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Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Ian Hislop looks at one of the most peculiar offices in the British establishment, that of Poet Laureate, whose long history produces a gloriously eccentric picture of who we are. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ian Hislop
Director:
Sally Benton
Director:
Claire Lewis
Producer:
Claire Lewis
Producer:
Sally Benton
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron

Ian Hislop's Age of the Do-Gooders

Episode 1: Britain's Moral Makeover

Duration: 1 hour

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

Ian Hislop salutes the unsung heroes of Victorian Britain who improved cities, housing and working conditions and invented the concept of public service. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ian Hislop
Director:
Deborah Lee
Series Producer:
Deborah Lee
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron

Getting Our Way

Episode 3: Values

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series looking back at 500 years of British diplomacy concludes with Sir Christopher Meyer exploring the troubled history behind the idea of an 'ethical foreign policy'. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Helena Braun
Director:
Helena Braun
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron

Duration: 60 minutes

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

Documentary exploring the human quest for certainty and sound reasoning itself. Dave Cliff asks just how logical we really are and whether humans can stay ahead of computers. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Dave Cliff
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron

Cathedrals

Episode 3: Southwark

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The series exploring workings of Church of England cathedrals continues with Southwark, mother church to its diocese and parish church in a fast-changing neighbourhood. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Ian Hislop presents an entertaining and provocative look at Victorian attitudes to the poor, exploring the views of five individuals whose Victorian attitudes remain resonant. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ian Hislop
Participant:
Iain Duncan Smith
Participant:
Tristram Hunt
Participant:
Owen Jones
Participant:
Deirdre Kelly
Participant:
Margaret Taylor
Director:
Ben Lewis
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Executive Producer:
Helena Braun
Production Company:
Wingspan Productions

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Ian Hislop investigates Britain's emotional history. He argues that we have the Victorians to thank for making the stiff upper lip a genuinely national characteristic. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ian Hislop
Presenter:
Ian Hislop
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Producer:
Sally Benton
Director:
Sally Benton

Duration: 1 hour

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

The story of the most disturbing witch trial in British history and how a young girl's testimony sent her mother, brother, sister and many of her neighbours to the gallows. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Armitage
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Producer:
Ros Ereira
Director:
Ros Ereira

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Suzy explores the use, abuse and manipulation of music in WWII. From swinging jazz to madcap ballets, both sides used music as a weapon in the battle for civilisation. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Shocking true story of children kidnapped from the streets of Elizabethan London to perform on stage. Katherine Rundell uncovers the case of a father's fight to reclaim his son. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Susie Attwood
Producer:
Susie Attwood
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Executive Producer:
Helena Braun
Animator:
Ella Baron
Animator:
Andy A'Court
Production Company:
Wingspan Productions

Horizon

2018

Episode 12: Diagnosis on Demand? The Computer Will See You Now

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Dr Hannah Fry uncovers the inside story of a healthcare revolution, with behind-the-scenes access to Babylon Health, who want to prove that their AI is a match for human GPs. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Ian Hislop looks at the decades from the Victorian era to the First World War, when modern Britain introduced its first peacetime restrictions on immigration. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ian Hislop
Participant:
Alan Johnson
Participant:
Sayeeda Warsi
Participant:
Katie Hopkins
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Executive Producer:
Debbie Lee
Director:
Nick Tanner
Producer:
Nick Tanner

Catholics

Episode 3: Women

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series about being Catholic in Britain today focuses on the female staff, volunteers and congregation of Westminster Cathedral, who talk about what Catholicism means to them. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Richard Alwyn
Director:
Richard Alwyn
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron

Series

Catholics

Catholics

Episode 2: Children

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series about being Catholic in Britain today, focusing on the children of a rural Lancashire primary school, six of whom are preparing to make their First Holy Communion. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Richard Alwyn
Director:
Richard Alwyn
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron

Series

Catholics

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on Red Button One

Suzy Klein explores how music's power to stir emotions gave it a crucial role in politics in the volatile years after the Russian Revolution and World War I. Show more

Horizon

2020

Addicted to Painkillers? Britain’s Opioid Crisis

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Dr Michael Mosley immerses himself on the frontline of our prescription painkiller habit. In America, it is an epidemic. Now, new evidence raises concern about the UK's use of prescription opioids. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Victoria runs the postwar gamut from artist, drinker and sexual masochist Francis Bacon to the modern-day, latte-sipping hipster, and asks if we're all bohemians now. Show more

Contributors

Production Company:
Wingspan Productions
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Executive Producer:
Deborah Lee
Producer:
Nick Tanner
Director:
Nick Tanner
Participant:
Maggi Hambling
Participant:
AA Gill
Participant:
Jonny Woo
Participant:
Will Self
Participant:
Lewis Henderson
Participant:
Grayson Perry
Participant:
Molly Parkin
Participant:
Craig Temple
Participant:
Richard Coles
Participant:
John Cooper Clarke
Participant:
Stephen Calloway
Participant:
Bethany Lloyd
Participant:
Phoebe Mulrooney

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

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Mathematician Dr Hannah Fry presents a guide to the science of success, featuring strategies to increase the probability of winning. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Hannah Fry
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Production Company:
Wingspan Productions

Duration: 1 hour

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

Victoria looks at the earliest bohemian artists in post-revolutionary Paris and explores how its subculture took root in Britain through the eccentricities of the Pre-Raphaelites. Show more

Contributors

Production Company:
Wingspan Productions
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Executive Producer:
Deborah Lee
Producer:
Helena Braun
Director:
Helena Braun
Participant:
Maggi Hambling
Participant:
AA Gill
Participant:
Jonny Woo
Participant:
Will Self
Participant:
Lewis Henderson
Participant:
Grayson Perry
Participant:
Virginia Nicholson
Participant:
Stephen Fry
Participant:
Molly Parkin
Participant:
Tom Hodgkinson
Participant:
Richard Coles
Participant:
Pascal Monfort
Participant:
Stephen Calloway
Participant:
Alison Smith