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

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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.

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?

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.

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.

City of the Future - 50 Years On

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

Cornwall: This Fishing Life

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

Dangerous Borders: A Journey across India and Pakistan

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

David Harewood: Psychosis and Me

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

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.

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World

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

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. 

Hospital

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

Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots

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

ICONS

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

Inside the Foreign Office

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

Inside the Supermarket

 Behind the scenes at Sainsbury's

Inventing the Impossible: The Big Life Fix

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

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?

Languages of Ulster

Exploring the rich and diverse heritage of languages in Ulster. 

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.

Our Coast

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

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.

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.

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.

Secrets of Silicon Valley

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

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.

Surrogates

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

Forensics: The Real CSI

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

The Big Hospital Experiment

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

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 Fires that Foretold Grenfell

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

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 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 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 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.

The Prosecutors

Series documenting the work of the Crown Prosecution Service.

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? 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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 Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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?

Why Slavery?

A series of ground breaking documentaries uncovering modern slavery. 


Psychology

A Time to Live

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

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.

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.

David Harewood: Psychosis and Me

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

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.

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 limits can boost your creativity

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

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?

Inventing the Impossible: The Big Life Fix

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

Prejudice and Pride

The People's History of LGBTQ Britain.

Surrogates

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

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 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.

Travels in Euroland with Ed Balls

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

All in the Mind

Claudia Hammond explores the limits and potential of the human mind

Bad People

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

Chasing perfection

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

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.

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.

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.


Criminology

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.

Drugsland

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

Forensics: The Real CSI

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

The Detectives

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

The Fires that Foretold Grenfell

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

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 Prosecutors

Series documenting the work of the Crown Prosecution Service.

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.

Why Slavery?

A series of ground breaking documentaries uncovering modern slavery. 


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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. 

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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. 

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

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