(Programmes from 8-11pm on BBC 1-4, C4-C5 & ITV)
The story of Duleep Singh, the last Maharajah of the Punjab, who was captured by the British army as a boy in the 1840s and raised in England as an aristocrat. The young man rose through British society to become a friend of Queen Victoria - but when he realised what had been done to him, he sought to reclaim his stolen Sikh heritage and became a rebel against imperial rule in India.
On November 1, 2003, 14-year-old Charlene Downes left her home in Blackpool and was never seen again. This documentary examines the events that followed. A wall of lies and misinformation hindered the subsequent investigation into Charlene's disappearance, until one man stepped forward. The information this witness gave to the police unveiled what was considered to be Britain's first grooming-gang scandal. It also enabled Lancashire Police to launch its biggest-ever investigation, including secret surveillance of two new suspects.
New series. The irresistible rise and dramatic downfall of Margaret Thatcher, as told by members of her inner circle, who reveal how a political outsider won power and came to dominate the 1980s. The first episode charts how she managed to become a prominent political figure and survived the controversial policy that saw the press label her the 'milk snatcher', before challenging Edward Heath for the leadership of the Conservative Party. [Episode 1 of 5]
Four bakers leave their businesses behind to experience what their profession was like during the Victorian era, working from a rural bake house kitted out exactly as it would have been in the 1830s, while historians Alex Langlands and Annie Gray fill in the background story. In this edition the bakers must get to grips with centuries-old methods of bread making, and that means doing everything by hand.
Anne begins a playful but dangerous courtship with shy local heiress Miss Walker, while continuing her efforts to renovate Shibden Hall. However, when Miss Walker confides in her cousin, she is shocked by her reaction and discovers that Anne is not universally liked. The coal mining enterprise brings Anne into conflict with a local magistrate and his brother, and she hatches a plan to turn their underhanded business tactics against them. When a solution to a problem is uncovered, she is driven to confront her own past. [Ep. 2 of 8]
New series. Alice Roberts explores the Second World War history of Dover, visiting an underground base beneath the famous white cliffs, from where the Dunkirk evacuation was masterminded. She also talks gets a first-hand account of the town's wartime history from a 90-year-old local and experiences what life was like for members of the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Battle of Britain. Plus, aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson takes to the sky to survey the challenges faced by Royal Navy vessels deployed in the English Channel. [Series 2 - Episode 1]
Rob Bell delves into the history of Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast, the sole survivor of the British ships that bombarded the Normandy coast on D-Day, playing critical role in some of the most dramatic battles of the war. Rob also hears the testimony of second World War veteran John, who was on board HMS Belfast at the moment it was attacked by a Nazi magnetic mine.
Archive performances from Top of the Pops, featuring the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Queen, the Kinks and Status Quo
The students are transported to a British stately home to attend a re-creation of the Special Operations Executive finishing school, which prepared agents for a life living undercover in enemy territory. They learn to pick locks, send coded messages and see some real SOE gadgets, before facing an intense mock interrogation designed to prepare spies for the eventuality of capture, torture and possible execution. (Episode 4 of 5)
David Olusoga follows the residents of the house from 1946 to the present day, uncovering infidelity and divorce and tracing a Second World War prisoner to Ravensworth Terrace. He finds out it was bought by the Salvation Army in 1959 and converted into a Goodwill Centre, before it fell into disrepair in the 1980s and ended up being restored for the 21st century. [Series 2 - Episode 4 of 4]
Returning for a second attempt at the Hatton Garden safe deposit vault, the gang members, now led by Terry Perkins, set out to finish what they started. They must obtain new equipment and get back into the building, but time is getting tight with the bank holiday weekend slipping by. Drama, starring Timothy Spall and Kenneth Cranham. [Ep. 2 of 4]
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Emilia Fox tells the story of how Victorian rebel Marianne North changed the face of botanical research, propelling her to the top of a male-dominated world of science and exploration. With exclusive access to Kew Gardens and Marianne's wealth of personal memoirs, letters and paintings, this is a tale of a visionary who rejected marriage and social convention for a pioneering life of conservation and adventure
Documentary examining the life and career of the award-winning actress and singer, who has gained plaudits for her work in TV, theatre, radio and film over the past 20 years. Sheridan's performing skills were honed from a young age, and she regularly appeared on stage with her parents, a professional Country & Western duo. At 16, she left her native Lincolnshire for London as a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, landing roles in shows such as Bugsy Malone. She was then cast in the classic sitcom The Royle Family before becoming a familiar face on a variety of dramas and comedies including Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Gavin & Stacey, Mrs Biggs, Cilla and Jonathan Creek.
Trevor McDonald and Julie Etchingham discover how Queen Victoria transformed Buckingham Palace from an unloved, unfinished and unfurnished building into the home of the monarchy. The pair reveal how this royal residence was dramatically redesigned by Victoria and Prince Albert, showing how their innovations are still used by the royal family today, while historians Amanda Foreman and Annie Gray and curators of the Royal Collection guide Trevor and Julie around Buckingham Palace's most important spaces.
Antiques Roadshow's Paul Atterbury recalls the heyday of the great ocean liners, travelling round Britain to reveal a story of design, politics and tragedy as he finds out how these great ships captured the public's imagination. Along the way he uncovers a cinema in Scotland built from the interiors of the SS Homeric, and visits a house in Poole, Dorset, where cabins from the Mauretania have been preserved.
Documentary exploring the design and creation of the royal wedding dresses that have captured the public's attention for decades, including interviews with designers.
Maritime historian Dr Sam Willis reveals the stories behind some of the shipwrecks that surround Britain's coastline.
Lucy Worsley explores the character and legacy of the famous monarch through music, considering how Victoria used music to bring the country together during a time of great upheaval and change. Lucy also examines the role music played in the monarch's own life - as a queen, a private person and in her marriage - and how Victoria and Albert established institutions like the Royal College of Music and the Royal Albert Hall. The documentary features performances by Willard White, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Black Dyke Brass Band.
The evolution of feelings and attitudes toward the British singles chart. Documenting changes from the 1952 NME countdown via Pick and Top of the Pops through to the Radio 1 chart show of 2012. With contributions from chart show presenters David Jacobs and Reggie Yates, music fans Grace Dent and Pete Paphides and veteran musicians Jon Webster and Rob Dickins.
Drama, charting the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria, witnessing her transformation from the flighty Princess Alexandrina into the formidable monarch, mother and queen who would preside over the construction of an empire. Period drama, starring Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, John Sessions, Laurence Fox and Nicholas Audsley.
Alan Yentob celebrates Shirley Bassey's 2009 album The Performance, the David Arnold-produced record that was her first studio release in two decades, by examining a selection of her greatest archive performances. He also meets songwriters who contributed to the album, including Gary Barlow, Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers, KT Tunstall and frequent James Bond composer John Barry.
The turbulent early years of the monarch who, shortly after being crowned, became caught in a power struggle between her mother and scheming politicians Lord Melbourne and Sir Robert Peel. Meanwhile, a romance develops with her German cousin and eventual husband, Prince Albert. Historical drama, with Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany and Miranda Richardson.
Two part documentary on the gripping untold story of the Brexit negotiations, capturing off the record conversations of the European negotiators as they devise a strategy. The film documents how the Europeans' respect for a formidable negotiating opponent turns into frustration, irritation and ultimately ridicule as the British fail to present either a united front or a clear goal for the future.
Dr Sam Willis gets hands-on in this romp exploring Britons’ huge ingenuity in developing ever more powerful weapons – increasingly efficient ways to maim and kill other human beings.
Dan Snow tells the story of the boats that played their part in lifting thousands of Allied troops off the beaches of Dunkirk in the week straddling late May and early June, 1940. Meeting some of the owners, he finds out what happened to the 700-strong flotilla of trawlers, pleasure craft and lifeboats and follows preparations to mark the 70th anniversary of the event as 50 of the surviving vessels return to France.
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.
Professor Alice Roberts joins the team excavating a 3,000-year-old Bronze Age village in the Cambridgeshire Fens that burned to the ground and was preserved in peat. Archaeologists also investigate the cause of the fire. Was it just a terrible accident, or did the villagers' wealth provoke an attack?
After telling the story of six London locations from Victorian times to the present day, the documentary returns to look at the history of three archetypal streets in Scottish cities, at a time when the country stands on the brink of leaving the United Kingdom.
After previous documentaries examining the histories of the Spitfire fighter plane and the Sea King helicopter, John Sergeant turns his attention to the Avro Lancaster bomber. The aircraft was at the heart of nearly every vital British aeronautical mission of the Second World War, including the Dam Busters raid in May 1943 and the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz in November 1944. The programme brings together seven former crewmen, who reflect on working in cramped conditions at heights of 20,000ft for hours at a time, where the temperature often fell to minus 40C.
Documentary examining the site of an ancient massacre in Weymouth, Dorset, where a tangled mass of skeletons and a separate pile of skulls was found was found while a new highway was being built. This film pieces together the events that led up to this massacre, revealing secrets of the Scandinavian warriors who once brought terror to Britain centuries ago.
Professor Robert Bartlett examines the Normans' expansion toward southern Europe and the Middle East in the 11th century.
Originally shown in Scotland on the 100th anniversary of the maritime disaster, the people of Lewis tell their story to the rest of the nation through the words and testimonies of the islanders. On 1 January 1919, having survived the First World War, in excess of 250 naval men were returning home to celebrate their first new year of peace. But in the blackest of nights, in a rising gale, HMY Iolaire sank within yards of the Lewis coast, claiming the lives of more than 200 people.
The circumstances behind the escape of notorious British spy Kim Philby, who evaded capture in 1963 and defected to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Visiting Beirut, London and Moscow, the programme also reveals the blind spots in Britain's ruling class that made it so vulnerable to KGB infiltration.
Documentary looking into the murder of Jill Dando, who was shot dead on her doorstep in April 1999, leading to one of the most high-profile unsolved murders of modern times. Neighbour Barry George was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder for eight years. After his release the case was reopened, but there have been no new arrests since then. Now with access to hundreds of documents and photos, reporter Julie Etchingham reveals the theories and leads that have mystified the police for two decades.
Documentary offering a glimpse into the world of official suppliers to the royal family, from cheese to chocolate and books to bespoke suits, with stores being members of an exclusive group who have the right to display a royal coat of arms.
Neil Oliver explores the origins of Britain and its people, a story forged over thousands of years. In south Wales, he joins a team of archaeologists to examine 8,000-year-old footprints revealed beneath tidal mud banks, and abseils into a cave dating back 33,000 years. The historian also reveals how, as the last ice age receded some 11,000 years ago, Britain became an island, a fate that was sealed following a cataclysmic tsunami around 6,000 BC.
Documentary exploring the discovery of a Viking mass grave in a vicarage garden in Derbyshire. Archaeologists believe this may be the last resting place of a vast army of thousands of warriors that invaded Britain in the ninth century, but left very little trace of their presence. Examination of the remains uncovers evidence of female warriors among the army, and the story of a king who was reunited with his son in death.
Comedian, actor and Open University graduate Lenny Henry tells the story of the groundbreaking institution founded in 1969 as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Historian Dan Snow charts how the Royal Navy has influenced the development of Britain.
A star-studded documentary drama providing an account of Oscar Wilde's glittering career before his trial for homosexual crimes and his tragic fall from grace. Wilde enthusiasts and experts such Stephen Fry and Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland provide revelatory accounts of how the writer's own life informed his work, intercut with adaptations of his comedies and books performed by a cast including Freddie Fox, Claire Skinner, Anna Chancellor and James Fleet.
Documentary chronicling more of the monarchy's darkest moments, examining the scandals that damaged the royal family's reputation
Ahead of the 20th anniversary of presenter Jill Dando's murder, cameras reveal the story behind one of Britain's most high-profile unsolved killings, as told by the people at the heart of the case. With access to rarely seen material from one of the most complex murder inquiries ever conducted by the Metropolitan Police, viewers discover how events played out in real time.
The life and times of the artist who has enjoyed more number one hits than any other British solo artist in chart history. Heavily influenced by his hero Elvis Presley in his younger years, Cliff also starred in a string of fun-loving cinema classics such as The Young Ones and Summer Holiday. He has always remained true to his deeply held Christian beliefs, and once memorably entertained the crowds at Wimbledon when rain stopped play. Here, friends, colleagues and journalists discuss his fascinating life, illustrated with performance and interview archive from every period of his career.
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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.
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. Sheridan Smith, Stephen Merchant and Jaime Winstone are set to star in the lead roles. Further cast includes Rufus Jones, Leanne Best, Stephanie Hyam and Samuel Barnett.
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
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.
Third series of Sally Wainwright's gripping crime 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).
Four-part thriller from Andrew Haigh focusing on a disgraced ex-army surgeon who, in the 1850s, who signs up as a ship's doctor on a whaling mission in the arctic. Colin Farrell stars as harpooner Henry Drax.
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 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.
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.
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 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.