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Duration: 59 minutes

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

Amanda Vickery and Tom Service reveal the story behind one of the world's most popular operas, Verdi's La traviata, and its incendiary premiere which scandalised Victorian London. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Amanda Vickery
Presenter:
Tom Service
Violetta Valéry:
Gabriela Istoc
Alfredo Germont:
Edgaras Montvidas
Giorgio Germont:
Stephen Gadd
Producer:
Tim Kirby
Director:
Tim Kirby
Executive Producer:
Elizabeth Hartford
Executive Producer:
Ben Weston
Production Company:
Reef Television Ltd

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Griff Rhys Jones travels to Ghana and the jungles of Burma to learn about the army of West Africans his father served alongside during the Second World War. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Ruairi Fallon
Director:
Ruairi Fallon
Executive Producer:
Elizabeth Hartford

Hidden Killers

The Edwardian Home

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on Red Button One

Available for years

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb looks at the damage caused by the hazardous new inventions lurking in British people's homes as the 20th century dawned under the reign King Edward VII. Show more

Hidden Killers

New Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on Red Button One

Available for years

Suzannah Lipscomb looks at the killer products that surrounded the Victorians, as the domestic horrors of home life in the 19th century and the terrible consequences are laid bare. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Lucy Worsley explores how history and opera go hand in hand. Lucy visits Paris, where two operas captured the spirit of Bohemianism - Bizet's Carmen and Puccini's La Boheme. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Historian Lucy Worsley explores how history and opera go hand in hand. Lucy visits Venice, where Claudio Monteverdi invented modern opera with The Coronation of Poppea. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes

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

Amanda Vickery and Tom Service reveal an exceptional story of triumph of human spirit over unspeakable terror. In August 1942, a concert took place in Leningrad that defies belief. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Amanda Vickery
Presenter:
Tom Service
Producer:
Caroline Page
Director:
Tim Kirby
Executive Producer:
Ben Weston
Executive Producer:
Elizabeth Hartford
Production Company:
Reef Television Ltd

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 2 months

Danielle de Niese explores the lives and works of five female composers who were famous in their lifetimes, but whose work was then forgotten. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Guy Evans
Producer:
Guy Evans
Executive Producer:
Angela Ferreira
Executive Producer:
Elizabeth Hartford
Production Company:
Endemol Shine UK

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Historian Amanda Vickery and broadcaster Tom Service unearth the fascinating story of the life-long friendship between composers Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Amanda Vickery
Presenter:
Tom Service
Executive Producer:
Ben Weston
Executive Producer:
Elizabeth Hartford
Production Manager:
Lisa Quilter
Editor:
Paul Binns
Production Company:
Reef Television Ltd