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The Brits who Built the Modern World

The Brits who Built the Modern World logoHow an exceptional generation of British architects, led by Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, conquered the globe with their high-tech vision.

The Cell

The Cell logoDr Adam Rutherford tells the extraordinary story of the scientific quest to discover the secrets of the cell and of life itself. Every living thing is made of cells, microscopic building blocks of almost unimaginable power and complexity.

The Century Of the Self

The Century Of the Self logoAdam Curtis' acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty. To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests? The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis; Edward Bernays, who invented public relations; Anna Freud, Sigmund's devoted daughter; and present-day PR guru and Sigmund's ...

The Curse of Comedy

The Curse of Comedy logoExperience the real histories of the comedy greats profiled in this series on BBC Four. Dramatized by notable actors, these episodes show a more serious side to comedians.
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The Dark Ages An Age of Light

The Dark Ages An Age of Light logoThe Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identified the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism - a terrible time when civilisation stopped. Waldemar Januszczak disagrees. In this four-part series he argues that the Dark Ages were a time of great artistic achievement, with new ideas and religions provoking new artistic adventures. He embarks on a fascinating trip across Europe, Africa and Asia, visits the world's most famous collections and discovers hidden artistic gems, all to prove that the Dark Ages were actually an 'Age of Light'.

The Diary Of A Nobody

The Diary Of A Nobody logoWith the internet enabling anyone to set down their daily thoughts for the whole world to read, the classic 1892 satire The Diary of a Nobody now seems like a startlingly prescient mickey-take of the self-importance of today's bloggers. By turns pompous, trivial, self-deluded and hilarious, George and Weedon Grossmith's diarist hero Pooter embodies the era's lower-middle class pretensions perfectly - and Hugh Bonneville captures Pooter's comic pathos in a solo performance of breathtaking virtuosity. Andrew Davies's adaptation of the comic novel was directed by Susanna White (Jane Eyre, Bleak House) for Clerkenwell Films. Jenny Uglow was the historical advisor on the production.

The Eiger: Wall of Death

The Eiger: Wall of Death logoA history of one of the world's most challenging mountains, the Eiger, and its infamous north face. The film gets to the heart of one of Europe's most notorious peaks, exploring its character and its impact on the people who climb it and live in its awesome shadow.

The Face Of Tutankhamun

The Face Of Tutankhamun logoWitness the wondrous story of the curse and craze, fame and fortune surrounding the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Series writer, creator and narrator Christoper Frayling retraces the footsteps of legendary archeologist Howard Carter, in search of the facts behind the legend of King Tut.

The Fight - Boxing In and Out of the Ring

The Fight - Boxing In and Out of the Ring logoThis four-part series captures all the excitement of heavy championship fight night, negotiating 300 years of history to give the low-down on the greatest fighters, the most brutal bouts and all the headline-grabbing issues that surround the sport.

The Gene Code

The Gene Code logoDr Adam Rutherford explores the consequences of one of the biggest scientific projects of all time - the decoding of the entire human genome.
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