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Duration: 59 minutes

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

Lucy's romp through 300 years of love's rituals begins with the Georgian age, when the rules of courtship were being rewritten, and women and men made their own romantic choices. Show more

Timeshift

Series 9

Episode 3: The Men Who Built the Liners

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Documentary looking at the unique culture that grew up in the Clyde shipyards of Scotland, where the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth and the QE2 were built. Show more

Timeshift

Series 8

Last Days of Steam

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for years

Documentary that tells the surprising story of how Britain entered a new age of steam railways after the Second World War and why it quickly came to an end. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
George Chan
Director:
George Chan
Producer:
John Das

Timeshift

Series 9

Episode 9: Disappearing Dad

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Novelist Andrew Martin takes a wry look at the way fathers are represented in fiction and film, and finds that they tend to be depicted as marginal, loopy or entirely absent. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Martin
Producer:
John Das
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Timeshift

Series 9

Episode 5: How to Win at Chess

Duration: 1 hour

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

In a programme showing how to play better chess, British grandmasters Dan King and Ray Keene go through a demonstration game from opening gambit to checkmate. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Martin Amis
Producer:
George Chan
Director:
George Chan
Producer:
John Das
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Timeshift

Series 7

The Rise and Fall of the Ad Man

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Cultural commentator Peter York takes a look at the changing fortunes of British advertising, through the story of the personalities who led it through its highs and lows. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Peter York
Writer:
Peter York
Producer:
Francis Welch
Director:
Francis Welch
Series Producer:
John Das

The Strange Case of the Law

Episode 2: The Pursuit of Liberty

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Harry Potter relives the struggles and achievements of the 17th and 18th-century figures who used the law to challenge tyranny and the abuse of power. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Harry Potter
Series Producer:
John Das
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Actor and writer Mark Gatiss embarks on a chilling voyage through European horror cinema, from the silent nightmares of German Expressionism to Italy's bloody giallo thrillers. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Gatiss
Producer:
John Das
Director:
John Das
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema

Series 1

Episode 5: Horror

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

Mark Kermode reveals the cinematic tricks and techniques used to create classic horror films, from The Phantom of the Opera to The Exorcist, Psycho to Get Out. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

Lucy Worsley tells the story of the royal photograph, showing how the royal family worked with generations of photographers to create images that reinvented the British monarchy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lucy Worsley
Executive Producer:
Sebastian Barfield
Executive Producer:
John Das
Producer:
Andy Hall
Director:
Andy Hall
Production Company:
Academy 7

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

Dominic Sandbrook continues his exploration of science fiction by looking at its robot obsession, from Frankenstein's monster to the provocative ideas of Blade Runner. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
John Das
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Participant:
Rutger Hauer
Participant:
Peter Weller
Participant:
Gale Anne Hurd
Participant:
Anthony Daniels
Participant:
Kenny Baker
Participant:
Edward James Olmos
Participant:
William Gibson

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

A series exploring the science fiction genre. Dominic Sandbrook looks at writers' enduring fascination with outer space, dating back to the 19th century with Jules Verne. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
John Das
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Participant:
William Shatner
Participant:
Nichelle Nichols
Participant:
Anthony Daniels
Participant:
Kenny Baker
Participant:
Zoe Saldana
Participant:
Neil Gaiman

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

Dominic Sandbrook continues his exploration of science fiction by looking at its obsession with alien invasion, from all-out assault to sinister hidden threats. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
John Das
Series Producer:
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole
Participant:
David Tennant
Participant:
Steven Moffat
Participant:
Richard Dreyfuss
Participant:
Roland Emmerich
Participant:
Phil Tippett
Participant:
Douglas Trumbull

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 1 month

The story of the dynasty that ruled Russia for more than three centuries. Lucy examines the reign of Catherine the Great and the conflict with Napoleonic France. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lucy Worsley
Director:
John Das
Series Producer:
John Das
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 1 month

Lucy investigates how the Romanov family's grip on Russia unravelled in their final century, with the years 1825-1918 being bloody and traumatic. Show more

Comic Relief

2011

The Big Red Nose Desert Trek

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Yorkshire

The epic story of what happens when nine celebrities attempt the ultimate endurance challenge for Comic Relief - a gruelling 100km trek across a desert in Northern Kenya. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Matt Reid
Series Producer:
John Das
Participant:
Dermot O'Leary
Participant:
Scott Mills
Participant:
Craig David
Participant:
Ronni Ancona
Participant:
Lorraine Kelly
Participant:
Peter White
Participant:
Olly Murs
Participant:
Kara Tointon
Participant:
Nadia Sawalha

Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema

Oscar Winners: A Secrets of Cinema Special

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Mark Kermode explores the sorts of films that have won Academy Awards time and time again. Is it the subject matter or its treatment that is the key to beating your rivals? Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 1 month

Lucy looks at the beginning of the Romanovs' reign, from Mikhail to Peter the Great, the tsar determined to modernise Russia at the end of the 17th century. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lucy Worsley
Director:
John Das
Series Producer:
John Das
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole