An extraordinary musician with an unforgettable voice, Amy Winehouse's meteoric rise saw her blossom into a truly global star who changed the landscape of modern pop culture. However, the world also witnessed her drug and alcohol addiction, dramatic weight loss and involvement in a destructive relationship. These factors led to her premature death in July 2011, aged 27. This film features contributions from some of those who knew Amy well and those who tried to help her, telling the story of a towering but troubled talent, through the chain of key moments that led ultimately towards tragedy.
The discovery of a 2,000-year-old body provides fresh evidence in a five-year-old unsolved missing persons case, so Morse and Thursday take up the investigation, discovering a possible link to a local pagan ritual to celebrate the harvest. The investigation leads them to a nuclear power station, where they face a conspiracy of silence concerning an experimental new reactor and a potential disaster that could devastate Oxford. Guest starring Sheila Hancock, widow of original Inspector Morse star John Thaw.[REPEAT Series 4 - Episode 4 of 4 "Harvest"]
Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell help more people to reunite with long-lost relatives. Martin Smith grew up in Rochdale and had a happy childhood, but struggled with intense feelings of rejection when he discovered he was adopted and only now feels ready to face his fears and find his birth mother. Anne Jordan always knew she was adopted and has been searching for her birth mother for over 30 years, but she will not set a date for her wedding to fiance Chris until she has found her.[Series 9 - Episode 6 of 7]
The story of one of Britain's biggest-ever food-related crises, the outbreak of BSE - or mad cow disease - and its human form vCJD, which was first identified in 1996 and has been responsible for around 200 deaths since then. BSE first broke out in the 1980s, spreading rapidly across the country through infected meat-and-bone meal being fed to livestock. It eventually entered the human food chain, leading to the culling of more than four million cows and almost destroyed the British beef industry.
Andrew Graham-Dixon examines the age of the Romantics - the flamboyant George IV who created so much of the visual look of the modern monarchy, and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, for whom collecting was an integral part of their happy marriage.[Series 1 - Episode 3 of 4 "Palaces and Pleasuredomes"]
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Fiona Bruce explores the stories behind official royal residences, which act as family homes and places to conduct the business of monarchy, and charts the evolution of their architecture.
Millions of words have been used to describe Boris Johnson and his suitability to be the UK's next prime minister, but none are more illuminating than those spoken and written by the man himself. As he competes with Jeremy Hunt to become the leader of the Conservative Party, this documentary sifts through hours of archive interviews and newspaper columns to build a picture of the man and his track record, largely through his own words.
Iain Stewart retraces the steps of pioneering scientists who used the landscape of Scotland to make ground-breaking discoveries about Earth.
Aviation in the 1950s and '60s
Historian Lisa Hilton discovers how, in just fifty tempestuous days, Charles I’s rule collapsed, laying the foundations for civil war, the loss of royal power and, ultimately, the king’s head.
Celebrating pop culture from 1980s.
Susanna Reid speaks to Sara Payne about the abduction and murder of her eight-year-old daughter Sarah in July 2000, a crime that shocked the nation, particularly when it was revealed that the culprit, Roy Whiting, was a convicted paedophile. Sara campaigned to change the law, determined that parents should have access to the sex offender register. Here she reflects on the impact it has had on her family, while Sarah's siblings and grandparents also reveal how they have coped since this most devastating of crimes
Historical drama, starring Suranne Jones
The historian and curator looks at the fashion styles of former kings and queens, contemplating whether their wardrobes were intended to be a personal statement to the people. From Elizabeth I to the present queen, she looks at how most monarchs have carefully choreographed their clothes - and the disastrous consequences for those who did not.
The rise and fall of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher
Ben Macintyre revisits the story of wartime double agent Eddie Chapman, the subject matter of his best-selling book Agent Zigzag. He reveals how, during the Second World War, Chapman was able to dupe Nazi Germany so successfully that he was awarded the Iron Cross, the country's most prestigious decoration. Includes footage from an interview the former spy gave three years before his death in 1997.
In 1957, Britain exploded its first megaton hydrogen bomb, code-named Operation Grapple X. This documentary looks at how Britain became a nuclear superpower, featuring footage of atomic bomb tests, and interviews with veterans and scientists who took part in the extraordinary atomic bomb programme.
Rory Bremner narrates a documentary recalling how Achnacarry Estate, near Fort William, was transformed into one of the toughest Second World War training camps, designed to produce commandos for amphibious raiding missions. Veterans recall the perils of learning the skills of warfare in the Highlands, and Major James Dunning reveals how the knowledge of local experts helped prepare his men for combat.
In a documentary based on his book of the same name, Ben Macintyre presents the story of how Britain deceived Hitler into thinking the Allies were planning to invade Greece in 1943, allowing them to land in Sicily - their real target - with minimal resistance. The brainchild of James Bond author Ian Fleming, the deception is thought to have saved thousands of lives.
Drama series set in the UK during the Cold War period. The series follows Samuel Petrukhin, a Russian-Jewish inventor and designer of bespoke hearing aids, and his family, as he is approached by MI5 to demonstrate his work and is tasked with a secret mission. During the tumultuous summer of 1958, Samuel prepares to launch his new invention - which is attracting some suspicious followers. Starring Toby Stephens, Keeley Hawes and Linus Roache.
The actor and presenter examines the British river
David Olusoga opens previously unseen government files to argue that the Windrush scandal and the so-called hostile environment for black British immigrants has been 70 years in the making. The film features Sarah O'Connor, Anthony Bryan and Judy Griffith. Settled in the UK legally since childhood, they were re-classified as illegal immigrants by new regulations. Unable to show proof of their nationality status, they lost jobs, savings and their health, facing deportation back to countries they could barely remember.
Professor Alice Roberts explores the UK's past through the stories of individual towns.
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.
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
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.