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Series 11

Episode 5: The Picture Postcard World of Nigel Walmsley

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The story behind the humble picture postcard, told by comic creation Nigel Walmsley. With their own language and bespoke rules, postcards were the texts and emails of their era. Show more

Contributors

Voice of Nigel Walmsley:
Christopher Douglas
Producer:
Gerry Dawson
Producer:
Gerry Dawson
Director:
Gerry Dawson
Director:
Gerry Dawson
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell

Timeshift

Series 11

Episode 1: Retrial by TV: The Rise and Fall of Rough Justice

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary about the BBC's Rough Justice series, which began investigating miscarriages of justice in the early 1980s and helped overturn the convictions of 18 people in 13 cases. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Robert Murphy
Producer:
Steve O'Hagan
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Timeshift

Series 11

Episode 3: All the Fun of the Fair

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary which explores the history of the fairground, from the sideshows to the freak shows, and from early hand-powered rides to the arrival of steam and electricity. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Producer:
Francis Welch
Director:
Francis Welch
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell

Timeshift

Series 11

Episode 8: The Golden Age of Trams: A Streetcar Named Desire

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary exploring how the tram liberated overcrowded cities, mapping its journey from horse-drawn carriage on rails to steam and then electric power. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Julia Foot
Director:
Julia Foot
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Timeshift

Series 11

Episode 6: Dear Censor

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary examining the work of the BBFC, casting an eye over some of the most infamous cases in its history and analysing how it works with film-makers themselves. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Matt Pelly
Director:
Matt Pelly
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Timeshift

Series 11

Episode 10: The Smoking Years

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

With contributions from Barry Cryer, Stuart Maconie and others, this documentary tells the unnatural history of the now-threatened creature that is 'the smoker'. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Barry Cryer
Participant:
Stuart Maconie
Producer:
Borja Cantera
Director:
Borja Cantera
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Timeshift

Series 11

Episode 7: Of Ice and Men

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary which looks at why the most inhospitable place on the planet has exerted such a powerful hold on the imagination of explorers, scientists, writers and photographers. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Robert Gwilym
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Producer:
Robert Murphy
Director:
Robert Murphy

Timeshift

Series 11

Episode 11: The Rules of Drinking

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary which digs into the archive to discover the unwritten rules that have governed the way we drink in Britain, from 1940s pubs and clubs to drinking at home or at work. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Mark Chapman
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Timeshift

Series 11

Episode 4: When the Circus Comes to Town

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Film which uses the University of Sheffield's National Fairground Archive to explore the history of the circus, from Billy Smart to Gerry Cottle and Archaos to Cirque du Soleil. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Producer:
Rebecca Whyte
Director:
Rebecca Whyte
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell

Timeshift

Series 11

Episode 9: Epic: A Cast of Thousands!

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary which goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the biggest film genre of them all - the epic, from Ben-Hur to The Ten Commandments and from El Cid to Cleopatra. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Tom Baker
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Timeshift

Series 11

Episode 2: Hotel Deluxe

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 6 days

A Timeshift documentary that charts how luxury hotels have met the needs of new forms of wealth - from aristocrats to rock stars and beyond - with comfort, innovation and service. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole