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Art of AmericaArt of America
BBC Four, 2011 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Andrew Graham-Dixon embarks on his most ambitious journey yet, an exploration of the rich, exciting and diverse art history of the United States of America


Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, RestoreMindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore
BBC Four, 2020 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Immersive viewing experience, featuring a combination of sequences from natural history programmes.


BBC Cardiff Singer of the WorldBBC Cardiff Singer of the World
BBC Four, 2019 On Hiatus | Music, Reality

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is a competition known throughout the classical music world as the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the outset of their careers. The competition is open to singers at the start of their professional careers, aged 18-32. After a three-stage selection process involving DVD and live auditions, 20 singers are invited to compete in Cardiff, to perform opera and concert music with full orchestra in four concerts, in front of a distinguished jury. The winner from each concert plus one wild card (the best of the rest) compete in the final in St David's Hall, Cardiff.


Britain's Treasure IslandsBritain's Treasure Islands
BBC Four, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Join naturalist Stewart McPherson on an epic journey across the UK Overseas Territories, discovering their unique wildlife and history. From the tropical paradise of the Caribbean to the icy wilderness of Antarctica, witness the incredible beauty of Britain's Treasure Islands.


Rude BritanniaRude Britannia
BBC Four, 2010 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Unleashing the British wit, Rude Britannia is a daring and thought-provoking show that delves into the country's tradition of satire, crude humor, and mockery. This series challenges societal norms and explores the nation's love for bawdy and lewd humor. Get ready for an eye-opening journey through British comedy.


Games BritanniaGames Britannia
BBC Four, 2009 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Three-part series presented by historian Benjamin Woolley about popular games in Britain from the Iron Age to the Information Age, in which he unravels how an apparently trivial pursuit is a rich and entertaining source of cultural and social history.


Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry with Jonathan MeadesBunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry with Jonathan Meades
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary, History

Join Jonathan Meades on a journey through the history of brutalist architecture in this two-part documentary. Explore the origins of the movement and its impact on the urban landscape. Discover the beauty and controversy of concrete poetry as Meades delves into the minds of the architects who created these imposing structures. A must-watch for lovers of architecture and design.


Ceramics: A Fragile HistoryCeramics: A Fragile History
BBC Four, 2011 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
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Three-part series looking at the history of pottery in Britain.


Bombay RailwayBombay Railway
BBC Four, 2007 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Documentary in two one hour parts about the importance of the railways for the people of Mumbai in India. We meet the people working on and for the railway, as well as the hawkers selling their wares illegally to the passengers on board, constantly being chased by the railway police officers, and the runaway children who live around the railway. Bombay Railway won the award for Factual Programme of the Year at the Royal Television Awards in 2008.


Pop Go the SixtiesPop Go the Sixties
BBC Four, 2007 Cancelled/Ended | Music, Variety

Colourful nuggets of pop mined from the BBC's archive.