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The Genius of Design

Episode 4: Better Living Through Chemistry

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

In the 1950s and 60s, plastic, combined with the miracles of electronic miniaturisation, allowed designers to offer consumers more freedom. 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

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

Duration: 1 hour

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

The journey through bohemian history reaches the early 20th century, when the Bloomsbury Group and others were determined to challenge sexual taboos. Show more

Contributors

Production Company:
Wingspan Productions
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Executive Producer:
Deborah Lee
Producer:
Peter Sweasey
Director:
Peter Sweasey
Participant:
Stephen Fry
Participant:
Molly Parkin
Participant:
AA Gill
Participant:
Will Self
Participant:
Virginia Nicholson
Participant:
Grayson Perry
Participant:
Richard Coles
Participant:
Stephen Calloway
Participant:
Maggi Hambling
Participant:
Jonny Woo
Participant:
Fiona MacCarthy

Victorian Bakers

Episode 4: Christmas

Duration: 59 minutes

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

How the Victorians invented Christmas as it's known today, through the eyes of four bakers, who make favourite festive products from a revolutionary era in British history. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Peter Sweasey
Director:
Peter Sweasey
Executive Producer:
Cate Hall
Presenter:
Alex Langlands
Presenter:
Annie Gray
Production Company:
Wall to Wall Media

David Starkey's Music and Monarchy

Episode 3: Great British Music

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dr David Starkey's exploration of how the monarchy shaped Britain's music reaches the 18th century, which brought such patriotic classics as God Save the King. Show more

Bizarre ER

Best Of

Episode 1

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Documentary series about eye-watering medical cases in A&E departments. Featuring a housewife who performed haberdashery on her husband, and a little boy skewered on a flagpole. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Freema Agyeman
Executive Producer:
Mark Downie
Producer:
Fiona Inskip
Producer:
Peter Sweasey

Bizarre ER

Best Of

Episode 12

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Documentary series about eye-watering medical cases in A&E departments. Including how a night's drinking led to fears of a fractured skull, and the coffee break that broke a nose. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Peter Sweasey
Producer:
Fiona Inskip
Executive Producer:
Mark Downie

Petworth House: The Big Spring Clean

Episode 1: Putting the House to Bed

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Andrew Graham-Dixon gets up close and personal with a Turner painting, does the dishes the National Trust way and vacuums one of Britain's rarest rugs. Show more

Petworth House: The Big Spring Clean

Episode 2: Pride & Petworth

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Andrew Graham-Dixon learns how to vacuum-clean sculptures, polish banisters, preserve Capability Brown's immense parkland and buff-up baroque angels in the chapel. Show more

Petworth House: The Big Spring Clean

Episode 3: Natural Beauty

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

At Petworth House, Andrew Graham-Dixon discovers an ingenious approach to caring for crumbling wood carvings and sets sail across an 18th-century water feature. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Andrew Graham-Dixon and the team leave the grandeur of the main house to tackle the servants' block, and he polishes some of the 1,000-piece copper cookware range. Show more

Petworth House: The Big Spring Clean

Episode 5: Art in the Deep Freeze

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Andrew Graham-Dixon takes a turn around Britain's earliest globe, reveals the identity of a 2,000-year-old Roman, and helps restore a Gainsborough landscape. Show more

Petworth House: The Big Spring Clean

Episode 6: Waking up the House

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Andrew Graham-Dixon battles an invasion of moths in one of Petworth's 35 bedrooms, before uncovering the house's many treasures and welcoming back the public. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Ian Hislop's sharp, provocative take on 200 years of fake news and its consequences - from Victorians on the moon to 21st-century deepfake, and Hislop as never seen before. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ian Hislop
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Director:
Peter Sweasey
Graphic Designer:
Andy A'Court
Film Editor:
Richard Wilkinson
Production Company:
Wingspan Productions

Duration: 1 hour

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

In the 17th century, religious conflict threatened not only the lives of musicians and monarchs, but the monarchy's future and the tradition of British music itself. Show more

David Starkey's Music and Monarchy

Episode 4: Reinventions

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dr David Starkey's exploration of how the monarchy shaped Britain's music concludes in the 19th and 20th centuries, when the crown rediscovered the power of pageantry. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

David Starkey hosts performances of music created for royalty by some of the nation's finest musicians in the splendid historic locations for which the pieces were first written. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Starkey
Director:
Peter Sweasey
Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent

The Brits Who Built the Modern World

Episode 2: The Power of the Past

Duration: 1 hour

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

Modern British architects such as Richard Rogers, Terry Farrell and Norman Foster reveal the stories behind some of their most famous creations of the 1980s. Show more

The Brits Who Built the Modern World

Episode 1: The Freedom of the Future

Duration: 59 minutes

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

A look at some of the stunning recent work of an exceptional generation of British architects born in the 1930s, led by Norman Foster and Richard Rogers. Show more