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On Chesil Beach 
Based on Ian McEwan's novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.
Director: Dominic Cooke
Writers: Ian McEwan (screenplay), Ian McEwan (novel)
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 
A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.
Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay

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

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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

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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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Mackintosh: Glasgow's Neglected Genius - BBC 4 
Glasgow artist Lachlan Goudie examines the life, work and legacy of Scotland's most celebrated architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The programme examines Mackintosh's iconic buildings, most notably the Glasgow School of Art.

The NHS: A People's History - BBC 4
Alex Brooker presents this three-part documentary in which patients and staff dig out treasured mementos to tell personal stories about the National Health Service. They include the newly qualified medic who was thrown into surgery on the NHS's first day, the doctor who invented a device that revolutionised hip replacement surgery and a booklet of medical fees proving a stark reminder of life before the NHS.

Who Do You Think You Are? - BBC 1
Series in which celebrities trace their ancestry, discovering secrets and surprises from their past.

​Poldark - BBC 1 
Brooding drama set in 18th-century Cornwall. Ross Poldark is passionate about turning round the fortunes of his late father's estate. Adapted from Winston Graham's novels.

Smashing Hits! The 80's Pop Map of Britain & Ireland - BBC 4
New series. Midge Ure, lead singer of Ultravox and one of the men behind Band Aid, and Kim Appleby, who had a string of hits with her sister Mel in the Stock, Aitken & Waterman-produced band Mel and Kim, revisit the 1980s to determine why certain cities produced their own diverse tunes. In the first episode, they explore London's New Romantic movement, travel to Coventry to investigate the rise of Ska and speak to some of Sheffield's electronic music pioneers. 

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (season 3) - C5 
Documentary series visiting National Trust properties.

The Jumbo Jet: 50 Years in the Sky - C5
As the 50th anniversary of its creation approaches, this documentary celebrates the Boeing 747 and examines the lasting impact of `the plane that shrank the world'. 

Our Friend Victoria - BBC 1
Maxine Peake explores Victoria Wood's take on appearance, how the comedian took swipes at society's views on how people look, and what they should wear and eat. Comedy clips sum up Victoria's views on the diet and health industry. Plus, Julie Walters and Celia Imrie ponder Acorn Antiques' transformation into a health spa, and Duncan Preston reveals the pain he endured when faced with a wrinkly gusset.

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

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Just Finished
(may still be available to UK residents on "Catch Up"; links available below for a month after broadcast)

Dunkirk: The Forgotten Heroes
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.

A Life on Screen - Stephen Fry 
In this documentary Stephen Fry tells the story behind his success. With an acclaimed career in film and TV which began with a chance meeting with comedy partner Hugh Laurie at Cambridge, he went on to create Melchett in Blackadder, and has become a favourite on BBC Two with the quiz QI. The programme also features interviews with Michael Sheen, Hugh Laurie and Alan Davies among others.

The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain
Dr Lucy Worsley tells the story of Britain's first Georgian kings.

Britain's Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney 
Neil Oliver, Chris Packham, Andy Torbet and Dr Shini Somara join hundreds of archaeologists from around the world who have gathered in Orkney to investigate at one of Europe's biggest digs.

John Curry: The Ice King - Storyville
An intimate portrait of the groundbreaking figure skater, who won Olympic gold in 1976 and whose introduction of balletic moves and focus on presentation transformed the sport. This documentary features previously unseen footage of some of Curry's remarkable performances, along with archive interviews with the man himself and of those closest to him.

Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule 
Comedian and actor Rik Mayall died suddenly in June 2014, but left a body of work that spanned four decades and was a blend of rocket-fuelled physical comedy, surrealism, subversive satire and pompous punk wit. Mayall's characters included the Black Country investigative nerd Kevin Turvey, Felicity Kendal-adoring student poet Rick in The Young Ones, unemployed oddball Richard Richard in Bottom, ruthless MP Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman and the roguish Lord Flashheart, who appeared in the second and fourth series of Blackadder. Narrated by Simon Callow, this documentary celebrates Mayall's part in British comedy history, with contributions by Michael Palin, Simon Pegg, Lenny Henry, Ben Elton, Alexei Sayle, Christopher Ryan, Tim McInnerny, Jools Holland, Ruby Wax and Greg Davies.

Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow 
Peter Snow and Henry Cole visit projects across the country where teams of restoration experts are attempting to restore historic railway carriages to their former glory.

Whites v Blacks: How Football Changed a Nation
Adrian Chiles presents the story of a famous football match played in 1979 at West Bromwich Albion, in which a team composed entirely of black players took on an all-white side. The game took place at a time when black people were considered unwelcome in the sport, whether as players, fans or behind the scenes, and for those on the pitch that day, this was a rare and vital opportunity to make their mark on the sport. Adrian reunites players from both teams and reflects on how football has changed in the intervening time.

Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter 
Social historian Pamela Cox charts the journey of female shopworkers over the past 150 years, from almost invisible figures in stark Victorian stores, to being at the heart of the UK's retail revolution. She begins with the mid-19th century, when shops up and down the land were owned and staffed by men, and reveals how women's groups promoted female employment and tried to overcome the notion that shopwork was somehow unladylike. Pamela also lifts the lid on the working conditions and realities of life for women, many of whom lived above the shops and the new department stores.

She-Wolves: England's Early Queens 
Helen Castor explores the role of queens in medieval and Tudor England, analysing how they evolved from being the wives of kings to powerful figures in their own right - but faced great struggles to impose their authority in a male-dominated society. She begins by recalling the life of Matilda, the daughter of Henry I, who waged war against her cousin Stephen in the mid-12th century in a bid to be recognised as her father's rightful successor. The historian also charts the turbulent life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the wife of Henry II, who played a major role in governing England during the latter half of the 12th century.

Black Nurses: The Women Who Saved the NHS
The story of the thousands of Caribbean and African women who answered the call 70 years ago to come to the UK and help build the National Health Service. Told by the women themselves, the documentary reveals the price they paid in leaving behind their families, and examines their struggle to overcome racism and their fight for career progression, as well as their cultural impact here and abroad.

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Documentary profiling the blues guitarist, narrated by the man himself, as he charts his six decades in the music business, and why his insatiable desire to grow his artistic voice led him to quit a stream of successful bands, from the Yardbirds and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers to short-lived supergroups Cream and Blind Faith. Clapton also talks about his battles with drugs and alcohol, his love for George Harrison's wife Pattie Boyd and the tragic loss of his son in an accident. Including archive interviews with BB King, George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix.

Timeshift: The Rules of Drinking 
Mark Chapman narrates an exploration of Britain's complicated relationship with alcohol during the latter half of the 20th century. The programme charts how conventions surrounding the drinking habits of men and women changed from the 1940s onwards, as the largely masculine culture of pubs and working men's clubs began to recede, and also discovers the influence foreign travel and advertising had on the types of beverage that were popular in the UK. Last in the series.

​Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know 
Forty years since the formation of the band who went on to become one of the biggest acts of the 1980s, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor open up about the highs and lows of their career - with archive footage of former guitarist Andy Taylor helping round out the story. The documentary charts their trajectory through seven of their 14 albums, each one uncovering a compelling chapter in the history of five lads from Birmingham who had one simple dream - to become the biggest band in the world. Contributors include Boy George, Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson. First of two programmes celebrating Duran Duran's 40-year anniversary

Building Britain's Canals 
Dan Jones examines Britain's most iconic canals, beginning with the 152-mile Grand Union Canal, which runs up the spine of the country. Constructed at the height of the Industrial Revolution, the task challenged even the greatest engineering minds of the time, including pioneers such as James Brindley, the man behind Britain's first commercial canal, and William Jessop, the person with whom responsibility lay for the building of the main link from Birmingham to London. Travelling along its route, Dan experiences first-hand the innovations behind its construction, including the Blisworth tunnel.

The Murder of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes
When 11-year-old Rhys Jones was shot dead on his way home from weekly football practice in 2007, his family were left shattered and police were left with a case that seemed impenetrable. But when certain names were mentioned again and again, the police planted secret bugs in the homes of these gang members. Here, Susanna Reid gains unprecedented access to the subsequent recordings, where those responsible admit their part and the lengths they would go to cover up the crime. She also talks to Rhys's parents, Mel and Steve, about the impact of this appalling crime

Conviction: Murder in Suburbia 
Documentary following the investigation of an alleged miscarriage of justice, with registered charity Inside Justice re-examining the case of Glyn Razzell, who was convicted of murdering his wife Linda in 2003. Led by Louise Shorter, the team enlists criminal lawyers, ex-police officers and forensics experts to see if there is any new evidence that could challenge the conviction.

Cruel Sea: The Penlee Lifeboat Disaster 
Documentary revisiting the tragic night in 1981 when Penlee lifeboat Solomon Browne attempted to rescue those on board stricken coaster the Union Star. Amid hurricane winds and 60ft waves off the coast of Cornwall, both crews lost their lives. The story is told through actual radio messages, eyewitness testimony and memories of bereaved family members.

Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley 
To mark 100 years since women over the age of 30, who owned property, were first allowed to vote in the UK, Lucy Worsley examines the battle that women had to wage for that right. She tells the story a group of less well-known young working-class suffragettes who decided to go against every rule and expectation that Edwardian society had about them, and ended up being tracked by a special police unit.

The Double Life of George Michael
Documentary examining the troubled last years of the pop star, culminating in his death on Christmas Day in 2016. The programme examines the contrast between his inner demons and his beloved public persona during four decades of chart success.

The Prime of Dame Muriel Spark 
Kirsty Wark presents a celebration of the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie on the 100th anniversary of her birth. She revisits Spark's Edinburgh roots, talks to biographer Alan Taylor and conducts the first televised interview with Penelope Jardine, who was a close friend of the writer for 40 years. With contributions from AL Kennedy, Janice Galloway, Ali Smith, William Boyd and Val McDermid.

Fair Cop: A Century of British Policewomen
Documentary examining the history of women in the British police force, featuring a look at the careers and aspirations of key former and serving officers. Ex-workers include Cressida Dick, its highest ever ranking female officer, Alison Halford, who brought a sex discrimination charge against the force, Jackie Malton, who provided the model for Prime Suspect's Jane Tennison, and Sislin Fay Allen, the nation's first black policewoman.

Kate Adie's Women of World War One
Broadcaster and former war correspondent Kate Adie examines the impact of women taking over jobs from men who were fighting abroad during the First World War. Innovations included women police officers and football teams, as well as female surgeons operating on men for the first time. Kate explores whether the changes in women's lives were long-lasting or only for the duration of the conflict.

Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers: Lucy Worsley's 100 Years of the WI 
In a programme originally shown to mark the Women's Institute's centenary year, historian Lucy Worsley goes beyond the stereotypes of jam and Jerusalem to reveal the surprisingly radical side of this British institution. She reveals that the WI's humble origins in an Anglesey garden shed in 1915 were no bar to the movement's grand ambitions to be an organisation engaged in the fight for women's rights. She explores some of the WI's most important campaigns, including its 1918 crusade for decent housing and its remarkably radical fight for equal pay in 1943.

Managing England: The Impossible Job 
A look at the history of the role of England football manager, featuring interviews with current boss Gareth Southgate and former incumbents Sven-Goran Eriksson, Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce. Past players such as Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand also contribute as the programme looks at why it is such a difficult job and how the nation's trophy drought in the sport can be ended.A look at the history of the role of England football manager, featuring interviews with current boss Gareth Southgate and former incumbents Sven-Goran Eriksson, Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce. Past players such as Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand also contribute as the programme looks at why it is such a difficult job and how the nation's trophy drought in the sport can be ended.

Julius Caesar from Donmar Kings Cross
All-female production of Shakespeare's play about a conspiracy to assassinate a beloved leader intending to claim absolute power, and the subsequent conflict that divides a nation in two. Harriet Walter, Jackie Clune and Jade Anouka head the cast of a performance that depicts the story in a women's prison.

Victoria Wood: Seen on TV 
The Lancashire-born comedienne reflects on the highlights of her television career. The programme features clips from shows including As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques and dinnerladies, as well as jokes and songs from her numerous other TV performances. Friends and famous fans including Dawn French, Julie Walters and Roger Moore discuss her enduring appeal - and reveal what she is like to work with.

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Paul O'Grady's Working Britain - BBC 4 (18/7/18)
The comedian presents the first of two programmes in which he explores the history of the British working class. For Paul, these were the people who made Britain great, from the dark days of the Industrial Revolution to the hairnets and rubber gloves of the factory line. But what happened when these jobs were no more? Travelling from his childhood town of Birkenhead to Clyde in Glasgow, he discovers the factories and mines that were at the heart of industry and the effects of their disappearance. He also speaks to people who are keeping the culture and values of the class alive and tries his hand at some typical jobs to see whether the sense of pride has survived.

Sword, Musket & Machine Gun: Britain's Armed History - BBC 4 (18/7/18) 
Sam Willis traces the evolution of weaponry in Britain, beginning by getting to grips with the swords, lances and shields used on the battlefield 1,000 years ago.

1066: A Year to Conquer England - BBC 4 (25/7/18)
Docudrama in which Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to the Battle of Hastings. Hardrada also fancies himself as monarch.

Love & Friendship - BBC 2 (27/7/18)
Premiere. A widow trying to escape scandalous rumours resolves to find suitable husbands for herself and her daughter. Period comedy, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny.

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. 

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
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Death and Nightingales 2019 - BBC2 
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.

Derry Girls 2019 - Channel 4 
Second series of Lisa Magee's semi-autobiographical sitcom.

Englistan 2019 - BBC2  
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.

Gentleman Jack 2019 - BBC1 
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.

Grantchester 2019 - ITV 
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.

​Happy Valley 2019 - 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).

Killed by My Debt 2018 - BBC3 
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. 

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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. 

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Year of the Rabbit 2019 - Channel 4 
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.

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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

50 Glorious Shows!
Cartoon Museum
28 March – 2 September 2018

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

Philip Astley: His Life and Legacy
Brampton Museum | Newcastle-under-Lyme
5 May – 15 July 2018

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

Edward Bawden
Dulwich Picture Gallery
23 May – 9 September 2018

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

Edward Burne-Jones
Tate Britain
24 October 2018 – 24 February 2019

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

Quentin Blake: Voyages to The Moon and The Sun
House of Illustration 
4 May – 30 September 2018

Sonia Boyce
Manchester Art Gallery
23 March – 2 September 2018

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

Emma Brownlow: In Focus
Foundling Museum
15 May 2018 — 29 Jul 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

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire
National Gallery
11 June – 7 October 2018

Mat Collishaw
Castle Howard | York
24 March – 30 September 2018

James Cook: The Voyages
British Library
27 April – 28 August 2018

Tacita Dean: Landscape
Royal Academy of Arts
19 May – 12 August 2018

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

Charles Dickens: Man of Science
Charles Dickens Museum
24 May – 11 November 2018

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

Michael Eden: Form and Transform
Waddesdon Manor | AYLESBURY
25 May – 28 October 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

Photographs around Woking: Sidney Francis in the 1920s and 1930s
The Lightbox | Surey
14 July – 7 October 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

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

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

Patrick Heron
Tate St Ives | St Ives
19 May – 9 September 2018

Hitting the Right Note: Amazing Women of the Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music Museum
29 June 2018 – 18 April 2019

Evan Ifekoya: Ritual Without Belief
5 July – 2 September 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

Personal Feeling is the Main Thing: Chantal Joffe
The Lowry | Manchester
19 May – 2 September 2018

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

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

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern
Fashion and Textile Museum
25 May – 23 September 2018

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

Dorothea Lange / Vanessa Winship: A photography double-bill

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

London Nights
Museum of London
11 May – 11 November 2018

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

Making and Breaking the Rules: Royal Academy 250 at the Russell-Cotes
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum | Bournemout
5 May – 14 October 2018

Maritime Perspectives: Collecting Art of a Seafaring Nation
Scottish Maritime Museum
1 June – 21 October 2018

Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art
House of Illustration 
25 May – 23 September 2018

May The Toys Be With You
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery | Leicester
21 July – 28 October 2018

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

Modern Art and St Ives
Tate St Ives | St Ives
14 October 2017 – 14 October 2020

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

Nashashibi / Skaer
Tate St Ives | St Ives
13 October 2018 – 13 January 2019

Royal Academy of Arts
29 September – 10 December 2018

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

The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery | Norwich
23 June – 23 September 2018

Patron Saints: Collecting Stanley Spencer
Stanley Spencer Gallery | Cookham
29 March – 4 November 2018

The Paxton Style: Neat and Substantially Good: Thomas Chippendale’s Scottish Achievement
Paxton House | Berwick upon Tweed
5 June – 28 August 2018

Cathie Pilkington RA: Life Room: Working From Home
Dorich House Museum
2 June – 28 July 2018

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

Rembrandt: Britain's Discovery of the Master
Scottish National Gallery | Edinburgh
7 July – 14 October 2018

The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture
Sir John Soane's Museum
16 May – 26 August 2018

Royal Women
Fashion Museum | Bath
3 February 2018 – 28 April 2019

Salisbury Snapped!
The Salisbury Museum | Salisbury
20 January – 26 August 2018

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

Michael Sandle: Monumental Rage
Grosvenor Museum | Cheshire
19 May – 7 October 2018 

NOW: Jenny Saville and others
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art | Edinburgh
24 March – 16 September 2018

The Foundling Museum
25 May – 2 September 2018

The Sea is the Limit
York Art Gallery | York
4 May – 2 September 2018

Side by Side: America and World War I
American Museum in Britain | Claverton Manor, Somerset
17 March – 28 October 2018

Special Forces: In the Shadows
National Army Museum
17 March – 18 November 2018

Sublime Symmetry
Guildhall Art Gallery
11 May – 28 October 2018

Annie Swynnerton: Painting Light and Hope
Manchester Art Gallery
23 February 2018 – 6 January 2019

Votes for Women
Museum of London
2 February 2018 – 6 January 2019

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

War and conflict exhibits

Dorothea Lange / Vanessa Winship: A photography double-bill
Barbican Art Gallery
22 June – 2 September 2018
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