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Duration: 58 minutes

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

Mark Gatiss explores the brief life of Victorian artist Aubrey Beardsley, who wielded outrage as adroitly as his pen, and whose uncompromising attitude feels utterly modern. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Gatiss
Executive Producer:
John Das
Executive Producer:
Sebastian Barfield

Secret Knowledge

Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the Doomed Poet

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael Symmons Roberts explores the mythic afterlife of the 18th-century poet Thomas Chatterton, whose early death was immortalised by poets, painters and photographers. Show more

Timeshift

Series 17

Episode 2: Blazes and Brigades: The Story of the Fire Service

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Timeshift looks back on nearly two centuries of British firefighting, exploring how major incidents and the evolution of equipment have helped forge the modern fire service. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Kirsty Young
Executive Producer:
John Das

Duration: 1 hour

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

Sam Willis explores the golden age of piracy during the early 18th century and charts the devastating impact pirates had during an age of colonial expansion. Show more

Castles: Britain's Fortified History

Episode 3: Defence of the Realm

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sam Willis looks at how castles survived into the Tudor era. But these strategic seats of power had to become palaces to impress monarchs such as Elizabeth I. Show more

Timeshift

Series 13

Episode 7: How to Be Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective

Duration: 1 hour

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

Film charting the evolution of Sherlock Holmes on screen, from silent movies to the latest film and television versions. Featuring contributions from Sherlocks past and present. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Christopher Lee
Participant:
Tim Pigott-Smith
Participant:
Mark Gatiss
Series Producer:
William Naylor
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

Lucy Worsley explores the Edwardian era and the golden age of detective fiction between the wars - the time of Dr Crippen, Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock films. Show more

Timeshift

Series 16

Episode 3: Penny Blacks and Twopenny Blues: How Britain Got Stuck on Stamps

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

Writer Andrew Martin charts the evolution of the British postage stamp and examines how these sticky little labels became a national obsession. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Martin
Series Producer:
William Naylor

Timeshift

Series 15

Episode 5: Looking for Mr Bond: 007 at the BBC

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 27 days

The BBC opens up its vaults to reveal the forgotten files on the world's most famous secret agent. Featuring rare and candid interviews with all six actors to play 007. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Tamsin Greig
Series Producer:
William Naylor
Executive Producer:
Michael Poole