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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.

Project 17

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

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

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?

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


Development

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.

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?

Project 17

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

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.

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.

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?

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. 


Languages

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. 

Rome Unpacked

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

BBC Learning English – International Law

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


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Inside the bank of England still - gold reserves

Money, Business & Law

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

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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. 

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Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

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

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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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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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