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Duration: 1 hour

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

Lars Tharp visits China to explore why Chinese vases are so famous and expensive, visiting the mountain where porcelain was first created and Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lars Tharp
Executive Producer:
Alistair Pegg
Producer:
Ian Denyer
Director:
Ian Denyer

Rich Man, Poor Man

Episode 1: A Knight's Tale

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Documentary looking at how multi-millionaire businessman and philanthropist John Madejski comes to terms with troubling aspects of his past ahead of receiving a knighthood. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon King and Dave Myers embark on a weight-loss campaign. The pair attempt to reinvent a cooked breakfast, a roast chicken dinner, and a French cassoulet. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon King
Presenter:
Dave Myers
Presenter:
Dave Myers
Executive Producer:
Nicola Moody
Executive Producer:
Nicola Moody
Director:
Ian Denyer
Director:
Ian Denyer
Series Producer:
Ian Denyer
Series Producer:
Ian Denyer

Handmade

Episode 2: Metal

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

Filmed without voiceover or music, this film is an absorbing portrait of the complex processes behind the crafting of a steel knife by bladesmith Owen Bush. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Owen Bush
Executive Producer:
Richard Bright
Director:
Ian Denyer

Series

Handmade

Handmade

Episode 3: Wood

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 4 months

Filmed over five days, this film reveals the complex, time-consuming processes involved in creating a Windsor chair, made by Jim Steele in his Warwickshire workshop. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Jim Steele
Executive Producer:
Richard Bright
Director:
Ian Denyer

Series

Handmade

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Examining the first half of Queen Victoria's life, biographer AN Wilson goes in search of a monarch too often misunderstood. Show more

Contributors

Writer:
AN Wilson
Presenter:
AN Wilson
Voice of Queen Victoria:
Anna Chancellor
Production Company:
What Larks! Productions
Director:
Ian Denyer
Executive Producer:
Claire Whalley
Producer:
Susie Attwood
Assistant Producer:
John Woolf
Production Manager:
Claire Otway
Sound Recordist:
Doug Dreger
Makeup Artist:
Ruth Pease
Production Coordinator:
Louise-Afzal Faerkel
Camera Operator:
Sam Ardley
Camera Operator:
Robin Fox

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Amanda Vickery and Alastair Sooke recreate a Regency ball, the social event at the heart of Pride and Prejudice, to mark the 200th anniversary of the novel's release. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Ian Denyer
Director:
Ian Denyer
Executive Producer:
Jon Swain

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon King and Dave Myers embark on a weight-loss campaign. The pair reinvent indulgent party treats to celebrate their new svelte frames with their families and friends. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon King
Presenter:
Dave Myers
Executive Producer:
Nicola Moody
Director:
Ian Denyer
Series Producer:
Ian Denyer

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon King and Dave Myers embark on a weight-loss campaign. The pair attempt to reinvent a cooked breakfast, a roast chicken dinner - and replace curry with a French cassoulet. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon King
Presenter:
Dave Myers
Executive Producer:
Nicola Moody
Director:
Ian Denyer
Series Producer:
Ian Denyer

Duration: 1 hour

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

CS Lewis's biographer AN Wilson goes in search of the man behind Narnia, a highly secretive man whose personal life was marked by the loss of the three women he most loved. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
AN Wilson
Director:
Ian Denyer
Producer:
Susie Attwood
Executive Producer:
Claire Whalley
Production Manager:
Hannah Melia

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary showing how drab post-war Britain was enlivened by the trad-jazz scene, which ballooned into our first mass youth culture with people dancing in underground clubs. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
George Melly
Producer:
Ian Denyer
Director:
Ian Denyer
Executive Producer:
Andrew Bethel

Duration: 1 hour

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

Historian and author AN Wilson explores the life of Josiah Wedgwood. Wilson reveals the achievements of the self-made, self-educated creative giant famous for his pottery. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
AN Wilson
Producer:
Ian Denyer
Director:
Ian Denyer
Executive Producer:
Claire Whalley
Production Manager:
Nic Preston

Duration: 59 minutes

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

AN Wilson reveals that the years after her beloved Prince Albert's death were actually a process of liberation and the most productive and exciting times for Queen Victoria. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
AN Wilson
Voice of Queen Victoria:
Anna Chancellor
Director:
Ian Denyer
Writer:
AN Wilson
Executive Producer:
Claire Whalley
Producer:
Susie Attwood
Assistant Producer:
John Woolf
Production Manager:
Claire Otway
Sound Recordist:
Doug Dreger
Makeup Artist:
Ruth Pease
Production Coordinator:
Louise-Afzal Faerkel
Camera Operator:
Sam Ardley
Camera Operator:
Robin Fox
Production Company:
What Larks! Productions

Duration: 1 hour

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

Lars Tharp journeys through a thousand years of Chinese history to uncover what six pieces of porcelain tell us about Chinese emperors, scholars, workers, merchants and artists. Show more

Painting the Holy Land

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 10 months

In a two-part special for Holy Week, artist Lachlan Goudie goes on a trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land, sketching and painting the people and landscapes he sees there. Show more

Timewatch

2008-2009

Episode 6: Queen Elizabeth's Lost Guns

Duration: 59 minutes

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

A mile off the coast of Alderney lies a shipwreck that could rewrite English naval history. Saul David joins a team of divers as they raise the ship's cannons. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Saul David
Producer:
Ian Denyer
Producer:
James Hayes