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Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Janina Ramirez looks at how monasteries transformed society and rose to a position of immense power, only for sin and corruption to lead to collapse as the medieval period ended. Show more

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Winter 2017

Episode 4: Chris Ofili - The Caged Bird's Song

Duration: 60 minutes

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

Alan Yentob follows the celebrated Turner Prize-winning British artist Chris Ofili as he creates a spectacular contemporary tapestry - The Caged Bird's Song. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Participant:
Chris Ofili
Executive Producer:
Susan Jones
Executive Producer:
Nick Kent
Production Manager:
Charlotte Lipscombe
Production Company:
Oxford Film and Television
Director:
Luke McMahon

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dr Janina Ramirez begins her series by exploring how monasteries evolved from a cult of isolation and self-deprivation into powerhouses of Anglo-Saxon art, industry and learning. 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

Duration: 1 hour

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

David Starkey looks at the origins of Magna Carta, the document that has underpinned British liberties since it was created in 1215 to check the abuses of King John. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Starkey
Executive Producer:
Susan Jones
Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Production Company:
Oxford Film and TV

Duration: 30 minutes

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

David Starkey looks at the origins of Magna Carta, the document that has underpinned British liberties since it was created in 1215 to check the abuses of King John. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Starkey
Executive Producer:
Susan Jones
Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Production Company:
Oxford Film and TV

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Documentary covering Winston Churchill's failure to be re-elected following the Second World War, with input from first-hand witnesses and historians. Show more

Contributors

Winston Churchill:
Christian Rodska
Alanbrooke:
Valentine Pelka
Clement Attlee:
Roy Weskin
Executive Producer:
Susan Jones
Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Production Company:
Oxford Film and TV

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

In 1944, two prisoners miraculously escaped from Auschwitz. They told the world of the horror of the Holocaust and raised one of the greatest moral questions of the 20th century. Show more

Contributors

Zoe Wanamaker:
Zoe Wanamaker
Director:
Tim Dunn
Executive Producer:
Susan Jones
Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Production Company:
Oxford Film and Television

Duration: 59 minutes

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

One of the world’s greatest living writers - Hilary Mantel - delves into her past and present, intertwining the themes of the Wolf Hall trilogy with stories from her own life. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dr Janina Ramirez discovers how the immensely rich and powerful monasteries that had dominated British society for 1,000 years were annihilated in less than five years. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

The story of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin over the 245 days that brought them to power. As the history unfolds, writers and historians debate the meaning of the Russian Revolution. Show more

Contributors

Trotsky:
Milo Twomey
Interviewed Guest:
Tariq Ali
Interviewed Guest:
Orlando Figes
Interviewed Guest:
Bridget Kendall
Interviewed Guest:
China Mieville
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Amis
Interviewed Guest:
Victor Sebestyen
Composer:
John Hardy
Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Executive Producer:
Susan Jones
Production Company:
Oxford Film and Television
Production Manager:
Floury Crum
Production Manager:
Penny Davis
Director of photography:
James Swift
Focus Puller:
Mitchell Thomas
Sound Recordist:
David Runciman
Camera Operator:
Sam Hardy
Camera Operator:
Kelly Beaton
Make-up Designer:
Jutta Russell
Makeup Artist:
Sara Fagan
Makeup Artist:
Madlen Mierzwiak
Costume designer:
Heidi Miller
Production Designer:
Erik Rehl
Prop Buyer:
Kitty Walker
Production Coordinator:
Emily Rimmer
Assistant Producer:
Kathryn Ellinger