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The Letter of Last Resort

Duration: 38 minutes

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

By David Greig. On her first day in office, the new PM must write a letter to the commanders of Trident with instructions to be followed in the event of a nuclear attack on Britain. Show more

Contributors

Prime Minister:
Belinda Lang
Director:
Nicolas Kent
Producer:
Lu Kemp

Genres

Duration: 1 hour

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

In the 17th century, religious conflict threatened not only the lives of musicians and monarchs, but the monarchy's future and the tradition of British music itself. Show more

David Starkey's Music and Monarchy

Episode 4: Reinventions

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dr David Starkey's exploration of how the monarchy shaped Britain's music concludes in the 19th and 20th centuries, when the crown rediscovered the power of pageantry. Show more

The Brits Who Built the Modern World

Episode 2: The Power of the Past

Duration: 1 hour

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

Modern British architects such as Richard Rogers, Terry Farrell and Norman Foster reveal the stories behind some of their most famous creations of the 1980s. Show more

The Brits Who Built the Modern World

Episode 1: The Freedom of the Future

Duration: 59 minutes

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

A look at some of the stunning recent work of an exceptional generation of British architects born in the 1930s, led by Norman Foster and Richard Rogers. Show more

The Brits Who Built the Modern World

Episode 3: The Politics of Power

Duration: 1 hour

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

A look at the period from the late 90s to the present day, when the architects were at the peak of their success but also faced some huge controversies. Show more

Life Is Toff

Episode 1: First Born

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three HD

Series following the eccentric and aristocratic Fulford family. Edmund falls foul of a hole in the wall, and the family clash as Arthur seeks ideas on ways to raise cash. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Series Producer:
Lee McMurray

Life Is Toff

Episode 2: Bear Up

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three HD

Series following the aristocratic Fulford family. Hoping to become an overseas youth worker, Edmund decides to gain experience by running an activity day for local teens. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Series Producer:
Lee McMurray
Production Company:
Oxford Film and TV

Life Is Toff

Episode 3: Cheese

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three HD

Series following the aristocratic Fulford family. While Francis befriends an injured jackdaw, Matilda is home from uni and wondering if marketing is the career for her. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Series Producer:
Lee McMurray
Production Company:
Oxford Film and TV

Life Is Toff

Episode 4: The Show

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three HD

Series following the aristocratic Fulford family. When Francis is invited to open the village fete, the family see a chance to reforge links with the local community. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Series Producer:
Lee McMurray
Production Company:
Oxford Film and TV

Life Is Toff

Episode 5: Murder

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three HD

Series following the aristocratic Fulford family. Arthur explores ways to make the house that he will inherit pay for itself, and Francis suggests a murder-mystery evening. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Series Producer:
Lee McMurray
Production Company:
Oxford Film and TV

Life Is Toff

Episode 6: Ghosts

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three HD

Series following the aristocratic Fulford family. The Fulfords unite in an attempt to win a prestigious Devon tourism award and put their ancestral family home on the map. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Series Producer:
Lee McMurray
Production Company:
Oxford Film and TV

David Starkey's Music and Monarchy

Episode 1: Crown and Choir

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dr David Starkey reveals how the story of British music was shaped by its monarchy, beginning with kings who were also composers, Henry V and Henry VIII. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Writers and historians including Hilary Mantel and Philippa Gregory revisit the last days of Anne Boleyn, who in 1536 became the first queen in British history to be executed. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
David Starkey
Participant:
Hilary Mantel
Participant:
Philippa Gregory
Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Executive Producer:
Susan Jones

Face of Britain by Simon Schama

Episode 3: The Face of Fame

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Simon Schama explores the history of British portraiture. Simon looks at portraits of the famous and examines the celebrated faces of Britain's past and present. Show more

Face of Britain by Simon Schama

Episode 4: The Look of Love

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Simon Schama explores the history of British portraiture. Simon explores how love portraits allow us to fulfil our craving to keep the ones we love close to us. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Schama
Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Series Producer:
Charlotte Sacher
Director:
Francis Hanly
Assistant Producer:
Georgia Braham
Production Company:
Oxford Film and TV

Face of Britain by Simon Schama

Episode 5: The Face in the Mirror

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Simon Schama explores the history of British portraiture. Here, Simon looks at the complex motivations behind some of the most intriguing self-portraits. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

David Starkey hosts performances of music created for royalty by some of the nation's finest musicians in the splendid historic locations for which the pieces were first written. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Starkey
Director:
Peter Sweasey
Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent