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Ian Hislop's Olden Days

Episode 3: Green Imagined Land

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for years

Ian Hislop explores the British trait of obsession with the past. He looks at the rural olden days - Britain's idealised vision of the countryside. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ian Hislop
Executive Producer:
Archie Baron
Series Producer:
Ashley Gething

The Secret History of My Family

Episode 3: The Salford Scuttlers

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Descendants of rival gang leaders in 1890s Salford and descendants of the judge who tried to stop them tell their family stories. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Ruth Shurman
Series Producer:
Joseph Bullman

Civilisations

Series 1

Episode 3: Picturing Paradise

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for years

Simon Schama explores the depiction of nature. Simon discovers that landscape painting is seldom a straightforward description of observed nature. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Schama
Executive Producer:
Denys Blakeway
Executive Producer:
Michael Jackson
Series Producer:
Melanie Fall
Assistant Producer:
Scarlet Moore

Civilisations

Series 1

Episode 5: The Triumph of Art

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for years

Simon Schama examines how traditions developed in the years following the Renaissances. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Schama
Executive Producer:
Denys Blakeway
Executive Producer:
Michael Jackson
Series Producer:
Melanie Fall
Assistant Producer:
Billie Shepherd
Assistant Producer:
Scarlet Moore
Production Company:
Nutopia

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Documentary looking at the most devastating raid so far on Britain, launched in November 1940 by the Luftwaffe. In a 12-hour blitz, thousands of bombs were dropped on Coventry. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Edmund Coulthard

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Seventy years on, brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor take viewers through the key moments of the Battle of Britain, when 'the few' of the RAF faced the might of the Nazi Luftwaffe. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ewan McGregor
Presenter:
Colin McGregor

Simon Schama's Shakespeare

Episode 2: Hollow Crowns

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon looks at how Shakespeare's most profound tragedies may have been inspired by the bard's experiences writing for the courts of Elizabeth I and James I. Show more

Simon Schama's Shakespeare

Episode 1: This England

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Simon Schama argues that it is impossible to understand how Shakespeare came to belong 'to all time' without understanding just how much he was of his time. Show more

Obama's America

Episode 1: The Price of Freedom

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Simon Schama examines the war in Afghanistan and suggests President Obama would be wise to handle the inherited conflict like Harry Truman did the Korean War. Show more

Obama's America

Episode 2: The End of the Dream?

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Simon Schama asks whether President Obama will act decisively to make the American money machine work for everyone, ending the cycle of boom and bust. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 3 months

Using rare archive and first-hand testimony from those who knew him intimately, this film explores the life of Donald Campbell, one of Britain's most compelling but doomed heroes. Show more

Contributors

Front Row

Jack O'Connell; Emma Donoghue's Queer Icon; Diana, Our Mother; Jules Buckley

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Jack O'Connell on his role in Tennessee Williams's play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; novelist Emma Donoghue chooses her Queer Icon; conductor Jules Buckley looks ahead to his two Proms. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jack O'Connell
Interviewed Guest:
Jules Buckley
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Donoghue
Interviewed Guest:
Ashley Gething
Presenter:
John Wilson

Universe

Series 1

The Sun: God Star

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for years

Since the first star lit up the universe, they have been engines of creation. Professor Brian Cox reveals how, ultimately, stars brought life and meaning to the universe. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Brian Cox
Executive Producer:
Gideon Bradshaw
Executive Producer:
Andrew Cohen
Line Producer:
Jenny Scott
Production Coordinator:
Sophie Piggott
Composer:
Anze Rozman

Universe

Series 1

The Big Bang: Before the Dawn

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for years

It’s the ultimate question: why are we here? Brian Cox explores how cutting-edge space missions take us back 13.8 billion years to the origin of the universe. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Brian Cox
Executive Producer:
Gideon Bradshaw
Executive Producer:
Andrew Cohen
Line Producer:
Jenny Scott
Composer:
Anze Rozman
Production Manager:
Charlie Bennett