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Sacred Music

Series 1

Episode 2: Palestrina and the Popes

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Russell Beale explores Western sacred music. He uncovers links between the papal intrigues of Renaissance Rome and the work of composer Palestrina. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Documentary series following a teacher's attempts to convert his pupils to physics and chemistry. Chantelle is chosen to fire one of the biggest ever firework displays in the UK. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Andy Robbins
Producer:
Roy Ackerman

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for 9 months

Simon Russell Beale tells the story behind Allegri's Miserere, one of the most popular pieces of sacred music ever written. Features a full performance by the Sixteen. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 4 months

Dr Nina Ramirez reveals the codes and messages hidden in Anglo-Saxon art by examining artefacts like the Sutton Hoo Treasures, the Staffordshire Hoard and the Franks Casket. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Antonio Pappano delves into the world of opera's fallen women and discovers how composers and librettists have used female characters to explore and challenge society's attitudes. Show more