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Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession

Episode 3: Mapping the World

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for years

Professor Jerry Brotton uncovers how maps are snapshots of a moment in history and offer visions of distant lands, tempting explorers to plunder and conquer. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jerry Brotton
Series Producer:
Annabel Hobley
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley

Series 1

Episode 2: The Glorious Revolution

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 11 months

Lucy explores how British history is a concoction of fibs. She debunks the 'Glorious Revolution', when William of Orange stole the throne from James II. Show more

British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley

Series 1

Episode 1: The Wars of the Roses

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 11 months

Lucy explores British history as a concoction of fibs and stories manipulated by whoever was in power. This episode debunks the foundation myth of the Tudors. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Andrew Marr revisits Britain at the dawn of the 20th century. He finds the country mourning the death of Queen Victoria and enjoying the bawdy pleasures of music hall. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Andrew Marr charts the events that shaped Britain. The series concludes with an account of Britain during the Second World War, starting with the events at Dunkirk. Show more

Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession

Episode 1: Windows on the World

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for years

Jerry Brotton shows how maps can be tools of power and snapshots of history. Henry VIII's maps of the British coast helped him exert control over the world. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jerry Brotton
Series Producer:
Annabel Hobley
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

Episode 2: The Price of Freedom

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 2 months

Documentary. David Olusoga traces the bitter propaganda war waged between the pro-slavery lobby and the abolitionists. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Olusoga
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund
Series Producer:
James Van Der Pool
Director:
Ben Crichton
Producer:
Ben Crichton

Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

Episode 1: Profit and Loss

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 2 months

Documentary about the abolition of slavery. Huge sums of money were paid out in compensation, not to slaves, but to slave owners. Show more

On Hannibal's Trail

Episode 1: Hitting the Road

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Three brothers cycle on the trail of ancient warrior Hannibal. On the east coast of Spain, they pass through Elche's palms, Benidorm's beaches and Valencia's zoo. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Danny Wood
Presenter:
Sam Wood
Presenter:
Ben Wood
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

Duration: 1 hour

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

Historian David Starkey tells the story of the Protestant Reformation and how it transformed the face of modern Europe, unleashing fundamentalism, terror and religious violence. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Starkey
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dr Stephen Baxter reveals the human and political drama that lies within the parchment of England's earliest surviving public record, the Domesday Book, commissioned in 1086. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Baxter
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for years

In his favourite city, Alexander Armstrong explores the secret underground treasures that made Rome the powerhouse of the ancient world. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Michael Scott
Producer:
Harvey Lilley
Director:
Harvey Lilley
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

Regimental Stories

Episode 4: The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

A look at how the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, now a modern tank force, is still shaped and inspired by the daring charges of its cavalry past. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Sean Pertwee
Series Producer:
Graham Cooper
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

Regimental Stories

Episode 5: The Coldstream Guards

Duration: 30 minutes

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

A look at how the Coldstream Guards, who now serve as a bodyguard to the Queen, are still motivated by a history which stretches back to the English Civil War. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Sean Pertwee
Director:
Olly Bootle
Series Producer:
Graham Cooper
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession

Episode 2: Spirit of the Age

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for years

Jerry Brotton shows how maps can reveal the fears and prejudices of their age, from medieval religious passion to Victorian obsession with poverty and disease. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jerry Brotton
Director:
Helen Nixon
Producer:
Helen Nixon
Series Producer:
Annabel Hobley
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

When Charles I was executed, Parliament sold off his art collection. Now, for the first time in 370 years, a huge number of artworks owned by Charles are reunited for an exhibition. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Brenda Emmanus
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Andrew Marr charts the events that shaped Britain. In the 1920s, Imperial Britannia slid from view and Britain saw a housing boom and the birth of radio broadcasting. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

How modern Britain is still defined by the battle between Cavaliers (panache, pleasure and individuality) and Roundheads (modesty, discipline, equality, and state intervention). Show more