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Series 15

Episode 1: The Trains That Time Forgot: Britain's Lost Railway Journeys

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Andrew Martin takes three railway journeys following the routes of three of the most famous named trains - the Flying Scotsman, the Cornish Riviera Express and the Brighton Belle. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC NewsLatest broadcast: on BBC News Channel HD

Babita Sharma explores the growing and shifting fortunes of corner shops to discover why this unsung hero has been at the centre of ordinary lives for more than 70 years.

Contributors

Presenter:
Babita Sharma
Series Producer:
William Naylor
Producer:
Linda Sands
Director:
Linda Sands
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Genres

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC NewsLatest broadcast: on BBC News Channel HD

Babita Sharma explores the growing and shifting fortunes of corner shops to discover why this unsung hero has been at the centre of ordinary lives for more than 70 years.

Contributors

Presenter:
Babita Sharma
Series Producer:
William Naylor
Producer:
Linda Sands
Director:
Linda Sands
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Genres

Timeshift

Series 16

Episode 5: Flights of Fancy: Pigeons and the British

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 10 months

Timeshift ventures inside places of sporting achievement, scientific endeavour and male obsession - the lofts of pigeon fanciers - to tell the story of a remarkable bird. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Miles Jupp
Producer:
Jake Hayes
Director:
Jake Hayes
Executive Producer:
John Das
Series Producer:
William Naylor

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series celebrating the glory days of British motor racing. The 1970s was the era of three-time world champion Jackie Stewart, but also of the topless Pirelli calendar. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The final part of Formula One's 'Rock 'n' Roll Years' archive series focuses on an era when motor racing lit up the world... with cigarette advertising. Show more

Timeshift

Series 12

Episode 5: The British Army of the Rhine

Duration: 1 hour

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

Documentary telling the affectionate story of British servicemen and their families who had to make Germany a home from home in the decades after the Second World War. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Denis Lawson
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Series Producer:
William Naylor
Producer:
Francis Welch
Director:
Francis Welch

Duration: 1 hour

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

An exploration of the BBC's love affair with the lives and works of the Bronte sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - which has proved irresistible to drama and documentary makers. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Tamsin Greig
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Series Producer:
William Naylor
Producer:
Rebecca Whyte

Seven Ages of Rock

Left of the Dial: US Alternative Rock

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The journey through the history of rock music continues with the story of two of America's biggest and most authentic bands: Nirvana and REM. Show more

Timeshift

Series 14

Episode 5: The Nation's Railway: The Golden Age of British Rail

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Using the British Transport Films archive, Timeshift revisits Britain's railways during the era of public ownership in a corrective to the myth of the bad old days of rail. Show more

Timeshift

Series 14

Episode 6: Spicing Up Britain: How Eating Out Went Exotic

Duration: 1 hour

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

How postwar Britain went from a place where eating out was more of a chore than a pleasure to a nation of food adventurers, thanks to generations of migrants opening eateries. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Rebecca Front
Producer:
David Leach
Director:
David Leach
Series Producer:
William Naylor

Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues

Episode 1: Knights of the Road: The Highwayman's Story

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 4 months

Series charting the age of the outlaw begins with the arrival of a new breed of gentleman criminal out of the ashes of the Civil War. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Sam Willis
Producer:
Andy Hall
Director:
Andy Hall
Series Producer:
William Naylor
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Assistant Producer:
Christopher Boreham
Production Coordinator:
Emily Casstles

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 4 months

How the BBC's cameras have captured dance through the years, from profiling stars like Margot Fonteyn to teaching us how to do the twist and the success of Strictly Come Dancing. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
William Naylor
Executive Producer:
Mike Poole
Director:
Andrew Hall

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 4 months

Sam Willis looks at urban crime, fraud and corruption in the 18th century, uncovering a fascinating rogues' gallery of charmers, fraudsters and villains. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 4 months

Sam Willis explores the golden age of piracy during the early 18th century and charts the devastating impact pirates had during an age of colonial expansion. Show more

Timeshift

Series 13

Episode 6: Hurricanes and Heatwaves: The Highs and Lows of British Weather

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 4 months

A national obsession is explored in this archive-rich look at the evolution of the weather forecast from print via radio to TV and beyond - and at the changing weather itself. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

From the BBC archives, before their talents were recognised by royal decree, the early work and career defining moments of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren. Show more

Timeshift

Series 13

Episode 7: How to Be Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective

Duration: 1 hour

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

Film charting the evolution of Sherlock Holmes on screen, from silent movies to the latest film and television versions. Featuring contributions from Sherlocks past and present. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Christopher Lee
Participant:
Tim Pigott-Smith
Participant:
Mark Gatiss
Series Producer:
William Naylor
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for 11 days

Celebrating the early on-screen appearances of some of our greatest actors, including Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
David Tennant
Producer:
Andrew Hall
Series Producer:
William Naylor
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Timeshift

Series 15

Episode 2: A Very British Map: The Ordnance Survey Story

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

A look at how, for over 200 years, Ordnance Survey has mapped every square mile of the British Isles, capturing not just the contours and geography of the nation, but of our lives. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Jon Morrice
Director:
Jon Morrice
Series Producer:
William Naylor