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The British Family

Episode 2: Sex

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Kirsty Young explores the impact of the sexual revolution on British families. She charts the explosion of sexual imagery in the 1970s and recalls the emerging Women's Movement. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Young
Producer:
Phil Cairney
Producer:
Steve Condie
Executive Producer:
Tom Giles
Executive Producer:
Louise Norman

Being Beethoven

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

Groomed for greatness by an often abusive father, Beethoven emerges as a great but difficult talent, an unstoppable force, until the onset of deafness tears his world apart. Show more

Being Beethoven

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

As Beethoven embarks on the extraordinary flowering of his late music, his health deteriorates and his desire for love and family tips over into obsession. Show more

Being Beethoven

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

Beethoven embarks on a new creative path and attempts to find love. But, as is often the case, the composer's life appears to be following a very different trajectory to his art. Show more

Faulks on Fiction

Episode 1: The Hero

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Series on the brilliance of the British novel. Sebastian Faulks looks at how the ideas of heroism have evolved over the last 300 years, from Daniel Defoe to Martin Amis. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Ruth Rendell
Participant:
Ruth Rendell
Participant:
Simon Armitage
Participant:
Simon Armitage
Participant:
Martin Amis
Participant:
Martin Amis
Participant:
Boris Johnson
Participant:
Boris Johnson
Participant:
Robert Harris
Participant:
Robert Harris
Director:
Phil Cairney
Director:
Phil Cairney
Series Producer:
Mary Sackville-West
Series Producer:
Mary Sackville-West
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Executive Producer:
Basil Comely
Producer:
Phil Cairney
Producer:
Phil Cairney
Director:
David Vincent
Director:
David Vincent

The Last Explorers

Episode 1: Livingstone

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Neil Oliver follows in the footsteps of four Scottish explorers. He reveals David Livingstone's moral mission to bring commerce, Christianity and civilisation to Africa. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Producer:
Phil Cairney
Director:
Phil Cairney
Series Producer:
Richard Downes

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

On a spectacular journey through Renaissance Italy, Andrew Graham-Dixon explores the extraordinary achievement of the chronicler of the Italian Renaissance, Giorgio Vasari. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Andrew Graham-Dixon concludes his look at the work of the chronicler of the Italian Renaissance, Giorgio Vasari, and views some of the great masterpieces of his golden age. Show more

Art of Spain

Episode 3: The Mystical North

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Andrew Graham-Dixon explores Spain's art history. He reveals how the north of the country has produced some of the most dazzling art of the modern age. Show more

Andrew Graham-Dixon profiles the artist Edward Burra, whose work took him from the jazz clubs of prohibition-era New York to the Spanish Civil War and England during the Blitz. Show more

British Art at War: Bomberg, Sickert and Nash

Episode 2: Walter Sickert and the Theatre of War

Duration: 1 hour

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

Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the story of artist Walter Sickert, who understood that the theatre of war was not confined to the trenches. Show more

British Art at War: Bomberg, Sickert and Nash

Episode 3: David Bomberg: Prophet in No Man's Land

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the story of David Bomberg, the startlingly original British painter who died in obscurity over 50 years ago. Show more

The Victorians

Series 1

Episode 4: Dreams and Nightmares

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Jeremy Paxman discovers how, during the dying years of Victoria's reign, artists led a revolt against Victorian values of money and morality. Show more

At Home with the Georgians

Episode 3: Safe as Houses

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals how the 18th century home was constantly under threat. How did the Georgians make their houses havens of safety and security? Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

One of Britain's greatest exponents of the detective novel, the late PD James talks about her need to write, the impact that the two world wars have had on her, religion and death. Show more