(Programmes from 8-11pm on BBC 1-4, C4-C5 & IT)
Dan Snow examines the devastating impact of war on the mental health of soldiers, discovering how the shell shock of the First World War has evolved into the cases of post-traumatic stress disorder that modern soldiers are affected by today. The historian talks to veterans of the Second World War, the Falklands and Afghanistan about their experiences, and asks military psychiatrists and experts why the authorities are still struggling to help the psychiatric casualties of war.
Jackie Kay tells the story of black soldier Arthur Roberts, who grew up in Glasgow and joined the King's Own Scottish Borderers in 1917 and fought at Ypres.
Two-part programme exploring the history of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and examining the rich culture and troubled past.
Historian Dr Janina Ramirez investigates the development of Anglo-Saxon art. Examining the Sutton Hoo treasures the Franks Casket, the Staffordshire Hoard and the Lindisfarne Gospels, she uncovers the secret codes and symbols that reveal the pagan past and Christian future of the Anglo-Saxon people, and discusses how their artistic development was brought to an end by the Norman invasion of 1066.
The historian reveals a story of invasion in Britain spanning millennia, beginning with him felling a tree with a flint axe in Kent, and riding an Iron Age chariot. Sam Willis also searches for clues of invasion at Silbury Hill, and tracks down evidence of the Beaker people, who brought ceramics, metalwork and beakers to Britain.
New series. Crime drama delving into the trials and triumphs of one of the 20th century's most iconic dynasties, the Gettys. In the opening episode, J Paul Getty Sr, one of the richest men in the world, looks to the rest of his family for an heir to his oil business after the shocking suicide of his eldest son. Starring Donald Sutherland and Harris Dickinson
Huw Edwards explores the history of the country
The newsreader examines how Britain's First World War remembrance traditions came about, revealing how the campaign by families to bring home their dead was ignored by government in favour of large scale cemeteries on the Western Front.
How a canny marketing campaign persuaded unenthusiastic Brits to embrace what new trains had to offer. Among the features were improved refreshment options. Prue Leith explains how banishing the soggy sandwich from British Rail was vital to restoring the railway's fortunes.
New series. Michael Portillo visits the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot, Hampshire. Almost 140 years ago the building acted as a response to the world's first modern war, the Crimean, when soldiers suffered terrible injuries on a horrific scale never been seen before. Closed for the past 22 years, Michael is allowed inside to learn of the far-reaching legacy of the extraordinary medical innovations that took place there, discovering that the ability to surgically alter human bodies is not necessarily a modern phenomenon.
New series. Documentary going behind the scenes at the castle and exploring its 900 years of history.
New series. Steph McGovern tells the story of how the nation's craft and manufacturing skills have shaped its towns and cities and built modern Britain, taking four craftspeople on a journey around the country to discover what made the UK great.
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.
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
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Premiere. Peter Jackson's documentary exploring the First World War, edited from rarely seen archive footage from the Western Front which has been restored and colourised, while lip readings of the men featured in the footage have allowed their speech to be reconstructed. The film also includes archive interviews with servicemen from the BBC and the Imperial War Museum.
A classic performance by the US musician at London's Wembley Arena in 1979, originally shown as part of a selection of programmes to mark the 70th year since the birth of the quintessential `country boy'.
The BBC's My Generation season continues as Boy George revisits his teenage years. While history may remember the 1970s as being marked by strikes, poverty and civil discord, the singer reveals that - for the young George O'Dowd - the decade was the beginning of his musical, social and sexual coming-of-age. He discusses how sexual repression and disenfranchisement, along with the advent of glam rock, disco and punk, gave rise to the flamboyant persona he would later unleash on the world, via Culture Club's memorable first appearance on Top of the Pops in 1982.
Observational documentary following Prince Charles over the past 12 months, being shown to mark his 70th birthday on November 14. Film-maker John Bridcut follows the prince at work and behind the scenes and speaks to those who know him best - the Duchess of Cornwall and Princes William and Harry - as he builds an intimate portrait of the longest-serving heir to the throne.
One hundred years ago, with U-boats and battleships terrorising Allied shipping, and zeppelins bombing Britain's towns and cities, Ulster-Scots teenager Jack McCleery was one of 12 young men tasked with a deadly mission on board the Royal Navy's `mystery ship'. In this documentary, actor David Hayman tells the story of the test pilots of HMS Furious, the world's first aircraft carrier, whose secret mission would revolutionise warfare.
An immersive account of one of the most tragic battles in history, the Battle of the Somme, told through its last survivors and through families and communities at home who lost loved ones
Classic comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Hugh Laurie
The historian teams up with materials scientist Zoe Laughlin in an ambitious attempt to recreate one of the earliest and most spectacular firework displays in Britain. The extravagant festivities were originally laid on by Robert Dudley, a close friend of Queen Elizabeth I, as an attempt win the Virgin Queen's hand in marriage in 1575, and Lucy travels to Italy for clues on how to make the Tudor equivalent of a Catherine Wheel.
The untold story of what happened after the Dunkirk evacuation, told by the men who were there and using recently declassified secret documents. Following the evacuation, tens of thousands of British troops were still left in France, fighting for their lives. The 51st Highland Division were ordered to fight on against the Hitler's war machine and now, almost 80 years later, the only remaining survivors of that Division tell their extraordinary story for the first time.
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.
Rob Bell revisits lines decommissioned in the 1960s and celebrates the new life that has been created from their remains.
A profile of Victorian adventurer Flinders Petrie, who changed the world's understanding of ancient Egyptian civilisation. Chris Naunton explains how Petrie conducted a scientific survey of the pyramids, making valuable historical discoveries along the way, and also reveals how Petrie's methods of investigation revolutionised archaeology.
Fergal Keane explores some of the most powerful stories of Britain's boy soldiers, with as many as 250,000 under-18s having served in the British Army during the First World War and every 10th volunteer lying about his age. The journalist examines what made them enlist and finds out how they coped with the reality of war, and looks at how there was a movement in Britain to get them home as casualties began to mount. He also meets the children and grandchildren of veterans, taking them on an emotional journey to the places where their ancestors trained and fought.
Neil Oliver examines the development of the Maxim machine gun - which was capable of firing 666 rounds a minute - and explores the devastating impact of its use on the battlefields of France by the German army in the First World War. He follows the stories of soldiers from Skye who went to the front together as part of the Cameron Highlanders, drawing on letters sent home and the details of the battles they fought to portray how the machine gun attacks left a gaping hole in a tightly knit community.
The haunting story of five fires that came before the Grenfell disaster, told through the eyes of those directly involved and filmed over the course of 12 months by Jamie Roberts. The film collates the memories of survivors, the bereaved, firefighters, safety experts and the politicians linked to five intensely fierce fire disasters that preceded Grenfell, showing the warnings that existed and may have predicted a Grenfell-type inferno happening in Britain. The programme focuses on three factors - the application of flammable material and cladding to buildings, the `Stay Put' advice given by fire services and the absence of sprinklers - and how they contributed to each of the previous five blazes, sometimes with fatal consequences.
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.
Documentary charting 180 years of British history as lived through by the successive inhabitants of a terraced house in Liverpool, from the 1840s to the present day. Presenter David Olusoga reveals how the house came to be built as a merchant's residence in the 1840s, and then tells the story of the first tenant - a customs clerk with a taste for fine furniture and the high life. But his lavish lifestyle came to an end when the money dried up. He, however, was just the first to live in the house. There were more to come throughout the 1840s and 1850s.
Revisiting the extraordinary case of serial killer, Beverley Allitt, a nurse who murdered four children in her care in 1991 at Grantham Hospital in Lincolnshire. Through exclusive interviews with her surviving victims and access to recordings of Allitt's police interviews, Trevor McDonald attempts to find answers to the question that still haunts everyone involved in the story - why did she do it?
Jeremy Paxman presents this five-part documentary tracing the story of the British Empire
Alex Jones presents the living history series in which a group of women step back in time to experience factory life in the past. The year has moved on to 1973, when manufacturing output and productivity was at its highest since the war. The women are tasked with bright orange flares, a must-have fashion item of the decade, and with business booming, targets have to be met. However, when a male machinist joins the production line, his end-of-week pay packet sends shockwaves around the factory.
A performance of George Benjamin's new opera about Edward II from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The king's close relationship with his most trusted advisor, the Earl of Cornwall, provokes unrest in the court and the country as a whole, while the queen conspires with a powerful general to have her husband removed from the throne in favour of her son. Introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.
A showcase of 1970s and 80s synth music taken from the BBC archives. Popular acts in the genre include Roxy Music, New Order, Ultravox, Soft Cell, OMD, Yazoo and Depeche Mode.
An intimate account of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, told through the stories of people who lost loved ones during the conflict, which lasted more than 30 years. Contributors include Virtue Dixon, whose daughter Ruth was killed on her 24th birthday while celebrating at the Droppin' Well pub in Ballykelly in December 1982. An Irish National Liberation Army bomb brought the roof down, killing both civilians and British soldiers, and Virtue tells the story of the aftermath from her perspective.
The story of how RBS, a small Scottish bank, grew to briefly become the biggest in the world, before collapsing and triggering the largest financial bail-out in British history. This documentary focuses on a single day, the 7th of October 2008, when the Royal Bank of Scotland collapsed and almost took the entire UK banking system down with it. Featuring interviews with then-Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, former BBC Business Correspondent Robert Peston and Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England at the time
Documentary charting Blue Peter's development from a typical children's magazine show into a national institution, and an important lynchpin in the BBC One schedule. Originally broadcast in 1998, as part of the show's 40th anniversary celebrations, the programme also reveals how taking the helm on Blue Peter often led to presenters and producers facing unexpected personal and professional pressures.
anielle George trawls five decades of the BBC archive to explore how documentary-makers have interpreted major natural disasters, including the legendary loss of Atlantis and the eruption that destroyed Pompeii, and how they have changed their approach in the light of new scientific theories.
Documentary charting the history of the literary award to mark its 50th birthday, revealing how it belied humble beginnings to go on to revolutionise the world of literary fiction and become a central part of British cultural life. With contributions by Booker-winning authors Peter Carey, Penelope Lively and John Banville.
James Holland explores how the escalating tensions between the superpowers of America and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 60s led to the jet bomber coming to define how the Cold War was fought. Britain's V-force aircraft were able to fly faster, higher and further than ever before, and were armed with nuclear weapons.
Documentary profiling the Queen's sister, whose life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed Britain during the 20th century. With archive footage and interviews, the series follows Margaret's life as she redefined the image of the modern princess.
Comedy about William Shakespeare as he starts to make a name for himself in London while also trying to be a good husband and father for his family in Stratford-upon-Avon
Broadcast 25 years since the end of the trial, this documentary looks at the case of James Bulger, who was kidnapped in 1993 from a Liverpool shopping centre at the age of two and murdered by 10-year-old boys Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. Comprising testimony and evidence from those who knew them well and dealt with them at the time of the prosecution, this documentary offers new and startling evidence, throwing light on what turned two 10-year-old boys into killers. In addition, new interviews and testimony from those directly involved in the case present the most complete picture yet of what drove Thompson and Venables to murder.
James Nesbitt narrates a look back at the often controversial life of the two-time world snooker champion, who was widely regarded as one of the most naturally gifted players in the history of his sport, but whose brilliance was flawed by his demons. With contributions by members of his family, as well as fellow snooker greats Jimmy White, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor.
Historian Amanda Vickery and broadcaster Tom Service unearth the fascinating story of the life-long friendship between composers Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst, whose music gave birth to the `English sound' in the first half of the 20th century. They retrace the walking trips the two composers took together across the country to discover how influences ranging from the Renaissance masters to the folk genre imbued their music with the `Englishness' recognised today.
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.
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.
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.
Single drama focusing on the lead up to the big Brexit vote starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings; the head strategist of the Vote Leave Campaign and Rory Kinnear as David Cameron's Director of Communications Craig Oliver. Further cast includes Liz White, Kyle Soller and Lee Boardman.
Three more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama
Three-part adaptation of Eugene McCabe's novel from The Fall 's Alan Cubitt; the drama is a riveting twenty-four hour story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, set in the beautiful, haunting countryside of Fermanagh in 1885.
Second series of Lisa Magee's semi-autobiographical sitcom.
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.
Eight-part period drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright telling the remarkable life story of landowner Anne Lister. Suranne Jones is set to play Anne Lister whilst further cast includes Stephanie Cole, Timothy West, Gemma Jones, Gemma Whelan, Jodi May, Rosie Cavaliero, Vincent Franklin and Shaun Dooley.
Fourth series of the period crime drama which will feature the final appearance from James Norton in his role as Sidney Chambers whilst Robson Green, Tessa Peake-Jones and Kacey Ainsworth. Tom Brittney will replace Norton as Grantchester's newest clergyman Reverend Will Davenport.
Third series of Sally Wainwright's gripping crime drama.
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.
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).
One-off fact-based drama looking at a bike courier who racked up thousands of pounds in debt and ultimately took his own life. Chance Perdomo stars in the lead role whilst Craig Parkinson plays the bailiff pursuing him and Juliet Cowan plays his mother.
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.
Andrew Davies's adaptation of Jane Austen's uncompleted novel which focuses on the relationship between the unconventional Charlotte Heywood and the slightly wild Sidney Parker in the eponymous seaside town of the title.
Eight-part 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.
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.
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.
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.
Third series of the historical drama starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes.
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.
Multi-stranded drama telling the story of World War Two through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of this global conflict. The first series of seven episodes tells the story of the first year of the war, starting with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ending with the Battle of Britain.
Six-part sitcom written by and starring Matt Berry as DI Rabbit; a drunken Victorian-era sleuth who solves crimes alongside his by-the-books partner played by Freddie Fox.