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Series 2 Episode 1

Something goes horribly amiss on a ministerial visit. Only Malcolm can help, but will he?

Comedy about the relationships between a government minister, his advisors and the media. Something goes horribly amiss during a ministerial visit to a factory. Only Malcolm can help, but will he?

Comedy about the relationships between a government minister, his advisors and the media.

Something goes horribly amiss during a ministerial visit to a factory. Only Malcolm can help, but will he?

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Porridge

Series 2 Episode 2: Heartbreak Hotel

The problems of an anxious father and a first offender are solved in the waiting room.

Classic prison comedy. The problems of an anxious father and a pining first offender are solved in the prison waiting room.

Classic comedy series about the inmates of HM Slade Prison. The problems of an anxious father and a pining first offender are solved in the prison waiting room.

Genre

A madcap heiress (Katherine Hepburn) meets an absent-minded palaeontologist (Cary Grant).

Classic comedy about a madcap heiress (Katharine Hepburn) who makes a shambles of an absent-minded palaeontologist's life when she arrives on the scene with her pet leopard.

Classic screwball comedy about a madcap heiress who makes a shambles of an absent-minded palaeontologist's life when she arrives on the scene complete with her pet leopard. The film's rollercoaster plot formed the basis for 1972's What's Up, Doc? and is notable for Katharine Hepburn's foray into zany comedy.

Credits

Susan Vance
Katharine Hepburn
Dr David Huxley
Cary Grant
Major Horace Applegate
Charlie Ruggles
Aunt Elizabeth
May Robson
Mr Gogarty
Barry Fitzgerald
Dr Fritz Lehman
Fritz Feld
Constable Slocum
Walter Catlett
Peabody
George Irving
Mrs Lehmann
Tala Birell
Elmer
John Kelly
Producer
Cliff Reid
Director
Howard Hawks
Writer
Dudley Nichols
Writer
Hagar Wilde
Producer
Howard Hawks
Composer
Roy Webb
Director of photography
Russell Metty

Genre

Film sequel. A lonely young girl conjures up the spirit of her father's first wife.

A lonely young girl conjures up the spirit of Irena - her father's first wife, a woman who believed herself to be descended from a cat.

The follow-up to the seminal Cat People, this is the tale of a lonely young girl who conjures up the spirit of Irena - her father's first wife - to provide herself with a companion. But Irena believed herself to be descended from a race of cat people, and before long the fiendish feline is on the prowl again.

The League of Gentlemen

Series 3 Episode 2: The One-Armed Man Is King

Joke Shop proprietor Lance has an under-the-counter arm transplant.

Award-winning comedy series. When Joke Shop proprietor Lance has an under-the-counter arm transplant, the result is not quite what he expected.

Award-winning comedy series set in a remote town populated by a range of bizarre characters. When Joke Shop proprietor Lance has an under-the-counter arm transplant, the result is not quite what he expected. Meanwhile, useless debt collectors Glen and Big Barry have a run-in with the terrifying Lisgoe, and mortician Owen Fallowfield talks about his singular career.

Genre

The League of Gentlemen

Series 3 Episode 4: The Medusa Touch

Bed and Breakfast proprietors Alvin and Sunny host a voyage of auto-erotic discovery.

Award-winning comedy series. B&B proprietors Alvin and Sunny invite their weekend 'Sexplorers' to join them in a voyage of auto-erotic discovery.

Award-winning comedy series set in a remote town populated by a range of bizarre characters. B&B proprietors Alvin and Sunny invite their weekend 'Sexplorers' to join them in a voyage of auto-erotic discovery - although Alvin would prefer to be at the garden centre. But who is the mysterious femme fatale in the dwarf conifers and what is the secret of the fearsome Medusa?

Genre

A young professor (James Stewart) impulsively marries a singer and has to face his family.

Comedy. A young professor impulsively marries a nightclub singer and has to break the news to his conservative parents.

Entertaining comedy in which a young professor impulsively marries a wild New York nightclub singer but begins to regret the decision when he returns to his small-town home to face another kind of music - the reaction of his conservative parents.

Credits

Francey Morgan
Ginger Rogers
Peter Morgan
James Stewart
Keith Morgan
James Ellison
Mr Morgan
Charles Coburn
Mrs Morgan
Beulah Bondi
Helen
Frances Mercer
Jenny
Phyllis Kennedy
Appartment Manager
Franklin Pangborn
Culpepper
Grady Sutton
Waiter Captain
Jack Carson
Director
George Stevens
Producer
Pandro S Berman
Writer
PJ Wolfson

The League of Gentlemen

Christmas Special

Vicar Bernice has an unforgettable Christmas Eve when she listens to tales from the locals

Seasonal special of the black-comedy series. Vicar Bernice has an unforgettable Christmas Eve when she is forced to listen to three spooky Christmas tales.

Seasonal edition of the black-comedy series set in a remote town populated by a range of bizarre characters. Vicar Bernice has an unforgettable Christmas Eve when she is forced to listen to three spooky Christmas tales told by her parishioners.

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Swashbuckling adventure in which a crew of enslaved Dutch sailors escape and plot revenge.

Swashbuckling adventure in which a Spanish governor orders a crew of Dutch sailors to be enslaved and their captain hanged, but they escape and plot revenge. With Maureen O'Hara.

Early RKO Technicolor swashbuckling adventure.

A Spanish governor ruthlessly orders a shipwrecked crew of Dutch sailors to be enslaved and their captain hanged. With the help of a smitten contessa and with typical courage, captain Laurent Van Horn and his crew escape and set out to wreak a fitting revenge on the villainous Don Alvarado.

Credits

Director
Frank Borzage
Francisca
Maureen O'Hara
Laurent Van Horn
Paul Henreid
Don Alvarado
Walter Slezak
Anne Bonny
Binnie Barnes
Da Bilar
John Emery
Captain Black
Barton MacLane
Pillory
Joseph M. Kerrigan
Bishop
Fritz Leiber
Lupita
Nancy Gates
Lieutenant Escobar
Jack La Rue
Swaine
Mike Mazurki
Captain Lussan
Ian Keith
Producer
Robert Fellows
Writer
Herman J Mankiewicz

Na Dódaí

Series 1 Episode 5: Good Morning

Nora picks flowers in the garden before she says 'good morning' to the sun.

Nora picks flowers in the garden before she says 'good morning' to the sun and wakes up her brothers and sisters.

Nora picks flowers in the garden before she says 'good morning' to the sun and wakes up her brothers and sisters. They all say 'good morning' to the sun before singing their breakfast song and getting their breakfast ready.

Genre

Na Dódaí

Series 1 Episode 8: Likes and Dislikes

Nora gets the twins to help her clean up the house and shows them how much fun it can be.

The younger Dodai are playing chase, but the twins fall over and get hurt. Nora helps them to forget their troubles by letting them clean the house with her.

Genre

Around the World in 80 Gardens

Episode 1: Mexico and Cuba

Monty Don visits the ancient water gardens of Mexico City.

Monty Don visits the world's 80 most inspiring gardens. In Mexico, Monty visits the ancient water gardens of Mexico City. In Cuba, Monty finds a green revolution.

Monty Don visits the world's 80 most inspiring gardens. This epic garden adventure starts when Monty travels to two very different but neighbouring countries. Mexico is one of the most plant-rich and artistic cultures on the planet, from the ancient water gardens of Mexico City, to the modernist extremes of Luis Barragan and a surrealist fantasy hidden in the rainforest. Travelling to the Caribbean island of Cuba, Monty discovers that the crumbling colonial grandeur of its urban landscape is now host to a very green revolution.

Credits

Presenter
Monty Don
Director
Andy Francis
Producer
Tessa Finch
Series Producer
Kerry Richardson

Tropic of Capricorn

Episode 3: Australia

In Australia, Simon Reeve witnesses the migration of the humpback whale.

Series in which Simon Reeve travels the Tropic of Capricorn. In Australia, he witnesses the migration of the humpback whale and visits the Great Barrier Reef.

Simon Reeve travels the Tropic of Capricorn, the line of latitude that cuts across South Africa, South America and Australia. On the Australian west coast, Simon witnesses the migration of the humpback whale. He meets a tough outback couple refusing to leave an asbestos-polluted ghost town and a farmer attempting to eke a living out of a dustbowl. He visits one of many Aboriginal communities in a desperate state, said to be blighted by alcoholism, child abuse and poverty.

Credits

Presenter
Simon Reeve
Producer
Louise Turner
Series Producer
Sam Bagnall

Genre

The Ranganation

Series 2 Episode 5

Romesh and the Ranganation take a funny, topical look at modern Britain.

Romesh is joined virtually by his hand-picked focus group, the Ranganation, to take a funny, topical look at modern Britain.

Romesh is joined virtually by his hand-picked focus group, the Ranganation - 20 loveable, outspoken characters representing a cross section of modern Britain, who give Romesh their take on a number of topical areas, sharing their own experiences along the way. Celebrity guests are also on hand to use the Ranganation as a sounding board and to give their own take on the subjects covered.

Credits

Presenter
Romesh Ranganathan
Executive Producer
Ruth Phillips
Director
Barbara Wiltshire
Production Company
Zeppotron
Executive Producer
Richard Cohen
Series Producer
Mark Barrett

W1A

Series 3 Episode 1

It is the year of charter renewal and a critical time for the BBC.

Comedy. In the year of charter renewal, head of values Ian Fletcher is tasked with identifying what the BBC does best and finding more ways of doing less of it better.

It is the year of charter renewal and a critical time for the BBC. The renewal group under head of values Ian Fletcher is tasked with identifying what the BBC does best and finding more ways of doing less of it better.

A new challenge comes in the shape of a Channel 4 documentary about a cross-dressing ex-Premier League footballer Ryan Chelford, which alleges that the BBC rejected Ryan as a potential pundit on Match of the Day because of his unconventional private life. The fact is he was auditioned and it turned out he was not very good. In the face of a huge groundswell of public support for Ryan Chelford and the need for the BBC to appear inclusive, Ian and his team have to find a presenting role for Ryan while not forcing the hand of the BBC's flagship sports show.

Over in the Perfect Curve PR office, things have changed. They have been bought by media giant Fun Media, who are keen to come up with new ideas for their BBC account. Siobhan Sharpe is equally keen to take credit for the result of their latest brainstorming - the idea for a new online platform called BBC Me - a new home for user-generated content. After all, according to Siobhan, conventional television is dead.

Meanwhile, newly promoted junior development producer Will Humphries' idea for a new interview format On Your Bike is in danger of being appropriated by commissioning editor daytime factuality David Wilkes and pitched to the head of TV output as The Great British Bike Off.

Credits

Jack Patterson
Jonathan Bailey
Ryan Chelford
Ben Batt
Barney Lumsden
Alex Beckett
Ian Fletcher
Hugh Bonneville
Jens Smit
Kare Conradi
Tracey Pritchard
Monica Dolan
Karl Marx
Joel Fry
Jerry Guildencrantz
Ivan Gonzalez
Siobhan Sharpe
Jessica Hynes
Matt Taverner
Daniel Ings
David Wilkes
Rufus Jones
Izzy Gould
Ophelia Lovibond
Ben Rosenstern
Max Olesker
Anna Rampton
Sarah Parish
Coco Lomax
Sara Pascoe
Clive Cook
Derek Riddell
Michael Chung
Will Sharpe
Will Humphries
Hugh Skinner
Lucy Freeman
Nina Sosanya
Simon Harwood
Jason Watkins
Neil Reid
David Westhead
Narrator
David Tennant
Participant
Gary Lineker
Participant
Alan Shearer
Producer
Paul Schlesinger
Director
John Morton
Writer
John Morton
Executive Producer
Jon Plowman

Brand

W1A

Series

W1A: Series 3

The Planets

Series 1 The Godfather: Jupiter

Brian Cox explores a planet that dwarfs all the others: Jupiter.

Brian Cox continues his exploration of the solar system with a visit to a planet that dwarfs all the others: Jupiter. Its size gives it a great power that it has used to manipulate the other planets.

Professor Brian Cox continues his exploration of the solar system with a visit to a planet that dwarfs all the others: Jupiter. Its enormous size gives it a great power that it has used to manipulate the other planets - a power both for good and bad that it wields to this day.

Jupiter is not only the biggest but also the oldest planet in the solar system. It alone witnessed the birth of the Sun and ever since its immense gravity has shaped the destiny of the other worlds. Soon after its birth, its orbit shifted inwards bringing it ever closer to the sun. As it moved, it created chaos in the the region of space that would become the asteroid belt, ensuring that no planet could form here, only a tiny failed planet Ceres, which remains today.

As it continued into the inner solar system, Jupiter used its power to throw raw material needed to form planets into the Sun, stunting the growth of Mars, a planet that might otherwise have grown as large as Earth. Indeed, Jupiter would have obliterated every last rocky world on its journey into the Sun, if a tussle with another giant - Saturn - had not brought it back from the brink.

Today Jupiter’s great mass continues to be felt. Its gravity torments its moon Io, creating the most volcanically active body in the solar system. And through the vice-like grip it exerts over the asteroid belt, Jupiter’s influence extends as far as Earth – where it retains the power to change the course of life on our planet. And where, as Brian reveals, it might even have created the conditions for humanity to inherit the Earth.

Credits

Presenter
Brian Cox
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Series Producer
Gideon Bradshaw
Production Manager
Evih Efue
Composer
Bleeding Fingers
Director
Stephen Cooter
Editor
Graeme Dawson
Production Coordinator
Toby Keeley
Assistant Producer
Katy Savage
Director of photography
Julius Brighton

The Planets

Series 1 A Moment in the Sun - The Terrestrial Planets

The four inner planets were born the same, yet have lived radically different lives. Why?

The rocky planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars were born at the same time from the same material - yet have lived radically different lives. What immense forces are at play?

In this major landmark series, Professor Brian Cox tells the extraordinary life story of our solar system. For four and a half billion years each of the planets has been on an incredible journey, filled with astonishing spectacle and great drama. Using the data from our very latest explorations of the solar system combined with groundbreaking CGI this series reveals the unimaginable beauty and grandeur of eight planets whose stories we are only just beginning to understand.

The first episode traces the development of the four rocky worlds closest to the Sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Born together, they battled the unbelievable violence of the early solar system to become stable planets. For a while each had a moment of hope when they enjoyed almost earth-like conditions. Yet today Mercury is a scorched barren world. Venus is a runaway greenhouse world with a scorching atmosphere and Mars is a frozen desert. Only on Earth do oceans – and life – persist.

Why has Earth thrived whilst the others have faded away? The most advanced space missions ever mounted allow us to reveal the moments when the fate of each world turned. Mercury was flung across the solar system in a collision of unimaginable ferocity. A young Venus resplendent with oceans was locked in a battle with the sun. And an early wet Mars was robbed of the material it would need to survive.

Only Earth found itself far enough away from the sun for life to hold on. But it can’t last forever. Billions of years from now our world will follow the fate of its sister planets as the sun expands to become a red giant. But as it does other oases may awaken on the faraway moons of the gas giants - like Saturn’s moon Titan. In the far future, it too may enjoy its moment in the sun.

Credits

Presenter
Brian Cox
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Series Producer
Gideon Bradshaw
Director
Stephen Cooter
Director
Martin Johnson
Editor
Louise Salkow
Production Manager
Evih Efue
Composer
Bleeding Fingers

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby

Series 1 Episode 2: Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

Giles and Monica head to the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador to work at Mashpi Lodge.

Giles Coren and Monica Galetti head to the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador to work at Mashpi Lodge, a $10-million modernist hotel.

Giles Coren and Monica Galetti head to the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador to work at Mashpi Lodge, a $10-million modernist hotel featuring an extraordinary gondola cable car that 'flies' guests one mile through the jungle canopy at a dizzying height.

Credits

Presenter
Giles Coren
Presenter
Monica Galetti
Series Producer
Rebecca Templar

Genre

W1A

Series 1 Episode 1

Ian Fletcher starts a new chapter in his life as head of values at the BBC.

Comedy sequel to Twenty Twelve. With the London games successfully delivered, Ian Fletcher starts a new chapter in his life as head of values at the BBC.

With the London games of Twenty Twelve successfully delivered, Ian Fletcher starts a new chapter in his life as head of values at the BBC. Ian's first challenge on arriving at New Broadcasting House, on his brand new and much-improved folding bike, is to find somewhere to sit in a building aggressively over-designed around the principle of not having a desk.

Ian finds himself holding the hottest of hot potatoes when Mebyan Kernow activist Nigel Trescott complains that Cornwall, and the Cornish, are shamefully under-represented on the BBC. Things get worse when BBC Spotlight South West presenter Sally Wingate goes public with her feeling that her failure to progress to a national presenting role might be part of the BBC's institutionally anti-Cornish bias. Ideas of how best to limit the damage lead to PR company Perfect Curve's Siobhan Sharpe suggesting Sally should do something on Snog, Marry, Avoid or some kind of Bake Off.

Meanwhile, producer Lucy Freeman is having meetings with head of output Anna Rampton and entertainment format creative David Wilkes about a forthcoming new flagship show - Britain's Tastiest Village - which, according to David, is 'kind of Britain's Got Talent meets Countryfile with a bit of The One Show thrown in just in case'. Anna wants a progress report and there's good news and bad news. They've virtually got Alan Titchmarsh on board now, but the very bad news is that it looks like they've lost Clare Balding - 'words you never ever want to hear' - as the dates of How Big Is Your Dog, a new show she's doing for ITV, have changed at the last minute.

Credits

Ian Fletcher
Hugh Bonneville
Siobhan Sharpe
Jessica Hynes
Simon Harwood
Jason Watkins
Tracey Pritchard
Monica Dolan
Will Humphries
Hugh Skinner
Lucy Freeman
Nina Sosanya
Anna Rampton
Sarah Parish
Neil Reid
David Westhead
Narrator
David Tennant
Herself
Carol Vorderman
David Wilkes
Rufus Jones
Izzy Gould
Ophelia Lovibond
Jack Patterson
Jonathan Bailey
Ben Rosenstern
Max Olesker
Jerry Guildencrantz
Ivan Gonzalez
Nigel Trescott
Simon Greenall
Sally Wingate
Karen Ascoe
Adam Brady
Laurence Howarth
Waiter
Emil Lager
Producer
Paul Schlesinger
Director
John Morton
Writer
John Morton

Brand

W1A

Series

W1A: Series 1

Nigella bakes cheering chai muffins - light, luscious and dairy-free.

Nigella Lawson shows how cooking can make us feel better and more alive. This episode focuses on ensuring a cosy, comforting vibe, with recipes for chai muffins and fish tacos.

There is another serving of irresistibly easy dishes on offer as Nigella rustles up more of her favourite recipes that promise to help with the wind down at the end of a long day. This time, the focus is on ensuring a cosy and comforting vibe.

Breakfast is a tray of cheering chai muffins - light, luscious and dairy-free. For a low-key lunch, there are Nigella's Asian-flavoured short ribs - a perfect make-ahead, meltingly tender beef stew.

And friends are in for an informal supper with Nigella's fish tacos. Inspired by her visits to Tacoria's on America's west coast, Nigella's homemade, oven-baked version involves a bit of DIY at the table, ensuring a laid-back atmosphere for guests and host alike. The tacos are followed by a divine salted chocolate tart for pudding.

Credits

Presenter
Nigella Lawson
Director
Dominic Cyriax
Executive Producer
Jennifer Fazey

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