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Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 6 months

On the 25th anniversary of Mandela's election, BBC Correspondent Fergal Keane goes back to examine his reports, and considers why history did not turn out the way he expected. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Fergal Keane
Executive Producer:
Ed Stobart
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Documentary in which journalist Kate Adie re-examines her historic coverage of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in June 1989. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kate Adie
Participant:
Steve Tsang
Director:
Andy Webb
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Executive Producer:
Ed Stobart

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 2 months

Janina is in Scandinavia, investigating the lost thousand-year-old ship that transformed the fierce reputation of the Vikings and became a symbol of a nation's fight for freedom.

James May's Things You Need to Know

Series 1

Episode 1: ...about the Human Body

Duration: 30 minutes

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

James May asks the big questions about his body. How did I get my granny's chin? Why do I catch colds? And what will we look like a thousand years from now? Show more

A Timewatch Guide

Series 3

Episode 1: Crime and Punishment

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 5 months

Gabriel Weston examines how television has played a crucial role in documenting seismic shifts in British law and policing, from the death penalty to laws against homosexuality. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Gabriel Weston
Camera Operator:
James Daniels
Camera Operator:
Lorian Reed-Drake
Re-recording mixer:
Aaron O'Neill
Series Producer:
James Gray
Production Manager:
Patricia Burns
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Producer:
Andy Webb
Director:
Andy Webb
Editor:
Andy Webb
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Archive Source:
Bridgeman
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Production Company:
360 Production

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Victorian society is often viewed as buttoned up and prudish. Historian and author Dr Fern Riddell holds the opposite view and takes us on a journey deep into Victorian culture. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Fern Riddell
Interviewed Guest:
Lesley Hall
Interviewed Guest:
Tanya Kirk
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Williams
Executive Producer:
Ed Stobart
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Director:
Craig Pickles

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 6 months

Documentary about the sinking of the Britannic during the First World War, examining how she ultimately came to suffer the same fate as her sister ship, the Titanic. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kate Humble
Presenter:
Andy Torbet
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Executive Producer:
Diene Petterle
Executive Producer:
Justin Binding

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for 2 months

How Britain's greatest treasure was found in an English country garden on the eve of WWII, shining a light into the Dark Ages and unlocking the mysterious story of how Anglo-Saxon culture was born. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 2 months

Janina is in Crete on the trail of the millionaire who discovered the mythical palace of the Minotaur and the first western civilisation, but who is now mired in controversy.

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Was Cleopatra a seductress or a great politician? Shakespeare scholar Dr Islam Issa's exploration of why history and literature have recorded two very different Cleopatras. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Islam Issa
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Edmondson
Interviewed Guest:
Zahi Hawass
Interviewed Guest:
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Interviewed Guest:
Ahmed Issa
Interviewed Guest:
Josette Simon
Interviewed Guest:
Bryan Sitch
Interviewed Guest:
Joyce Tyldesley
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 4 months

In light of the Covid-19 global outbreak, Professor Laura Ashe takes a look back at the literature on the Plague, starting with the 14th century when the Black Death was sweeping the globe. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Laura Ashe
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah Skoda
Interviewed Guest:
Tabitha Stanmore
Interviewed Guest:
Abigail Williams
Executive Producer:
Ed Stobart
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Director:
David Starkey
Production Manager:
Judy Wilson

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 7 months

Alice Roberts joins the team excavating a 3,000-year-old Bronze Age village in the Cambridgeshire Fens that has been called the British Pompeii due to its state of preservation. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alice Roberts
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Producer:
Sarah Jobling
Director:
Sarah Jobling
Production Company:
360 Production

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 2 months

Janina is in Turkey, tracking a young explorer who found the world’s oldest city and rewrote the beginning of civilisation – until his discovery became engulfed in scandal.

A Timewatch Guide

Series 3

Episode 2: Women, Sex and Society

Duration: 1 hour

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

Helen Castor examines how the transformation of the rights and role of women that have taken place in Great Britain over the last 100 years has been documented on television. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Helen Castor
Participant:
Krista Cowman
Participant:
Helen McCarthy
Participant:
Fern Riddell
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Editor:
Graham Cox
Production Company:
360 Production

A Timewatch Guide

Series 3

Episode 3: Russia: A Century of Suspicion

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Military historian Saul David draws on classic Timewatch documentaries and a wide range of BBC archive to examine how television has portrayed Russia through the years. Show more

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 1 month

Janina Ramirez travels to Mexico, where, just before WWII, the discovery of giant stone heads led to a lost civilisation. Her journey is intercut with original technicolor footage. Show more

A Timewatch Guide

Series 4

Episode 2: Vikings: Foe or Friend?

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for years

Alice Roberts shows how the Vikings' story has changed on TV since the 1960s, from being seen as brutal barbarians, to pioneering traders able to integrate into multiple cultures. Show more

A Timewatch Guide

Series 4

Episode 3: Dictators and Despots

Duration: 1 hour

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

David Olusoga examines fifty years of BBC documentary archives to try and discover why dictators can have such a powerful appeal and asks if our fascination has fed their power. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Olusoga
Participant:
Jan Plamper
Participant:
Joanna Lewis
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Producer:
Andy Webb
Director:
Andy Webb
Writer:
Andy Webb
Production Company:
360 Production

A Timewatch Guide

Series 4

Explorers: Conquest and Calamity

Duration: 59 minutes

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

How our attitude towards the age of exploration has changed, from marvelling at incredible tales of adventure to the consequences of conquest. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Max Jones
Participant:
Sujit Sivasundaram
Participant:
Benedict Allen
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Producer:
Chris Nikkel
Director:
Chris Nikkel
Production Company:
360 Production

A Timewatch Guide

Series 4

Episode 1: Decoding Disaster

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 5 weeks

Professor Danielle George uses five decades of BBC archive to find out how well disaster documentaries keep pace with scientific theories that advance every day. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Danielle George
Participant:
Tiziana Rossetto
Participant:
Peter Sammonds
Participant:
Simon Day
Participant:
John Oxford
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Producer:
Andy Webb
Director:
Andy Webb
Writer:
Andy Webb
Production Company:
360 Production