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History & the Arts

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

History

Age of the image

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

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?

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.

Extraordinary Rituals

Explore the spectacular and emotional world of rituals.

ICONS

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

Magic Numbers

Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths

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.

Prejudice and Pride

The People's History of LGBTQ Britain.

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.

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...

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'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.


The Arts

Age of the image

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

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.

ICONS

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

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.

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.

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...

Write Around the World

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

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

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.


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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.

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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