Monty Halls continues to highlight the stories of Allied soldiers who managed to escape from Nazi-occupied territories during the Second World War. This time, he turns his attention to the tale of Len Harley, the British POW who liberated himself from an internment camp in Italy. Retracing the soldier's steps takes Monty through the perilous Majella mountains, which Harley traversed in deep winter while being hunted by German soldiers. Plus, the man himself - now 98 - is reunited with Rosina Spinosa, one of the people who offered him shelter during his ordeal.
A compilation of archive performances by female country-music stars from a variety of BBC studio shows. Featured acts include Bobbie Gentry, Anne Murray, Emmylou Harris, Taylor Swift, Crystal Gayle, Tammy Wynette, Billie Jo Spears, and Lucinda Williams with Mary Chapin Carpenter.
The historian explores how the past is a concoction of stories and untruths manipulated by whoever was in power at the time. She begins with the dynastic conflict known today as the Wars of the Roses. Lucy explores how Shakespeare's history plays have fixed the way most people look at the feud between the houses of Lancaster and York. But he based his version of events on a narrative invented and shaped by Henry VII, the victorious Lancastrian who went on to found the Tudor dynasty.
New series. David Mitchell returns as William Shakespeare in Ben Elton's comedy, guest starring Steve Toussaint, with Harry Enfield, Paula Wilcox, Liza Tarbuck and Mark Heap.
The second series of the drama about the early years of Queen Victoria's reign begins after the birth of her first child. She resumes her royal duties sooner than expected, and quickly becomes convinced that her husband and the prime minister are concealing troubling news about the conflict in Afghanistan, and turns to the Duke of Wellington for answers. Victoria also faces problems at home, as Albert's family descend on the palace for the christening with plans for the future. Diana Rigg joins the cast as the queen's new confidante, the formidable Duchess of Buccleuch.
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
Series in which celebrities trace their ancestry, discovering secrets and surprises from their past.
(may still be available to UK residents on "Catch Up")
Documentary examining how the first Tudor monarch managed to cling on to power throughout his 23-year reign. Author Thomas Penn presents an intimate portrait of the often enigmatic ruler - from his victory over Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, which secured him the throne of England, to his death in 1509 and the succession of his son
Following the progress of four young medical pioneers in the daring and wild days of Victorian medicine.
The story of magic on television, examining the challenges of performing illusions for a TV camera that can see everything. Some of the most successful modern magicians reveal the performers who inspired them, and take a look back at how performers like Paul Daniels, Penn & Teller, Derren Brown, David Blaine and Dynamo transformed the art form.
Dan Jones, Suzannah Lipscomb and Rob Bell take a fresh look at the Great Fire of London in 1666 by walking the actual route the fire took across the city, hour-by-hour and street-by-street, hoping to uncover what really happened during Britain's worst inferno.
Intimate biography, narrated in the pop singer's own words, marking the 70th anniversary of his birth and the 40th of his death. With the dawn of the 1970s and the break-up of the Beatles, Bolan became the gender-bending glam rocker whose band T. Rex revitalised the British music scene. However, this film - incorporating hitherto unseen home movies shot by record producer Tony Visconti and Bolan himself - reveals a far more complex and driven figure whose life was cut short at the age of 29. Contributors include the singer's partner, Gloria Jones.
A celebration of the outburst of spangly pop and fuzz-filled rock that lit up the British charts in the early 1970s. Top of the Pops provided the genre's primary TV arena, adding some gloriously gaudy visual effects to the singers' already outrageous appearances. T. Rex, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Alice Cooper, Suzi Quatro, Slade, the Sweet, Elton John, Queen and Sparks are among those featured in this compilation, which also sources footage from a selection of BBC concerts as well as shows including Crackerjack and Cilla.
Historian Sam Willis explores the criminal underworld of Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries, beginning with the arrival of the highwayman in the wake of the English Civil War. Heavily romanticised in literature, these glamorous gangsters became a social menace on the roads and a political thorn in the side of the creaking British state, but a far darker reality lay underneath the dashing image of stylish robbers on horseback.
A trawl through the archives, revisiting some of the classic hits of the indie music genre through the 1980s and early '90s. Performers include Joy Division, Depeche Mode, the Smiths, Cocteau Twins and Primal Scream.
Writer and historian Michael Collins examines the suburban garden as he travels around south London from Bexley to Bromley, and also visits Ingress Park in Kent, to explore what the horticultural havens mean to society. He begins by looking at the 1930s and how a cigarette company cashed in on the public's green-fingered ambitions by offering cards with tips on them, before revealing how flowers were sacrificed for crops during the wars. He then examines their transformation in the 1970s, due to the rise of garden centres, and how some 21st-century lawns are being made from artificial grass.
Andrew Marr provides an insight into Britain at the dawn of the 20th century, highlighting the key moments of the era with archive footage and vivid anecdotes. In the first instalment, he takes a look back at the country mourning the death of Queen Victoria, fighting against the Boers in South Africa, and enjoying the music hall. There are also stories of political intrigue, the beginning of the struggle for women's suffrage, and how a meeting between Mr Rolls and Mr Royce started a revolution in motoring.
Professor Robert Bartlett travels from Britain to Jerusalem via Sicily, examining the expansion and unchecked ambition of the Norman empire, and how its impact still resonates in today's culture and politics. He discovers how, under the leadership of Scandinavian raider Rollo, these descendants of the Vikings first established themselves in northern France and became an unstoppable force of Christian knights and warriors.
The story of the visionaries who rescued some of the narrow gauge railways that once served Britain's key industries, including its mines, quarries, factories and docks. Home movies reveal how volunteers set to work to bring the lines and steam engines back to life after they disappeared in the years following the Second World War. Narrated by Jenny Agutter.
Documentary examining the events surrounding the killing of 12-year-old Tia Sharp in August 2012 by her grandmother's boyfriend Stuart Hazell, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder. Tia's father Steven Carter reveals his recollections and regrets, the detective who led the investigation expresses his apologies for taking so long to find the body, and a journalist remembers carrying out that now-notorious interview in which Hazell appealing for Tia to come home.
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.
Clare Grogan narrates a selection of scandalous celebrity moments, including Mariah Carey getting caught out lip synching, the online feud between Madonna and Elton John, Brian Harvey's controversial remarks about Ecstasy and Susan Boyle's misguided hashtag. With contributions from Louis Walsh, Sonia, Cheryl Baker and MC Harvey.
Journalist Alok Jha charts the history of weather forecasting from its origins in the early 19th century to the modern day, investigating how it was transformed from superstition into science. He reveals how pioneer Robert Fitzroy was driven by a desire to prevent disasters at sea, issuing Britain's first storm warnings and devising the first forecast to be published in a newspaper.
An account of the men and horses of the Australian Light Horse regiments, and the pivotal role they played in the First World War at the Battle of Romani in 1916, the Light Horse charge at the Battle of Beersheba in 1917, and the capture of Damascus in 1918. Bred for Australia's tough Outback conditions, the horses, known as Walers, were well equipped for the harsh climate and terrain of the Middle East, where the Anzac forces faced the armies of the Ottoman Empire.
Drama about the impact of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, telling the story from the point of view of four ordinary people during the week that followed the events of 31 August, 1997. Reporter Michael struggles to balance his career with his fledgling marriage as he interrupts his honeymoon to cover the story, while Glaswegian florist Mary hatches a plan to drive to London and sell flowers before the funeral. Starring Tamsin Greig, Nico Mirallegro, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Laurie Davidson.
Six unemployed men from Sheffield decide to become strippers for one night only in a bid to raise extra money. However, with no dancing experience and far from perfect physiques, the men rely on the unique selling point of complete nudity to impress the punters. Comedy, starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson, Hugo Speer and Paul Barber.
Recalling how the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales brought the world to a standstill, telling the story through the memories of people who played a part in it. Actress Kate Winslet narrates this account of September 6, 1997, with contributions from Malcolm Ross, the senior Buckingham Palace courtier who was responsible for the planning and execution of the funeral in just five days.
Lachlan Goudie explores Britain's spectacular industrial landscapes, and the artists and artworks inspired by them, in a journey that challenges our national stereotypes. Visiting ship yards, quarries and steelworks, and featuring revelatory industrial art by the likes of Graham Sutherland and Maurice Broomfield, this film reveals the significance and beauty of our industrial heritage
David Hayman examines the nation's pivotal role in the First World War's naval campaign. He begins by visiting the Orkney Isles, where the natural harbour of Scapa Flow became the base of the British grand fleet, and charts the fortunes of the dreadnoughts, battle cruisers and destroyers on their engagements with the enemy in the North Sea.
Documentary exploring the week following Princess Diana's death, with first-hand accounts from those who found themselves at the centre of the ensuing events, including then prime minister Tony Blair, members of the royal household, and family members including Princes William and Harry.
Profile of the 1930s high society painter, whose prestigious shows were popular with royalty and celebrities, and who also dressed as a man and had a number of female lovers
Jack Whitehall traces the history of the Edinburgh Festival, as the annual event reaches its 70th anniversary. First conceived in 1947 as part of the `healing process' for a Britain emerging from the misery and austerity of the Second World War, the Festival was considered a bastion of idealism, and the Fringe was brought into existence in the same year, bringing with it a form of creative anarchy. Jack reflects on the many ground-breaking encounters between artists, musicians, writers and performers that the Edinburgh Festival has facilitated over the years, and examines the role it has played in revolutionising art and culture both in the UK and abroad. Includes contributions by Ian McKellen, Shappi Khorsandi, Stephen Fry, Claire Bloom, Michael Palin, Alan Cumming, Alexei Sayle and more.
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.
Drama following the experiences of four British men and women who left their lives behind to join Isis in 2015. A man hoping to follow in his brother's footsteps has persuaded his best friend to join him, while a single mother hopes to provide medical aid and a teenager embraces the radical doctrines she has encountered online. The recruits cross into Syria under cover of darkness, where the men begin combat training and the women are introduced to the society's strict rules.
Historian Jonathan Foyle examines the often contradictory character of the Tudor monarch. Henry ordered the killing of writers and the demolition of ancient monasteries during his reign, yet was a cultured man who brought the Renaissance to England with a major building programme, tapestry collection and genuine love of the arts.
New series. Social historian Emma Dabiri and Dr Bendor Grosvenor visit museums across the country as they track down previously unknown paintings by some of the world's greatest artists. The pair travel to Glasgow to investigate a long lost picture of one of the most famous gay men in history, the Duke of Buckingham George Villiers, painted by one of the most famous artists of all time.
Historian Dominic Sandbrook follows up his 2012 documentary series The 70s by moving on to the following decade. He begins by examining how powerful new forces of choice and consumerism radically reshaped British life - a new culture of consumer-driven populism that propelled Margaret Thatcher to victory. He takes in everything from the popularity of Delia Smith and affordable fashions on the high street, to the subcultures of Britain's youth and the crisis of identity that rocked and splintered the political left.
Announced, but no air date set
Five-part series fronted by Paul Hollywood. Travelling down memory lane Paul will visit the kitchens that inspired him and the chefs who taught him. From his Merseyside roots to the Bake Off tent he will be cooking some brand new treats and reminiscing over the delicious recipes that represent pivotal moments in his life. Not only will the series showcase the skills and expertise he has mastered and but it will allow viewers to get to know more about the man himself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One-off drama based on the critically acclaimed memoirs of journalist Sathnam Sanghera. Born to Punjabi parents in the West Midlands, the book is his account of his childhood in 1980s Wolverhampton, and facing up to a bunch of painful family secrets and truths in his twenties - not least that his father and sister had suffered from schizophrenia - and that he was going to defy expectations of an arranged marriage.
Three more series of the incredibly popular nostalgic drama.
Set in Derry in the run-up to the ceasefire, this sitcom is billed as a warm, funny and honest look at the lives of ordinary people living under the spectre of the Troubles, all seen through the eyes of a local teenager. Writer Lisa McGee has mined her own experiences to create a candid, one-of-a kind comedy about what it’s like to be a teenage girl living amongst conflict. It’s 1994 - a time when nobody can seem to agree on anything, except how much they all enjoy using an acronym (The IRA, The UDA, The RUC). Armed police in armoured Land Rovers, British Army check points and “peace” walls are all an everyday reality for 16-year old Erin and her friends.
The Inspector Morse prequel returns for a fifth series and this time has an extended run of six ninety minute episodes. Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser and Dakota Blue Richards will all be reprising their roles.
New three-part series centring around the 1605 Gunpowder plot and focusing on the ringleader of the conspiracy Robert Catesby who will be portrayed by Kit Harrington. Ronan Bennett's drama will also feature performances from Peter Mullan, Mark Gattis and Liv Tyler.
Third series of Sally Wainwright's gripping crime drama.
A one-off film starring Rafe Spall as Harry Price, a real life Ghost Hunter and sceptic who investigated tales of the paranormal in 1920s London. The film is written by Jack Lothian and Spall's co-stars include Cara Theobold, Richie Campbell, Tom Ward and Zoe Boyle
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.
Four-part series based on the classic novel by EM Forster and adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Kenneth Lonegran.
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).
Peter Moffat's semi-autobiographical series tells the story of his father's life as an officer in the military police and his mother's struggles to do what was expected of her.
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.
Three-part adaptation of the classic novel. Adapted by Heidi Thomas of Call the Midwife. Emily Watson is set to star as Marmee; the iconic matriarch of the March clan whilst Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy and Kathryn Newton will play her daughters. The supporting cast will include Angela Lansbury as the cantankerous Aunt March and Michael Gambon as their neighbour Mr Laurence.
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.
Two-part drama from best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale that tells two gay love stories, sixty years apart - stories linked by family, and by a painting that holds a secret that echoes down the generations.
3-part adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ rollicking adventure yarn and powerful love story about the theft of an Indian jewel by a British army officer at the storming of a Maharajah’s palace.
Two-part drama from Guy Hibbert focusing on a young Asian woman (Katie Leung) discovering the truth about her family's history.
Three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel of the same name that will air at Christmas. The all-star cast includes Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener, Matthew Goode, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ed Westwick, Luke Treadaway, Morven Christie and Alice Eve.
2-part romantic coming-of-age story set in booming post-war Britain. The novel has been published in 22 countries and was awarded the Costa First Novel Award as well as being an Orange Prize for Fiction
One-off drama from Jimmy McGovern starring Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin focusing on the story of one man's struggle to take on the British Prime Minister during the Iraq War
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.
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.
Third series of the crime drama starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Baskhar as detectives who attempt to solve cold cases. Written by Chris Lang
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.