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Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales HD

Available for 3 months

Take That, one of Britain's most successful and best-loved bands, are celebrated in this special one-off programme as they mark their thirtieth anniversary. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Karen McGann
Producer:
Andy Bates
Executive Producer:
Kim Turberville

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

A behind the scenes look at the world's longest running poetry request programme, following the programme-makers, presenter Roger McGough and listeners of the Radio 4 show. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Karen McGann
Producer:
Eamon Hardy
Producer:
Karen McGann
Producer:
Tanya Hudson
Participant:
Roger McGough
Participant:
Andrew Sachs
Participant:
Kenneth Cranham
Participant:
David Blunkett

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli explore Sicily. In Palermo, they visit the markets, a typically Sicilian chapel hidden amongst narrow streets and the Zisa Palace. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Karen McGann
Series Producer:
Silvia Sacco

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli explore Sicily, looking at the legacy of the Spanish occupation as well as two of the island's most spectacular Easter celebrations. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Karen McGann
Series Producer:
Silvia Sacco

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli take the pulse of Sicily, visiting Mount Etna and meeting generous fisherman, to find out how its future is linked to its ancient past. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Karen McGann
Series Producer:
Silvia Sacco

Duration: 1 hour

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

In a documentary to mark the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Sir Max Hastings argues that although the war was a great tragedy, it was far from being futile. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Max Hastings
Executive Producer:
Denys Blakeway
Producer:
Karen McGann
Director:
Karen McGann
Participant:
Michael Howard
Participant:
Hew Strachan
Participant:
John Rohl
Participant:
Margaret MacMillan

Italy Unpacked

Series 1

Episode 2: Looking to the Future

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli explore the culture and history of Italy. The second leg of their journey takes Giorgio home, to Lombardy. Show more

Italy Unpacked

Series 1

Episode 3: Land of Many Treasures

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli explore Italy. The final leg of their journey takes them to Piedmont, land of luxuriant forests and tall mountains. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Shocked by the failure to convict her daughter’s killer, a mother fights for justice by taking on the legal establishment and overturning an 800-year-old law. Show more

The Story of Maths

Episode 1: The Language of the Universe

Duration: 1 hour

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

Marcus du Sautoy uncovers the use of a decimal system based on ten fingers of the hand and looks at the contributions of the great Greek mathematicians. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
Kim Duke
Producer:
Karen McGann
Director:
Karen McGann

Africa's Great Civilisations

Series 1

Episode 6: Clash of Civilisations

Duration: 55 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 5 months

Series exploring the history of Africa. The final episode reviews the 19th century, when a fierce competition for resources and trade led to conflicts. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Karen McGann
Producer:
Karen McGann
Series Producer:
Graeme Hart
Production Company:
McGee Media
Production Company:
Inkwell Films
Production Company:
Kunhardt Films

Africa's Great Civilisations

Series 1

Episode 5: The Atlantic Age

Duration: 55 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 5 months

Series exploring the history of Africa. This episode looks at the tremendous changes that took place across the continent between the 15th and 18th centuries. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Karen McGann
Producer:
Karen McGann
Series Producer:
Graeme Hart
Production Company:
McGee Media
Production Company:
Inkwell Films
Production Company:
Kunhardt Films

The Art of Russia

Episode 1: Out of the Forest

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Critic Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the story of Russian art. He explores the origins of the Russian icon and visits a monastery founded by Ivan the Terrible. Show more

Art of Germany

Episode 2: Dream and Machine

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Andrew Graham-Dixon looks at the art of the 19th century and early 20th century and how artists were at the forefront of Germany's drive to become a single nation. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Karen McGann
Producer:
Karen McGann
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Series Producer:
Silvia Sacco

Art of Germany

Episode 3: In the Shadow of Hitler

Duration: 60 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Andrew Graham-Dixon concludes his exploration of German art by investigating the dark times of the 20th century, dominated by failed artist Adolf Hitler. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Roger Parsons
Producer:
Roger Parsons
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Series Producer:
Silvia Sacco
Director:
Karen McGann

The Art of Russia

Episode 3: Smashing the Mould

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the story of Russian art. He examines political revolution and how art was at the forefront of throwing out 1,000 years of royal rule. Show more

Art of Germany

Episode 1: A Divided Land

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Andrew Graham-Dixon begins his exploration of German art by looking at the rich and often neglected art of the German middle ages and Renaissance. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Karen McGann
Producer:
Karen McGann
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Series Producer:
Silvia Sacco

Seven Ages of Britain

Episode 2: Age of Worship

Duration: 1 hour

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

The story of Britain through its art and treasure. This episode looks at the Middle Ages, from the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 to the death of Richard II in 1400. Show more