Browse - Most popular shows on BBC Four






Lost Kingdoms of Central AmericaLost Kingdoms of Central America
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

From the people who met Christopher Columbus to the culture that inspired the Mayans; from the vast temple pyramids to the world's oldest ball-game, Lost Kingdoms Of Central America reveals the true character of a stunning continent through its archaeology, art, people and landscapes.


The WalshesThe Walshes
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Comedy, Drama, Family

Following the Walshes a typical Irish family living in West Dublin were the kids are outgrowing the family home since the state of the Irish economy has forced the kids Ciara and Rory to live at home with Mammy, Carmel and Dad, Tony.


The Story of MathsThe Story of Maths
BBC Four, 2008 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, escorts you through the most important of all intellectual disciplines. Mathematics is the Empress of the Sciences. Without her, there would be no physics, nor chemistry, nor cosmology. Any field of study depending on statistics, geometry, or any kind of calculation would simply cease to be. And then, there are the practical applications: without maths there's no architecture. No commerce. No accurate maps, or time-keeping: therefore no navigation, nor aviation, nor astronomy. She is all-powerful: and she rules ruthlessly. Imperious and unyielding, mathematics brooks no dissent and tolerates no error. In an age of uncertainty, mathematics is the only discipline that generates knowledge that's immutably, incontestably, and eternally true. In this landmark series of films for BBC FOUR.


Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings, and ScannersEveryday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings, and Scanners
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Mark Miodownik reveals the amazing stories behind everyday objects of desire and how they are miraculously transformed from raw materials into the very stuff of the modern world.


Write Around the World with Richard E GrantWrite Around the World with Richard E Grant
BBC Four, 2021 On Hiatus | Travel, Documentary

In the footsteps of great writers. Richard E Grant immerses himself in the captivating cultures and stunning landscapes that inspired classic books - and their readers.


Secrets of BonesSecrets of Bones
BBC Four, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Evolutionary biologist and master skeleton builder Ben Garrod presents a six-part series looking at how bones have enabled vertebrates to colonize and dominate practically every habitat on Earth.


Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain with Simon Sebag MontefioreBlood and Gold: The Making of Spain with Simon Sebag Montefiore
BBC Four, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

In this rich and thrilling three part series for BBC Four, Simon Sebag Montefiore embarks on a fascinating journey to unlock 2,000 years of Spain's history.


Treasures of the IndusTreasures of the Indus
BBC Four, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Sona Datta takes a look at the story of the Indian subcontinent told through its people, places and dynasties, and finds out about their effect on the modern world.


Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy CityJerusalem: The Making of a Holy City
BBC Four, 2011 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
Rating: 3/5

Author and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore presents a three-part series that illuminates the history of the sacred, and peerlessly beautiful city - Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. For the Jewish faith, it is the site of the Western Wall, the last remnant of the second Jewish Temple. For Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the site of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For Muslims, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest Sanctuary of Islam. In episode one Simon Sebag Montefiore will delve into the past to explore how this unique city came into being, explaining how it became of such major importance to the three Abrahamic faiths; and how these faiths emerged from the Biblical tradition of the Israelites. Starting with the Canaanites, Simon goes on a chronological journey to trace the rise of the city as a holy place and discusses the evidence for it becoming a Jewish city under King David. The programme explores the construction of the First Temple by Solomon through to the life and death of Jesus Christ and the eventual expulsion of the Jews by the Romans, concluding in the 7th Century AD, on the eve of the capture of Jerusalem by the Muslim Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab.


A Timewatch GuideA Timewatch Guide
BBC Four, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Series looking at how the BBC has revealed and interpreted monumental moments in our history. Using the BBC archive, the programmes examine changes in research covered in documentary television.


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