(Programmes from 8-11pm on BBC 1-4, C4-C5 & ITV)
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.
Archive performances from Top of the Pops, featuring the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Queen, the Kinks and Status Quo
Rob Bell reveals the secrets of the historic ships that shaped our island nation.Great British Ships
Return of the comedy set against the Troubles in 1990s Northern Ireland.
New series. Historians Dan Jones and Dr Suzannah Lipscomb and engineer Rob Bell explore how London faced daring invasions, catastrophic fires and deadly plague. Also, how it grew from a small Roman trading post, to the capital of the British Empire, and ultimately to the thriving megacity we know today.
A look at Elizabeth II's life, featuring interviews with some of the prime ministers, close friends, royal household members and special advisors who know her best.
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Edmund Blackadder is a conniving courtier to Elizabeth I.Classic comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson and Stephen Fry, with a guest appearance by Rik Mayall as Edmund's best friend Lord Flashheart.
Vanessa Collingridge examines the life of Elizabeth Tudor, with a focus on how documentary TV and the BBC have looked at her legacy and interrogated her reign. Using archive stretching back over 60 years, her upbringing, her conflicts with enemies including Mary Queen of Scots, and her greatest victory against the Spanish Armada are investigated. The programme seeks to understand how the monarch created a legacy that people still live with today, and how it has changed throughout the centuries.
Philomena Cunk from Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe carries out in-depth investigations, travelling the length and breadth of the country and enlisting the help of a variety of experts. She begins by examining the origins of the universe, and interviews Robert Peston about British politics. Comedy documentary, starring Diane Morgan.
The detective has been assigned to a quiet rural area in 1969. He is, at least, reunited with his former CID.
Scientists and historians use isotope and DNA analysis to identify the crew of Henry VIII's flagship, which sank off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545. With the help of Mary Rose Trust curator Alex Hildred, the programme uncovers evidence that many of the sailors were of African origin, and traces surviving descendants of the only two members of the crew who can be identified by name. Plus, the little-known story of a 16th-century Guinean free-diver who retrieved several treasures from the wreck.
Charting the history of the world's most destructive war, including how the story of the conflict has changed as new information comes to light and forgotten stories are remembered. This edition examines the most important accounts of the Second World War, and how understanding of them has been redefined since the conflict ended over 70 years ago.
In 1988, the publication of The Satanic Verses - the controversial book by Salman Rushdie - sparked a culture war in Britain. Thirty years on, broadcaster and journalist Mobeen Azhar returns to Yorkshire, where the protest first began, to examine the lasting effect the book has had on his community, and to meet people often ignored by the mainstream media whose lives were for ever affected by the book. Mobeen hears from a range of people who were affected by the so called 'Rushdie Affair' - from the men who took an early stand against the book and organised the original protests, to a writer who wrestled at the time of the book's publication with the complex questions of free speech and her own religious beliefs, and a former member of the National Front who claims that the furore over the book became a recruiting tool for them.
A two-part documentary exploring pivotal moments in the queen mother's life.
Documentary exploring animation in the UK from the Victorian era to the present day, taking in the work of Bob Godfrey, John Halas & Joy Batchelor, Len Lye and Aardman Animations, and examining the ingenious methods that low-budget British productions have used to create their own distinctive styles.
Fifteen teenagers and three teachers embark on a time-travelling adventure through 100 years of school history. Led by presenter Sara Cox and social historian Polly Russell, the volunteers fast-forward through seven different eras, taking them to the end of the 20th century - and in each period there will be new school dinners to try, new trips to take and new ideas about what school is actually for.
A dramatic story in English history, told for the first time from the duelling perspectives of historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones.
A compilation of Irish rock performances from the early 1970s onwards, with acts including Thin Lizzy, Ash, the Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, U2, Sinead O'Connor, the Pogues, Imelda May, Cavan, Hozier and the Divine Comedy. The programme features clips from a variety of BBC shows, including the Old Grey Whistle Test, Top of the Pops, and Later with Jools Holland.
The showband was a uniquely Irish phenomenon. It was a movement that saw thousands of young people travel up and down the country in the late '50s, '60s and early '70s to the `Dancehalls of Romance' to be entertained by the Royal Showband, the Miami Showband and Big Tom and the Mainliners, and individuals including Dickie Rock, Joe Dolan and Brendan Bowyer. Ardal O'Hanlon looks back at the phenomenon, examining what triggered the infamous era, the people involved, and its eventual end in the 1980s.
Lucy Worsley and David Starkey present a recreation of the christening service of Henry VIII's son and heir Edward on October 15, 1537. The two historians reveal how Henry's household came together for an occasion that used every part of Hampton Court Palace, from the royal apartments and the kitchens to the Chapel Royal, producing a pageant that was deeply political as well as being a carefully stage-managed performance.
Two-part documentary in which social historians examine surviving film footage of Britain in the early years of the 20th century.
A poetic exploration of the British countryside, following an unnamed protagonist as she journeys through the changing seasons and incorporating archive footage from across the 20th century, from an Edwardian harvest to fearless children in the 1970s. With music from Portishead's Adrian Utley and Goldfrapp's Will Gregory.
Drama telling the true story of British explorer Col Percy Fawcett, who in the 1920s told his fellows at the Royal Geographical Society in London he had found evidence of a secret city hidden away in the Amazon. But proving his theory meant returning yet again. Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller star.
The background to the hit disco song, written by lyricist Dino Fekaris after he was sacked from Motown Records. Singer Gloria Gaynor, whose career was dramatically revived by the track, returns to notorious club Studio 54 where it was first played. There's also a look at the song's most unusual cover versions - including efforts in Japanese, Hindi and on a Wurlitzer organ.
The naturalist investigates the life of Jumbo, a famous Victorian elephant, supposedly the largest that ever lived. Jumbo arrived at London Zoo in 1865 and was popular with the royal family, but was dangerously unhappy in captivity. In later life, he would be sold to PT Barnum's circus, becoming a celebrity before dying under mysterious circumstances. Attenborough examines Jumbo's remains and considers the lives of elephants in the wild to learn more about the animal's difficult life.
The little-known story of Spitfire pilots and Allied technicians whose work helped to thwart the Nazis during the Second World War. The programme reveals how stereoscopic 3D photographs were used to help interpreters map every contour of the enemy's territory, and uses personal testimony, computer-generated imagery and original wartime pictures to detail how the initiative was able to uncover some of Hitler's most dangerous secrets. Narrated by Samantha Bond.
Falklands War veteran and charity campaigner Simon Weston marks 100 years since the establishment of the Imperial War Museums, which were initially set up in 1917 - in the midst of the First World War - to pay tribute to civil and military sacrifices during times of conflict. First housed at the Crystal Palace in London, over the past century, the organisation has expanded, comprising five sites across Britain. In this programme Weston examines 10 key objects from the IWM's collection, with help from special `advocates' who explore each artefact's story. Includes contributions by Bear Grylls, Al Murray, Cornelia Parker, Steve McQueen, Kate Adie, Kelly Holmes and Anita Rani.
New series. Documentary telling the stories of the battles to keep the European Union together, with contributions by presidents, prime ministers and their closest advisers. The opening edition reveals how David Cameron was pushed by the Conservative Party's fixation with Europe to call the Brexit referendum, with Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk discussing how Cameron negotiated with EU leaders over the concessions he felt he needed to win the referendum - and how the Europeans saw it.
Period drama about midwives and nurses in London's East End
Archaeologist Dr Fraser Hunter reflects on three centuries of interaction and conflict between the Romans and ancient Scottish tribes. He examines whether the Scots were too strong for the invading army or if the country was simply considered not worth the effort of conquering.
Documentary exploring the popularity of train replicas, and how what started out as an adult obsession with building fully engineered model railways became the iconic toy of 1950s and 1960s childhood. With contributions from modellers such as Pete Waterman, this programme celebrates the joys of miniaturisation.
Documentary exploring key moments in the 20th century for minority communities across the UK.
Monologues telling the personal stories of immigrants from the West Indies living in Britain in the 1940s and 1950s.
Four hundred years ago a motley band of British merchants landed on the coast of India and founded a trading post to export goods to London, and over the next 200 years the business grew into a commercial titan. In this documentary, Dan Snow tells the story of the East India Company, which revolutionised the British lifestyle, creating a mighty empire and laying the foundations for today's global trading systems.
Profile of the singer, exploring her rise to fame at the age of 17 in the 1960s. The film examines her encounters with some of British music's most iconic figures, including her relationship with Mick Jagger, her struggles with addiction, and subsequent reinvention and newfound acclaim as an artist in her own right.
As new £19million museum Aerospace Bristol prepares to open, this documentary takes a look at the life of the most glamorous plane ever built. Rare footage tells the forgotten row between the French and British governments over the name of Concorde, which threatened to derail the whole project. Engineers, flight technicians and frequent fliers tell the supersonic story, aided by politician Michael Heseltine and actress Joan Collins, while a former passenger recalls sharing an intimate moment with the Rolling Stones. Narrated by Sophie Okonedo.
An examination of the musical backdrop of the 1980s when synthpop was all the rage, having been popularised by bands including Depeche Mode, Ultravox and Soft Cell. The documentary also studies how this genre influenced the future of electronic music and groups such as Pet Shop Boys and New Order. Featuring interviews with Bernard Sumner, Gary Numan and Neil Tennant.
Jeremy Paxman presents a two-part investigation into the lives of the queen's four children, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, and their influence on the monarchy. The first episode explores their childhood, revealing how the death of George V and their mother's ascent to the throne changed the family dynamic. The programme also examines media coverage of the royal family, from a revealing documentary to the breakdown of Charles and Andrew's marriages.
Garden designer Chris Beardshaw finds out how Britain has helped shape the apple. He visits the original Bramley apple tree, discovers what drove Victorian horticulturists to create so many varieties and learns about the work of scientists who have unlocked the fruit's deepest secrets and helped make it a mass-market success.
David Dimbleby examines some of Britain's most extraordinary architecture, exploring the social history of the nation and revealing the stories behind each area's structures. He begins in East Anglia, where he visits Ely Cathedral and investigates how the Normans used their revolutionary building skills in the 11th century to demonstrate their power over the local population
Foundlings are people who were abandoned as babies, often in the first hours and days of their lives and have had no way to unlock the secrets of their past. In this 90-minute special presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, new DNA technology and painstaking detective work is combined to help solve the mysteries of people with unknown beginning. The team uses an extraordinary new technique to try to identify birth families and find answers for people who have spent decades striving to find out where they came from.
The historian explores how the past is a concoction of stories and untruths manipulated by whoever was in power at the time.
A quarter of a century on from the discovery of the Wests' extraordinary crimes, in which they murdered young women and girls and buried the human remains under their home at 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester, people at the heart of the story speak for the first time. Trevor McDonald asks the key questions - how did these crimes go undetected for so long, and what roleÇdid Rose West play? Viewers will see fresh evidence indicating that at times Rose may in fact have been the driving force in these horrific crimes.
First in a two-part documentary charting the scandalous love affairs, bitter disputes and royal rifts throughout the history of the monarchy. They include the public marriage breakdown of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, and rumours of a feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. Plus, the crisis caused by Edward VIII's abdication in 1936 - and the details of the row between his bride Wallis Simpson and the Queen Mother.
New series. The period drama resumes in 1848, a tumultuous year in which several European nations embraced revolution - placing the British monarchy under pressure. Victoria, Albert and their young family find themselves taking in refugees, when the queen's half-sister Feodora (Harlots' Kate Fleetwood) and a king who has been overthrown come to the palace seeking sanctuary. John Sessions and Laurence Fox (Lewis) join the cast as current and future prime ministers Lord John Russell and Lord Palmerston.
New series. Documentary examining Peter Sutcliffe's crimes and asking whether 1970s attitudes to women influenced the investigation, leaving the murderer free to kill again. The first episode explores the early years of the investigation from 1975, when the first Ripper murder occurred. The location of the first two murders in Chapeltown, then well-known as Leeds' main red light district, led the police to decide that prostitution was the connection between the attacks. After the second murder in January 1976, the police announced they were hunting a `prostitute killer' and the investigation became driven by this theory.
Between 1941 and 1945, merchant ships escorted by vessels from the US, Canadian and British navies delivered four million tons of essential goods to the Soviet Union. In this documentary, Jeremy Clarkson retraces the journey of the convoy of 35 ships codenamed PQ17 from Iceland to the Russian port of Arkhangelsk in June and July 1942, revealing how the Anglo-American mission became one of the biggest naval disasters of the 20th century. Featuring testimony from men who served on the vessels.
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.
Period drama based on the Novel from Downton Abbey writer Jullian Fellows.
New five-part series from Russell T Davies which focuses on three eighteen-year-olds Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin as they leave home to embark on a new life in London in 1981. The story will look at the AIDS epidemic and will follow the three characters throughout the 1980's to explore their ups and downs.
Three-part adaptation of Rumer Godden’s iconic tale of sexual repression and forbidden love from Amanda Coe. Returning this haunting love story to its original setting in the 1930s, as the western colonial order is about to explode into the crisis of World War 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.
Second series of the medieval drama starring David Morrissey and Kelly Reilly.
One more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama
Fourth and final series of the period drama starring Keeley Hawes.
Two-part dramatisation of John Merrick's extraordinary story, from birth to death written by Neil McKay and starring Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton in the lead role.
Nine-part drama series created by Riz Ahmed exploring three generations of the same Pakistani-family over four decades as they attempt to settle in England.
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.
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.
Fifth series of the drama starring Cillian Murphy as the head of a Birmingham gangster family. This is the first series of the show to be airing on BBC1. Sam Claflin, Anya Taylor-Joy and Brian Gleason join the cast alongside other newcomers Kate Dickie and Emmett J Scanlan.
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.
Fourth series of Chris Lang's crime drama starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
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.
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 drama written by Russell T Davies which focuses on the Manchester-based Lyons family and chronicles their ups and downs over a fifteen year period. Emma Thompson leads the cast as matriarch Vivienne alongside Rory Kinnear, Russell Tovey, Jessica Hynes, Ruth Madeley and Anne Reid.
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.