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Racism: A HistoryRacism: A History
BBC Four, 2007 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

This series chronicles the shifts in the meaning and significance of the ideas of 'race' and 'racism' in Britain, Europe and North America. It shows how ideas of racial difference evolved in response to historical events - notably Europe's imperial conquests and the process of colonisation - adapting to the social-political forces that were unleashed by these events. It also gives a detailed reconsideration of the concept of racism, and identifies the impact that the idea of 'race', and the fact of racism, has had on science, culture, society and history around the world.


The French Revolution: Tearing Up HistoryThe French Revolution: Tearing Up History
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Travel, History, Documentary

Experience the French Revolution like never before with 'Tearing Up History'. Join Dr Richard Clay on a journey through the art of the era, revealing the political and social upheaval of the time. From the storming of the Bastille to the rise of Napoleon, witness the impact of this pivotal moment in history through the eyes of the artists who lived it. Available now in the Movies section.


Sounds of the Sixties: ReversionsSounds of the Sixties: Reversions
BBC Four, 2007 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Series featuring rock, pop and R&B performances from the BBC archives.


Britain on FilmBritain on Film
BBC Four, 2012 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

In 1959 Britain's biggest cinema company, the Rank Organisation, decided to replace its newsreels with a series of short, quirky, topical documentaries that examined all aspects of life in Britain. For the next ten years, Look at Life chronicled - on high-grade 35mm colour film - the changing face of British society, industry and culture. Britain on Film draws upon the 500 films in this unique archive to offer illuminating and often surprising insights into what became a pivotal decade in modern British history.


Her Majesty's Prison: AylesburyHer Majesty's Prison: Aylesbury
BBC Four, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Aylesbury Prison in Buckinghamshire, home to some of the most dangerous young criminals in Britain, has allowed an exclusive insight into life for prisoners and staff for this documentary series.


Canal Walks with Julia BradburyCanal Walks with Julia Bradbury
BBC Four, 2011 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

OUR seasoned stomper Julia donned her walking boots once again - this time to explore her own British backyard. Travelling along the country's network of canals and their accompanying towpath trails, the first episode sees her navigating Highland glens, rolling countryside and river valleys, as well as our industrial heartlands following the magical waterways as they cut a sedate path through some of the country's finest scenery.


Romancing the StoneRomancing the Stone
BBC Four, 2011 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Series which reveals how sculpture communicates our most cherished beliefs and values - the British soul captured in three dimensions


National Treasures of WalesNational Treasures of Wales
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

National Treasures of Wales follows Griff Rhys Jones as he finds out how the National Trust copes with the complexities and conflicts involved in looking after some of the nation's most-loved treasures.


The Classical CollectionThe Classical Collection
BBC Four, 2022 On Hiatus | Musical

A selection of memorable performances of classical music from the BBC's archives.


Love and Betrayal in India: The White MughalLove and Betrayal in India: The White Mughal
BBC Four, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | History, Lifestyle, Documentary

Love and Betrayal in India: The White Mughal tells the story of James Kirkpatrick, a British East India Company official who fell in love with an Indian noblewoman. Their relationship challenged the cultural norms of the time and led to a scandalous affair. The series explores the complexities of love, betrayal, and cultural clashes in colonial India.