where the National Railway Museum has been working to restore it to its former glory. First shown in 2013.
A look at the events of 1994, when the Church of England ordained its first female priests, the first UK National Lottery draw took place, and the Channel Tunnel opened between England and France. The untimely death of Labour Party leader John Smith paved the way for Tony Blair and New Labour, while police in Gloucester began excavating below the home of Fred and Rose West, suspects in at least 12 murders. This was also the year actress Gillian Taylforth unsuccessfully sued The Sun after it alleged she performed a sex act with her boyfriend in a car.
Stephen Fry is joined by seven fellow celebrities to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised private homosexual acts between men. The group explores the histories of several buildings that became cornerstones in the battle for gay rights in the UK. The Rev Richard Coles revisits the hedonistic past of London's Heaven Nightclub, while Mary Portas visits Shibden Hall near Halifax to celebrate the life of 19th-century lesbian heiress Anne Lister. Craig Revel Horwood investigates Britain's drag scene at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and Simon Callow tells the story of Oscar Wilde's downfall at the Old Bailey. Plus, Rikki Beadle-Blair visit the Theatre Royal Haymarket to remember how the British public showed their support for John Gielgud after he was arrested for cottaging, and Liz Carr takes in Bletchley Park, the one-time home of Alan Turing. Finally, Waheed Alli tells the story of recent battles for gay right in the Houses of Parliament.
Documentary about the Irish artefacts that have helped to shape and create modern Ireland, both north and south. Alice Roberts and Gavin Hughes uncover the tales behind treasures such as the Tara Brooch, the Broighter Hoard, the Waterford Charter Roll and others.
Collection of archive performances by artists including the Kinks, Roxy Music, Elton John, New York Dolls, Queen, Sparks and Rod Stewart. Plus, a rediscovered recording of David Bowie singing The Jean Genie from January 1973
Award-winning director Patrick Forbes goes beyond the headlines to film the battle to govern Britain, after last year's Referendum vote on 23rd June 2016. Filmed over one extraordinary year since the public voted to leave the European Union, it is a story of low politics, high ambition and bitter personal animosities, with the biggest decision the country has faced in decades at stake. Can the Prime Minister tame the judges, the opposition, and finally the public to deliver Brexit?
Docu-drama telling the story of the Conservative Party's 2016 leadership campaign, from the day David Cameron resigned to the day Theresa May became Prime Minister. Based on exhaustive research and first-person testimonies, this dramatised narrative goes beyond the headlines to lay bare the politicking and positioning, betrayals and blunders of this extraordinary political time. The programme also features key interviews with people who were intimately involved in the campaigns of the main contenders
The little-known story of Spitfire pilots and Allied technicians whose work helped to thwart the Nazis during the Second World War. The programme reveals how stereoscopic 3D photographs were used to help interpreters map every contour of the enemy's territory, and uses personal testimony, computer-generated imagery and original wartime pictures to detail how the initiative was able to uncover some of Hitler's most dangerous secrets. Narrated by Samantha Bond.
The life and career of the comedy actor, told by those who knew him well, from his son, daughter and daughter-in-law to famous friends including Stephen Frears, Ricky Tomlinson, Leslie Phillips, Honor Blackman and Vera Lynn.
The first of a two-part documentary in which people share the items that have defined their lives in the 50 years since homosexuality was partially decriminalised in 1967. They include a rare collection of the first openly gay magazine - featuring the rising young singer David Bowie - to letters from worried parents of newly `out' daughters and sons. Presented by Stephen K Amos and Susan Calman.
Thanks to the advent of rail, moving produce around at speed suddenly became possible, allowing fresh meat, wet fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables to be widely available. With a new system of rapid transport it was now possible for London to enjoy food supplies from all corners of the nation. As Liz McIvor reveals, Victorian men and women developed a taste for one particular dish that would be popular with the masses for generations to come - fish and chips.
Announced, but no air date set
Drama documentary tells the story of the Conservative Party’s 2016 leadership campaign, from the day David Cameron resigned to the day Theresa May became Prime Minister.
Five-part series fronted by Paul Hollywood. Travelling down memory lane Paul will visit the kitchens that inspired him and the chefs who taught him. From his Merseyside roots to the Bake Off tent he will be cooking some brand new treats and reminiscing over the delicious recipes that represent pivotal moments in his life. Not only will the series showcase the skills and expertise he has mastered and but it will allow viewers to get to know more about the man himself.
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.
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)
Factual based drama starring Daniel Mays as privately gay journalist Peter Wildeblood whose lover Eddie McNally ended up giving evidence against him in one of the most famous trials of the 1950s. The drama is set to co-star Mark Gatiss and Charlie Creed-Miles.
Drama set around a failing family-run beauty salon based in Manchester from Cutting It and Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield
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.
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.
One-off drama based on the critically acclaimed memoirs of journalist Sathnam Sanghera. Born to Punjabi parents in the West Midlands, the book is his account of his childhood in 1980s Wolverhampton, and facing up to a bunch of painful family secrets and truths in his twenties - not least that his father and sister had suffered from schizophrenia - and that he was going to defy expectations of an arranged marriage.
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 Inspector Morse prequel returns for a fifth series and this time has an extended run of six ninety minute episodes. Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser and Dakota Blue Richards will all be reprising their roles.
New three-part series centring around the 1605 Gunpowder plot and focusing on the ringleader of the conspiracy Robert Catesby who will be portrayed by Kit Harrington. Ronan Bennett's drama will also feature performances from Peter Mullan, Mark Gattis and Liv Tyler.
Third series of Sally Wainwright's gripping crime drama.
A one-off film starring Rafe Spall as Harry Price, a real life Ghost Hunter and sceptic who investigated tales of the paranormal in 1920s London. The film is written by Jack Lothian and Spall's co-stars include Cara Theobold, Richie Campbell, Tom Ward and Zoe Boyle
Four-part series based on the classic novel by EM Forster and adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Kenneth Lonegran.
Peter Moffat's semi-autobiographical series tells the story of his father's life as an officer in the military police and his mother's struggles to do what was expected of her.
Three-part adaptation of the classic novel. Adapted by Heidi Thomas of Call the Midwife.
Two-part drama from best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale that tells two gay love stories, sixty years apart - stories linked by family, and by a painting that holds a secret that echoes down the generations.
3-part adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ rollicking adventure yarn and powerful love story about the theft of an Indian jewel by a British army officer at the storming of a Maharajah’s palace.
Two-part drama from Guy Hibbert focusing on a young Asian woman (Katie Leung) discovering the truth about her family's history.
2-part romantic coming-of-age story set in booming post-war Britain. The novel has been published in 22 countries and was awarded the Costa First Novel Award as well as being an Orange Prize for Fiction finali
New sitcom written by Rev's James Wood and focusing on the weird and wonderful world of Victorian medicine. Mathew Baynton, Rory Kinnear, Tom Basden and Lydia Leonard form the central cast of this six-part series whilst guest stars will include Rupert Everett.
One-off drama from Jimmy McGovern starring Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin focusing on the story of one man's struggle to take on the British Prime Minister during the Iraq War
Eight-part period drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright telling the remarkable life story of landowner Anne Lister
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.
One-off biopic from Jeff Pope telling the story of Laurel and Hardy's 1953 UK tour.
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.
Third series of the crime drama starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Baskhar as detectives who attempt to solve cold cases. Written by Chris Lang
Second series of Ben Elton's Shakespeare sitcom starring David Mitchell and Harry Enfield
Second series of the period drama starring Jenna Coleman
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.