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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New series. Drama loosely based on Gerald Durrell’s classic memoir about his family’s animal-filled life in Corfu in the 1930s.
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
(may still be available to UK residents on "Catch Up")
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.
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.
Documentary examining the 1993 death of Stephen Lawrence.
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.
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.
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.
The story behind the world's richest art dynasty.
Historian Dan Jones explores the history behind some of Britainʼs most famous castles.
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.
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.
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.
Series Two of the documentary series visiting National Trust properties and revealing the hidden history, human stories and natural history behind them
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.
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.
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.
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.
Series looking at the British genius for woodwork over the centuries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A look at Elizabeth II's life in eight episodes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Factual drama focusing on Anne Williams; who dedicated her life to discovering the truth about the Hillsborough disaster which claimed the life of her son Kevin who was only fifteen years old at the time.
Four-part drama from 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.
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.
Three more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama
Second series of Lisa Magee's semi-autobiographical sitcom.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 crime drama starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Baskhar as detectives who attempt to solve cold cases. Written by Chris Lang
Third Series of Ben Elton's sitcom starring David Mitchell as William Shakespeare.
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.
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.
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.
Four-part adaptation of the classic novel by Wilkie Collins. Ben 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.
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.