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Duration: 1 hour

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

Historian David Starkey tells the story of the Protestant Reformation and how it transformed the face of modern Europe, unleashing fundamentalism, terror and religious violence. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Starkey
Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund

Britain and the Sea

Episode 2: Invasion and Defence

Duration: 59 minutes

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

David Dimbleby continues his voyage round Britain, sailing along the south east coast from Hampshire to Kent - the edge of Britain essential to its defence. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Dimbleby
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Series Producer:
Alexander Leith

Britain and the Sea

Episode 4: Pleasure and Escape

Duration: 1 hour

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

David Dimbleby explores how the sea emerged as a source of pleasure, Punch and Judy and sand sculpture, before docking into Greenwich. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Dimbleby
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Series Producer:
Alexander Leith

Rock Family Trees

The Birth of Cool Britannia

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 8 months

The real story behind the birth of Britpop and how three of the biggest bands of the 90s – Suede, Elastica and Blur – changed British music forever. Show more

The 80s with Dominic Sandbrook

Episode 3: World in Motion

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Dominic Sandbrook looks at a dynamic decade. The late 80s saw Britain transformed, from the rise of the yuppie to a growing disconnection from the political elite. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund
Series Producer:
Alexander Leith
Producer:
Kate Misrahi
Director:
Kate Misrahi

The 80s with Dominic Sandbrook

Episode 1: The Sound of the Crowd

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Dominic Sandbrook takes a look at a dynamic decade. This episode looks at how the early 80s saw new forces of choice and consumerism reshape British life. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund
Series Producer:
Alexander Leith

Dominic Sandbrook: Let Us Entertain You

Episode 4: Me, Myself and I

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Dominic Sandbrook explores British postwar culture. The final episode looks an idea that first took hold during the Victorian period, the rise of the individual. Show more

Dominic Sandbrook: Let Us Entertain You

Episode 3: Modern Victorians

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Dominic Sandbrook explores British postwar culture. This episode reveals how postwar culture demonstrated many of the same anxieties as Victorian Britain. Show more

Dominic Sandbrook: Let Us Entertain You

Episode 1: The New British Empire

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Dominic Sandbrook explores British postwar culture, examining how culture has become Britain's newest export and a key part of our identity. Show more

Dominic Sandbrook: Let Us Entertain You

Episode 2: In with the Old

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Dominic Sandbrook explores British postwar culture. This episode explores how working-class voices have risen and been absorbed into the elite. Show more

The 80s with Dominic Sandbrook

Episode 2: Under Pressure

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Dominic Sandbrook looks at a dynamic decade. By the mid-80s, Britain felt like an embattled nation, struggling to establish its identity on the global stage. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Chris Granlund
Series Producer:
Alexander Leith

Dan Cruickshank tells the story of how the art collection of Britain's first prime minister was sold to Russia in the 1770s and how it is returning to hang in its original home. Show more

Britain and the Sea

Episode 3: Trade and Romance

Duration: 1 hour

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

Documentary that sees David Dimbleby tracing the crucial importance of the sea to Britain's trade and to individual livelihoods of coastal communities. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Dimbleby
Producer:
Graham Cooper
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Series Producer:
Alexander Leith

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 10 months

Mary Beard is on a mission to uncover the real Julius Caesar, and to challenge public perception, exploring Caesar's surprising legacy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mary Beard
Executive Producer:
Caterina Turroni
Executive Producer:
Richard Bradley

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Dan Cruickshank looks at the extravagant 19th-century castles and palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, believing them to be the work of an architectural genius ahead of his time. Show more

Britain and the Sea

Episode 1: Adventure and Exploration

Duration: 1 hour

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

David Dimbleby sails the south west coast of England, exploring maritime art, architecture and history - including the story of Sir Francis Drake. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Dimbleby
Producer:
John Hodgson
Director:
John Hodgson
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Series Producer:
Alexander Leith

New Elizabethans with Andrew Marr

Series 1

Made in Britain

Duration: 59 minutes

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

During the Queen’s long reign, Britain’s heavy industries have faced devastating decline. Andrew Marr picks the ‘New Elizabethans’ he believes have pioneered new British exports. Show more

Age of the Image

Series 1

A New Reality

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 25 days

James Fox explores how technological advances in the early 20th century created new ways of seeing the world, making links between artists, film-makers, photographers and scientists. Show more

Age of the Image

Series 1

Power Games

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 18 days

James Fox explores how mass communication and new technology helped 20th-century image-makers transform society, from Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda films to the moon landings. Show more