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Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Award-winning documentary that celebrates the incredible musical history of Eel Pie Island - the epicentre of rhythm and blues in south west London in the 1960s. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Nigel Planer
Interviewed Guest:
Rod Stewart
Interviewed Guest:
Top Topham
Interviewed Guest:
Mick Avory
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Hackett
Interviewed Guest:
David Brock
Interviewed Guest:
Andy Bown
Interviewed Guest:
Trevor Baylis
Producer:
Cheryl Robson
Director:
Cheryl Robson

Father Brown

Series 8

The Queen Bee

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Father Brown investigates the mysterious death of a beekeeper.

Contributors

Father Brown:
Mark Williams
Eileen Slither:
Pippa Haywood
Ronnie Grunion:
Nigel Planer
Beattie May:
Annabelle Apsion
Mrs McCarthy:
Sorcha Cusack
Inspector Mallory:
Jack Deam
Sergeant Goodfellow:
John Burton
Producer:
Peter Bullock
Executive Producer:
Will Trotter

Polyoaks

Series 5

Episode 5: The Last of the Single-Handers

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Jeremy is seconded to A&E so Polyoaks is a doctor short, just as patient numbers seem to be increasing. Roy dreams of running a solo practice when an old flame recommends it. Show more

Contributors

Dr Hugh Thornton:
Simon Greenall
Dr Roy Thornton:
Nigel Planer
Nurse Monica:
Polly Frame
Dr Margaret:
Monica Dolan

Book of the Week

Shrinking Violets

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Joe Moran creates a field guide to shyness. Darwin called it an odd state of mind with no obvious benefit to our species. So why is it so pervasive? Show more

Death in Paradise

Series 7

Episode 2

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One West

Available for 5 months

The team enter the high-stakes world of poker when a finalist is poisoned during the Caribbean Poker Masters tournament. The only suspects are sat round the table. Show more

Contributors

DI Jack Mooney:
Ardal O'Hanlon
Officer Dwayne Myers:
Danny John-Jules
DS Florence Cassell:
Josephine Jobert
Officer JP Hooper:
Tobi Bakare
Ray Campbell:
Theo Barklem-Biggs
Adelaide Scott:
Charlotte Beaumont
Les Doyle:
Mark Benton
Eugene Sutton:
Nigel Planer
Melanie Devaux:
Zoe Telford
Bobby Rodrigues:
Nigel Whitmey
Commissioner Selwyn Patterson:
Don Warrington
Producer:
Sue Howells
Idea Originator:
Robert Thorogood
Production Company:
Red Planet Pictures

Hank Zipzer

Series 2

Episode 11: Hank's New School

First broadcast: on CBBC ChannelLatest broadcast: on CBBC Channel

Available for years

After another bad parents' evening, Stan decides to move Hank to another school. But Hank does not want to leave Frankie, Ashley and Mr Rock behind. Show more

Hank Zipzer

Series 2

Episode 13: Last Day

First broadcast: on CBBC ChannelLatest broadcast: on CBBC Channel

Available for years

It is the last day of the summer term and Hank is determined to make it through without a detention. But an incident with an egg in assembly changes all of that. Show more

Inside No. 9

Series 4

Episode 6: Tempting Fate

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for 27 days

Dark comedy. A hoarder's flat, a blood-stained floor, a dead rat and a curse from beyond the grave. All in a day's work for council contractors Keith, Nick and Maz. Show more

Jonathan Creek

The Clue of the Savant's Thumb

Duration: 1 hour, 34 minutes

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

Detective drama. When a corpse impossibly vanishes from a locked study, it is only the first in a chain of dark mysteries confronting Jonathan Creek. Show more

Contributors

Jonathan Creek:
Alan Davies
Joey Ross:
Sheridan Smith
DI Gideon Pryke:
Rik Mayall
Rosalind Tartikoff:
Joanna Lumley
Franklin Tartikoff:
Nigel Planer
Peter Churchill:
Michael Lumsden
Fariba Tartikoff:
Hasina Haque
DS Cudlipp:
James Buller
WDC Atkins:
Sharlene Whyte
Young Rosalind:
Anna Burnett
Natalie:
Phoebe Jones
Young Beth:
Lydia Gerrard
Sister Cunegonde:
Mairead Conneely
Receptionist:
Samantha Coughlan
Director:
David Renwick
Executive Producer:
Pete Thornton

Loose Ends

Penelope Wilton, Sir Willard White, Nigel Planer, Ayesha Hazarika, Nikki Bedi, Lawrence Rothman, LA Salami, Clive Anderson

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Clive Anderson and Nikki Bedi are joined by Penelope Wilton, Sir Willard White, Nigel Planer and Ayesha Hazarika for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Clive Anderson
Presenter:
Nikki Bedi
Interviewed Guest:
Penelope Wilton
Interviewed Guest:
Willard White
Interviewed Guest:
Nigel Planer
Interviewed Guest:
Ayesha Hazarike
Producer:
Tim Bano

Unnatural Pursuits

Episode 2: I Don't Do Cuddles

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Four

A musical comic fantasy by Simon Gray. Despite his play's success, America starts to drive Hamish Partt crazy, and his personal demons threaten to take over. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 3 months

Nigel Planer narrates the story of the struggle to make programmes for children in the days before everything went digital.

Contributors

Narrator:
Nigel Planer
Executive Producer:
Caroline Wright

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary tracing the development of British heavy metal from its 60s beginnings in the Midlands with Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Black Sabbath to its international triumph. Show more

Unnatural Pursuits

Episode 1: I'm the Author

Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Gray's intriguing drama about the tribulations of a playwright. Hamish Partt, played by Alan Bates, pursues perfections in his work as his life becomes chaotic. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

'Classical actor' Nicholas Craig, played by Nigel Planer, presents a masterclass on the intricacies, pit-falls and sheer blooming hard work that goes into the art of acting old. Show more

Contributors

Nicholas Craig:
Nigel Planer
Executive Producer:
Caroline Wright

M.I. High

Series 3

Episode 11: The Visit

First broadcast: on CBBC ChannelLatest broadcast: on CBBC Channel

Available for years

Children's spy drama. A gymnastics competition brings the prime minister to St Hope's. MI9 have got wind that there's a plan to break out criminals from an MI4 prison. Show more

Contributors

Carrie Stewart:
Charlene Osuagwu
Oscar Cole:
Ben Kerfoot
Frank London:
Jonny Freeman
Per Trollberger:
Warwick Davis
Fleur Forna:
Warwick Davis
Prime Minister:
Nigel Planer
Mr Flatley:
Chris Stanton
Lena Larsson:
Kristina Godwin
Chianti-Marie:
Rebecca Hatch
Chianti Marie:
Rebecca Hatch
Scoop Doggy:
Sam Melvin
Avril Franklin:
Jenny Huxley Golden
Davina Berry:
Eliza Cummings-Cove
Donovan Butler:
Joseph Cocklin
Homie Apathy:
Anthony Genas
Director:
Richard Elson
Director:
Richard Elson

Boomers

Series 2

Episode 4: Mick's Return

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Comedy series following the ups and downs of three retired couples. Having separated from his younger wife Elena, Mick returns to Alan and Joyce's. Show more

The Young Ones

Series 2

Episode 1: Bambi

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Anarchic sitcom about North London students in the 80s. The reprobates from Scumbag College test their mental dexterity on a TV quiz show. Show more

Contributors

Train Driver:
Alexei Sayle
Dr Carlisle:
Robbie Coltrane
Kendal Mintcake:
Ben Elton
Lord Snot:
Stephen Fry
Lord Monty:
Hugh Laurie
Dr Not the Nine O'Clock News:
Tony Robinson
Miss Money-Sterling:
Emma Thompson
Security Guard:
Mel Smith

Drama

The Norman Conquests

Episode 1: Living Together

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy trilogy follows charming, compulsive philanderer Norman and five other characters over one weekend at a country house in England. Show more