Browse - Most popular shows on BBC Four






Colour: The Spectrum of ScienceColour: The Spectrum of Science
BBC Four, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary, News

We live in a world ablaze with colour. Rainbows and rainforests, oceans and humanity, Earth is the most colourful place we know of. But the colours we see are far more complex and fascinating than they appear. In this series, Dr Helen Czerski uncovers what colour is, how it works, and how it has written the story of our planet - from the colours that transformed a dull ball of rock into a vivid jewel to the colours that life has used to survive and thrive. But the story doesn't end there - there are also the colours that we can't see, the ones that lie beyond the rainbow. Each one has a fascinating story to tell.


Museums in QuarantineMuseums in Quarantine
BBC Four, 2020 On Hiatus | Documentary

Museums in Quarantine takes you on a virtual tour of national museum collections during the pandemic. You'll explore the hidden treasures and learn about their history. Experts and curators provide insights into the exhibits, giving a unique perspective on the art and artifacts. Don't miss this opportunity to visit museums from the comfort of your home!


Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, DeathMedieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death
BBC Four, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Series in which historian and author Helen Castor explores how the people of the Middle Ages handled the most fundamental moments of transition in life - birth, marriage and death.


Secret KnowledgeSecret Knowledge
BBC Four, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
Rating: 5/5

In a series of authored films, some of our most engaging experts reveal their favourite hidden objects, forgotten places and artistic passions.


Castles: Britain's Fortified HistoryCastles: Britain's Fortified History
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Castles: Britain's Fortified History' is a series by historian Sam Willis who traces the story of Britain's castles and their unique role in our history from art and literature.


Timothy Spall: Back at SeaTimothy Spall: Back at Sea
BBC Four, 2011 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Timothy Spall at Sea series is a set of three BBC Four television series that follow the journey of actor Timothy Spall and his wife Shane as they take their £200,000 52 feet (16 m) long ocean going Dutch barge, the Princess Matilda, on a trip around the British Coast including Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Back at Sea comprised four programmes and covered the journey after the first winters break. They travel around Wales to Liverpool, to the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The last programme in this series follows them from the western Scottish Isles to winter port in Aberdeenshire via the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. The series was first broadcast in August 2011


The Wonder of AnimalsThe Wonder of Animals
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Family, Educational, Wildlife, Documentary

This series takes a journey into the world of animals. Chris Packham explores the unique qualities of some of the successful animal groups.


The Secret History of WritingThe Secret History of Writing
BBC Four, 2020 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

How the invention of writing gave humanity a history. From hieroglyphs to emojis, an exploration of the way in which the technology of writing has shaped the world we live in.


Handmade in the PacificHandmade in the Pacific
BBC Four, 2018 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Documentary series which gives viewers a rare and intimate insight into the creative processes and cultural significance of traditional artefacts in Australia, Rurutu, New Zealand and Hawaii.


Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors RevisitedStories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited
BBC Four, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Archaeologist Julian Richards returns to some of his most important digs to discover how science, conservation and new finds have changed our understanding of entire eras of ancient history.


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