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A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 1

Episode 1: Beginnings

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Schama begins his history of Britain at the miraculously preserved Stone Age cottages of Skara Brae in Orkney and then moves on to the world of Anglo-Saxon England. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 1

Episode 2: Conquest

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Schama recounts the saga of blood, betrayal and ambition that led up to the pivotal Battle of Hastings and describes the profound consequences that followed. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 1

Episode 3: Dynasty

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The documentary series taking a comprehensive look at British history. Henry II built a great medieval empire - which was then torn apart by his scheming family. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 1

Episode 4: Nations

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The story of Edward I - The Hammer of the Scots - whose attempts to force English rule on Scotland and Wales strengthened the identities of all the British nations. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 1

Episode 5: King Death

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Schama continues his look at British history with the greatest horror of medieval Britain - the Black Death. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 1

Episode 6: Burning Convictions

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Schama tells the story of the Reformation, from Henry VIII's love for Anne Boleyn to Bloody Mary's unsuccessful attempt to return England to Catholicism. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 1

Episode 7: The Body of the Queen

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Schama examines the long, tangled relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, who was executed by royal command in 1587. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 2

Episode 1: The British Wars

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Schama looks beyond the romantic stories of Cavaliers and Roundheads to the real story of the English Civil War, in which hundreds of thousands died. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 2

Episode 2: Revolutions

Duration: 1 hour

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

Featuring the revolutionary period in Britain after the execution of Charles I, from Cromwell's iron rule to Charles II's attempts to restore the lustre of the monarchy. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 2

Episode 3: Britannia Incorporated

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Schama's epic history reaches the 18th century, where an economic explosion gives birth to the consumer society and agriculture becomes big business. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 2

Episode 4: The Wrong Empire

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Schama traces the steps of the empire-makers, asking how a trading enterprise based on the idea of liberty became an empire built on slavery. Show more

Question Time

30/10/2008

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One Yorks & LincsLatest broadcast: on BBC One Yorks & Lincs

David Dimbleby chairs the political debate in Washington DC, for a programme ahead of the American election. Guests include Elizabeth Edwards, Simon Schama and Clarence Page. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Dimbleby
Participant:
Simon Schama

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Drama-documentary on the 365 days that Robespierre sat on the Committee of Public Safety - known as 'The Terror' - during which the French Republic descended into a bloodbath. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Mark Hayhurst
Participant:
Slavoj Zizek
Participant:
Simon Schama

Duration: 1 hour, 26 minutes

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

Drama-documentary charting the journey of the American slaves who were led to Africa, where they struggled to establish a colony in Sierra Leone, where they could be free. Show more

This Week

19/09/2013

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

Andrew Neil hosts the first programme in a new series with Michael Portillo, Peter Hain and Miranda Green. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Neil
Participant:
Michael Portillo
Participant:
Peter Hain
Participant:
Miranda Green
Participant:
Simon Schama
Participant:
Mary Ann Sieghart
Participant:
Jodie Marsh

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One London

Andrew Marr’s guests include international trade secretary Dr Liam Fox MP, former prime minister Tony Blair and shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey MP. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest:
Liam Fox
Interviewed Guest:
Tony Blair
Interviewed Guest:
Rebecca Long-Bailey
Interviewed Guest:
Joanne Froggatt
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Glenister
Panellist:
Alison Phillips
Panellist:
Simon Schama

Genres

Formats

Front Row

People of the Year - Part Two

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

John Wilson with guests including Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Thompson, Sam Smith and Dolly Parton. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Interviewed Guest:
Timothy Spall
Interviewed Guest:
Keira Knightley
Interviewed Guest:
Eddie Redmayne
Interviewed Guest:
Dolly Parton
Interviewed Guest:
Joan Baez
Interviewed Guest:
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Interviewed Guest:
Emma Thompson
Interviewed Guest:
Daria Klimentova
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Sheen
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Schama
Interviewed Guest:
Hilary Spurling
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Smith
Interviewed Guest:
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Obama's America

Episode 1: The Price of Freedom

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Schama examines the war in Afghanistan and suggests President Obama would be wise to handle the inherited conflict like Harry Truman did the Korean War. Show more

Obama's America

Episode 2: The End of the Dream?

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Schama asks whether President Obama will act decisively to make the American money machine work for everyone, ending the cycle of boom and bust. Show more