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Britain's Biggest Warship

Series 1

Episode 1: Crewing Up

Duration: 59 minutes

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

The behind-the-scenes story of what makes HMS Queen Elizabeth so unique and how her crew are working together to breathe life into Britain's biggest warship. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Caroline Catz
Director:
Chris Terrill
Executive Producer:
Christine Hall
Production Company:
Uppercut Films

Britain's Biggest Warship

Series 1

Episode 2: In at the Deep End

Duration: 59 minutes

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

HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on dangerous sea trials in the North Sea, testing everything from galleys to guns and power plants to propellers. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Caroline Catz
Director:
Chris Terrill
Executive Producer:
Christine Hall
Production Company:
Uppercut Films

Genres

Britain's Biggest Warship

Series 1

Episode 3: Out with the Old, In with the New

Duration: 59 minutes

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

British top gun pilots train on the secret F-35 fighter jets in the US as HMS Queen Elizabeth nears the end of her sea trials in the North Sea. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Caroline Catz
Director:
Chris Terrill
Executive Producer:
Christine Hall
Production Company:
Uppercut Films

Britain's Biggest Warship

Goes to Sea

Let Go All Lines

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic. The ship's company face many challenges preparing for the first landing of F35B Lightning Stealth Fighters. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Caroline Catz
Director:
Chris Terrill
Executive Producer:
Christine Hall
Executive Producer:
Alan Clements
Production Company:
Uppercut Films

Britain's Biggest Warship

Goes to Sea

Don't Feed the Birds

Duration: 59 minutes

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

The next phase of flight testing for the top secret F35 jets is underway. Coping with a rolling, pitching, wind-blown deck is hard enough, but a full-blown hurricane is looming. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Caroline Catz
Director:
Chris Terrill
Executive Producer:
Christine Hall
Executive Producer:
Alan Clements
Production Company:
Uppercut Films

Britain's Biggest Warship

Goes to Sea

Manhattan Ahoy!

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

With just a few weeks to go before HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in New York in spectacular style, the F35 jets try a method of landing never attempted before. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Caroline Catz
Director:
Chris Terrill
Executive Producer:
Christine Hall
Executive Producer:
Alan Clements
Production Company:
Uppercut Films

Panorama

Marine A: The Inside Story

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One North East & CumbriaLatest broadcast: on BBC One North East & Cumbria

Alexander Blackman has had his murder conviction for shooting an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan reduced to manslaughter. Panorama re-examines the events. Show more

Contributors

Reporter:
Chris Terrill
Producer:
Chris Terrill
Director:
Chris Terrill
Executive Producer:
Alan Clements
Executive Producer:
Christine Hall

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Documentary looking into the case of Alexander Blackman, a Royal Marine sergeant who was convicted and jailed for life for shooting an injured Afghan insurgent on the front line. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Chris Terrill
Director:
Chris Terrill
Executive Producer:
Christine Hall
Executive Producer:
Jane Merkin

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

The unforgettable story of the 30-year-old climber Tom Ballard who disappeared on the so-called killer mountain, Nanga Parbat, in 2019. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Chris Terrill
Executive Producer:
Christine Hall
Executive Producer:
Fergus Haycock

With Great Pleasure

Heidi Thomas at the Hay Festival

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Heidi Thomas, screenwriter on Call the Midwife and Cranford, presents some favourite pieces of writing to an audience at the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts. Show more

Drama

In the Family

Duration: 45 minutes

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

By Sean Grundy. A strange tale in which dysfunctional family relationships reach new heights - and depths. Show more

Contributors

Gillian Tattersall:
Diane Morgan
Peter Wells:
Colin Hoult
Barbara Wells:
Janine Duvitski
Colin Wells:
John Henshaw
Mr Forester:
John Biddle
Happy Jones:
Tony Marshall
Ann Tattersall:
Christine Hall
Barry Tattersall:
Sean Grundy

Genres

Brand

Drama

Great Lives

Series 35

Laura Bates on Louisa May Alcott

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Journalist Laura Bates chooses the 19th-century American children’s author, Louise May Alcott. With Matthew Parris. From 2014. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Bates
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Churchwell

Poetry Please

Attila the Stockbroker's Mum

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough introduces listeners' poetry requests, ranging from Keats to Attila the Stockbroker. The readers are Simon Armstrong, Rosie Cavaliero and Zeb Soanes. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough with listeners' requests for poetry on the theme of home and exile. The readers are Pippa Haywood and Richard Mitchley. Show more

Great Lives

Series 35

Arthur Smith on Emil Zátopek

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Comedian Arthur Smith chooses the Olympic long-distance runner, Emil Zátopek. With Matthew Parris. From 2014. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Arthur Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Pat Butcher

Great Lives

Series 34

Stella Rimington on Dorothy L Sayers

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Dame Stella Rimington explains her fascination with the life and writing of Dorothy L Sayers. With Matthew Parris. From 2014. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Rimington

Great Lives

Series 34

Professor Edith Hall on Lucille Ball

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Professor Edith Hall explains her love for the life and work of American actress Lucille Ball. With Matthew Parris. From 2014. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Edith Hall
Interviewed Guest:
Carole Cook