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Manchester International Festival

MIF 2017 What Is the City but the People?

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The festival opens with an invitation to join Mancunians for a self-portrait of the city.

The festival opens with an invitation to Piccadilly Gardens to join friends, neighbours and total strangers for a self-portrait of the city.

Manchester International Festival opens with an invitation to Piccadilly Gardens to join friends, neighbours and total strangers for a self-portrait of the city.

Raised high above the pavements, a unique selection of individuals from across Manchester walk along a 100-metre runway.

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Graham Massey
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1 hour, 11 minutes Available for years Web Only

Documentary following the Rugby League Lions tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

After over a decade in the wilderness, Rugby League’s Great Britain Lions are back and on the road again. This documentary follows their tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

After over a decade in the wilderness, Rugby League’s Great Britain Lions are back and on the road again. This documentary follows their tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea as they fight for their sporting future.

From Rugby League's northern England heartlands to the exotic surroundings of Papua New Guinea, the tour provides a lens to examine the soul of a game with a proud past but uncertain fate, as well as issues such as masculinity in 21st Century Britain, class, friendship, ambition, loyalty and sacrifice.

Through unseen archive, interviews and privileged actuality, the film highlights the most compelling aspects of Rugby League's rise, and explores how and why it has come to be synonymous with a way of life, all within the band-of-brothers framework of the reformed GB RL Lions’ exploits down under.

BBC Singers

BBC Singers: Õhtul by Pärt Uusberg

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3 minutes Available for over a year Web Only

The BBC Singers perform Õhtul by Pärt Uusberg, conducted by Owain Park.

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BBC Singers
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29 minutes Available for years Web Only

Dr Chris and Dr Xand investigate tips and tricks to help keep your mind healthy

Dr Chris and Dr Xand Van Tulleken investigate what mental health is and why things can sometimes go wrong.

Dr Chris and Dr Xand Van Tulleken investigate what mental health is and why things can sometimes go wrong. They’ll uncover the science behind some of the most common triggers for mental health problems, and explore how you can get help and what you can do protect yourself and others. Four young people, including Jordan Stephens from music duo Rizzle Kicks, share their personal experiences with mental health problems and what they’re doing to get through.

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Dr Chris and Dr Xand investigate alcohol - how it affects us and how much is too much.

Taking their lead from young people’s questions, Dr Chris and Dr Xand Van Tulleken investigate what alcohol is, why so many people love to drink it and why it can be dangerous.

Taking their lead from young people’s questions, Dr Chris and Dr Xand Van Tulleken investigate what alcohol is, why so many people love to drink it and why it can be dangerous. To reveal the science of what’s going on inside and outside the body when you drink alcohol, Dr Xand has one drink too many while Dr Chris performs a revealing range of medical tests on him. From being unable to drive a car safely, to getting angry and unruly with his twin brother, things are not looking pretty.

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Want to know how to sort your life out?

Want to know how to sort your life out? Packed with loads of life fixing know-how this show cracks the code of your daily dilemmas.

Want to know how to sort your life out? Packed with loads of life fixing know-how this show cracks the code of your daily dilemmas. Love, sleep, technology and body image go under the microscope as three doctors unbox the life stuff that’s bugging you. Featuring advice from YouTubers Mimi Missfit, Luke Cutforth and Radio 1 Xtra DJ Yasmin Evans. Presented by Dr Chris and Dr Xand Van Tulleken, and Dr Ronke Ikharia.

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GB’s Chef de Mission, Penny Briscoe talks to BBC Ouch ahead of the Winter Paralympics.

With just days to go before the Winter Paralympics get under way in South Korea there’s plenty to say about the Great Britain team.

From medal hopes to new sports, the Russian doping scandal and a touch of…canoeing… GB’s Chef de Mission, Penny Briscoe gives us the lowdown on all things Paralympic – and explains what her job title actually means (hint: It’s nothing to do with cooking).

Presented by Beth Rose.

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17 minutes Available for over a year Web Only

Louis Theroux reveals his favourite documentaries.

Louis Theroux reveals his favourite documentaries, all available on BBC iPlayer.

Documentary fans are in for a treat as renowned documentarian Louis Theroux dived into the BBC Archives and selected his favourite documentaries. Each of them had an impact on Louis. They cover a range of styles - some vérité-driven, others told more through interview - but in all of them you see life at its most raw, its most strange and therefore its most human.

In Louis Theroux: Docs That Made Me Louis explains why he chose the documentaries and how they have inspired his work.

All the documentaries are available to watch on BBC iPlayer right now:

Between Life and Death (2010)

Inside Story: Mini (1975)

Fourteen Days In May (1987)

Rain in My Heart (2006)

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Louis Theroux

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Intimations

John le Carre

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30 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:
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John le Carre talks about his writing and the main influences on his work. (1966)

First transmitted in 1966, Malcolm Muggeridge talks to the novelist John le Carre, who at the age of 34 had written the best-seller The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

First transmitted in 1966, Malcolm Muggeridge talks to the novelist John le Carre, who at the age of 34 had written the best-seller The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Although their conversation covers much about the author's influences and ambitions - with the notable exception of any mention of his time as a spy - much of the interview looks at the modern phenomenon of the secret service agent as a hero.

In a revealing insight, le Carre explains that his dislike of James Bond stems from the fact that Bond doesn't exist in a political context, making him more of an "international gangster" than a spy. Although Malcolm Muggeridge talks about his own, very brief, period of spying, John le Carre remains close-lipped about his (much more extensive) career in espionage. Le Carre (real name David Cornwell) began working for MI5 in 1952 and transferred to MI6 in 1960. There he remained until 1964, when a combination of Kim Philby's defection, which exposed many British agents, and his own growing success as a novelist caused him to leave the secret service. Le Carre remained secretive about his former career for many decades.

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Intimations
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1 hour, 39 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:
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Paul Watson's documentary on four alcoholics from the Medway towns in Kent. (2006)

This powerful documentary from fly-on-the-wall pioneer Paul Watson provides a raw account of four alcohol abusers from the impoverished Medway towns of north Kent. (2006)

This powerful documentary from fly-on-the-wall pioneer Paul Watson follows four alcohol abusers over the course of a year. Vanda, 43, has been drinking since the age of 12. Twenty-nine-year-old Mark consumes two bottles of vodka per day. Nigel, 49, has been dry for ten years, but the damage he has inflicted on his liver is irreversible. Troubled Toni, 26, merely laughs at warnings that continued drinking will mean death.

The film charts the traumas faced by the alcoholics as they bounce between Gillingham Medway Maritime Hospital and their homes, and highlights the emotional impact their struggle has had on those around them. The fact that two of participants died during filming is grim testimony to the illness of alcoholism. (2006)

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Director
Paul Watson
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Paul Watson
Executive Producer
John Willis
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1 hour, 45 minutes Available for years Web Only

The Isle of Man TT; the ultimate challenge for rider and machine.

The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy otherwise known as the TT is the greatest motor cycle road race in the world. The film recounts its legendary rivalries and unique history, exploring why modern TT riders still risk their lives to win this incredibly dangerous event - the ultimate challenge for rider and machine. It has always demanded a commitment far beyond any other racing event, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. The film follows the leading riders in the 2010 race, most notably the cheeky Guy Martin and Ian Hutchinson. This is a high octane story about freedom of choice, the human spirit and the will to win.

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Director
Richard De Aragues
Narrator
Jared Leto
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2 hours, 48 minutes Available for years Web Only

The remarkable true story of two American dreamers and their incredible opportunity.

The remarkable true story of two American dreamers plucked from poverty and given the opportunity to attend a prep school and play for a legendary high school basketball coach.

Marking the 25th anniversary of the film's first broadcast on the BBC, Storyville presents the Oscar-nominated feature documentary and one of the most widely discussed and well-received documentaries of the decade.

Hoop Dreams chronicles the universal process of growing up, coming of age, the love and conflict between fathers and sons, brothers, best friends and spouses. Hoop Dreams tells the remarkable true story of two American dreamers plucked from poverty and given the opportunity to attend a suburban prep school and play for a legendary high school basketball coach. These two young men soon discover how easily their dreams of basketball glory can become obscured amid the intense pressures of academics, family life, economics and athletic competitiveness. But in the end, both boys fight to remain focused on their dream, no matter how hard tragedy strikes or how desperate their situation becomes.

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Steve James

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Reunion Special Reunion Special

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1 hour, 11 minutes Available for years Web Only

30 years after the series launch, key cast members gather to celebrate the hit comedy.

30 years after the series started, key cast members gather at the studio to celebrate the hit comedy. There are laughs to be shared and tears to be shed as everything from early auditions to the emotional end of the run are covered, including the controversial recasting of a role.

Featuring Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana Ali, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Reid, Janet Hubert, and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

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Tomorrow's World

Computers in the 60s

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20 minutes Available for over a year Web Only

A compilation of 1960s features on how computers started to be used in homes and offices.

A compilation of Tomorrow's World features first broadcast in the 1960s, looking at how computers started to be used in homes, schools and offices.

A compilation of Tomorrow's World features first broadcast in the 1960s, looking at how computers started to be used in homes, schools and offices.

Derek Cooper examines innovations in mechanical design engineering (Digital Drawing Board 16/04/1969), as well as a new system to help deal with business correspondence (Auto Secretary 20/09/1967).

Europe's first home computer system makes an appearance (Home Computer Terminal 20/09/1967), and the impact of information technology on education is looked at with the help of Forest Grammar School, Berks (Nellie: School Computer 05/02/1969).

Finally, James Burke reports on a new type of office desk which moves automatically, allowing for everything from a camera and TV set to space for coffee cups (Office of the Future 16/04/1969).

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James Burke
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Derek Cooper
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6 minutes Available for over a year Web Only

Can Becky Adlington, Richard Osman, Josh Widdicombe or Joey Essex do a Dennis Taylor?

Which of Steve Davis' guests - Rebecca Adlington, Joey Essex, Russell Watson, Richard Osman and Josh Widdicombe - will do a Dennis Taylor and sink the black like it's 1985?

Celebrities attempt to pot the elusive black ball in a relaxed recreation of the legendarily tense final moments of the 1985 World Snooker Championship final between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor.

Which of Steve Davis' guests - Rebecca Adlington, Joey Essex, Russell Watson, Richard Osman and Josh Widdicombe - will manage to do a Dennis Taylor and sink the black?

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Steve Davis
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Rebecca Adlington
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Joey Essex
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Russell Watson
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Richard Osman
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Josh Widdicombe

BBC Children in Need

2020 Pudsey’s Best Bits

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Join Pudsey for a look back at some of this year’s fundraising in Northern Ireland.

Holly Hamilton joins Pudsey to look back at some of the highlights from this year’s fundraising in Northern Ireland.

Holly Hamilton joins Pudsey to catch up with all of the local fundraising, and Eamonn Holmes looks back over the last 40 years of Children In Need.

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Producer
Jimmy Devlin
Executive Producer
Carole O'Kane

Man Alive

What's the Truth About Hells Angels and Skinheads?

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Two youth groups with one aim in common - to cause shock and outrage by any means. (1969)

Two youth groups with one aim in common. They profess hate for the older generation and they're out to shock and disgust by any means. (1969)

You see them in the street with their big boots, narrow braces and close-cropped hair - Skinheads. And their enemies: roaring into town on motorbikes, with German war insignia and swastikas pinned to their leather jackets - Hell's Angels.

Two unorganised youth groups with one aim in common. They profess hate for the older generation and they're out to shock and disgust by any means.

Both the press and the public condemn them as violent, antisocial and dangerous.

Skinheads are blamed for football violence, train-wrecking and racial assaults; Hell's Angels for terrorising towns. Are such criticisms justified? Or are the wild ones of today the respectable family men of tomorrow?

To find out, Man Alive met Skinheads, Hell's Angels, and their parents; listened - without condemning - in the hope that we all could learn. What they said was more than frank. (1969)

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Man Alive

Gale is Dead

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49 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:
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The story of Gale Parsons, who died a drug addict on 11 January 1970.

According to everyone who knew her Gale Parsons had much to offer. But, aged just 19 and a drug addict, she was found dead in the basement of a derelict house in Chelsea.

Gale Parsons was loving, intelligent and - according to everyone who knew her - had much to offer; everything to live for. But, aged just 19 and a drug addict, she was found dead in the basement of a derelict house in Chelsea.

Harold Williamson and the Man Alive team first met Gale when making a programme about people who had been brought up in children's homes. What was apparent, even then, was her total loss of hope, her disbelief in any future. Now, the people who were in her life and who cared for her in and out of various institutions ask: need she have died?

One of the first documentaries to draw attention to young homeless and drug addicted people, Gale is Dead was nominated for a BAFTA in 1971. Its director, Jenny Barraclough, received an OBE in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Documentary Film Making and Charity. (1970)

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Man Alive
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57 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:
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Documentary about West Indian immigrants now living in Birmingham. (1964)

Philip Donnellan's film looks at a railwayman from St. Kitts, a bus conductor from Jamaica, singers from Trinidad and a nurse from Barbados, all now living in Birmingham. (1964)

A railwayman from St. Kitts, a bus conductor from Jamaica, a family of singers from Trinidad and a nurse from Barbados ...

Philip Donnellan's Birmingham-based film gives a voice to West Indian immigrants who movingly describe their experiences of trying to integrate into a surprisingly unwelcoming ‘mother country’. Shot in 1964 the film provides an important snapshot of Britain in the early stages of momentous social change and first-generation Afro-Caribbean immigration. (1964)

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Participant
Stan Crooke
Participant
Victor Williams
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Polly Perkins
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Bernice Smith
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Pastor Dunn
Director
Philip Donnellan
Producer
Philip Donnellan
Camera Operator
Geoff Mulligan
Sound Recordist
Bob Roberts
Sound Mixer
Brian Watkins
Production Assistant
Richard Marquand
Editor
Edward Le Lorrain

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1 hour, 12 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:
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Film about people living below the poverty line and their struggle to keep afloat. (1972)

A moving film about people who live below the poverty line and their struggle to keep afloat. (1972)

A moving film about people who live below the poverty line and their struggle to keep afloat.

In the London Borough of Southwark the tenants of Chaucer House, a decrepit half-way house for homeless families, reach breaking point. Angry that once more Southwark had failed to deliver on their promise to tear down the flat block and provide adequate alternative accommodation they stage a demonstration and wait for the officials next move. At the heart of their demonstration is a plea for better housing, better treatment, more understanding and above all a better future.

This highly acclaimed documentary examines the way the officials deal, not only with the tenants of Chaucer, but with those living on or below the poverty line - people subjected daily to interrogation, investigation - those who seem to have been rejected by society. Following the release of the documentary Chaucer House was demolished a year later. (1972)

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Narrator
Peter Myers
Producer
Paul Watson

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