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Age of the Image

Series 1

Power Games

Duration: 59 minutes

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

James Fox explores how mass communication and new technology helped 20th-century image-makers transform society, from Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda films to the moon landings. Show more

Rhythms of India

Series 1

Ancient Melodies

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Music travelogue. Composer Soumik Datta begins his exploration of India in Kolkata, revealing how the country's music can help us to understand its past and its present. Show more

The Secret Life of Books

Series 1

Episode 4: The Mabinogion

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Cerys Matthews tells the story of one of the great literary treasures of the medieval world, The Mabinogion, ancient tales that were later translated from Welsh. Show more

The Secret Life of Books

Series 1

Episode 6: Frankenstein

Duration: 29 minutes

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

In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein manuscripts, Alice Roberts finds someone concerned with the act of creation itself and evidence of husband Percy's collaborative role. Show more

Age of the Image

Series 1

A New Reality

Duration: 59 minutes

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

James Fox explores how technological advances in the early 20th century created new ways of seeing the world, making links between artists, film-makers, photographers and scientists. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS North AmericaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Europe

Artist Cornelia Parker prepares for a new exhibition in London, working on several new pieces including her latest project - bronze sculptures of cracks in the pavement. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS North AmericaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Europe

Documentary showing the popular artist Jack Vettriano at work in his studio and talking with brutal honesty about his critics and how he deals with fame. Show more

Handmade in Japan

Series 1

Episode 1: Samurai Sword

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 11 months

Series looking at traditional Japanese crafts. On Kyushu, a family of Samurai sword makers continue a tradition their ancestors began 230 years ago. Show more

Handmade in Japan

Series 1

Episode 2: Kimono

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for 11 months

Series celebrating traditional Japanese crafts. On Amami Oshima in the southern oceans, we follow the elaborate handmade production of a traditional Japanese kimono. Show more

Handmade in Japan

Series 1

Episode 3: Mingei Pottery

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 11 months

Series celebrating Japanese crafts. The Hamadas are a famous family of potters, and we see Tomoo at work, shaping his pots and firing them in a wood-fuelled kiln. Show more

The Secret Life of Books

Series 2

Episode 4: Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Duration: 30 minutes

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

John Cooper Clarke explores Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater, and discovers how this addiction memoir avoids the cliches of modern 'misery-lit'. Show more

An Art Lovers' Guide

Series 2

Lisbon

Duration: 60 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 10 months

Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke reveal Lisbon's fascinating history through its cobbled streets, steep hills, picturesque shoreline and cultural riches. Show more

Turner Prize

2016

The Nominees

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Morgan Quaintance assesses the four nominees for this year's Turner Prize at Tate Britain, exploring the work of each of the artists and the themes that preoccupy them. Show more

Movie Connections

Series 2

Episode 5: Shirley Valentine

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Documentary series about Britain's biggest movies. Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Alison Steadman and others remember the making of 1980s classic Shirley Valentine. Show more

An Art Lovers' Guide

Series 2

Episode 3: Baku

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 10 months

In the final episode of the series, our intrepid cultural explorers Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke set off on their most adventurous trip yet - to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan. Show more

The Secret Life of Books

Series 1

Episode 1: Great Expectations

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Series which uncovers the story behind the creation of six classic books. Tony Jordan brings his writer's insight to Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. Show more

Secret Knowledge

Bolsover Castle

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Lucy Worsley tells the story of Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire. Built in the early 17th century, it became the pleasure palace of playboy Cavalier William Cavendish. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lucy Worsley
Director:
John Hodgson
Executive Producer:
Jonty Claypole
Series Producer:
Richard Bright
Producer:
Sophie Reid
Producer:
John Hodgson

Secret Knowledge

The Body Beautiful - Ancient Greeks, Good Looks and Glamour

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Natalie Haynes takes a journey into ancient beauty and modern glamour, examining how our obsession with the body beautiful goes back to an era of stunning artistic achievement. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Natalie Haynes
Producer:
Liam McArdle
Director:
Liam McArdle
Executive Producer:
Richard Bright
Executive Producer:
Tanya Hudson

The Secret Life of Books

The Secret Life of Children's Books

Episode 2: The Water-Babies

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Rev Richard Coles dives beneath the surface of children's classic The Water-Babies to reveal the revolutionary science behind the story and the influence it had on social reform. Show more

Secret Knowledge

The Art of Witchcraft

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Artist Lachlan Goudie presents a personal documentary, inspired by his father, in which he investigates why witches have cast such a powerful spell over generations of artists. Show more