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BBC Documentaries Season 2016 - Episodes Guide and Summaries

EpisodeEpisode NameAir Date
1

The Joy of Rachmaninoff

2

Leningrad and the Orchestra That Defied Hitler

3

Britain's Muslim Soldiers

4

The Age of Loneliness

5

The Story Of The Day The Clown Cried

6

Big Hits: TOTP 1964 to 1975

7

The Millionaire's Gift Guide

8

Royal Wives at War

9

The Town That Took On The Taxman

10

David Bowie: Sound and Vision

11

Bad Dads' Army: The Hatton Garden Heist

12

Attenborough And The Giant Dinosaur

13

Murder Games: The Life and Death of Breck Bednar

14

Children Saved From The Nazis: The Story Of Sir Nicholas Winton

15

Barely Legal Grafters

16

Adam Pearson: Freak Show

17

Ryan Farquhar: Back On The Road

18

Britain's Trillion Pound Island: Inside Cayman

19

Lemmy: In His Own Words

20

Burns, My Dad and Me

21

Goya Exposed with Jake Chapman

22

Patrick Kielty's Mulholland Drive

23

Troll Hunters

24

Pierre Boulez at the BBC: Master and Maverick

25

Rise of the Superstar Vloggers

26

Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary

27

The Supergamers

28

The Virtual Reality Virgin

29

Webcam Boys

30

Camila's Kids Company - The Inside Story

31

Professor Green: Hidden And Homeless

32

How To Die: Simon's Choice

33

Britains Brainiest School

34

School's Not for Me

35

The Most Dangerous Band in the World: The Story of Guns N' Roses

36

The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive: 10 Years On

37

Botticelli's Venus: The Making of an Icon

38

My Baby, Psychosis And Me

39

In Private View: Neelam Gill On Vogue

40

Annabel's Nightclub: A String of Naked Lightbulbs

41

Montalbano and Me: Andrea Camilleri

42

Rick Stein's Taste of Shanghai

43

Addicted to Sheep

44

The Docklands Bomb: Executing Peace

45

Grime Scene Queens

46

Stacey Dooley in Cologne: The Blame Game

47

The Easybeats to AC/DC: The Story of Aussie Rock

49

Ireland's Treasures Uncovered

50

Before I Kick the Bucket: The Whole Story

51

Facelifts and Fillers

52

Daft Punk Unchained

53

Kipling's Indian Adventure

54

The Man Who Witnessed 219 Executions

55

Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard

56

Perfect Pianists at the BBC

57

Britain's Secret Slavery Business

58

The Return of Flying Scotsman

59

Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis

60

Dunblane: Our Story

61

Meet The Devotees

62

Virtuoso Violinists at the BBC

63

Behind Closed Doors

64

Boris: The London Years

65

The Queen's 90th Birthday: A Service of Celebration for Commonwealth Day

66

Wales's Most Deprived Estate: The Fight Back

67

The Estate We're In

68

Trapped in Syria: My Mum's Story

69

Brendan O'Carroll: My Family at War

70

Jo Brand's Hell of a Walk for Sport Relief

71

Miss Transgender: Britain's New Beauty Queens

72

John Williams at the BBC

73

The Savage World of Social Media

74

The Battle for Christianity

75

Swansea Sparkle: A Transgender Story

76

Chef vs Science: The Ultimate Kitchen Challenge

77

Hayley: Call Centre's Tanning Addict

78

In The Footsteps of Judas

79

Murdered by My Father

80

Scruffts: Britain's Favourite Dog

81

The Boy with No Hands

82

The Last Days of Legal Highs

83

Can Seb Coe Save Athletics?

84

Being the Brontes

85

Janis Joplin Little Girl Blue

86

The Brontes at the BBC

87

Tim Rhys-Evans: All in the Mind

88

Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man For Sport Relief

89

Centenary of the Easter Rising

90

1916: The Irish Rebellion

91

Easter Rising 1916: Eoin MacNéill, The Rebellion's Forgotten Man?

92

Life in Debt Valley

93

Murdered by My Father

94

Connie Fisher on Make-Up

95

#welshteens: My Perfect Body

96

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Master And Maverick

97

Easter 1916: The Enemy Files

98

The Vikings Uncovered

99

Bob Geldof on WB Yeats: A Fanatic Heart

100

Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop's Victorian Benefits

102

Chasing Dad: A Lifelong Addiction

103

Abused: The Untold Story

104

Hack Me! The Girl With Magnetic Fingers

105

BBC: The Secret Files 2

106

Britain's Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection

110

Tom Jones' 1950s, The Decade That Made Me

111

A Tale Of Five Temples: The Story Of Hinduism In Britain

112

Stacey Dooley in Greece: Migrant Kids in Crisis

113

The Queen's 90th Birthday Live

114

Elizabeth at 90 - A Family Tribute

115

The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven

116

Aliens - The Big Think

117

Billy Fury: The Sound of Fury

118

Shakespeare Live From The RSC

119

Yehudi Menuhin: Who's Yehudi?

120

Never Again: Fear And Faith In Paris

121

The Moon

122

Attenborough at 90 - Life Behind the Lens

124

Forest, Field & Sky: Art out of Nature

125

The Rise of Khan

126

May Blitz: Seven Days That Rocked Liverpool

127

When Pop Went Epic: The Crazy World of the Concept Album

128

Attenborough at 90

129

Hillsborough

130

Attenborough's Life That Glows

131

5000/1: How Leicester City Beat the Odds

132

Cunk on Shakespeare

133

The Sun

134

Jack To A King - The Swansea Story

136

Faoi Gheall ag Éirinn

137

Rest in Pixels

138

Leicester's Impossible Dream

139

Black Power: America's Armed Resistance

140

Bodyhack: Metal Gear Man

141

David Attenborough's Zoo Quest in Colour

142

Scotland's First Oil Rush

143

Paxman in Brussels: Who Really Rules Us?

144

EMI: The Inside Story

145

The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner

146

United States of Hate: Muslims Under Attack

147

World Cup 1966 - Alfie's Boys

149

Jimmy Hill: A Man for All Seasons

150

The World's Biggest Flower Market

151

The Secret of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

152

Battle of Jutland: The Navy's Bloodiest Day

153

Belfast's Forgotten Hero: HMS Caroline

154

The Truth About Alcohol

155

Playing Beethoven's Fifth

156

Going Going Gone: Nick Broomfield's Disappearing Britain

157

The Real Versailles

158

Kelly Holmes: My Marathon Story

159

With Hope in Their Hearts

160

Ben Building: Mussolini, Monuments and Modernism

161

Alan Shearer's Euro 96: When Football Came Home

162

The Penis Extension Clinic

163

The Making of an Ice Princess

164

Anthony Joshua: A Legend in the Making

165

Britain and Europe: For Richer or Poorer

166

Deepcut: The Army's Shame

167

Murphy and O'Kane Do... Le Football

168

Michael Sheen: The Fight for My Steel Town

170

Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks to People

171

Britain and Europe: The Immigration Question

172

The Big EU Reality Check

173

Lucy Worsley: Mozart's London Odyssey

174

Professor Green: Dangerous Dogs

175

Britain's Most Spectacular Backyard Builds

176

Inside Porton Down: Britain's Secret Weapons Research Facility

177

Women Prisoners: Throw Away the Key?

178

The Muslim Pound

179

Life and Deaf

180

Just Call Me Martina

181

B Is for Book

182

Britain's Lost Waterlands: Escape to Swallows and Amazons Country

183

Heroes of the Somme

184

MAKE! Craft Britain

185

Clean Eating's Dirty Secrets

186

Wales at the Somme: Gareth Thomas and the Battle of Mametz Wood

187

Sex, Drugs and Murder: Life in the Red Light Zone: Welcome to Holbeck

188

Fixing Dad

189

The Greatest Poem of World War One: David Jones's In Parenthesis

191

Jessica Ennis-Hill: A Coach's Story

192

Serena

193

NYPD: Biggest Gang in New York?

194

Swim the Channel

195

The Search for the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich

196

The Man Who Filmed the Somme

197

The Men Who Sleep in Trucks

198

The Joy of Data

199

When Pop Went Crazy: The Epic World of the Concept Album

200

Keith Richards - The Origin of the Species

201

The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl

202

Roger Bannister: Everest on the Track

203

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

204

Jade: Why I Chose Porn

205

Britain's Pompeii: A Village Lost in Time

206

The Banker's Guide to Art

207

The Girl from Ipanema: Brazil, Bossa Nova and the Beach

208

Brexit: The Battle for Britain

209

The Mystery of Van Gogh's Ear

210

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

211

Generation '66

212

Britain's Most Wanted Motorbike Gangs?

213

The Gift of Hearing

214

Redefining Juliet

215

The Dark Way Home

216

From EastEnders to Hollywood: Antonia Bird

217

Hidden Killers of the Post War Home

218

Josie: My Cancer Curse

219

Last Whites of the East End

220

Life Inside Wandsworth Prison

221

Brought Up On Porn

222

Damien Hirst And Jeff Koon's Side By Side: The Interview

223

Scotland: The Edge Of Europe

224

Duran Duran at Eden

225

Kate Humble: My Sheepdog and Me

226

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

227

Pappano's Italian Double Bill at the Royal Opera House

228

Thierry Henry: My France, My Euros

229

Summer-night Concert from Vienna - 2016

230

Brexageddon?!

231

Sings Stevie Wonder

232

Forgotten Warriors of World War One

233

James Joyce Goes to China

234

Visions of World War One

235

Wales' Euro Heroes

237

Can Britain Have A Payrise?

238

Summer: Earth's Seasonal Secrets

239

Home to Ebbw Vale

240

Mo Farah: Race of His Life

241

The Closer We Get

242

Night Tube: The First Weekend

243

Scotland at the Games

245

All Aboard! The Country Bus

246

Smack in Suburbia: America's Heroin Crisis

247

Being Mavis Nicholson: TV's Greatest Interviewer

248

The Brownlees: An Olympic Story

249

The R&B Feeling: The Bob Parks Story

250

Who's Afraid of Conceptual Art?

251

A Week In The Wild

252

Being Jamie Baulch: The Search for My Birth Dad

253

A Very British Deterrent

254

London 1666

255

Unfinished: The Making of Massive Attack

256

The Severn Bridge at 50: A High Wire Act

257

Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels

258

Tank Men

260

The Making of a Master

261

Obesity The Post Mortem

262

Brexit: A Very British Coup?

263

The Man Who Squeezes Muscles: Searching for Purple Aki

264

British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves

265

Great Welsh Writers: Roald Dahl

266

Capability Brown's Unfinished Garden

267

Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells

268

The Search for Life: The Drake Equation

269

Reggie Yates: Touchdown USA

270

New Town (Edinburgh)

271

Alex Jones - Fertility & Me

272

The Trouble With My Dad

273

Bricks!

274

Autumn: Earth's Seasonal Secrets

275

Lucy Owen: Middle-Aged Me

276

Kew's Forgotten Queen

277

Being Black, Going Crazy?

278

Britain's Star Men: Heroes of Astronomy

279

Oasis: In Their Own Words

280

Sir Terry Wogan Remembered: Fifty Years at the BBC

281

The Hip Hop World News

282

Rubble Kings

283

Sir Chris Hoy: 200mph at Le Mans

284

Stacey Dooley: Hate and Pride in Orlando

285

Hunting the Nazi Gold Train

286

Iron Maidens: The Female Fighters

287

Locked in My Body

289

Railway Nation - A Journey in Verse

290

Reggie Yates: Life and Death in Chicago

291

A World Without Down's Syndrome?

292

The Incredible Story of Marie Antoinette's Watch

293

Boy George's 1970s: Save Me From Suburbia

294

Louis Theroux - Savile

295

The Great Butterfly Adventure: Africa to Britain with the Painted Lady

296

America’s Hate Preachers

297

Richard Parks on Everest

298

The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts

299

Empire Builder: Journey Across America

300

The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4)

301

The Greatest Tomb On Earth: Secrets of Ancient China

302

HyperNormalisation

303

Surviving Aberfan

304

Aberfan: The Fight for Justice

305

Who's Spending Britain's Billions?

306

No Place to Call Home

307

Pink Floyd: Beginnings 1967-1972

308

Aberfan: The Green Hollow

309

Transgender Love

310

The Brexit Effect

311

Tulisa: The Price Of Fame - Update

312

Scotland and the Klan

313

Nicky and Wynton: The Making of a Concerto

314

Who Do You Blame Game For The Last Ten Years?

315

Television's Opening Night: How the Box Was Born

317

Virago: Changing the World One Page at a Time

322

Gillespie Investigates... Domestic Terror

323

Beyond The Battlefield: 100 Years Of Erskine

325

Peter York's Hipster Handbook

326

Trump's Unlikely Superfans

327

The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End

328

Building Hope: The Maggie's Centres

329

John Berger: The Art of Looking

330

Rich Hall's Presidential Grudge Match

331

Breaking Into Prison

332

No Body's Perfect with Rankin and Alison Lapper

334

Roots, Reggae, Rebellion

335

Balletboyz - Young Men

336

Chernobyl and Fukushima: The Lesson

337

Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister

338

The Selfless Sikh - Faith on the Frontline

339

Jeremy Deller: We're here because we're here

340

The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs (1)

341

The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs (2)

342

Prison, My Parents And Me

343

The Undiscovered Peter Cook

344

Bob and Roberta's Excellent Protest Adventure

345

Life and Death the Pentecostal Way

346

Young, Gifted and Classical: The Making of a Maestro

347

The National Pet Service

348

The Hunt for Classroom Extremists

349

Titanic's Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster

350

A.Dot’s Story of Grime

351

Black Nurses: The Women Who Saved the NHS

352

Grindr Killer: How I Discovered A Serial Murderer

353

The Mayflower Pilgrims: Behind The Myth

354

Jazzie B's 1980s From Dole to Soul

355

FKA twigs: Soundtrack 7

356

Whites vs Blacks: How Football Changed a Nation

357

Fidel Castro: America's Nemesis

358

How Quizzing Got Cool: TV's Brains of Britain

359

Scotland's Treasures

360

The Sikhs of Smethwick

361

After the Deluge: A Year on from the Floods

362

Promises and Lies: The Story of UB40

363

Usain Bolt: Born to Run

364

Lawful Killing: Mark Duggan

366

Robert Rauschenberg - Pop Art Pioneer

367

Project Children: Defusing the Troubles

368

Dan Snow on Lloyd George: My Great-Great-Grandfather

369

Classic Cellists at the BBC with Julian Lloyd Webber

370

No Fixed Abode with Charlotte Church

371

A Very British Crisis

373

Do I drink too much?

374

The Making of Young Men

375

Danielle de Niese: The Birth of an Opera

376

The Cost of Cute: The Dark Side of the Puppy Trade

377

Aly Bain's America

378

Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot

379

Inside Chernobyl's Mega Tomb

380

Am I Included?

382

The Cook Who Changed Our Lives

384

Wild Tales from the Village

385

Strictly Len Goodman

386

Darcey Bussell: My Life on the BBC

387

David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey

388

Alan Bennett's Diaries

389

Dancing the Nutcracker: Inside the Royal Ballet

390

West Side Stories - The Making of a Classic

391

Judi Dench: All The World's Her Stage

392

The Ballet Master: Sir Peter Wright at 90

393

Life in the Snow

394

Flying Scotsman from the Footplate

395

Life in Polar Bear Town with Gordon Buchanan

399

Stacey on the Frontline: Girls, Guns and ISIS

400

Life on the Run

401

Wha's Like Us

402

Winter: Earth's Seasonal Secrets

403

The Call of the Pipes

404

Get Muscly in a Month

405

Fat v Carbs with Jamie Owen

406

'It'll Be Fine!': The Story of Yorkshire Rows

407

MICHAEL JACKSON's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

408

New Tate Modern: Switched On

409

Rescue 193

410

Search for A*

411

The End of the Elephants?

412

The Lost Chapel of Westminster

413

Drones: WTF?

414

The Bee Gees at the BBC... And Beyond

415

Bublé at the BBC

417

National Theatre of Scotland: A Dramatic Decade

418

Android in La La Land

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419

Bobby Sands: 66 Days

420

Sisters in Country: Dolly, Linda and Emmylou

421

The Great Car Crash Con

422

The Great Military Charity Scandal

423

The School on the Gurnos

424

The School That Got Teens Reading

425

The Easter Tuesday Belfast Blitz

426

A Life on Screen: Lenny Henry

427

Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back

428

Cunk on Christmas

429

The Truth About Meat

430

Welsh Women of World War One

431

Bob Monkhouse: The Last Stand

432

Hamish

433

Walt Disney - Part 1

434

Walt Disney - Part 2