British History

HomeCFPsJournalsWhat's Going on?News & ReviewsAbout Me



Journey's End (limited US release)
Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously awaiting their fate.
Director: Saul Dibb
Writers: Simon Reade (screenplay), R.C. Sherriff (novel) 
Stars: Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield

Phantom Thread
Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville  

Darkest Hour
During the early days of WWII, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds.
Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Anthony McCarten (screenplay)
Stars: Lily James, Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn 

The Lodgers (only in US)
1920, rural Ireland. Anglo-Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence (The Lodgers) which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they may not permit an outsider past the threshold; if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out by The Lodgers. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother - and with the curse that haunts them.
Director: Brian O'Malley
Writer: David Turpin
Stars: Charlotte Vega, David Bradley, Moe Dunford

                                                         Back to top

Coming Soon
Christopher Robin (August 2018)
Working-class family man Christopher Robin encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.
Director: Marc Forster
Writers: Tom McCarthy (additional writing), A.A. Milne (characters) | 2 more credits »
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Mark Gatiss 

The Little Stranger  (August 2018)
The Little Stranger tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1947, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants - mother, son and daughter - are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family's story is about to become entwined with his own.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writers: Lucinda Coxon, Sarah Waters (novel)
Stars: Ruth Wilson, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter 

Mary, Queen of Scots (Nov. 2, 2018)
Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
Director: Josie Rourke
Writer: Beau Willimon (screenplay)
Stars: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Chan 

Holmes and Watson (Nov. 9, 2018)
A humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.
Director: Etan Cohen
Writers: Etan Cohen (screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (characters)
Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Ralph Fiennes

Bohemian Rhapsody (Dec. 2018)
A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen's legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert in 1985.
Directors: Dexter Fletcher | Bryan Singer
Stars: Aidan Gillen, Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello, Mike Myers

Mary Poppins Returns (Dec. 2018)
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Director: Rob Marshall
Stars: Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Colin Firth

                                                    Back to top

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.

                                                                    Back to top


The Woman in White - BBC 1 
New series. Adaptation of Wilkie Collins' novel, starring Ben Hardy as a teacher who has a startling encounter on Hampstead Heath with a woman who has escaped from a lunatic asylum. He later takes up a position as a drawing master in Cumbria, but as he falls in love with one of his pupils, he discovers a connection between her family and the strange woman's troubled past. With Charles Dance and Jessie Buckley.

Portillo's Hidden History of Britain - C5
Michael Portillo visits four abandoned locations that were at the centre of relatively unknown historical events, examining their place and importance in Britain's past

Dive WWII: Our Secret History - BBC 4 
Jules Hudson followes a deepwater diving team as it searches the sea bed off the coast of Northern Ireland for the forgotten shipwrecks of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest naval campaign of the Second World War. Among the first discoveries are an Allied escort vessel sunk in battle 40 miles off Donegal, and the wrecks of German U-boats that prowled the Northern Ireland coast looking for targets. On dry land, Jules uncovers the remains of a massive US military base in Derry.

King Alfred and the Anglo-Saxons - BBC 4 
Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood tells the story of King Alfred the Great, arguing that he and his descendants were England's most influential and important rulers. 

Secret Agent Selection: WW2 - BBC 2
Training begins in earnest for the hardy recruits, as the students are schooled in guns, explosives and silent killing techniques. These were among the range of skills that came together and helped the Special Operations Executive to pull off one of the most audacious assassinations of the Second World War, and the students need to show a calm head and a killer instinct when handling real weapons, but not everyone is able to meet the exacting standards required. Narrated by Douglas Henshall.

QE2: The World's Greatest Cruise Ship - C5
The QE2 liner was one of the most influential maritime designs in British history. Featuring interviews with the QE2's crew and the workers who built her, cameras reveal the story behind the strikes and the looting epidemics that almost spelled the end of the ship before she was even finished.

The Plantagenets - BBC 4 
Professor Robert Bartlett tells the extraordinary story of England's longest-ruling royal dynasty, reigning for more than 300 years from Henry II's accession to the throne in 1154 until Richard III's death in 1485.

Majesty and Mortar: Britain's Great Palaces - BBC 4
Dan Cruickshank tells the story of 1,000 years of palace building, examining the mystery of why so many have vanished, and the magic of the ones that have survived.

Britain's Most Historic Towns - C4 
Alice Roberts explores the UK's past through the stories of its towns, examining key periods in history by delving into the secrets of places that encapsulate them. 

Britain's Great Cathedrals with Tony Robinson - C5
New series. The actor visits six of the UK's finest cathedrals, admiring their design and looking at the turbulent history that has taken place inside their walls. 

The Durrells - ITV  
New series. Drama loosely based on Gerald Durrell’s classic memoir about his family’s animal-filled life in Corfu in the 1930s.

Big Hits: Top of the Pops - BBC 4
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

                                              Back to top 
Just Finished
(may still be available to UK residents on "Catch Up")

Diana to Meghan: Royal Wedding Secrets 
A behind the scenes look at how previous royal weddings, to reveal how these lavish events are organised. Kiri Te Kanawa shares her memories of performing at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, while florists, dressmakers, tailors, ring-makers, security guards, vicars and servants all provide the inside scoop on their role in the big day.

Testament of Youth
When her fiance and brother are sent to the front line during the early days of the First World War, a young woman gives up her studies at Oxford University to follow them. She becomes a nurse, and the horrors she witnesses during the conflict change her outlook on life forever. Period drama based on the memoirs of writer Vera Brittain, starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington and Taron Egerton.

Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation
Documentary examining the 1993 death of Stephen Lawrence.

​Rivers of Blood: 50 Years On
Documentary exploring immigration in Britain over the half century since Conservative MP Enoch Powell's controversial speech. The programme questions issues of race, religion, integration and multiculturalism, and features archive footage and personal testimonies.

Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here 
Jeremy Black examines one of the most extraordinary periods in English history, explaining the unique economic, social and political conditions that led to the nation becoming the richest and most powerful on Earth by the 19th century. He traces the unprecedented explosion of new ideas and technological inventions that transformed an agrarian society into an increasingly industrial and urbanised one.

Titanic's Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster 
Kate Humble and Andy Torbet try to piece together the events of November 21, 1916, when the Britannic, sister ship to the Titanic, sank in just 55 minutes. Kate speaks to some of the survivors' descendants, including those of Violet Jessops, who survived both Titanic and Britannic, and look-out Archie Jewell, who survived when those around him lost their lives.

Gettys: The World's Richest Art Dynasty 
The story behind the world's richest art dynasty.

Secrets of Great British Castles
Historian Dan Jones explores the history behind some of Britainʼs most famous castles.

Ordeal by Innocence 
Three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel, starring Bill Nighy. The former husband of a murdered heiress prepares to remarry 18 months after her adopted son was convicted of killing her, before dying himself in a prison brawl. However, the wedding preparations are disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious scientist who has returned from an expedition to the Arctic - and who claims to be able to prove the supposed murderer is innocent.

RAF at 100 with Ewan and Colin McGregor
The actor and his former pilot brother present a celebration of the Royal Air Force's centenary, taking to the skies in iconic planes from the First World War to the present day. They also meet service personnel from throughout the RAF's history, including a veteran of the Battle of Britain, former female members of the Air Transport Auxiliary, crew members who had the responsibility of dropping the atom bomb, modern-day Typhoon fighter crews, and the last pilot to be involved in a dogfight.

David Hurn: A Life in Pictures
Documentary, exploring the 60-year career of photographer and Magnum Photos member David Hurn, who has been described as Wales' `most important living photographer'. Now aged 83, Hurn has donated his archive of work to the National Museum Wales, along with a collection of 700 pictures by his peers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Brandt and Dorothea Lange. This film details the high-points of Hurn's time behind the view-finder, such as his work with Sean Connery for an iconic James Bond poster shot, and his time with the Beatles as they filmed A Hard Day's Night.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh 
Series Two of the documentary series visiting National Trust properties and revealing the hidden history, human stories and natural history behind them

Back in Time for Tea
The Ellis family from Bradford discover how life has changed for ordinary working families in the north of England over the last 100 years. Jon, Lesley, Caitlin, Freya and Harvey experience the lives of previous generations, from the food people ate to the jobs they did and how they enjoyed themselves. 

The Sound of Fury
Liverpool-born Ronnie Wycherley became an overnight sensation in 1958 when he was asked by showbiz impresario Larry Parnes to go on stage and sing a couple of his self-penned songs. Ronnie's knees shook with nerves, but over 2,000 screaming girls welcomed the new star of British rock 'n' roll. Parnes immediately signed Ronnie to his stable of artists and christened him Billy Fury. This documentary recounts Fury's story, and his impact on the birth of popular music in Britain. Contributors include David Puttnam, Mark Kermode, Amanda Barrie, Vince Eager and Imelda May.

My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me
On the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, Patrick Kielty, who was born during the Troubles, explores the legacy of Northern Ireland's peace deal. He returns to his home village of Dundrum, where his father was killed by paramilitary gunmen when he was just 16-years-old, before travelling around Northern Ireland to meet other people whose lives were also shattered by the Troubles.

​Inside Windsor Castle
Documentary marking the centenary of the Windsor dynasty by examining the history of the royal residence over the past 80 years, looking at the tragedies and triumphs that have had an impact on the Queen and her family.

Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork
Series looking at the British genius for woodwork over the centuries

Battlefield Britain 
The Snows use state-of-the-art graphics to re-create the Battle of Britain, one of the pivotal conflicts of the Second World War. Peter explains the role of radar in detecting Luftwaffe planes as they headed for Dover, while Dan experiences the physiological effects of the high G-forces that would have been felt by the RAF pilots.

Dave Allen at Peace 
Fact-based drama filmed in the style of the Irish comedian's BBC TV series, following Dave Allen from childhood to becoming one of the UK and Ireland's comedy greats, and exploring how his life and work was shaped by the tragic loss of his father, his brother and half of a finger. Starring Aidan Gillen, with Ian McElhinney, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Tommy Tiernan, Pauline McLynn, Simon Day and Conleth Hill.

Timewatch: WWI Aces Falling
The story of Edward Mannock and James McCudden, the British fighter pilots who rose from modest backgrounds to become two of the country's greatest First World War aces. But as their tally of victories grew, so did their chances of dying. Timewatch recounts Mannock and McCudden's battle to survive against the odds - and the 90-year mystery surrounding their deaths.

The Almeida Theatre's 2017 acclaimed production of Shakespeare's play, recorded as-live in its West End transfer on the stage of London's Harold Pinter Theatre. Robert Icke's production stars Andrew Scott as the Prince compelled to seek vengeance by an encounter with his murdered father's ghost. The film features the original cast of the stage production and is directed for the screen by Rhodri Huw. Also starring Juliet Stevenson as Queen Gertrude, Angus Wright as Claudius and Jessica Brown Findlay as Ophelia.

Timeshift: Hurricanes and Heatwaves - The Highs and Lows of British Weather 
Documentary focusing on the evolution of the weather forecast, from print via radio to TV and beyond, featuring an insight into how the Met Office and the BBC have always used the latest technology to bring the holy grail of accurate forecasting that much closer. Yet, as hand-drawn maps have been replaced by weather apps, the bigger drama of global warming has been playing itself out, as if to prove that people were right all along to obsess about the weather.

The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill
Documentary exploring the singer-songwriter's career and music from her 1978 debut single Wuthering Heights to her 2011 album 50 Words for Snow with testimony from collaborators, fellow artists inspired by her work and fans. Featuring David Gilmour, the guitarist who discovered Bush, as well as Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Stephen Fry, Outkast's Big Boi and Steve Coogan.

Britain at Low Tide 
Tori Herridge uncovers the story behind a dramatic night in 1976 when fishing trawler the Admiral Von Tromp went wildly off course in the North Sea, after setting off in Scarborough and running aground in Whitby, North Yorkshire, with the wreckage still visible on the shores of Saltwick Bay to this day. The massive remains of a First World War fort lead Tori to tales of love in the East Yorkshire hamlet of Kilnsea, and she learns the strange fate of two ships that were built in Hull but ended up on top of a mountain in Peru.

​How Quizzing Got Cool: TV's Brains of Britain
Victoria Coren Mitchell, Judith Keppel, Chris Tarrant, Mark Labbett and Nicholas Parsons help Ben Miller trace the origins of the pro-quizzers; quiz show veterans who have emerged from the crowd of quiz aficionados in recent years to achieve fame and fortune for their general knowledge prowess.

Elizabeth: Our Queen
A look at Elizabeth II's life in eight episodes.

Grenfell Tower: Minute By Minute
Survivors of the Grenfell tower fire share their personal accounts of the blaze that killed 72 people, revealing the decisions that saved their lives, some of which were in defiance of official advice, and remembering the friends, neighbours and loved ones who did not make it out of the building.

Reggie Yates: Searching for Grenfell's Lost Lives
The presenter meets families and friends of people who died in the Grenfell fire, to gain a greater understanding of the disaster's victims as people and as members of a community that is still recovering. Reggie discovers the stories of a man who ran back into the tower to save his family, a woman who has come to Britain from the Philippines seeking answers concerning her aunt's death, a Syrian man who came to Britain to start a new life after having escaped war in his home country, and one of the 18 children to die in the blaze.

The Lost Genius of British Art: William Dobson 
Waldemar Januszczak profiles the 17th-century portrait artist. He charts Dobson's career, during which he served as the official court painter to Charles I, and praises his depictions of royalist supporters, troops and cavaliers - which the critic argues should be regarded as among the finest examples of British art. Januszczak also investigates Dobson's little-known life story and attempts to discover the reasons why he faded into obscurity.

The Queen: Her Commonwealth Story 
George Alagiah explores the history of Elizabeth II's relationship with the Commonwealth, revealing how the role of heading this family of nations affected her as she grew and developed - both as a monarch and as a person. His journey starts in Tonga, one of the furthest-flung stops on the Queen's first Commonwealth tour in 1953, before visiting Australia, Ghana, India and South Africa.

Capability Brown's Unfinished Garden 
Bunny Guinness tries to carry out the 18th-century English landscape designer's plans for his own garden in Fenstanton, Cambridge-shire. Brown travelled the length and breadth of the country, improving more than 200 of the greatest estates in the land, for some of the most influential people of the day, but the design for his own garden never got off the drawing board.

Coming Soon                                    Back to top

Elizabeth I's Secret Agents - BBC 4 (25/4/18)​
Documentary series 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.

Harold Shipman: Doctor Death - ITV (26/4/18)​​
Twenty years since the arrest of Britain's most prolific serial killer, this documentary investigates how he got away with murdering 250 patients. A trusted family doctor, Shipman's killing spree began in the 1970s and went undetected for three decades. Here, eyewitnesses and detectives at the heart of the murder inquiry reveal the tactics they used to bring the murderous GP to justice and the mistakes he made that led to his downfall.

Jeff Beck: Still on the Run - BBC 4 (27/4/18)​​
The life history of the musical maverick offering an overview of Beck's output, including his days with the Yardbirds, which brought him to the US for the first time, and The Jeff Beck Group, whose first incarnation included Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart. Featuring interviews with Beck, Wood and Stewart as well as an array of his peers and collaborators, including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Slash and Joe Perry.

Announced, but no air date set

Age Before Beauty - BBC1 
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. 

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. 

Bancroft - ITV Encore
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.

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.

Black Narcissus 2018 - 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 2018-2020 - BBC1 
Three more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama
                                                        Back to top 

Derry Girls 2018 - Channel 4 
Second series of Lisa Magee's semi-autobiographical sitcom.

​Happy Valley 2018 - BBC1  
Third series of Sally Wainwright's gripping crime drama.

Hatton Garden 2018 - ITV 
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.

Jerusalem 2018 - 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 EmpireSmashMasters of Sex).

                                                              Back to top

King Lea2018 - BBC2 
BAFTA-winner Richard Eyre directs and adapts Shakesepeare's classic with Anthony Hopkins taking on the titular role. Emma Thompson reunites with Hopkins for the first time since The Remains of the Day as Lear's oldest daughter Goneril whilst Emily Watson and Florence Pugh will play her sisters. The all-star supporting cast includes Jim Broadbent, Andrew Scott, Jim Carter, Christopher Eccleston and Tobias Menzies. 

The Stephen Lawrence Story *Working Title* 2018 - BBC1 
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.

Manhunt 2018 - ITV 
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. 

Patrick Melrose 2018 - Sky Atlantic 
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the leading role as the eponymous anti-hero of this five-part series. Spanning decades the show sees the outrageous, charming and funny aristocrat Melrose come to terms with his traumatic childhood and substance abuse.

Shibden Hall  BBC1
Eight-part period drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright telling the remarkable life story of landowner Anne Lister

Stan And Ollie  - BBC1 
One-off biopic from Jeff Pope telling the story of Laurel and Hardy's 1953 UK tour.

Steve McQueen Series BBC1 
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.

A Suitable Boy 2018 - 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.

Summer of Rockets 2018  - BBC2 
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.

Taboo 2018  - BBC1 
 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.

                                                                Back to top
Timewasters  -  ITV2 
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. 

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 2018 - 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 2018 - ITV 
Third series of the crime drama starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Baskhar as detectives who attempt to solve cold cases. Written by Chris Lang

Upstart Crow 2018 - BBC Two 
Third Series of Ben Elton's sitcom starring David Mitchell as William Shakespeare.

Vanity Fair 2018 - ITV 
A seven-part adaptation of William Makepeace Thackery's classic novel and starring Olivia Cooke as his timeless heroine Becky Sharp. The series is being adapted by Gwyneth Hughes and filming will begin in Budapest later this year.

A Very English Scandal 2018 - BBC1 
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. 

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.

The Wilsons 2018 - BBC1 
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.

The Woman in White BBC1 
Four-part adaptation of the classic novel by Wilkie CollinsBen 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.

World on Fire 2018 - BBC1 
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.

                                                        Back to top
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

A New Era: Scottish Modern Art 1900-1950
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
2 December 2017 – 10 June 2018

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Tate Britain
28 February – 27 August 2018

Edward Bawden
Dulwich Picture Gallery
23 May – 9 September 2018

Edward Bawden at Home
Fry Art Gallery | Essex
1 April – 28 October 2018

The BFG in Pictures
The Bowes Museum | Durham
14 July – 30 September 2018

Entranced by a Special Place: the Art of SJ Lamorna Birch RA
Penlee House Gallery and Museum | Penzance
16 June – 8 September 2018

Laing Art Gallery | Newcastle-upon-Tyne
17 February – 28 May 2018

Fay Ballard and Judy Goldhill: Breathe
Freud Museum
16 May – 18 July 2018

Britten in America
The Red House | Aldeburgh, Suffolk 
1 March – 28 October 2018

Christy Burdock: The People in the Gallery
House of Illustration
4 April – 8 July 2018

Chatsworth renewed: The house past, present and future
24 March – 21 October 2018

Chippendale and the Yorkshire Craftsmen
Burton Constable Hall | Holderness, East Yorkshire
24 March – 4 November 2018

Created in Conflict: British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today
Compton Verney House
17 March – 10 June 2018

Diana: Her Fashion Story
Kensington Palace
24 Feb 2017 – 24 Feb 2019

Drawn to the Coast: Turner, Constable, Cotman
Time and Tide Museum | Norfolk
26 May – 9 September 2018

Entranced by a Special Place: the Art of SJ Lamorna Birch RA

First Amongst Equals
The Foundling Museum
16 January 2018 – 13 January 2019

Form and Function
The Harley Gallery | Nottinghamshire
28 April – 15 July 2018

A Pre-Raphaelite Collection Unveiled: The Cecil French Bequest
Watts Gallery – Artists' Village|Compton, 
6 March – 3 June 2018

Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power
Abbot Hall Art Gallery | Kendal
22 June – 29 September 2018

Generation Hope: Life after the First World War
IWM London
21 September 2018 – 31 March 2019

ARTIST ROOMS: Gilbert & George
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
29 April – 2 September 2018

Brian Graham: Towards Music
The Salisbury Museum | Salisbury 
27 January – 12 May 2018

The Great British Seaside
National Maritime Museum | Greenwich
23 March – 30 September 2018

The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition
Royal Academy of Arts
12 June – 19 August 2018

Half in shadow: Half in light
The Harley Gallery | Nottinghamshire
24 March – 17 June 2018

Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form
River & Rowing Museum| Henley-on-Thames
9 February – 3 June 2018

Heroes and Heroines: The Victorian Age
Scottish National Portrait Gallery | Edinburgh
13 May 2017 – 31 May 2019

Lubaina Himid: Hard Times
Harris Museum & Art Gallery | Preston
2 March – 3 June 2018

The House of Fame
Nottingham Contemporary
24 March – 24 June 2018

Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904)
Tate Britain
2 November 2017 – 7 May 2018

In Focus: Scottish Photography
City Art Centre | Edinburgh
7 July 2018 – 12 May 2019

Interior Worlds
Nostell Priory and Parkland | West Yorkshire
14 July – 4 November 2018

Augustus John: Drawn from Life
Poole Museum | Dorset
26 May – 30 September 2018

Journeys with 'The Waste Land'
Turner Contemporary | Margate
3 February – 7 May 2018

Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art
Walker Art Gallery | Liverpool
24 February – 3 June 2018

Keats and Milton: Paradise Lost
Keats House 
6 December 2017 – 14 October 2018

Henry Lamb: Out of the Shadows
The Salisbury Museum
26 May – 30 September 2018

Lest We Forget?
IWM North | Manchester
27 July 2018 – 24 February 2019

ARTIST ROOMS: Richard Long
Gallery Oldham | Oldham
27 May – 16 September 2018

The Lost Words
The Foundling Museum
19 January – 6 May 2018

Loud and Clear
The Harley Gallery | Nottinghamshire
28 April – 15 July 2018

Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye
City Art Centre | Edinburgh
4 August 2018 – 10 February 2019

Magali Reus: As Mist, Description
South London Gallery
23 March – 27 May 2018

Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works
The Hepworth Wakefield
16 February – 3 June 2018

Garry Fabian Miller: Voyage
Dovecot Studios
2 February – 7 May 2018

Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain
The Hepworth Wakefield | West Yorkshire
22 June – 7 October 2018

Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman
Garden Museum
18 April – 22 July 2018

Katrina Palmer: The Coffin Jump
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
16 June 2018 – 16 June 2019

John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery | The Royal Pavilion
12 December 2017 – 3 June 2018

A Pre-Raphaelite Collection Unveiled: The Cecil French Bequest

James Henry Pullen: Inmate - Inventor - Genius
Watts Gallery – Artists' Village | Guilford
19 June – 28 October 2018

Leonard Rosoman: Painting Theatre
Pallant House Gallery | Chichester
3 February – 29 April 2018

Harmonising Landscapes: Paul Sandby RA
Newstead Abbey Historic House and Gardens
16 June 2018 – 6 January 2019 | Nottinghamshire 

James Ward: Animal Painter
National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art  | Suffolk
4 May – 28 October 2018

War and conflict exhibits

                                                                Back to top

ExhibitsMoviesTV in the U.K.
Updated  Daily