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Sex and the Church

Episode 2: Sexual Revolution

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explains how the church took control of marriage in the 11th century and how the Protestant Reformation launched a sexual revolution. Show more

A History of Christianity

Episode 2: Catholicism: The Unpredictable Rise of Rome

Duration: 1 hour

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

Diarmaid MacCulloch explores the rise of Roman Catholicism. How did a small Jewish sect become western Europe's established religion? Show more

A History of Christianity

Episode 1: The First Christianity

Duration: 1 hour

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

Diarmaid MacCulloch reveals the origins of Christianity and asks if it can survive in our secular society. He shows how it began east of Jerusalem and Rome. Show more

How God Made the English

Episode 3: A White and Christian People?

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Diarmaid MacCulloch explores what it means to be English. In the final programme, he examines the idea that there is an ethnic core to Englishness. Show more

How God Made the English

Episode 1: A Chosen People?

Duration: 1 hour

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

Diarmaid MacCulloch explores what it means to be English. In this episode, he chronicles the roots of the idea that the English think themselves better than others. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Anna Cox
Director:
Anna Cox
Executive Producer:
Jean-Claude Bragard

A History of Christianity

Episode 6: God in the Dock

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Diarmaid MacCulloch examines the concept of scepticism in Western Christianity and challenges the idea that faith has ebbed away in the face of science and reason. Show more

A History of Christianity

Protestantism - The Evangelical Explosion

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Diarmaid MacCulloch traces the growth of an exuberant expression of faith that has spread across the globe - Evangelical Protestantism. Show more

Sex and the Church

Episode 3: Christianity v The West

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how the offical Christian Church and Western society have moved apart on issues of sex and gender over the last 300 years. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
Robin Dashwood
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

Duration: 1 hour

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

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch argues that rather than being a thug, Thomas Cromwell was a principled and pioneering statesman who laid the foundations for the modern British state. Show more

Contributors

Sex and the Church

Episode 1: From Pleasure to Sin

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Documentary. Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality throughout history. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
Robin Dashwood
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

A History of Christianity

Episode 4: Reformation: The Individual Before God

Duration: 1 hour

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

Diarmaid MacCulloch looks at the Reformation and sees how a faith based on obedience and authority led to one based on individual conscience. Show more

How God Made the English

Episode 2: A Tolerant People?

Duration: 1 hour

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

Diarmaid MacCulloch explores what it means to be English. He challenges the commonly held assumption that the English have a long tradition of tolerance. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Anna Cox
Director:
Anna Cox
Executive Producer:
Jean-Claude Bragard

Free Thinking

Breaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Peter Stanford, Ulinka Rublack and Diarmaid MacCulloch join Anne McElvoy to discuss Martin Luther: fundamentalist, reactionary or the enlightened creator of the modern world? Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Peter Stanford
Interviewed Guest:
Ulinka Rublack
Interviewed Guest:
Diarmaid MacCulloch
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Producer:
Zahid Warley

Free Thinking

The Invention of the Circus Ring

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet looks at the career of impresario Philip Astley and 250 years of the circus with Vanessa Toulmin, Andrew Van Buren, Naomi Frisby and Tom Rack. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Peter Stanford
Interviewed Guest:
Ulinka Rublack
Interviewed Guest:
Diarmaid MacCulloch
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Producer:
Zahid Warley

A History of Christianity

Episode 3: Orthodoxy - From Empire to Empire

Duration: 1 hour

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

Diarmaid MacCulloch explores Eastern Orthodox Christianity's fight for survival, having withstood threats from Islam, Catholicism and communism. Show more

In Our Time

The Siege of Malta, 1565

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the fierce contest for Malta, which the Ottomans tried to prise from the Knights Hospitaller who they they had already driven from Rhodes in 1522. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Nicholson
Interviewed Guest:
Diarmaid MacCulloch
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Fleet

In Our Time

The Battle of Lepanto

Duration: 43 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the sea battle of Lepanto, in which the Christian forces of the Holy League defeated the Ottoman fleet of Selim II in 1571. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Diarmaid MacCulloch
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Fleet
Interviewed Guest:
Noel Malcolm

In Our Time

The Book of Common Prayer

Duration: 42 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Book of Common Prayer, published after the Reformation in order to make church liturgy available in English. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Diarmaid MacCulloch
Interviewed Guest:
Alexandra Walsham
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Palmer
Producer:
Thomas Morris