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Around the World in 80 Treasures

Series 1

Episode 1: Peru to Brazil

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Documentary series in which Dan Cruickshank reveals the world's most beautiful man-made treasures. Dan visits the giant Moai, the ruins of Machu Picchu and the giant statue of Rio's Christ. Show more

Around the World in 80 Treasures

Series 1

Mexico to America

Duration: 46 minutes

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

Dan Cruickshank's travels take him from ancient Mayan tombs and the giant warriors of Tula in Mexico to Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia and the Statue of Liberty. Show more

Around the World in 80 Treasures

Series 1

Australia to Cambodia

Duration: 1 hour

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

In his documentary series revealing the most beautiful things in the world, Dan Cruickshank travels from the Australian outback to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Cambodia. Show more

Around the World in 80 Treasures

Series 1

Episode 5: India to Sri Lanka

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary series with Dan Cruickshank. In India, he tangles with a ten-armed naked goddess and is moved to passion in the Cave of Heavenly Maidens. Show more

Around the World in 80 Treasures

Series 1

Uzbekistan to Syria

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Documentary series with Dan Cruickshank. Dan sees tile making in Samarkand, the Trading Domes of Bukhara, the Fire Temple of Baku and Persepolis. Show more

Around the World in 80 Treasures

Series 1

Japan to China

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dan Cruickshank reveals the most beautiful and precious things in the world. In Japan, he visits a temple with a meditation garden. In China, Dan marvels at the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army. Show more

Ancient Worlds

Episode 4: Return of the King

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Richard Miles examines the legacy of Alexander the Great. In Pakistan he discovers traces of a city where west and east were united in an intriguing new way. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Richard Miles
Executive Producer:
Eamon Hardy
Producer:
Tim Dunn
Director:
Tim Dunn
Series Producer:
Tim Kirby

Duration: 1 hour

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

The story of 12-year-old James Annesley, snatched from Dublin and sold into slavery in America in 1728, whose fate helped inspire Robert Louis Stevenson's book Kidnapped. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Dan Cruickshank
Producer:
Tim Dunn
Director:
Tim Dunn
Series Producer:
Mary Sackville-West
Executive Producer:
Helen Thomas

Treasures of Ancient Rome

Episode 3: The Empire Strikes Back

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Alastair Sooke charts the fall of the Roman Empire through some of its artistic treasures, including one of the best preserved Roman cities in Libya. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Fiona Bruce follows Falklands War hero Simon Weston over three months, as he becomes the first person chosen by the public to be painted for the National Portrait Gallery. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Fiona Bruce
Participant:
Simon Weston
Participant:
Nicky Philipps
Producer:
Tim Dunn
Director:
Tim Dunn
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Assistant Producer:
Charlie Sever
Production Manager:
Nicholas Franklin
Production Coordinator:
Grace Brassington

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dan Cruickshank tells the triumphant and tragic story of the greatest architectural dynasty of the 19th century - Sir George Gilbert Scott, son George Junior and grandson Giles. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Dan Cruickshank
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Producer:
Tim Dunn
Director:
Tim Dunn
Assistant Producer:
Ivan Lazic
Production Coordinator:
Grace Brassington

Ancient Worlds

Episode 5: The Republic of Virtue

Duration: 1 hour

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

Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles examines the phenomenon of the Roman Republic, from its mythical beginnings to the all too real violence of its end. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Richard Miles
Series Producer:
Eamon Hardy
Producer:
Tim Dunn
Director:
Tim Dunn
Series Producer:
Tim Kirby

Duration: 59 minutes

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

A revealing documentary looking at the abdication crisis of 1936 through the eyes of the two women at its very heart, in a series of dramatised monologues set in 1967. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Tim Dunn
Producer:
Kate Shiers
Executive Producer:
Eamon Hardy
Elizabeth, Queen Mother:
Emma Davies
Wallis Simpson:
Gina McKee
Edward VIII:
Nick Waring
George VI:
John Sackville
Thelma Furness:
Emma Campbell-Jones
Participant:
Hugo Vickers
Participant:
Andrew Morton
Participant:
Anne Sebba
Participant:
Kate Auspitz

D-Day: The Last Heroes

Original Series

Episode 2

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

The concluding part of historian Dan Snow's documentary series tells the powerful and heroic stories of those who risked their lives on the beaches of Normandy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Dan Snow
Producer:
Tim Dunn
Series Producer:
Jeremy Hall
Executive Producer:
Eamon Hardy

Around the World in 80 Treasures

Series 1

Episode 8: Mali: Dogon

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dan Cruickshank visits the Dogon people and sees some masks and wall paintings.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Artists Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons, who started out as rebels and became part of the art establishment, talk about their mutual appreciation and their belief in the power of art. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Damien Hirst
Interviewed Guest:
Jeff Koons
Interviewer:
Kirsty Wark
Producer:
Tim Dunn
Director:
Tim Dunn

Treasures of Ancient Rome

Episode 2: Pomp and Perversion

Duration: 59 minutes

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

A look at the artistic legacy of Rome's mad, bad and dangerous emperors, including Claudius's pleasure palace and the cave where Tiberius held wild parties. Show more