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The Planets

Professor Brian Cox explores the dramatic lives of the eight majestic planets that make up our Solar System.

Write Around the World

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

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World

Follow Greta as she takes a year off school to tackle climate change.

Blue Planet II

Sir David Attenborough presents Blue Planet II.

Hospital

Hospital tells the riveting story of the NHS in unprecedented times. 


Money, Business & Law

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

Billion Dollar Deals

 and How They Changed Your World. 

Flatpack Empire

Explore IKEA’s design studios, factories and stores around the world for the very first time.

Gold Town

Work on Scotland’s first gold mine begins. Will everything go to plan?

Inside the Supermarket

 Behind the scenes at Sainsbury's

The Fires that Foretold Grenfell

A haunting story of five fires that foretold the Grenfell disaster, told by those directly involved.

The Prosecutors

Series documenting the work of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Inside the Bank of England

The Bank of England prints our money, but few of us know how this powerful institution works.

The Bottom Line

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

Power to the People

This three-part OU/BBC series looks at SSE, one of the Big Six energy companies, and how they are battling to keep electricity flowing to our homes.

What Britain Buys and Sells in a Day

Our trading relationships face their biggest change in decades. How much do you know about our imports and exports?

BBC Learning English – International Law

Explore the rights and duties of states and how they affect people across the planet.


Health, Wellbeing and Sports

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

A Time to Live

What would you do if you were told you had a terminal illness and may only have months to live? 

Addicted Parents

...Last Chance to Keep My Children. The story of the only family rehab in the UK.

David Harewood: Psychosis and Me

Thirty years ago, David had a psychotic breakdown. Now he traces his steps and meets people living with psychosis. 

Dementia and Us

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

Four tips from elite sport you can use in everyday life

From talking to yourself to rehearsing in your mind, these tips from the world of sport psychology can help in your daily life.

Hospital

Hospital tells the riveting story of the NHS in unprecedented times. 

How to be a good sporting parent

As a parent, you want your child to do well. But how do you strike the right balance between encouraging and supporting your child, and pushing them hard?

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

Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure

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

Surrogates

Five young British women attempt to carry babies for other people.

The Big Hospital Experiment

Royal Derby Hospital enlists 14 young volunteers to provide care in a new experiment.  

The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs?

This is the story of a legal fight which saw doctors, activists and AIDS charities battle for PrEP on the NHS. 

The Truth About...

...boosting your immune system, getting fit at home and improving your mental health.

All in the Mind

Claudia Hammond explores the limits and potential of the human mind

Britain's Fat Fight

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall looks at the impact and causes of obesity in modern Britain.

Chasing perfection

Chasing Perfection with Michael Johnson unveils the progressive world of sports science technologies and what shapes champions’ progress.

The Big C & Me

Millions of people are living with cancer. This series follows the lives of people dealing with everything from the moment of diagnosis to whatever lies beyond.

The Truth About Obesity

Chris Bavin discovers what science can tell us about why 2/3 of us are overweight - and how we can fight it.

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.

How To Die: Simon's Choice

The dramatic and poignant story of one man facing a heart wrenching decision of whether to end his life at a suicide clinic.


Education, Development and Languages

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

Horizon: Child of Our Time: Turning 20

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.

Don’t Exclude Me

With school exclusions at their highest in a decade, behavioural expert Marie Gentles works with teachers and parents to help keep pupils in the classroom.

Go The Distance

Ever thought about distance learning? Here's a taste of what it is really like – with real students, real tutors and more.

Hairy Bikers: Bakeation

Loaves and language entwine as The Hairy Bikers embark on a tour of Europe, sampling the baked goods of many nations.

Languages of Ulster

Exploring the rich and diverse heritage of languages in Ulster. 

School

School follows the experiences of pupils, teachers, parents and school leaders, across an academic year.

Shakespeare Lives

It has been over 400 years since Shakespeare died, but his works still 'play on' today. Explore the life, times and legacy of the Bard of Avon...

BBC Ideas

Short films and videos for curious minds

Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain with Simon Sebgag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore embarks on a fascinating journey to unlock 2,000 years of Spain's history.

Old School with the Hairy Bikers

Teenagers and pensioners are the most marginalised age groups in society. Can the Hairy Bikers transform their lives with a radical project?

Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream

The rise of one of the great cities of the world, and how the city today is a window into a past of power, religion and culture.


Nature & Environment

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

Autumnwatch 2019

It's Halloween week and Autumnwatch is back, celebrating the very best of the UK's wildlife.

Blue Planet Live

In an exciting week of programmes, Blue Planet Live celebrated marine life and explores our oceans. 

Blue Planet II

Sir David Attenborough presents Blue Planet II.

Cornwall: This Fishing Life

Follow the fortunes of Cornish fishermen, fighting to secure a future for their traditional way of life.

Earth From Space

Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective.

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World

Follow Greta as she takes a year off school to tackle climate change.

Hugh's Wild West

Lifelong nature-lover Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall pursues his fascination with the wildlife of the West country.

Is it time to reassess our relationship with nature?

Western societies tend to see nature and humanity as separate. But are there other ways of relating to the natural world?

Our Coast

Join Adrian Chiles and Mehreen Baig, as they explore four spectacular coastlines linked by the Irish sea.

Springwatch 2020

In a spring like no other, we’ll be bringing you inspiring stories from the natural world.

A Perfect Planet

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

Countryfile: Plant Britain

Discover the possibilities of plants, and how they can transform your wellbeing and community

The Hunt

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough this lavish series explores the relationship between predator and their prey.


Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

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

Britain's Greatest Invention

BBC Two takes us inside the Science Museum vaults and asks the nation to vote for Britain's Greatest Invention.

Horizon: 10 Things You Need to Know...

...About the Future. Hannah Fry delves into the data we have today to give an evidence-based vision of tomorrow. 

How to Make

Watch Zoe Laughlin deconstruct three everyday items, before recreating them using innovative materials.

Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots

Could machines built to enhance our lives one day become our greatest rivals?

Inventing the Impossible: The Big Life Fix

Leading inventors create ingenious solutions to everyday problems for people in desperate need.

Magic Numbers

Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths

Secrets of Silicon Valley

Jamie Bartlett uncovers the dark reality behind Silicon Valley's glittering promise to build a better world.

Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe.

The 21st Century Race for Space

Brian Cox discovers whether the space billionaires can make mass space flight a reality.

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway

Ten thousand engineers and construction workers race to complete the Elizabeth line.

The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer

Following workers for three years as they race to build an enormous super sewer on time and on budget.

The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed

Discover the amazing journey we all make from the most helpless to the most sophisticated organism on earth.

The Planets

Professor Brian Cox explores the dramatic lives of the eight majestic planets that make up our Solar System.

The Search for a New Earth

Stephen Hawking believes if mankind is to survive we only have 100 years to colonise another planet… But can we? 

Secret Science of Sewage

Explore the valuable resources in sewage through world-leading science.

The Secret Story of Stuff

Materials of the Modern Age

The Secrets of Your Food

The Secrets of Your Food' is the delicious science story of the food on your plate.

Universe

Professor Brian Cox journeys across the vastness of time and space, revealing epic moments that changed the Universe forever.

Building Britain's Biggest Nuclear Power Station

Behind the scenes of the construction site of Hinkley Point C, Britain’s controversial new nuclear power station.

Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing

This documentary from the BBC explores the eccentric life of Ada Lovelace, the world's first programmer, the 'Enchantress of Numbers'

Colour: The Spectrum of Science

Go beyond the rainbow in this OU/BBC series that delves into colour, how it works and how it has written the story of our planet.

BBC Inside Science

A weekly programme that illuminates the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world

More or Less

Tim Harford presents BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics in the news.

The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms

This documentary from the BBC uncovers the hidden world of algorithms, the formulae that secretly run modern society.

Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You

This blockbuster series tells the thrilling story of how you were made, combining emotional human stories with ground-breaking computer generated imagery. 

The beginning and End of the Universe

In this two-part series, Prof Jim Al-Khalili tackles the biggest subject of all: the universe. 


History & the Arts

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

Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain

During the blitz over four hundred and fifty thousand bombs rained down on Britain - how did they shape our future?

ICONS

Who is the greatest icon of them all? BBC viewers vote for their ultimate icon of the 20th Century.

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

The untold story of Apollo 11 told in the voices of the first men to step foot on the Moon.

NHS: A People's History

Alex Brooker presents a crowdsourced social history of the NHS, told through people's treasured mementoes.

Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Union

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

Rome Unpacked

Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli explore Rome for the greatest food and art that they can find.

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.

Write Around the World

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

Civilisations

Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga explore the visual culture of societies around the globe.

Full Steam Ahead

Historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn bring the golden age of steam back to life and explore how the Victorian railways created modern Britain.

Shakespeare Live! From The RSC

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, David Tennant and Catherine Tate host a live event celebrating Shakespeare’s work across many art forms.

Sleuths, Spies and Sorcerers: Andrew Marr's Paperback Heroes

Andrew Marr deconstructs detective fiction, fantasy epics and spy novels. He unpicks their conventions to show how these books keep us turning the page

Ireland with Simon Reeve

Ireland with Simon Reeve explores the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in a new two-part series for BBC Two.

The Secret Life of Children's Books

This two part OU/BBC co-production looks at the secret lives of 'The Five Children and It' by E. Nesbitt and 'The Water Babies' by Charles Kingsley. 

To Walk Invisible

This drama, written by Sally Wainwright, tells the story of the Brontë sisters' rise to literary fame and publication.


Society, Psychology and Criminology

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

Age of the image

Art historian James Fox explores how the power of images has transformed the modern world.

Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us

Three murder investigations and their extraordinary consequences which overturned laws, transformed police interrogation and revolutionised forensic detection.

City of the Future - 50 Years On

Filmmaker Richard Macer goes home to Milton Keynes as both are about to turn 50

Dangerous Borders: A Journey across India and Pakistan

Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma travel the still-volatile border of Pakistan and India.

Drugsland

Exploring the consumption, dealing, treatment and policing of illegal drugs in the city of Bristol. 

Extraordinary Rituals

Explore the spectacular and emotional world of rituals.

How limits can boost your creativity

Constraints can feel very... limiting. But experts believe they can actually be helpful for creativity - up to a point.

Inside the Foreign Office

There’s never been a more significant time to look behind the scenes. 

Meet the Lords

Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important institutions.

Prejudice and Pride

The People's History of LGBTQ Britain.

Project 17

Seventeen 17-year-olds tell us what they want from the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Forensics: The Real CSI

“My job is to get to the truth, to speak for those who can't speak for themselves”. 

The Brexit Storm

Laura Kuenssberg’s inside story.

The Detectives

This series offers frontline insight into Greater Manchester Police's battle against organised crime.

The Met: Policing London

Across London, The Met is dealing with the pressures and dilemmas of policing a city of eight and a half million people.

The power of quiet leadership

Leaders don’t need to be loud and confident. The Open University’s Dr Jacqueline Baxter makes the case for a quieter approach.

Thinking Allowed

A long-running radio discussion programme, hosted by Laurie Taylor, exploring new ideas and research into how society works.

Travels in Euroland with Ed Balls

Ed Balls explores national identity and the rise of right-wing populism across Europe. 

Trump Takes on the World

Donald Trump’s top advisers and the leaders who clashed with him lift the lid on the critical moments of his foreign policy.

Bad People

Dr Julia Shaw and comedian Sofie Hagen dissect the criminal cases that shock, intrigue and scare us the most.

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

This three-part co-production shows a terrifyingly intimate, uniquely epic portrait of the biggest movement of people that Europe has seen since World War Two.

Genius of the Modern Mind: Marx, Freud & Nietzche

Bettany Hughes explores the life and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud in the three part series from the OU and the BBC.

Don't Panic - How to End Poverty in 15 Years

Shown again as a tribute to the late Hans Rosling, his exploration of how statistics offers hope in an overcrowded world

Paxman in Brussels: Who really rules us?

In this one-off programme on BBC 1, Jeremy Paxman asks whether we have given the power to rule us to Europe, and if we have does it matter?

Why Slavery?

A series of ground breaking documentaries uncovering modern slavery. 


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