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Series 8

Last Days of Steam

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 4 months

Documentary that tells the surprising story of how Britain entered a new age of steam railways after the Second World War and why it quickly came to an end. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
George Chan
Director:
George Chan
Producer:
John Das

Timeshift

Series 8

How to Solve a Cryptic Crossword

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Don Manley reveals the tricks that compilers use to bamboozle and entertain cryptic crossword solvers, while fans including Prunella Scales explain why they enjoy them. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Martin Bell
Participant:
Prunella Scales

Timeshift

Series 8

How to Be a Good President

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Helped by contributors including Shirley Williams, Douglas Hurd and Simon Hoggart, journalist Jonathan Freedland attempts to define the qualities which make a great US president. Show more

Timeshift

Series 8

Between the Lines - Railways in Fiction and Film

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Novelist Andrew Martin presents a documentary examining how the train came to shape the work of writers and film-makers, from Wordsworth and Dickens to The Railway Children. Show more

Timeshift

Series 8

Charles Wheeler: Edge of Frame

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales (Analogue)

A look at the decisive moments of the latter 20th century through the eyes of Charles Wheeler, who has been at the forefront of world news reporting for over 50 years. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Humphrys
Producer:
Gerry Dawson