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BBC Introducing Arts

Female Filmmakers

Duration: 24 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS South AsiaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Asia Pacific

Presented by Janina Ramirez, these talented, emerging artists use comedy, drama and dance to tell stories from a contemporary female perspective. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 5 months

Cultural historian Janina Ramirez presents a collection of intriguing short films by emerging female directors and storytellers on topics from body image and new love to grief and belonging. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Janina Ramirez
Series Producer:
Allan Campbell

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Middle EastLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Asia Pacific

Janina Ramirez presents a screengrab of inspiring, beautiful and urgent stories from emerging and established film makers with their interpretations of life’s big topics. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Janina Ramirez tells the story of three books that defined the Reformation in England - Tyndale's New Testament, Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer and Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Show more

An Art Lovers' Guide

Series 2

Lisbon

Duration: 60 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 12 months

Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke reveal Lisbon's fascinating history through its cobbled streets, steep hills, picturesque shoreline and cultural riches. Show more

An Art Lovers' Guide

Series 1

Episode 3: St Petersburg

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dr Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke discover St Petersburg through its art and architecture, looking to see how art has been used to enhance its power and prestige. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

In the British Library, Dr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts of the first Anglo-Saxon rulers to create a united England. Show more

The Quizeum

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Griff Rhys Jones tests two teams of experts at the Great Gallery of Hertford House, home to the Wallace Collection, a major collection of European fine and decorative arts. Show more

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings

Episode 2: What a King Should Know

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dr Janina Ramirez shows how medieval illuminated manuscripts gave power to the king and united the kingdom in an age of plague, warfare and rebellion. Show more

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings

Episode 3: Libraries Gave Us Power

Duration: 1 hour

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

The story of the British Library's Royal Manuscripts collection reaches its end with the last great flowering of illumination, in the courts of the Tudors. Show more

An Art Lovers' Guide

Series 2

Episode 3: Baku

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 11 months

In the final episode of the series, our intrepid cultural explorers Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke set off on their most adventurous trip yet - to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan. Show more

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

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 5 months

Janina is in Turkey, tracking a young explorer who found the world’s oldest city and rewrote the beginning of civilisation – until his discovery became engulfed in scandal.

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Available for 5 months

Janina is in Crete on the trail of the millionaire who discovered the mythical palace of the Minotaur and the first western civilisation, but who is now mired in controversy.

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 5 months

Janina is in Scandinavia, investigating the lost thousand-year-old ship that transformed the fierce reputation of the Vikings and became a symbol of a nation's fight for freedom.

Handmade in Bolton

Series 1

Nottingham Alabaster

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for 5 months

Dr Janina Ramirez sets ex-forger Shaun Greenhalgh the challenge of making an alabaster carving of the kind mass-produced in Catholic England in the centuries before the Reformation. Show more

Handmade in Bolton

Series 1

Visigothic Brooch

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for 5 months

Oxford historian Dr Janina Ramirez sets Shaun Greenhalgh, once a prolific forger, the challenge of making a jewelled eagle brooch of the kind worn by Visigoth chieftains in the Dark Ages. Show more

The Quizeum

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Quiz show. Griff Rhys Jones puts two teams of expert panellists to the test at Britain's oldest public museum, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford. Show more

Handmade in Bolton

Series 1

Palissy Plate

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Ex-forger Shaun Greenhalgh is set the task of making a Renaissance animal plate of the type invented by the great French potter Bernard Palissy. Show more