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Fry's Planet Word

Episode 1: Babel

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Documentary series focusing on language. Stephen Fry seeks to uncover the origins of language and how and why we are the only species on the planet to have this gift. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Director of photography:
Simon Ffrench
Sound Recordist:
Adam Toy
Sound Recordist:
Sean O'Neill
Production Manager:
Lucy Tate
Executive Producer:
Gina Carter
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson

Fry's Planet Word

Episode 3: Uses and Abuses

Duration: 1 hour

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

Documentary series. Stephen learns that swearing plays an important part in human communication, and that slang and jargon can both aid and thwart clarity. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Director of photography:
Simon Ffrench
Sound Recordist:
Adam Toy
Sound Recordist:
Dan Gleich
Sound Recordist:
Sean O'Neil
Production Manager:
Lucy Tate
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Gina Carter
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson
Director of photography:
Mike Garner
Director of photography:
Will Hutchinson
Composer:
Andy Hopkins

Duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

British-Nigerian poet and activist Femi Nylander travels to West Africa to discover the modern-day impact on its people of atrocities that took place over a century ago. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Femi Nylander
Director:
Rob Lemkin
Writer:
Rob Lemkin
Producer:
David Upshal
Producer:
Rob Lemkin
Executive Producer:
Lisa Marie Russo
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Production Company:
Inside Out Films
Production Company:
Old Street Films

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Matthew Collings charts the rise of abstract art over the last 100 years, whilst trying to answer a set of basic questions that many people have about this often-baffling art form. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Graham Strong
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Denys Blakeway

Duration: 45 minutes

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

A unique retelling of Romeo and Juliet using actors with disabilities or differences. Show more

Contributors

Production Company:
Many Rivers Ltd
Director:
Glen Milner
Producer:
Kevin Toolis
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Emma Cahusac
Executive Producer:
Ros Franey
Production Manager:
Bettina Smith
Production Coordinator:
Hannah Shipley
Production Coordinator:
Zoe Alzamora
Production Assistant:
Maya Nogradi
Property Assistant:
Katherine Spence
Assistant Editor:
William Scothern
Assistant Editor:
David Abramsky
Sound Recordist:
Kirstie Howell
Sound Recordist:
Nic Smith
Camera Operator:
Arne Zacher
Camera Operator:
Ollie Craig
Makeup Artist:
Alia Michelle Supron
Makeup Artist:
Anna Kelly
Theatre Director:
Rae McKen
Creative Director:
Storme Toolis
Movement Director:
Angela Gasparetto
Romeo:
Tim Bowie
Lady Capulet:
Arinder Sadhra

Duration: 1 hour

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

Documentary following the footsteps of Rudyard Kipling, 19th-century English writer and Nobel Prize winner. Patrick Hennessey travels to Lahore to reassess Kipling's adventures. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Charles Allen
Participant:
Anne De Courcy
Participant:
Nadeem Moar Tarar
Participant:
Nelofar Bekhtyar
Participant:
Major Mawaz
Participant:
Janet Montefiore
Participant:
Raaja Bhasin
Producer:
Raaja Bhasin
Producer:
Rana Jawad
Production Coordinator:
Stephanie Powell
Producer:
Tom Swingler
Editor:
Paul Binns
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Edmund Coulthard
Executive Producer:
Alistair Pegg
Production Company:
Blast! Films

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

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

Documentary about artist David Hockney, from his early life in working-class Bradford to his relocation to Hollywood, with access to his personal archive of photographs and film. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Kate Ogborn
Film Editor:
Paul Binns
Executive Producer:
Denys Blakeway
Executive Producer:
Lisa Marie Russo
Executive Producer:
Lizzie Francke
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Hugo Heppell
Executive Producer:
Steve Milne
Executive Producer:
Christian Eisenbeiss
Executive Producer:
David Royle
Executive Producer:
Charles Poe

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Documentary in which architect Jonathan Adams travels America exploring the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, possibly America's greatest ever architect. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jonathan Adams
Executive Producer:
Paul Islwyn Thomas
Executive Producer:
Christina Macaulay
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
On-line editing:
Steph Lynch
Production Manager:
Leona Cowley
Colourist:
Nevil Jones
Camera Operator:
Huw Talfryn Walters

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Documentary in which Stephen Smith traces the revolutionary beginnings of Dr Zhivago, one of the best-known love stories of the 20th century, written by Boris Pasternak. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Smith
Director:
George Cathro
Producer:
George Cathro
Executive Producer:
Ross Wilson
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Production Company:
Matchlight

Duration: 1 hour

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

Bettany Hughes explores Venus, goddess of love, discovering her surprising roots and modern relevance. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Bettany Hughes
The Goddess:
May Evans
Voice of Homer and Hesiod:
Stephen Rashbrook
Director:
Mary Cranitch
Director:
Jack MacInnes
Executive Producer:
Rachel Bell
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Emma De'Ath

Science and Islam

Episode 3: The Power of Doubt

Duration: 1 hour

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

Jim Al-Khalili examines how the Islamic world has advanced science. He shows how Islamic scientific ideas permeated into the west in the 16th and 17th centuries. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Cassian Harrison

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

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

Available for 5 months

A unique insight into the life and work of celebrated painter Paula Rego directed by her son, film-maker Nick Willing. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Nick Willing
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Kate Townsend
Production Company:
Dogwoman Ltd
Production Company:
Kismet Films

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

TV director Jamie O’Leary faces eye surgery that could lead to sight loss. He goes on a journey with blind comedian Jamie MacDonald to see how blind artists achieve their vision. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jamie MacDonald
Presenter:
Jamie O'Leary
Director:
Jamie O'Leary
Producer:
Jan Bednarz
Line Producer:
Joanne Kneafsey
Editor:
Dan Jarman
Director of photography:
Ben Bishop
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Jane Merkin
Production Company:
Television Repairs Ltd

Duration: 1 hour, 21 minutes

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

A year in the life of Sean Scully, one of the world’s richest painters, as he flies around the world to open 15 major exhibitions - a journey that reveals his amazing life story. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Nick Willing
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS EuropeLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS North America

Bettany Hughes explores Venus - goddess of love - discovering her surprising roots and modern relevance. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Bettany Hughes
The Goddess:
May Evans
Voice of Homer and Hesiod:
Stephen Rashbrook
Director:
Mary Cranitch
Director:
Jack MacInnes
Executive Producer:
Rachel Bell
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Emma De'Ath

Genres

Duration: 1 hour, 34 minutes

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

Available for 1 month

Nick Broomfield takes a distinctly personal look at his relationships with his humanist-pacifist father, Maurice Broomfield, a factory worker turned photographer of vivid images of postwar England. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Kyle Gibbon
Producer:
Shani Hinton
Editor:
Joe Siegal
Executive Producer:
Patrick Holland
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Charles Finch
Production Company:
Lafayette Film Ltd

Duration: 1 hour

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

Michael Wood goes in search of the Roman poet Ovid. Metamorphoses made him a superstar but then came scandal and exile. His story is told in his own words, by Simon Russell Beale. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Documentary celebrating the career of film director Antonia Bird, exploring her fight to get her voice heard and to break through the barriers against her gender and her politics. Show more

Contributors

Production Company:
BofA Productions
Director:
Susan Kemp
Camera Operator:
Susan Kemp
Editor:
Susan Kemp
Producer:
Mary Bell
Producer:
Adam Dawtrey
Executive Producer:
Mark Cousins
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Participant:
Kay Mellor
Participant:
Kate Hardie
Participant:
Mark Cousins
Participant:
Robert Carlyle
Participant:
George Faber
Participant:
Anita Dobson
Participant:
David Thompson
Participant:
Steven Mackintosh
Participant:
Caroline Oulton
Participant:
Paul Unwin
Participant:
Jane Sillars
Participant:
Jonathan Powell
Participant:
Pippa Harris
Participant:
Ruth Caleb
Participant:
St John O'Rorke
Participant:
Irvine Welsh
Participant:
Adrian Corker
Participant:
Susan Wilkins
Participant:
Andy Roberts
Participant:
Paul Turp
Participant:
Ronan Bennett
Participant:
Finola Dwyer

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS North AmericaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Asia Pacific

In this first episode, British-Nigerian poet and activist Femi Nylander starts his journey from his home in Oxford, to Niger, to discover the impact of century-old atrocities. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Femi Nylander
Director:
Rob Lemkin
Writer:
Rob Lemkin
Producer:
David Upshal
Producer:
Rob Lemkin
Executive Producer:
Lisa Marie Russo
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Production Company:
Inside Out Films
Production Company:
Old Street Films

Genres