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More than 50 years co-producing inspirational content, bringing learning to life for millions of people

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Dementia and us - Marion. BBC Copyright: Suzie Howell

Dementia and Us

The story of dementia, told by people living with dementia. 

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BBC Learning English – International Law

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 Marie Gentles - Don't Exclude Me - Copyright BBC

Don’t Exclude Me

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Nowhere to Run: Abused by Our Coach

After Charlie Webster and her friends were abused by their coach, they never spoke again. Years on, an email sets her on a journey back to her past to find them

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Patrick Kielty on the Belvoir estate south Belfast. From BBC series 100 Years of Union - Copyright: Dragonfly TV

Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Union

Patrick Kielty explores what the future holds for Northern Ireland in its centenary year.

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Footballer David James on Fever Pitch for BBC

Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League

With drama, gripping sporting narratives and moments of conflict, this is the story of English football’s revolution.

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Write Around the World

Richard E. Grant travels in the footsteps of great writers inspired by Italy, France and Spain.

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Rhianna in Child of our time at 20

Education, Development and Languages

Children from the ground-breaking 20 year BBC series Child of Our Time look back at growing up in the UK in the 21st Century.

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Money, Business & Law

The world of corporations, the economy, and the law that keeps the world turning.

Hospital still, BBS series. Copyright: Label 1

Health, Wellbeing and Sports

Putting a finger on the pulse of our shared health, mental welfare and physical fitness. 

BBC School TV Series

Education, Development and Languages

Discover more about how we learn, grow and communicate together.

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Nature & Environment

Pole to pole and everything in-between. Our natural world and how it's changing. 

Train in tunnel, The Fifteen Billion Pound railway BBC

Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

Space, robotics, amazing inventions and the formulas that control them.

Secrets of the museum Copyright © Simon Lloyd for Blast! Films

History & the Arts

Explore the people, culture, events and civilisations that have helped to shape the world around us. 

Forensics: The Real CSI, BBC - a CSIO assesses a car

Society, Psychology and Criminology

The inner-workings of our minds and behaviours in society.

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Health, Wellbeing and Sports

Discover the extent of music’s ability to combat dementia, as Vicky forms a choir of people all living with dementia.

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Secrets of the Museum

A unique arts series venturing behind the scenes at the world-famous museum of art, design and performance, the V&A.

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall releasing bird on Hugh's Wild West

Hugh's Wild West

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BBC Ideas

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Bad People

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8 Days to the moon, BBC Series - Apollo 11 crew

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

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Nature & Environment

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, A Perfect Planet is an awe-inspiring exploration of Earth’s power and fragility.

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OU subjects A-Z

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The latest OU news

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About distance learning

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About our BBC partnership

For over 50 years The Open University and the BBC have worked together; co-producing hundreds of hours of programming and bringing learning to life for millions. Find out more about our unique partnership.

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