The transformation of British docks, many of which have changed from commercial portals to the world into clean, contemporary hubs for leisure and the arts. Narrated by Sue Johnston.
Documentary about two members of a family who reappear 40 years after they were taken away from their mother as toddlers, having been told by their father she did not want them. Lillian was a teenage divorcee in 1950s London and her ex-husband took their children Michelle and Andrew to the local park on his visiting day and they never returned. As they grew up and saw their father's unorthodox relationship with other women, Michelle and Andrew realised their mother may have wanted them after all, so a 20-year search to find her began.
Film-maker David Modell follows Labour MPs through a tumultuous six months in the life of their party, when it outperformed all expectations after Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election for June 8.
Kirsty Young celebrates the 70th wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip by examining the longest royal marriage in British history through key moments. She looks at how every step of their life together has been played out in the glare of publicity and in service of the nation, while steering it through decades of change.
The controversy surrounding Britain's international cyclists, examining how Dave Brailsford and Shane Sutton have led the nation to a run of recent successes in both the Olympics and the Tour de France, even as their methods have suffered criticism.
An epic gangster drama set in the lawless streets of 1920s Birmingham
Two-part series which explores the extraordinary landscape, oral history and archaeology of the border country created by the building of Hadrian's Wall
Four-part series based on the classic novel by EM Forster and adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Kenneth Lonegran.
New series. Mary-Ann Ochota explores the history of river boats in Britain.
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
(may still be available to UK residents on "Catch Up")
Documentary to mark 30 years since the tragic fire that swept through London's King's Cross station on November 18, 1987, killing 31 people and injuring 60 more. Previously unseen archive footage takes viewers to the heart of the disaster as it unfolded that night minute by minute, and interviews provide stark and candid first-hand testimony from those who were there - emergency workers, victims' families and survivors, some of whom have never spoken publicly about the night until now
A selection of classic songs from 1978, a year in which punk music and new wave rebellion co-existed with pop, disco, soul, reggae and prog rock. Featuring appearances on the show by Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, Blondie, Bob Marley, the Boomtown Rats, Kate Bush, Sham 69, Brotherhood of Man, Dan Hill, Boney M, 10cc and Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
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.
Born to traditional Punjabi parents and growing up in Wolverhampton in the 1980s, Sathnam Sanghera moves to London after graduating from Cambridge University and builds a career as a journalist. He tries to gather the courage to introduce his English girlfriend Laura to his mother and father and reveal he will not be entering an arranged marriage - but instead learns a painful family secret. Drama based on the memoirs of Sathnam Sanghera, starring Sacha Dhawan, Joanna Vanderham, Deepti Naval and Anupam Kher.
Documentary about the English foreign office diplomat who was a member of the Cambridge spy ring that passed secrets to the Soviet Union, eventually defecting to Russia in 1951. The film shows how one of the most famous espionage networks of the 20th century grew out of the class system, sexual hypocrisy and the sheer incompetence of some of the people who then ran Britain.
When 16-year-old Becky Watts went missing in 2015, it sparked a major police investigation to find the teenager. But only two people knew where she was - her stepbrother Nathan and his girlfriend Shauna. Here, Susanna Reid gains unprecedented access to police interview room footage to reveal the strategy and skill involved in catching Becky's killers. There is also first-person testimony from some of the officers, and Susanna talks to Becky's family about the impact of this appalling crime.
Author Ben Macintyre tries to discover the man behind the myth as he examines the life of Soviet double agent Kim Philby, arguing that the key to his success lay in his friendship with MI6 colleague Nicholas Elliott. Macintyre reveals an extraordinary story of espionage, murder and betrayal and visits locations including London, Istanbul, Washington DC, Beirut and Moscow. Featuring dramatic reconstructions of key events.
National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Welsh-language poet Hedd Wyn, who was killed while fighting in the Battle of Passchendale, near Ypres in Belgium during the First World War. Having submitted an entry to the 1917 National Eisteddfod, under the pseudonym Fleur de Lys, Wyn won the chair. However, it fell to master of ceremonies Archdruid Dyfed to announce to the assembled audience that the winner was unable to step forward and claim his prize, having died six weeks earlier in Belgium. As a mark of respect, the chair was covered with a black sheet, and the festival of 1917 is now referred to as The Eisteddfod of the Black Chair.
How the band's music may have contributed toward the collapse of the Soviet Union. Millions of people in the country became passionate fans of the Beatles during the 1960s, leading the authorities to grow wary of the seditious potential of rock 'n' roll, destroy the group's records and ban their music. Despite their efforts, a generation of youngsters had come to enjoy the culture of the Cold War enemy and defected emotionally from the Soviet system.
AN Wilson explores the personal life of Queen Victoria through her journals and letters, examining the monarch's closest relationships in the four decades following Prince Albert's death to chart how her life changed. He looks at her controversial friendship with her servant John Brown and her unconventional behaviour around Indian waiter Abdul Karim, and also reveals how she gained greater freedom in her widowhood. Includes readings by Anna Chancellor.
New series. Documentary featuring dramatic reconstructions and interviews with historians to examine the network of spymasters and secret agents that helped protect Elizabeth I from assassination, terror and treason for more than 40 years.
Documentary charting the life of Soviet agent George Blake, who was sentenced to 42 years in jail after his work for the KGB was exposed. The film reveals how he escaped five years into his term and fled to the USSR, and tracks down people who knew him.
For the very first time the inner secrets of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 are revealed in this landmark docudrama. It uses the actual words of the senior captured leader Thomas Wintour and Guy Fawkes as they responded to the state interrogators who were investigating the conspiracy by a Catholic-led group of militants to blow up Parliament and King James I, which had taken 18 months to plan. Also included is an insight into the recruitment of Fawkes and Wintour's brother right up to the dramatic siege that resulted in their capture on November 8. This epic tale reveals the plotters' faith, betrayal and persecution - and uncovers the truth behind a scheme whose ruination is celebrated every year.
Alexander Armstrong presents a documentary about the marriage of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on November 20, 1947, featuring colour archive film of the wedding as well as clips from the Queen's private home movie footage. Joan Collins and Sheila Hancock are among those sharing their memories of the ceremony, and there are insights from those who were part of the big day, including Prince Michael of Kent, who was a page boy.
New series. Following the death of Elizabeth I, King James of Scotland claims the English throne, and the country goes to war with Catholic Spain. As a result, English Catholics are persecuted and driven into hiding, but after witnessing the brutal means by which the Crown intends to punish his people for practicing their faith, recusant Catholic Robert Catesby devises a treasonous plot to assassinate King James. However, he must first enlist the aid of stalwart allies, and heads to Brussels to seek the help of a hardened war veteran named Guy Fawkes. Three-part historical drama, starring Kit Harington as Catesby - his own ancestor - alongside Liv Tyler, Mark Gatiss, Derek Riddell and Tom Cullen.
Gary Davies and Janice Long introduce performances by Spandau Ballet, Paul McCartney, Julian Lennon, Chaka Khan, John Waite, Meatloaf, Ultravox and Wham.
Hitherto unseen documentary following the band as they recorded their sixth album, News of the World, and made plans for a tour of the US. Back in 1977, broadcaster Bob Harris was granted exclusive access, conducting interviews with all four members, as well as filming them at work in the studio, rehearsing their North American Tour. Until now however, the documentary was never completed and the footage lay unused in the archive. The film is supplemented by footage shot in the summer of 2017 as Brian May and Roger Taylor took Queen back to the US with Adam Lambert as lead singer
Profile of the two-time Formula One champion, who was killed at the height of his career. Featuring rare archive footage from family home-movies, candid interviews with the driver himself and comments by close friends, including Jackie Stewart, who reminisces about their time spent together racing when they were known as Batman and Robin.
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.
Queen Victoria is helped by a no-nonsense Scottish manservant to overcome her long period of mourning for the death of her husband. However, it is not long before their subsequent friendship is frowned upon by members of the court. John Madden's period drama, starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher and Gerard Butler.
The disappearance of Shannon Matthews was a story that gripped and then appalled Britain. Nine years on, this documentary examines her kidnapping and why people close to the case believe the police should reopen their investigation. Featuring the insight of some of those closest to the case, the programme charts the impact on an innocent girl caught in the lies and greed of those who were supposed to be caring for her.
Mary Heath became the first person to fly solo from Cape Town to London in 1928, and 85 years later Tracey Curtis-Taylor retraces the journey in a vintage biplane. The presenter faces many of the same challenges as her predecessor as she embarks on her eight-week trip, including navigating through war-torn nations, only being able to travel at 95 miles per hour, and with limited access to aviation fuel supplies
Absorbing documentary about the jailed IRA activist who attracted worldwide attention in 1981 when he and nine other H-Block prisoners went on hunger strike.
A celebration of BBC studio sessions from 1975 to 1981 by the British bands that broke into the charts courtesy of punk, featuring archive performances by groups including Dr Feelgood, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Gang of Four, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Damned and Buzzcocks.
A selection of outstanding complete archive performances from Britain's Silver Jubilee year. It was a period dominated by funk and punk with Heatwave's Boogie Nights and The Stranglers' No More Heroes in the top 10. Classic top of the charts hits included Baccara with Yes Sir, I Can Boogie and Angelo by Brotherhood of Man. Some of the enduring heroes to take to the stage that year included David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Queen and Elvis Costello, and this showcase also features a rare studio performances from Bob Marley and the Wailers, and the Jacksons.
Tribute to the cellist, marking the 30th anniversary of her death. Du Pre was one of Britain's most acclaimed performing musicians, but her career was cut short by a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis when she was 28, leading to her death just 14 years later. The programme features footage from five films made during her lifetime.
Series in which celebrities trace their ancestry, discovering secrets and surprises from their past.
The story behind the murder of 16-year-old Becky Watts, who was killed by her stepbrother Nathan Matthews and his 21-year-old partner Shauna Hoare in Bristol in February 2015. This programme documents the huge police manhunt that unfolded in the wake of her disappearance, and the police investigation which eventually brought her murderous stepbrother to justice.
Documentary exploring the British experience of the family car, from the groundbreaking Morris Minor to the ubiquitous Ford Cortina, and the Range Rover to the new Jaguar F-Pace. The film looks at how designers have long endeavoured to make the family car attractive, even exciting, and to keep pace as the family and its requirements have evolved over the decades. Narrated by Grace Dent.
Dr Alice Roberts follows a year of British archaeology, joining up the results of digs and investigations the length of the country
New series. Documentary telling the stories of specific bombs dropped on Britain during the Blitz, from their impact on individual lives through to the wider consequences for the Second World War.
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.
Documentary exploring the wit, work and world of Joe Orton, the Leicester-born playwright and author whose flourishing literary career was cut short when he was killed by his boyfriend Kenneth Halliwell in 1967. Fifty years after his demise, this film charts Orton's meteoric rise to fame following his imprisonment in 1962 for defacing library books. Orton believed his sentence was unduly harsh, and had more to do with the fact he was homosexual than the crime itself, but his time in prison allowed him to crystallise his distinctive worldview. Here, excerpts from his stage and TV plays, along with his personal diaries, outline his outrageous perspective, and the circumstances of his death are re-examined. Includes contributions by Kenneth Cranham, Michael Codron, Christopher Hampton, Patricia Routledge and Joe Orton's sister Leonie.
Announced, but no air date set
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.
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.
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). Hugh Grant stars as disgraced MP Jeremy Thorpe who, in 1979 was tried but acquitted of conspiring to murder his former partner.
Drama set around a failing family-run beauty salon based in Manchester from Cutting It and Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield.The cast is set to include Robson Green, Sue Johnston, Polly Walker and James Murray.
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.
Three more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama.
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.
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
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.
Icons: The Story of the 20th Century 2019 - BBC2 BBC Two is launching a major new global history series telling the definitive story of the 20th Century through the people who made it. From the individuals who came to define our concept of what a great leader is or were instrumental in the struggle for equality and civil rights to those whose inventions transformed the way we live or whose work came to enrich and influence the lives of billions, the series tells the story of a century of seismic change through the lives of the iconic figures who made it. Each individual episode, presented by a well-known public figure will focus on a particular field - leaders, scientists, activists, artists, revolutionaries, inventors and entertainers - with the presenter identifying three particular icons of the 20th century. The historical figures will be chosen by a panel of experts according to their achievements and legacy. The presenters will tell the story of their icons, demonstrating how the world changed and how the lives and achievements of these people have a direct impact on our lives today.
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).
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.
Landmark documentary series from Academy Award winning documentary makers James Gay-Rees and Asif Kapadia that will examine one of the most famous cases of 20th century Britain, the murder of 18 year old black student, Stephen Lawrence by a group of white teenage boys. What followed was one of the longest, most complex and mishandled murder investigations in Metropolitan Police history allowing the suspected killers to evade justice for almost 20 years.
Three-part adaptation of the classic novel. Adapted by Heidi Thomas of Call the Midwife. Emily Watson is set to star as Marmee; the iconic matriarch of the March clan whilst Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy and Kathryn Newton will play her daughters. The supporting cast will include Angela Lansbury as the cantankerous Aunt March and Michael Gambon as their neighbour Mr Laurence.
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.
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.
Three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel of the same name that will air at Christmas. The all-star cast includes Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener, Matthew Goode, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ed Westwick, Luke Treadaway, Morven Christie and Alice Eve.
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
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
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.
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
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.