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How it Works

How it Works logoThe secret alchemy of material science revealed - how we transform materials, and materials transform the world

How the Brits Rocked America: Go West

How the Brits Rocked America: Go West logoA three-part music documentary series celebrating the 50-year narrative of British music in America

How the Celts Saved Britain

How the Celts Saved Britain logoProvocative two-part documentary in which Dan Snow blows the lid on the traditional Anglo-centric view of history and reveals how the Irish saved Britain from cultural oblivion during the Dark Ages.

How to Be a Composer

How to Be a Composer logoJournalist, critic and self-confessed music addict Paul Morley embarks on a year-long pursuit to the heart of his obsession. Morley begins a year of intense lessons and tutoring from one the most prestigious music schools in the world, the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he joins the composition department as an undergraduate student. This is the first time Morley has been back in education since the age of 16, and it is by no means an easy year as he feels his way through his first lessons on rhythm and notation before finally composing his own music for an ensemble of young virtuoso musicians.

How to Get Ahead

How to Get Ahead logoWriter and broadcaster Stephen Smith finds out what it took to survive and prosper in the most artistic, decadent and dangerous royal courts in history.

How to Go to War

How to Go to War logoThe hidden art of logistics When it comes to fighting a war, plain old nuts-and bolts logistics beats tactical brilliance and battlefield heroics every time. This series reveals how it’s done. Imagine you’re in charge of an army of 150,000 men. Before you can even get near the fighting, you have to work out how to feed them 4,000 calories a day, find them warm clothes and sturdy boots, move them,their ammunition and their supplies over thousands of kilometres, keep them clean and parasite-free, and give them a place to sleep, store their weapons and go to the toilet. It isn’t the glamorous side of the job, and it’s unlikely to win you any medals, but it’s your ability to meet these demands that will really determine whether or not you win the war.

I've Never Seen Star Wars

I've Never Seen Star Wars logoMarcus Brigstocke hosts a chat show in which he invites someone to try five new cultural experiences, things they have always avoided, from playing bingo to reading Proust.

If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home

If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home logoLucy Worsley, chief curator of the historic royal palaces, takes us through 800 years of domestic history by exploring the British home through four rooms, meeting experts and historians on the way

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings logoDr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings and explores the medieval world they reveal

In Search of Medieval Britain

In Search of Medieval Britain logoMedieval art historian Dr Alixe Bovey uses the oldest surviving route map of Britain to make a series of journeys through Britain in the Middle Ages.
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