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Season 1936

  • S1936E01 Television Comes to London

    • November 2, 1936
    • BBC

    Television Comes To London was first shown on the opening night of the BBC Television Service. Shot by Bill Barbrook, the film shows the activity behind the scenes in the year running up to the launch of the service. It was edited down to 15 minutes, set to an excerpt from Dvorak's New World Symphony, and transmitted through a telecine machine.

Season 1939

  • S1939E01 Soho

    • April 19, 1939
    • BBC

    Just off the West End the small cafe bars of Soho provide a meeting-place for artists, musicians, buskers, show people, and exiles from the Continent. They are usually kept by industrious Italians or Swiss, and provide meals at unconventional times, as well as warmth and relaxation for the price of a cup of coffee. This documentary presentation by Mary Adams and Andrew Miller Jones brings to the studio the people who gather at Cafe Cosella.

Season 1946

  • S1946E01 Television is Here Again

    • June 7, 1946
    • BBC

  • S1946E02 First-Year Flashbacks

    • December 31, 1946
    • BBC

    Highlights of the films shown on BBC Television since it reopened in June after a seven-year gap caused by World War II. The BBC's television service had stopped transmitting on 1 September 1939, and did not resume until 7 June 1946 - the day before the first anniversary of Victory in Europe. The resumption of programming was introduced by Jasmine Bligh: "Good afternoon everybody. How are you? Do you remember me, Jasmine Bligh? Well here we are after a lapse of nearly seven years ready to start again and of course we are all terribly excited and thrilled."

Season 1947

  • S1947E01 I Want to be a Doctor

    • November 3, 1947
    • BBC

    At present many young men and women want to be doctors - far more than the medical schools can take. This programme shows what happens to the student who does gain admittance, and attempts to outline the tradition of medical teaching describing the legacy of knowledge that is handed from generation to generation. Only a few of the many great names can be remembered. Among them are Joseph Lister, Louis Pasteur, Edward Jenner, John Hunter, Laennec, Ambroise Pare, Vesalius, Galen, and Hippocrates. A documentary programme for television.Written and produced by Michael Barry. Among those taking part are - Basil Dawson, Milton Rosmer, Andrew Osborn, Jeannette Tregarthen, Una Venning, H. G. Stoker, Ronald Long, Stafford Byrne, Richard Shayne, Paul Martin, Morris Sweden, John Warner, Norman Webb, Merelina Watts, Richard Pearson, Marguerite Young, John Gatrell, Adrian Waller, Victor Platt, Hugh Paddick, Frederick Davies, Sheila Raynor, and Stuart Latham. The narrator is Andre van Gyseghem. Acknowledgments are due to: Dr. Douglas Guthrie, f.e. c.s.Ed... f.r.s.e.; Dr. Ronald MacKeith. D.M., Oxford, M.R.C.P., and the Scientific Film Society; the Dean of the Medical College and the Governors and Staff of St. Bartholomew's Hospital; and the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, for help and guidance in the preparation of this programme.

Season 1948

  • S1948E01 UNESCO

    • April 8, 1948
    • BBC

    A television documentary arranged by John Grierson. The story of the vast task of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation known as UNESCO in bringing aid to the war-damaged and backward countries of the world. The programme also covers the great scheme for the reclaiming of the unexplored Amazon basin. The story told by John Grierson, Ritchie Calder, Jacquetta Hawkes, and Dr. Carneiro. Introduced by J. B. Priestley.

  • S1948E02 Close Quarters

    • April 20, 1948
    • BBC

    One of the series of brilliant documentaries made by British film makers during the war. It tells the story of a patrol by a British submarine off the coast of Norway, and shows vividly the hours of great danger which often followed a successful action. The Cast: Officers and men of the Royal Navy

  • S1948E03 Report on Germany

    • July 9, 1948
    • BBC

    A documentary film report by Robert Barr on the recovery of Western Germany under Anglo-American control. This is a reconstruction of a personal tour of Western Germany and Berlin at a critical moment in the history of a defeated nation The film used in this programme was specially shot by German cameramen working in association with G. del Strother

  • S1948E04 Report on Germany

    • August 1, 1948
    • BBC

    Written and produced by Robert Barr. A television documentary film made in Western Germany and Berlin during the present crisis. The day-to-day scenes in Germany, the effect of currency reform, and the airlift into Berlin filmed by German cameramen working in association with G. del Strother.

Season 1950

  • S1950E01 The Debate Continues

    • October 28, 1950
    • BBC

    This historic film documents the restoration of the House of Commons which was severely damaged by a bombing raid in May 1941. It also commemorates the secret location, in nearby Church House Annexe, where MPs met following the destruction of the Commons chamber. The film features Sir Winston Churchill giving a light-hearted commemorative speech to mark the occasion. There is also rare footage of King George VI speaking from inside the restored House of Commons - he is the only monarch to have done so since Charles I. Many of the skills employed to restore the chamber to its original condition are also featured in sequences showing the craftsmen at work.

Season 1954

  • S1954E01 Salute to Alexandra Palace

    • May 2, 1954
    • BBC

  • S1954E02 About Britain: Isle of Skye

    • September 1, 1954
    • BBC

    In 1954, Richard Dimbleby and a BBC film crew visited the Isle of Skye to record an episode of the early British television series About Britain. In this programme he gives viewers across the United Kingdom an insight into life on the island, meeting local characters and gaining an understanding of the lifestyle and culture of islanders, as well as spending some time with the Skye Mountain Rescue team and with Dame Flora Macleod at Dunvegan Castle.

Season 1955

  • S1955E01 Cities of Europe : London We Live by the River

    • August 7, 1955
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1955, We Live by the River is an atmospheric journey across London which follows two boys as they leave their homes in the East End to visit famous landmarks. Although there is no dialogue, the film captures many of the sights and sounds of post-war London.

Season 1956

  • S1956E01 Special Enquiry: A Girl Comes to London

    • October 24, 1956
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1956, each week 500 girls leave their provincial homes and arrive in London either to take up jobs or look for work. But flaring headlines in Sunday papers about what has occasionally happened to some youngsters causes parents to worry. Are they right to be worried? Robert Reid sets out to find out what really brings the girls to London, what happens when they get there, how they live, what sort of digs they find and what sort of people they are meeting and palling up with. This Special Enquiry seeks to identify the true reality of what awaits these young women upon arriving in the bustling capital.

Season 1957

  • S1957E01 Eye to Eye : London to New York

    • June 21, 1957
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1957, this episode of Eye to Eye spans the Atlantic. The result is a wryly observed and evocative portrait of London, "a great place to live in but a hell of a place to visit", and New York which "is a great place to visit but a hell of a place to live in."Harmonica player Larry Adler's specially written soundtrack interprets scenes from the two great cities with piano accompaniment from Tom McCall.

  • S1957E02 Eye to Eye: The Big Gamble

    • August 30, 1957
    • BBC

    Documentary looking at holidaymakers who take the 'Big Gamble' every summer - those who are willing to risk their savings on a stay at a British seaside resort, which could very well be ruined by bad weather. Filmed at Broadstairs beach.

Season 1958

  • S1958E01 Eye to Eye, Now We Are Married

    • April 11, 1958
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1958, Mr and Mrs Findlater take a light-hearted look at the daily routines of three other married couples. They follow the wives as they carry out domestic duties and the husbands at work, described as 'a club, no women admitted', a view reinforced by their lunches! Each shares their feelings about their roles and marriage. Young Mrs Coppard jokes about escaping abroad, while older Mrs Gyle-Thompson reflects on the changes she has undergone. Mr Clark, the husband with the lowest income, describes why he's content and wouldn't swap his wife for anyone. Some interesting interviews are also captured in the pub one Sunday.

  • S1958E02 On Call to a Nation

    • October 22, 1958
    • BBC

    Casting real doctors instead of actors, this film uses scripted scenarios and interviews to see the National Health Service through their eyes. The documentary also shows that there is still division among doctors as to whether the NHS was a sound idea in the first place.

Season 1959

  • S1959E01 Morning in the Streets

    • March 25, 1959
    • BBC

    Denis Mitchell's 1959 documentary is full of evocative images of a Liverpool still recovering from the post-war gloom.

  • S1959E02 After The Battle : 1 - London - Ed Murrow Reports

    • November 18, 1959
    • BBC

    After the Battle - 1. London - Ed Murrow Reports First transmitted in 1959, American reporter Ed Murrow returns to London where, during the war years, he had broadcast vivid descriptions of Britain during her "finest and darkest hours, trying to report the suffering, the sacrifice and the steadiness of her people" to a listening world.This film features dramatic reports of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, which gave rise to his celebrated closing phrase “Good night and good luck.” Murrow returned to London to examine "what Britain has done with her years of victory." He reports from London’s East End which still bore the scars of the wartime raids, the London docks where dockers claim that taxing them for working on Sundays is "the greatest liberty that's been took by a worker in his life", and asks London's younger generation what kind of world they would like to live in. "This is London..." on the brink of the 1960s, from where Murrow argues that post-war hopes for better health, better education, better housing and full employment are falling short of expectations.

Season 1960

  • S1960E01 Between Two Rivers

    • June 3, 1960
    • BBC

    After a brief tutelage with innovative BBC documentary producer Denis Mitchell, Dennis Potter teamed with producer Anthony de Lotbiniere to film a documentary (later described by David Niven as "absolutely wonderful"). Returning to the Berry Hill roots of his childhood, Potter used interviews with locals (including his parents) to show changes in the working-class traditions of the Forest of Dean, where "the green forest has a deep black heart beneath its sudden hills, pushing up slag heaps and grey little villages clustering around the coal."

  • S1960E02 A House in Bayswater

    • August 26, 1960
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1960, this film was written and directed by Ken Russell for the BBC. It follows the bohemian lifestyles of the tenants of an old London house in Bayswater and its housekeeper, Mrs Collings. The blend of documentary style filming, colourful anecdotes and stylised sequences produces a highly evocative and entertaining film as well as an early example of Ken Russell’s distinctive approach to film making.

  • S1960E03 Borrowed Pasture

    • May 18, 1960
    • BBC

    Richard Burton narrates this stunning film of two Polish soldiers struggling to make a living from a derelict farm in Carmarthenshire. Eugenius Okolowicz and Vlodek Bulaj, soldiers exiled after serving in the Second World War, sought shelter in Wales. They came upon a desolate hillside farm which had lain unoccupied and decaying for 20 years. Neither of the Poles had farmed before, but the land was cheap because it was unwanted. This film tells the story of the men's 12th year living at Penygaer. But it is more the tragic story of the price they have paid for poor independence and of their unending struggle, in loneliness and hardship, to be themselves. (1960)

  • S1960E04 Meet the Red Devils: Parachute Regiment

    • September 27, 1960
    • BBC

    This footage is all that remains of the programme that was first transmitted in 1960. Sgt George Brown demonstrates training exercises in a wooded area is known as the 'trainasium'. The aim is for the recruits to overcome a series of physical obstacles which encourage movements of daring and agility. They are also set team challenges aimed at encouraging initiative.

Season 1961

  • S1961E01 Lords of Little Egypt: Mai Zetterling Among the Gypsies

    • January 3, 1961
    • BBC

    Every year in May several thousand 'Lords of Little Egypt' meet for festivities in the Camargue. Mai Zetterling stays with the gypsies and reports on how they live their lives.

  • S1961E02 Elsa the Lioness

    • February 3, 1961
    • BBC

    David Attenborough travels to Meru National Park in Kenya to meet Elsa the lioness and her cubs shortly before Elsa's death. In the late 1950s, game warden George Adamson and his wife Joy became the carers of three orphaned cubs - Elsa, Big One and Lustica - after George had been forced to kill their mother. Big One and Lustica were eventually sent to Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands, but Elsa remained with the Adamsons. Joy's quest to train Elsa to survive in the wild and Elsa's subsequent independence became the basis for the book and film Born Free.

  • S1961E03 Barbara Hepworth

    • September 17, 1961
    • BBC

    A contemporary of Henry Moore, Yorkshire-born Barbara Hepworth has made Cornwall her home. This film by John Read examines how the Cornish landscapes have influenced Hepworth's work, and the artist takes us through the planning stages in the creation of her sculptures. (1961)

Season 1962

  • S1962E01 In View: Men of Steam

    • September 29, 1962
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1962, John Betjeman presents a documentary exploring the impact of the removal of steam locomotives from British railway services on the railway men who have maintained the system since the days of the Great Western Railway. The introduction of diesel engines meant a real departure from usual operational practices for the railway men who had dedicated their entire working lives to operating the iconic steam locomotive.

  • S1962E02 Of Green Men and Blue Trains

    • BBC

    Originally produced for the BBC Model Railway Society, a short film marking the demise of the Glasgow trams after ninety years of service - the last trams to run outside of Blackpool to run in any British town or city until 1992.

Season 1963

  • S1963E01 The Solitary Billionaire: J. Paul Getty

    • February 24, 1963
    • BBC

    Alan Whicker interviews billionaire J. Paul Getty, who discusses reports of his meanness, his unsuccessful marriages, why he keeps working and what he's had to sacrifice to become the world's richest man. Alan Whicker wrote of the interview: "In search of this elusive character who had never revealed himself or his secret and impassive thoughts, I stayed at his new home in Surrey, a Tudor mansion which belonged to Henry VIII. A gracious, somewhat absent-minded host, he lives comfortably in quiet splendour; many less rich men live much grander lives." "Producer Jack Gold and I found Paul Getty the classic anti-interviewer; reluctant, modest, shy, set in his conversational ways, and (as a man who always issues orders) unused to questions - for who would dare question the richest man in the world?) We did - at length. And Paul Getty talked of his money, and how he made it; his attitude towards ordinary folk and the public reaction to him; why he chose to live in England, yet requires Alsatian dogs and bodyguards... he dodged nothing. He was honest and self-searching."

  • S1963E02 Let's Imagine: A Branch Line Railway with John Betjeman

    • March 29, 1963
    • BBC

    John Betjeman looks at the Evercreech Junction to Burnham-on-Sea railway line in Somerset. Betjeman provides a unique profile of a working steam branch line railway as he travels along the original part of the Somerset Central Railway. Examining towns and stations along the way, Betjeman laments the tragic decline of steam railways. The journey culminates with a stroll around Highbridge Wharf, sentimentally narrated with a poem that sums up Betjeman's despair; 'Highbridge Wharf, your hopes have died...'.

  • S1963E03 Look: A Hare's Life

    • July 3, 1963
    • BBC

    Early 1960s documentary in which naturalist Peter Scott looks at the behaviour and habits of the brown hare. This is a rare, classic and important documentary from British TV's first wildlife series - Look (1956-69). The series established the BBC's Natural History Unit's impregnable position as the world's leading wildlife production facility, and the BBC's reputation as innovators of this type of programme.

  • S1963E04 Waiting For Work

    • February 12, 1963
    • BBC

    Politically passionate and one of the first working class reporters at the BBC, Jack Ashley wanted to show the suffering caused by high unemployment in Hartlepool. With no work, no prospects, and little money, Ashley asked how the unemployed reacted to their situation in an increasingly affluent society. The documentary caused a storm when it was first shown in 1963, bringing Hartlepool’s problems to the attention of a national audience. After the programme aired parcels were sent to the contributors containing food, clothing, presents for the children and even an abundance of Christmas turkeys from people all over the UK. (1963)

  • S1963E05 The Big Freeze

    • February 10, 1963
    • BBC

    It arrived suddenly on December 22... Tonight Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Kenneth Allsop recall one of the worst cold spells of this century.

Season 1964

  • S1964E01 A City Crowned with Green

    • June 12, 1964
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1964, this film charts how London has grown in size and spread into the surrounding country. Written and narrated by architectural critic Reyner Banham, A City Crowned with Green describes the unique character of London as a capital city. Banham looks at how it has, from the time of Elizabeth I, defied the efforts of the planners to curb its growth but he is alarmed by the urban sprawl. Is to too late to get back closer to the heart and make London a city crowned with green?

  • S1964E02 Soldier in the Sun

    • October 7, 1964
    • BBC

    This informational programme follows the British Army in Aden (Yemen) during the state of emergency in 1964. Aden is one of the last outposts of the British Empire and a strategic part of the Arabian Gulf guarding access to the trade routes that flow through the Suez Canal. The British colony has become a hotbed of insurgency, and the film follows British troops as they try to keep order in an increasingly violent mountainous region from where the insurgents regularly attack the Port area.

  • S1964E03 Culloden

    • December 15, 1964
    • BBC

    Peter Watkins' documentary portrays the 1746 Battle of Culloden that resulted in the British Army's destruction of the Jacobite uprising and, in the words of the narrator, "tore apart forever the clan system of the Scottish Highlands". Described in its opening credits as "an account of one of the most mishandled and brutal battles ever fought in Britain", Culloden was hailed as a breakthrough for its cinematography as well as its use of non-professional actors and its presentation of an historical event in the style of modern TV war reporting. The film was based on John Prebble's study of the battle.

  • S1964E04 Jungle Green: Borneo

    • December 24, 1964
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1964, this programme follows the lives of a group of British soldiers from 40 Commando Royal Marines, as they set up camp and patrol the North Borneo jungle, in search of elusive groups of Indonesian border terrorists.

  • S1964E05 The Colony

    • June 16, 1964
    • BBC

    A railwayman from St. Kitts, a bus conductor from Jamaica, a family of singers from Trinidad and a nurse from Barbados ... Philip Donnellan's Birmingham-based film gives a voice to West Indian immigrants who movingly describe their experiences of trying to integrate into a surprisingly unwelcoming ‘mother country’. Shot in 1964 the film provides an important snapshot of Britain in the early stages of momentous social change and first-generation Afro-Caribbean immigration. (1964)

  • S1964E06 The Life and Times of Marshall Tito

    • April 21, 1964
    • BBC

    A documentary record of the tumultuous career of Yugoslavia's leader and of the emergence of present-day Yugoslavia, incorporating the personal comments and opinions of Marshal Tito in conversation with Fitzroy Maclean. Film archive material from Belgrade, Vienna, Paris, New York, and the Imperial War Museum, London Made in co-operation with the television services of the United Nations, Yugoslavia, and Sweden

  • S1964E07 Every Day Except Christmas

    • May 13, 1964
    • BBC

    The award-winning documentary film about Covent Garden. Midnight - and large heavily-laden lorries converge on the narrow streets. Through the night-the furious activity of unloading and setting up stalls. Early morning - sees the arrival of the big buyers. Noon - the flower-sellers come to search for their bargains, and twelve hours have passed in the life of famous Covent Garden

  • S1964E08 Marriage Today, intimate Union

    • September 30, 1964
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1964, students, professionals and married couples demonstrate the public's changing attitudes towards sex and marriage. What is the best reason for marriage? Is sexual experience an issue? How do men regard pregnancy and newborn babies? Is there a seven year itch? An insightful programme with frank discussions.

  • S1964E09 Last Summer by the Seaside

    • December 29, 1964
    • BBC One

    Playwright Charles Wood's view of the English seaside holiday. Last summer BBC film cameras visited Blackpool, Pwllheli Holiday Camp, Brighton, Eastbourne, Margate, Southsea, and the Isle of Wight. Commentary written and narrated by Charles Wood

Season 1965

  • S1965E01 The Golden Ring

    • January 23, 1965
    • BBC

    The legendary 1965 BBC film on the pioneering recording by Sir Georg Solti of Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen". Filmed during the recording of "Götterdämmerung" in the Sofiensäle with the Vienna Philharmonic, it features performances by the great Wagner singers Birgit Nilsson, Wlofgang Windgassen, Gottlob Frick and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

  • S1965E02 Winston Churchill's State Funeral - 50 Years On

    • January 30, 1965
    • BBC

    On the 50th anniversary of the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, a chance to see the BBC's full coverage of the day's events with this archive broadcast of the original live transmission from 30 January 1965. Introduced by the grandson of Winston Churchill, Sir Nicholas Soames.

Season 1966

  • S1966E01 Travelling for a Living

    • May 21, 1966
    • BBC

    Four young people huddle in the cold and discomfort of an old van as they travel, maybe hundreds of miles, to a singing engagement in a folk club, and back again to their home town of Hull. They are a group called the Watersons - Michael, Norma and Elaine Waterson, brother and two sisters, and their cousin John Harrison. The three Watersons were orphaned in early life and brought up by a fiercely matriarchal grandmother who said they had to stick together. Even today the closeness of the family unit is maintained. Despite the fact that two of them have married, they all live together in a single, scruffy terrace house, whose centre is a common kitchen, always full of friends and noise. This close, cosy home life is in total contrast to their professional life. In the last two years the Watersons have become one of the most popular folk singing groups in the country, yet they are far removed from the fashionable exhibitionist folk singers. This film is about the Watersons' world. It is about their lives - down to earth, vibrant, receptive, and haunted by all kind of influences from the past: their Irish tinker and farming ancestry, their grandmother's second-hand shop where a love of tradition grew up among horse brasses and sing-songs, the rich historical and trading association of the port of Hull. Above all it is about exciting old music, its source and its meaning today. In this film, the Watersons are played against the broader picture of the folk revival

  • S1966E02 Intimations: John Le Carre

    • February 8, 1966
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1966, Malcolm Muggeridge talks to the novelist John le Carre, who at the age of 34 had written the best-seller The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Although their conversation covers much about the author's influences and ambitions - with the notable exception of any mention of his time as a spy - much of the interview looks at the modern phenomenon of the secret service agent as a hero. In a revealing insight, le Carre explains that his dislike of James Bond stems from the fact that Bond doesn't exist in a political context, making him more of an "international gangster" than a spy. Although Malcolm Muggeridge talks about his own, very brief, period of spying, John le Carre remains close-lipped about his (much more extensive) career in espionage. Le Carre (real name David Cornwell) began working for MI5 in 1952 and transferred to MI6 in 1960. There he remained until 1964, when a combination of Kim Philby's defection, which exposed many British agents, and his own growing success as a novelist caused him to leave the secret service. Le Carre remained secretive about his former career for many decades.

  • S1966E03 Francis Bacon: Fragments Of A Portrait

    • September 18, 1966
    • BBC

    Francis Bacon's paintings have been called sick and corrupt. He has also been hailed as the greatest British painter since Turner. This film study - Bacon's first appearance on BBC Television - shows his work and its sources, and critically assesses his paintings. (1966)

  • S1966E04 St Kilda Football Club and the 1966 VFL Grandfinal

    • November 1, 1966
    • BBC

    A behind the scenes experience of the the famous 1966 VFL Grandfinal between St Kilda and Collingwood.

  • S1966E05 Choice: Holiday Camps

    • June 17, 1966
    • BBC

    Choice reports on a unique British institution - the holiday camp. There are 100 of them, all over the country, and this summer nearly two million Britons will be joining in the fun. Derek Hart asks what kind of value holidaymakers will be getting for their money.

  • S1966E06 Going to Work: The Rag Trade

    • November 21, 1966
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1966, Going to Work looks at some of the many sides of the hectic fashion industry in the 60s. The programme features interviews with fashion designers Mary Quant and James Wedge, catwalk shows of the 60s, and follows the process of turning wool into finished cloth.

Season 1967

  • S1967E01 Three Swings On A Pendulum

    • June 8, 1967
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1967, this documentary asks whether London really was 'swinging' during the 1960s.The film follows arts reporter Robert Hughes, writer Lewis Nkosi and journalist Olivier Todd to gather an Australian, African and French perspective on whether London really deserved its reputation as being a 'swinging, switched on' city. They begin their journey in Carnaby Street, the Mecca of swinging London.

  • S1967E02 The London Nobody Knows

    • BBC

    A 45-minute trippy documentary of late 1960's London and is a fascinating time capsule of the remnants of a bygone age before Londons's extensive redevelopment in the late 1960's.

  • S1967E03 Towards Tomorrow: Robot

    • December 28, 1967
    • BBC

    How robotics could shape human society. Your future is being created now - for better or for worse? How close are we to constructing the robot of the future? Will there be one in every house? How human will It look? These are some of the questions this programme tries to answer. Isaac Asimov, science fiction writer and prophet of the robot age, introduces the programme and predicts a future in which man and robots form a combined culture. A culture in which, to use his own words, 'mankind may want robots not only as helpers and servants but also as friends, as something with which they can identify'. Towards Tomorrow explores laboratories in England and America to discover how near scientists and engineers are to turning Asimov's science fiction into science fact.

Season 1968

  • S1968E01 The Fall of the House of Habsburg - 1848-1918 - A View of an Age

    • June 20, 1968
    • BBC

    The story of last seventy years of the Habsburg Empire centring on Emperor Franz Joseph who, at the age of eighteen, came to the throne in 1848.

  • S1968E02 Farewell The Seekers

    • March 12, 1968
    • BBC

    BBC farewell concert from The Seekers, in London, England, on July 7, 1968.

  • S1968E03 4472 - Flying Scotsman

    • August 8, 1968
    • BBC

    On 1 May 1928, LNER locomotive 4472 'Flying Scotsman' made the inaugural run of a non-stop service from London King's Cross to Edinburgh Waverley. Now, exactly forty years later on 1 May 1968, Alan Pegler, owner of the locomotive Flying Scotsman since British Railways sold her in 1963, attempts to recreate the run. Various passengers, including Rev W Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, talk about their memories of the locomotive.

  • S1968E04 Death or Glory

    • December 10, 1968
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1968, this documentary shows life in the British Army of the Rhine as seen through the eyes of one of its regiments, the 17th/21st Lancers, as they complete a tour of duty. It reveals how they manage their routine whilst guarding the Cold War East German front and how they try to live a normal life with their families in a foreign and sometimes alien environment.

  • S1968E05 Tolkien in Oxford

    • March 30, 1968
    • BBC

    This program shows the newfound popularity of Professor Tolkien. Interviews show not only fans' opinions, but also feature interviews with Tolkien himself

  • S1968E06 The Heart of Apartheid

    • September 10, 1968
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1968, Black, Coloured and Asian South Africans are interviewed in this eye-opening documentary about their views on apartheid. Included with the many dissenting views on apartheid are opinions on why different racial groups should live separately. Film footage that often shows the shocking racial exploitation allowed by apartheid accompanies the interviews. This documentary shows a protest by Church leaders against the Group Areas Act and features an interview with Desmond Tutu.

Season 1969

  • S1969E01 How They Dug The Victoria Line

    • March 3, 1969
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1969, this documentary follows the construction of the world’s most advanced underground system. Macdonald Hastings narrates the story of one of the most complex tunnel engineering feats of its time. He reveals the isolation felt by the miners who spent six years burrowing deep beneath the streets of London, shows what they did beneath one of London's most famous department stores and explains why the ground at Tottenham Court Road had to be frozen during the hottest weeks of 1966. The result is a brave new world of transport with automated trains, two way mirrors, automatic fare collection and closed-circuit television, all choreographed by a computer programme played out by an updated version of a pianola located in a control room somewhere near Euston station.

  • S1969E02 I Love This Dirty Town

    • January 4, 1969
    • BBC

    This personal plea from Margaret Drabble is a lament for the death of the city, which questions whether 'civic redevelopment' is tearing the heart out of our cities. Are tower blocks, giant supermarkets and an ever expanding suburbia the way forward? Margaret Drabble thinks not and argues that a successful city combines areas where residents and office workers share a space and a multiplicity of shops serve their needs. She also challenges the myth that streets are traffic arteries and unsavoury places to be in, especially for children, arguing that it's traffic that's the problem, not kids. The documentary was based on Jane Jacobs' work "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" (1961), an influential book on urban planning in the 20th Century.

  • S1969E03 What’s The Truth About Hells Angels and Skinheads

    • December 10, 1969
    • BBC

    With Angels and Skins neck and neck in the contemporary Folk Devil stakes, presenter Harold Williamson decides to meet and talk with members of each group and, crucially, to speak to their parents, in order to find out what they’re really like.

  • S1969E04 Engines Must Not Enter the Potato Siding

    • November 4, 1969
    • BBC

    This film looks at a handful of the 280,000 railwaymen who work in Britain, especially the men who worked on the former Midland and Great Central routes, as they reflect on their changing industry. Inside Sheffield Railway Men's Club former steam locomotive crew discuss the transition from steam to electric and diesel engines, and heatedly debate their respective merits. Meanwhile, on the Manchester-Sheffield line a former steam locomotive driver remembers what it was like to go through the Woodhead Tunnel, where driver and fireman had to crouch down to avoid the fumes and get breathable air. Signalman Michael Gatonby reveals life inside the signal box, one of the loneliest and busiest jobs on the railway line.

  • S1969E05 Jumbo

    • August 12, 1969
    • BBC

    In just four months, the world's first jumbo jet goes into regular service over the Atlantic. Already 200 have been ordered by the world's airlines. Each is designed to carry nearly 500 passengers. The jumbo has been called a 'pilot's dream.' But will it also be an airport's nightmare? By next year, half a dozen of the giants may be queuing at peak hours to disgorge their passengers at London Airport. Round the world, airports face their biggest jam in history. Jumbo jets will revolutionise airport design. But they may also speed up other travel developments, with far-reaching effects on the design and peace, of our cities.

  • S1969E06 The Northern Lights

    • June 10, 1969
    • BBC

    For the Safety of All. There are seventy-two manned lighthouses around the Scottish coast and it takes a vast and complex organisation to administer them. The isolated rock stations are serviced by four ships. These ships are crewed by seamen who know every rock in the gullies which are the hazardous landing places. This documentary is a story of storm and danger-and a story of lonely living. The Northern Lights followed the Pole Star, a Northern Lighthouse Board relief vessel and her crew as she serviced some of Scotland's most remote and inaccessible lighthouses. Although the Northern Lighthouse Board had begun the process of automation by then, several manned lighthouses remained and the crew of the Pole Star had the crucial role of taking relief crews and supplies to these lighthouses. In this programme, the Pole Star visits the Sule Skerry and North Ronaldsay Lighthouses in Orkney as well as the mysterious Flannan Isles Lighthouse where three lighthouse keepers disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 1900. Narrated by Tom Fleming

  • S1969E07 Pop Go the Sixties!

    • December 31, 1969
    • BBC

    Pop Go The 60s! was a one-off, 75-minute TV special originally broadcast in colour on 31 December 1969,to celebrate the major pop hits of the 1960s.[3] The show was a co-production between the United Kingdom's BBC and West Germany's ZDF broadcasters. It was shown on both stations on the same day, with other European stations broadcasting the programme either the same day or later. Although a co-production, it was primarily produced by the BBC and recorded at the BBC's Television Centre in London, in late 1969, featuring largely only British pop acts and hits. History The show (which went out at 10:35pm) was presented by Jimmy Savile and Elfi von Kalckreuth. The two presenters introduced each act (with the exception of Cliff Richard), but neither was present in the studio recording with the artists, their links being added later. Savile spoke English, whereas Elfi von Kalckreuth speaks in German throughout. The BBC's Johnnie Stewart produced the show, while Stanley Dorfman directed. Both men were involved with the regular production of BBC music show Top Of The Pops and this show had a very similar look and production style. The artists performed on rostra, surrounded by a standing audience who danced along with the music. Klaus Weiding was the co-producer for the German station. The end titles are in both English and German. Some of the artists present in the studio performed live, singing with an orchestra directed by Johnny Harris but many mimed to their original studio recordings. The Ascot Dancers appeared with a large number of the performers. Although a British-West German co-production, only one West German artist appears and that is on a pre-recorded film insert. The only song performed in German is by Sandie Shaw, who performed incomplete versions of two songs. The participating artists were (in order of appearance):[4] The Who - I Can See For Miles Adam Faith - What Do You Want?[5] & Someone Else's Baby The Tremeloes - Silence Is Golden

  • S1969E08 Nobody Ever Asks Why

    • July 12, 1969
    • BBC

    James Cameron documentary relating to the cultural impact of the Apollo programme.

  • S1969E09 One Small Step for Man

    • July 20, 1969
    • BBC

    Original footage of the Apollo 11 full moon walk and commentary transmitted by the BBC on 20th and 21st June 1969.

  • S1969E10 Royal Family

    • June 21, 1969
    • BBC

    Intimate portrait of the daily life of the British Royal Family drawn from 18 months of filming within Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral.

Season 1970

  • S1970E01 The Ealing Comedies

    • September 8, 1970
    • BBC

    The story of the men and women who in just 10 post-war years produced a series of film comedies that were so original and funny that the name of the quiet residential London borough where they were made became world famous - they put Ealing on the map. Featuring excerpts from: Hue & Cry, Passport To Pimlico, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Whisky Galore, A Run For Your Money, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Man In The White Suit and The Ladykillers. (1970)

  • S1970E02 Beyond the Wall

    • September 22, 1970
    • BBC

    Ignorant of democracy but hungry for the West they cannot visit, the 17 million East Germans are a force that could decide the fate of Russia's European Empire. For most of the past decade they have been isolated by the Berlin Wall and a fortified border over 600 miles (965 km) long. Cold War attitudes have been slowest to melt in East Germany but this summer for the first time the German Democratic Republic opened its borders for three weeks to let in a BBC film crew. Tonight we see the first full-length report by a British television team on the life of the Germans who live 'Beyond the Wall.'

  • S1970E03 Gale is Dead

    • June 9, 1970
    • BBC

    Gale Parsons was loving, intelligent and - according to everyone who knew her - had much to offer; everything to live for. But, aged just 19 and a drug addict, she was found dead in the basement of a derelict house in Chelsea. Harold Williamson and the Man Alive team first met Gale when making a programme about people who had been brought up in children's homes. What was apparent, even then, was her total loss of hope, her disbelief in any future. Now, the people who were in her life and who cared for her in and out of various institutions ask: need she have died? One of the first documentaries to draw attention to young homeless and drug addicted people, Gale is Dead was nominated for a BAFTA in 1971. Its director, Jenny Barraclough, received an OBE in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Documentary Film Making and Charity. (1970)

Season 1971

  • S1971E01 Daphne Du Maurier

    • August 31, 1971
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1971, Daphne du Maurier, author of 'Rebecca' and 'Jamaica Inn', talks to writer Wilfred De'Ath about her life from her Cornish cliff-top home. In her first television interview, the cameras follow du Maurier as she walks through her house and its grounds, recalling key events from her life and revealing memorabilia from her famous theatrical family.She also reflects on the inspirations and influences that shaped her writing and shares archived manuscripts of some of her famous works.

  • S1971E02 The Power of the Witch

    • September 19, 1971
    • BBC

    Featuring contributions from Eleanor Bone, Cecil Williamson, Alex & Maxine Sanders [above], Doreen Valiente et al. Very much of its time and with some very rare footage, also includes reference to the famously unsolved murder of Charles Walton on Meon Hill.

Season 1972

  • S1972E01 The Treasures of Tutankhamun

    • January 27, 1972
    • BBC

    Magnus Magnusson's guide to the Egyptian king Tutankahmun's celebrated visit to a London museum in 1972.

  • S1972E02 Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles

    • March 11, 1972
    • BBC

    Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles is a fascinating 1972 documentary about Los Angeles, in which architectural historian Reyner Banham is our guide. He argues that Los Angeles is a great city, praising both the city’s freeway network and its walkable nature. He says that “Los Angeles simply works” and “the building history of Los Angeles and London is very similar. The famous Georgian squares are the true prototype for Los Angeles.” Enjoy over fifty minutes of dubious L.A. celebration.

  • S1972E03 The Block

    • September 19, 1972
    • BBC

    A moving film about people who live below the poverty line and their struggle to keep afloat. In the London Borough of Southwark the tenants of Chaucer House, a decrepit half-way house for homeless families, reach breaking point. Angry that once more Southwark had failed to deliver on their promise to tear down the flat block and provide adequate alternative accommodation they stage a demonstration and wait for the officials next move. At the heart of their demonstration is a plea for better housing, better treatment, more understanding and above all a better future. This highly acclaimed documentary examines the way the officials deal, not only with the tenants of Chaucer, but with those living on or below the poverty line - people subjected daily to interrogation, investigation - those who seem to have been rejected by society. Following the release of the documentary Chaucer House was demolished a year later.

Season 1973

  • S1973E01 The Angry Brigade

    • July 20, 1973
    • BBC

    Britain's first armed urban guerrilla group emerged in the early 1970s and came to prominence with the discovery of a bomb at the high security Paddington Green Police Station. Based on the book by the script writer, the film tells the story of the group's rise and fall through interviews with police and group members.

  • S1973E02 Metro-land with John Betjeman

    • February 26, 1973
    • BBC

    John Betjeman's meditation on the residential suburbs which grew up alongside the Metropolitan Line, the first steam underground in the world.

  • S1973E03 Elton John Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye Norma Jean and Other Things

    • BBC

    A documentary detailing the production of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" LP featuring footage from the recording session in France, interviews, and concert footage.

  • S1973E04 Hells Angels

    • February 5, 1973
    • BBC

    BBC documentary following a UK chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club.

  • S1973E05 The Big Screen

    • February 20, 1973
    • BBC

    Two of Britain's leading film directors - John Schlesinger and Gerald Thomas - share the anxiety, hopes and risks experienced by those involved with the movie industry. The Big Screen follows the production of four British films: the eighth James Bond film Live and Let Die, The Optimists of Nine Elms, science fiction-thriller The Final Programme and The 14. Actors Peter Sellers, David Hemmings, Jon Finch, Roger Moore and Jenny Runacre are among those seen at work

Season 1974

  • S1974E01 The Bomb Disposal Men

    • October 29, 1974
    • BBC

    A documentary about bomb disposal teams, their training, and the problems of maintaining a family life in one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. It follows three Ammunition Technical Officers in the British Army.

  • S1974E02 Dave Allen In Search of the Great English Eccentric

    • BBC

    A 1974 documentary in which Dave Allen meets a variety of eccentrics, including a man who lives in a box on wheels and a man who pretends to fly a Lancaster bomber in his garage.

  • S1974E03 A Passion for Churches

    • December 7, 1974
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1974, Sir John Betjeman, poet laureate, visits and explains the architecture of various churches in the Diocese of Norwich. Among the churches he visits are Sandringham church on the Queen's private estate, the Holy House of Our Lady of Walsingham and Norwich Cathedral

  • S1974E04 The Dracula Business

    • August 6, 1974
    • BBC

    Dan Farson, the great nephew of Bram Stoker, travels to Transylvania to investigate the facts, the legend and the business interests which surround Dracula.

  • S1974E05 Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: Success Story

    • May 27, 1974
    • BBC

    This film looks at their success in New York now and how it all began 15 years ago with Beyond the Fringe. There are many examples of their most famous sketches from Not Only ... But Also.

  • S1974E06 Breathing Space - To the Land Where Glaciers Grow

    • December 23, 1974
    • BBC

    The Simpson family love travelling to remote parts of the world on holiday. Last summer they undertook a 200-mile expedition in canoes and on foot across West Greenland.

Season 1975

  • S1975E01 Talk-In with Margaret Thatcher

    • May 16, 1975
    • BBC

    Robin Day meets the new leader of Conservative Party, Margaret Thatcher, after 100 days in the job.

  • S1975E02 Augustus and Gwen: The Fire and the Fountain

    • March 19, 1975
    • BBC

    The story of the artist siblings Augustus and Gwen John, following their childhood in Wales, their days at art school in London, their love affairs and their painting careers. "As an artist, you've got to get excited before you can do anything, and beauty is a great excitant. Certainly, I have an interest in women. If it's beauty, it's love, in my case.' (1975)

  • S1975E03 This Is 'Ceefax'

    • July 15, 1975
    • BBC

    Reporter Angela Rippon tells the story of CEEFAX - the BBC's latest form of broadcasting. She visits Kingswood Warren where BBC Research Department 'boffins' developed it; and looks at some of its uses: News, weather, travel, sports results, farm prices and business information. A look-behind-the-scenes at a television development that could be in everyone's home in just a few years' time.

  • S1975E04 Going Places: 12

    • August 5, 1975
    • BBC

    This film includes a personal view of London's Bloomsbury area from actor Kenneth Williams, a visit to Brentford's Piano Museum, now known as the Musical Museum, before moving on for a spot of village cricket. Barry Norman covers the story as teams from Langleybury and Isleham battle it out in the Haig Village Cricket Championships to get to the final which will be played at Lords, "the Mecca of all cricketers everywhere."

  • S1975E05 The World About Us - The Romance of Indian Railways

    • May 4, 1975
    • BBC

    n Railways The World About Us First transmitted in 1975, the 150th anniversary of global rail transportation is marked by a visit to India to survey one of the world’s most impressive railway networks. For rail enthusiasts India’s railway system, which has continued to utilize steam locomotives, represents one of the most spectacular systems the world has to offer.The World About Us team join forces with Michael Satow, who in 1970 took up the post of honorary adviser to the Rail Transport Museum in New Delhi, Asia’s first railway museum.As they set out to explore the Indian subcontinent in search of railway memorabilia, ranging from minute objects to full scale steam locomotives, the spectacular beauty of India’s railway system is revealed in all its glory.

Season 1976

  • S1976E01 The Battle of the Somme

    • June 29, 1976
    • BBC

    A special 60th anniversary programme in which Leo McKern walks the fields of Picardy and retells the story of this heroic and tragic battle. With the letters, diaries, and memories of men who took part. 1 July 1916 - the first day of the Battle of the Somme -was the worst day in British military history. In less than 24 hours 60,000 British soldiers became casualties; and nearly 20,000 of them died. The battle dragged on for another four-and-a-half months. It turned a gracious part of northern France into a landscape like the moon's. It produced anger and cynicism, but also incredible gallantry and courage. During it 1,200,000 British, French and Germans were killed or wounded. By the end of it the armies of Britain and her Empire had advanced about seven miles.

  • S1976E02 Summoned By Bells

    • August 29, 1976
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1976, to celebrate the Poet Laureate's 70th birthday, Sir John Betjeman recalls in vivid detail the agonies and the delights of growing up, set against the background of his Highgate and Chelsea homes, holidays in Cornwall, boarding school and Oxford. The commentary is taken entirely from Betjeman's autobiographical poem, Summoned By Bells, first published in 1960.

  • S1976E03 The Birth of Television

    • November 1, 1976
    • BBC

    Part of the BBC's 50th Anniversary celebrations, this documentary chronicles the history of BBC television.

  • S1976E04 Sea in the Blood

    • December 14, 1976
    • BBC

    Sea in the Blood Thalassaemia - meaning ' sea in the blood ' - is the name given to a once mysterious disease which was found in Mediterranean countries. More recently it was shown to be one of the most common genetic diseases in the world. Today, as a result of the applica-, tion of the most advanced methods of biology, more is known about this form of anaemia than any other disease. But this knowledge will not simply affect the sufferers; there is no doubt that its consequences for genetics are widespread and will affect us all. In less than a generation it is likely that many people will face difficult, many think dangerous, choices as a result of the new biology. Robert Reid looks at the work, how it affects people in underdeveloped countries, how it is 'already affecting people in Britain ', and what its wider effects might be.

  • S1976E05 Spitfire! - Two Seconds to Kill

    • May 9, 1976
    • BBC News

    Raymond Baxter, a former fighter pilot himself, talks to some of the men who built and flew the plane that played a key part in preventing the invasion of Britain in 1940. We learn how the Spitfire narrowly escaped being called the Shrew and find out about the significance of the elliptical wings. Douglas Bader explains the flying tactics Spitfire pilots used against Messerschmitts and Gordon Mitchell recalls his father Reginald, who designed the plane but died before it went into full-scale production. Called up in 1941, Raymond Baxter flew his first Spitfire when he joined No 65 Squadron in August 1942. He was mentioned in dispatches for his dive-bombing of V2 sites in 1944. After the war, in 1949, he joined the BBC and went on to have an illustrious career as a reporter, covering events such as the funeral of King George VI (1952) and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (1953). He was also a presenter on major science series including Eye on Research and Tomorrow's World.

  • S1976E06 Is There Anybody There?

    • BBC News

    The Search for Life in Outer Space. Documentary presented by James Burke to coincide with the arrival of Viking 1 on Mars in July 1976.

Season 1977

  • S1977E01 The Regiment

    • February 16, 1977
    • BBC

    This documentary follows three months in the life of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Green Jackets (also known as the Black Mafia) as they move from their Dover barracks for a tour of duty at the Tower of London. The Royal Green Jackets are light infantry, trained to move fast. Above all they are riflemen and take pride in their reputation of being thinking fighting soldiers.

  • S1977E02 With a Fine Feeling for Steam

    • May 5, 1977
    • BBC

    This programme tells the story of the private steam railway company the Strathspey Railway, which was engineered and run by a group of rail enthusiasts in Scotland.Through the use of restored locomotives the company was started purely to preserve steam passenger trains, as their fading presence across British rail networks, due to the introduction of diesel engines, was keenly felt among steam enthusiasts.

  • S1977E03 The Bronte Business

    • September 4, 1977
    • BBC

    Joan Bakewell visits Haworth in Yorkshire, home of the Brontes, to see the setting in which the novelists worked.

  • S1977E04 Silver Jubilee: Review of the British Army

    • July 7, 1977
    • BBC

    This programme shows Her Majesty the Queen reviewing the British Army of the Rhine on her silver jubilee. It was the biggest gathering of British military troops and equipment since World War Two with over 500 vehicles and aircraft present.

Season 1978

  • S1978E01 World of Difference

    • January 5, 1978
    • BBC

    Insightful documentary, comparing the contrasting styles of Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenter Noel Edmonds, and Radio 4 Announcer John Snagge.

Season 1979

  • S1979E01 It's About Time

    • April 24, 1979
    • BBC

    This programme with Dudley Moore in the role of the layman investigates the physical and philosophical theories of time, including the variability of human estimation of time, the meaninglessness of concept of absolute time, the relativity twin paradox, time travel, the birth in detail and an envisioned death of the universe. Those explaining these concepts to him include Isaac Asimov, and actors in dramatizations, together with graphics and simulations.

  • S1979E02 Wings Over The World

    • April 8, 1979
    • BBC

    TV special featuring footage filmed throughout Wings' tour of 1975/1976, following the band in England, Australia and America. It contains live concert performances featuring fifteen of Wings' greatest songs and home movies of Paul McCartney and his family, providing a fascinating profile of the McCartneys' life off-stage. The tour itself was a major triumph for Wings - the first time the group had appeared in Australia and America, and Paul's first performance in the States for ten years. Three million people saw the shows and a then-world record attendance for an indoor concert of 67,053 was set at the Kingdome, Seattle. Starting with Paul and Linda in Scotland, the special features the gradual build-up of the band and follows Wings on tour with hit songs such as Jet, Maybe I'm Amazed, Yesterday, Silly Love Songs and Band on the Run. The Wings line-up for the tour was Paul and Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English.

  • S1979E03 Einstein's Universe

    • March 14, 1979
    • BBC

    This highly informative and educational two hour BBC program was written and conceived by Nigel Calder, author of several books on science, including Einstein’s Universe, upon which this program is based. It is hosted by Peter Ustinov, who serves both as our guide to understanding Einstein’s theories and speaks Einstein’s words to make his presence felt throughout the program. Ustinov becomes educated in Einstein’s theories by many of the best minds in science, who provide demonstrations to illustrate his teachings. These include experiments to help understand gravity, warped space, how light responds to gravity, the “Doppler effect” and how radio waves, as used in police radar, are an unbeatable way of measuring speed. From these simpler experiments much larger concepts are drawn, such as the discovery of a Binary Pulsar, the nature of black holes and how they are created, and the ultimate theory of how the universe was formed. Other demonstrations measure the speed of light, how time passes more slowly for people traveling in an airplane, the incredible accuracy of the Atomic Clock in Washington, DC and how time itself would appear to stop at the surface of a black hole. The conclusion of the program portrays Einstein as a great humanitarian. Although known as the “father of the Atomic Bomb”, his greatest concern was for the potentially devastating effects splitting the atom could have on the future of mankind. His famous letter to President Franklin Roosevelt warned that although the splitting of the atom to detonate an atomic bomb could be used to end World War II, it could also potentially be used for far more deadly ends. This last thought is the subject of another Nigel Calder book, Nuclear Nightmares, and a second BBC program to explore this subject in more depth.

  • S1979E04 The New Sound of Music

    • June 5, 1979
    • BBC

    Michael Rodd surveys the use of synthesisers,computer & multi-track recording techniques to create the new sounds of electronic music.

  • S1979E05 Project Apollo: The Men Who Walked on the Moon

    • July 20, 1979
    • BBC

    James Burke looks back on the Apollo Moon landings. Now that ten years have passed, the full story of how and why America sent men to the Moon ' for all mankind ' can be told. In this first programme, based on exclusive interviews with seven former Apollo astronauts and illustrated by the beautiful film they shot in space, the dramatic real-life adventure story of the Moon landings is told more frankly than ever before. Among other things, it is revealed that the first landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ten years ago tonight was far closer to disaster than was admitted at the time.

  • S1979E06 Project Apollo: The Other Side of the Moon

    • July 20, 1979
    • BBC

    James Burke looks back on the Apollo Moon landings, following the astronauts' version of Apollo earlier this evening, this second programme goes right behind the scenes to examine the political imperatives that first fostered, then disowned Project Apollo. Born out of J.F.K Kennedy's frustration at Soviet success killed because of the cost of the Vietnam war, Apollo was a political football - as the top NASA managers reveal in exclusive interviews. Lunar scientists, too, have a story to tell. What, after ten years-analysis of moon rocks, did they get out of the $24-billion adventure? What, come to that, was in it for the rest of us?

  • S1979E07 The Rainhill Story: Stephenson's Rocket

    • November 30, 1979
    • BBC Two

    This programme looks at the Rainhill Locomotive Trials in Rainhill, Lancashire (now Merseyside) in 1829, a competition to find the best passenger steam locomotive in Britain.On the 150th anniversary of the trials, replicas of its famous winner - Stephenson's 'Rocket' - and two of its competitors are rebuilt by modern day designers, and the trials are reconstructed in Hyde Park.

  • S1979E08 Let's Go Naked

    • January 3, 1979
    • BBC

    There is an explosion in naturist holidays. It is estimated that 15 million people spent their holidays with nothing on last summer - four times as many as ten years ago. One tour operator predicts that naturist holidays will soon be as popular as ski-ing. At Cap d'Agde in the south of France a gigantic naturist town is being built. Already it has accommodation for 20,000. Soon it will be twice the size. And its supermarkets, banks, cafes and restaurants are full of naked people English families explain why they choose to go naked - many preferring the less commercial, back-to-nature resorts; few approving of the Mr and Miss Nude Admerica pageants staged every year by a Californian entrepreneur ' to bring nudism out of the closet and into the public eye '. JOHN PITMAN traces the growth of the naturist movement this century, from its small-time beginnings in a park in north Germany, to the multi-million-pound business it is today - especially for France and Yugoslavia.

  • S1979E09 In the Steps of Columbanus

    • December 4, 1979
    • BBC

    Cardinal Tomas O' Fiaich, tracing the journeys of Columbanus and the early medieval Irish missionaries.

  • S1979E10 Fred Dibnah Steeplejack

    • September 6, 1979
    • BBC

    Until 1978, Fred Dibnah was a steeplejack working locally to his own area of Lancashire. Whilst working on the Town Hall in Bolton, the local BBC TV filmed a short news item about him. As a result of this, Fred was approached by a television producer with a view to making 1 half-hour film as part of a series about people with unusual occupations. After several months of filming, the final article was an hour long documentary, screened in his own right. This won two awards for the producer.

  • S1979E11 Ceefax is Here

    • March 1, 1979
    • BBC

    A trade information film about an exciting modern extra for TV.

  • S1979E12 Arrows

    • BBC

    In 1979 filmmaker John Samson went on the road with a 22-year-old Eric Bristow, one of the rising stars of British darts. This film from the archives depicts Bristow between major competitions as he travels around the pubs and working men's clubs of Britain, challenging the local heroes and playing exhibition matches. Bristow takes on all-comers and breezily faces down a belligerent local radio host. (bbc)

  • S1979E13 The Transplanted Self

    • BBC

  • S1979E14 The Secret Listeners

    • October 17, 1979
    • BBC Two

    At the beginning of the war hundreds of British civilians were recruited for an intelligence operation which has remained a closely-guarded secret. They were called VI's and they worked alone in garden-sheds and back-rooms. Their only contact was a mysterious Post Office Box Number. Tonight their story is told by Rene Cutforth.

  • S1979E15 The 70s Stop Here!

    • December 31, 1979
    • BBC One

    Introduced by Penelope Keith As midnight approaches and brings with it the beginning of the 1980s, the final programme of the 1970s brings back memories of some of the BBC television programmes which achieved popularity, esteem or even notoriety during the decade. Among the well-known faces who have created an impact on our television screens over the past ten years: John Cleese, Michael Parkinson, Rod Hull and Emu, The Goodies, Elton John, Angela Rippon, Penelope Keith, Richard Briers, Felicity Kendall, Paul Eddington, Michael Crawford, David Frost, Larry Grayson, Morecambe and Wise, Esther Rantzen, Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Keith Michell, Ian Holm, Tom Conti, Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Alan Dobie, Alan Bates, Anne Stallybrass, Susan Littler, John Duttine, Joanna David, Jeremy Brett, Anna Massey, Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Clare Francis, John Curry, Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci, Mary Peters, Virginia Wade, Monty Python, Alistair Cooke, Dr Jacob Bronowski, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, and The Wilkins Family of Reading.

Season 1980

  • S1980E01 The Past at Work: Railway Mania

    • May 13, 1980
    • BBC

    Anthony Burton travels from York through Leeds and Harrogate to discover more about Britain's industrial past and the role of railway companies in the 19th Century. Along the way, he finds out about the dark and dangerous work of tunnelling, the different classes of passenger coaches and the grandeur of railway hotels.

  • S1980E02 Star Wars: Music by John Williams

    • May 18, 1980
    • BBC

    'When I look at a film without the music it's like lively death.' So says Steven Spielberg , director of Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1941, all with scores by the American composer John Williams. Williams now has the composer credit for some 45 feature films, among them How to Steal a Million, Jane Eyre , Towering Inferno, Superman, Star Wars. Many directors will admit that music is crucial to a film's success, yet the composer's name is rarely known to the general public. This film looks at the craft and the pressures of film music through the work of JOHN WILIAMS , with extracts from several films, and sees him at work on his latest, the second of the Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back, which has its London premiere on 20 May.

  • S1980E03 The Great Railway Cavalcade

    • December 21, 1980
    • BBC

    Brian Redhead reports from the 'Rocket 150' event held at Rainhill, Lancashire to mark the 150th anniversary of the world's first inter-city railway and the Stephensons' legendary Rocket locomotive. On display are 'celebrity' engines from across the country, including the 'Green Arrow', the 'Flying Scotsman' and the record-breaking Mallard-class train that bore its designer's name, 'Sir Nigel Gresley', as well as the king of the modern electric railway, the Advanced Passenger Train (APT).

  • S1980E04 Change of Direction - Buzz Aldrin

    • March 4, 1980
    • BBC

    An episode of Change of Direction featuring Buzz Aldrin

Season 1981

  • S1981E01 War on Crime

    • July 14, 1981
    • BBC

    Are we facing in Britain an imminent tidal wave of crime? Certainly the way we are bombarded with crime stories in the press, on television and radio, we might be forgiven for a sense of unease. The prospect of being overwhelmed by crime clearly is disturbing. But has it fostered our fears unfairly and unnecessarily. Do we ironically face another different but hidden danger not so much from our lawbreakers but from our law enforcers? Will that prospect drastically change tne lives of each and every one of us? Tonight's documentary follows the police at work in the streets and the public's response to them. we observe the experience of victims and criminals alike, and reveay a view of the War on Crime. Narrator DEREK COOPER

  • S1981E02 A Prince for Our Time

    • July 26, 1981
    • BBC

    A film profile of HRH The Prince of Wales Prince Charles has been described as self-conscious, vulnerable, ambitious and incurably romantic. In this documentary he talks about his life and loves. Historic news-reel film shows him growing up in a changing world under the influence of older members of his family. His schoolfriends recall the shy boy coming out of his shell. Prince Charles wants to succeed in everything he does, and his polo coach and helicopter instructor tell how he pushes himself to the limit. Hugh Scully follows the royal progress, including the Prince's recent visit to Australia and America, and looks at the woman who will have more influence on him than anyone else - Lady Diana Spencer

Season 1982

  • S1982E01 The Last Shah

    • BBC

    This is a documentary on the reign of the last Shahanshah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi who was overthrown by Khomeini’s Islamic ‘revolution' in 1979.

  • S1982E02 Beardsley and his Work

    • January 19, 1982
    • BBC

    Aubrey Beardsley was a phenomenon, as his contemporaries recognised. Between 1893 and 1898 (when he died from tuberculosis aged just 25) he developed into one of the world's most exciting graphic artists, and turned out hundreds of black and white drawings, which retain their power to fascinate, to amuse and to shock. In this film Brian Reade, Brigid Brophy, Ralph Steadman and a psychiatrist, discuss Beardsley's work and recall the story of his short life. The film has been made almost exclusively from Beardsley's original drawings. (1982)

  • S1982E03 Alex Harvey

    • February 6, 1982
    • BBC

    Broadcast the week he died, this short documentary about Alex Harvey covers his background and his life as a musician and includes footage from performances and interviews with Alex.

  • S1982E04 Calum Kennedy's Commando Course

    • April 2, 1982
    • BBC

    A decrepit bus with nine entertainers on board leaves Inverness in a desperate bid to persuade the corpse of the variety road show to sit up. Through the Highlands to the island of Skye, the cast hump their ' props' from village to village playing up to three shows a night. Conditions are hard, complaints are many; jokes are cracked about the ' escape committee' until, finally, they form one ... The second of three programmes written and narrated by Ian Wooldridge

  • S1982E05 A Guide to Armageddon

    • September 19, 1982
    • BBC

    The effects of a one megaton nuclear bomb being exploded over London

  • S1982E06 Jock and Roll

    • September 2, 1982
    • BBC

    In this film B. A. Robertson examines the Scottish contribution to rock and pop. The programme contains some rare and atmospheric film of Scottish stars in performance and in the recording studio. B.A. meets them and discusses their involvement with the pop scene.

  • S1982E07 Barry Norman in Celebrity City

    • September 14, 1982
    • BBC

    Barry Norman looks at the attitudes towards success and failure among the famous and not quite so famous figures of Hollywood.

  • S1982E08 Who Killed the Lindbergh Baby?

    • October 12, 1982
    • BBC

    On March 1932, the baby son of American aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped from his home near Hopewell, New Jersey. Four years later a German immigrant carpenter, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, was convicted of the murder of the baby and died in the electric chair. The Lindbergh Kidnapping was at the time the ‘Trial of the Century’, a worldwide sensation that inspired many films and books over the years, including Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. But doubts have existed from the beginning about the guilt of Hauptmann. In 1982, with new evidence, his 83-year-old widow reopened the case and sued the State of New Jersey for the wrongful execution of her husband, but her claim was dismissed. Ludovic Kennedy looks at the evidence only recently made public and shows that doubts are now more than ever justified.

  • S1982E09 The Rank Charm School

    • September 21, 1982
    • BBC

    Barry Norman tells the story of a famous training establishment for would-be stars in the 1940s and 50s. The Rank Organisation called it 'The Company of Youth' but the press quickly dubbed it 'The Charm School', where youngsters from varied backgrounds and with little or no acting experience, were put under contract at £10 a week and trained at a church hall next door to Rank's Highbury Studios. Taking part are former charm school students Diana Dors, Pete Murray, Christopher Lee, Barbara Murray, Peggy Evans, Susan Beaumont and the Viscountess Rothermere, publicity executive Theo Cowan, Rank's Director of Artists Olive Dodds, and producer Betty Box.

  • S1982E10 Survivalists

    • June 29, 1982
    • BBC

    Millions of Americans are determined to live through what they foresee as an inevitable nuclear war. Others are heading for camps in the remote back-country to escape the chaos of an impending political or economic cataclysm. They sing hymns, chant psalms of war, preach the survival of the fittest and arm themselves to the teeth. They are the Survivalists.... This film talks to women training with machine guns, to undergraduates taking courses in How to Stay Alive, to retired generals who run schools for mercenary killers, and to self-appointed clergy who say their native America has 'gone soft on the Devil and the Reds' and has become a 'Disneyland for Dummies'.

  • S1982E11 So, Here I Am: 100 Years of Crofting

    • October 10, 1982
    • BBC

    James Hunter traces the history of the crofter's struggle to gain security of tenure on the land they occupied from the beginning of the 1880s.

  • S1982E12 A9 Highland Highway

    • March 30, 1982
    • BBC

    A documentary on the remaking, over ten years, of the A9 between Perth and Inverness - the highest trunk road in Britain. Work involved the diversion of a river and the building of many bridges.

Season 1983

  • S1983E01 For Britain And The Hell Of It

    • BBC

    Documentary telling the story of Richard Noble's various attempts on the land speed record, including his successful record-breaking run on Nevada's Black Rock Desert on October 4th 1983.

  • S1983E02 Elizabeth - The First Thirty Years

    • May 29, 1983
    • BBC

    Thirty years ago this week Elizabeth II was crowned. This programme celebrates and assesses the Queen's changing role and conveys something of the nature of the job itself. It shows the Queen in London and on her recent American tour as well as key events of the reign. Special permission was given to film the Queen holding an investiture at Buckingham Palace, with her family and President Kaunda during the recent state visit, and on the Royal Yacht with Prime Minister Trudeau and President Reagan. There are comments from some of the people who have worked with the Queen or observed her -Sir Harold Wilson , Edward Heath , James Callaghan , Sir Shridath Ramphal , Enoch Powell , President Kaunda, Sir Nicholas and Lady Henderson, William Deedes , Rich. ard Ingrams, Susan Crosland and one-time critic of the monarchy John Grigg (Lord Altrincham). From the royal tour comes a rich variety of comment and behind-the-scenes activity at a time when the British monarchy is arousing worldwide interest. Written and narrated by Ludovic Kennedy

  • S1983E03 Blue Peter Flies the World: Morocco

    • July 27, 1983
    • BBC

    Highlights of the team's expedition to Morocco begin this celebration of Blue Peter's 25th birthday year. In 1968 Valerie Singleton, John Noakes and Peter Purves set off on an epic journey by Land Rover. Their safari began at the BBC's Television Centre in London and ended in M'Hamid on the edge of the Sahara desert where the temperature was 135°F

  • S1983E04 Old Scores

    • August 16, 1983
    • BBC

    Documentary in which the survivors of the eleven members of a Belfast schoolboy football team in 1969, talk about their experience of the troubles in Ireland and about two others members of the team UVF member Michael Atcheson, now in prison, and IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands.

  • S1983E05 The Mysteries of Hieronymus Bosch

    • April 1, 1983
    • BBC

    Interpretations of Bosch's paintings have been varied and extreme: heresy, alchemy, drugs, witchcraft and, the most popular, that he was a member of a secret sect which practised orgies. Nicholas Baum , who has been fascinated by these haunting paintings for many years, began his investigation in the belief that we would never know their full meaning. After a journey which took him to Holland, Spain. and Portugal, he is convinced that he has found the key.

  • S1983E06 London to Brighton in Three and a Half Minutes (Side by Side)

    • August 11, 1983
    • BBC

    In 1953 the BBC produced a short black and white film of a train journey from London to Brighton in four minutes. The journey was repeated in 1983. Here are the two films side by side in wide screen. (c) 2008 on end of film.

  • S1983E07 Bette Davis: The Benevolent Volcano

    • November 2, 1983
    • BBC Two

    Ian Holm narrates this documentary, originally broadcast in 1983, about Hollywood star Bette Davis. Spanning her life and career from the 1920s to the 1980s, on stage and on screen, the programme includes an interview with the actress herself.

Season 1984

  • S1984E02 The Great British Housing Disaster

    • September 4, 1984
    • BBC

    By the time of the partial collapse of the 23-storey Ronan Point tower block due to a natural gas explosion in 1968, local authorities were waking up to the scale of the deficencies and the cost of making safe the 750,000 flats built during the ten year boom. It then emerged that up to 6 million people were living in poorly constructed or dangerous system-built housing erected in the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s and beyond. Ironically, many of the proposed expensive remedial systems were found to be similarly untried, untested and unfit for purpose, and in some cases offered by the same construction industry chiefs previously vending the very inadequate building systems that now needed remedying. Fans of Adam Curtis's work should note that, as an early Curtis production, this solid investigative documentary lacks the narrative thread and unique voice that characterises his later work, but favourite themes are present, such as the collusion of the powerful and opportune, and the inability to learn from past lessons.

  • S1984E03 Bilko On Parade

    • December 31, 1984
    • BBC

    Narrator Kenneth Williams A special tribute to one of television's best-loved characters, Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko , featuring some classic moments from the series. Phil Silvers , star of the show, remembers the making of Bilko and the personalities involved. 'Regulars' and 'recruits' appear include Col John 'Melonhead' Hall PFC Duane Doberman Alan Alda and Bing Crosby.

  • S1984E04 20 Years Ago Today

    • April 20, 1984
    • BBC

    BBC 2 looks back at its ill-fated launch night in 1964, through the memories of some of the main players in the Story, as recounted by Ludovic Kennedy.

  • S1984E05 Commercial Breaks: The Rise and Fall of Imagine Software

    • December 24, 1984
    • BBC

    Fly on the wall Documentary made in 1984 by the BBC's Paul Anderson

  • S1984E06 The Cost of Treachery

    • October 30, 1984
    • BBC One

    In 1949, at the height of the Cold War, the British and American Governments decided to fight back at the growing Soviet Empire with a secret plan of subversion. MI6 and the CIA would try to bring down the smallest and most vulnerable of the new Soviet-controlled regimes - Albania. In this film, for the first time, many of the agents involved tell their extraordinary story. It includes moonlit landings on deserted beaches, poison capsules, mysterious deaths in New York hotel rooms, and the crack bodyguard of King Zog. For some of the spies it was exhilarating fun and part of a great game. For the Albanians involved it was to mean death, for in the midst of the operation was a traitor.

Season 1985

  • S1985E01 The War Game

    • July 31, 1985
    • BBC

    The War Game is a 1965 television film on nuclear war. Written, directed, and produced by Peter Watkins for the BBC's The Wednesday Play strand, its depiction of the impact of Soviet nuclear attack on Britain caused dismay within the BBC and in government. It was scheduled for broadcast on 6 August 1965 (the twentieth anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing) but was cancelled, the corporation publicly stating that "the effect of the film has been judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting". It remained unseen on British television until 1985.

  • S1985E02 To the World's End: Scenes and Characters on a London Bus Route

    • April 5, 1985
    • BBC

    To the World's End follows the No. 31 London bus from Camden Town to World's End, Chelsea, meeting characters who live and work along the route.

  • S1985E03 The Million Pound Bird Book

    • April 26, 1985
    • BBC

  • S1985E04 Marilyn Monroe: Say Goodbye to the President

    • October 25, 1985
    • BBC

    Anthony Summer's BBC documentary focuses on the last few days in the life of Marilyn Monroe, and her connection with the Kennedy brothers, John and Robert.

  • S1985E06 On The Eighth Day

    • BBC

    ''On The Eighth Day'' is chilling, a result entirely consistent with its aim. The one-hour documentary explores the possible ecological and atmospheric consequences of nuclear war, particularly as they would be expressed in a ''nuclear winter.'' Darkness would shroud the Northern Hemisphere; temperatures would fall. The planet would survive, but not as a hospitable place.

  • S1985E07 Billie Holiday: The Long Night of Lady Day

    • December 7, 1985
    • BBC

    Billie Holiday's tragic story, from her traumatic childhood ' in Baltimore to her premature death in a New i York hospital at the age of 44, is told in the words of her closest friends and colleagues - but mostly through the songs themselves. Arena has assembled an unprecedented number of her filmed performances.

  • S1985E08 Photography: Harry Benson

    • January 18, 1985
    • BBC

    'Don't tell Richard Avedon, Scavullo, Cartier-Bresson or the dear departed spirit of Cecil Beaton, Harry, but you are my favourite photographer.' (TRUMAN CAPOTE). From his first job on the Hamilton Advertiser via the Daily Sketch and the Express, Benson has now reached the pinnacle of photojournalism, the prestigious magazine, Life. In this film he is interviewed at his Manhattan apartment by the Scottish novelist, William Mcllvanney , and seen on assignment in New York.

  • S1985E09 Moment of Truth

    • September 22, 1985
    • BBC

    Richard Cooke is a photographer with a passion for air-to-air pictures. He is obsessed by a single aerial photograph: 'the RAF Aerobatic Team,'the 'Red Arrows', trailing smoke, flying straight at his camera. They say it is impossible and too dangerous. But that doesn't stop Richard. He gets a first and last chance to capture the £20 million snapshot.

  • S1985E10 D-Day to Berlin: Newsnight Special

    • May 7, 1985
    • BBC

    George Stevens's remarkable film is acclaimed by historians as the most important colour footage taken during the war. Milestones covered include the liberation of Paris, the link-up between the Russian and American armies on the River Elbe and the Allied capture of the Dachau concentration camp.

  • S1985E11 Ms Rhymney Valley

    • July 10, 1985
    • BBC

    Portrait of a community in the heart of South Wales almost one year into the miners' strike. This film does not involve actors, but portrays the lives and experiences of the people.

  • S1985E12 Billion Dollar Day

    • August 16, 1985
    • BBC Two

    The documentary focuses on three traders, each located in New York, London, and Hong Kong. The traders are followed throughout a typical day in order to demonstrate the challenges and dedication of each trader.

Season 1986

  • S1986E01 The Strange Affair of Frankenstein

    • February 7, 1986
    • BBC

    Robert Symes investigates the background to Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Was her idea for creating human life based on fact? And who was the original Frankenstein?

  • S1986E02 Standing Up for Joe

    • April 1, 1986
    • BBC

    'Joseph is coming out of a long sleep, like a hedgehog that's been in hibernation'. This time last year, 5-year-old Joseph Horsley had been virtually written-off by his doctors. He was probably blind. He couldn't sit, talk or do anything for himself. Joseph is a spastic quadriplegic. His parents were told to have another baby if they wanted to enjoy the pleasures of parenthood. Now his doctors say he will walk and eventually talk. But they are not the same doctors. This remarkable transformation has taken place not in England, but behind the Iron Curtain - in Hungary - by a method known as Conductive Education. It is a system beyond the reach of Britain's 10,000 cerebral palsied.This documentary film tells the story of the Horsley family's flight to Hungary, and their appeal to the Peto Institute to accept their son for treatment.

Season 1987

  • S1987E01 On The Piste

    • January 2, 1987
    • BBC

    Documentary about the British on the ski slopes of Europe.

  • S1987E02 Hammer - The Studio that Dripped Blood

    • July 26, 1987
    • BBC

    A BBC documentary from 1987 tracing the history of Britan's famous Hammer studio. Interestingly, the title implies that the BBC was not immune from the common confusion between Hammer and Amicus; The House That Dripped Bood was an Amicus production.

  • S1987E03 Design Classics: The London Underground Map

    • September 19, 1987
    • BBC

    Documentary about the iconic London Underground map and Harry Beck, the man who designed it.

  • S1987E04 Michael Caine: Acting in Film

    • August 28, 1987
    • BBC

    In this instalment of the "Actor's Take on Movie Making" series, British film star Michael Caine (Alfie, The Cider House Rules, The Quiet American) offers advice to aspiring actors to help them succeed in a competitive business. Caine shares valuable trade secrets about character development; script preparation; voice, sound and movement; working with directors; and the sometimes brutal politics of movie-making.

  • S1987E05 The Trireme Quest

    • December 5, 1987
    • BBC

    Fifty years ago Professor John Morrison dreamed of rediscovering the secrets of the Greek Trireme. The design of this legendary warship - powered by 170 oarsmen and with a deadly battering ram - had long been forgotten. But the triremes had once given the Greeks supremacy in the eastern Mediterranean and allowed their culture to flourish. This year, after a lifetime of detective work among the art and literature of the ancient world, this gentle Cambridge scholar saw his dream come true. A replica, based on his findings, was built - and a trireme put to sea in the Aegean again for the first time in 2,000 years.

  • S1987E06 Fourteen Days in May

    • November 11, 1987
    • BBC

    There is one crime on the record of Edward Earl Johnson, a 26-year-old African-American man from Mississippi - murder. He was convicted on the sole evidence of signing a confession he had not written. Johnson always denied the killing and appealed against his death sentence for eight years in the US courts. Fourteen Days in May is a countdown to an execution, revealing the effect on prison staff and other death-row inmates as time runs out for one young man.

  • S1987E07 Priddy the Hedgehog

    • December 24, 1987
    • BBC

    This year's animal drama from wildlife film-makers John and Simon King features a female hedgehog called Priddy, who lives on the Mendip Hills. All the adventures that happen to Priddy in this film have been experienced by one hedgehog or another in real life. Narrated by John King Film edited by PETER SNOW Directed and photographed by SIMON KING Produced by JOHN KING BBC Pebble Mill

  • S1987E08 The Official History Of Liverpool Football Club

    • January 1, 1987
    • BBC

  • S1987E09 Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days

    • May 12, 1987
    • BBC Four

    On four nights in the summer of 1985 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band filled to capacity the Los Angeles Coliseum, home of the 1984 Olympics. It was the culmination of a 16-month world tour, during which Bom in the USA became the CBS label's biggest-selling album of all time. In this world-exclusive interview, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band talk to David Hepworth , with extracts from 14 previously unseen performances including 'Sandy' from Springsteen's English debut performance at the Hammersmith Odeon concert in 1975.

Season 1988

  • S1988E01 God, The Universe and Everything Else

    • January 1, 1988
    • BBC

    In a studio setting, Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan (who joins them via satellite) discuss the Big Bang theory, God, our existence as well as the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

  • S1988E02 Stafford: A Town That Found its Castle

    • July 20, 1988
    • BBC

    Michael Wood tells a story of how a small Midland town rescued one of the largest castles of medieval England. Yesterday, Stafford Castle was reopened to the public after a ten-year dig in which archaeologists have filled gaps in the castle's 900-year history and in which Stafford has learnt that the past can be an asset.

  • S1988E03 The Unleashing of Evil

    • June 29, 1988
    • BBC

    A personal inquiry by Richard Taylor. Thirty-six years ago documentary film-maker Richard Taylor was serving as a military police subaltern in Korea. Near to his tent they were interrogating prisoners - and sometimes they tortured them. That was the start of a lifelong concern about torture. Is it simply something which happens under military dictatorships and communist regimes - or is it closer to ourselves than we like to think? This investigation is not a catalogue of horrors. It asks in a more profound sense what torture does to its victims, and what turns ordinary human beings into torturers. Prompted by a disturbing encounter with a former interrogator from El Salvador 's notorious Treasury Police, he follows a trail that leads to a hard, new world where terrorism, counter-insurgency and torture meet.

Season 1989

  • S1989E01 The Fatal Attraction of Adolf Hitler

    • April 21, 1989
    • BBC

    How did Hitler win the support of the German people? Having fallen prey to his "fatal attraction," they were ready to support him in his road to war, genocide and an imperial German Reich that his propaganda machine claimed would reign for a 1,000-years.

  • S1989E02 Elvis Costello: Everything You Need to Know About Spike

    • February 20, 1989
    • BBC

    The program features interviews with Costello, plus solo-acoustic performances of “God’s Comic,” “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror,” “Let Him Dangle,” “Pads, Paws and Claws,” “Baby Plays Around,” “Any King’s Shilling” and “Tramp the Dirt Down,” all from Spike, plus “Having It All,” written for the film “Absolute Beginners,” but not used (and eventually included on the reissue of 1986′s King of America).

  • S1989E03 John's Not Mad

    • March 15, 1989
    • BBC

    John Davidson, a 15-year-old from Galashiels in Scotland, who had severe Tourette syndrome. John's life was explored in terms of his family and the close-knit community around him, and how they all coped with a misunderstood condition. Oliver Sacks, a neurologist, offers observations on aspects of John's behaviour. The documentary was narrated by the actress Eleanor Bron.

  • S1989E04 The Mini

    • January 1, 1989
    • BBC

    The world's most famous small car celebrates its 30th birthday. Mini enthusiasts around the world, including Spike Milligan and Tony Benn, explain the little car's unique character.

  • S1989E05 Inside Out: Ticking With the Crow/The Officers' Mess

    • November 29, 1989
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 1989, this frank and candid pair of films provides a thought-provoking record of life in the Army - here for the 1st Battalion, Light Infantry in Berlin - and highlights the very different perspectives of the squaddies and officers who made them.

  • S1989E06 Eighties

    • December 31, 1989
    • BBC

    A rock review of the decade with highlights from the most outstanding performances on BBC television over the past ten years. Featuring everyone from Soft Cell to Simple Minds, Human League to Housemartins, Bauhaus to Black Box , the Police to Public Enemy, Adam and the Ants to the Art of Noise as they appeared on programmes as diverse as Whistle Test, Crackerjack, Top of the Pops, Wogan and The Late Show.

  • S1989E07 For All Mankind

    • July 20, 1989
    • BBC

    In July 1969, the space race ended when Apollo 11 fulfilled President Kennedy's challenge of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to earth. No-one who witnessed the lunar landing will ever forget it. Breathtaking both in the scope of its vision and the exhilaration of the human emotions it captures, Al Reinert's classic 1989 documentary is the story of 24 men who travelled to the moon, told in their words, in their voices and using the images of their experiences.

Season 1990

  • S1990E01 Hyperland

    • September 21, 1990
    • BBC

    In this one-hour documentary produced by the BBC in 1990 and broadcast on BBC2, Douglas falls asleep in front of a television and dreams about future time when he may be allowed to play a more active role in the information he chooses to digest. A software agent, Tom (played by Tom Baker), guides Douglas around a multimedia information landscape, examining (then) cuttting-edge research by the SF Multimedia Lab and NASA Ames research center, and encountering hypermedia visionaries such as Vannevar Bush and Ted Nelson.

  • S1990E02 The Incredible Edible Dormouse

    • April 16, 1990
    • BBC

    It lives in Britain, but few people have heard of it. It is adorable, but it is a pest. The Romans used to feast on them and some people still do. Diana Rigg narrates a programme on the edible dormouse - an animal that looks like a cross between a squirrel and a hamster, has invaded houses in the Home Counties, destroyed electrics and killed trees... but is protected by law.

  • S1990E03 Life of Python

    • October 5, 1990
    • BBC

    This was one of two documentaries intended to mark 20 years of the Monty Python team in 1989 but broadcast the following year after the death of team member Graham Chapman.

Season 1991

  • S1991E01 Chasing India's Monsoon

    • BBC

    Alexander Frater's 1991 film follows the arrival of monsoon the length of India, from the South coast, north to the "wettest place on earth".

  • S1991E02 A Network Under Scrutiny

    • February 21, 1991
    • BBC

    Unreliable, dirty, expensive and outdated - the familiar complaints of commuters on British Rail. Andrew Harvey reports on how Network South East measures up and examines lessons that could be learnt from its European counterparts.

  • S1991E03 Patterns in Green

    • July 21, 1991
    • BBC

    Looks at the simple patterns that underlie the myriad diversity of form in plants and flowers. Despite apparent complexity most leaf patterns and flowers are variations on three basic patterns, which are seen in vegetative and flowering primordia. Professor Paul Green of Stanford University explains how he thinks these pattern-generating mechanisms are controlled. Professor Brian Goodwin then uses time-lapse photography and computer animation to show how his mathematical model of pattern formation reproduces the patterns observed in the growth of a giant algae.

  • S1991E04 Freddie Mercury: A Tribute

    • November 25, 1991
    • BBC

    Elton John introduces this special programme celebrating the life and work of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of rock band Queen, who died yesterday. The great showman is remembered by friends and colleagues, and featured in concert footage, including Queen's Live Aid appearance.

  • S1991E05 The A-Z Of Light Entertainment - The Lime Grove Story

    • August 26, 1991
    • BBC

    Part of BBC2's August Bank Holiday 1991 celebration of Lime Grove Studios and it's illustrious history in Film and Television.

  • S1991E06 Children's Compilation - The Lime Grove Story

    • August 26, 1991
    • BBC
  • S1991E07 The War That Never Ends

    • January 12, 1991
    • BBC Two

    In the 5th century BC, a war broke out in the eastern Mediterranean between two powerful states. It lasted 27 years and destroyed an empire. As it began, Thucydides, an exiled general, started writing the story of what he believed would be the greatest war yet known. He has been called the world's first historian and war reporter, his book a classic account of political power, the mistakes that cause war and the tragedy of defeat. The War That Never Ends presents a timeless classic to throw a light on today's crisis in the Gulf.

Season 1992

  • S1992E01 Elizabeth R

    • February 6, 1992
    • BBC

    Join the BBC cameras as they go behind the glitter of Buckingham Palace and the pomp of Windsor Castle for a close-up look at the minutia of the monarchy. Culled from a year of unprecedented access to Queen Elizabeth II, the documentary trails the queen as she interacts one-on-one with her family, her staff, her public, and international heads of state. Go behind closed doors for Christmas with the royal family, eavesdrop on cocktail chatter with Ron and Nancy Reagan, and catch unguarded moments when the queen pilots her own jeep or romps with her dogs. Elizabeth R. is a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into the everyday life of a queen.

  • S1992E02 1815 - The Battle of Waterloo

    • BBC

    This program tells the story of the final thunderous battle of the Napoleonic era featuring stunning excerpts from major feature films, specially filmed authentic reconstruction and re-enactment footage, plus dramatized 'eye-witness' accounts of the battle, it provides a unique record of one of the turning points in world history

  • S1992E03 The Birth of Calculus

    • July 27, 1992
    • BBC

    Two men can rightly claim to have invented calculus, one of the most basic and fundamental tools in modern mathematics -- Isaac Newton and Godfrey Wilheim Leibniz. This presentation discusses the similarities and differences in the two men's findings published in the late 1680's.

  • S1992E04 Granadaland - From the North

    • December 28, 1992
    • BBC

    The story of Granada, the company responsible for Britain's most enduring soap opera Coronation Street, the current affairs series World in Action, and highly praised drama from Brideshead Revisited to Prime Suspect. With contributions from Jeremy Isaacs, Gus Macdonald, David Plowright, Michael Parkinson, Gerry Robinson and Sir Denis Forman.

  • S1992E05 Granadaland - Flat Caps and Ferrets

    • December 28, 1992
    • BBC

    A celebration of the cultural heritage of the mythical land filled with pigeons, whippets and endless cups of tea. It draws on such Granada classics as Coronation Street, A Family at War and Nearest and Dearest to expose some of the myths about the north of England.

  • S1992E06 Reindeer Rock

    • December 25, 1992
    • BBC

    Ever since 1955 when Dickie Valentine stormed the charts with A Christmas Alphabet, the season of goodwill has been a bonanza for the record industry. There is scarcely a pop singer who has not made a Christmas record; from Cliff Richard to Bruce Springsteen , from Paul McCartney to Giant Haystacks. This programme plunders the best, and the worst, from the Yuletide pop archive, and combines them with some classic comedy.

  • S1992E07 ONE WORLD: The Years that Rocked the Planet

    • May 3, 1992
    • BBC

    What do the Beatles, Chernobyl and the Wombles have in common? Rock nostalgia, news footage and comedy archive have been rolled into one for a green Rock 'n Roll Years special which charts the growing concern for the state of our planet over the last 25 years

  • S1992E08 Television's Greatest Christmas Hits

    • BBC One

  • S1992E09 Up To the Port

    • June 19, 1992
    • BBC One

    Those wonderful sunny family holidays in Portrush during the late 50s are recaptured on mainly amateur film.

  • S1992E10 The Prince's Army

    • April 17, 1992
    • BBC One

    HRH the Prince of Wales talks to Radio 1 DJ Simon Mayo in this special documentary to mark the second anniversary of the Prince's Trust Volunteers. The film follows the progress over three months of two teams on the scheme.

  • S1992E11 Franco: Behind the Myth

    • July 23, 1992
    • BBC One

    The last of the fascist dictators, General Franco outlived Hitler and Mussolini to rule Spain for 40 years. As modern Spain prepares to host the Olympic Games, the truth about Franco is a story it doesn't want to hear. Was he the saviour of Spain or a cruel tyrant? With unique access to Franco's family, including his only daughter Carmen, his confessor and key aides, and using previously hidden archives, including Franco's own home movies, Jonathan Dimbleby probes behind the veil of secrecy and amnesia which has obscured the true face of the man. Producer Anthony Geffen is acknowledged for his hard-hitting documentaries on world leaders such as Hirohito, Arafat and Ceausescu.

  • S1992E12 Eve Strikes Back

    • August 10, 1992
    • BBC One

    Advice for women on personal safety. The Home Office estimates that 180,000 rapes and sexual assaults take place every year in England and Wales. American research suggests that women double their chances of avoiding rape if they fight back. Some women who did share their views. Presented by Lynsey de Paul.

Season 1993

  • S1993E01 Shak the Red Fox

    • January 2, 1993
    • BBC

    A documentary about Shak, one of several cubs born to an ageing and partially blind vixen.

  • S1993E02 Ava Gardner

    • January 30, 1993
    • BBC

    A documentary about Ava Gardner , the daughter of a sharecropper who became one of Hollywood's hottest stars. Her hugely successful career spanned 44 years, but she had a troubled personal life. Following divorces from Artie Shaw and Micky Rooney , her marriage to Frank Sinatra also ended, in 1953. By the time of her death three years ago, she had made more than 50 films including Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

  • S1993E03 Art in 14th Century Siena, Florence and Padua: The Spanish Chapel

    • BBC

  • S1993E04 Unfinished Business - War In Mostar

    • BBC

    Documentary presented by Jeremy Bowen (BBC) from 1993. It is filmed in and around Mostar at the height of the Bosniak-Croat conflict during the Bosnian War. Bowen himself recent appeared a war crimes trial at The Hague, to respond to accusations that he was biased by Croats, where the documentary had featured as evidence. This program tells of the destruction of Mostar and the Serb, Croat and Muslim soldiers who are fighting together in the Bosnian Army for the right to live together as they did before the war.

  • S1993E05 The Cape of Fear

    • July 21, 1993
    • BBC

    A year in the life of the "Hard Living" gang in Cape Town South Africa, led by the notorious Staggie twins, who capture a hostage from the rival "Mongrel" gang. Then one of the twins murders a leader of the "American" gang. The ANC tries to avert a full-scale gang war. Part of the BBC Beloved Country season.

  • S1993E06 The Biddy Baxter Story

    • October 9, 1993
    • BBC

    The long-time editor of Blue Peter talks to Sarah Dunant about children, animals and the Blue Peter badge.

  • S1993E07 'Doctor Who': Thirty Years in the Tardis

    • November 23, 1993
    • BBC

    A specially extended video edition of the documentary filmed to mark the 30th anniversary of the long-running BBC Science Fiction serial, "Doctor Who". Linked by specially filmed footage featuring members of the cast from the series and various old foes & monsters, the show is explored in depth and there are interviews with members of the cast & production team plus input from experts, critics and fans, as well as plenty of (often rarely seen) archive footage and clips from the series.

  • S1993E08 AFTER MARGARET: In at Number Ten

    • October 23, 1993
    • BBC

    A week of diverse programmes examining the Margaret Thatcher legacy begins with this chronicle of her "rock'n'roll years". The music of her decade in power forms the soundtrack to a rich seam of archive film that includes landmark events in the news, sport, television and cinema - the Kings Cross fire, the end of the Cold War, the sinking of the Herald of Free Enterprise, the Tiananmen Square massacre, the storms of 1987, the falling of the Berlin Wall, and the famine in Ethiopia which spawned Live Aid and 'Feed the World'. Clips of the Prime Minister in action include some previously unseen on television, and chart her rise, her rule and her fall.

  • S1993E09 Queen Elizabeth: The Coronation

    • January 1, 1993
    • BBC

    Queen Elizabeth II's coronation was one of the biggest ceremonial occasions ever. Broadcast live, the events of 2 June 1953 were a defining moment of the 20th century, not least for television, as cameras brought the new medium into millions of British homes for the first time. It was the most ambitious and technically difficult broadcast the BBC had ever tackled.

Season 1994

  • S1994E01 Jerry Building: Unholy Relics of Nazi Germany

    • October 31, 1994
    • BBC

    Jonathan Meades explores the architecture of Nazi Germany, from its holiday camps to its concentration camps.

  • S1994E02 Manga!

    • January 7, 1994
    • BBC

    Documentary about Japanese comic books (Manga) and the Anime films inspired by them.

  • S1994E03 Dream Town: A Brief Anatomy of Blackpool

    • August 28, 1994
    • BBC

    A revealing and often ribald look at the seaside resort where people can let their hair down, whether in the sedate atmosphere of the Tower Ballroom or on the world's biggest and fastest rollercoaster. Actor David Thewlis returns to his home town, a place where beer is drunk and dreams are played out against the backdrop of a thoroughly British fantasy.

  • S1994E04 Three Salons at the Seaside

    • August 29, 1994
    • BBC

  • S1994E05 Murder in Belgravia - The Lucan Affair

    • November 2, 1994
    • BBC

    Since the discovery of the body of children's nanny Sandra Rivett on 7 November 1974, Lord Lucan has been the prime suspect for her murder. This documentary sheds new light on the accepted theory of what happened that fateful November night in Belgravia.

  • S1994E06 The Carpenters at the BBC

    • December 25, 1994
    • BBC

    With the cult of the Carpenters continuing to rival that of those other 70s stars Abba, here is another chance to see the Carpenters' debut BBC concert, recorded on their first British tour in September 1971. Hits include Close to You, Superstar and We've Only Just Begun, together with the odd Beatles tune and a Bacharach/David medley. Karen's drumming and Richard's keyboards are supported by their five-piece touring band and an orchestra under Johnny Pearson.

  • S1994E07 Paul Merton Live at the Palladium

    • September 27, 1994
    • BBC

    Earlier this year comedian Paul Merton achieved a life-long ambition when he topped the bill for a season at the London Palladium. Tonight viewers have an opportunity to watch the show which ran the comedy gamut from the sardonic wit for which Merton is famous to his hilarious salute to the ice skaters Torvill and Dean, not forgetting a comic version of the pantomime Aladdin, as never seen before. Featuring Lee Simpson and Richard Vranch.

  • S1994E08 The Battle of Austerlitz

    • May 18, 1994
    • BBC

    The Battle of Austerlitz, also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors, was one of Napoleon's greatest victories, where the French Empire effectively crushed the Third Coalition. On 2 December 1805 (20 November Old Style, 11 Frimaire An XIV, in the French Republican Calendar), a French army, commanded by Emperor Napoleon I, decisively defeated a Russo-Austrian army, commanded by Tsar Alexander I and Holy Roman Emperor Francis II, after nearly nine hours of difficult fighting. The battle took place near Austerlitz (Slavkov u Brna) about 10 Km (6 mi) south-east of Brno in Moravia, at that time in the Austrian Empire (present day Czech Republic). The battle is often regarded as a tactical masterpiece. The French victory at Austerlitz effectively brought the Third Coalition to an end. On 26 December 1805, Austria and France signed the Treaty of Pressburg, which took Austria out of the war, reinforced the earlier treaties of Campo Formio and Lunéville, made Austria cede land to Napoleon's German allies, and imposed an indemnity of 40 million francs on the defeated Habsburgs. Russian troops were allowed to head back to home soil. Victory at Austerlitz also permitted the creation of the Confederation of the Rhine, a collection of German states intended as a buffer zone between France and central Europe. In 1806, the Holy Roman Empire ceased to exist when Holy Roman Emperor Francis II kept Francis I of Austria as his only official title. These achievements, however, did not establish a lasting peace on the continent. Prussian worries about growing French influence in Central Europe sparked the War of the Fourth Coalition in 1806.

  • S1994E09 Man On The Moon

    • December 26, 1994
    • BBC Two

    The story of Project Apollo, the US space programme, from the early days of the space race with the Soviet Union to the first moon landing 25 years ago in 1969. Featuring interviews with astronauts and ground staff, plus spectacular and rarely seen archive film. Introduced by Neil Armstrong , the first man to set foot on the surface of the moon.

  • S1994E10 Great Pyramid - Gateway to the Stars

    • June 2, 1994
    • BBC Two

    Writers Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert claim that the 4,500 year old pyramid is an instrument of worship in the stellar cult of the fourth Egyptian dynasty. Emma Freud talks to experts who have studied the pyramids.

  • S1994E11 Digging the Dancing Queens

    • January 4, 1994
    • BBC Two

    Part of a celebration of Top of the Pops 30th anniversary, with a documentary looking at dance troupe Pan's People who appeared weekly on UK pop music show from 1970-1976.

Season 1995

  • S1995E01 Just Seventeen: The Geometry of Patterns

    • May 27, 1995
    • BBC

    There may seem to be limitless patterns on wallpaper but mathematically speaking there are only seventeen.

  • S1995E02 Ennio Morricone

    • January 1, 1995
    • BBC

    A documentary exploring the life and work of the great Italian composer.

  • S1995E03 Anne Frank Remembered

    • May 6, 1995
    • BBC

    This Oscar winning feature documentary is the first and, to this day, the only truly comprehensive eye-witness account of the life and legacy of the iconic child diarist, Anne Frank. Combining surprising and often emotional interview, photographs, previously undiscovered family letters, rare archive footage (including the only known moving footage of Anne herself) with evocative contemporary film, and this haunting documentary was halied as a masterpiece in the British and American press when it was first released in 1995. By peeking away the onion skin layers of mythology and concentrating closely on the details of Anne's brief life, rather than her famous Diary the film makes real, as never before, the story of this one child and her family, and those who lived and died with her.

  • S1995E04 The End of Innocence

    • December 5, 1995
    • BBC

    This World AIDS Day episode looks back at the public attitude towards gay men afflicted with AIDS before effective treatment regimes were available.

  • S1995E06 Ayrton Senna

    • January 1, 1995
    • BBC

    The BBC's award winning documentary looking at the impact the death of Ayrton Senna had upon the world of motor racing. Featuring interviews with key people from Senna's life in motor sport

  • S1995E07 Vivian Stanshall: Diamond Geezer

    • April 7, 1995
    • BBC

    A tribute to the humorist and musician Viv Stanshall , best known as a member of the 60s group the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, who died last month. The programme features a summary of his career and another showing of his last major work, Crank, first broadcast in 1991 on The Late Show. An autobiographical playlet, it combines monologue with six original songs and explores Stanshall's relationship with his father. Introduced by John Peel.

  • S1995E08 The Limit: Trickiest Tunnel

    • November 28, 1995
    • BBC

    Hugh Doherty has spent a lifetime building tunnels. But now he is facing his biggest challenge yet - building London Underground's new Jubilee Line extension

  • S1995E09 Funny for Money with Bob Monkhouse

    • November 8, 1995
    • BBC

    In this special one-off chat show Bob Monkhouse talks to Ben Elton about his techniques, styles, working methods and influences. As well as being recognised as one of the country's leading comic talents, Ben Elton is also a scriptwriter, successful novelist and playwright.

  • S1995E10 Betjeman's Britain

    • April 19, 1995
    • BBC Two

    Many writers are associated with one particular location, but the poet John Betjeman is linked with a number of places in Britain, including north Cornwall, Highgate in London, Oxford, the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire, and Norfolk. This programme traces Betjeman's steps around many of the places he enjoyed and the words he used to celebrate them

  • S1995E11 Pulp: No Sleep 'til Sheffield

    • December 18, 1995
    • BBC Two

    Pop band Pulp have been making music since the early eighties, but they had to wait until 1995 before achieving idol status with their hit single Common People. Tonight's documentary follows the band on tour around Britain over a period of three weeks, culminating in their triumphant homecoming to Sheffield City Hall, and shows them dealing with stardom with a mixture of bewilderment and style.

  • S1995E12 Empire of the Censors: Part 1

    • May 28, 1995
    • BBC Two

    The first of a two-part documentary on the role of the British Board of Film Classification in shaping British film-making and film-going.

  • S1995E13 Empire of the Censors: Part 2

    • May 29, 1995
    • BBC Two

    The second of a two-part documentary about the history of British film censorship looks at the films that have faced problems since the 1970s, a decade in which there were storms over "A Clockwork Orange," "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Exorcist." Film-makers including Bernardo Bertolucci, Oliver Stone and Steve Woolley talk about their battles with the censors over sex and violence. Plus an examination of the video-nasty panic of the mid-eighties, which brought statutory censorship to Britain for the first time, and a look to the future in the age of the Internet.

Season 1996

  • S1996E01 Charles Rennie Mackintosh: A Modern Man

    • July 28, 1996
    • BBC

    Profile of architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

  • S1996E02 Billy Connolly - A Scot in the Arctic

    • November 30, 1996
    • BBC

    Scottish comedian Billy Connolly thought Glasgow was cold, until he encountered the Arctic Circle. Armed only with the most basic survival techniques and his banjo, Billy spends 10 days there, recording his experiences and emotions on a videocamera. Billy often jokes about his early days in Glasgow, but it left him tough, adaptable and used to the cold which should stand him in good stead when facing hunger and temperatures of minus 40 degrees Centigrade. But even this Scot will need expert guidance to survive Baffin Island in High Arctic Canada. An Eskimo ranger gives him a crash course in some of the tricks of the trade: how to build and repair an igloo, how to make water, how to catch and cook fish, how to spot crevasses and the wrong kind of snow, how to prevent sunblindness, how to ski pulling a pulk (sledge), how to walk on snowshoes, skidooing, kayaking, how to spot the onset of frostbite and how to deal with polar bears. An SAS Army expert is also on hand to give Billy basic survival tips, especially the rules of keeping warm. With great good humour, Billy fortifies himself for the real challenge which is to come: two days completely on his own. Only his self-operated video camera holds the secret of his hours of solitude long, lonely evenings and nights with no crew and no one to call on the phone. Hours during which he is contemplative, melancholy, miserable, witty and plain freezing cold. There are some beautiful shots of the majestic frozen scenery, some useful tips on keeping warm in the cold, and some entertaining moments, but the really fascinating thing about this programme are the insights into Billy's complex personality.

  • S1996E03 The Star Trek Story

    • August 26, 1996
    • BBC

    Documentary covering the history of the American television science fiction series STAR TREK, founded by Gene Roddenberry in 1966, with interviews including actors Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart and Nichelle Nichols. The programme considers STAR TREK's founding during the height of the Cold War, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, with its multicultural crew working together on the `Enterprise', and considers its cultural impact over 30 years and into the future.

  • S1996E04 Two Melons and a Stinking Fish

    • January 1, 1996
    • BBC

    This rare and revealing documentary from 1996 about artist Sarah Lucas is being shown to coincide with Lucas's retrospective at London's Whitechapel Gallery. Made by acclaimed director Vanessa Engle, the film shadows Lucas over four months as she makes her witty and provocative sculptures, often using everyday objects. With candid and often hilarious contributions from Angus Fairhurst, Gary Hume, Damien Hirst and Barbara Gladstone.

  • S1996E05 Laughter and Loathing

    • August 12, 1996
    • BBC

    A 30-minute documentary broadcast on BBC2 in 1995, Ian Hislop delves into the story of the little known Roman satirist Juvenal, a man of whom his quotations are much more widely known than is anything about the man himself. Presented by Ian Hislop, starring Stephen Fry as Juvenal with comments from Auberon Waugh.

  • S1996E06 The Immortal Emperor

    • September 15, 1996
    • BBC

    It’s 221 BC, and the veil of history is lifted to reveal life in the Qin Dynasty, under China’s first emperor, Shihuangdi. Noted historians, archaeologists, and other experts extrapolate from discoveries made in the ruler’s tomb, as they examine the political, intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and religious structure of Chinese society of the first dynasty. Sophisticated computer animation re-creates both the outer and inner structure of Shihuangdi’s tomb, complete with rivers rippling with mercury; decorative period artifacts; food larders; mummified concubines awaiting their master’s pleasure; and the now-famous 8,000-man terra-cotta army of statues standing guard to protect the dead emperor from his enemies in the afterlife.

  • S1996E07 A Royal Scandal

    • June 16, 1996
    • BBC

    Docudrama about the matrimonial disaster that took place 200 years ago between George, Prince of Wales and his wife Caroline of Brunswick.

  • S1996E09 Bermuda Triangle: Secrets Revealed

    • February 5, 1996
    • BBC

    The scientists on an expedition into the feared depths of the Bermuda Triangle, a region of the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami (Florida) and Puerto Rico where a number of aircraft, ships and surface vessels are reported to have mysteriously disappeared. Laden with sonar’s and satellite surveys, the divers attempt to investigate the Bermuda Triangle from the bottom up, and they make some startling discoveries along the way.

  • S1996E10 Burt Bacharach... This is Now

    • January 1, 1996
    • BBC

    Dusty Springfield narrates a documentary profile of the songwriter who won an Oscar for the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid score, enjoyed stage success with Promises, Promises and whose classic songs continue to influence modern music. Featuring interviews with Dionne Warwick, Noel Gallager, Hal David, Herb Alpert, Elvis Costello, Cilla Black, Richard Carpenter, Carol Bayer Sager and Gillian Lynne.

  • S1996E11 Crossing the River

    • June 6, 1996
    • BBC

    Special documentary made after opening of the Second Severn Crossing in 1996, replacing the old suspension bridge as the primary link between England and Wales The program focuses on the design and construction techniques required to build the UK's longest bridge across an estuary with the second highest tidal range in the world.

  • S1996E12 Science: The Final Frontier

    • August 25, 1996
    • BBC

    Ever since the starship Enterprise first whisked across television screens in 1966, Star Trek has inspired audiences with its portrayal of a future, space-faring humanity boldly going where no one has gone before. Science: The Final Frontier takes a look at the science featured in the Star Trek shows and films and discusses whether any of it is possible. Part of Star Trek Night on BBC Two. Featuring Stephen Hawking, Roger Penrose, Lawrence Krauss (author of The Physics of Star Trek) and Andre Bormanis (science adviser to Star Trek).

  • S1996E13 The Seventh Wonder of the World

    • December 17, 1996
    • BBC

    An investigation into the unearthing of the supposedly lost lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt- which was regarded as the seventh wonder of the ancient world. The 1995 expedition was led by the archaeologist Jean-Yves Empereur.

  • S1996E14 Angelou on Burns

    • August 21, 1996
    • BBC

    African American writer and poet Maya Angelou visits Burns Country in Scotland, where she enjoys performances of Burns's songs and poems as well as reading one of her own works.

  • S1996E15 Alexander: The God King

    • August 15, 1996
    • BBC

    Alexander, a student of the brilliant philosopher Aristotle, worshiped the god Amun which he believed to be his father. He suffered from epilepsy and was gay, when his partner died he sacrificed all 5,000 inhabitants of a village for him. Alexander's legacy was that a man could be a god, by he has many peoples, cultures and beliefs influenced his vast empire. Alexander the Great had a vision: one civilized world with him as absolute leader! An ambition which had all districts with enormous bloodshed as a result. His craving for power was so great that in our modern world has no equal! While his influence is still noticeable, we know still very little about him. Greek and English archaeologists searching for years for one of the world's greatest mysteries:. the last resting place of Alexander the Great and his golden sarcophagus Alexander The God King is a fascinating journey through time and separate the truth from the legends. The ambition of one man, the course changed our history!

Season 1997

  • S1997E01 Swing Time

    • April 27, 1997
    • BBC

    For all those bored by the general election, this programme reveals the truth behind election night television coverage and reports on the mistakes, the wobbly sets, the internal battles and the fierce rivalry between the BBC and ITN. Some of the most famous faces on TV can be seen floundering in front of the cameras. In a tale of changing times, the viewers have seen the illegible charts of the fifties give way to the slick graphics of the nineties.

  • S1997E02 Breaking the Code

    • February 5, 1997
    • BBC

  • S1997E03 The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart

    • August 17, 1997
    • BBC

    One-hour BBC documentary on avant-garde rock musician Captain Beefheart introduced and narrated by John Peel.

  • S1997E04 The Life and Times of Alf Garnett

    • January 5, 1997
    • BBC

  • S1997E05 The Radio One Story

    • September 20, 1997
    • BBC

    Singer David Essex narrates a behind-the-scenes history of the nation's favourite radio station, from its 1967 launch by DJ Tony Blackburn to the present day.

  • S1997E06 Black Wednesday

    • December 21, 1997
    • BBC

    Documentary about Black Wednesday, which looks at the events leading up to the GBP collapse and why it happened.

  • S1997E07 The Kung Fu Years

    • January 1, 1997
    • BBC

    Documentary charting the effect that Kung Fu had on the British public's consciousness after the release of ENTER THE DRAGON.

  • S1997E08 The KT Event

    • April 24, 1997
    • BBC

    Did a meteor wipe out the dinosaurs?

  • S1997E09 Bigfoot Monster Mystery

    • September 19, 1997
    • BBC

    The sasquatch has pervaded American imaginations for generations. Many have dedicated their lives to searching for it. Go with a world-class photographer and group of bigfoot experts on the hunt, and find out what it's like to search for the sasquatch.

  • S1997E10 Hogarth's Progress

    • April 20, 1997
    • BBC

    The 300th anniversary of the birth of artist and satirist William Hogarth is marked by this film, which ties in with a major exhibition at London's Tate Gallery. The engraver of The Rake's Progress might well have recognised 1997 general election issues such as Euroscepticism and sleaze allegations. Andrew Graham-Dixon, chief art critic of The Independent, explores the fascinating world of Hogarth and visits London sites associated with him, including the Painted Hall of Greenwich's Royal Naval College, Smithfield meat market, Soho and Bloomsbury.

  • S1997E11 Cigars: Out of the Humidor

    • December 25, 1997
    • BBC

    The story of the cigar - from the tobacco fields west of the Cuban capital of Havana into the factories where poetry and daily newspapers are read aloud to the workers, to Hollywood cigar bars and the gentlemen's haunts of St James's, London. With the worldwide cigar market growing, smoking cigars is perceived as glamorous and yet this is occurring at a time when it is nearly impossible to smoke a cigarette in any public place in the United States. Cigar clubs are opening up in America despite the fact that Cuban cigars are banned. The film looks at the rituals and traditions of cigar smoking, the history of cigars and famous cigar smokers from all walks of life. With Lord Grade, Kenneth Clarke, James Belushi, George Wendt and Peter Weller.

  • S1997E12 The Great Storm: a 999 Special

    • October 14, 1997
    • BBC

    Almost everyone who experienced Britain's devastating "great storm" of 1987 has a story to tell. Ten years on, this programme features reconstructions of extraordinary escapes, as well as amateur video and news footage of the millions of pounds' worth of damage caused across the South. Among the stories is that of an elderly couple who survived the destruction of their caravan (some of their neighbours' vehicles were blown five miles away); a boy who describes a supernatural experience worthy of The X Files; and the pregnant woman who couldn't get to hospital in time. However, the prize for the most extraordinary tale goes to the hotel guest who was found lying in bed exposed to the night sky, having slept through the entire roof being ripped off.

  • S1997E13 The Essential FA Cup Final

    • May 16, 1997
    • BBC

    In tonight's special one-off documentary Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker present a tribute to one of the most popular events in world sport-the FA Cup final. On the eve of the Middlesbrough and Chelsea clash, Sir Stanley Matthews , Ian Rush , Sir Bobby Charlton , JimmyGreaves,lan Wright and Paul Gascoigne are just some of the football personalities who recall their own experiences of the big day.

  • S1997E14 Radio One Night: One #1 Hit Wonders

    • September 20, 1997
    • BBC

    A celebration of artists who have enjoyed a top-ten hit and then disappeared without trace. Featuring archive footage, interviews and performances by the likes of Renee and Renato, Joe Dolce, and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Producer Daniel Abineri Executive producer Tony Moss

  • S1997E15 Albert Camus: The Madness of Sincerity

    • BBC

    The grand themes of Albert Camus' work and life are documented in three chapters: the Absurd, Revolt, and Happiness. His novels The Stranger, The Plague, The Rebel, The Fall and The First Man are all discussed, as well as his childhood in French Algeria, sometimes difficult friendships, role in The Resistance during WWII, 1957 Nobel Prize, his issues with Communism, living in exile in the '50s, and his accidental death at 47. His life is spoken about by the narrator, his sister-in-law, his son, his daughter, friends, critics, scholars and mistresses. The impression is of Camus as a charismatic, flawed, and yet principled man when it came to the task of confronting human existence without conforming.

  • S1997E16 Sex and the Single Gene?

    • April 3, 1997
    • BBC Two

    Homosexuality and genes

  • S1997E17 Joanna Lumley in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

    • November 25, 1997
    • BBC One

    Actress Joanna Lumley embarks on a oersonal adventure, as she retraces ajourney made by her grandparents in 1931 - through the mysterious kingdom of Bhutan in central Asia, one of the most isolated countries in the world.

  • S1997E18 Oasis - Right Here, Right Now

    • August 20, 1997
    • BBC One

    Documentary from 1997 following the band as they discussed their recent career, revisited their old neighbourhood in Manchester and performed songs from their album Be Here Now.

  • S1997E19 Cardigans at Christmas

    • December 25, 1997
    • BBC One

    A feast of old chestnuts from the glory days of Christmases past with this look at the rise and demise of the Christmas light-entertainment spectacular. This programme takes a look back at Christmas light entertainment shows from yesteryear, with highlights such as Val Doonican stuffing away until he can 'hang loose', Perry Como trying hard not to look awkward around Leo Sayer, and Petula Clark in a crinoline.

Season 1998

  • S1998E01 From Grange Hill to Albert Square.... and Beyond

    • January 1, 1998
    • BBC

    Documentary celebrating the 21st anniversary of Grange Hill, the children's drama set in a comprehensive school. Stars of EastEnders Todd Carty, Susan Tully , Michelle Gayle and Sean Maguire were among those who appeared in it. In this programme, cast members past and present reveal the backstage dramas behind the series.

  • S1998E02 In My Life: George Martin

    • April 12, 1998
    • BBC

    Documentary about the making of former Beatles' producer George Martin 's final album In My Life, featuring Beatles' songs performed by a host of actors, comics and musicians. Tracks include: Come Together - Robin Williams & Bobby McFerrin, A Hard Day's Night - Goldie Hawn, A Day In The Life - Jeff Beck, Here There & Everywhere - Celine Dion, Because - Vanessa Mae, I Am The Walrus - Jim Carrey, Here Comes The Sun - John Williams, Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite - Billy Connolly, The Pepperland Suite - George Martin, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, the End - Phil Collins, Friends And Lovers - George Martin, In My Life - Sean Connery

  • S1998E03 A Life on the Box: Kenneth Williams

    • August 21, 1998
    • BBC

  • S1998E04 Close Up: Dennis Potter Under the Skin

    • September 9, 1998
    • BBC

    Documentary details the life and career of writer Dennis Potter.

  • S1998E05 Godzilla, King of the Monsters

    • July 11, 1998
    • BBC

    Documentary focusing on the Japanese Godzilla, featuring interviews with such people as Director Jun Fukuda, the wide of the late Ishiro Honda and Alex Cox. This documentary incorporates footage from rare shows like "Ultra Q" and films like "King Kong Escapes".

  • S1998E06 Frank Sinatra: The Voice of the Century

    • May 15, 1998
    • BBC

    Arena explores the rise of the legendary crooner Frank Sinatra from his early family background to overwhelming showbusiness success. Interviews with friends, family and associates reveal a star-studded career in music and film alongside a fascinating private life of four marriages, liaison with the Kennedy family, Las Vegas business interests and an alleged association with the Mafia.

  • S1998E07 The Darwin Debate

    • May 28, 1998
    • BBC

    Melvyn Bragg and a panel of international experts debate what Darwin’s theory of evolution tells us about ourselves and human society. Filmed at the Linnean Society - the world’s oldest biological society - in Piccadilly, London. Panel: Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at MIT Meredith Small, Cornell professor of anthropology Steve Jones, biologist and a professor of genetics and head of the biology department at University College London Sir Jonathan Miller, theatre and opera director, neurologist, author, television presenter, humorist and sculptor

  • S1998E08 Heart By-Pass, Jonathan Meades in Birmingham

    • May 31, 1998
    • BBC

    A personal portrait of Birmingham - home of Balti, ELO, heavy metal, conferences, 'Crossroads' and Cadbury's - from its architecture and canals to the Brummie accent and humour.

  • S1998E09 Blue Peter: It's a Dog's Life

    • October 10, 1998
    • BBC

    The story of Blue Peter's fondly remembered canines. The programme follows Bonnie through a normal studio day, uncovers the scandal of the dog who died and had to be replaced, and why John Noakes and the BBC fell out over Shep's future.

  • S1998E10 BP Confidential

    • October 10, 1998
    • BBC

    For the first time in Blue Peter's history, this documentary reveals the true character of those working behind and in front of the camera on Britain's longest continuously running children's programme. It charts Blue Peter's evolution from a hobbies show about dolls and trains to the BBC's flagship children's programme and discovers how Blue Peter was very nearly taken off air. Presenters of every Blue Peter generation give candid accounts of what it was like to work on the programme, and the editors past and present fight back at critics who say the show was too middle class. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson, Blue Peter Confidential questions whether Blue Peter still has a future in the multi-channel digital age and sets the record straight on the missing Blue Peter presenter who until now has been written out of the BBC archives.

  • S1998E11 Speak Of Me As I Am

    • June 7, 1998
    • BBC

    Documentary film looking at the remarkable life of one of America's greatest black heroes. Paul Robeson was a national football star who became a successful stage and screen actor, and enjoyed international acclaim in films such as Show Boat. He used his formidable reputation as a weapon in the fight for human rights for black people in the thirties and forties, but fell foul of both the black and white establishments as a result of his support for communism. Robeson was denounced for un-American activities, trailed by the FBI, had his passport confiscated for eight years and finally died a depressed and reclusive man. In the centenary year of his birth he remains a shadowy and controversial figure in his native country. The programme uses eye-witness accounts and archive footage to construct this portrait of a complex man who sacrificed his career for the sake of social justice.

  • S1998E12 J. R. R. Tolkien

    • February 21, 1998
    • BBC

    This tells the story of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, English writer, poet, philologist and author of many stories, including most famously The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It describes the importance of the rural English West Midlands, where Tolkien grew up, in shaping his literary imagination and how the ancient northern languages he studied and taught throughout his life influenced his writing. These factors stimulated him to provide a context in which his own, invented languages might be spoken: an imaginary land called Middle-earth. Accounts of the origins of The Hobbit and of The Lord of the Rings, and the phenomenal success that Tolkien somewhat reluctantly enjoyed when taken up by the counter-culture of the 1960s are included.

  • S1998E13 Bruce Springsteen: A Secret History

    • December 5, 1998
    • BBC Two

    Bruce Springsteen reflects on his enduring career in an interview largely recorded in his New Jersey home.

Season 1999

  • S1999E01 Ian Dury - On My Life

    • September 25, 1999
    • BBC

    Ian Dury was unique ! A poet, a great songwriter with good band around him : Kilburn and the High Roads, the Blockheads ! Remember the Roadette song, What a waste, Hit me with your rythm stick... It's a really nice doc on his life, on his childhood,the polio, his music, his paintings, his battles! Ian Dury was always present in the doc and some guests were here : Humphrey Ocean, Baxter Dury, Chaz Jankel, John Turnbull...

  • S1999E02 The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth

    • January 26, 1999
    • BBC

    The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth is a month by month travelogue of the greatest sights of massed wildlife from all over the world. Each month focuses on just one such incredible show of wildlife. Specifically, the months are as follows: * January - Massed Monarch Butterflies in Mexico * February - Massive migration of Caribou in Newfoundland * March - Dancing of the Red-Crested Cranes in Japan * April - Red Garter Snakes in Canada returning to the surface after hibernating in the snow and having mass orgies. This footage may scare the youngsters. * May - 70000 gannets gathering together on one small rocky outcrop in Scotland * June - Grizzly Bears fishing for Salmon in Alaskan rivers * July - Flamingos feeding on a soda lake in Kenya * August - Emperor Penguins looking after their chicks during the dark winter in Antarctica * September - The incredible acrobatics of the Dusky Dolphins off New Zealand * October - Wildebeest Migration in East Africa. Once again this footage could scare younger viewers due to the presence of Crocodiles. * November - The incredible Red Crab migration on Christmas Island. * December - Coral spawning at Summer Solstice on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • S1999E03 Definitely Dusty

    • December 26, 1999
    • BBC

    Documentary charting the career of diva Dusty Springfield, who died in March, from Catholic schoolgirl to superstar. Springfield's trademark panda eyes and blonde beehive became famous around the world after hits such as You Don't Have to Say You Love Me and Son of a Preacher Man. Fellow musicians, including Elton John , Burt Bacharach, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, Lulu and Martha Reeves , join fans, friends and archive footage to paint a picture of the complex and vulnerable singer.

  • S1999E04 Father & Son John Peel

    • August 29, 1999
    • BBC

    Father and Son was a short documentary at the home of John Peel, exploring his relationships with his father and with his eldest son William. This was shown on BBC2 during John Peel Night, which was broadcast on Sunday 29 August 1999, the night before John Peel's 60th birthday. He mentions that at some date in 2001 he will be older than his father ever was. Peel would subsequently apologise to William both privately and publicly for his comments about him in the programme.

  • S1999E05 It's Slade

    • December 23, 1999
    • BBC

    Documentary about one of Britain's greatest and best-loved bands. Slade scored six number ones in the 70s, a feat rivalled only by Abba. Formed in Wolverhampton and led by Noddy Holder, Slade sold over 50 million records worldwide during a 20-year career which saw them re-invent themselves as skinhead yobs, then mirror-hatted platform-shoe-pioneering glam gods, before finally re-emerging as hard rock heroes. Their poorly-spelled, self-written selection of terrace anthems included Cum on Feel the Noize, Coz I Luv You, Take Me Bak Ome, Mama Weer All Crazee Now and, unforgettably, Merry Xmas Everybody. Apart from Noddy and his bandmates - Dave Hill, Jim Lea and Don Powell - the cast here also includes Noel Gallagher of Oasis (who covered Cum On Feel the Noize), Status Quo, Toyah Wilcox, Suzi Quatro and Ozzy Osbourne.

  • S1999E06 The Megantic Outlaw

    • November 16, 1999
    • BBC

    Donald Morrison was born in the town of Megantic Quebec to parents who had emigrated from Lewis in search of a better life. However, the life awaiting them was full of difficulty. When he came of age, Donald headed west and worked as a cowboy, sending money to his parents to pay off the debt on their homestead. Donald's life began to unravel when the owner of the debt claimed that the payments had never been made and evicted the family. This documentary tells Donald's story as he went on the run accused of murder and trying to clear his name.

  • S1999E07 Are You Sitting Comfortably?

    • January 1, 1999
    • BBC

    A look at the history of children's television broadcasting on the BBC, with lots of clips from classic shows interspersed with soundbites from celebrities.

  • S1999E08 Ross Kemp: Alive in Alaska

    • September 12, 1999
    • BBC

    Ross camp at journeys through the Denali National park in Alaska. Home to Rich wildlife and mount Kinley North America's highest mountain.

  • S1999E09 The Shealtiels

    • January 1, 1999
    • BBC

    Documentary telling the story of a Jewish family that has been scattered far and wide by religious and racial intolerance throughout the years. From as far afield as Japan, Norway, Africa and the USA, different branches of the Shealtiels have begun to rediscover each other, their tale illustrating the global dispersal of the Jew

  • S1999E10 What Makes Us Tick

    • January 9, 1999
    • BBC

    In the last few months, significant strides have been made towards locating the human body clock. This documentary follows the quest forthe elusive element and explores the brain's stopwatch -the device allowing the measurement of the passage of time.

  • S1999E11 Don't Call Us

    • January 13, 1999
    • BBC

    Documentary tracing the history of the talent show from its earliest days as a radio vehicle for Canadian comic Carroll Levis through to Opportunity Knocks and New Faces, which launched a whole host of household names.Su Pollard , Mickey Most , Tony Hatch , Patty Boulaye and Nina Myskow are among those who talk about their experiences.

  • S1999E12 The Jerwood Fashion Prize

    • February 17, 1999
    • BBC

    A documentary that follows some of Britain's young fashion designers as they compete for a prize that is worth more than £200,000. The competition, launched last September with the help of BBC TV's Looking Good programme, attracted nearly 200 entrants; eight were selected and challenged to produce a collection for the catwalk.

  • S1999E13 Man in the Sand

    • February 20, 1999
    • BBC

    The political folk singer Woody Guthrie died in 1967. A prolific composer until illness curtailed his work at the end of the forties, Guthrie has been a major influence on artists such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. In 1995 Guthrie's daughter Nora discovered hundreds of lyrics written by her father which had never become songs. She asked Essex troubadour Billy Bragg to compose a musical backing for them and, along with US country-rockers Wilco, he created the album Mermaid Avenue. This documentary charts Bragg's search around America for the man behind the myth, and the making of the album.

  • S1999E14 Casualty 250: the Full Medical

    • March 17, 1999
    • BBC

    As a salute to Britain's longest-running medical drama which reached its 250th episode last month, Gaby Roslin presents this documentary which charts the success of the programme since its inception in 1986. Regular stars past and present reminisce about the drama as well as some familiar faces who just passed through.

  • S1999E15 Killer in the Family

    • March 30, 1999
    • BBC

    Documentary in which four people share their emotional experiences of having a killer in their family. Among those taking part are John Sutcliffe , father of Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe , and Betty Scott , the mother of multiple-killer Dennis Nilsen.

  • S1999E16 Lindbergh

    • April 4, 1999
    • BBC

    For over a decade after Charles Lindbergh's historic flight across the Atlantic in 1927, the aviator was viewed as America's greatest hero. One of the most honoured private citizens on earth, in the air Lindbergh seemed to represent all that made America great. But back on the ground his stubborn prejudice and right-wing political views led many of those who had worshipped him to come to see him as a traitor. Archive footage and photographs contribute to this documentary portrait, which traces the aviator's meteoric rise to world celebrity, chronicles the tragic kidnapping of his son, and investigates racist and anti-Semitic attitudes which were revealed by Lindbergh's flirtation with Nazi Germany. Narrated by Stacy Keach.

  • S1999E17 Forging the World of Great Expectations

    • April 17, 1999
    • BBC

    A documentary offering an overview of the socio-historical context of Charles Dickens 's novel. There is comment from the cast and makers of Tony Marchant 's BBC dramatisation, who also talk about the filming of the classic.

  • S1999E18 Manchester United Family

    • May 15, 1999
    • BBC

    Documentary recalling those times in United's history where their performances failed to live up to their fans' high expectations. In 1974, United suffered the indignity of relegation to Division Two - their fate sealed by a defeat at the hands of arch rivals Manchester City. Promotion back to the elite was secured the following season, but sustained success eluded United until the early eighties.

  • S1999E19 Man on the Moon

    • July 13, 1999
    • BBC

    Thirty years after Neil Armstrong took that famous "giant leap for mankind", he introduces the inside story of Apollo 11. The programme looks at how the dedication and commitment of Nasa workers, from the astronauts' maid to the technicians, made the mission possible. Including an interview with the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin.

  • S1999E20 Sale Fever

    • July 20, 1999
    • BBC

    One-off documentary following dedicated shoppers on the first day of the winter sale at Harrods. The famous London store opens its doors to cameras for the first time, revealing the world of the obsessive bargain hunter.

  • S1999E21 The Making of Aristocrats

    • July 25, 1999
    • BBC

    This documentary goes behind the scenes of the lavish drama Aristocrats.. The programme talks to members of the cast and reveals how the 18th-century settings were created.

  • S1999E22 Omagh - the Legacy

    • August 15, 1999
    • BBC

    It is a year since the worst single act of the Troubles saw a car bomb kill 29 and injure a further 350 in the centre of Omagh,Northern Ireland. Liam Neeson narrates this poignant and powerful story of two children-16-year-old Claire Gallagher and ten-year-old Stephen Coyle - horrifically injured in the blast.

  • S1999E23 Joan Crawford: Always the Star

    • August 21, 1999
    • BBC

    Documentary charting the sometimes stormy life and career of Hollywood actress Joan Crawford.

  • S1999E24 Pot of Gold

    • August 30, 1999
    • BBC

    A fly-on-the-wall documentary following four top British athletes-m medallist John Maycock , modern pentathlete Stephanie Cook , rower James Cracknell and sprinter Joyce Maduaka as they start gruelling training sessions for the next Olympic games.Presented by Commonwealth gold medallist Iwan Thomas.

  • S1999E25 Feel the Need

    • September 1, 1999
    • BBC

    Gaby Roslin presents a documentary celebrating the 20th anniversary of BBC Children in Need on television. As well as reflecting on the achievements of a broadcast that has raised L255 million in its lifetime, tonight's programme also looks at the continuing reasons to raise money. Some viewers may find certain scenes distressing.

  • S1999E26 Born Too Soon

    • September 6, 1999
    • BBC

    Every year thousands of premature babies are born in this country, and many die because they are too young to survive life outside the womb. This documentary, to mark the end of National Pregnancy Week, celebrates the lives of the survivors and reveals pioneering British research which will significantly reduce the numbers of premature births in the future.

  • S1999E27 100 Years Young

    • September 7, 1999
    • BBC

    When the Queen came to the throne in 1952, there were about 200 hundreth birthday telegrams to send out. This year, there are over 9,000 and the number is doubling every decade. In this documentary, contemporary centenarians reveal themselves to be busier and healthier than some much younger people, with passions as diverse as motorbikes, dancing, painting and religion.

  • S1999E28 A Bitter Pill

    • September 13, 1999
    • BBC

    Figures show a third of drugs given to children in hospitals have never been tested for use on them. In this documentary, parents of children who've died from drug errors tell their stories and doctors discuss the dilemmas of treating children with new drugs. Shelley Jofre and Steve Le Fevre report.

  • S1999E29 The World According to ...

    • October 27, 1999
    • BBC

    One-off documentary in which David, Shelby, Terri, Emma, and Natasha - five children between the ages of six and ten who live on the outskirts of Bristol - relate their views on the world around them. One boy's ideal day out would be to the Natural History Museum, another wants to grow up to be a tooth fairy, while another cannot distinguish between God and the prime minister.

  • S1999E30 Getting Older Younger

    • November 3, 1999
    • BBC

    One-off documentary in which advertising and marketing executives explain how they target products at children. With advertising infiltrating the classroom, British children are losing their innocence earlier than ever before. This film examines the techniques used to sell products to consumers as young as three.

  • S1999E31 It's Lulu!

    • November 12, 1999
    • BBC

    A special documentary profiling the life and career of Scottish singing sensation Lulu, who first shot to fame at the tender age of 15 with the chart-topping single Shout.

  • S1999E32 Ruth Ellis: a Life for a Life

    • November 28, 1999
    • BBC

    Nightclub hostess Ruth Ellis infamously shot her lover i David Blakely dead in April 1955. This one-off drama-documentary, presented by Kirsty Wark and containing interviews, archive footage and a violent opening scene, reveals evidence that could have prevented her from becoming the last British woman to be hanged.

  • S1999E33 Four Wheelbarrows and a Wedding

    • November 30, 1999
    • BBC

    A documentary charting a year in the life of the staff and owners of Sudely Castle in Gloucestershire. Narrated by Alan Titchmarsh.

  • S1999E34 The Bunny Years

    • December 7, 1999
    • BBC

    A one-off documentary that sets out to debunk the image of the women who were employed as hostesses at the notorious Playboy Club. Former bunny girls who have gone on to become writers, doctors and entrepreneurs recall a time of innocence, glamour and independence.

  • S1999E35 Phones, Robbers and Videotape

    • December 15, 1999
    • BBC

    Documentary examining the growing epidemic of crime against Britain's phone companies. The programme reveals how powerful computers are being used in the war against "phone hacking", and also how crime-fighting squads are having to deal with gangs of youngsters stealing from public telephones. Narrated by Jamie Theakston.

  • S1999E36 Around the World in 80 Minutes - Century in Song

    • December 27, 1999
    • BBC

    Feature-length documentary that blends music with newly restored archive film to provide a decade-by-decade journey through the 20th century. The programme includes the very first moving pictures - recorded at the Paris World Exhibition of 1900 - and features performances from a range of artists such as Frank Sinatra, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland and the Rolling Stones.

  • S1999E37 Magic Morris

    • May 23, 1999
    • BBC

    An affectionate tribute to Johnny Morris, the television presenter who died earlier this month.He is remembered for his animal voices, and the programme includes archive clips as well as recollections from his colleagues. Hosted by Bill Oddie.

  • S1999E38 It's...The Monty Python Story

    • October 9, 1999
    • BBC

    A documentary hosted by Eddie Izzard about the History of Monty Python, from their early lives and careers through the Flying Circus and movies to Graham Chapman's death and the question of another reunion. Features interviews with David Frost, Frank Skinner, Robin Williams, Kevin Kline, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Part of Python Night.

  • S1999E39 Gulag

    • July 10, 1999
    • BBC

    Documentary examining Stalin's Gulag. Between the October Revolution and Stalin's death in 1953, millions of people died in the camps. The film explores the Gulag legacy, hearing from victims and perpetrators of the system.

  • S1999E40 Hollywood's Master of Myth: Joseph Campbell - The Force Behind Star Wars

    • July 18, 1999
    • BBC

    Documentary which tells the remarkable story of a man whose visionary ideas about myth helped shape the whole Star Wars cycle of films. Joseph Campbell's writings are the missing link between ancient myths and modern movies, Homer and Hollywood 'high concept'. His ideas about the universal appeal of stories involving a 'hero's journey' have also influenced films as diverse as Mad Max and Babe. Campbell himself was a reluctant hero, who lived a scholarly life - he didn't own a television and rarely went to the cinema. Yet Campbell remains a force in Hollywood. With contributions from George Lucas, director George Miller, and writers Robert McKee and Richard Adams, among others.

  • S1999E41 The Bay City Rollers - Remember?

    • April 5, 1999
    • BBC

    Between 1974 and 1978 the Bay City Rollers were one of the most successful pop groups on the planet scoring 11 Top Ten hits in the UKand reaching number one in America. They sold in the region of 120-million records worldwide and their tartan image was copied by a generation of teenagers. But all the pressures of international touring took their toll and amid business rows over missing money the band split in 1979. The band members talk about their memories and how they have been recordingonce more. Also featuring interviews with celebrity fans including Jonathan King and Lowri Turner. Director Neil Dougan

  • S1999E42 The Flow of Time

    • January 6, 1999
    • BBC

  • S1999E43 Arthur Lowe: A Life on the Box

    • February 21, 1999
    • BBC

    A look at the career of Arthur Lowe

Season 2000

  • S2000E01 The Beginning of the End of the Affair

    • January 18, 2000
    • BBC

    Write about what you know, as creative writing students are always told. So Graham Greene did just that when he wove the story of his 13-year adulterous relationship with Catherine Walston into his 1951 novel The End Of The Affair. Son Oliver finds it all very fascinating, while daughter Anne is coldly disapproving of her mother's involvement with someone she regarded as selfish and demanding. Greene didn't help matters by naming his fictional cuckolded husband Henry; Walston Snr was called Harry.

  • S2000E02 Moral Combat - NATO at War

    • March 12, 2000
    • BBC

    An examination of NATO's intervention into Kosovo from a year on, and the divisions that arose between those involved.

  • S2000E03 Funny Turns - A Good Life

    • April 16, 2000
    • BBC

  • S2000E04 Blair's Thousand Days Part 1

    • January 30, 2000
    • BBC

    First of a two-part examination of Tony Blair 's premiership. What Makes Tony Tick. Michael Cockerell draws on extensive interviews with the PM and behind-the-scenes footage to analyse what drives Blair, and asks how he has achieved such huge popularity among the electorate.

  • S2000E05 Don't Panic! The Dad's Army Story

    • May 28, 2000
    • BBC

    Victoria Wood presents the true story behind Britain's timeless comedy. Includes footage of the cast on location and incredible personal tales about the making of the series. Was Arthur Lowe really just like Captain Mainwaring? Why did the warden always end up in the water? And how did Corporal Jones find a bomb down his trousers? Find out why Dad's Army was the Queen Mother's favourite show.

  • S2000E06 Wild Boys: The Story of Duran Duran

    • August 28, 2000
    • BBC

    Duran Duran came out of Birmingham and conquered the world during the 1980s. Originally a New Romantic band in full make-up and cossack pants, they rapidly became bedroom pin-ups for a generation of teenage girls. Led by Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and John Taylor, Duran Duran dominated the British and American charts in the mid-1980s with classic singles such as Rio, Save a Prayer and Wild Boys. Pioneers of the MTV-style promo video - from the X-rated Girls on Film to Raiders of the Lost Ark spoof Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran were the 80s equivalent of the Beatles in America and outsold Spandau Ballet and Wham! in their pomp. 60 million records later, Le Bon and Rhodes are seen touring America with their Pop Trash project from the early 2000s. The documentary reflects on the heady heights of Duran Duran's career, the cracks in their make-up plus the effects of sex, drugs and fame on ordinary boys from working class backgrounds. Apart from the key Durannies - Le Bon, Rhodes and John Taylor - the programme also features celebrity interviews with Debbie Harry, Yasmin Le Bon, Duran Duran managers Paul and Michael Berrow, Claudia Schiffer, Nile Rodgers and Lou Reed.

  • S2000E07 Stolen Goods, National Treasure

    • December 9, 2000
    • BBC

    A documentary looking at the increasing pressure on museums and galleries to return cultural treasures acquired during colonial times to their countries of origin.

  • S2000E08 John Le Carré: The Secret Centre

    • December 26, 2000
    • BBC

    John Le Carré reveals his secret life as a spy.

  • S2000E09 OJ - The Untold Story

    • October 4, 2000
    • BBC

    Despite his repeated protestations of innocence, in the eyes of many OJ Simpson was and remains a guilty man. OJ - The Untold Story reveals that clues that some believe pointed away from Simpson as the killer were dismissed or ignored and highlights two other leads which could shed new light on the case.

  • S2000E10 Blood and Flowers: In Search of the Aztecs

    • January 6, 2000
    • BBC

    The Aztecs are regarded as the most bloodthirsty of the Central American peoples, but they were also one of the most sophisticated. DrTony Spawforth discovers how, on arriving in Mexico, they created a new and brutal mythology from the relics of an earlier civilisation.

  • S2000E11 Robbie Williams - It Ain't Half Hot Mum

    • January 4, 2000
    • BBC

    A documentary following pop singer Robbie Williams as he embarks on his debut American tour. The programme reveals the highs and lows of being young, rich and famous, and features exclusive footage of his American shows plus work in progress from his new album.

  • S2000E12 Newsnight at 20

    • January 29, 2000
    • BBC

    Jeremy Paxman introduces a selection of highlights and horrors from two decades of BBC2's news flagship. Ex-Home Secretary Michael Howard relives his verbal pummelling by Paxman, and there's another chance to see what has been tagged the BBC's worst-ever outside broadcast.

  • S2000E13 We Gotta Get Out of This Business:Fatboy Slim's 99

    • February 1, 2000
    • BBC

    Documentary charting an extraordinary year for pop star Fatboy Slim , alias Norman Cook. The film follows him across five continents, performing at huge festivals including Glastonbury, clocking up 4 million sales of his album and taking time off to get married to DJ and TV host Zoe Ball.

  • S2000E14 The Mission: Viva Las Vanicel

    • March 28, 2000
    • BBC

    Documentary following Las Vegas tycoon Sheldon Adelson as he embarks on an ambitious quest to build the world's biggest casino hotel. Situated in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the complex includes a$2.5 billion replica of Venice. But the project is fraught with difficulties.

  • S2000E15 Alan Ladd: the True Quiet Man

    • April 7, 2000
    • BBC

    A documentary profile of the Hollywood actor who, in 1954, was voted the world's most popular film star by Photoplay magazine. Featuring clips from This Gun for Hire, The Blue Dahlia, and Shane.

  • S2000E16 Ivory Wars

    • April 5, 2000
    • BBC

    A documentary exposing the extent of the illegal trade in ivory, which is increasing as a result of rocketing demand for the commodity in the Far East. The investigation reveals the true scale of elephant deaths and the corruption behind this highly-organised business.

  • S2000E17 The Body Hunter

    • May 10, 2000
    • BBC

    Documentary following Chief Inspector Martin Hemingway 's harrowing assignment to Kosovo last summer to collect evidence for the War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague. The programme provides a powerful testimony of a country's loss as Hemingway's team uncover an extraordinary story combining human savagery and courage.

  • S2000E18 Secret Life of a Crocodile

    • May 31, 2000
    • BBC

    Documentary following young British zoologist Dr Adam Britton on a quest through north-west Australia to uncover the mystery of the remarkable immune system of saltwater crocodiles. These wild beasts often lose limbs in attacks by other crocodiles, but their horrendous wounds rarely become infected, despite the filthy, bacteria-infested waters in which they live.

  • S2000E19 Sex and Stopping: a History of Contraception

    • May 17, 2000
    • BBC

    Nick Hancock reveals the lighter side of a usually serious subject as he charts 4,000 years of contraceptive history. His investigation uncovers unusual methods used by different societies to prevent unwanted pregnancy, while archive film gives an amusing insight into the reserved way in which the subject was often treated.

  • S2000E20 The Dream Academy

    • October 4, 2000
    • BBC

    This one-off documentary looks at a year in the life of four students at the Italia Conti Theatre School. Ben wants to be on West End stages, Georgia's aiming for EastEnders, Kelli dreams of singing stardom and Tim just wants to act. Will they hit the big time?

  • S2000E21 Glastonbury Man

    • June 24, 2000
    • BBC

    To accompany BBC2's weekend of music from the festival, a documentary tribute to its founder, Michael Eavis , that follows him from August 1999 up to the eve of this year's event. In addition to the usual preparations, however, Eavis also had to cope with the death of his wife and festival partner, Jean. Featuring interviews with musicians plus previously unseen footage and Eavis's personal archive of the event.

  • S2000E22 Michelle in Brazil

    • July 4, 2000
    • BBC

    In a one-off documentary actress Michelle Collins visits some of the disadvantaged communities of Brazil to highlight the importance of education

  • S2000E23 In Love with Elizabeth: the Early Life of the Queen Mother

    • July 16, 2000
    • BBC

    Documentary charting the Queen Mother's early life. Combining personal testimony with rare archive film, photographs and letters this film helps paint a portrait of an extraordinary woman.

  • S2000E24 Blair's Thousand Days Part 2

    • February 6, 2000
    • BBC

    Concluding a two-part examination of Tony Blair 's premiership. The Lady and the Lords. New Labour came to power pledging to abolish the 800-year-old right of hereditary peers to sit and vote in the House of Lords. Michael Cockerell tells the story of the efforts made by Lady Jay, the first female Labour Leader of the Lords, to get the bill through Parliament.

  • S2000E25 Pilgrimage to Bach

    • August 3, 2000
    • BBC

    John Eliot Gardner 's personal quest to bring Johann Sebastian Bach 's music to the modern public entailed performing all of the composer's cantatas in a single year. This documentary follows the top conductor as he tries to pull off his most ambitious coup to date.

  • S2000E26 Ladies who Punch

    • August 13, 2000
    • BBC

    A documentary following a group of female boxers during their preparations for the third annual US Women's Boxing championships, to be held in Midlands, Texas.

  • S2000E27 Gladiators: the Brutal Truth

    • August 28, 2000
    • BBC

    Terry Jones investigates the truth of the Roman Games, uncovering what it took to be a gladiator and looking at why, to the noble ladies of Rome, these brave men were the rock stars of their day. The programme also examines how the legacy of the games lives on in the great sports arenas of the 20th century and reveals why the Romans would be as shocked by our violent entertainments as we are by theirs.

  • S2000E28 Meeting the Masai Mob

    • September 5, 2000
    • BBC

    Documentary which follows a unique encounter between the Masai and a group of four Aboriginal Australians who travel to East Africa. Both communities share a common grievance in their struggle for land rights and the two groups exchange stories and experiences as they struggle to maintain their existence in the modern world.

  • S2000E29 Diane Warren - How Do I Live?

    • October 7, 2000
    • BBC

    Ronan Keating narrates this documentary on one of the most successful songwriters in the world. With songs like How Do I Live and Don't Turn Around, Diane Warren has provided hits for numerous artists, including Celine Dion and LeAnn Rimes.

  • S2000E30 Beastly Business: Tactics of Terror

    • October 21, 2000
    • BBC

    A documentary in which extremists in the animal rights movement explain what formerly drove them to carry out arson and bombing campaigns, while those involved in research using animals describe what it is like to live in fear.

  • S2000E31 Josie's Journey

    • November 1, 2000
    • BBC

    Documentary following the progress of teenager Josie Russell, whose mother and sister were murdered in the Kent countryside in 1996. The film reveals how Josie and her father Shaun have coped, and travels with them to South Africa to visit their former home.

  • S2000E32 The Rest Is History

    • November 6, 2000
    • BBC

    Mark Lawson looks at the making of the epic documentary series A History of Britain by Simon Schama

  • S2000E33 The Beautiful South - Paul's Gang

    • November 17, 2000
    • BBC

    Documentary which follows the creative process involved in assembling a body of songs for the Beautiful South's new album Painting It Red, and profiles the band's leader, Paul Heaton , revealing his patriarchal relationship with his fellow group members.

  • S2000E34 Freddie Mercury: the Untold Story

    • December 8, 2000
    • BBC

    Nine years after his death from an Aids-related illness, and a quarter of a century after Bohemian Rhapsody first topped the singles charts, friends and relatives of Queen's flamboyant front man Freddie Mercury recall their memories in a frank portrait of his life. Featuring contributions from the singer's mother and sister, his former lovers, members of Queen, Elton John and opera star Montserrat Caballe.

  • S2000E35 Eyes of a Child - One Year On

    • December 11, 2000
    • BBC

    Follow-up to the documentary Eyes of a Child, shown in September last year, which revealed the shocking extent of poverty in modern Britain. This film revisits children in Sheffield, Leicester and Portsmouth to see if government measures to tackle poverty have had an effect on their lives.

  • S2000E36 Mel B - the Players Club

    • December 12, 2000
    • BBC

    Radio 1 DJ Trevor Nelson meets "Scary Spice" Mel B who invites him into her home and takes him to a family party in Leeds, where she talks candidly about her life before and after fame, the breakdown of her marriage and hopes for the future.

  • S2000E37 Reconstructing Evil - the Making of Touch of Evil

    • December 17, 2000
    • BBC

    Janet Leigh , Peter Bogdanovich and Charlton Heston contribute to this documentary which tells the dramatic behind-the-scenes story of Orson Welles 's film Touch of Evil, the subsequent controversial re-editing undertaken by the studio, and the recent restoration work that has enabled audiences to see as much of Welles's intended version as possible.

  • S2000E38 Mythical Journeys

    • December 17, 2000
    • BBC

    A one-off documentary examining part of the Orphic myth. Metamorpheus. In ancient legend, the women of Thrace killed the poet Orpheus in a Dionysian frenzy and threw his head with his lyre into the river Hebrus. Still singing, the head made its way to the island of Lesbos where it was established as an oracle. Professor Oliver Taplin sets out to follow the journey of the poet's head through modern day Bulgaria to the Greek island accompanied by poet Tony Harrison.

  • S2000E39 Five Steps to Tyranny

    • December 19, 2000
    • BBC

    A disturbing documentary examining how tyrannies are created by ordinary people. Using as examples ground-breaking psychological experiments, Sheena McDonald shows how each and every one of us is capable of committing terrible acts against our fellow human beings.

  • S2000E40 The History of Sex Appeal

    • December 21, 2000
    • BBC

    Burt Lancaster , Adolf Hitler and i Laurel and Hardy are among the subjects of this documentary, which examines how the nature of what was perceived as male sexiness developed over the last century.

  • S2000E41 1900 UK

    • January 1, 2000
    • BBC

    Exploration of life in Britain in the first year of the 20th century, using film footage, photographs, music, illustrations and first-hand testimony.

  • S2000E42 One Foot in the Past: Transport

    • April 29, 2000
    • BBC

    Celebrating the golden age of public transport - when railway stations were cathedrals, journeys were to be enjoyed and inventors sought new ways of getting around.

  • S2000E43 Platforms @ Christmas

    • December 21, 2000
    • BBC

    Performances of Christmas hits by Glam Rock bands / singers Radio l's Mark Radcliffe argues that the seventies were the golden age of the Christmas single. This programme takes a tongue-in-cheek look at its development.

  • S2000E44 Spanish Inquisition - The Brutal Truth

    • BBC Two

    The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition (Spanish: Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición), commonly known as the Spanish Inquisition (Inquisición española), was established in 1478 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms and to replace the Medieval Inquisition, which was under Papal control. It became the most substantive of the three different manifestations of the wider Christian Inquisition along with the Roman Inquisition and Portuguese Inquisition. The "Spanish Inquisition" may be defined broadly, operating "in Spain and in all Spanish colonies and territories, which included the Canary Islands, the Spanish Netherlands, the Kingdom of Naples, and all Spanish possessions in North, Central, and South America." The Inquisition was originally intended primarily to ensure the orthodoxy of those who converted from Judaism and Islam. The regulation of the faith of the newly converted was intensified after the royal decrees issued in 1492 and 1502 ordering Jews and Muslims to convert or leave Spain. The Inquisition was not definitively abolished until 1834, during the reign of Isabella II, after a period of declining influence in the preceding century. The Spanish Inquisition is often stated in popular literature and history as an example of Catholic intolerance and repression. Modern historians have tended to question earlier accounts concerning the severity of the Inquisition. Henry Kamen asserts that the 'myth' of the all-powerful, torture-mad inquisition is largely an invention of nineteenth century Protestant authors with an agenda to discredit the Papacy. Although records are incomplete, about 150,000 persons were charged with crimes by the Inquisition and about 3,000 were executed.

  • S2000E45 Rothko's Rooms

    • April 30, 2000
    • BBC Two

    In the late 1940s and 50s, Mark Rothko (1903-70) was one of the leading American artists who created wall-scale abstract paintings that filled the viewer's field of vision and became a form of environment. Rothko spoke of wanting the spectator to feel inside the pictorial space, enveloped in his canvases luminous colour and apparitional surfaces. Together with painters such as Barnett Newman and Clyfford Still, he wanted to express a sense of the sublime, an idea associated with religious awe, vastness and natural magnificence. Filmed on both sides of the Atlantic, this documentary, chronicling Rothko's life and charting the development of his work, fills the screen with his softly defined, rectangular clouds of colour stacked symmetrically on top of one another: a visual language conceived to evoke elemental emotions with maximum poignancy. There are penetrating contributions from his daughter, Kate, and his son, Christopher, and comments from a wide range of friends, artists, art historians, collectors and curators. The focus is on Rothko's demands for the perfect setting for the showing of his work, an ideal he pursued throughout his creative life, typified by the story of his iconic Seagram murals, nine of which now hang in a dedicated room at London's Tate Modern. One of the murals commissioners, architect Philip Johnson, is among those who explain why Rothko refused to allow these works to hang in their intended venue, the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant in New York.

  • S2000E46 Great Speeches: Geoffrey Howe

    • May 12, 2000
    • BBC

    The day the loyal servant bit back. Sir Geoffrey Howe savaged Margaret Thatcher's leadership and her policies in his resignation speech to the Commons on 13 November 1990. The impact was sensational and immediate. Nine days later, Mrs Thatcher was forced to resign. Sir Geoffrey revisits his words and the emotions they engendered.

Season 2001

  • S2001E01 Top of the Pops - The True Story

    • January 1, 2001
    • BBC

    Jamie Theakston presents the history of Britain's best-loved music show, spanning four decades of great music and including archive footage of classic performances and backstage antics. As well as interviews with former presenters, such as Jimmy Savile and John Peel, there are also contributions from artists who have appeared on the show, including Pan's People, Robin Gibb, Noddy Holder, Blondie, Holly Johnson, Suggs, Noel Gallagher, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams.

  • S2001E02 Marilyn on Marilyn

    • December 28, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary on Marilyn's life told by herself from the taped interviews she gave to Life magazine and French Marie Claire less than a month before she died accompanied by rare and previously unseen footage.

  • S2001E03 Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood

    • January 1, 2001
    • BBC

    Feature-length documentary recounting the making of Cleopatra, which starred Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. The 20th Century Fox's 1963 epic film has been called the most expensive film of all time, the biggest ever flop and the film that nearly bankrupted a Hollywood studio, while the scandal of the on-set romance between its two stars caused a media storm. Featuring rare footage, the film's original uncut trailer and interviews with those involved. A Prometheus Entertainment production.

  • S2001E04 Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds

    • August 31, 2001
    • BBC

    Filmed over two years in India and the USA, Mark Kidel's award-winning documentary brings together archive footage spanning seven decades of Ravi Shankar's performing life, and provides a definitive account of the late sitar maestro's unique musical career.

  • S2001E05 The Soviet Union's Last Stand

    • December 30, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary looking at the events leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union with interviews from the people who were involved, some speaking for the first time.

  • S2001E06 The New Romantics: A Fine Romance

    • May 8, 2001
    • BBC

    Culture Club, Spandau Ballet, Visage, Marilyn, Adam and the Ants, Duran Duran, ABC... At the dawn of the 80s, a whole host of strangely dressed men in make-up burst forth onto the music scene brandishing synthesisers and kicking against the visual ugliness of punk. They came mainly from the London club scene, led by gender-bending host Steve Strange and pioneering electronic DJ Rusty Egan, and conquered the charts with classic tracks such as Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, To Cut a Long Story Short, Kings of the Wild Frontier, Planet Earth, Fade to Grey, Calling Your Name and Poison Arrow. Magenta Devine narrates this gay and colourful behind-the-scene documentary of sex & drugs & frocks & hair-rollers, which includes interviews with Boy George, Gary Kemp, Adam Ant, Nick Rhodes, Steve Strange, Rusty Egan, Marilyn, Jonathan Ross, Caryn Franklin, Fiona Bruce and Robert Elms.

  • S2001E07 Victoria Died in 1901 but Is Still Alive Today

    • January 7, 2001
    • BBC

    Jonathan Meades explores the architectural legacy of Queen Victoria's reign.

  • S2001E08 Eyes of the Detective: The Murder of James Bulger

    • June 21, 2001
    • BBC

    Coinciding with the parole hearing of James Bulger's killers, this program offers a personal account of the murder from the perspective of Albert Kirby, the senior investigating officer. He returns to the crime scene, talks with James' mother Denise, visits a secure unit and talks about the wisdom of releasing the murderers.

  • S2001E09 The Hunt For The Hood

    • BBC

    A look at the expedition leading to the location of the sunken warship HMS Hood. One of the greatest sea battles of World War II ended in the destruction of two of the world's mighty warships and the loss of almost 3500 lives. Sixty years later, an expedition was launched to find Great Britain's HMS Hood and Germany's Bismarck. The Bismarck was discovered on July 9, 2001, 150 miles west of Brest in northern France, and ten days later, the Hood was located in the Denmark Strait in the North Atlantic.

  • S2001E10 Surreal Film: Jonathan Meades

    • September 29, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary tracing the development of Surrealism, the origins of which Meades believes lie in the human impulse to express the content of dreams.

  • S2001E11 Ellen MacArthur: Sailing through Hell

    • March 1, 2001
    • BBC

    A documentary chronicling the extremely demanding voyage of yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur who, at the age of only 24, became the fastest woman ever to singlehandedly circumnavigate the world.

  • S2001E12 Through the Eyes of the Old

    • April 4, 2001
    • BBC

    This feature-length documentary follows men and women in their daily lives aged from their early 60s to over 90. Those featured include active friends Connie and Joy and Chelsea Pensioner Archie.

  • S2001E13 Mine Seekers

    • April 12, 2001
    • BBC

    United Nations statistics show that there are at least 60-70 ! million landmines around the world, and that 25,000 people are killed or maimed by mines every year. This documentary follows the making and trials of a radar-equipped airship which, its makers hope, will revolutionise the international fight against this scourge, and shows how its crew go about their work. Narrated by Robert Lindsay.

  • S2001E14 When Boxing Ruled the World

    • April 19, 2001
    • BBC

    This documentary looks back on the golden era of the sport's heavyweight division, which at the dawn of global television broadcasts was dominated by Muhammad Ali. It recalls how Ali's charisma won over the British public, hears from his challengers, and-with Lennox Lewis 's first fight as world heavyweight champion going out live on BBC1 early on Sunday morning- shows how British boxing has developed since his reign.

  • S2001E15 Football's Dream Factory

    • April 24, 2001
    • BBC

    Alan Hansen reveals how Britain's most talented footballers are discovered and groomed for a career that promises instant wealth and fame for the lucky few who succeed.

  • S2001E16 Get Real ... Casualty

    • April 28, 2001
    • BBC

    Four regular Casualty cast members assume their TV roles for real in this one-off programme which sees Ian - Kelsey (Patrick), Sandra Huggett (Holly), Catherine Shipton (Duffy), and Ian Bleasdale (Josh) thrown in at the deep end of the Royal London hospital's A&E department.

  • S2001E17 Hollywood Knives

    • May 2, 2001
    • BBC

    The' Secret History of Tinseltown under the Scalpel. The myth behind Hollywood glamour, including interviews with those who were responsible for the surgical makeovers of movie stars including Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne.

  • S2001E18 Rod Stewart - Wine, Women and Song

    • May 6, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary account of the colourful career of the London-born Scottish pop singer, with contributions from family, colleagues and admirers.

  • S2001E19 Annie Goes to Hollywood

    • May 9, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary following Anne Robinson 's progress as she goes from BBC Watchdog presenter to quiz show host on The Weakest Link, a programme which has also taken America by storm. Exclusive backstage access reveals how Anne Robinson became part of the Hollywood system.

  • S2001E20 Brigadier Birtie's Last Battle

    • May 10, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary following Brigadier Alex "Birtie" Birtwhistle, a few days away from retirement, as he embarks on one last mission - to sort out the chaos of the foot and mouth crisis in the country's worst affected area, Cumbria.

  • S2001E21 When Liverpool Ruled the World

    • May 15, 2001
    • BBC

    On the eve of Liverpool's bid to win a major European trophy for the first time in 17 years, this documentary looks back - on the period during the seventies and eighties when the Reds were arguably Europe's top club side.

  • S2001E22 The Oklahoma Bomber

    • May 16, 2001
    • BBC

    It was the worst domestic terrorist attack in US history - a bomb in Oklahoma six years ago that killed 168 people and injured 500 more. Timothy McVeigh , found guilty of planting the device, was due to be executed earlier today. Donal Maclntyre introduces this documentary about a tragedy that - literally and emotionally - ripped a city apart.

  • S2001E23 Volcano Man

    • May 31, 2001
    • BBC

    A documentary about Welshman Mark Davies who works in some of the most inhospitable and dangerous places on earth -the volcanos of Montserrat and Nevada Del Ruiz.

  • S2001E24 A British Legend - the Search for Bluebird

    • June 7, 2001
    • BBC

    Donald Campbell died when his boat crashed at 300mph on Lake Coniston, Cumbria. For 34 years the crash remained shrouded in mystery, as the wreck of Bluebird lay submerged in the depths of the lake. This documentary follows diver Bill Smith 's four-year quest to find the remains.

  • S2001E25 The Joy of Text - Text Maniacs

    • June 9, 2001
    • BBC

    With almost one billion messages sent each month in Britain, this documentary explores both the amusing and serious sides of the text phenomenon.

  • S2001E26 When Tennis Ruled the World

    • July 2, 2001
    • BBC

    A nostalgic look back at tennis in the seventies, a period many see as the sport's golden age when Borg, McEnroe, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King lit up Wimbledon with their bewitching brand of showmanship, spirit and sex appeal.

  • S2001E27 There's Only One Madonna

    • July 4, 2001
    • BBC

    As Madonna's first world tour since 1993 arrives in London tonight, this film examines her love affair with Great Britain. Friends and contemporaries, including Jean Paul Gaultier , Mel C , Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Hearsay, discuss her influence on British art, fashion and gender politics.

  • S2001E28 The Stalker

    • July 19, 2001
    • BBC

    The phenomenon of stalking is tackled in this one-off documentary, which records the meeting between one young mother and the man she says is pursuing her. It also follows other stalking cases, observing how victims attempt unsuccessfully to shrug off their tormentors.

  • S2001E29 Summer Sensations

    • July 22, 2001
    • BBC

    A one-off documentary celebrating summer-themed pop records from the past 40 years. Contributors include the Beach Boys, Alice Cooper , Martha Reeves , Hank Marvin , John Sebastian and John Peel.

  • S2001E30 Through the Eyes of the Young

    • August 1, 2001
    • BBC

    Following on from the acclaimed Through the Eyes of the Old, director/cameraman Christopher Terrill now turns his attention to the 18-30s who are tackling the world head on. Some are excited, anxious or frightened, but most are determined and still convinced they are immortal. This documentary helps to provide new perspectives on music, sport, drugs, education, love and cyberspace.

  • S2001E31 Real Life Weakest Links

    • August 22, 2001
    • BBC

    Disasters in sport, in space, at sea and in everyday life illustrate that even the briefest moments of madness can have far-reaching, and potentially disastrous, consequences. Paul Merton narrates this wry compendium of tales of human error.

  • S2001E32 A Cruel Inheritance

    • September 12, 2001
    • BBC

    Huntingdon's disease is the commonest inherited brain disease. Left untreated symptoms involve losing control of mind and body. This documentary follows the fate of two people who volunteer to undergo a brain operation which for the first time offers the chance of a cure.

  • S2001E33 Cheer for Charlie

    • October 4, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary following gardening makeover expert Charlie Dimmock as she swaps water features for the circus ring to transform herself into a flying trapeze artist for a night. But with only a matter of months to learn her new skills from scratch, and a sell-out performance in front of family and friends looming, will Charlie cut the mustard?

  • S2001E34 Trips Money Can't Buy with Ewan McGregor

    • October 7, 2001
    • BBC

    A one-off documentary in which survival expert Ray Mears offers actor Ewan McGregor the chance to go on a trek of a lifetime. The star of Trainspotting and Moulin Rouge rises to the challenge and joins Mears on a trip deep into the Honduran jungle, accompanied also by explorer Dr Chris Begley of the University of Kentucky. After just a few basic lessons in survival, the team set off in search of a lost civilisation. How will McGregor cope with all that the Central American rainforest throws at him?

  • S2001E35 Paul Daniels in a Black Hole

    • October 11, 2001
    • BBC

    One-off documentary in which Britain's best-known magician tries to hit the big time in the United States. Beginning in Illinois, Daniels must rely on the skills acquired during 30 years of performing to build a new career in just four weeks.

  • S2001E36 Lions - Spy in the Den

    • October 14, 2001
    • BBC

    A one-off special documentary following the cubs of a pride of lions on the African plains. Using "bouldercam" - a remote camera disguised as a rock - the film follows the cubs as they make their journey from infancy to adulthood. Narrated by David Attenborough.

  • S2001E37 The Walton Girls Come of Age

    • November 14, 2001
    • BBC

    In November 1983. at odds of 104 billion to one, Janet and Graham Walton gave birth to the only surviving all-girl ' sextuplets in the world. As Hannah, Lucy, Ruth, Sarah, Kate and Jenny approach their 18th birthday, they talk about their hopes for the future and their memories of the past.

  • S2001E38 Big Families

    • November 21, 2001
    • BBC

    A one-off documentary featuring one summer in the lives of three large families. Featured are the Langleys, who already had ten children and needed a vasectomy reversal for number 11. In the Wells household Grace is expecting her 12th babay, while the third family are juggle to put six of their nine children through private school.

  • S2001E39 Kids behind Bars

    • November 26, 2001
    • BBC

    From petty criminals serving heavy sentences to convicts who have hardened at a tender age, this documentary on children in prison around the world examines their lives and whether they are likely to benefit from their incarceration.

  • S2001E40 Tamzin Outhwaite Goes Wild with Dolphins

    • December 6, 2001
    • BBC

    The EastEnders actress and dolphin-lover trades Walford for the sunnier climes of the Bahamas and Florida in this documentary where she comes face to face with the mammals in the wild.

  • S2001E41 Bigamy

    • December 12, 2001
    • BBC

    With the help of candid interviews, this documentary helps shed light on the shady world of marriages based on deceit and duplicity, including the case of a bigamous union that lasted for decades.

  • S2001E42 Threads of Life

    • December 16, 2001
    • BBC

    The human genome contains the secret of human life, recording our evolution and holding the key to our future. In this one-off documentary, Robert Winston shows how the genome demonstrates how to build and run a person, thereby offering us the potential to interfere with fate.

  • S2001E43 My Little Pony

    • January 1, 2001
    • BBC

    In a documentary exploring the bond between a child and its pony, eight children talk about their feelings for their equine pets.

  • S2001E44 Challenger

    • January 23, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary recalling the events of 28 January 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded soon after its launch killing the crew of seven outright. The programme includes expert opinion and interviews with Nasa's senior manager at the time, Jud Lovingood , engineer Roger Boisjoly , and Grace Corrigan , mother of school teacher turned-astronaut Christa McAuliffe.

  • S2001E45 The Life and Lyrics of Kirsty MacColl

    • March 3, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary tribute to the singer-songwriter who died in a freak boating accident last year. The daughter of choreographer Jean Newlove and folk singer Ewan MacColl , she will be best remembered as the foil to a drunken Shane MacGowan on the Pogues Christmas hit Fairytale of New York. Contributions come from her partner James Knight , her mother and brother, and a host of music industry stars, including Bono, Billy Bragg , Johnny Marr and Janice Long.

  • S2001E46 Fertility Tourists

    • March 6, 2001
    • BBC

    A documentary following a small but growing band of would-be parents who, in their pursuit of the child they desire, refuse to be bound by their country's laws, rendering fertility an international business. Alan and Louise Masterton hope to use a controversial technique which can predetermine the sex of a child after losing their young daughter in an accident, while sixtysomething Jenny is seeking help abroad to become pregnant after being refused fertility treatment in the UK.

  • S2001E47 Little Women - a Day in the Life of the Tweenager

    • March 29, 2001
    • BBC

    There is a new generation of pre-teen girls who possess the confidence, sense of style, and to some degree, the emotional complexities of a teenager, but who are aged between 7 and 11 years old. The marketing industry, who has recognised their spending power, coined the term "tweenagers" to describe them. This documentary follows three sets of best friends of this age group, from diverging backgrounds, through an average day.

  • S2001E48 Positive Women

    • April 10, 2001
    • BBC

    There are now more new cases of HIV infection among heterosexuals each year than among homosexual men, and most of the 10,000 HIV-positive heterosexuals in Britain are women. In this moving documentary, three infected women talk openly about their experience of, and ways of living with, the virus.

  • S2001E49 Like a Hurricane: the Alex Higgins Story

    • April 17, 2001
    • BBC

    A profile of one of the most exciting players that the game of snooker has ever produced, recalling the career of the twice world champion and crowd favourite and examining his turbulent life off the table.

  • S2001E50 Magic - Art of Darkness

    • April 19, 2001
    • BBC

    A documentary which shows that arcane wizardry is not just the preserve of horror films and Harry Potter novels. For accounts assistant Andrew Stockall , it is a serious pursuit. Over the years he has taught a band of magicians for whom casting spells, conjuring up demons and putting curses on people are all part and parcel of everyday life.

  • S2001E51 Forgotten Heroes: Korea Remembered

    • April 20, 2001
    • BBC

    Fifty years ago this weekend, a heroic last stand was fought against the Chinese Army by British troops serving with the UN in Korea. Veterans of the Battle of the Imjin river recall the event and the cruel aftermath in PoW camps.

  • S2001E52 Are You Captain Corelli?

    • May 19, 2001
    • BBC

    As the biggest British film of the year opens in London, this documentary recalls the shocking wartime events that inspired the original novel, Captain Corelli's Mandolin. On the Greek island of Cephalonia, 90-year-oid Amos Pampaloni , who like the fictional Captain Corelli survived the worst military massacre of the Second World War, recalls how German reprisals left 9,000 of his fellow Italians dead. He also talks candidly about his relationship with a young Greek girl. The programme includes contributions from the novel's author, Louis de Bernieres , and the film's director John Madden. Narrated by Sean Pertwee.

  • S2001E53 America, America - the Films of Ken Burns

    • June 9, 2001
    • BBC

    A profile of celebrated film-maker Ken Burns, showing as a prelude to the first episode of his epic musical series "Jazz". At his home in the New Hampshire town of Walpole, the man who has been hailed as America's greatest documentary maker talks about his formative influences, his fascination with history and his previous award-winning series, "Baseball" and "The Civil War".

  • S2001E54 A Pocketful of Posies

    • July 13, 2001
    • BBC

    A documentary in which some of Britain's older citizens recall the circumstances of their childhoods early last century in a series of moving stories accompanied by rare archive film, stills and dramatic reconstructions.

  • S2001E55 Hajj - the Journey of a Lifetime

    • August 11, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary following several British pilgrims astheyjoin three million Muslims from around the world to perform the Hajj -the annual pilgrimage to the sacred shrine at Mecca. The Islamic faith decrees that every Muslim who has the means should make this epic journey at least once in their lifetime and, this year, more than 20,000 travelled from various parts of Britain to Saudi Arabia for the event.

  • S2001E56 The Mosque

    • August 14, 2001
    • BBC

    For the first time a British mosque - Birmingham Central - has opened its doors to cameras. The result is a documentary that offers a unique insight into the life of Britain's Islamic community and reveals the increasing struggles of women for reform.

  • S2001E57 Hack the Planet

    • August 18, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary on the hackers who wrote a programme capable of hijacking million computers.

  • S2001E58 Ian Botham: 100 Per Cent Beefy

    • August 19, 2001
    • BBC

    As an antidote to England's 2001 Ashes defeat, a celebration of the 20th anniversary of cricketing all-rounder Ian Botham 's triumph in the 1981 Third Ashes Test. It offers a profile of one of Britain's most entertaining and best-loved sporting stars, but also reveals how his volatile personality ensured that he was rarely out of the public eye.

  • S2001E59 Lee Miller - a Crazy Way of Seeing

    • August 25, 2001
    • BBC

    Documentary charting the fascinating life and work of Lee Miller , a model for Vogue in 1920s New York who became the only female photojournalist to cover the Second World War. Having given up photography in later life and virtually disowned her own work, Miller's extraordinary archive of 40,000 negatives was only rediscovered after her death. George Melly , David Hare , friends, colleagues and her only son, Tony Penrose , trace the story of her unconventional life through her own remarkable pictures and photographs, as well as rarely seen archive footage.

  • S2001E60 Frank Lloyd Wright

    • August 27, 2001
    • BBC

    Ken Burns 's documentary on the visionary American architect. The film examines Wright's legacy, as well as the problems he faced reconciling his creative genius with more mundane matters such as his finances and his family.

  • S2001E61 Fashion Victim - the Killing of Gianni Versace

    • August 30, 2001
    • BBC

    The murder of Gianni Versace in July 1997 on the steps of his Miami mansion sent shockwaves around the fashion world. Versace's name had become associated with the best in designer fashion, and he was the couturier of choice for celebrities including Diana, Princess of Wales, Madonna and Elton John. This film, from the documentary strand Storyville, tells the strange story of his life and death.

  • S2001E62 The Concorde Story

    • September 6, 2001
    • BBC

    In July 2000 a Concorde crash in France killed many people, bringing its unparalleled safety record in civil - aviation to a shocking end. This documentary tells the story of British Airways' flagship aircraft, showing how it gained its reputation as the last word in luxury air travel, and examines both the human tragedy of the crash and the war of words between the English and French as the accident's causes began to emerge.

  • S2001E63 The Show Must Go On

    • September 6, 2001
    • BBC

    A documentary follows Baz Luhrmann , the director of Strictly Ballroom and William Shakespeare 's Romeo and Juliet, as he travels round the world on a six-month promotional tour for his new film, which opens here tomorrow. A colourful reinvention of the film musical, Moulin Rouge stars Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman , contributors to this travelogue which culminates in the opening weekend in America.

  • S2001E64 Deep Trouble

    • October 28, 2001
    • BBC

    A one-off documentary, showing as a companion to the series The Blue Planet, assessing the state of the world's oceans and the impact that humans have had on them. Presented by marine biologist Martha Holmes.

  • S2001E65 Cabinet Confidential

    • November 17, 2001
    • BBC

    A revealing one-off documentary that provides an inside view of how Tony Blair and former prime ministers - including Harold Wilson , Margaret Thatcher and John Major - have run their cabinet, the highest decision-making body in the land. Through candid interviews, rare archive footage and filming inside No 10, presenter Michael Cockerell opens the door to the Government's own chamber of secrets as he seeks the answer to the question: is the notion of cabinet government an obsolete concept?

  • S2001E66 Police 2001

    • November 25, 2001
    • BBC

    Nearly 20 years on from his series Police, criminologist and film-maker Roger Graef pays a return visit to Thames Valley Police to see how the service has evolved against the backdrop of social change. New problems have emerged over the years but, as this documentary shows, the service has responded with initiatives of its own to tackle them.

  • S2001E67 We Stand Alone Together - the Men of Easy Company

    • December 7, 2001
    • BBC

    The men on whom Band of Brothers was based recall the reality of conflict in the Second World War. With Richard Winters , Fred "Moose" Heyliger, JB Stokes , Darrell "Shifty" Powers, Edward "Babe" Heffron, William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, Carwood Lipton , Robert "Popeye" Lynn, Lester "Leo" Hashey, Robert Strayer , Antonio Garcia and Donald Malarkey.

  • S2001E68 Constant Craving

    • December 21, 2001
    • BBC

    Drug addiction takes many forms and is shrouded in misinformation. This documentary explodes many of the myths, and reveals radical new measures to prevent smoking and cocaine addiction.

  • S2001E69 Pevsner Revisited

    • July 12, 2001
    • BBC

    Jonathan Meades investigates the life of the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner, and the writing of his largest work, The Buildings of England.

  • S2001E70 Cold Turkey

    • BBC

    Leo Regan follows his friend, photographer Lanre Fehintola, as he tries to go cold turkey (detox) from heroin in his council flat and without medication.

  • S2001E71 Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

    • September 3, 2001
    • BBC

    Tom Cruise narrates a penetrating documentary, which explores the many sides to Stanley Kubrick - film director, producer, writer, photographer, husband and father.

  • S2001E72 Profile: The World of Philip Pullman

    • December 28, 2001
    • BBC One

    In this documentary, originally screened on BBC Knowledge, author Philip Pullman explores Oxford, where he was a student in the 1960s. The city provided the inspiration for the fictional Jordan College in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. The writer explains how his childhood and student days have fed into the imagined worlds of his books. Critics and literary experts also contribute, sharing their own insights into Pullman's work, including I Was a Rat! and the Sally Lockhart adventures.

Season 2002

  • S2002E01 Great Natural Wonders of the World

    • January 1, 2002
    • BBC

    Great Natural Wonders of the World focuses on natural landscapes rather than wildlife. This show spends an hour highlighting some of the greatest visions of the world ever seen. It is arranged by continent and specifically covers the following: * North America - Deserts, canyonlands, Death Valley, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Mesas, the Grand Canyon and Limestone Caves * South America - Amazon River, Angel Falls, the Andes and glaciers * Pacific Ocean - Hawaiian volcanos & Coral Atolls * Asia - Mt Fuji, Guilin & the Himalayas * Europe - Alps, Rivers, Ice Caves, the Northern Lights * Africa - Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Ngorogoro, Rift Valley & the Negev Desert * Australasia - Olgas, Uluru, Deserts, 12 Apostles (before one fell over recently), Kimberleys, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand's mountains and fjords * Antarctica

  • S2002E02 Pyramid

    • January 2, 2002
    • BBC

    Dramatised documentary describing how the Great Pyramid of Giza - the only one of the Seven Ancient Wonders to survive to the present day - was built.

  • S2002E03 The Boy Can't Help It

    • February 27, 2002
    • BBC

    A documentary about Tourettes sufferer John Davidson. This is a follow-up to the 1989 TV documentary John's Not Mad focusing on his present circumstances as an adult with Tourettes and the impact the earlier documentary had on his life. The film also follows an 8 year old who has been diagnosed with Tourettes.

  • S2002E04 Life on Air: David Attenborough's 50 Years in Television

    • November 20, 2002
    • BBC

    Michael Palin presents a profile of the television career of David Attenborough, from controller of BBC Two to his wildlife programmes such as Life on Earth and The Blue Planet.

  • S2002E05 The Real Jane Austen

    • December 30, 2002
    • BBC

    Actress Anna Chancellor, a distant relative of Jane Austen, discovers the woman behind the acclaimed novels through readings and reconstructions. Location shots of her homes in Steventon and Chawton and extracts from adaptations of her work are also featured.

  • S2002E06 The Man Who Destroyed Everything

    • March 3, 2002
    • BBC

    A documentary film examining the reasons behind artist Michael Landy's decision to systematically destroy all of his possessions.

  • S2002E07 The Trouble with Michel

    • April 5, 2002
    • BBC

    The documentary examines the life of Michel Houellebecq, Europe's controversial and dangerous writer, who offends people with his razor sharp attacks on modern life and is adored as a genius and a visionary.

  • S2002E08 Bankrupt: Ray Gosling

    • April 15, 2002
    • BBC

    With more than 100 television documentaries and over a thousand radio documentaries, Ray Gosling's name - and his reputation - were known to millions. But five years ago Gosling's face no longer fitted. Then when his partner Bryn became ill and later died, Ray's life fell apart. With mounting unpaid bills and debts, he found himself facing bankruptcy. In a moving and humorous portrait, Bankrupt: Ray Gosling follows Ray as he battles to save his home against mounting pressure from the VAT man and the Inland Revenue.

  • S2002E09 The Tramp and the Dictator

    • August 12, 2002
    • BBC

    A documentary looking at the backgrounds of Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler, and the production of the former's film "The Great Dictator".

  • S2002E10 The Cult of Kahlo

    • October 31, 2002
    • BBC

    Frida Kahlo is now the most successful Latin American artist that the world has ever seen. However, when she died in 1954 she was almost unknown. Tim Niel's film explores the life and afterlife of the iconic painter and includes interviews with Frida's friends and family, Tracey Emin and Salma Hayek, who plays Kalho in a new feature film.

  • S2002E11 Baader-Meinhof: In Love with Terror

    • November 18, 2002
    • BBC

  • S2002E12 Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You

    • May 31, 2002
    • BBC

    Jimmy Page, Brad Pitt and Chrissie Hynde are among the contributors to this one-off documentary that looks at the talented singer and songwriter Jeff Buckley who drowned five years ago aged 30. The film explores what shaped Jeff Buckley, what he might have become and his personal and musical legacy.

  • S2002E13 The King of Capitalism: Thomas Watson and IBM

    • July 8, 2002
    • BBC

  • S2002E14 Aztecs: For Blood And Gold

    • November 19, 2002
    • BBC

    Critic William Feaver explores the complex civilisation of the Aztecs.

  • S2002E15 Peter Cook: At a Slight Angle to the Universe

    • December 29, 2002
    • BBC

  • S2002E16 Arthur: King of the Britons

    • March 31, 2002
    • BBC

    A documentary, narrated by the late Richard Harris, exploring the roots of Arthurian legend. Historian Geoffrey Ashe is interviewed about the legend and the historical events that inspired it,while Harris (who played Arthur on stage and screen) narrates on location.

  • S2002E17 Somme Journey

    • June 6, 2002
    • BBC

    David Ervine of the Progressive Unionist Party and Sinn Fein's Tom Hartley explore the issue of war and memory as they walk the WWI killing fields of Northern France and Flanders.

  • S2002E18 The Cobra Ferrari Wars

    • June 17, 2002
    • BBC

    The date is 1959. The place is Le Mans racing circuit, France. A little known Texan racing driver, Carrol Shelby, wins the most prestigious event in motor racing at his first attempt and is universally acclaimed as one of the best drivers in the world. But Shelby had a secret that was to prevent him ever driving again. This is the comeback story of a man driven by the desire to beat the world on the race track, and specifically to beat the might of motor racing, Ferrari. From his base in California with only a team of hot rodders for support, in three years Shelby put together a car that would take on the world and win. The Shelby Cobra, as it was known, is still an automotive icon today.

  • S2002E19 Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

    • November 2, 2002
    • BBC

    Nick Knowles explores the facts and the fiction behind the legendary Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.

  • S2002E20 Moses

    • December 1, 2002
    • BBC

    Recognised as a hugely influential prophet in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, Moses outlined a basis for morality which has lasted over 3,000 years. Using the latest scientific evidence and dramatic reconstruction, Jeremy Bowen chronicles the life of the great spiritual leader, finds explanations for some of the miraculous events that were recorded, and assesses his legacy.

  • S2002E21 Accidents in Space

    • February 10, 2002
    • BBC

  • S2002E22 50 Places To See Before You Die

    • November 10, 2002
    • BBC

    Earlier this year 20,000 members of the public cast their vote on what they saw as the locations everyone should visit at least once. The result is a definitive wishlist of global hotspots. In addition to the top 50, four viewers file a report from their favourite place.

  • S2002E23 Sense and Sensation

    • August 5, 2002
    • BBC

    Historian John Brewer explores the rich culture of 18th-century London, and traces the birth of Georgian society.

  • S2002E24 The Voynich Mystery

    • December 9, 2002
    • BBC

    How the contents of an enigmatic book unearthed in an Italian monastery in 1912 has confounded scientists and code-breakers.

  • S2002E28 The Angry Brigade

    • November 20, 2002
    • BBC

    30 years ago Britain's longest political trial ended at the Old Bailey with 10 year jail sentences for four young revolutionary anarchists. They were members of the Angry Brigade; a clandestine urban guerrilla group who, for a few short years in the early 1970s, went on a bombing spree that brought terror to the heart of the British political establishment. Targets included senior Government ministers, captains of industry and top ranking policeman. The Angry Brigade is a dramatised documentary which reconstructs the key moments and events of the time told through the eyes of one of the main members of the group. The programme explores how these largely middle class students made the journey from hippie idealists to urban terrorists and the police investigation that finally cracked them.

  • S2002E29 The Private Lives of Pompeii

    • September 30, 2002
    • BBC

    With the possible exception of the pyramids, Pompeii is arguably the foremost archaeological site in the consciousness of a European television audience. So how would you make a new programme about this Roman city that could be termed truly innovative without compromising the integrity of the archaeology? The Private Lives of Pompeii concentrated on the people that lived and worked in Pompeii at the time of its destruction, as depicted in the archaeology of their houses, their tombs and the surviving documents that relate to them. Rather than use a presenter, the programme uses three story-lines plaited together to form a clever multi vocal commentary. A female narrator (voice over) introduces us to the themes and ideas that lie behind the structure of the Roman society of Pompeii, themes which are then played out by actors illustrating the private lives of four key characters. A third commentary endorses what the viewer has seen and heard by relaying evidence through interviews with historians and archaeologists. The drama unfolds in the years between the earthquake of AD62 an the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79, a time, we are told, of uncertainty and change. An intense atmosphere is created through the re-enactments which are staged in the surviving streets and houses of Pompeii itself; thus curiosity about the private individuals elegantly leads us at the same time to the structure of Pompeian society and to many of the town's most important buildings. The digital effects only make their presence fully felt near the end of the programme when they are used to illustrate the work of the Pompeii Forum Project. Digital enhancement is used throughout the programme and is now extremely subtle: for archaeological viewers a clear distinction between the virtual and the real is likely to become an increasingly important issue. This was a complex and intelligent programme which stretched the medium and chivvied the televisually slothful viewer to keep up, while stri

  • S2002E30 The Abyss

    • September 29, 2002
    • BBC

    Peter Snow presents highlights from today's three deep-sea dives around the world. In 2002 BBC organized three concurrent dives , first in Monterey Bay where unmanned submersible is lowered into underwater canyon which is over mile deep. Second dive is in Grand Cayman where submersible Atlantis will explore life at the spectacular Cayman Wall , Kate Humble reports . During the dive, the crew used bait to attract a deep-water giant, the six-gill shark. Third dive takes place in middle of the Atlantic 1200 miles west of Portugal, which is also deepest of the three dives, divers will descent in Russian submersible Mir from research vessel Keldish and the Mir will dive in the bottom of the ocean in 2300 metres .

  • S2002E31 11 September - One Year On

    • September 11, 2002
    • BBC

    News 24's coverage of 11 September.

  • S2002E32 SAS - Iranian Embassy Siege

    • July 25, 2002
    • BBC

    In the Spring of 1980 heavily armed terrorists force their way into the Iranian Embassy in London. They demand the release of their comrades in Iran or they will kill all the hostages. After one of the hostages is executed by the terrorists, Margaret Thatcher ordered the SAS, Britain's elite counter terrorist unit to storm the building. Millions watched stunned, as live on air, the assault took place.

  • S2002E33 A Very English Genius

    • July 22, 2002
    • BBC Four

    "A Very English Genius" is a documentary telling the story of how Michael Ventris became obsessed with the quest of cracking the earliest known writing system, Linear B, which originated in Greece. The documentary begins with his introduction to the ancient script, on a school trip to a museam, continues through his endeavours to crack the language, and ends with his unexplained death, providing various theories to what exactly caused his final demise.

  • S2002E34 Walking with Giant Killers

    • January 4, 2002
    • BBC One

    Danny Baker and Danny Kelly take a nostalgic look back at some dramatic encounters between footballing Davids and Goliaths, focusing on those FA Cup matches in which, confounding all the odds, the underdogs prevailed.

  • S2002E35 Bill McLaren: The Voice

    • BBC Two

    John Beattie presents a profile of legendary rugby commentator Bill McLarem as he retires from the BBC.

  • S2002E36 The Whole Shebang - Whats The Story?

    • BBC

  • S2002E37 Turner: The Man Who Painted Britain

    • April 7, 2002
    • BBC

    While Joseph Mallord William Turner is considered by many to be Britain's greatest landscape painter, his private life reveals a man of extremes and contradictions. This docudrama explores the extraordinary story of a brilliant self-made man.

  • S2002E38 Iguanas - Living like Dinosaurs

    • April 30, 2002
    • BBC

    In the past the green iguanas of Central America have been used in movies to depict dinosaurs. This film explores how the social lives of these modern lizards may hold the clue to the behaviour of dinosaurs. Narrated by David Attenborough

  • S2002E39 A Very English Genius: How Michael Ventris Cracked Linear B

    • July 22, 2002
    • BBC

    On 1 July 1952, a 30-year-old architect called Michael Ventris made a BBC radio broadcast which was to secure his place in archaeological and history books forever. He announced that he'd deciphered Linear B, Europe's earliest known, and previously incomprehensible, writing system. His discovery was to revolutionise our understanding of Western civilisation. It was made all the more remarkable by the fact that Ventris was no more than an amateur enthusiast, a man passionately and often tortuously determined to crack the linguistic code which had puzzled experts, archaeologists and academics for three decades.

  • S2002E40 The Trials of Henry Kissinger

    • March 4, 2002
    • BBC

    "Henry Kissinger is a war criminal," says firebrand journalist Christopher Hitchens. "He's a liar. And he's personally responsible for murder, for kidnapping, for torture." What is Hitchens on about? He could be talking about the lawsuit currently under way in Washington DC, in which Kissinger is charged with having authorised the assassination of a Chilean general in 1970. Or he could be referring to the secret bombing of Cambodia which, arguably, Kissinger engineered without the knowledge of the US Congress in 1969. Or perhaps Kissinger's involvement in the sale of U.S. weapons to Indonesian President Suharto for use in the massacre of 1/3 of the population of East Timor in 1975. These and several other recent charges have cast a haunting shadow on the reputation of a man long seen as the most famous diplomat of his age, the Nobel Laureate who secured peace in Vietnam, who secretly opened relations between the US and China, and who now, more than a quarter-century out of office, remains a central player on the world stage, only recently voted the number one public intellectual of the 20th century. Featuring previously unseen footage, newly declassified US government documents, and revealing interviews with key insiders to the events in question, The Trials of Henry Kissinger examines the charges facing him, shedding light on a career long shrouded in secrecy. In part, it explores how a young boy who fled Nazi Germany grew up to become one of the most powerful men in US history and now, in the autumn of his life, one of its most disputed figures.

  • S2002E41 Vivaldi Unmasked

    • July 17, 2002
    • BBC

    Conductor Charles Hazlewood explores the life of composer Antonio Vivaldi, examining the development of his music and his most famous work, The Four Seasons. Having mastered the violin and been hailed a child prodigy, the ordained priest and teacher went on to court scandal by embarking on a passionate affair with a much younger woman, and ended his life penniless and far from home.

  • S2002E42 Falklands War Stories: The Correspondent

    • May 22, 2002
    • BBC Two

    Brian Hanrahan reminisces about his experiences while covering the Falklands War in 1982.

  • S2002E43 The Falklands Play Row

    • April 10, 2002
    • BBC Four

    In 1987, the BBC commissioned a play to mark the fifth anniversary of the Falklands conflict. But the play was not shown until 2002. This documentary examines the political furore surrounding the decision not to show it and talks to the main players in the drama.

  • S2002E44 Dan Cruickshank and the Lost Treasure of Kabul

    • May 4, 2002
    • BBC Two

    In the face of war, Dan Cruickshank explores the wonders of a once-great civilisation, discovering monuments to rival the pyramids, treasure that outshines Tutankhamun's and even magical ancient sculptures of naked cavorting women, heroically hidden from the Taliban. Afghanistan stands at the crossroads of western and eastern civilisation, but its brilliance has been clouded by centuries of conflict - from the conquering armies of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan to occupation by the British and the Russians and finally the rise of the Taliban. Travelling the most land-mined country in the world, dodging rival warlords and gangs of gunmen, Dan reveals for the first time the cultural tragedy of Afghanistan. But as he climbs the terribly scarred cliff face of the destroyed giant Buddhas of Bamiyan, he glimpses symbols of great hope for a lost civilisation.

Season 2003

  • S2003E01 A Tribute To Sir Edmund Hillary: The Race For Everest

    • May 27, 2003
    • BBC

    Documentary on Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's historic ascent of Everest in 1953. Including previously unseen material filmed on the expedition, and interviews with surviving members of the team and members of the rival Swiss team.

  • S2003E02 Pompeii: The Last Day

    • September 12, 2003
    • BBC

    Step back in time and visit the "vanished city" on its last day, as the mighty volcano Vesuvius explodes in a 24-hour reign of terror. On August 24th, AD79, Pompeii's citizens witness day turning into night as 4 billion tons of pumice, rock, and ash burst forth from Vesuvius. Pompeii: The Last Day uses archaeological evidence, including the writings of one survivor, to unravel the mystery of those final hours. Lavish special effects reconstruct each stage of Vesuvius's cataclysmic eruption and its impact on soldiers, slaves, families, and lovers as they struggle with the unfolding tragedy. One of the greatest natural disasters - and most fateful days - comes to vivid life in this critically acclaimed dramatization.

  • S2003E03 Colosseum: Romes Arena of Death

    • October 13, 2003
    • BBC

    The Colosseum in Rome is one of the world's most amazing buildings. This immense oval stadium was home to the most violent and deadly spectator sport in history, gladiatorial combat. The Roman gladiator whose story is told here is Verus, one of two victors in the only gladiatorial battle that was ever described in detail (by the Roman poet Martial in 80 A.D.). Using this factual record as its basis, Colosseum follows Verus as he is recruited from slavery, trained in gladiator's school, rises to favor among wealthy Romans, and ultimately battles his best friend, Priscus, to a crowd-pleasing draw in the inaugural games of glorious, brand-new Colosseum, the construction of which is shown in fascinating detail. Combining authoritative narration with diary-like voiceovers from Verus's perspective, this riveting 50-minute BBC production is simultaneously intimate and epic in scale, employing the latest in digital compositing techniques to achieve its unparalleled visual splendor. With well-cast actors speaking authentic Latin, this sumptuous production is both dramatically involving and exacting in every detail.

  • S2003E04 Alchemists of Sound

    • October 7, 2003
    • BBC

    A documentary about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, responsible for creating some of the most memorable television and radio music in British popular culture, including "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "Doctor Who" (1963).

  • S2003E05 Newton: The Dark Heretic

    • May 1, 2003
    • BBC

    This documentary reveals a very different Isaac Newton from that of popular myth – a much more fascinating and complex man than the powder-wigged puritan of the history books.

  • S2003E07 Israel's Secret Weapon

    • March 11, 2003
    • BBC

    The United States and Britain are preparing to wage war on Iraq, for its undisclosed weapons of mass destruction. Israel's nuclear, biological and chemical capabilities have remained un-inspected. Meanwhile Mordechai Vanunu has been imprisoned for 16 years for exposing Israel's secret nuclear bomb factory to the world. Vanunu is seen as a traitor in his own country. He has been abandoned by most of his family and has spent 11 years in solitary confinement. Today only an American couple, who have legally adopted him, are among the few visitors he is permitted. This film is the story of the bomb, Vanunu and Israel's wall of silence. Part of the BBC Correspondent Series

  • S2003E08 The King of Communism

    • November 17, 2003
    • BBC

    Nicolae Ceausescu created a unique personality cult in the 1970s and 1980s, transforming communist Romania into one of the strangest regimes Europe has ever seen. Newspapers had to mention his name 40 times on every page, factory workers spent months rehearsing dance routines dressed as soldiers and gymnasts for huge shows at which thousands of citizens were lined up to form the words Nicolae Ceausescu with their bodies. When the Romanian economy and living standards plummeted in the 1980s, the line between theatre and life blurred completely. Ceausescu went on working visits to the countryside where he inspected displays of meat and fruit made out of polystyrene, and closer to home began work on what would have been the largest palace in the world. At the final parade in 1989, workers walked past their leader to the sound of taped chants and applause. Using Ceausescu's own archive of 35mm propaganda films, King of Communism offers a surprising and chilling view of the absurd world of the Romanian dictator's regime. "This is a real-life communist version of Springtime for Hitler," says director Ben Lewis. "It's an all-singing, all-dancing unmasking of the illusions of communism, but it's also a serious study of the experience, effects and legacy of the twentieth century's most destructive political system."

  • S2003E09 The Victoria Cross: For Valour

    • November 4, 2003
    • BBC

    The Victoria Cross: For Valour is a 2003 BBC television historical documentary presented by Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson examines the history of the Victoria Cross, and follows the story of one of the 1,354 men who were awarded it - Major Robert Henry Cain. The main part of the programme was to describe how in September 1944, Major Cain won what was described as the "finest Victoria Cross of the whole war" (Second World War) by his commanding officer Lt Col Derek Mcnally. It’s only at the end of the programme that it is revealed that Clarkson is married to the Major’s daughter who had no idea that her father was a VC winner until after his death in 1974.

  • S2003E10 Bush Family Fortunes

    • June 19, 2003
    • BBC

    This hour long documentary from BBC Three follows the award-winning reporter-sleuth Greg Palast on the trail of the Bush family, from Florida election finagling, to the Saudi connection, to the Bush team's spiking the FBI investigation of the bin Laden family and the secret State Department plans for post-war Iraq. These are the hard-hitting reports that have been seen in films like Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, broadcast internationally on BBC Newsnight television, and are found in Palast's international bestselling book The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

  • S2003E11 Towering Ambitions: Dan Cruickshank at Ground Zero

    • July 11, 2003
    • BBC

    Towering Ambitions: Dan Cruickshank at Ground Zero is a documentary film in which, 2-years on from the 9/11 attacks, Dan Cruickshank examines plans for the World Trade Center site.

  • S2003E12 Frankenstein: Birth of a Monster

    • December 7, 2003
    • BBC

    The extraordinary story of how the 19-year-old Mary Shelley created Frankenstein, one of the world's most terrifying monsters. Daughter of Mary Woolstencraft, wife of Percy Byshe Shelley and close friend to Lord Byron, Mary Shelley's life was every bit as extraordinary as her most famous work. Dramatising the adventures, love affairs and tragedies of her young life, the film shows how her monstrous creation reflected her own extraordinary experiences.

  • S2003E13 The Man Who Forged America

    • September 2, 2003
    • BBC

    When US police investigated a double murder in the 1980s, they had no idea they were about to uncover the most daring trail of forgery and deception America had ever seen. Mark Hofmann dared to forge on a level previously undreamt of as he manufactured historic documents at the core of the American constitution and history. And he fooled everyone - the FBI, the CIA, the Library of Congress, even the best forensic experts in the world and his own wife. Hofmann's story begins in Salt Lake City and a growing hatred of the Mormon church - a hatred which would lead him to his first criminal acts designed to dupe a society only too willing to believe tall tales. And it's a perfect training ground for his ultimate goal - to make a fortune and fool America itself. Ultimately however, his ambition turns to murder.

  • S2003E14 The Autism Puzzle

    • February 17, 2003
    • BBC

    Forty years ago autism was a highly obscure disorder which was thought to affect only four to five children in every 10,000, but now some British teachers are claiming to see it in one in every 86 children. Is there an epidemic of autism, and what's causing it? The documentary looks at the history of the condition, and current research into cause and treatment. It includes interviews with some of the world's leading experts on autism.

  • S2003E15 Armani on Screen

    • November 20, 2003
    • BBC

    Profile of the Italian fashion designer who has provided outfits for everyone from Jacqui O to Mick J and, as a long-time movie-buff, dressed the stars of countless films.

  • S2003E16 The Tsar's Last Picture Show

    • May 26, 2003
    • BBC

    On the 300th anniversary of the founding of St Petersburg, historian and author Orlando Figes explores the life of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky who was commissioned by the Tsar to document his vast realm on film; and presents a striking visual portrait, both of Russia on the eve of revolution and St Petersburg today.

  • S2003E17 Stalin: Inside the Terror

    • March 2, 2003
    • BBC

    To coincide with the 50th anniversary of his death, this documentary presents an intimate portrait of one of the greatest monsters of the 20th century, including fresh evidence about his relationships with women, his family and his inner circle.

  • S2003E18 Search for Tigers

    • October 19, 2003
    • BBC

  • S2003E19 Saint Paul

    • June 6, 2003
    • BBC

    St Paul - for BBC1 in June 2003, this one hour documentary, presented by Jonathan Edwards, looked at the story of St Paul, and aimed to reveal the background to the story of Paul. The programme used dramatised reconstruction, computer graphics and location filming.

  • S2003E20 My Family and Autism

    • July 30, 2003
    • BBC

    My Family and Autism is a documentary with an upbeat look at the daily life of the Jackson family. Jacqui Jackson has four sons and three daughters, and all her boys are on the autistic spectrum. 14-year-old Luke guides us through their family life. Luke tells us what he thought about the BBC filming his family, we find out about the spectacles with colored lenses that he and his brother Joe tried out during filming, there are details of the diet that the boys are on to alleviate some of their symptoms and Joe is given a camera to capture the family at home.

  • S2003E21 Britain's Lost Roman Wonder

    • April 1, 2003
    • BBC

    The ruined Roman fort at Richborough in Kent contains a vast and mysterious slab of concrete, 30ft deep, which resembles a mausoleum or a strong room. In a fascinating programme based on informed detective work, the chief executive of English Heritage, Simon Thurley, shows how it was the foundation of a monumental arch built between AD80 and AD90. The arch, a symbolic gateway between land and sea, was covered in 400 tonnes of marble and surmounted by an emperor cast in bronze. The bulk and splendour would have reminded everyone for miles around what it meant to belong to the Roman Empire.

  • S2003E22 George Orwell: A Life in Pictures

    • June 4, 2003
    • BBC

    With 1984 having recently been revealed to be the book that people are most likely to have lied about having read it is worth remembering the man who wrote it, George Orwell. He remains perhaps the single most important literary voice of the 20th century. Unlike his contemporary left-wing writers Orwell actually became one of the dispossessed for whom he strove throughout his life and, consequently, was able to challenge ivory-tower intellectual leftism from a position of strength and knowledge. When the people of Spain rose up against fascism he did not write pamphlets in their support but picked up a rifle and went to fight. He combined a desire for revolution (which he believed to be the only way to improve the lot of the poor) with a fiery patriotism which celebrated the best things about the country and derided the worst. He was an idealist who was prepared to accept pragmatic realities. All this comes across with great force in George Orwell: A Life in Pictures. Made by or for BBC4 in 2003 A Life in Pictures is a fascinating film which straddles the boundary between cinema and documentary. Orwell died in 1950 after the completion of his magnum opus 1984. Despite having lived in a time in which motion picture cameras and audio recording equipment were generally available there is no film of him and not one single recording of his voice survives anywhere. The film is an attempt to create a visual record of George Orwell's life. Orwell himself is played by Chris Langham who does a masterful job of bringing the author to life and not only that but looks so like him that in many photographs it is sometimes impossible to tell whether you are looking at the actor or the original. The point is made early on that while the pictures are invented the words are not and everything that Langham (as Orwell) says during the film is something that Orwell wrote. It is a testament to Orwell's writing that it can be spoken by an actor and sound convincingly like the answer

  • S2003E23 The Real Room 101

    • June 14, 2003
    • BBC

  • S2003E24 Gerald Scarfe: Drawing Blood

    • October 10, 2003
    • BBC

  • S2003E25 Brighton Bomb

    • November 11, 2003
    • BBC

    A detailed account of the IRA’s attempt to blow up Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.

  • S2003E26 Kathleen Ferrier: An Ordinary Diva

    • October 3, 2003
    • BBC

    Profile of the great British contralto Kathleen Ferrier. Contributors include Janet Baker, George Christie, Evelyn Barbirolli and Ian Jack.

  • S2003E27 Crackhouse

    • January 28, 2003
    • BBC

    A one-off documentary in which ex-drug user Carl John turned a camera on his own world and film his crack-addicted friends. With the co-operation of three prostitutes he'd known since children, he told the stories of Tanya, Nicky and Virginia

  • S2003E28 Dolly Parton: Platinum Blonde

    • January 6, 2003
    • BBC

    Dolly Parton is one of the world's great superstars, feted for her figure as much as for her music. Platinum Blonde goes inside her world to discover the woman under the wigs as she returned to the concert stage in the UK in 2002 after an absence of 20 years. Born into grinding poverty in rural Tennessee, Dolly has risen to the top of her tree in music, films and as a businesswoman who owns her own theme park. Friends, family and colleagues - including Lily Tomlin, Kenny Rogers, Billy Connolly, Dabney Coleman and Alison Krauss - help tell her story, along with the full and frank views of Dolly herself. With cameo appearances from Sinead O'Connor, Norah Jones, Jonathan Ross and Terry Wogan.

  • S2003E29 Chile: The Other 9/11

    • April 14, 2003
    • BBC

    On the morning of Tuesday, September 11th 1973, two jets launched a deadly attack on the Presidential Palace of La Moneda in the heart of Santiago, Chile. The result was fire, the suicide of President Salvador Allende and ultimately the death or disappearance of over three thousand people. "Chile: The Other 9/11" pieces together the dramatic hour-by-hour events of the coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power and marked a turning point in the Cold War.

  • S2003E30 Rossetti - Sex, Drugs and Oil Paint

    • November 3, 2003
    • BBC

    Andrew Graham-Dixon considers the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the painter and poet who reinvented the Victorian ideal of female beauty... and who dug up his wife's coffin to retrieve poems he had buried with her. (2003)

  • S2003E31 American Revolutionary: Noam Chomsky

    • July 1, 2003
    • BBC

    In this 2003 BBC4 programme Francine Stock does a quick recap of Noam Chomsky's career as a pre-eminent figure in the field of linguistics and outspoken controversial political activist. But the main interview explores his critiques of western imperialist amp; corporate power and how he views it as being maintained through the media as well as advocating the use of popular world opinion as a potent counterforce in opposing the powerful elites and their servants.

  • S2003E32 The Lomo Camera - Shoot Before You Think

    • February 19, 2003
    • BBC

    How an obscure Soviet camera conceived at the height of the Cold War inspired a huge following.

  • S2003E33 Smart Sharks: Swimming with Roboshark

    • August 3, 2003
    • BBC

    Are sharks robotic killing machines or intelligent animals, capable of complex behaviour? Roboshark, an animatronic shark with a camera is used to film the behaviour of sharks.

  • S2003E34 To Mars By A-Bomb: The Secret History of Project Orion

    • March 26, 2003
    • BBC

    The extraordinary yet true account of a secret US government-backed attempt to build a spaceship the size of an ocean liner and send it to Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, propelled by thousands of miniature nuclear bombs. Beginning in 1958 Project Orion ran until 1965, employing some of the best scientists in the world, including the brilliant British mathematician and physicist Freeman Dyson. "Freeman Dyson is one of the few authentic geniuses I've ever met", says Arthur C. Clarke. "Orion isn't crazy. It would work. The question isn't whether we could do it, but whether we should do it".

  • S2003E35 The Real Herod

    • BBC

  • S2003E36 Gil Scott-Heron: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    • October 11, 2003
    • BBC

    Gil Scott-Heron was one of the most influential musicians and poets of the last 50 years. In Don Letts's documentary, Gil tells his own story for the first time - from being one of the first black children to integrate an all-white Southern state school to becoming the Godfather of Rap. There are contributions from Chuck D, Mos Def, Richie Havens and the Last Poets, among others. Filmed in October 2003, Gil performs live and recites poetry out on the streets of Harlem, which have inspired so much of his music.

  • S2003E37 Football and Fascism

    • September 23, 2003
    • BBC

    How did Hitler, Franco and Mussolini manipulate the beautiful game? Gary Lineker and Real Madrid's Alfredo Di Stefano are among the contributors.

  • S2003E38 The Day Britain Stopped

    • March 15, 2003
    • BBC

    Dramatised documentary which analyses the catastrophe and national tragedy that could happen to Britain if its already over-burdened transport systems reached breaking point. Set in the future on 19 December 2003 and presented as if it were a retrospective documentary made subsequently, complete with mock archive footage and hindsight interviews.

  • S2003E39 Eurofighter - Weapon of Mass Construction

    • July 6, 2003
    • BBC

    There have been many twists and turns in the journey of the controversial Eurofighter Typhoon. Conceived at the height of the Cold War by the UK, Germany, Italy and France to combat the superiority of the Soviet Union's air force, the aircraft's in-service delivery date of 30 June is ten years late and -- at a cost of more than £50 billion -- it's become the most expensive European defence project ever. The work of an unprecedented number of nations, the aircraft's troubled genesis has seen out the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bosnia, 9/11 and two Gulf wars. France dropped out in 1985 in favour of building a rival plane, the Rafale, and each change of strategy and political environment has left a legacy of compromise, escalating costs, manufacturing blunders, loose management and delays. The documentary exposes several crises where the project nearly came to a halt because of national self-interest and stubbornness and covers the calamitous events of 2002, the year when the first aircraft was due to be handed over to the Air Forces for training purposes. First the delivery date was postponed yet again and then the Spanish prototype, the DA-6, crash-landed near Madrid at a cost of £30 million prompting the governments of the four nations to delay the delivery date to June 2003. This 50 minutes documentary, produced by The Open University for BBC FOUR, talks to many key players involved in the drama of building a cutting-edge combat aircraft. Test pilots think the Eurofighter is "a deadly machine" and military experts point out that its ability to switch role by voice command, enabling it to fight air-to-air as well as air-to-surface battles, in all weathers, makes it the most sophisticated fighter-bomber of its age. But some, like defence analyst Susan Willett, think the plane is outdated and an embarrassment for the RAF. There are interviews with the test pilots, with Malcolm Rifkind (UK Defence Secretary 1992-95) and with Andr

  • S2003E40 The Story of Doctor Who

    • December 30, 2003
    • BBC

    This documentary was made by the BBC to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Doctor Who". It features extensive interviews with the four remaining Doctors, interviews with various other members of the cast and crew, and many clips from the series showing the best of the dangerous and exotic monsters that did battle with 'The Doctor' over the previous four decades. It was introduced by Jon Culshaw, who impersonated the Fourth Doctor.

  • S2003E41 Profile: Professor Richard Dawkins

    • April 22, 2003
    • BBC Four

    Professor Richard Dawkins spearheaded the biggest intellectual revolution of the past 20 years - but are his views still valid?

  • S2003E42 The Men From the Agency

    • January 6, 2003
    • BBC

    Documentary recalling the revolution in British advertising during the 60s and three men who were instrumental in bringing it about. David Puttnam, Alan Parker and Charles Saatchi, who all worked for the same agency, were among the first to recognise the social changes, with the emphasis on individualism, which were taking place, and the style of advertising needed to appeal to the new breed of customer.

Season 2004

  • S2004E01 Tetris: From Russia With Love

    • July 6, 2004
    • BBC

    Tetris is a computer game, but it behaves like a virus. Whoever comes into contact with it is gripped by its simplicity. Yet this simplicity belies a complex psychological power that prompted a global battle for financial rights every bit as gripping as the game itself. This film charts the birth of this most original of puzzles, from the hands of a computer programmer at Moscow's Academy of Science to its position as a multi-billion-dollar game. This is a story of communists playing at capitalism in a game that involved Robert Maxwell and intimidation from the heart of the Soviet state.

  • S2004E02 Johnny Cash: The Last Great American

    • February 6, 2004
    • BBC

    Documentary profiling the life of legendary country music star Johnny Cash, who died in 2003 shortly after completing the retrospective Unearthed, a five-CD set of the acoustic performances with which he resurrected his career in the last decade of his life, and after losing his wife, June Carter Cash. This first major retrospective of Cash's life, times and music features contributions from his daughter Rosanne Cash and son John Carter Cash, his longtime manager Lou Robin and fellow musicians including Little Richard, Cowboy Jack Clement, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Elvis Costello. Cash was the son of a poor sharecropper from Kingsland, Arkansas, who sang folk, spiritual and country songs to himself while picking cotton in the fields. In the 50s he signed to Sam Phillips' Sun Records, scored his first hits and was part of the 'Million Dollar Quartet' with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. In the 60s, he created his famous 'Man in Black' persona, and became a huge country star with hits like Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, I Walk the Line and A Boy Named Sue, while torn between drug dependency, hellraising and a powerful spirituality. Cash had long since established himself as a man of the people with his prison concerts beginning with an incendiary performance at San Quentin in 1958. He ended the decade by finally marrying June Carter - a member of hugely influential US country dynasty the Carter Family - launching his own national TV series from Nashville, befriending the Native American movement and opposing the war in Vietnam while playing concerts for the soldiers in the field. After tough times in the 80s, Cash reignited his career with a new young audience in the 90s when he recorded with rap-rock producer Rick Rubin.

  • S2004E03 Noah's Ark: The Real Story

    • March 21, 2004
    • BBC

    It's part of everyone's childhood and one of the greatest myths of all but did it really happen? This programme puts some extraordinary claims about Noah, his Ark and the Great Flood to the test, using CGI to build a clear picture of the historical Noah and the dramatic events that inspired the story of the Ark and the Flood. New archaeological discoveries suggest that the biblical story was based on a real event: there was indeed a massive flood in Mesopotamia in 3000BC. Noah himself, though, was far from the man the Bible says he was.

  • S2004E04 The Wrecking Season

    • June 21, 2004
    • BBC

    After seeing this film, stepping onto a beach may never be the same again. Until his untimely death, playwright, beachcomber and lobsterman Nick Darke lived on Cornwall's rugged and beautiful north coast. He came from a long line of seafarers and he still practised the right of 'wrecking', an ancient pastime that intriguingly put him in touch, through phone calls and the internet, with fishermen and oceanographers round the world. This haunting film, photographed by Nick's artist wife Jane, which uses atmospheric and evocative archive shot by his father, captures a unique portrait of his daily work as he combed the wild seashore for the wonderful hardwoods, exotic sea beans, fishing paraphernalia and fascinating artefacts deposited on Cornwall's beaches by the ocean's long haul drift. It's an uplifting tribute to a remarkable man whose house, garden and whole existence are full of the wonderful things he found and whose data and observations feed into important global ocean research and investigations.

  • S2004E05 Battle of the Bogside

    • March 24, 2004
    • BBC

    On 12 August 1969, the disaffected Catholic and Nationalist population in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, took to the streets to confront the Royal Ulster Constabulary, in the wake of the annual protestant Apprentice Boys parade in the City. The riots, which came to be known as the ‘Battle of the Bogside’, continued for almost 3 days and saw over 1,000 people injured. The ‘Battle’ ended when, in an unprecedented step, British troops were deployed into Derry. This decision, by the British Government at Westminster, was to shape the future of Northern Ireland for over thirty years. Through the use of previously unseen archive footage, ‘Battle of the Bogside’ takes us behind the barricades, into Stormont and Westminster, to reveal the inside stories surrounding the Battle and the political response to it. Interviews with key figures from within the Bogside, the RUC and the Northern Irish and British Governments recreate the drama as events unfold. Many of the contributors are speaking for the first time about those 3 days in August 1969.

  • S2004E06 Dig with Dibnah

    • April 1, 2004
    • BBC

    The late, great and supremely enthusiastic Fred Dibnah's passion for Britain's industrial past continues apace as he sets about digging a 100-foot deep mineshaft in his back garden. In the programme the ex-steeplejack has reached a depth of 25ft in his bid to construct an authentic coal mine in his back garden, and visits some real working mines to pick up tips as he unveils his plans for a winding engine and railway.

  • S2004E07 A Tribute to Fred Dibnah

    • December 4, 2004
    • BBC

    A tribute to the late Fred Dibnah, steeplejack.

  • S2004E08 Dead In The Water: The Sinking of the USS Liberty

    • August 21, 2004
    • BBC

    During the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed in the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats. Israel claimed that the whole affair had been a tragic accident based on mistaken identification of the ship. The American government accepted the explanation. For more than 30 years many people have disbelieved the official explanation but have been unable to rebut it convincingly. Now, Dead in the Water uses startling new evidence to reveal the truth behind the seemingly inexplicable attack. The film combines dramatic reconstruction of the events, with new access to former officers in the US and Israeli armed forces and intelligence services who have decided to give their own version of events. Interviews include President Lyndon Johnson's Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara, former head of the Israeli navy Admiral Shlomo Errell and members of the USS Liberty crew.

  • S2004E09 Trafalgar Square: Carry On Plinthing

    • March 31, 2004
    • BBC

    The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square is the competition in the art world that everyone is talking about. How do you choose between a car covered in pigeon droppings, wooden cruise missiles and a disabled pregnant nude? Ben Lewis interviews the artists including Sarah Lucas and Marc Quinn, critic Brian Sewell and the art world mandarins who are running it to try and answer the questions that are troubling him. The programme was originally shown in 2004.

  • S2004E10 Roy Lichtenstein: Pop Idol

    • January 25, 2004
    • BBC

    Paul Morley investigates the lasting appeal of art's very own Pop Idol. From failed Abstract Expressionist to pioneering Pop Art hero, Roy Lichtenstein revolutionised the art world with his big, bold, brash cartoon images of American culture. Even before Andy Warhol had picked up his can of Campbell's soup, Lichtenstein was making merchandise into art and cultivating his own durable brand, turning out work that was highly consumable and tirelessly reproduced. (2004)

  • S2004E12 Confessions of an IRA Informer

    • March 23, 2004
    • BBC

    Documentary about Sean O'Callaghan, a self-confessed IRA bomb-maker, murderer and doubnle agent. He was jailed for 539 years in 1988 but pardoned and released 8 years later.

  • S2004E13 The Porn King Versus The President

    • November 1, 2004
    • BBC

    A look at what the consequences could be if George W Bush is returned in the 2004 election and his Attorney General, John Ashcroft, decides to prosecute his vaunted war on pornography.

  • S2004E14 Akenfield Revisited

    • November 25, 2004
    • BBC

    In Peter Hall's 1974 film Akenfield, the director used the residents of East Anglian villages to act in stories of rural life. Thirty years after the release of this unusual film, a new documentary sees the original producer/editor Rex Pyke gather together crew including Sir Peter Hall, author Ronald Blythe and members of the local 'cast' to see how life has changed for those featured and to recall the making of the production.

  • S2004E15 Afghan Warrior: The Life and Death of Abdul Haq

    • February 18, 2004
    • BBC

    The remarkable story of Abdul Haq, warrior, peacemaker, visionary and martyr, whose fight to bring Afghanistan freedom and peace brought about his death.

  • S2004E16 Bad Boy

    • January 28, 2004
    • BBC

    Observational documentary about Natty, a 19 year old from Birmingham, who has just been released from prison, where he was sent for violent crime. Will financial and peer pressure lead Natty back into gang crime?

  • S2004E17 Not Cricket: the Basil D'oliveira Conspiracy

    • June 20, 2004
    • BBC

    In 1968 Basil D'Oliveira, a brilliant South African-born cricketer who had made his home in England, became the centre of a row that rocked the political and sporting establishment. Immediately after scoring a superb 158 in the final test against Australia he was excluded from the England team picked to tour apartheid South Africa - apparently because of his race. This is the untold story of the English establishment's betrayal of Basil D'Oliveira and includes exclusive interviews with D'Oliveira himself.

  • S2004E19 Rich Hall's Election Special: One Bullet, One Vote

    • November 29, 2004
    • BBC

    From his log cabin in Montana, Rich Hall writes to his friend Mike Wilmot to come and join him in a lively, face-to-face debate, far from the distractions of modern technology. Together, the pair aim to form a small, free-thinking society, discuss the upcoming election, and "drink a shitload of bourbon". With Mike being Canadian, he has little or no knowledge of American politics, so Rich takes the opportunity to introduce him to how the whole system works; of course it may just descend into a series of drunken rants...

  • S2004E20 Urban Soul: The Making of Modern R&B

    • January 4, 2004
    • BBC

    Telling the story of one of the defining genres in American contemporary music culture, including interviews with Beyonce Knowles, Mary J Blige, Wyclef Jean and Chaka Khan.

  • S2004E22 The New Shock of the New

    • July 3, 2004
    • BBC

    Twenty-five years ago the renowned art critic Robert Hughes made The Shock of the New, a landmark television series that examined the key cultural movement of the 20th Century. Now he's back to look at more recent work and to question whether modern art can still be shocking in its originality and understanding. In an age of media saturation it's perhaps even harder to tell what is good art and what is bad; but Hughes cuts through the marketing and the hype to reveal the art that is vital and will last; the art which defines the times in which we live. In a film which features interviews with David Hockney, Paula Rego, Jeff Koons and Sean Scully, Robert Hughes makes the case that painting, drawing, and the search for beauty matter more than ever before.

  • S2004E23 One Night In Bhopal

    • December 1, 2004
    • BBC

    The Bhopal disaster is one of the world's worst industrial disasters in the history of mankind. The explosion at Union Carbide plant located at the heart of the city of Bhopal caused a release of toxic gas rolled along the ground through the surrounding streets killing thousands of people. The gases also injured anywhere from 150,000 to 600,000 people. Six safety measures designed to prevent a gas leak had either malfunctioned, were turned off or were otherwise inadequate. In addition, the safety siren, intended to alert the community should an incident occur at the plant, was turned off.

  • S2004E24 M.R. James: The Corner of the Retina

    • BBC

    A 30 minute documentary on the life and writings of the greatest of all ghost story writers — Montague Rhodes James. This documentary was shown to launch a series of repeats of the classic BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas adaptations of his work.

  • S2004E25 The Bermuda Triangle: Beneath the Waves

    • March 14, 2004
    • BBC

    Professor Bruce Denardo attempts to prove whether there is any truth behind the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, where many ships and planes have disappeared in mysterious circumstances. New investigation techniques reveal the truth behind the infamous disappearance of Flight 19. Graham Hawkes is also able to reveal, by using a state-of-the-art submarine, how five wrecks mysteriously wound up 730 feet down in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle.

  • S2004E26 John Peel Tribute

    • November 6, 2004
    • BBC

    Perhaps the only time Roni Size Delia Smith and John Humphries will appear on the same programme? Introduced by Jo Whiley. Interviewees include Phil Jupitus, Bejamin Zephaniah, Delia Smith, Roni Size, Nick Cave, Johnny Marr, Alan Hansen, John Humphries, Annie Nightingale,

  • S2004E27 In Search of Genius

    • May 5, 2004
    • BBC

    Explores whether geniuses are born or made.

  • S2004E28 The Other Side of Suez

    • June 23, 2004
    • BBC

    In 1956, Britain embarked on an unpopular war against Egypt, sparking public outrage and political crisis, and tarnishing the reputation of once-popular prime minister Anthony Eden. Egyptian politicians, soldiers and civilians tell their side of the story in a timely reminder of the dangers of failing to learn the lessons of history.

  • S2004E29 Belfast to Monte Carlo

    • BBC

    t's been 50 years since local motoring legend Paddy Hopkirk and his co-driver Henry Liddon won one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar, the Monte Carlo Rally. Paddy and former Top Gear presenter Jason Barlow retrace the original route at the wheel of a modern Mini Cooper. The film blends contemporary footage of their eight day journey with nostalgic archive clips, harking back to the heady days when the Mini was a cultural icon, owned by the rich and stylish.

  • S2004E30 A Sunday in Hell

    • August 2, 2004
    • BBC

    Jorgen Leth's film focuses on the 1976 Paris-Roubaix single day bike race over the cobbled farm tracks of northern France, normally reserved for cattle. Leth covers the race with twenty cameras and a helicopter and captures the drama as some of the sport's greats, including Merckx, De Vlaeminck, Maertens and Moser, battle it out through the dirt and dust clouds.

  • S2004E31 Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story

    • March 14, 2004
    • BBC

    A semi-documentary about the life of Verus, a captive from the Rome's Balkan province of Moesia, who is pressed into the harsh life of a slave in Italian rock quarry. He sees no long term future there, so when the owner of a gladiatorial school comes there to recruit prospective fighters for his school, he purposely picks a fight with another slave to attract attention. Both he and Priscus, the Celtic slave, join the school, become friends, and build careers as renowned gladiators, adored by the crowds in the arena and desired by women of the aristocratic class. The Emporer Titus completes his father Vespasian's pet project, the Colosseum, and wants the inaugural games worthy of his memory, so he specifically selects Verus to fight in them.

  • S2004E33 The Moors Murders Code

    • September 15, 2004
    • BBC

    An investigation into a collection of photographs owned by murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley that police claimed may have led to the identification of the sites of their victims' graves.

  • S2004E34 Band Aid: The Song That Rocked the World

    • October 1, 2004
    • BBC

    Midge Ure looks back at the story of the Band Aid famine relief single he co-wrote and produced, featuring contributions from the pop stars who took part.

  • S2004E35 Raphael: A Mortal God

    • October 31, 2004
    • BBC

    Drama-documentary depicting the life and times of the most flamboyant and colourful Renaissance artist of all.

  • S2004E36 Michael Jackson and the Boy He Paid Off

    • March 7, 2004
    • BBC

    Documentary exploring complaints levelled against singer Michael Jackson in 1993 by a 13-year-old boy, Jordan Chandler, whose allegations never came to court. The programme, in which it is claimed that a multimillion-dollar settlement was involved, talks to the boy's uncle, Jackson's former head of security and journalists who worked on the story.

  • S2004E37 The Hungerford Massacre

    • December 7, 2004
    • BBC

    On 19 August 1987, a 27-year-old loner and gun fanatic called Michael Ryan became one of Britain's most notorious mass murderers when, armed with a shocking arsenal of guns, he embarked on a killing spree in a quiet English town. Eyewitness testimony and reconstructions provide a chilling account of the bloodbath, while the one-off film also recalls how gun laws and police communication systems changed after the slaughter.

  • S2004E38 Why I Hate the 60s: The Decade That Was Too Good to Be True

    • June 12, 2004
    • BBC

    A light-hearted critique of the values of the 1960s.

  • S2004E39 Ice Dream: Lapland's Snow Show

    • March 4, 2004
    • BBC

    On the edge of the Arctic Circle some of the biggest names in art and architecture - including Zaha Hadid, Anish Kapoor, Yoko Ono, Tatsuo Mihijima and Future Systems - recently gathered to produce an extraordinary collection of artworks made of ice and snow. See ice harvested by chainsaw, flaming vodka coursing through Hadid's ziggurat (and threatening to melt it) and Anish Kapoor get cross as his 'Red Solid' begins to look more like a pink slush puppy. Charlie Luxton investigates

  • S2004E40 Bears: Spy in the Woods

    • November 30, 2004
    • BBC

    David Attenborough narrates a documentary about different species of bear. Spy-cams blend into the environment to capture unprecedented footage of wild pandas, grizzly and polar bears, and also the only South American species - spectacled bear cubs. Underwater, we follow grizzlies diving for salmon and, in the woods of Minnesota, we spy on black bears and their tree-climbing cubs.

  • S2004E41 The Secret Agent: BNP Exposed

    • July 15, 2004
    • BBC

    Contains very strong and offensive language In recent years the British National Party has denied that it's a fundamentally racist organisation and touts itself as a legitimate political party. But in a BBC documentary - The Secret Agent - a BBC reporter went undercover to infiltrate the BNP in the north west of England. What he captured on camera in secret filming is simply shocking: BNP activists fantasising about attacking mosques with rockets and Muslims with guns; members of the party admitting to campaigns of violence and intimidation against minority groups and a speech from the current BNP Leader Nick Griffin in which he boasts that his words could lead to seven years in prison if made public.

  • S2004E42 Trigger Happy: The Irresistible Rise of the Video Game

    • February 9, 2004
    • BBC

    Author and journalist Steven Poole examines the creative explosion occurring in video games and the impact this major new form of entertainment is having on contemporary culture. Contributors include Lord Puttnam, Julian Opie, Professor Susan Greenfield and games impresario Peter Molyneux.

  • S2004E43 Happy Birthday BBC Two

    • April 20, 2004
    • BBC

    First transmitted in 2004 to commemorate the channel's 40th birthday, stars and programme makers come together to look back at the story of BBC Two.

  • S2004E44 The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody

    • December 4, 2004
    • BBC

    For the first time ever the full story behind the nation's best-loved song, featuring a return to Rockfield Studios by Brian May and Roger Taylor where they rerecord the guitar and drum parts and tell the story of how the song came together. Narrated by Richard E Grant, the documentary includes exclusive rare recordings of Freddie Mercury performing the song in studio, Queen's first ever TV performance, and the making of the video, as well as interviews with Mercury's friends and family, The Darkness and Bjorn Ulvaeus from Abba.

  • S2004E45 D-Day 6.6.1944

    • June 5, 2004
    • BBC

    Dramatised documentary, based on the experiences of the soldiers who invaded France in the D-Day Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944 which were instrumental in ending World War II.

  • S2004E46 Vivian Stanshall: The Canyons of His Mind

    • June 11, 2004
    • BBC

    BBC FOUR presents a profile of Vivian Stanshall - "The late, majestic Vivian Stanshall, one of the most talented, profligate, bizarre, infuriating, unfathomable and magnificent Englishmen ever to have drawn breath" - Stephen Fry.   A veteran of the common law marriage between Sixties art school and rock 'n' roll, Stanshall was co-founder, lead singer and co-writer of cult Sixties sensation The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, the missing link between satire and psychedelia, pop and performance art, pastiche and Python.   Stanshall was a dapper Zappa, perfecting what he called "ballet for the vulgar".   Like Peter Cook, he burnt himself out tragically early, virtually drinking himself to death before dying in a fire at his house in 1995.   He was, as the title of his last ever broadcast put it, a Renaissance man: writer, composer, performer and painter.   This film tells Viv's life story from mum and dad to Dada and Mummery.   It follows his progress from an 'odd boy' Southend seaside childhood, through art school, his intro to and outro from the Bonzo Dog Band and subsequent spectacular resurfacings as solo artist with his Peel Show monologue about Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (later a book and a film starring Trevor Howard), his comic opera Stinkfoot performed on board the Bristol Showboat and at London's Bloomsbury Theatre and his final appearances with Rawlinson DogEnds.   Tracing Viv's musical journey from its Bonzo beginnings to Rawlinson End and beyond, this expedition into the archival canyons of his mind is peppered with contributions from colleagues, close friends and comic descendants.   But at its centre is a portrait of the man who made his life and art into what he called "a sur-Ealing comedy", drawing on a wealth of largely BBC audio and video.   It combines interviews with his collaborators from the Bonzos and beyond, including band members Neil Innes, Legs Larry Smith, Rodney Slater and manager Gerry Bron, plus later associates like J

  • S2004E47 The Truth About 60s TV

    • June 5, 2004
    • BBC

    Even people who have never seen it claim that television in the Sixties was better than it is now, perhaps the best there has ever been. For three decades, commentators have hailed Civilisation, Cathy Come Home, Dad's Army and The Wednesday Play as prime examples of a 'golden age' of television. Far less time is spent recalling the ratings success of Miss World and The Black and White Minstrel Show. As part of BBC FOUR's mind-expanding trip back to the Sixties, writer and broadcaster Mark Lawson takes a fresh look at 1960s television and explodes some long-cherished myths about the era.

  • S2004E48 What The World Thinks Of God

    • February 26, 2004
    • BBC One

    In a unique event, satellite link-ups bring together guests from five continents to debate some age-old questions on religion, and consider its place in the modern world. Does belief in a god make the world a better place? Which god should we worship? When is it right to wage war in their name? Jeremy Vine hosts the programme from London, and reveals the results of a unique poll in which 10,000 people from ten countries across the globe gave their opinions on religion and belief today.

  • S2004E49 Lightning: Nature Strikes Back

    • November 29, 2004
    • BBC

    It is five times hotter than the sun and turns sand to glass in an instant. It can shoot 80 kilometres up above storm clouds. And it may even have provided the original spark that created life itself. This pacy, stylish documentary reveals the full power of lightning, why it is so dangerous, and what scientists are doing to protect us. Statistically, you are most likely to be struck in Florida, playing golf on a Sunday in July. Hear victims tell touching stories of the real experience, and why they feel it has changed them forever. View cockpit footage of NASA pilots flying through active lightning storms and find out why some scientists think the pollution in big cities could be 'baiting' lightning on an incredible scale. The more we learn about this maverick force of nature, it seems, the more we have to fear...

  • S2004E50 Roy Lichtenstein - Pop Idol

    • January 25, 2004
    • BBC

    Paul Morley investigates the lasting appeal of art's very own Pop Idol. From failed Abstract Expressionist to pioneering Pop Art hero, Roy Lichtenstein revolutionised the art world with his big, bold, brash cartoon images of American culture. Even before Andy Warhol had picked up his can of Campbell's soup, Lichtenstein was making merchandise into art and cultivating his own durable brand, turning out work that was highly consumable and tirelessly reproduced.

  • S2004E51 Bermuda Triangle: Beneath the Waves

    • March 13, 2004
    • BBC

    Professor Bruce Denardo attempts to prove whether there is any truth behind the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, where many ships and planes have disappeared in mysterious circumstances. New investigation techniques reveal the truth behind the infamous disappearance of Flight 19. Graham Hawkes is also able to reveal, by using a state-of-the-art submarine, how five wrecks mysteriously wound up 730 feet down in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle.

Season 2005

  • S2005E01 How To Sleep Better

    • February 1, 2005
    • BBC

    Presented by Robert Winston, How to Sleep Better is a practical guide to the world of sleep. The programme explores the common problems, dangers and the mysteries that have puzzled scientists for years. One in five motorway accidents are attributed to a lack of sleep, which was also a contributory factor in disasters such as Chernobyl and the Challenger shuttle explosion. This programme looks at the dangers of poor sleep, how people perceive their sleep and provides real solutions. Viewers can find out about practical tools to help them get a good night's sleep rather than resorting to over the counter drugs. Most people have suffered the torment of a sleepless night at some point in their lives - for some it's an ongoing misery. How to Sleep Better follows a group of self-professed poor sleepers as they take part in a 'sleep lab' to pinpoint what is keeping them awake.

  • S2005E02 Blowing up Paradise

    • March 16, 2005
    • BBC

    Ben Lewis (The King of Communism, Art Safari), traces the strange history of French atomic tests in the South Pacific from the 1960s to the 90s - a story of liberty, equality and radioactivity. Thousands of Polynesian islanders were transformed from fishermen into nuclear technicians and Greenpeace activists sailed a tiny yacht into the test zone to end atmospheric testing. The film also shows how a tiny group of Tahitian radicals set up the world's only anti-nuclear resistance cell and how some former test workers from France and Tahiti now suffer from cancers that many believe are linked to fall-out from the tests.

  • S2005E03 Gauguin: The Full Story

    • April 19, 2005
    • BBC

    One hundred years ago, on the Island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas, a syphilitic and alcoholic Frenchman called Paul Gauguin died of a heart attack. At that point nobody realised the incredible impact Gauguin's work was to have on modern art. Art critic and broadcaster, Waldemar Januszczak has written and directed this examination of a man who was not only a great painter but sculptor, wood carver, musician, print maker, journalist and ceramicist. As well as telling the remarkable story of Gauguin's life, Januszczak also celebrates Gauguin's achievements and examines the various accusations of sexual misconduct, familial neglect and racism that are frequently made against him.

  • S2005E04 The Copenhagen Fallout

    • June 13, 2005
    • BBC

    In World War II, there were mounting fears that Hitler was building an atomic bomb. Such a prospect depended on two of the world's top nuclear scientists; brilliant German physicist Werner Heisenberg, and his Danish mentor, Niels Bohr. In 1941, Heisenberg travelled 200 miles in secret to Copenhagen to meet Bohr. The meeting put both men at immense risk, and had a cataclysmic effect on their relationship. This film was made with access to their personal correspondence and newly released documents kept secret for half a century.

  • S2005E05 Hiroshima

    • August 8, 2005
    • BBC

    It was the defining moment of the 20th Century - the scientific, technological, military, and political gamble of the world's first atomic attack. This drama-documentary attempts to do what no other film has done before - to show what it is like to live through a nuclear explosion, millisecond by millisecond.

  • S2005E06 Britpop Story

    • August 16, 2005
    • BBC

    In August 1995 Blur and Oasis were engaged in a head-to-head chart battle which divided music fans and led to a wider argument about British pop music. John Harris, journalist and author of The Last Party - the definitive study of the entwinement of music and politics in the 1990s - presents a documentary charting the rise of Britpop, its brief romance with New Labour and the emergence of 'new lad' culture. Finally, as Britpop declines, he asks what legacy it has left.

  • S2005E07 The Other Side of Dunkirk

    • August 16, 2005
    • BBC

    Powerful myths and misconceptions have shaped our understanding of the moment which changed the course of WW2 - the evacuation at Dunkirk in 1940. But what really happened at Dunkirk and in the crisis before the days of the evacuation? This documentary takes a European look at the crisis and asks new questions from a French and German perspective as well as from a British point of view. Featuring interviews with veterans and historians from all three key protagonists, providing revealing insights into the events of May and June 1940.

  • S2005E08 Genghis Khan

    • April 5, 2005
    • BBC

    In 1162 deep in the heart of Asia, a child was born. He was clutching a bloodclot: a sign from heaven that he was destined to be a great warrior, whose life was to become a legend. His name: Genghis Khan.

  • S2005E09 The Life and Times of El Niño

    • November 30, 2005
    • BBC

    The massive fluctuations that El Nino causes in the world's weather systems have changed the course of history. Unusually cold winters and the resulting poor crops helped forment the French Revolution. Hitler's march across Russia was halted by one of the harshest winters on record. Severe drought in India in 1877 killed millions while a drop in sea temperatures, leading to dwindling food stocks, precipitated the fall of the mighty Aztecs. Would these events have happened without the impact of El Nino?

  • S2005E10 Michelangelo: A Film

    • December 20, 2005
    • BBC