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Autopsy: Life and DeathAutopsy: Life and Death
BBC Four, 2006 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
Rating: 3.5/5

In this four-part series, anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens and pathologist Professor John Lee get right under the skin to reveal the processes in life that tie us to our ultimate fate in death. The two scientists perform a series of autopsy demonstrations at the Institute of Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany, in which they point up the process of finding a cause of death. With the aid of human dissection, live models and scientific models they are able to reveal what disease really looks like and how it works. It is important to note that in the UK, a standard clinical autopsy tends to follow a set pattern in order to establish a sound cause of death for scientific, medical and legal purposes. The autopsy demonstrations in the programmes employ similar techniques to the clinical standard. But they were designed to present a clear view of the anatomy and pathology and as such they represent partial, rather than full autopsies. The autopsies in the films did not have any medico-legal purpose, since causes of death had, in all cases, already been registered in the manner required by German law.


The CellThe Cell
BBC Four, 2009 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Dr Adam Rutherford tells the extraordinary story of the scientific quest to discover the secrets of the cell and of life itself. Every living thing is made of cells, microscopic building blocks of almost unimaginable power and complexity.


Maps: Power, Plunder and PossessionMaps: Power, Plunder and Possession
BBC Four, 2010 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary, Mini-Series

Map expert Professor Jerry Brotton uncovers how maps aren't simply about getting from A to B, but are revealing snapshots of defining moments in history and tools of political power and persuasion.


Majesty and Mortar: Britain's Great PalacesMajesty and Mortar: Britain's Great Palaces
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

From the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace, Dan Cruickshank tells the story of a thousand years of palace building, the mystery of why so many have vanished and the magic of the ones that survive.


The QuizeumThe Quizeum
BBC Four, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | Game Show

Part quiz, part panel show which celebrates the UK's unique and fascinating museums.


Opera ItaliaOpera Italia
BBC Four, 2010 Cancelled/Ended | Music, Documentary, Mini-Series

Series tracing the history of Italian opera presented by Antonio Pappano, conductor and music director at the Royal Opera House


Age of the ImageAge of the Image
BBC Four, 2020 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Documentary series in which art historian James Fox explores how the power of images has transformed the modern world.


Retreat: Meditations from a MonasteryRetreat: Meditations from a Monastery
BBC Four, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Join Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery as it takes you on a journey to three monasteries in Britain, where you can find inner peace and escape from the busy world. Experience the calming effect of the monastic life as you learn meditation techniques and witness the daily routines of the monks. A must-watch for those seeking tranquility.


Black Music Legends of the 1980sBlack Music Legends of the 1980s
BBC Four, 2011 Cancelled/Ended | Music, Documentary

Series of documentaries looking at the careers of four titans of African-American music: Janet Jackson, Prince, Lionel Richie and Public Enemy.


Hidden Histories: Britain's Oldest Family BusinessesHidden Histories: Britain's Oldest Family Businesses
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | History, Buy, Sell and Trade, Documentary

Margaret Mountford follows the bosses of three different companies as they go back into the past of their family businesses.