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Duration: 1 hour

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

Writer and critic AN Wilson revisits the life and work of poet Philip Larkin. Featuring readings by Larkin himself, including The Whitsun Weddings, Arundel Tomb and Aubade. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
AN Wilson
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Series Producer:
Alastair Laurence
Production Coordinator:
Emily Casstles

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

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Writer Andrew Hussey travels through the glorious art and surprising history of an extraordinary French institution to show that the story of the Louvre is the story of France. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Hussey
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary detailing the experiences of the poets who served in the Battle of the Somme, including Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg and JRR Tolkien. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Lucy's romp through 300 years of love's rituals begins with the Georgian age, when the rules of courtship were being rewritten, and women and men made their own romantic choices. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

In her story of Britain's imported German dynasty, Lucy Worsley shows how Britain's new ruling family fought the French, the Jacobites and each other, all at the same time. Show more

Timeshift

Series 14

Episode 3: Bullseyes and Beer: When Darts Hit Britain

Duration: 59 minutes

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

How a traditional working-class pub game became a national obsession during the 1970s and 80s, and how television played a key role in elevating its players into household names. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Matt Thomas
Director:
Matt Thomas
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Participant:
Eric Bristow
Participant:
Bobby George
Participant:
John Lowe
Participant:
Phil Taylor

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Andrew Marr looks at life in Britain at the time of the 2011 Census, revealing unexpected trends and facts about a country we only think we know. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Marr
Participant:
Danny Dorling
Director:
Robert Murphy
Producer:
Robert Murphy
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Timeshift

Series 10

Episode 2: 1960: The Year of the North

Duration: 1 hour

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

The story of how the north went from being Britain's economic engine room to cultural powerhouse. Andrew Martin explores how the north liberated itself and the country as a whole. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Martin
Producer:
Rebecca Whyte
Director:
Rebecca Whyte
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Timeshift

Series 10

Episode 3: When Britain Went Wild

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary exploring how, in the 1960s, the British people fell in love with animals and how endangered species and wildlife protection became an intrinsic part of our culture. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Director:
Sally Thomson
Producer:
Sally Thomson

Elegance and Decadence: The Age of the Regency

Episode 1: Warts and All - Portrait of a Prince

Duration: 1 hour

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

Historian Dr Lucy Worsley looks at how the Prince Regent was obsessed with outdoing Napoleon not on the battlefield, but in opulence, bling and monumental architecture. Show more

Timeshift

Series 9

Episode 9: Disappearing Dad

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Novelist Andrew Martin takes a wry look at the way fathers are represented in fiction and film, and finds that they tend to be depicted as marginal, loopy or entirely absent. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Martin
Producer:
John Das
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss

Episode 1: Frankenstein Goes to Hollywood

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Mark Gatiss celebrates the achievements of horror cinema, beginning by exploring the early era of Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Gatiss
Director:
John Das
Series Producer:
John Das
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall, who became accepted by a group of wild African chimpanzees and whose work transformed our understanding of man's closest relatives. Show more

Timeshift

Series 9

Episode 5: How to Win at Chess

Duration: 1 hour

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

In a programme showing how to play better chess, British grandmasters Dan King and Ray Keene go through a demonstration game from opening gambit to checkmate. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Martin Amis
Producer:
George Chan
Director:
George Chan
Producer:
John Das
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

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

Rude Britannia

Episode 2: Presents Bawdy Songs and Lewd Photographs

Duration: 1 hour

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

How traditions of satire and bawdy and lewd humour survived the era of Victorian values and thrived in the first half of the 20th century. Show more

Rude Britannia

Episode 3: You Never Had It So Rude

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

How British traditions of satire and bawdy humour continued in the worlds of radio, TV, theatre and comics from the 1960s to the present day. Show more

Rude Britannia

Episode 1: A History Most Satirical, Bawdy, Lewd and Offensive

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Georgian Britain was openly rude, as the art of Hogarth and Cruikshank and the literature of Pope, Swift, Byron and Sterne shows. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
Alastair Laurence
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Paul Merton goes in search of the origins of screen comedy in the forgotten world of silent cinema, not in Hollywood but in pre-1914 Britain and France. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Paul Merton
Director:
Paul Merton
Producer:
Kate Broome
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole