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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.

The Yorkshire RipperThe Yorkshire Ripper
BBC Four Cancelled/Ended | Crime, Documentary

In May 1981, truck driver Peter Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering thirteen women and attempting to kill seven others. His trial concluded the biggest manhunt in British criminal history, for a killer nicknamed "The Yorkshire Ripper". But after an intense six year search, Sutcliffe was only caught when stopped for a minor motoring offence. And it transpired that he'd in fact already been questioned nine times during the investigation. The series re-investigate this infamous case from a wholly new perspective, asking whether prevailing attitudes of the time, towards women and prostitutes in particular, influenced the investigation and meant that Peter Sutcliffe was caught years too late.

Guitar, Drum and BassGuitar, Drum and Bass
BBC Four, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

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

Canal Boat DiariesCanal Boat Diaries

Jump aboard with Robbie Cumming as he embarks on a 300-mile journey across the Midlands and northern England in his narrowboat.

Treasures of Ancient EgyptTreasures of Ancient Egypt
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary
Rating: 4.5/5

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.

Treasures of Ancient RomeTreasures of Ancient Rome
BBC Four, 2012 Cancelled/Ended | History, Lifestyle, Arts & Crafts, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

This is a documentary series presented by Alastair Sooke. The Romans have always had a reputation for being brilliant engineers and soldiers, but the fact that isn't as well known is that they also created fantastic artistic treasures.

Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers Andrew Marr's Paperback HeroesSleuths, Spies & Sorcerers Andrew Marr's Paperback Heroes
BBC Four, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Crime, Documentary

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.

The Dark Ages: An Age of LightThe Dark Ages: An Age of Light
BBC Four, 2012 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary, History

The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identified the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism - a terrible time when civilisation stopped. Waldemar Januszczak disagrees. In this four-part series he argues that the Dark Ages were a time of great artistic achievement, with new ideas and religions provoking new artistic adventures. He embarks on a fascinating trip across Europe, Africa and Asia, visits the world's most famous collections and discovers hidden artistic gems, all to prove that the Dark Ages were actually an 'Age of Light'.

Emergency Animal HospitalEmergency Animal Hospital
BBC Four In Development | Documentary

John Barrowman meets all kinds of pets struggling with ailments or behavioral issues at one of Europe's leading animal hospitals

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.

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