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Fanny Cradock Cooks for Christmas

Series 1 Royal Mincemeat

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Fanny has ideas for using mincemeat in a variety of unusual ways. (1975)

Practical know-how to make Christmas cookery easier for the layman. Fanny has unusual recipes for pies, pancakes, omelettes and Swiss rolls using mincemeat. (1975)

The inimitable Fanny Cradock takes traditional recipes and uses her practical know-how to make Christmas cookery easier for the layman. In this programme, Fanny has ideas for using mincemeat in a variety of unusual ways, with recipes for pies, pancakes, Swiss rolls and even mince-filled omelettes. (1975)

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Fanny Cradock
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Roy Lichtenstein revolutionised art with his cartoon images of American culture. (2004)

Paul Morley investigates the appeal of art's very own Pop Idol. Roy Lichtenstein revolutionised the art world with his big, bold, brash cartoon images of American culture. (2004)

Paul Morley investigates the lasting appeal of art's very own Pop Idol. From failed Abstract Expressionist to pioneering Pop Art hero, Roy Lichtenstein revolutionised the art world with his big, bold, brash cartoon images of American culture. Even before Andy Warhol had picked up his can of Campbell's soup, Lichtenstein was making merchandise into art and cultivating his own durable brand, turning out work that was highly consumable and tirelessly reproduced. (2004)

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Paul Morley
Producer
Jonty Claypole

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Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

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Jim White takes a road trip into the heart of the poor white American South. (2004)

First transmitted in 2004, Jim White takes a road trip into the heart of the poor white American South through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truckstops and coalmines.

First transmitted in 2004, this is a stunningly-photographed, thought-provoking road trip into the heart of the poor white American South. Singer Jim White takes his 1970 Chevy Impala through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truckstops, biker bars and coalmines.

Along the way are roadside encounters with present-day musical mavericks the Handsome Family, David Johansen, David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower and old-time banjo player Lee Sexton, and grisly stories from the cult Southern novelist Harry Crews.

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Presenter
Jim White
Director
Andrew Douglas
Producer
Andrew Douglas
Producer
Martin Rosenbaum
Executive Producer
Anthony Wall
Executive Producer
Steve Golin
Writer
Steve Haisman

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Heart of the Angel

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48 hours in the life of Angel tube station in the days before its refurbishment. (1989)

Acclaimed documentary that follows 48 hours in the life of London’s Angel tube station in the days before its refurbishment. (1989)

Acclaimed observational documentary by BAFTA award winning director Molly Dineen set at London’s Angel tube station in 1989, three years before its desperately needed renovation.

The programme provides a humorous account of 48 hours in the life of the tube station, from the daily round of fraught commuters, overburdened lifts and cancelled trains to the nightly activities when 'fluffers', women who clean human hair and rubbish of the tracks to avoid a fire hazard and ‘the Permanent Way’, gangs of men who work with pickaxes in almost pitch-black conditions to renovate parts of the track, spring into action to prepare the line for the following day. (1989)

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Director
Molly Dineen
Producer
Molly Dineen
Editor
Caroline Pick

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Meet characters who live near the No. 31 bus route from Camden Town to Chelsea. (1985)

First transmitted in 1985, To the World's End follows the No. 31 London bus from Camden Town to World's End, Chelsea, meeting characters who live and work along the route.

First transmitted in 1985, To the World's End follows the No. 31 London bus from Camden Town to World's End, Chelsea, meeting characters who live and work along the route.

The programme's soundtrack features the Carl Davis composition Variations on a Bus Route, which was commissioned to celebrate London Transport's 50th birthday in 1984.

This programme has been edited.

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Executive Producer
Edward Mirzoeff

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Afoot Again In The Past

Duncombe and Wilton House

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Ian Carmichael and Leslie Phillips explore the histories of two stately homes. (2002)

Ian Carmichael remembers army life at Duncombe in North Yorkshire, and Leslie Phillips recalls scandal at Wilton House in Wiltshire. (2002)

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Presenter
Ian Carmichael
Presenter
Leslie Phillips
Series Producer
Tim Dunn
Series Editor
Basil Comely

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Into the Limelight - Tribute Bands

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Meet the musicians who perform in tribute acts at the Limelight Club in Crewe. (2007)

Meet the musicians who perform at Crewe's Limelight Club, where the spirit of rock is alive in the form of tribute acts to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. (2007)

An affectionate look at what goes on behind the scenes of the Limelight Club in Crewe, where for ten years tribute acts to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Phil Lynott have been providing a post-industrial town the chance to hear some legendary live music.

In the Limelight, a converted Methodist church, the spirit of rock is alive, along with Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Phil Lynott - in reality John, Keith and Wayne. The posters on the club walls display more than a decade of tribute-band entertainment by the likes of Pink Fraud and Stairway to Zeppelin. Arena reveals the characters offering locals the opportunity to hear their favourite music performed live. (2007)

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Director
Nicola Roberts
Editor
Emma Matthews

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1959 documentary showing images of a Liverpool still recovering from the post-war gloom.

Denis Mitchell's 1959 documentary is full of evocative images of a Liverpool still recovering from the post-war gloom.

Denis Mitchell's 1959 documentary is full of evocative images of a Liverpool still recovering from the post-war gloom.

This BBC film won the award for the best television documentary film in the Italia Prize Contest, 1959.

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Director
Denis Mitchell
Director
Roy Harris
Title Music
Thomas Henderson

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Voices from the Island

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Nelson Mandela and other ex-prisoners recall their incarceration on Robben Island. (1994)

Nelson Mandela and his fellow ex-prisoners recall their incarceration on Robben Island, South Africa's Alcatraz. (1994)

Nelson Mandela and his fellow ex-prisoners recall their incarceration on South Africa's Robben Island. For three decades, the island housed not only political prisoners but convicts, lepers and the mentally ill. Yet amidst the hopelessness, Nelson Mandela and his comrades devised strategies and subterfuges with which they transformed life on the island, while the vision of a new South Africa began to take shape. (1994)

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Participant
Nelson Mandela
Director
Adam Low
Series Editor
Nigel Finch
Series Editor
Anthony Wall

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Horizon

1995-1996 Fermat's Last Theorem

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British mathematician Andrew Wiles's bid to find proof for Fermat's last theorem.

The story of the British mathematician Andrew Wiles and his bid to find proof for Fermat's last theorem, which has taxed mathematicians since the 17th century.

Andrew Wiles stumbled across the world's greatest mathematical puzzle, Fermat's Theorem, as a ten- year-old schoolboy, beginning a 30-year quest with just one goal in mind - to solve the problem that has baffled minds for three centuries.

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Director
Simon Singh
Editor
John Lynch
Participant
Andrew Wiles
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Provocative documentary following the doctors who can now interrupt the death process.

Documentary following the doctors who can now interrupt, and even reverse, the process of death, and the families asked to make the most ethically difficult decision in medicine.

Provocative documentary following the doctors who can now interrupt, and even reverse, the process of death. Filmed over six months in the country's leading brain injury unit (Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge), it follows the journey of a man who, by only moving his eyes, is eventually asked if he wants to live or die. Two other families are also plunged into the most ethically difficult decision in modern medicine.

This documentary is part of Louis Theroux: Docs That Made Me, a collection of his favourite documentaries.

Many documentaries, Louis suggests, could do with losing a few minutes here and there. He makes an exception for Between Life and Death though, which doesn't waste a second with its economical storytelling. The day to day events which take place in hospitals have the potential to be highly emotional and full of drama. Nick Holt's Cambridge-based film was an inspiration for Louis Theroux's 2014 documentary, Edge of Life, about Los Angeles' famous Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre.

In 2011, Between Life and Death won a BAFTA and an RTS Television Award for Best Single Documentary.

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Producer
Nick Holt
Director
Nick Holt
Executive Producer
Meredith Chambers
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Oscar Pistorius’s achievements on the track become a distant memory…

Documentary series. Oscar Pistorius's achievements on the track become a distant memory when the prosecution reveals a very different man to the one that the world had come to admire.

A month after Oscar Pistorius shoots dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he is out on bail, living at his uncle Arnold’s compound. A forensics expert hired by his legal team helps him to recreate his version of what happened the night of Reeva’s death.

The Blade Runner, as he was nicknamed, became a worldwide superstar at the Athens Olympics while still a high school teenager finding his way. Pistorius set his sights on an ambitious goal: competing against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics. In a long and contentious battle with track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, he wins the right to compete in the Olympics in 2008. All that becomes a distant memory on 19 August 2013, when he is formally charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on what would have been her 30th birthday. With the prosecution adding gun charges to the original complaint, the evidence reveals that he is a very different young man to the one that the world had come to admire.

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Director
Daniel Gordon
Producer
John Battsek

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When a judge is assigned to the Oscar Pistorius trial, the world watches closely.

When a judge is assigned to the Oscar Pistorius trial, the world watches closely. In this case, a judge - and not a jury - decide the defendant’s fate.

When a judge is assigned to the Oscar Pistorius trial, the world watches closely. In this case, a judge - and not a jury - decide the defendant’s fate. The judge, Thokozile Masipa, is a highly respected scholar who grew up in the Soweto Township as a child of Apartheid. Despite the dignity with which she attempts to conduct the trial, no-one can stop it from becoming a televised tabloid circus.

Early news focuses on the holes in the testimonies of witnesses who claim to have heard the gun shots and screams. But as new evidence emerges, those close to Pistorius question his maturity and temper. His singular and at times lonely existence emerges, along with details of his romantic relationships. The trial lays bare his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp, with stormy texts revealing dramatic ups and downs, dictated by Pistorius’s temper.

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Director
Daniel Gordon
Producer
John Battsek

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Six weeks into the trial of Oscar Pistorius, he takes the stand.

Six weeks into the trial of Oscar Pistorius, he takes the stand to explain what happened in the early hours of 14 February 2013.

Six weeks into the trial of Oscar Pistorius, he takes the stand to explain what happened in the early hours of 14 February 2013.

In 2012, Pistorius left South Africa to prepare for the London Olympics. That summer was the peak of his career – competing against able-bodied athletes in the 400 metres and qualifying for the semi-finals, a remarkable achievement. A few weeks later, he faltered at the Paralympics. Rather than the victory lap expected, he was beaten and afterwards was ungracious about the loss.

The following months saw Pistorius change. He became involved with a different crowd, whilst growing infatuated with guns and paranoid about security. At this point, he also met Reeva, the start of a whirlwind romance on the surface that would soon end with him murdering her.

In the witness stand, Pistorius stumbles in his response to tough questioning. When the verdict for manslaughter comes, the judge calls Pistorius a 'very poor witness'. The verdict of culpable homicide (the equivalent of manslaughter) is overturned on appeal and upgraded to murder. His sentence is increased from five to six years – and then on a further appeal increased to 15 years. He remains in prison in South Africa.

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Director
Daniel Gordon
Producer
John Battsek

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Dawn French interviews John Cleese about his life in comedy. (2007)

Dawn French interviews John Cleese about his life in comedy, from The Frost Report, through to Monty Python and Fawlty Towers. (2007)

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Presenter
Dawn French
Interviewed Guest
John Cleese
Producer
Ben McPherson
Director
Ben McPherson

Modern Times

Streetwise

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Behind the scenes at the Public Carriage Office as taxi drivers take The Knowledge. (1996)

First transmitted in 1996, this film looks at the tough training regime undertaken by black cab drivers as they prepare for one of the hardest examinations they will ever take.

First transmitted in 1996, this film looks at the tough training regime undertaken by black cab drivers as they prepare for one of the hardest examinations they will ever take.

It takes years to get to grips with the intricate road network and tangle of streets that weave their way through the heart of the capital and 70 per cent of applicants fail to finish. With repeat appearances at the Public Carriage Office to take the examination, it's a bumpy road to the coveted green badge.

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Producer
Mark Phillips
Series Editor
Stephen Lambert

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Chelsea Hotel

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Chelsea Hotel in New York, a haven for some of the 20th Century's greatest talent. (1981)

First transmitted in 1981, this documentary looks at the New York's Chelsea Hotel - a haven for some of the 20th Century's greatest talents, from Mark Twain to Dylan Thomas.

First transmitted in 1981, this documentary programme looks at New York's Chelsea Hotel, a legendary haven for some of the 20th Century's greatest talent, from Mark Twain to Dylan Thomas. With appearances from Andy Warhol and William Burroughs, who have dinner in the room where Arthur C Clarke wrote 2001, and Quentin Crisp, who lived in the hotel for more than 35 years.

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Levi challenges Cornish pasty eaters in Falmouth to try his golden vegetable patties.

Levi Roots spices up ocean-fresh mackerel on a Cornish beach, and challenges loyal Cornish pasty eaters in Falmouth to try his golden vegetable patties.

Levi Roots spices up ocean-fresh mackerel on a Cornish beach, challenges loyal Cornish pasty eaters in Falmouth to try his golden vegetable patties, and visits Bristol to taste a Caribbean twist on British favourite steak and chips.

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Presenter
Levi Roots
Producer
Rachael Barnes
Director
Spike Geilinger
Executive Producer
Franny Moyle

Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends

Series 2 Off-Off Broadway

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Louis endures Broadway's nightmare audition circuit. (1999)

Louis Theroux spends time in New York among the subculture of off-Broadway performers in his latest foray into the weirder fringes of American society. (1999)

Louis Theroux spends time in New York among the subculture of off-Broadway performers in his latest foray into the weirder fringes of American society. Only a small proportion of actors make a decent living and Louis soon finds himself struggling to get work alongside the thousands of out-of-work actors. To improve his chances he joins a talent grooming agency, puts together a portfolio and has acting and voice coaching lessons. But as he discovers, an actor's lot is not an easy one. (1999)

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Presenter
Louis Theroux
Director
Geoffrey O'Connor
Executive Producer
David Mortimer
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Louis joins an American wrestling team. (1999)

Louis Theroux investigates American wrestling. He hangs out with the WCW wrestlers of Monday Night Nitro and considers joining the Independent Wrestling Federation. (1999)

In his final challenge, Louis Theroux investigates the most extreme American wrestling organisations. He hangs out with the WCW wrestlers of Monday Night Nitro and considers joining the Independent Wrestling Federation, who use barbed wire to spice up their shows. (1999)

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Presenter
Louis Theroux
Executive Producer
David Mortimer
Director
Ed Robbins

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