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Newswipe logoCharlie Brooker returns to train his sights firmly on news and current affairs.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker logoNewswipe is a comic, thoughtful and scabrous digest of recent news events. It also looks at the brilliant or preposterous way the news is presented to the public. Experts are also on hand to pick apart certain stories and analyse the news media's obsessions.

Old Jews Telling Jokes

Old Jews Telling Jokes logoIn the fine tradition of American Jewish humour, a group of pensioners from all walks of life gather together to tell their favourite jokes.

Opera Italia

Opera Italia logoSeries tracing the history of Italian opera presented by Antonio Pappano, conductor and music director at the Royal Opera House
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Originals logoBiographical documentary series looking at musicians

parallel worlds, parallel lives

parallel worlds, parallel lives logoParallel Worlds, Parallel Lives follows the lead singer of US rock band Eels, Mark Oliver Everett, as he travels across America to learn about the father he never knew – quantum physicist Hugh Everett III. This year is the 50th anniversary of Hugh Everett's most important contribution to science – a controversial theory of quantum mechanics that predicts the existence of parallel universes, one of the most fantastic scientific predictions ever to have been conceived. The concept of parallel universes is now not only explored by many top physicists, it is also a staple plotline in many science fiction stories. Hugh wrote the theory as a young PhD student at Princeton University, but, for 20 years, it remained largely ignored by the scientific community. It was only at the en...

Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock

Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock logoA documentary on the British films of Alfred Hitchcock, hosted & directed by Paul Merton.

Paul Merton's Silent Clowns

Paul Merton's Silent Clowns logoA profile of some of the greatest stars of silent comedy.

People's Palaces - The Golden Age of Civic Architecture

People's Palaces - The Golden Age of Civic Architecture logoTwo-part documentary in which historian Dr Jonathan Foyle explores the magnificent civic architecture of towns and cities across the north of England This series is part of Planet North, BBC Four's season of films celebrating the culture, history, life and architecture of northern England.

Planet Earth: The Future

Planet Earth: The Future logoWhen the first episodes of Planet Earth were broadcast in the UK, the producers were criticised by some green campaigners for glossing over the environmental problems faced by the planet. Executive producer Alastair Fothergill defended the approach, explaining that a heavy-handed environmental message would not work on primetime BBC One. However, the Planet Earth film crews witnessed first-hand scenes of environmental degradation and the increasing scarcity of wildlife in some of the shooting locations. This experience formed the basis of Planet Earth - The Future, which was designed to engage viewers in a mature debate about environmental issues. By choosing to air it on BBC Four, a recently-created digital channel with a highbrow reputation, the series only reached a small audience, in c...
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