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Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers Andrew Marr's Paperback HeroesSleuths, Spies & Sorcerers Andrew Marr's Paperback Heroes

Andrew Marr deconstructs detective fiction, fantasy epics and spy novels - the books we really read. He unpicks their conventions to show how these books keep us turning the page.


England's Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane GreyEngland's Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey

Historian Helen Castor pieces together the astonishing true story of Lady Jane Grey, the first reigning queen of England - an epic tale of dynastic rivalry, intrigue and betrayal.


Guitar, Drum and BassGuitar, Drum and Bass

An exploration of the contribution of key instruments to modern popular music.


TimeshiftTimeshift

Documentary series which ranges widely over Britain's social and cultural history, its narrative-led storytelling offering a richly immersive and varied window onto the past.


Joanna Lumley In the Land of the Northern LightsJoanna Lumley In the Land of the Northern Lights

An amazing journey in Norway's Far North as Joanna Lumley pursues a lifelong dream to track down the elusive, stunningly beautiful Northern Lights - 'the true wonder of the world,' as she puts it. Joanna grew up in tropical Malaysia, and as a little girl never saw snow or felt cold. Inspired by fairytales and picture books, she always longed to make the journey north. At last she travels north across the Arctic Circle, up through Norway to Svalbard, the most northerly permanently inhabited place on Earth, where she has to cope with temperatures approaching minus 30 deg C. With a box of crayons in hand, her journey takes her from train to boat, to husky-sled, to snowmobile, as she is pulled ever northwards by what she calls 'the strongest point of the compass'. She explores the romantic fjords of Lofoten and learns to ride a snowmobile, speeding across endless expanses of Lapland tundra with a Sami herdsman in search of his reindeer. As she reaches the Arctic Ocean, she prepares for bed in a hotel made entirely of ice. Everywhere she goes, she asks about the mysterious Northern Lights.


Hidden KillersHidden Killers

Suzannah Lipscomb reveals the killers that lurked in every room of the Victorian and Edwardian home.


Treasures of Ancient EgyptTreasures of Ancient Egypt
BBC Four, 2014 | History, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Journalist and art critic Alastair Sooke travels to Egypt to investigate and discover the story of longest lasting civilization in history. He reveals 30 extraordinary masterpieces created by a nation that was diverse in both culture and geography.


Extreme Everest with Ant MiddletonExtreme Everest with Ant Middleton

Ant Middleton gets trapped in an unexpected, life-threatening storm as he attempts to climb Everest. And he seeks to understand the attraction of such a popular but dangerous challenge.


Lost SitcomsLost Sitcoms
BBC Four, 2016 | Comedy

BBC Four will recreate three British classic Lost Sitcoms - Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe And Son and Till Death Us Do Part - with a brand new stellar cast. The Lost Sitcoms are part of a landmark sitcom season on the BBC and will be recorded with stripped-down, minimalist sets in front of a studio audience. The scripts for these films still exist, but the original recordings have been lost from the BBC archives.


The Art Mysteries with Waldemar JanuszczakThe Art Mysteries with Waldemar Januszczak

Series in which Waldemar Januszczak sets out to uncover the secret meanings hidden in four famous paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Seurat.


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