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1929: The Great Crash

1929: The Great Crash logoOver six terrifying, desperate days in October 1929, shares crashed by a third on the New York Stock Exchange. More than $25 billion in individual wealth was lost. Later, three thousand banks failed, taking people's savings with them. Surviving eyewitnesses describe the biggest financial catastrophe in history. In 1919, the US had emerged victorious and dominant from World War One. Britain and its European allies were exhausted financially from the war. In contrast, the US economy was thriving and the world danced to the American tune. Easy credit and mass production set the tone in the roaring twenties for an era of consumption like none that had ever been seen before. The stock market rose and investors piled in, borrowing money to cash in on the bubble. In 1928, the market went up by 50...

37 Days

37 Days logoCovering the final weeks before the outbreak of war, 37 Days follows the rapidly changing crisis through the eyes of the principal players, during a hot summer, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914, to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on 4 August. The drama serial will overturn orthodox assumptions about the war’s inevitability. Such a disaster did not happen by chance, and nor was it a foregone conclusion. It took considerable effort and terrific ingenuity, as well as staggering bad luck, to destroy a system that had kept the general peace in Europe for the 99 years that followed the Battle of Waterloo and the fall of Napoleon. Writer Mark Hayhurst comes fresh from the success of Hitler On Trial for BBC Two, which starred Ed Stoppard and...

40 Minutes

40 Minutes logoDocumentaries on any possible subject, the only connection being that they last forty minutes.

6Degrees

6Degrees logoThis is a show about relationships - a crash course to adulthood. Six students, brought together by six degrees who are about to become friends for life.
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A Band for Britain

A Band for Britain logoSeries following presenter Sue Perkins as she attempts to breathe new life into Dinnington Colliery Brass Band. The Band has been active for over 100 years, but has recently seen the number of members dwindle. Can Sue Perkins save the band from the brink of extinction?

A Farmer's Life For Me

A Farmer's Life For Me logoNine couples with a dream of leaving the rat-race have the opportunity of a lifetime when they compete to run their very own farm in Suffolk. In each episode, self-made pig farmer Jimmy Doherty introduces the couples to a different aspect of the business, to decide who will be next to leave the competition.

A Garden in Snowdonia

A Garden in Snowdonia logoA year in the life of the spectacular Bodnant Garden in North Wales. Head Gardener Troy Scott Smith and his team give Bodnant a facelift. Supervisor Adam Salvin brings a beautiful Italianate terrace back to its former glory, Dave Larter shares his passion for giant lilies and the world famous Laburnum Arch is in full bloom.

A History of Ancient Britain

A History of Ancient Britain logoA History Of Ancient Britain is presented by Neil Oliver. The series sees Neil Oliver discovering how today's Britain and its people came to be over thousands of years of history.

A History of Celtic Britain

A History of Celtic Britain logoNeil Oliver returns to continue his epic story of how Britain and its people came to be, from the height of the Bronze Age through to the age of Iron, the Celts and the first kings to the age of Rome

A History of Modern Britain

A History of Modern Britain logoAndrew Marr's History of Modern Britain is a 2007 BBC documentary television series presented by Andrew Marr that covers the period of British history from the end of the Second World War onwards.