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A History of the World - Unlocking the Midlands

BBC 1
Chris Tarrant discovers how one simple invention revolutionised the industrial heart of Britain. He travels by narrow boat to see how the Brindley Lock created a canal network that would transform the Midlands from rural backwater to industrial giant.
Engineering%%%History

A Night with the Stars

BBC 2
For one night only, Professor Brian Cox goes unplugged in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. In his own inimitable style, Brian takes an audience of famous faces, scientists and members of the public on a journey through some of the most challenging concepts in physics.
Physics

A Picture of London

BBC 2
From its early years until the present day, London has provided powerful, emotional inspiration to artists.This documentary evokes the city as seen by painters, photographers, film-makers and writers through the ages.
Built Environment & Architecture%%%History

A Poet\'s Guide to Britain : Louis MacNeice

Rupert Edwards
Poet and author Owen Sheers presents a series in which he explores great works of poetry set in the British landscape. Louis MacNeice was one of the big guns of British poetry in the 1930s and 40s but is less well known today. Sheers takes a stroll into one of his finest poems, called simply Woods.
Humanities

A Poet\'s Guide to Britain : Matthew Arnold

Rupert Edwards
Poet and author Owen Sheers presents a series in which he explores great works of poetry set in the British landscape. What drove Matthew Arnold to write his bleak but tremendous poem Dover Beach.
Humanities

A Poet\'s Guide to Britain : George Mackay Brown

Rupert Edwards
Poet and author Owen Sheers presents a series in which he explores six great works of poetry set in the British landscape.George Mackay Brown, who died in 1996, was the great poetic voice of the Orkneys and one of the foremost Scottish poets of the 20th century.
Humanities

A Poet\'s Guide to Britain : Lynette Roberts

Rupert Edwards
Poet and author Owen Sheers presents a series in which he explores six great works of poetry set in the British landscape.Roberts was brought up in a wealthy family in Argentina but married a writer from Carmarthenshire in 1939 at the outbreak of war and spent the next nine years living in poverty in a Welsh-speaking village.
Humanities

A Poet\'s Guide to Britain : Sylvia Plath

Rupert Edwards
Poet and author Owen Sheers presents a series in which he explores great works of poetry set in the British landscape.Sylvia Plath is one of the most popular and influential poets of recent history but her poetry is often overshadowed by her life.
Humanities




A Very English Education

BBC
The British public school is an institution renowned the world over. In 1979, the BBC made a documentary series about life inside Radley College, one of the UK\'s most privileged and traditional boys\' boarding schools. In 2013, BBC director Hannah Berryman caught up with some of the boys who featured in the series to find out how their lives panned out after they left Radley.
General Interest

A World Without Water

Brian Woods
As the highest water bills ever land on doormats across the UK this April, this film investigates the future of the world's water, and paints a disturbing picture of a world running out of the most basic of life's essentials.
General Science%%%Geography

Abdication: A Very British Coup

BBC
Documentary which sheds new light on the greatest crisis to rock the British monarchy in centuries - the abdication of King Edward VIII. Usually, it has been presented as the only possible solution to his dilemma of having to choose between the throne and the woman he loved.
History%%%Politics & Public Policy


Absolute Zero - The Conquest of Cold

BBC 4
Absolute Zero is the ultimate limit of cold – a Holy Grail as exciting for scientists as the North and South Poles were to the great polar explorers. The Conquest of Cold is an epic journey from dark beginnings to an ultra-cool frontier.
Chemistry

Absolute Zero - The Race for Absolute Zero

BBC 4
The Conquest of Cold charts the attempts of many great names in science such as Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday and Antoinne Lavoisier to grapple with the perplexing mystery of cold.
Chemistry

Acoustic at the BBC

BBC 4
A journey through some of the finest moments of acoustic guitar performances from the BBC archives, from Jimmy Page\'s television debut in 1958 to Oasis and Biffy Clyro.
Music%%%Other

Afghan Cricket Club - Out of the Ashes

BBC 4
Against a backdrop of war and poverty, this documentary traces the extraordinary journey of a team of young Afghan cricketers as they chase a seemingly impossible dream, shedding light on a nation beyond burqas, bombs, drugs and devastation.
Politics & Public Policy%%%Sport




Afghanistan: The Unknown Country

Lyse Doucet
A journey through the parts of Afghanistan that don't normally feature in news coverage to meet some amazing people and see fascinating places. Lyse Doucet uses her many years experience in Afghanistan to show a different side of a country which has been at war for 30 years.
Geography%%%History


Africa - Episode 2 - Savannah

BBC
East Africa is a land which is constantly changing. To survive here, creatures must be able to deal with unpredictable twists and turns - wet turning to dry, feast to famine, cold to hot - no matter how hostile it becomes
Natural World

Africa - Episode 3 - Congo

BBC
The very heart of Africa is covered in dense tropical rainforest. The animals that live here find the most ingenious ways to carve out their space in a claustrophobic landscape.
Natural World


Africa - Episode 5 - Sahara

BBC
Northern Africa is home to the greatest desert on Earth, the Sahara. On the fringes, huge zebras battle over dwindling resources and naked mole rats avoid the heat by living a bizarre underground existence. Within the desert, where the sand dunes \\\'sing\\\', camels seek out water with the help of their herders and tiny swallows navigate across thousands of square miles to find a solitary oasis.
Natural World

Africa - Episode 6 - The Future

BBC
David Attenborough comes face-to-face with a baby rhino and asks what the future holds for this little one. He meets the local people who are standing side-by-side with the wildlife at this pivotal moment in their history. We discover what it takes to save a species, hold back a desert and even resurrect an entire wilderness - revealing what the world was like before modern man.
Natural World