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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

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (in USA)
A tale of women's empowerment, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi tells the true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857.
Director: Swati Bhise
Stars: Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Jodhi May, Nathaniel Parker

The Aeronauts
Pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon.
Director: Tom Harper
Stars: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Phoebe Fox

Downton Abbey 
The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century.
Director: Michael Engler
Writer: Julian Fellowes (characters)
Stars: Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern

Judy 
Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.
Director: Rupert Goold
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell

Official Secrets 
The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Director: Gavin Hood
Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Katherine Kelly, Ralph Fiennes








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Emma (Feb.21 2020)
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








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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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Queen's Worst Year: Inside Buckingham Palace - C5 (22 Jan. 10:30pm)
The first of two documentaries going behind-the-scenes at Buckingham Palace to find out what life is like beyond its grand exterior. The programmes look back at the 60 years since the Queen's Coronation and explores what might happen to the palace when Prince Charles takes the throne. The opening instalment examines the young Queen's ascent to the throne at the age of 25, Philip's extended overseas visit, and the serious security threats in the 1970s. It also explores the battles between Charles and Diana, Anne and Andrew's divorce [sic], and the use of the palace as a royal stage.

​Top of the Pops: 1989 - BBC 4 (24 Jan. 7:30pm)
​Gary Davies and Anthea Turner present the edition first shown on January 26, featuring performances by Then Jerico, Adeva, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, Mica Paris and Will Downing, Bobby Brown, Level 42, Sheena Easton, Ten City, Brother Beyond, Marc Almond and Gene Pitney, and Milli Vanilli.

Grantchester - ITV (24 Jan. 9:00pm)
Will and Ellie go on their first date with a trip to the flicks. However, a scream from the projection booth cuts the romance short as they discover a brutal murder has taken place within the cinema. Geordie arrives to investigate and soon they've found movie star connections, oddball employees and a link to the Asian subcontinent, as a shadowy figure emerges from Jack Chapman's past and refuses to retreat without causing a stir. Cathy's mother takes the children out for the day, which ends up worrying Cathy far more than it should. Robson Green, Tom Brittney, Lauren Carse and Kacey Ainsworth star.[Series 5 - Episode 3 of 6]

Tony Robinson's History of Britain - C5 (25 Jan. 8:00pm)
The actor meets Eastender Babs Clark, who was just eight when the Second World War began. Like so many, Babs depended on the newly built Bethnal Green Tube station as an air raid shelter during the Blitz. It was akin to an underground town, boasting a library, doctor and community hall. However, tragedy struck during one night raid, and her family was lucky to get out alive. The presenter also meets Maisie Lanyon, who was just five years old when the Germans invaded Guernsey. Last in the series. [Series 1 - Episode 4 of 4 "The Second World War"]

How the Victorians Built Britain - C5 (25 Jan. 9:00pm)
Michael Buerk discovers how the Victorians spent their leisure time, heading to Blackpool to learn how the seaside mini-break was transformed from a perk of the wealthy to a British institution. He steps onto one of the town's famous piers to learn how, thanks to architect and civil engineer Eugenius Birch, these humble loading aids became entertainment hubs. Michael also hears how a rivalry between two showbusiness giants resulted in some of the area's most glorious architecture and how the advent of electricity fuelled the town's tourist industry, via its world famous illuminations.[Series 2 - Episode 4 of 8 "The Great British Holiday"]

Henry VIII's Wives: Divorced, Beheaded, Died  - C5 (25 Jan. 10:00pm) REPEAT
Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones examine the relationships between the king and his final four wives. Jane Seymour gave him the son and heir he craved, but died days after giving birth, and Henry was persuaded to marry again, discovering too late that Holbein's painting of Anne of Cleves was deceptive. Then he married the young and beautiful - but indiscreet - Catherine Howard, before the mature and wise Catherine Parr, who nearly lost her head when she pushed him too far on religious reform.

The Trial of Christine Keeler - BBC 1 (19 Jan. 9:00pm)
Stephen's life hangs in the balance as his sentence is decided at the Old Bailey, while Christine's lie about Lucky Gordon haunts her and she faces trial for perjury. As Profumo rebuilds his reputation by working for an East London charity, and Mandy tries to make a career as a singer, Christine deals with the consequence of being labelled a liar and a prostitute, and reflects on happier days with Stephen and Mandy. Fact-based drama, starring Sophie Cookson, Ben Miles, James Norton and Ellie Bamber. Last in the series.[Series 1, Ep. 6 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)

The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story
Documentary series. The case of the Yorkshire Ripper is re-examined by film-maker Liza Williams, 

Exposed: The Church's Darkest Secret 
The story of the individuals who brought Bishop Peter Ball to justice and the cover-up that went to the highest levels of the Church of England.

Who Do You Think You Are? 
Series in which celebrities trace their ancestry, discovering secrets and surprises from their past.

The Norman
In this major series, Professor Robert Bartlett examines the extraordinary expansion and unchecked ambition of the Normans, and shows how they transformed the history of Europe.

The National Television Awards Celebrate 25 Years 
Julie Walters narrates a look back at the long-running awards show. Previous hosts Trevor McDonald and Dermot O'Leary share their memories of anchoring the event, while their successor, David Walliams, looks ahead to taking the reins for the 2020 show. Among the stars sharing their memories of past awards ceremonies are Graham Norton, Ant & Dec, Holly Willoughby, David Tennant, Simon Cowell, Paul O'Grady, Richard & Judy, Danny Dyer, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Brendan O'Carroll, Phillip Schofield, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Michael Barrymore, Eamonn Holmes and Davina McCall

Inside Asda: Bigger, Better, Cheaper?
The story of the supermarket giant that rose high by taking prices low, battling publishers, petrol companies and big pharma to bring discount goods to the masses. Fashion guru George Davies reveals how his revolutionary brand George came to change how people buy clothes, while former CEO Archie Norman reveals why the American giant Walmart was so important to Asda's success.

I Love 1991 
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer look back at the year the Chippendales had their first British tour, Haagen-Dazs advertising took off and DJ Sasha was part of the wave of celebrity DJs. Nirvana's classic Nevermind album hit the shops and jump-started the grunge sound, and The Commitments proved the Irish had soul.

Top of the Pops: Big Hits 1989
A musical compilation, featuring mature rockers Tina Turner and Phil Collins, all-conquering funki dredds Soul II Soul, dance queen Paula Abdul, northern soul girl Lisa Stansfield and the stubborn indie pop of the Beautiful South. Madchester favourites Stone Roses and Happy Mondays put in an appearance, along with Stock Aitken Waterman stalwarts Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Sonia. Plus, Sydney Youngblood, Mike and the Mechanics, Rebel MC and Double Trouble, along with duets from strange bedfellows Marc Almond and Gene Pitney and Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville.

TOTP: The Story of 1989 - BBC 4
Margaret Thatcher's last full year as British prime minister contrasted with global political change, while in the music world Pete Waterman's final year of chart domination heralded the dawn of Madchester. Some female artists brought attitude and power to the year, while an unlikely duet between a '60s legend and an '80s icon proved a charttopper and Jive Bunny kept the less discerning happy. As far as Top of the Pops was concerned, Radio 1's old guard was stood down as a team of fresh-faced recruits helmed the show. Contributors include Jason Donovan, Lisa Stansfield, Shaun Ryder, Chris Rea, Marc Almond, Sharleen Spiteri, Jazzie B and Jenny Powell.

​Liam Gallagher: As It Was
Documentary about the former Oasis frontman. The film by directors Charlie Lightening and Gavin Fitzgerald follows his journey, from the dizzying heights of superstardom with his brother Noel in the 1990s, to years in the musical wilderness, before his hugely successful comeback as a solo artist in recent years.

Paddington: The Man Behind the Bear 
Following straight on from the premiere of Paddington 2 over on BBC One, this documentary explores where the original stories came from. Creator Michael Bond drew on his wartime memories of evacuee children to shape the story of the little bear from darkest Peru, while his literary agent, who came from a Jewish family who fled the Nazis, inspired Paddington's kindly friend Mr Gruber. Featuring interviews with Michael Bond's family, friends and celebrity admirers, including Stephen Fry, Bernard Cribbins and Heston Blumenthal, and readings by Hugh Bonneville.

The Two Ronnies: The Studio Recordings 
A collection of unedited takes from the classic comedy show, featuring both famous and more obscure sketches from programmes recorded in 1979 and 1980. There is also footage of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett entertaining the studio audience during breaks in filming one of their celebrated newsdesk sketches.

British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves
A journey through the history of the British TV sitcom, from Hancock's Half Hour in the 1950s to present day shows, 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 Duchess
Fact-based period drama, chronicling the life of Georgiana Spencer who became Duchess of Devonshire in 1774 at the age of 17. Adored by the public for her extravagant lifestyle, Spencer endured a troubled marriage and was eventually driven into the arms of Charles Grey, a senior Whig politician. Starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper and Charlotte Rampling.

A Christmas Carol 
Adaptation of Dickens' classic, starring Guy Pearce.














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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. 

The Barking Murders *Working Title* 2019- 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. Sheridan Smith, Stephen Merchant and Jaime Winstone are set to star in the lead roles. Further cast includes Rufus Jones, Leanne Best, Stephanie Hyam and Samuel Barnett.

Belgravia 2020 - ITV 
Period drama based on the novel from Downton Abbey writer Jullian Fellows.

The Boys 2019 - 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 2020 - BBC1 
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.

Call the Midwife - 2020 BBC1 
One more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama
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The Children *Working Title* 2020 - BBC2 
True life drama. One summer’s night in 1945 a coach-load of children, some as young as three years old, are in transit from Carlisle airport to the Calgarth Estate in Lake Windermere, England. They are child survivors, and presumed orphans, of the Holocaust.

The Elephant Man - 2019 BBC1 
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 2019 - BBC2  
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 2019 - BBC1  
Third series of Sally Wainwright's gripping crime drama.

Jerusalem 2019 - Channel 4 
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).

The North Water - 2020 BBC2 
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 2019 - 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 2019  - BBC1 
 A second series of Tom Hardy's atmospheric period drama.


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To Sir With Love - BBC1 
 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.

The Trial of Christine Keeler 2019 - BBC1 
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.

Unforgotten 2019 -  ITV 
Fourth series of Chris Lang's crime drama starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

White Gold - BBC2 
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.

Year of the Rabbit 2019 - Channel 4 
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 few 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.

Online British History exhibits
The National Archives

Permanent and temporary exhibits on Jewish History in Britain



William Blake
Tate Britain
11 September 2019 – 2 February 2020

Mary Quant
V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)
6 April 2019 – 16 February 2020

Royal Society of British Artists 303rd Annual Exhibition 2020
Mall Galleries
20 – 29 February 2020

War and conflict exhibits







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