Professor Alice Roberts re-examines key archaeological sites of prehistoric Britain. REPEAT [Series 1 - Episode 4 of 4]
Andy Torbet and local seafaring volunteers build a boat made of just willow and cow hide, and set out to cross the dangerous Pentland Firth as the ancient Orcadians would have done. Neil Oliver investigates the extraordinary discovery of some human bones, Chris Packham goes in search of whales and Shini Somara uncovers the powers of the tides. [Series 1, Ep. 2 of 3]
Until it closed in 1966 the Deeside Railway followed the River Dee upstream from Aberdeen into what is now the Cairngorms National Park. As luck would have it, Queen Victoria purchased Balmora just as the line was set to open, giving the route prestige. Rob Bell retraces the route, visiting a shooting estate, tossing a caber and finding an unmistakable Highland `brand' that all owe their existence to this royal railway age. He also explores a quiet valley of cattle farming and timber sawmills, and, in truth, a simple railway that struggled for decades to justify its own existence, despite its royal veneer. [Series 2 - Episode 4: Aberdeenshire]
Nicky Campbell hosts the edition first shown on July 6, featuring performances by Sonia, Monie Love, Gladys Knight, Karyn White, Chaka Khan, Pet Shop Boys and the Beautiful South.
A revelation about Charles' past spells disaster for John and jeopardises his entire future. He must act fast to keep the explosive information hidden from those who could use it to ruin his prospects. Anne receives a visit from a former employee, giving Ellis an idea of how to make some money - but she is not as cunning as she thinks. Oliver visits the mill in his search for ammunition to use against Charles, and Lady Templemore stands firm on her plans for Maria's upcoming engagement, meaning the young woman must take matters into her own hands. [Series 1 - Episode 5 of 6]
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A collection of memorable performances by the group. Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were thrust into the limelight in 1974 when Waterloo triumphed at the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, marking the start of their rise to fame. Various outings were captured by BBC cameras over the next few years and several are featured here alongside their Top of the Pops debut, archive interviews and fly-on-the-wall footage. There is also a chance to see the foursome on a 1982 edition of Noel Edmonds' Late, Late Breakfast Show, which was Abba's last televised appearance in the UK.
Jonathan Ross gains unprecedented access to the iconic British film studio, meeting Joan Collins and Barbara Windsor to discuss their experiences on set. The site in Buckinghamshire was transformed into a studio during the 1930s and became home to the James Bond, Harry Potter, Superman and Carry On film series, and Ross goes behind the scenes to tackle some daring and spectacular stunts of his own.
Documentary telling the story of the reserved young football prodigy from Belfast who became a global superstar, but whose career was blighted by his battle with the pressures of fame. The film reveals how the player dubbed El Beatle helped Manchester United to win two league titles and the European Cup, but his extravagant lifestyle led to various problems, most notably alcoholism.
The Ardern family embark on an extraordinary time-travelling adventure - going back in time to run that great British institution, the corner shop.
The actor and writer explores the life of the Victorian artist who scandalised the art world of the 1890s, revealing a man who was a technological innovator and whose uncompromising attitude still feels remarkably. He follows Beardsley's footsteps from his childhood in Brighton, via notoriety among the decadence of London's fin de siècle, to his early death in France in 1898 at the age of just 25.
Historian Helen Castor pieces together the astonishing true story of Lady Jane Grey, the first reigning queen of England - an epic tale of dynastic rivalry, intrigue and betrayal.
Documentary exploring the discovery of a Viking mass grave in a vicarage garden in Derbyshire. Archaeologists believe this may be the last resting place of a vast army of thousands of warriors that invaded Britain in the ninth century, but left very little trace of their presence. Examination of the remains uncovers evidence of female warriors among the army, and the story of a king who was reunited with his son in death.
The history of Eel Pie Island, a small island in the Thames in south-west London, which became the epicentre of R`n'B in the 1960s. In its heyday, the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Who, David Bowie, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Long John Baldry and many others cut their teeth at the venue before becoming legends of the music industry. Nigel Planer narrates this documentary exploring the unique experiences of the people who either played at the Island Hotel or went there to listen to music and dance on its famous bouncing dance floor. Contributors include Rod Stewart, Steve Hackett and Dave Brock.
The rise of Oliver Cromwell to power during the turbulent years of the mid-17th century, charting his days as an active parliamentarian to his victory over the royal armies in the English Civil War, and his subsequent role as the country's Lord Protector. Historical drama, with Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley, Dorothy Tutin, Frank Finlay, Patrick Magee, Charles Gray and Timothy Dalton.
Maritime historian Dr Sam Willis looks at how and why the shipwreck came to loom so large in British history.
A group of 21st-century crafters move in to a late-1800s Victorian Arts & Crafts commune in the Welsh hills to renovate four of the key rooms in the house
Ian Hislop explores the British obsession with the past. He reveals how and why, throughout our history, we have continually plundered 'the olden days' to make sense of and shape the present.
Lesley Sharp narrates the story of a landmark legal battle by a group of women aiming to uncover the truth about birth defects in the Northamptonshire town being caused by toxic waste from the steelworks that had not been disposed of safely. The case had worldwide legal and medical ramifications as it was the first time that a court had recognised a link between airborne toxins and foetal development damage.
Documentary recalling Britain's early 1960s music show Ready Steady Go!, which revolutionised television `for the kids' and introduced emerging talent from the era. The ITV programme, synonymous with its hosts Keith Fordyce and Cathy McGowan, showcased top acts of the day including the Beatles, the Who, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black, Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones. Contributors include original producer Vicki Wickham and pioneering director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, plus Annie Nightingale, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Paul Jones, Gerry Marsden and Jools Holland.
The monarch's relationship with Indian servant Abdul Karim. He was initially employed as a waiter but soon rose to become Victoria's confidant and teacher, giving her daily lessons in Hindustani. His position violated racial and class taboos of the period, and the presence of a Muslim at the heart of the royal household caused problems for the politics of Empire, leading to a dramatic confrontation between the Queen and her family in 1897, which threatened to disrupt her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer.
Two of Britain's greatest monarchs are profiled.
The history of the steamers which were once a common sight on rivers and coastal waters around Britain and were a highlight of seaside holidays from the 1820s until the early 1960s, providing the adventure and trappings of an ocean voyage without venturing out of sight of land.
A two-part examination of the most bitter feuds within the Royal Family
Dan Snow takes to the sea to tell the story of how England came within a whisker of disaster in summer 1588. Anita Dobson stars as Elizabeth I.
Swashbuckling series in which Dr Sam Willis charts the great age of the British outlaw.
Documentary, presented by Lucy Worsley, which uses dramatised testimony to tell the story of a group of working-class women conducting a dangerous campaign for the vote.
A dramatisation based on the exchange of letters between Mary Queen of Scots and her cousin Elizabeth I, detailing the hatred and obsession in their bitter rivalry. Expert historians examine and interpret the royals' motives for the animosity that lasted more than two decades, and which threatened to tear apart the reigning monarch and her kingdom.
Documentary telling the story of how 24-year-old Tracy Edwards became the skipper of the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. The film reveals how her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, while the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failing, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing the crew would die at sea and generate bad publicity.
Documentary revealing the shocking story of the seven days that led up to Charles' and Diana's wedding at St Paul's Cathedral in 1981, comparing what the jubilant public saw with the doubt, fear and heartbreak suffered privately by two individuals propelled by a fate they could not control.
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.
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?
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 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.
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..
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.
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.
Fourth series of Chris Lang's crime drama starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
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.