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Royal Institution Christmas LecturesRoyal Institution Christmas Lectures

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.


American History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy WorsleyAmerican History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley

Lucy Worsley reveals the myths and manipulations behind American history.


The Great British Photography ChallengeThe Great British Photography Challenge

The Great British Photography Challenge follows world-famous photographer Rankin as he mentors the contestants, providing a unique masterclass in the art and craft of photography. Every shot counts as Rankin's 'students' build up to the task of creating and presenting a portfolio of their work, to be revealed at a climatic exhibition in the final episode. Although a winner is ultimately chosen, no-one is eliminated from the series, which takes a nurturing approach and embraces different perspectives as we follow all six throughout the process.


Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry's Mysterious World of MathsMagic Numbers: Hannah Fry's Mysterious World of Maths
BBC Four, 2018 | Documentary, Mini-Series
Rating: 4/5

In this series, mathematician Dr Hannah Fry explores the mystery of maths. It underpins so much of our modern world that it's hard to imagine life without its technological advances, but where exactly does maths come from? Is it invented like a language or is it something discovered and part of the fabric of the universe? It's a question that some of the most eminent mathematical minds have been wrestling with. Dr Eleanor Knox from King's College London believes it's discovered, Prof Hiranya Peiris from University College London believes it's invented, while Prof Jim Gates from Brown University believes it's both, and Prof Brian Greene from Columbia University has no idea. The jury is very much divided. To investigate this question, Hannah goes head first down the fastest zip wire in the world to learn more about Newton's law of gravity, she paraglides to understand where the theory of maths and its practice application collide, and she travels to infinity and beyond to discover that some infinities are bigger than others.


Royal History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy WorsleyRoyal History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley

Documentary series in which Lucy Worsley dispels the myths behind some of the key moments in British royal history.


Genius of the Ancient WorldGenius of the Ancient World

Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy - Buddha, Socrates and Confucius.


A Stitch in TimeA Stitch in Time
BBC Four, 2018 | History, Documentary, Biography
Rating: 4/5

Fusing biography, art and the history of fashion, Amber Butchart explores the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore.


British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy WorsleyBritish History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley
BBC Four, 2017 | History, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Lucy Worsley explores how the history of three of Britain's founding national events are in fact carefully crafted mythologies. The Wars of the Roses, the Glorious Revolution and the creation of the British Raj are all revealed as carefully-constructed narratives created by the victors at the time and embellished by historians, novelists and film-makers ever since.Throughout the series, Lucy travels across Britain, the Netherlands and India to the palaces, battlefields and bed chambers where these stories were created and reinvented over the years. She also meets up with experts who shed further light on how these legends and mythologies have been woven together to create A Very British History.


The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime StoryThe Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story

In this investigative three-part series for BBC Four, filmmaker Gillian Pachter re-examines the Ruth Ellis case. In July 1955, Ruth was the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Her crime: the cold-blooded murder of her lover David Blakely. It is a case that shocked the nation and still fascinates today. It has its place in ushering in the defence of diminished responsibility and the eventual abolishment of capital punishment. We all think we know the story, but why, when it was seemingly such an open-and-shut case, does it still divide opinion on whether Ruth Ellis got the justice she deserved? Gillian wants to find out.


Asylum (2015)Asylum (2015)
BBC Four, 2015 | Comedy, Drama, Action, Adventure | ► Trailer
Rating: 1/5

A comedy featuring a government whistleblower and an internet entrepreneur who become trapped together in a London embassy.