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StoryvilleStoryville
BBC Four, 2002 | Documentary, Biography
Rating: 3.8/5

Series showcasing the best in international documentaries on BBC Four. Storyville has developed an enviable reputation since its inception more than a decade ago. Screening over 340 films, from some 70 different countries, the strand has garnered a staggering array of awards: five Oscars, 15 Griersons, three Peabodys and two International Emmys. In true, unique, Storyville style, the new series promises to deliver the strand's usual eclectic mix of compelling stories from across the globe.


Mark Kermode's Secrets of CinemaMark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema
BBC Four, 2018 | Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Mark Kermode reveals the film-making tricks and techniques behind classic movie genres, from romcoms to horrors.


Genius of the Modern WorldGenius of the Modern World

Historian Bettany Hughes retraces the lives of three great thinkers whose ideas shaped the modern world: Karl Marx, Frederick Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. Born in the 19th century, they lived through a time when old certainties were breaking down. Regimes were overthrown by mass uprisings, science was undermining religious authority. Their challenge was to figure out what makes us human in a fast-evolving world.


BucketBucket
BBC Four, 2017 | Drama, Comedy | ► Trailer
Rating: 4.3/5

The irrepressible Mim celebrates turning 70 by writing a bucket list. Item one: dragging daughter Fran on the "mini break they never had".The mother and daughter spend a tense weekend at Miniworld, a dated theme-park which Fran had been desperate to visit 30 years ago. When Fran tries to leave, Mim reveals she's dying. Fran tries to make the effort, but new starts and openness are easier said than done.Mim is an eccentric free spirit who believes 70 is the new 40. Fran (Frog Stone) is a reserved high school history teacher in a rut. They are also mother and daughter, and their relationship is not exactly easy. When Mim reveals she is dying and wants to go on a trip to fulfil items on her bucket list, Fran feels that she has no choice but to come along for the ride. Fran and Mim have to try to come to terms with their past and their future as they tick off items on Mim's preposterous list, one by one.


Up the WomenUp the Women
BBC Four, 2013 | Comedy, History
Rating: 1/5

Suffrage is being introduced (politely) to the Banbury (!) Intricate Craft Circle. Comedy by and with Jessica Stevenson and Rebecca Front.


Empire of The Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy WorsleyEmpire of The Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley
BBC Four, 2016 | History, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

The Romanovs are best known to us as the Russian royal family killed by revolutionaries in 1918. But there's more to one of Europe's most powerful dynasties than a tsar who could have been King George V's twin, a "missing" princess, Anastasia, and a mysterious magical man, Rasputin. The Romanovs ruled Russia for more than three centuries, after all, and Lucy Worsley is eager to tell their extraordinary tale. From the reluctant 16-year-old Romanov boy who didn't want to be king, to Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, she documents the royal family's reign and asks how their rule affected the lives of the ordinary people who eventually tore the family's world down. Lucy tells the story of the dynasty that ruled Russia for more than three centuries, including figures such as Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, the struggle against Napoleon in 1812, and the political murders of Nicholas II and his family in 1918.


QueersQueers
BBC Four, 2017 | Drama | ► Trailer
Rating: 2.7/5

Eight short monologues in response to the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act.


SkintSkint
BBC Four, 2022 | Comedy, Drama
Rating: 4/5

Eight darkly comic, poignant and sometimes devastating monologues, told by writers and directors with lived experiences of poverty.


Royal Institution Christmas LecturesRoyal Institution Christmas Lectures
BBC Four, 1991 | Documentary
Rating: 4/5

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures have been held in London annually since 1825. They serve as a forum for presenting complex scientific issues to a general audience in an informative and entertaining manner. In the mid 1820s Michael Faraday, a former Director of the Royal Institution, initiated the first Christmas Lecture series at a time when organised education for young people was scarce. He presented a total of 19 series, establishing an exciting new venture of teaching science to young people that was eventually copied by other institutions internationally.


James May's Big Trouble in Model BritainJames May's Big Trouble in Model Britain

Two-part documentary, introduced and narrated by model train enthusiast James May, that follows a year inside Hornby Hobbies - an iconic British toymaker on the brink of collapse. But this is no ordinary business series - this is a series about model train and plane obsessives, both inside and outside the company, all of whom desperately need the company to survive.