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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.

The Yorkshire RipperThe Yorkshire Ripper

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.

Hidden KillersHidden Killers

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

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.

Puppy LovePuppy Love

A comedy series about love, dogs and the love of dogs.

The Wonder of AnimalsThe Wonder of Animals

This series takes a journey into the world of animals. Chris Packham explores the unique qualities of some of the successful animal groups.

Born to be Wild: The Golden Age of American RockBorn to be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock
BBC Four, 2014 | Music, Interview, History, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Featuring interviews with the stars that made it happen this series traces the history of rock music in the UK from the 60s to the 90s.

Charles I: Downfall of a KingCharles I: Downfall of a King

Historian Lisa Hilton discovers how, in just fifty tempestuous days, Charles I's rule collapsed, laying the foundations for civil war, the loss of royal power and, ultimately, the king's head.


Martin Luther (Maximilian Brückner) and his 95 theses against the indulgence trade triggered a political quake in 1517, thanks also to the book printing. It is true that the Church excommunicated Luther, but the Reformation can no longer be stopped when he does not revoke his theses even before the Emperor. Nevertheless, Luther struggles for the right path, especially with his companion Thomas Müntzer (Jan Lennart Krauter). He also wants to enforce a more equitable world with revolutionary means against the sovereign, while Luther rejects all violence. Ultimately, this dispute leads to the devastating Battle of Frankenhausen, to the death of thousands of peasants and to Thomas Müntzer's execution.

BBC PromsBBC Proms
BBC Four, 1993 | Music

An eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts.

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