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Duration: 59 minutes

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

First episode of a two-part series following business at Christie's, the world's largest auction house, as staff, experts, advisers and buyers set art trends, prices and records. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Documentary looking at Christie's, the world's largest auction house. Global president Jussi Pilkannien charts the highs and lows of auctions in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Martha Kearney follows Dr Paula Byrne, who believes she has come across a portrait of Jane Austen lost to the world for nearly two centuries. Can the picture stand up to scrutiny? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Martha Kearney
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford

Hidden Treasures of...

Episode 1: Australian Art

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Griff Rhys Jones starts in the Torres Strait Islands on his journey to discover what extraordinary treasure is being created in far-off places by the indigenous people of today. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Adam Barker
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford

Hidden Killers

The Victorian Home

Duration: 1 hour

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

In a genuine horror story, Suzannah Lipscomb reveals the lethal products, gadgets and conveniences that lurked in every room of the Victorian home and shows how they were unmasked. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Griff Rhys Jones
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Executive Producer:
Sarah Broughton

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary exploring Ted Hughes, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, focusing on how his life story influenced his work and vision. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Ross Wilson
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Producer:
Lucy Evans

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 1

Episode 2: Conquest

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Schama recounts the saga of blood, betrayal and ambition that led up to the pivotal Battle of Hastings and describes the profound consequences that followed. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 2

Episode 3: Britannia Incorporated

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon Schama's epic history reaches the 18th century, where an economic explosion gives birth to the consumer society and agriculture becomes big business. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Drama documentary recreating the first performance of Handel's Messiah at London's Foundling Hospital in 1750, presented by Amanda Vickery and Tom Service. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Amanda Vickery
Presenter:
Tom Service
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Executive Producer:
Ben Weston
Executive Producer:
Richard Farmbrough
Lady Somerset:
Francesca Bailey
William Hogarth:
Christopher Staines

Duration: 1 hour

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

Lucy Worsley traces the story of the young Mozart's adventures in London. It held the promise of unrivalled musical opportunity, but life was hard for a little boy in a big city. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lucy Worsley
Production Company:
Matchlight
Producer:
Matthew Hill
Director:
Matthew Hill
Executive Producer:
Ross Wilson
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Assistant Producer:
Lucy Joyner

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

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

Available for 5 months

A unique insight into the life and work of celebrated painter Paula Rego directed by her son, film-maker Nick Willing. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Nick Willing
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Kate Townsend
Production Company:
Dogwoman Ltd
Production Company:
Kismet Films

Hidden Treasures of...

Episode 3: Indian Art

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

In his quest to find out if traditional art still thrives among the indigenous people of the world, Griff Rhys Jones goes to India in search of exquisite textiles. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Adam Barker
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Director:
James Runcie
Producer:
James Runcie

Hidden Treasures of...

Episode 2: African Art

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Griff Rhys Jones continues his quest to find traditional art in remote places by travelling to West Africa. He considers whether there is such a thing as pure African art. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Adam Barker
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Director:
Harry Hook
Producer:
Harry Hook

Duration: 1 hour, 21 minutes

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

A year in the life of Sean Scully, one of the world’s richest painters, as he flies around the world to open 15 major exhibitions - a journey that reveals his amazing life story. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Nick Willing
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

The story of how Russell Brand battled to stay clean of drugs is at the heart of this honest, personal film in which he challenges how our society deals with addicts and addiction. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Russell Brand
Presenter:
Russell Brand
Presenter:
Russell Brand
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Producer:
Ross Wilson
Producer:
Ross Wilson
Producer:
Ross Wilson
Director:
Ross Wilson
Director:
Ross Wilson
Director:
Ross Wilson

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Russell Brand challenges the point of view that the government's 'war on drugs' policy is working by finding out how other countries are tackling their problems of drug abuse. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Russell Brand
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Producer:
Ross Wilson
Director:
Ross Wilson
Production Company:
Matchlight

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

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

Available for 2 months

Lenny Henry and Suzy Klein celebrate black classical composers and musicians across the centuries whose stories and music have been forgotten. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lenny Henry
Presenter:
Suzy Klein
Executive Producer:
Angela Ferreira
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Producer:
Guy Evans
Production Company:
Douglas Road Productions