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The Secret Life of Books

Series 1

Episode 4: The Mabinogion

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Cerys Matthews tells the story of one of the great literary treasures of the medieval world, The Mabinogion, ancient tales that were later translated from Welsh. Show more

Handmade in Japan

Series 1

Episode 1: Samurai Sword

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 10 months

Series looking at traditional Japanese crafts. On Kyushu, a family of Samurai sword makers continue a tradition their ancestors began 230 years ago. Show more

Landward

2018/2019

Episode 25: Saving Our Salmon

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Scotland's countryside magazine. Hour-long special in which Landward investigates the plummeting numbers of wild salmon in Scotland's rivers. Show more

Handmade in Japan

Series 1

Episode 2: Kimono

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for 10 months

Series celebrating traditional Japanese crafts. On Amami Oshima in the southern oceans, we follow the elaborate handmade production of a traditional Japanese kimono. 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

Scotland from the Sky

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 59 minutes

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

How powered flight and photography changed how the world is understood. This episode explores how aerial photography has revealed Scotland's hidden ancient past. Show more

Scotland from the Sky

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

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

How powered flight and photography changed how the world is understood. This episode reveals how planners and architects took to the skies to redesign Scottish towns and cities. Show more

Handmade on the Silk Road

Episode 2: The Wood Carver

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for 18 days

Series about traditional crafts along the Silk Road trade route. In his workshop in Khiva in Uzbekistan, Shavkat Jumanijozov makes doors, chests and wooden columns. Show more

Handmade on the Silk Road

Episode 3: The Potter

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for 18 days

Series about traditional crafts along the Silk Road trade route. In Meybod in southern Iran, Abdol Reza Aghaei's family have been potters for generations. Show more

The Secret Life of Books

Series 2

Episode 3: The Mill on the Floss

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Fiona Shaw explores the genesis of The Mill on the Floss, and discovers how the scandal that caused George Eliot to take a male pen name also plays out in the plot of her novel. Show more

Artsnight

Series 3

Episode 10: Val McDermid

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Magazine arts show. Is fiction the best way to access the truth? Val McDermid explores the relationship between fiction, video games and crime documentary. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Val McDermid
Editor:
Janet Lee
Series Producer:
Matthew Springford
Producer:
Jon Morrice
Director:
Jon Morrice
Interviewed Guest:
Ken MacLeod
Interviewed Guest:
Richard K Morgan
Interviewed Guest:
Malath Abbas
Interviewed Guest:
Lucas Pope
Interviewed Guest:
Roger Graef

Timeshift

Series 15

Episode 2: A Very British Map: The Ordnance Survey Story

Duration: 59 minutes

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

A look at how, for over 200 years, Ordnance Survey has mapped every square mile of the British Isles, capturing not just the contours and geography of the nation, but of our lives. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Jon Morrice
Director:
Jon Morrice
Series Producer:
William Naylor

The Silk Road

Episode Three

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS AfricaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Africa

Dr Sam Willis travels west to Central Asia, a part of the Silk Road often overlooked and yet the place of major innovations, big historical characters and a people - the Sogdians. Show more

Contributors

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

The Silk Road

Episode Four

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS North AmericaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS South Asia

Dr Sam Willis is in Bukhara where he finds out how goods were sent to the markets of the west, showing how trading methods sparked revolutions all along the Silk Road. Show more

Contributors

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

The Silk Road

Episode Six

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Asia PacificLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Europe

In the final episode of the series, Dr Sam Willis starts in Istanbul - the ancient city of Byzantium, then his last stop takes him full circle to Venice. Show more

Contributors

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

The Silk Road

Episode One

Duration: 26 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS South AsiaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Europe

In the first episode of this series tracing the story of the most famous trade route in history, historian Dr Sam Willis is in Venice. Show more

Contributors

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

Wild Cameramen at Work

Episode 2: Land

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Scotland

Wildlife cameramen reveal their favourite natural history moments. Gordon Buchanan and Mark Smith reveal how skills learned in Scotland enabled them to film intimate moments. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Jon Morrice
Director:
Jon Morrice
Series Producer:
Sandy Raffan
Executive Producer:
Jo Roe

The Silk Road

Episode Five

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS AfricaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS North America

In this episode Dr Sam Willis continues his journey to Iran. Sam begins in the legendary city of Persepolis - the heart of the first Persian Empire. Show more

Contributors

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

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Scotland

Wildlife cameramen reveal their favourite natural history moments. John Aitchison and Mark Smith reveal some of the unlikely locations they have filmed birdlife. Show more

Artsnight

Series 3

Episode 6: Kieran Long

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Magazine arts show. In an era of rising prices and housing shortages, the V&A's architecture curator Kieran Long explores the future of the home in Britain. Show more