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She-Wolves: England's Early QueensShe-Wolves: England's Early Queens
BBC Four, 2012 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary, Biography
Rating: 3/5

In the medieval and Tudor world there was no question in people's minds about the order of God's creation - men ruled and women didn't. A king was a warrior who literally fought to win power then battled to keep it. Yet despite everything that stood in their way, a handful of extraordinary women did attempt to rule medieval and Tudor England. In this series, historian Dr Helen Castor explores seven queens who challenged male power, the fierce reactions they provoked and whether the term 'she wolves' was deserved.


Sound Waves: The Symphony of PhysicsSound Waves: The Symphony of Physics
BBC Four, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe - to reveal what the physics of sound can tell us about the world and how it works


Queen Victoria's Letters: A Monarch UnveiledQueen Victoria's Letters: A Monarch Unveiled
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Biographer A.N. Wilson uncovers the intriguing personal life of Queen Victoria through her journals and letters in this psychological portrait of Britain's longest reigning monarch.


Charles I: Downfall of a KingCharles I: Downfall of a King
BBC Four, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

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.


Joanna Lumley In the Land of the Northern LightsJoanna Lumley In the Land of the Northern Lights
BBC Four, 2008 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

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.


Stewart Copeland's Adventures In MusicStewart Copeland's Adventures In Music
BBC Four, 2020 On Hiatus | Music, Documentary, Mini-Series

Stewart Copeland has spent a life in music - listening, composing and playing. At the age of seven he was captivated by Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. 60 years and 25 bands later, including The Police, the spell is still strong, but why? How does music ignite that excitement? In this three part series, Stewart explores how music brings people together, moves them, binds them, communicates stories like no other art form. Why is it that music has seemingly transcendental powers that enable us to escape and connect with our Gods? Stewart travels the world meeting composers, musicians, filmmakers, DJs and scientists to ask the question, how does music work?


Nature's Wonderlands: Islands of EvolutionNature's Wonderlands: Islands of Evolution
BBC Four, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Series in which Professor Richard Fortey investigates why islands are natural laboratories of evolution and meets some of the unique and remarkable species that live on them.


Sea MonstersSea Monsters
BBC Four, 2003 Cancelled/Ended | Sci-Fi, Documentary

In this thrilling adventure from the creators of Walking with Dinosaurs, renowned zoologist Nigel Marven plunges into the prehistoric deep to face some of the largest and most fearsome sea predators that ever existed - creatures so awesome, they make the great white shark look like a goldfish. Scour the depths of seven different prehistoric seas with Nigel as your guide - and marvel at the computer animation techniques that bring each aquatic world to life. Get up close and personal with creatures like the vicious sea scorpions of 450 million years ago, the armor-plated fish of the Devonian Period and a whale-chomping shark called Megalodon. Finally, wade out into the deadliest sea of all time - "Hell's Aquarium" of the late Cretaceous, an ominous body of prehistoric water that gets its name from its elevated water temperatures and the devilish creatures that call it home


TimewatchTimewatch
BBC Four, 1982 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Travel through time with Timewatch, the historical documentary series. From ancient civilizations to modern events, explore the past like never before. Originally on BBC Two, now on BBC Four, Timewatch brings history to life with expert interviews, rare footage, and captivating storytelling.


The Magic of MushroomsThe Magic of Mushrooms
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Wildlife, Documentary

Professor Richard Fortey delves into the fascinating and normally-hidden kingdom of fungi. From their spectacular birth, through their secretive underground life to their final explosive death, Richard reveals a remarkable world that few of us understand or even realize exists - yet all life on Earth depends on it.


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