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James May's Big Trouble in Model BritainJames May's Big Trouble in Model Britain
BBC Four, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

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.


Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics StoryCatching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story
BBC Four, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | Crime, History, Documentary
Rating: 4/5

This show offers a fascinating insight into the secret history of catching murderers as it looks at two centuries of breakthroughs that have changed the course of justice. Gabriel Weston looks at some of the most absorbing, and often gruesome, stories in the forensic casebook.


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

Join historian Lucy Worsley as she sets the record straight on some of the biggest lies in British royal history. Through a mix of expert analysis and on-location investigations, this documentary series will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about the monarchy.


Genius of the Ancient WorldGenius of the Ancient World
BBC Four, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary, History
Rating: 5/5

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


The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime StoryThe Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story
BBC Four, 2018 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, Crime, Documentary | ► Trailer

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.


British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy WorsleyBritish History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley
BBC Four, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | 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.


A Very British Murder with Lucy WorsleyA Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley
BBC Four, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Dr Lucy Worsley chronicles the birth of the whodunit in a new three-part series, A Very British Murder. Exploring how a spate of grisly killings in Regency London entered the national psyche, she'll show how the murder tale gradually became a staple of Victorian entertainment and helped to inspire the works of authors such as Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.


The Beginning and End of the UniverseThe Beginning and End of the Universe
BBC Four, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Prof Jim Al-Khalili tackles the biggest subject of all, the universe, through a series of critical observations and experiments that revolutionized our understanding of our world.


American History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy WorsleyAmerican History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley
BBC Four, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Lucy Worsley reveals the myths and manipulations behind American history.


The Great British Photography ChallengeThe Great British Photography Challenge
BBC Four, 2021 On Hiatus | Reality | ► Trailer

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.