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Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary exploring the lesser-known side of Arthur Conan Doyle, who solved real crimes as chilling and baffling as those investigated by his creation Sherlock Holmes. Show more

Addicted to Pleasure

Episode 4: Whisky

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Brian Cox delves into the history of Scotland's national drink, revealing its origins, the rise in addiction in the 19th century and what it did for Scotland's reputation. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Brian Cox
Series Producer:
Richard Downes
Producer:
Tim Niel
Director:
Tim Niel

A History of Scotland

Series 1

Episode 2: Hammers of the Scots

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Neil Oliver charts the 13th century story of the two ruthless men who helped transform the Gaelic kingdom of Alba into the Scotland we recognise today. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Executive Producer:
Neil McDonald
Series Producer:
Richard Downes

A History of Scotland

Series 1

Episode 3: Bishop Makes King

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Documentary series charting Scottish history. Neil Oliver investigates the role the church played in Robert Bruce's struggle to secure Scottish independence. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Producer:
Tim Niel
Director:
Tim Niel
Series Producer:
Richard Downes
Executive Producer:
Neil McDonald

Art of Persia

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Documentary series. Samira Ahmed journeys to places rarely seen by western audiences to reveal how the Persian Empire was born. Show more

Art of Persia

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Samira Ahmed reveals how Iran preserved its distinctive language and culture despite the Arab conquest of Persia. Show more

The Silk Road

Episode Two

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS AfricaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS South Asia

In this episode, historian Dr Sam Willis continues to retrace the steps of explorer Zhang Qian to the city of Dunhuang. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Sam Willis
Series Producer:
Richard Downes
Director:
Tim Niel
Assistant Producer:
Jon Morrice
Executive Producer:
Mike Smith

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

First of a two-part documentary in which Dr Clare Jackson tells the story of the exiled Stuarts and of the threat the Jacobites posed to the embryonic British state. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Clare Jackson
Director:
Russell Leven
Producer:
Russell Leven
Series Producer:
Richard Downes

A History of Scotland

Series 2

Episode 5: Project Scotland

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Documentary series. Neil Oliver looks at 20th-century Scotland, and how the country was driven to self-determination through a series of deep economic crises. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Director:
Colin Murray
Producer:
Colin Murray
Series Producer:
Richard Downes
Executive Producer:
Neil McDonald

Duration: 1 hour

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

Iain Stewart visits places that gave birth to the earth's oil riches, discovers the people who fought over its control and explores how the need for oil is changing the planet. Show more

Art of Persia

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Samira Ahmed goes back to when Persia faced her gravest threat, Genghis Khan, and reveals how the Safavids, who succeeded the Mongols, give Iran a powerful new identity. Show more

A History of Scotland

Series 2

Episode 4: This Land Is Our Land

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Neil Oliver looks at how, in the early 19th century, rural workers fled from Scotland's countryside into the industrial towns, becoming factory workforce. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Director:
Clara Glynn
Producer:
Clara Glynn
Series Producer:
Richard Downes
Executive Producer:
Neil McDonald

A History of Scotland

Series 1

Episode 4: Language is Power

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Documentary series charting Scottish history. Neil Oliver reveals the story of the infamous Highland/Lowland divide, which was the result of a family struggle. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Producer:
Bill MacLeod
Executive Producer:
Neil McDonald
Director:
Bill MacLeod
Series Producer:
Richard Downes

Duration: 1 hour

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

Professor Iain Stewart looks back at the 1950s, a time when the oil and gas fields of the Middle East became a focus for military conflict. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Writer Ian Rankin investigates The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, tracing Robert Louis Stevenson's story back to events in Stevenson's childhood. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ian Rankin
Executive Producer:
Andrea Miller

Addicted to Pleasure

Episode 2: Opium

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Brian Cox delves into the history of addictive substances, travelling to China to learn how the seeds of modern-day opium addiction were planted during Britain's trading past. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Brian Cox
Series Producer:
Richard Downes

Addicted to Pleasure

Episode 1: Sugar

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Brian Cox delves into the history of sugar, learning how sugar cane fuelled a consumer revolution that has led to epidemic levels of diabetes, obesity and even addiction. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Brian Cox
Presenter:
Brian Cox
Series Producer:
Richard Downes
Series Producer:
Richard Downes
Producer:
Sarah Barclay
Producer:
Sarah Barclay
Director:
Sarah Barclay
Director:
Sarah Barclay

The Last Explorers

Episode 4: Thomas Blake Glover

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Scotland HD

Neil Oliver reveals the story of Thomas Blake Glover, who helped rebel samurai clans lay the foundations for one of the most powerful economies in the world. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Producer:
Sarah Barclay
Director:
Sarah Barclay
Series Producer:
Richard Downes
Director:
Tim Niel