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Dream Horse
The film tells the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by small town Welsh bartender, Jan Vokes (Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette). 
Director: Euros Lyn
Writer: Neil McKay
Stars: Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Joanna Page

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

The Personal History of David Copperfield
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
Director: Armando Iannucci
Writers: Simon Blackwell (screenplay by), Charles Dickens (novel) 
Stars: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton

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

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Coming Soon

Last Night in Soho (25 Sept.2020)
A young girl, passionate in fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Krysty Wilson-Cairns (screenplay), Edgar Wright (screenplay)
Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Terence Stamp

Death on the Nile (9 October, 2020)
While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writers: Agatha Christie (based upon the novel by), Michael Green (screenplay by)
Stars: Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie | See full cast & crew 

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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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Now On
(daily 9-11pm on BBC 1 - 4, ITV, C4 & C5 only)

A House Through Time - BBC 2 (2 June 9:00pm) 
David Olusoga traces the house's fortunes in the 18th and 19th centuries. He begins by investigating the death of owner Joseph Holbrook, and discovering why his daughter was written out of the will. A later resident of the home rises to become mayor in the 1830s, but had to find a way to prevent riots that had ravaged the city years earlier from occurring again. David also delves into the life of a servant who worked in the house in the 1870s, only to leave domestic servitude for an abusive marriage, and discovers how a successful teacher who later owned the house ended up committed to an asylum.[Series 3 - Episode 2 of 4]

The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain - BBC 4 REPEAT (2 June 9:00pm)
Lucy Worsley investigates how George II's family fought the French, the Jacobites and one another at the same time. She examines his troubles with his son Frederick, Prince of Wales, and the way he led from the front on the battlefield, becoming the last British monarch to do so, and helped turn the country into a global superpower. Last in the series.[Series 1 - Episode 3 of 3] REPEAT

Pride and Prejudice - BBC 4 (4 June 8:00pm) REPEAT 
Despite Miss Bingley's efforts to keep them apart, Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship grows more affectionate - until bad news arrives from Longbourn about Lydia and Wickham. Jane Austen adaptation, starring Jennifer Ehle, Colin Firth and Julia Sawalha.[Series 1 - Episode 5 of 6] REPEAT

Portillo's Empire Journey - C5 (5 June 9:00pm) 
Michael Portillo explores how British rule led to armed rebellion in the USA, and a loyalty in Canada that lasted until the very end of the Empire. On Long Island, Michael visits The Brewster House, a former tavern where British soldiers met and talked freely during the Revolutionary War, unaware that it was run by George Washington's Culper Spy Ring. He also calls in at Fort Niagara, where he learns how the native peoples of North America saw their tribes and families torn apart as they picked sides, shedding blood on behalf of either the crown or the patriots. Last in the series.[Series 1 - Episode 4 of 4]

Top of the Pops: 1989 - BBC 4 (5 June 8:00pm)
Sybil Ruscoe and Jenny Powell present the edition first shown on September 28, featuring performances by Wet Wet Wet, the Beautiful South, Gloria Estefan, Sydney Youngblood, Kate Bush, Erasure, Black Box and Karyn White.

Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain - BBC 4 (8 June 8:00pm) 
The journalist examines the post-Thatcher years, considering the nation's final shift from an imperial power to an island at the heart of a strong world economy. He also recalls noteworthy developments under the leadership of John Major and Tony Blair, including Black Wednesday and the increasing awareness of global warming. Last in the series.[Series 1 - Episode 5 of 5 "New Britannia"]


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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 

Monkman & Seagull's Genius Adventures 
Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull travel around Britain, exploring scientific breakthroughs from the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era.

The Golden Age of Canals
Documentary charting the changing face of Britain's canals after the Second World War, as enthusiasts fought to save the inland waterways from destruction - despite facing strong opposition from the government. Amateur and professional footage illustrates the canals' transformation from industrial thoroughfares to tourist attractions during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as efforts to restore and preserve the network's locks and boats. Narrated by Gina McKee.

Invasion! With Sam Willis 
Historian Dr Sam Willis reveals a remarkable story of invasion in Britain, spanning thousands of years.

Michael Wood's Story of England  
Michael Wood tells the story of one place, the Leicestershire village of Kibworth, throughout the whole of English history.

The Cult of Sunday Night 
Examining the popularity of family drama series All Creatures Great and Small, which followed the adventures of rural Yorkshire vet James Herriot (played by Christopher Timothy), and whose mix of nostalgia, romance, eccentric characters and stunning scenery could be said to have set the template for several Sunday night dramas that would be aired in years to come. However, the cast and crew reveal things were often much less cosy behind the scenes, thanks to accidents, cantankerous actors and the limited supply of source material. Narrated by Meera Syal.

All Creatures Great and Small 
James Herriot visits Yorkshire seeking work as a vet with Siegfried Farnon's practice, but his interview becomes a baptism of fire when goes out on the rounds in the Dales countryside. The first episode of the drama, starring Christopher Timothy and Robert Hardy.
James discovers the downside of life as a vet when the post-mortem results for Lord Hulton's horse arrive, while Siegfried's younger brother Tristan comes back from college and James is introduced to Mrs Pumphrey and her dog Tricki Woo. [Series 1 - Episode 1 & 2 of 13 "Horse Sense" & "Dog Days"]

Citizens of Boomtown: The Story of the Boomtown Rats 
Documentary telling the story of the Irish band led by Bob Geldof, who scored hits in the late 1970s and early 80s with the likes of Rat Trap and I Don't Like Mondays, before disbanding a year after Geldof's hugely successful Live Aid event in 1985. The group reformed in 2013 and released their seventh studio album in March 2020.

Inside Broadmoor: Criminally Insane 
Documentary charting the history of the high-security psychiatric hospital from the Victorian era to the present day, examining the diverse treatments and regimes that have been applied during the 150 years it has been in operation.

Bread: A Loaf Affair - Timeshift 
Tom Baker narrates a programme examining the evolution of the loaf in Britain and how the bread that people consumed in the past had a lot to say about their social status. From the time when white bread was exclusively for the rich, to the moment when dietary experts recommended brown loaves for better health, this documentary explains how habits in buying and eating bread have changed.

The Changin' Times of Ike White - Arena
Documentary in which Daniel Vernon tries to track down Ike White, a musical prodigy who was serving life in prison for murder when he was given the opportunity to record an album. The resulting record Changin' Times came out in 1976 and following his release from prison, Whiteseemed to be on the path to redemption, but just as he was charting a course to stardom, he disappeared.

10 Ways the Victorians Changed Britain
Michael Buerk narrates a documentary looking at landmark concepts and structures from the Victorian era that transformed the nation, examining sewers, bridges and trains, including London's underground. The programme also looks at advancements in hospitals and surgery, the ships that changed trading pathways for ever, and holidays

Made in Dagenham
The female employees making upholstery for a 1960s British car firm campaign for the right to equal pay, only for the company to declare their work is `unskilled'. The women embark on a national protest, taking their grievance all the way to the government and demanding a change in the law. Fact-based comedy drama, starring Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson and Bob Hoskins.

Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album 
Lucy Worsley tells the story of the Royal photograph, showing how the Royal family worked with generations of photographers to create images that reinvented the British monarchy.

Definitely Dusty 
Documentary revisiting the career of Dusty Springfield, the renowned pop diva famous for classic songs such as You Don't Have to Say You Love Me and Son of a Preacher Man. Archive footage shot in both the UK and the US provides an illuminating insight into her glamorous but private personal life, and contributions from her protective inner circle of friends highlight the Dusty behind the panda eyes and blonde beehive. Includes interviews with Tom Jones, Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Lulu and Neil Tennant.

VE Day: The Lost Films
The story of VE Day in 1945, told through the eyewitness accounts and cine films of ordinary people. Amateur film-makers recorded remarkable scenes, with some of it in glorious colour. Now, rarely seen footage, captured by amateurs and stored away for decades, charts the extraordinary events of May 8 when the entire nation took to the streets. Shots include events in the heart of the madness in central London, village life in Chapeltown on the outskirts of Sheffield and reaction in , Tyne and Wear.

Florence Nightingale
Drama telling the story of one of Britain's greatest heroines, focusing on the aftermath of the Crimean War. Disgusted at the needless suffering of servicemen, the nurse badgered the authorities into allowing her to investigate conditions in military hospitals, little suspecting the effect her findings would have on her own emotional state and the future of her profession. Laura Fraser and Roy Hudd star.

Timewatch - Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story
Ben Macintyre revisits the story of wartime double agent Eddie Chapman, the subject matter of his best-selling book Agent Zigzag. He reveals how, during the Second World War, Chapman was able to dupe Nazi Germany so successfully that he was awarded the Iron Cross, the country's most prestigious decoration. Includes footage from an interview the former spy gave three years before his death in 1997. 

Andrew Marr on Churchill: Blood, Sweat and Oil Paint 
The broadcaster investigates Winston Churchill's lifelong love for painting and reveals the ways in which his hobby helped shape his career as politician and statesman. Andrew travels to the south of France and Morocco to discovers how the former PM's serious approach to the craft of led to friendships with major British artists of the 20th century, and he finds out how a single painting may have influenced the course of the Second World War.

Ian Hislop's Fake News: A True History
The Private Eye editor explores the history of dishonest news reporting over the past 200 years, investigating how the rivalry between press barons Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst may have contributed to an actual war. The programme also looks at the influence of technology, from early trick photography to modern deepfakes, and features the owner of a Washington pizza parlour who has been on the receiving end of one of the modern world's most infamous conspiracy theories.

Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues 
Swashbuckling series in which Dr Sam Willis charts the great age of the British outlaw.

The Shadows at Sixty
From where they began as the Drifters to the backing band for Cliff Richard, and on to their huge success as the Shadows, this documentary celebrates the band's achievements across 60 years in what has been a time of constant change within social, cultural and musical landscapes. The Shadows were at the forefront of the UK beat boom generation and the first backing band to emerge as big stars in their own right and this programme features unseen archive, personal testimony, interviews with Cliff Richard, band members Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett and some of those they influenced, including Brian May, David Gilmour and Pete Townshend. Narrated by Gina McKee.

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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. 

Best Interests  - BBC1 
Four-part drama from Jack Thorne which tells the story of a family driven apart by having to make choices no parent would ever want to make. Andrew and Nicci’s daughter, Marnie, has a life-threatening condition. The doctors believe it is in her best interests to be allowed to die, but her loving family disagree. And so begins a fight that will take them through every stage of a legal process, as they struggle to contemplate this huge decision. Who decides? And in whose best interests will it be?

The Boys  - 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  - BBC 1 
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 II.  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 -  BBC 1 
One more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama
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The Elephant Man - BBC 1 
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  - BBC 2  
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  - BBC 1  
Third series of Sally Wainwright's gripping crime drama..

The North Water - BBC 2 
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  - 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   - BBC 1 
 A second series of Tom Hardy's atmospheric period drama.

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To Sir With Love - BBC 1 
 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.

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

Year of the Rabbit - C4 
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.

Please note that no 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.

COVID-19:  In general, museums are closed. The exhibits below are all temporarily closed but will re-open after the lockdown. Below are exhibits that deal with British history but opening and closing times  are not included below because these times are not yet set. The links below include the pre-COVID 19 opening and closing times.

Online British History exhibits
The National Archives

Permanent and temporary exhibits on Jewish History in Britain

Aubrey Beardsley
Tate Britain

British Baroque: Power and Illusion
Tate Britain

Mary Cameron: Life in Paint
City Art Centre |Edinburgh

George IV: Royalty, Racing and Reputation
National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art | Suffolk

Steve McQueen
Tate Modern

May Morris: Art & Life
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 208th Exhibition
Mall Galleries

War and conflict exhibits

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COVID-19: In general, cinemas are closed. The films deal with British history and can be streamed. The links below contain a webpage that lists sites where the film can be streamed.