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A History of Ancient Britain

Orkney's Stone Age Temple

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Using 3D graphics, Neil Oliver explores a recently-discovered 5,000-year-old temple in Orkney that has triggered new thoughts about the beliefs of Neolithic people. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Series Producer:
Eamon Hardy
Executive Producer:
Cameron Balbirnie

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Shorts

Episode 88: Northern Islands

Duration: 19 minutes

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

Series exploring Britain's coastline. Neil Oliver discovers the story of the World War II freedom fighters who risked everything running the Shetland Bus. Show more

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Series 5

Episode 3: Brittany

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Britain's bonds with its Celtic cousins across in Brittany are explored. Neil Oliver visits the province of Finistere, battered by some of the world's wildest waters. Show more

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Series 6

Episode 1: London to Antwerp

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

A journey around the British Isles and beyond. The team starts in London, continues along the south coast of England and then explores the coast of Belgium. Show more

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Series 4

Episode 5: Anglesey to Blackpool

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

At RAF Valley in Anglesey, Neil Oliver takes to the sky with an instructor from the RAF's world-famous 'pilot factory'. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Presenter:
Nicholas Crane
Presenter:
Mark Horton
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Producer:
Steve Evanson

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Shorts

Episode 87: Marine Reserve

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Natural history series. Miranda Krestovnikoff dives into a marine reserve off St Abbs and Neil Oliver travels to North Berwick to visit the Bass Rock. Show more

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Shorts

Episode 73: Southwold Art

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

The team journey around the shoreline of East Anglia. Mark Horton investigates the state of seaside piers, while Alice Roberts tries to capture Southwold on canvas. Show more

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Series 4

Episode 3: Land's End to Porthcawl

Duration: 59 minutes

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

The series continues with a journey from Cornwall to South Wales. Neil Oliver casts his own bronze sword and explores the site of the Welsh Great Escape. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Presenter:
Renee Godfrey
Presenter:
Nicholas Crane
Presenter:
Mark Horton
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Producer:
Steve Evanson

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Series 4

Episode 1: Whitstable to the Isle of Wight

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

A journey around the British Isles. Neil Oliver visits the Oyster Festival in Whitstable and Nick Crane explores the geology of the Isle of Wight. Show more

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Shorts

Unst

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Neil Oliver meets the man who designed the first hydrogen car in Unst. Neil also visits the old Baltasound Herring Station. Dr Alice Roberts unearths a mysterious skeleton. Show more

A History of Scotland

Series 2

Episode 3: The Price of Progress

Duration: 1 hour

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

Neil Oliver examines how, in the late 18th century, Scotland was transformed from a poor country into one of the richest nations on Earth. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Director:
Sarah Barclay
Producer:
Sarah Barclay
Series Producer:
Richard Downes
Executive Producer:
Neil McDonald

The Last Explorers

Episode 3: John Muir

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Scotland

Neil Oliver recounts the life of John Muir, who was instrumental to the modern conservation movement and one of the founders of America's National Park movement. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Producer:
Tim Niel
Series Producer:
Richard Downes
Director:
Tim Niel

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Shorts

Episode 80: Lighthouse

Duration: 5 minutes

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

Neil Oliver explores the extraordinary story of building Britain's most famous lighthouse on the perilous Eddystone rocks.

A History of Scotland

Series 1

Episode 4: Language is Power

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Documentary series charting Scottish history. Neil Oliver reveals the story of the infamous Highland/Lowland divide, which was the result of a family struggle. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Producer:
Bill MacLeod
Executive Producer:
Neil McDonald
Director:
Bill MacLeod
Series Producer:
Richard Downes

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Series 8

Episode 2: The Workers' Coast

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Celebrating the workers from around our shores. Nick Crane tells the tale of a refrigeration plant whose workers kept Britain's biggest fishing fleet afloat. Show more