Darragh MacIntyre investigates why the IRA believed that 1972 would be the year to bring them victory - only to instead face a massive British military response, as the conflict entered its most violent period. The programme also examines recently discovered evidence of secret talks between the paramilitary movement and the British government - and a possible missed opportunity for a lasting peace. [Series 1 - Episode 2 of 7]
Historian Helen Castor presents a three-part docu-drama piecing together the story of the woman who was the de facto Queen of England and Ireland for nine days in 1553. In the first episode, Helen investigates an incendiary document, written on his deathbed by King Edward VI, which cuts his sister Mary Tudor out of the line of succession and leaves the throne to his cousin Jane. Continues tomorrow and Thursday. [Series 1 - Episode 1 of 3]
The stories behind some of the most dramatic escape attempts from the tower, including Henry Howard, who tried to avoid execution by making his way through the sewage system. In the present day, curator Sally Dixon-Smith deciphers some graffiti by a Tudor mystic who mysteriously disappeared, while Yeoman warder Chris Clawson reveals why the tower is still a spooky place to work in after dark.[Series 2 - Episode 4 of 8 "Prisoners at the Tower"]
Tensions between Tom and his labourers erupt during the Sanditon cricket match. Charlotte and Sidney continue to clash, resulting in Miss Lambe being placed in terrible danger, while Lord Babington offers Esther a glimpse of a better future. Period drama, starring Rose Williams, Theo James, Kris Marshall, Crystal Clarke and Charlotte Spencer. [Series 1 - Episode 5 of 8]
News of Tommy's activities has reached Winston Churchill. At a family meeting, Tommy lays out his plans for Mosley, which will take place at a rally Sir Oswald is leading. Has he underestimated his opponent? Tommy is surprised by another strategy coming from an unexpected corner, and he also has his own secrets to reveal. Drama, starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Claflin, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory and Cosmo Jarvis. Last in the series.[Series 5 - Episode 6 of 6 "Mr Jones"]
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A compilation of Pet Shop Boys' performances on the pop chart programme.
The story of Britain at war from a uniquely vivid and personal perspective
Former Royal Navy officer and test pilot Captain Eric `Winkle' Brown has flown more types of aircraft than anyone in history and is regarded as one of the best pilots Britain has produced. In this programme, the 95-year-old chats to James Holland about his flying experiences and encounters with Nazis, as well as other adventures in the run-up to and during the Second World War, illustrated by archive and personal photographs.
Celebrities trace their ancestry
Historian Dr Eleanor Barraclough travels through some of Britain's most beautiful landscapes - Hadrian's Wall, the Lake District and Offa's Dyke - in search of new evidence to reveal the true story of the mysterious ancient British tribes often called the Celts.
The story of the British Army's experience of the Northern Ireland conflict between 1969 and 2007, told through the eyes of the men and women that were stationed there, who were at the heart of the key events throughout the conflict.
Scientists and historians use isotope and DNA analysis to identify the crew of Henry VIII's flagship, which sank off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545. With the help of Mary Rose Trust curator Alex Hildred, the programme uncovers evidence that many of the sailors were of African origin, and traces surviving descendants of the only two members of the crew who can be identified by name. Plus, the little-known story of a 16th-century Guinean free-diver who retrieved several treasures from the wreck.
Musicians Midge Ure and Kim Appleby revisit the music of the 1980s
Paddy Ashdown tells the story of the `Cockleshell Heroes', and their part in defending Britain as it struggled against Nazi Germany. In 1942, the 12-strong unit of Royal Marine commandos used canoes designed by their leader, Major Herbert George `Blondie' Hasler, to navigate the most heavily defended estuary in Europe, dodging searchlights and machine gun posts to destroy enemy shipping in Bordeaux harbour, 70 miles downriver. The documentary re-creates parts of the raid, and reveals how Major Hasler came to be hailed as one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War.
Neil Oliver delves deep into the country's past
Neil Oliver follows the work of the team of historians and scientists trying to discover the final resting place of the remains of 9th-century English king Alfred the Great, with the monarch's bones having been moved so many times over the years that many people concluded that they were lost for ever. Travelling from Winchester to Rome, Neil also tells the story of Alfred's life, revealing a man who forged a united language and identity and laid the foundations of the English nation.
Documentary exploring Britain's oldest and most exclusive Gypsy gathering, the Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria, which is attended by more than 10,000 travellers. The programme explores how new police restrictions are impacting on the festival's traditions, as well as the disruption caused by torrential rain, including a nearby river rising to a dangerous level. Plus, local business owners share their thoughts on the event. While some stand to make a profit from the visitors, others find the size of the fair overwhelming
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.
Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould investigating works of art with mysterious origins.
Historian James Holland embarks on a quest to dig deeper and unearth the truth behind the role drugs such as methamphetamine played in the Second World War.
Journalist Peter Taylor presents a documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the deployment of British troops in August 1969. Peter reflects on his experiences of covering the Northern Ireland conflict for almost a half century. Peter has written a number of books on political violence, exploring the Troubles from British, Loyalist and Republican points of view. This film is a highly personal account of the key events of the Troubles and the enduring legacies of the conflict, drawing on Peter's experiences of reporting from the region.
Brooding drama set in 18th-century Cornwall. Ross Poldark is passionate about turning round the fortunes of his late father's estate. Adapted from Winston Graham's novels.
Using never-before-seen personal letters, diaries and photos, the story of the royal family over three turbulent decades from the 1920s to the end of World War Two is revealed to get a glimpse inside the life of royal family.
The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, oversees the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as opposing sides clash in the face of huge change. Drama, starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson and Manish Dayal.
Ten years on from her death, this series explores the rollercoaster life of Jade Goody, one of the most loved - and hated - reality TV stars, to tell a bigger story of class, politics and cultural change in Britain, at a time when reality TV became the biggest and most polarising form of entertainment in the country.
On 27 August, 1979, Lord Louis Mountbatten, great uncle to Prince Charles, was blown up at sea by the IRA off the west coast of Ireland. Three others were killed on the boat that day, including two teenage boys, and later that afternoon the IRA killed 18 British soldiers across the border in Northern Ireland. Forty years on, this is the story of that remarkable Bank Holiday Monday told by those directly affected by it.
Intimate series profiling Princess Margaret, whose life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed Britain during the 20th century.
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.
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.
Period drama based on the novel from Downton Abbey writer Jullian Fellows.
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 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.
Second series of the medieval drama starring David Morrissey and Kelly Reilly.
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.
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).
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.
Fifth series of the drama starring Cillian Murphy as the head of a Birmingham gangster family. This is the first series of the show to be airing on BBC1. Sam Claflin, Anya Taylor-Joy and Brian Gleason join the cast alongside other newcomers Kate Dickie and Emmett J Scanlan.
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 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.
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.
Fourth series of Chris Lang's crime drama starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
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.
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.