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Art of ChinaArt of China
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Travel, History, Arts & Crafts, Documentary

Join Andrew Graham-Dixon as he embarks on a journey to explore the rich history of Chinese art, from ancient times to modern day. Discover the intricate details and symbolism behind some of the world's most renowned art pieces, as well as lesser-known gems. Don't miss this captivating series!


Rick Stein Tastes the BluesRick Stein Tastes the Blues
BBC Four, 2011 Cancelled/Ended | Cooking/Food, Documentary

Stein Tastes The Blues explores references to food ingrained in the lyrics of the blues. Many of the dishes stand the test of time in family-run restaurants up and down the Mississippi. A celebration of Southern food and the Afro-American music born out of melancholia and despair in the Deep South, this series tells a fascinating story.


The Flying ArchaeologistThe Flying Archaeologist
BBC Four, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Travel, Documentary

Ben Robinson is one of Britain's handful of aerial archaeologists. Being up high, hundreds or thousands of feet above the earth, gives him a new and entirely different perspective on the past and historical secrets that have remained hidden for centuries. In this series we join him as he flies over four iconic British landscapes - and uncover untold stories from our history that challenge the way we think about our past.


Simon Rattle: London 2015Simon Rattle: London 2015
BBC Four, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | Music, Documentary

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in a week-long residency in London, showcasing the best of British cultural events. Experience the power of classical music as Sir Simon Rattle brings his world-renowned orchestra to London. Don't miss this unforgettable event.


Our Musical HistoryOur Musical History
BBC Four, 2018 Cancelled/Ended | Music, Documentary

A seven part series, each episode focuses on a different genre of music, from blues to soul to disco to country, with some of its leading practitioners going through their favourite tunes and moments, helping us to appreciate which makes each genre special.


UK's Best Part-Time BandUK's Best Part-Time Band
BBC Four, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Reality

Join Rhod Gilbert on his quest to find the UK's most talented part-time musicians as he travels across the country in search of the best bands. From rock to folk, Rhod leaves no genre unexplored in this hilarious and heartwarming series that celebrates the passion and dedication of part-time musicians.


Wartime Secrets with Harry HarrisWartime Secrets with Harry Harris

History guide Harry Harris uncovers hidden secrets and stories from World War II.


Some People with JokesSome People with Jokes
BBC Four, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Comedy

People from all walks of life from around the UK tell their favourite gags.


The People's History of PopThe People's History of Pop
BBC Four, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Five decades of British rock and pop music, told by the people who loved it most - the fans. The BBC is collecting photos, audio & video of your cherished music memorabilia - ticket stubs, diary entries, teen band recordings, rare footage and more - to tell the stories of British rock and pop music from the 50s to the 00s. Whether you were into skiffle, punk, hip hop or anything in between, we want to see your stuff and hear your stories!


Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How to Really Win at WarBullets, Boots and Bandages: How to Really Win at War
BBC Four, 2012 Cancelled/Ended | Military/War, History, Documentary

Military historian Saul David tells the real stories of how wars have been won and lost throughout history - not in the bravado of the front line, but in the backroom sinews of military planning.