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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

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

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

Leonardo

Episode 1: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Documentary examining the life of Leonardo da Vinci, from his illegitimate birth to the unveiling of his masterpiece The Last Supper in 1497. Show more

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

Leonardo

Episode 2: Dangerous Liaisons

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dramatised reconstruction of the life of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo pursues his obsession with flight, and becomes embroiled in a rivalry with Michelangelo. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Drama documentary. King Harold of England has to take on two invasion forces. His brother Tostig attacks the south coast, then King Harald Hardrada lands in north England. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Dan Snow
William the Conqueror:
Ed Stoppard
Harald Hardrada:
Clive Russell
Harold Godwinson:
Adam James
Edward the Confessor:
Tim Preece
Matilda:
Freya Parker
Robert De Beaumont:
Jotham Annan
English Noble:
David Sterne
Archbishop Stigand:
Andrew Havill
Producer:
Tim Dunn
Director:
Tim Dunn
Series Producer:
Robin Dashwood

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Drama documentary. Duke William leads his vast invasion fleet across the Channel to face King Harold. The two armies meet at battle in Sussex on 14 October 1066. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Dan Snow
William the Conqueror:
Ed Stoppard
Harald Hardrada:
Clive Russell
Harold Godwinson:
Adam James
Edward the Confessor:
Tim Preece
Matilda:
Freya Parker
Robert De Beaumont:
Jotham Annan
English Noble:
David Sterne
Archbishop Stigand:
Andrew Havill
Producer:
Tim Dunn
Director:
Tim Dunn
Series Producer:
Robin Dashwood

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dan Cruickshank returns to his childhood home of Warsaw to explore the memories of the city, which the Nazis razed to the ground in World War Two, and the memories of its people. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Dan Cruickshank
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Producer:
Tim Dunn
Director:
Tim Dunn

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: 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: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Middle EastLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Africa

In this programme, art critic Alastair Sooke charts the decline and fall of the Roman Empire through some of its hidden and most magical artistic treasures. Show more

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS AfricaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS South Asia

Art critic Alastair Sooke follows in the footsteps of Rome's emperors in the third part of his celebration of Roman art. Show more

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Latin AmericaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Middle East

In this programme art historian Alastair Sooke looks at the remarkable legacy of the Emperor Hadrian. Show more

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

Treasures of Ancient Egypt

Episode 1: The Birth of Art

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 9 months

Tracing the origins of Egypt's unique visual style, Alastair Sooke treks across the Sahara and travels the Nile to find the rarely seen art of its earliest peoples. Show more

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS AfricaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Latin America

In this programme art critic Alastair Sooke steps back into the Roman world, thanks to their invention of the documentary-style marble relief and to a volcano called Vesuvius. Show more