FLYING SCOTSMAN: SOUNDS FROM THE FOOTPLATE

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Another chance to enjoy the view from the driving seat of the world's most famous steam locomotive as Flying Scotsman travels the length of the Severn Valley Railway. Special 'cab cameras' and microphones capture all the action from the footplate - this time without commentary. Viewers can appreciate the evocative sound of steam transportation as this magnificent engine attracts crowds from far and wide. Veteran driver Roger Norfolk and fireman Ryan Green guide Scotsman on the leisurely journey through the countryside of the English Midlands, from Bridgnorth in Shropshire to Kidderminster in Worcestershire. Hundreds of enthusiasts also watch and wave from platforms, bridges and surrounding fields.


ILLEGAL JOB CENTRE

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Livvy Haydock examines the network of exploitation of migrant workers in the UK, as she meets the men who sit outside our local car parks from dawn in the hope of finding cash in hand work From the landlords who house these men like sardines – 120 from one car park packed into 4 houses - to the white van men who exploit them to cut costs, Livvy discovers who's benefiting from this underground system and the huge risks Eastern European workers are exposed to for a £60 a day job. She meets a 27-year old Romanian worker who reveals the shocking conditions of his construction job to a Hungarian who is now homeless after being left for dead after a fall during an off-the-books demolition job. What starts as big dreams of changing their lives and sending back money to their families can quickly turn to tragedy for these men. But as supply-and-demand drives up the numbers of Eastern Europeans coming over to join this workforce, it seems this "Illegal Job Centre" will continue to thrive.


SECOND OPINION

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Dr Xand van Tulleken takes a satirical look back on 2016 in health news. With a round-up of the some of the most baffling medical headlines of the year, he investigates whether rollercoasters really do cure kidney stones, whether paracetamol is turning us into a nation of psychopaths and whether we need to rethink how we use the loo. Drawing on his medical expertise and personal experience as a doctor, Xand picks apart the facts behind the tabloid hype - including his take on the real reasons behind 2016's junior doctors' strike. With stunts, sketches, experiments and expert interviews, Second Opinion is the show that is knowledgeable enough to pull the nonsense out of the headlines but professional enough not to ask how it got in there.


DAVID BOWIE - THE LAST FIVE YEARS

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There was nothing predictable about David Bowie - everything was designed to intrigue, to challenge, to defy all expectations. But perhaps no period in David Bowie’s extraordinary career raised more fascination, more surprise, and more questions, than the last five years. This film - to be broadcast on the night before what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday - is an intimate portrait of one of the defining artists of our time, told by the people who knew him best: his friends and artistic collaborators. It follows the widely acclaimed film David Bowie: Five Years, first broadcast on BBC Two in 2013. It takes a detailed look at Bowie’s last albums The Next Day and Blackstar, and his play Lazarus. Through the prism of this last work the film shows how, in his final five years, Bowie not only began producing music again but returned to the core and defining themes of his career. These were artistic rebirth, a shedding of skins, a quest for a different palette to express the same big ideas - dissonance, alienation, otherness - the human condition. The film explores how Bowie was a far more consistent artist than many interpretations of his career would have us believe, by tracing the core themes from his final works through his incredible back catalogue. Viewers will see Major Tom reflected in Blackstar; Diamond Dogs in the play Lazarus; and Fame in the song The Stars (Are Out Tonight). Bowie’s urge to communicate feelings of spirituality, alienation and fame underpin his greatest works, from the 1960s to 2016. This is what lies at the heart of his success and appeal, music that deals with what it means to be human in a way that goes far beyond the normal palette of a rock star. This film is not a comprehensive overview of his entire career, but an in-depth exploration of its pivotal moments and a look at how the themes, the narrative, the approach are consistent - it is simply the palette that changes. It features every key member of the Next Day band, the Blackstar band and those who worked with Bowie on the stage play Lazarus, plus old friends and colleagues including Tony Visconti, Gail Ann Dorsey, Toni Basil, Michael C Hall, Donny McCaslin, and old school friend Geoff MacCormac. And, as in David Bowie: Five Years, there is a wealth of unseen and rare archive.


SIGHTHILL

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Ten massive tower blocks once stood tall at Glasgow's Sighthill Estate. Built in the 1960s, this iconic development was home to thousands of residents before a historic regeneration project swept through the estate demolishing all the high rises over the past decade. Sighthill tells the story of a handful of these residents who lived or frequented the almost empty remaining two blocks before demolition. New houses were being constructed in the shadow of the towers, signalling the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the people who were determined to stay and help rebuild this once thriving community. Award-winning film-maker Darren Hercher follows the day-to-day existence of teenager Gary, who spent much of his troubled childhood in care and returns to Sighthill where most of his family still live. He faces one of the most challenging and uncertain periods of his life as his mother tragically dies. Robert shares a bedroom with five sisters after his room became uninhabitable due to mould and dampness on the walls. A lively and energetic young boy, he dreams of moving into a new home and having his very own space again. And Yonan, who arrived from Iraq as an asylum seeker, loves living in Sighthill after spending 13 years in an Iranian jail. This is an intimate yet unflinching documentary exploring the final chapter of the old blocks and the beginning of a new era for the people of Sighthill.


WALESA: MAN OF HOPE

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Ten years after the bloody aftermath of demonstrations at the Gdansk shipyards, a new uprising in the early 1980s is bolstered by the unexpected appearance of Lech Walesa, an electrician who had lost his job at the yards for his trade union activities, and is now gaining a reputation as an inspirational speaker prepared to defy the ruling communist party.


THE WAR ON LOAN SHARKS

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Documentary. As households struggle to make ends meet, illegal money lenders are preying on the vulnerable by encouraging them to take out unlicensed loans, charging huge interest rates and then using extreme levels of violence, intimidation and shame to make them pay. This progamme hears from the victims who are still living with the terrifying consequences of their borrowing and meets some who are fighting back. While business is booming for the loan sharks, the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team has never been more urgent. We follow this small but dedicated team from the moment a call comes into the hotline, through intelligence gathering, dawn raids, arrests and convictions in their battle to stop loan sharks in their tracks.


GANG GIRLS

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Livvy Haydock explores the secretive world of gang girls, to understand the real stories behind the rising trend in sexual exploitation and violence against girls by gang members - and discovers how quickly female victims turn perpetrators. She enters a gang safe house and meets a young woman whose 'initiation list' included the kidnap and rape of her friend. Livvy also meets a notorious gang girl whose life for the last decade has been dominated by violence – and has lost 30 friends to the streets. These girls are entrenched and traumatized. Livvy asks if it's ever possible to break out of gang life, as she visits Kings College Hospital A&E where a unique project is identifying and reaching young women at a rare moment when they are willing to trust and talk.


TRANSGENDER KIDS: WHO KNOWS BEST?

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Around the world there has been a huge increase in the number of children being referred to gender clinics - boys saying they want to be girls and vice versa. Increasingly, parents are encouraged to adopt a 'gender affirmative' approach - fully supporting their children's change of identity. But is this approach right? In this challenging documentary, BBC Two's award-winning This World strand travels to Canada, where one of the world's leading experts in childhood gender dysphoria (the condition where children are unhappy with their biological sex) lost his job for challenging the new orthodoxy that children know best. Speaking on TV for the first time since his clinic was closed, Dr Kenneth Zucker believes he is a victim of the politicisation of transgender issues. The film presents evidence that most children with gender dysphoria eventually overcome the feelings without transitioning and questions the science behind the idea that a boy could somehow be born with a 'female brain' or vice versa. It also features 'Lou' - who was born female and had a double mastectomy as part of transitioning to a man. She now says it is a decision that 'haunts' her and feels that her gender dysphoria should have been treated as a mental health issue. This documentary examines Zucker's methods, but it also includes significant contributions from his critics and supporters of gender affirmation, including transgender activists in Canada and leading medical experts as well as parents with differing experiences of gender dysphoria and gender reassignment.


TOURETTES: TEENAGE TICS

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Twelve-year-old Rory Brown has Tourette Syndrome. After recently moving to secondary school his physical and verbal outbursts have exploded. In 1988 John Davidson featured in the BBC documentary ‘John’s Not Mad’. Determined that no other child should go through the horrific experience he had as a child, he’s taken Rory under his wing. Unlike when John was growing up, Rory has the advantage of support at school. Both John and his pupil support teacher introduce Rory and his Tourettes to those around him in the local community. A visit to the local police station highlights the difficulties Rory has as his uncontrollable tics cause havoc in the face of authority.


BOWIE AT THE BBC

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A chronology of clips from the BBC archive giving an overview of David Bowie's extraordinary career from 1964 to 2016. Blending interviews and performances from music programmes, documentaries, news outlets and chat shows, this portrait of Bowie both at his most thoughtful and his most opportunistically promotional is a series of snapshots into a rapidly evolving career across music, films and the theatre. From a 17-year-old David Jones interviewed by Cliff Michelmore in 1964, on to 1973 when in Ziggy mode Bowie, Ronson and co gave their seminal Top of the Pops performance of Starman. Then to 2000 when Bowie reimagined himself as the cover of Hunky Dory to storm Glastonbury, this is a journey through many Bowies. The programme includes other classic Top of the Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test and Later... with Jools' performances and looks at Bowie the actor with interviews about his roles in The Elephant Man, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence and Labyrinth. Bowie at the BBC gives an insight into the many ways Bowie chose to present himself at different moments in time, revealing how innovative, funny, surprising and influential he always was.


THE PAPER THISTLE: 200 YEARS OF THE SCOTSMAN

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For two centuries The Scotsman newspaper has been at the heart of the nation, uncovering corruption, skewering politicians, celebrating the arts and prepared to robustly defend its trenchant views, even at the point of a pistol. The programme tells the fascinating story of one of Britain's most famous newspapers and how over two centuries it has both reflected and shaped the nation.


ANNIE MAC: WHO KILLED THE NIGHT?

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Almost half of the UK’s nightclubs have closed down over the past decade. In this film, broadcaster and international DJ Annie Mac investigates who is killing our nightlife. Is it property developers, the police or local councils who are contributing to the decline? Or is it just the fact young people are changing the way they go about partying, with the advent of all-day parties, illegal raves and the internet?


THE BRIT WHO TRIED TO KILL TRUMP

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In June 2016, 20-year-old Briton Michael Sandford was arrested at a Donald Trump rally after trying to take a police officer's gun in a bid to shoot the then-Republican presidential nominee. Michael immediately found himself at the centre of a media storm and the mercy of America's notoriously harsh justice system. After pleading guilty, he faced years behind bars. But how did a young middle-class boy from suburban Surrey who suffers from Asperger's end up thousands of miles from home? And what drove him to attempt to kill one of the most powerful men in the world? This programme follows Michael's family as they travel to the US for his sentencing, unsure of when they might see him again. Set against the backdrop of Trump's remarkable rise to the White House, the documentary explores Michael's complicated past while using exclusive eyewitness interviews and never-before-seen archive to piece together the elaborate assassination plot and attempt to find out why he did it.


THE CULT NEXT DOOR

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This documentary by acclaimed director Vanessa Engle tells the extraordinary story of a strange cult, which came to light in 2013 when a sensational news story broke about three women emerging from a small flat in Brixton in south London after decades in captivity. Tracing the group back to its roots in the 1970s, the film describes how its leader Aravindan Balakrishnan, a student of Indian origin, believed in an international communist revolution and created a tiny political sect that followed the teachings of China's Chairman Mao. The film features exclusive interviews with two of the women who escaped - Aisha Wahab, a 72-year-old Malaysian woman who was part of Balakrishnan's group for 40 years, and Katy Morgan-Davies, Balakrishnan's daughter, who was born and raised in captivity. The film documents how this left-wing collective evolved into a bizarre pseudo-religious cult, where members were controlled, threatened and brainwashed so that they were too terrified to leave.


RAGE IN THE USA: INSIDE THE ANGER ROOM

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A new type of business is booming on America’s high streets. The ‘Anger Room’ is a place ordinary Americans can have an extraordinary experience – smashing and bashing whatever they want and venting their anger in a safe, confined space. Filmmaker Ed Hancox follows 10-year-old Izzy, who is struggling with anger management issues and uses the Anger Room to try and help herself, and 19-year-old Christian, who uses the Anger Room to help deal with his emotions after finding out he was adopted.


GEORGE III: THE GENIUS OF THE MAD KING

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After 200 years under lock and key, all the personal papers of one of our most important monarchs are for the first time seeing the light of day. In the first documentary to gain extensive access to the Royal Archives, Robert Hardman sheds fascinating new light on George III, Britain's longest reigning king. George III may be chiefly remembered for his madness, but these private documents reveal a monarch who was a political micromanager and a restless patron of science and the arts, an obsessive traveller who never left southern England yet toured the world in his mind and a man who was driven (sometimes to distraction) by his sense of duty to his family and his country. Featuring Simon Callow and Sian Thomas as the voices of King George and Queen Charlotte.


TALKING SNOOKER 1. THE PEOPLE'S CHAMPIONS

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Snooker super-fan Alistair McGowan takes a trip through the BBC archives for an affectionate look at the lives and careers of three of snooker's best-loved and most charismatic stars - Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins, Jimmy 'Whirlwind' White and Ronnie 'the Rocket' O'Sullivan. We look at the early television appearances that captured each of them before they really hit the big time, chart the ups and downs of their careers and examine programmes ranging from Wogan to Top Gear to get a real sense of why each of this trio were, in their day, known as 'The People's Champions'.


TALKING SNOOKER 2. THE GAME CHANGERS

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Alistair McGowan looks at the legends of the green baize who helped make snooker both a national obsession and a television phenomenon. Alistair's exploration of the BBC archive's deepest pockets uncovers rare interviews with the players who set new standards in the game, from the explosion of characters and colour in the 1970s to the dominance of Davis and Hendry in the 80s and 90s, and the famous black-ball final of 1985 that shattered nerves and TV viewing figures.


FRANCIS BACON: A BRUSH WITH VIOLENCE

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Francis Bacon was the loudest, rudest, drunkest, most sought after British artist of the 20th century. 25 years after his death, his canvases regularly exceed £40million at auction. Bacon's appeal is rooted in his notoriety - a candid image he presented of himself as Roaring Boy, Lord of Misrule and Conveyor of Artistic Violence. This was true enough, but only part of the truth. He carefully cultivated the facade, protecting the complex and haunted man behind the myth. In this unique, compelling film, those who knew him speak freely, some for the first time, to reveal the many mysteries of Francis Bacon.


ANDREW MARR: MY BRAIN AND ME

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In a very intimate story, broadcaster and political journalist Andrew Marr is on a mission to understand the mysteries of the human brain and to achieve further recovery after suffering a life-threatening stroke four years ago. Andrew quickly regained his ability to speak and was able to resume work after his stroke, but he is still frustrated by lack of movement in his left arm, hand and leg. Andrew meets some of Britain's million stroke survivors and travels the world in search of a miracle cure.


JUNE BROWN AT 90: A WALFORD LEGEND

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Celebrate a milestone birthday and all things Dot Cotton as EastEnders actress June Brown chats about her life and career. Featuring famous Walford faces and one or two surprises.


DOUBLE MASTECTOMY TWINS

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Twins Rose and Charlotte lost their mum to breast cancer when they were just ten. Now, as adults, the twins have discovered they too have the BRCA2 gene that predisposes them to the same condition as their mum. We follow the twins through pre-emptive double mastectomy operations - a choice they have made to reduce their chances of developing breast cancer.


TERRY PRATCHETT - BACK IN BLACK

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Poignant and humorous film telling the story of the hugely popular author Terry Pratchett, creator of Discworld, whose books have sold over 85 million copies worldwide. When the writer Sir Terry Pratchett died in 2015, he was working on one last story - his own. But Terry's Alzheimer's meant he never got to finish it. Back in Black reveals Terry's road to success was not always easy, from his troubled schooldays to being dismissed by literary critics, to his battle with Alzheimer's. But knighted by the Queen, adored by millions of fans and with a legacy of 41 much-loved novels - Terry Pratchett is still having the last laugh.


THE DRUG TRIAL: EMERGENCY AT THE HOSPITAL

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Drama documentary telling the story of one of the most infamous medical emergencies in recent British history, when six healthy men took part in a drug trial that went terribly wrong, leaving them fighting for their lives. Featuring candid personal testimony from doctors who struggled to bring the clinical catastrophe under control, the investigators tasked with discovering what went wrong and the patients themselves, this dramatic, thought-provoking science documentary tells the story in gripping detail.


HEAL ME IN THE NAME OF JESUS

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An Australian Healer claims that he can cure people of their disabilities through Jesus. Emily Yates, a wheelchair user, attends a UK session to investigate if his claims are true.


BEAUTY QUEEN AND SINGLE

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A Northern Irish beauty queen who has had no luck with love dares to go bare in a dramatic makeunder before a series of dates to see if she can find a connection that is more than skin deep.


THE SCOTTISH BOUNTY HUNTER

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28-year-old Scot Christian Matlock is forging a career as a professional bounty hunter in America. Based in Virginia, he spends his days and nights hunting and apprehending fugitives who have skipped bail. This film follows Christian on the chase, and discovers how a chequered past in Scotland has helped him succeed in this dangerous job.


LUISA OMIELAN'S WHAT WOULD BEYONCÉ DO?

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Luisa shot to fame following one of the most successful debut stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, described as “one of the biggest stand up hits of the decade” by the Guardian. This seventy-five minute special captures the infectious energy of Luisa’s shows by joining the queues and audience in the build-up to the event, discovering why her loyal army of fans love her unique approach to stand up and her Beyoncé ethos. The show is set to a soundtrack of Beyoncé’s best known hits.


LIFE OF A MOUNTAIN: A YEAR ON BLENCATHRA

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The highly anticipated sequel to Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike sees award-winning film-maker Terry Abraham return to the Lake District to showcase 'the people's mountain' - Blencathra. This spectacular documentary looks at the lives of local residents, school children and visitors to the mountain with contributions from comedian Ed Byrne, broadcaster Stuart Maconie, mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE and record-breaking fell runner Steve Birkinshaw. Abraham's breathtaking photography and stunning time-lapse sequences of this unique landscape will inspire newcomers and regular visitors alike.


HOW POLICE MISSED THE GRINDR KILLER

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The story of how police repeatedly allowed a serial murderer to slip through their fingers. Stephen Port date-raped and murdered four young gay men in East London within fifteen months and dumped all four bodies within a few hundred metres of each other. Yet Barking and Dagenham police failed to link the deaths, until weeks after the fourth one. The film tells the story through eyes of the families of Port’s victims, unpicking how the police failed to investigate each of the deaths properly. The police’s assumptions that these young gay men had died from self-inflicted overdoses of chem-sex drugs allowed Port to continue raping and killing innocent young men. The film also unravels Port’s sinister character and modus operandi. Port was motivated by a desire to satisfy his lust for abusive drug-fuelled sexual encounters. He found all his victims through gay dating and social media sites, using multiple online profiles. Barking and Dagenham police’s failings have led to huge anger amongst the families of Port’s victims. Some have accused the police of institutional homophobia, and asked if officers would have investigated more thoroughly, had four young women turned up dead within such a small radius. The Met police have referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over their handling of the case and will not comment on specific allegations until the IPCC investigation is complete.


THE LAKE DISTRICT: A WILD YEAR

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For the wildlife and people who live amongst the epic scenery of the Lake District, life is one of continuous change. Cutting-edge camera techniques give a new and unique perspective on a turbulent year in the life of England's largest national park. Time-lapse photography shows months and weeks passing in seconds - snow and ice giving way to sunshine or the frequent rain showers - whilst the animals, plants and people find extraordinary ways to cope with the challenges of this stunning, ancient landscape.


BEING AP

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Documentary charting the final season of champion jockey AP McCoy as he attempted to do the almost impossible of riding 300 winners in a single season.


CITY BOY FIGHT CLUB

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Unregulated and brutal, the subculture of white collar boxing has exploded in Britain over the last five years. We follow city boys Josh and Challon, prime examples of the successful, young and angry men who choose the ring to expel the frustrations and stress of modern life. In this film, they square up to each other for the second time in a bitter rematch.


SOUTH DOWNS: ENGLAND'S MOUNTAINS GREEN

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Peter Owen-Jones takes us into heart of the UK's newest national park - the South Downs. Following the South Downs Way along the spine of the park, from the famous Seven Sisters Cliffs to Winchester - the ancient capital of England - Peter experiences an extraordinary year exploring the park's stunning landscapes, rich history, wildlife and people. What emerges is a portrait of one of Britain's most iconic landscapes, described by William Blake as 'England's mountains green'.


TOM WAITS: TALES FROM A CRACKED JUKEBOX

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Tom Waits is one of the most original musicians of the last five decades. Renowned for his gravelly voice and dazzling mix of musical styles, he's also one of modern music's most enigmatic and influential artists. His songs have been covered by Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and Norah Jones, among many others. But Waits has always pursued his own creative vision, with little concern for musical fashion. In a long career of restless reinvention, from the barfly poet of his early albums to the junkyard ringmaster of Swordfishtrombones, his songs chronicle lives from the margins of American society - drifters, dreamers, hobos and hoodlums - and his music draws on a rich mix of influences, including the blues, jazz, Weimar cabaret and film noir. Using rare archive, audio recordings and interviews, this film is a bewitching after-hours trip through the surreal, moonlit world of Waits' music - a portrait of a pioneering musician and his unique, alternative American songbook.


BURNS IN THE USA

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Robert Burns was well aware of the revolution taking place across the Atlantic as he grew up. The poet was inspired. And America was to be inspired by him. From Abraham Lincoln to Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman to Bob Dylan, some of the most significant figures in American politics and culture have cited Burns as an influence. During key moments in the nation's history these figures brought Burns's words to the fore. The Bard hit home too with America's public, beginning with the ex-pats he reminded of home. Those ex-pats were followed to America by two other Scots who also spread the word of Burns. The industrialist Andrew Carnegie keenly spread the word of Burns across the country. Singer Jean Redpath spread Burns's music within the folk revival in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Burns became a '19th-century Elvis' in the States, and his image was used to sell everything from cigars and tobacco to beer and fizzy pop. Today his impact upon America is further illustrated by memorials, not least in Atlanta, where a replica of Burns Cottage sits as home to the local Burns Club. Members of the club sing Burns's most famous song, Auld Lang Syne, a bona fide piece of American culture, which Americans have identified with New Year's Eve since Guy Lombardo began singing it on radio in the first part of the 20th century. It has become even more iconic since Hollywood adopted it in films such as It's a Wonderful Life. Robert Burns never visited the United States, but whether in the north or south, east or west, its people have identified with the Bard and his works.


EDDIE BUTLER'S SIX NATIONS

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The Six Nations is the most exciting rugby competition on the planet - but why does it bring out so much passion in Wales? Former Wales captain and rugby commentator Eddie Butler is on mission to get under the skin of the tournament by meeting the players, coaches and fans who have played their part in the Six Nations. Includes interviews with Wales star Jamie Roberts, former Wales captain Colin Charvis, former Wales coach Mike Ruddock and former England international Brian Moore.


WALES WOMEN: INSIDE THE SCRUM

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Wales Women: Inside the Scrum is an access all areas look at what it takes to play rugby for the Wales women rugby squad. February 11th 2017 is a big day in the Welsh women's rugby calendar. For the first time in the game's history, Wales' women will be televised live on the BBC as they play their first home game of the 2017 Six Nations Championship at their new home ground - Cardiff Arms Park. But this isn't just any old game. To add to the pressure, the Welsh women's squad are playing against their bitter rivals - England, in what is set to become their biggest grudge match of the season. Women's rugby is on the cusp of change. To celebrate this turning point in the game, Wales Women: Inside the Scrum goes behind the scenes of the Wales women squad to shine a light on them as they prepare for the upcoming Six Nations championship. Getting up close and personal, we follow the women as they battle for a coveted place on the Wales Six Nations' team. Using key characters, we reflect on the challenges faced by the women, both past and present, as they play rugby for their country.


THE CAVERN: THE MOST FAMOUS CLUB IN THE WORLD

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Ted Robbins traces the history of Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club, sixty years after it first opened its doors. Controversially closed, demolished and reopened, the place that put The Beatles on the road to global superstardom has a rich and often torrid history.


BETI AND DAVID: LOST FOR WORDS

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'We need a revolution in dementia care', says Beti George who cares for her partner David Parry-Jones - an iconic broadcaster once dubbed 'the voice of Welsh rugby'. Filmed over the course of many months, there is both laughter and tears in this moving, honest and hard-hitting film. It is a remarkable record of two people facing a terrible illness together. Through Beti's experience the film reveals the challenges and frustrations faced by thousands of carers across Wales and questions the way society supports dementia carers.


THE INSIDERS' GUIDE TO THE MENOPAUSE

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Kirsty Wark asks everything you always wanted to know about the menopause (but were too embarrassed to ask). In a quest for the truth, Kirsty cuts through the confusion and says the unsayable on this very personal odyssey. At the heart of the programme is frank and often funny testimony from famous and not so famous women, including Jennifer Saunders and Kaye Adams, while highly respected experts including the chair of the British Menopause Society give up-to-date advice. Kirsty also investigates groundbreaking research at Edinburgh University - research which has the provocative potential to extend our fertility. Kirsty examines society's reluctance to take the subject seriously and talk about it, and comes to the conclusion that if on average women are living up to 30 years after the menopause, it's time to take care of ourselves.


AFTER SHEKU

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In the early hours of 3rd May 2015, a young black man was arrested by police officers in Kirkcaldy, Fife. Less than two hours later he was dead. This film follows the family of Sheku Bayoh over 20 months as they try to find out just what happened that morning.


MADAME TUSSAUD: A LEGEND IN WAX

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The remarkable true story of the woman behind the worldwide waxworks empire - Madame Tussaud. In an extraordinary life that spanned both the French and Industrial revolutions, this single mother and entrepreneur travelled across the Channel to England, where she overcame the odds to establish her remarkable and enduring brand. Determined to leave an account of who she was and the times she lived through, her memoirs, letters, and papers offer a unique insight into the creation of the extraordinary empire which bears her name.


DIANA: DESIGNING A PRINCESS

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2017 is the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. As one of the most famous women on the planet, Diana had an acute sense of the importance of fashion, controlling her image and understanding that clothing could be an art form with extraordinary possibilities to convey message and meaning. This programme, produced in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces and presented by Brenda Emmanus, looks at some of Diana's most celebrated and exquisite dresses, brought together for a new exhibition of her clothes at Kensington Palace in February. Brenda visits the Conservation Studio at Hampton Court Palace as the dresses are prepared for display, and she hears from historians, cultural commentators and the designers who dressed Diana, including Elizabeth Emanuel, Victor Edelstein, and David Sassoon.


THE NATIVES: THIS IS OUR AMERICA

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What’s it really like to be a young Native American? Beset with alcohol and drug problems, this South Dakota reservation is desperate to revive ancient traditions and joins the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline which they say threatens their land. Pine Ridge is home to the Lakota Sioux and is one of the poorest areas of America with many struggling against drug and alcohol addiction. The Lakota were forced onto the Rez in the late 1800s, their customs and religion stripped away over the decades. But things are changing. Schools are now reviving traditional ceremonies, banned by the government until 1978, and young people are returning to Lakota ways. The Natives: America's Forgotten follows a symbolic buffalo kill at Little Wound High and eighteen year-old Arthur’s journey as a new father. Transgender teen Sky and his friends join thousands of other Native activists at the Standing Rock protest camp to protect the Sioux Tribe’s water supply which they say is under threat from the Dakota Access Pipeline.


YOUNG AND STERILE: MY CHOICE

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A growing number of young people in the UK are opting to be sterilised, even though they don't have any children of their own. Poppy Begum travels the country to meet some of these women and men fighting to take control over their bodies – despite some medical advice to the contrary - and discover the reasons behind their choice to remain child-free for life.


THE SECRET SCIENCE OF POP

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Evolutionary biologist Professor Armand Leroi believes data science can transform the pop world. He gathers a team of scientists and researchers to analyse over 50 years of UK chart music. Can algorithms find the secret to pop success? When the results are in, Armand teams up with hit producer Trevor Horn. Using machine-learning techniques, Armand and Trevor try to take a song by unsigned artist Nike Jemiyo and turn it into a potential chart-topper. Armand also takes a scientific look at pop evolution. He hunts for the major revolutions in his historic chart data, looking for those artists who transformed the musical landscape. The outcomes are fascinating and surprising, though fans of the Fab Four may not be pleased with the results. As Armand puts it, the hallmark of The Beatles is 'average.' Finally, by teaming up with BBC research and development, Armand finds out if his algorithms can discover the stars of the future. Can he predict which of thousands of demo tracks uploaded to BBC Introducing is most likely to be a hit without listening to a note? This is a clash of science and culture and a unique experiment with no guarantee of success. How will the artists react to the scientist intruding on their turf? And will Armand succeed in finding a secret science of pop?


BREXIT: BRITAIN'S BIGGEST DEAL

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With the government about to fire the starting gun for negotiations on Brexit, the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg investigates what is likely to be the biggest challenge we have faced since the Second World War. Will doing a Brexit deal be an impossibly complex and all-consuming process which will bog down the whole of Whitehall for years? Or could a quick and clean break be much easier than we think? Talking to key players on all sides, Laura Kuenssberg maps out the key issues facing Britain and Europe in the coming years, the political minefield Theresa May's government needs to navigate - and why it matters to us all.


GERI'S 1990S: MY DRIVE TO FREEDOM

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Former Spice Girl Geri Horner looks back on the 1990s and reflects on her own incredible journey from working-class Watford girl to international superstar. She describes it as a decade of hope and opportunity that gave young people the freedom to be themselves and break down barriers. Set against a backdrop of great political and social change, the 1990s was also a decade which saw a homegrown cultural revolution. The music and art scenes exploded, and suddenly Britain was the place to be. Britpop and girl power conquered the charts, and Geri herself became the iconic face of Cool Britannia in her famous Union Jack dress. But fame didn't arrive until the mid-1990s for Geri, and she reflects on the key events that shaped her life before becoming part of one of the most successful girl bands of all time. She talks movingly about her close friendship with her pop idol pin-up George Michael and recalls how supportive he was when she left the Spice Girls and embarked on her solo career.


KIRI TE KANAWA AT THE BBC

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The charismatic New Zealand soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa looks back at her life in song through forty years of classic performances from the BBC archives, from her first TV performance on The Harry Secombe Show in 1971 to her appearances on Top of the Pops to sing the rugby anthem World in Union in 1991. Performances from the Last Night of the Proms and Terry Wogan's chat show also feature.


MY UNUSUAL VAGINA

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'Designer Vagina’ has become a term synonymous with vaginal cosmetic surgery in the media. In these body-conscious times, the number of these kinds of surgeries has increased five times over the last decade. But with the NHS now only carrying out vaginal surgery in the most extreme of cases, what happens to the women who are turned down but still want to have it done? We follow Antonia, whose confidence and relationships have suffered due to discomfort from her labia, as she attends a private clinic for vaginal surgery.


MARTIN SCORSESE: TRUE CONFESSIONS

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One of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, Martin Scorsese has created masterpieces like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Mean Streets over five decades. Captured live in conversation at London's British Film Institute, film critic Nick James quizzes Scorsese on his obsessions with masculinity, religion, crime and New York.


THE MAN WHO SHOT TUTANKHAMUN

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Margaret Mountford travels to Egypt's Valley of the Kings to discover the story of an unsung hero of British photography - Harry Burton, the man whose images of the Tutankhamun excavation created a global sensation in the 1920s. As she explores the spectacular locations where Burton worked, including Tutankhamun's tomb, she investigates how Burton's photographs inspired a craze for Egyptian designs and made the archaeologist Howard Carter an international celebrity. She discovers why Burton's images are still studied today by Egyptologists around the world. And she works with a present-day photographer Harry Cory Wright to find out how Burton pushed the boundaries of photographic art to create his extraordinary and influential pictures of the world's most famous archaeological discovery.


DAZZLING DUETS AT THE BBC

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Dazzling duets from four decades of BBC entertainment, from Parkinson to the Proms. Whether it's pianos or banjos, violins or voices, kora, erhu or harmonica, this is a journey full of striking partnerships and extraordinary combinations. Oscar Peterson, Larry Adler, Ballake Sissoko, Kiri Te Kanawa, Nigel Kennedy and Bela Fleck are just some of the featured artists bringing us a musical feast, full of fun and surprises.


THE WEIGHT CUT: EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS

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Mixed Martial Arts has become a multi-billion dollar global industry, but many athletes taking part at a professional level keep a dark secret about their training. Weight cutting is a dangerous activity that has claimed lives in the sport even before the fighters stepped into the hexagon. This documentary follows Dean, a British MMA fighter, as he cuts 7kg of weight overnight using saunas and hot baths to hit his weight category to fight. Whether he makes it or not, this film examines how the unhealthy practice of cutting weight could affect his long-term health forever.


DUST STORM

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Up to five billion tons of dust blows around the earth each year. Dust Storms looks at the growing menace created by these phenomena. Focusing on the Middle East, one of the world's worst affected areas, with the help of the world’s top scientists we look at why dust storms happen, how they affect our health and what we can do about them.


FRACTURED: THE DEATH OF MAX SPIERS

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Black vomit? Aliens? When British conspiracy theorist Max Spiers died suddenly in Poland in July 2016 the case was immediately shrouded in mystery. Just before his death he asked his mum to investigate should anything happen to him. So little is known about how or why he died that the gaps have quickly been filled by fantastical theories. India Rakusen heads to Poland to try to find the answers his family are desperately waiting for.


PEDALLING DREAMS: THE RALEIGH STORY

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For the last 150 years, Britain has been a nation of bike lovers. And for much of that time, one make has been associated with quality, innovation and Britishness - Raleigh bikes. Born in the back streets of Nottingham in 1888, Raleigh grew to become the biggest bicycle manufacturer in the world. For over a century, the company was known for its simple and practical bikes, built to last a lifetime. For generations, its designs were thought second to none, enjoyed by adults and children alike. Now, with wonderful personal testimony and rare and previously unseen archive film, this documentary tells the extraordinary tale of the ups and downs of Raleigh bikes - a beautifully illustrated story full of remarkable characters, epic adventures and memorable bikes. Meet the people who rode and raced them, the workers who built them and the dealers who sold them. Find out how cycling saved the life of Raleigh's founder, discover the technological advances behind the company's success and join Raleigh bike riders who recall epic adventures far and wide. Along the way, the programme takes viewers on a journey back to cycling's golden age - rediscover the thrill of learning to ride your first bike and find out what went on inside the Raleigh factory, where the company's craftsmen produced some of Britain's most iconic bikes. Finally, the documentary reveals what went wrong at Raleigh - the battles it had with its rivals, the controversy behind the design of the Chopper and the effect the closure of its factories had on its loyal workers. This is the extraordinary untold story of the rise and fall of Raleigh bikes.


ON CAMERA: PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE BBC

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Drawing on the BBC's rich archive, this programme reveals the working practices, lives and opinions of some of the greatest photographers of the last 60 years. From Norman Parkinson to David Bailey, Eve Arnold to Jane Bown, Henri Cartier-Bresson to Martin Parr, for decades the BBC has drawn our attention to the creators of what has become the most ubiquitous contemporary art form. Pioneering BBC programmes like Arena, Monitor and Omnibus have given unique insights into the careers of photography's leading practitioners. Through a selection of fascinating clips, this programme brings into focus the key genres - fashion, portraiture, documentary and landscape - and the characters behind the camera who have helped defined them. Music Played: Cliff Richard & The Shadows - Foot Tapper The Zombies - She's Not There Mohammed Rafi - Jaan Pehechan Ho Frank Sinatra and Count Basie and His Orchestra - My Kind of Girl


THE SHIRES: NEW COUNTRY

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Documentary following the rise of The Shires, the first British country group to have a top ten album in the pop charts, and the band to have spearheaded today's interest in country music in the UK. The programme follows Ben and Crissie both as they launch their second album My Universe and on a working trip to Nashville, where they are signed by leading country label Big Machine. They play the Bluebird, the legendary club where the performances from the TV series Nashville are filmed, and meet with Scott Borchetta, who discovered Taylor Swift. Interviews include Scott Borchetta, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes of The Shires, sisters Catherine and Lizzy of Ward Thomas and Thomas Rhett, a rising star of American country music who mixes country with funk, pop and rock.


RICH HALL'S COUNTRIER THAN YOU

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Comedian Rich Hall takes a country music journey from Tennessee to Texas to look at the movements and artists that have shaped the genre over the years.


BRITAIN AT WAR: IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM AT 100

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2017 marks the centenary year of the establishment of Imperial War Museums. It was founded while the First World War was still raging - and over the past century, IWM has expanded hugely, with five sites including the Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast. It shares stories of those who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth. This programme, presented by Falklands veteran and charity campaigner Simon Weston CBE, looks at ten key objects from the IWM's collection. Each of the objects has a special advocate to explore what it reveals about the story of conflict - Bear Grylls ventures onto HMS Belfast, Al Murray looks at a Spitfire at Duxford, and the artists Cornelia Parker and Steve McQueen discuss how they have responded to war and loss in their work. Kate Adie tells the remarkable tale of the typewriter in the Churchill War Rooms, Dame Kelly Holmes meets the extraordinary Johnson Beharry VC to hear about his experiences in the Iraq War, and Anita Rani explores the incredible heroism of one soldier in the British-Indian Army.


SMILE! THE NATION'S FAMILY ALBUM

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A revealing portrait how of we have documented our changing lives. In today's digital age, the classic family photo album has become an object of nostalgic affection. But it is more than just a collection of sentimental snapshots. Celebrating everyday moments and shared experiences, the family photograph offers an intimate portrait of Britain's post-war social history - from the first family holidays captured on Kodachrome to fond memories of waiting for the prints to arrive, from the father who photographed his son every day to a couple's touching love affair chronicled in pictures. Using images and stories from different families and generations, the film charts a journey from the Box Brownie to Instagram, exploring the impact of new technologies and social attitudes in an entertaining tribute to the power of the humble family photo.


DAME VERA LYNN: HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY

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This one-hour programme is a happy birthday tribute celebrating the life and work of Dame Vera Lynn, including exclusive access to Dame Vera Lynn as she watches home movies and videos from the past with her daughter Virginia. It tells the story of a working-class girl from Essex who changed the lives of so many - whose career spanned a whole century - singing at seven to help pay the family bills, falling accidentally into the limelight and still singing right up to today. Dame Vera can't read music. She has never had singing lessons and even refused to change her singing style to fit in with the fashions of the day. Yet she sang at the Queen's 16th birthday and calls the royal family her friends. We meet the war heroes whose hearts she touched as she brought memories from Britain to the front line and find out how celebrities like Miriam Margolyes, Barry Humphries, Tim Rice and Sir Paul McCartney are still touched by Dame Vera's voice. We discover why she is a national treasure, and see her humility shine through - she really can't understand what all the fuss is about, despite being one of the greatest female singers this country has ever produced.


CLASSIC QUARTETS AT THE BBC

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Clemency Burton-Hill celebrates the rich and ravishing world of the string quartet in a journey through 50 years of BBC archive. Some of the world's greatest ensembles including the Amadeus, Chilingirian, Borodin and Kronos quartets perform in myriad styles and settings, from stately homes to helicopters. Music ranges from Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert to Steve Reich, Elvis Costello and Pete Townshend, in a tradition which stretches back to Haydn in the 18th century.


CRASH AND BURN

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Documentary about the meteoric rise and spectacular fall of Tommy Byrne who, for a brief moment in the 1980s, some considered the world's greatest motor racing driver.


WHEN LYNN BARBER MET PHYLLIDA BARLOW

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Phyllida Barlow's sculptures are massive and appear precarious. For decades, she has worked on a monumental scale with the most unmonumental materials. After many years of being ignored by curators and collectors, and against all odds, Barlow has only recently secured art-world acclaim. This year, she will represent Britain at the 57th Venice International Art Biennale in 2017. Journalist Lynn Barber first met artist Phyllida Barlow many years ago when they were both young mothers in north London. Over 30 years since Lynn was last in Phyllida's house, she returns to interview the sculptor. As an artist who raised five children on a part-time teacher's salary, it is only now, in her 70s, that Barlow is finally achieving international art stardom.


DEADLIEST PLACE TO DEAL

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President Rodrigo Duterte swept to power last June, promising to clean up the country by ‘slaughtering’ anyone involved in illegal drugs. In the last eight months a staggering 7,000 people have been killed. In this hard-hitting documentary for BBC Three Livvy Haydock travels to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, to investigate the world’s bloodiest war on drugs.


PAULA REGO: SECRETS AND STORIES

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A unique insight into the life and work of celebrated painter Paula Rego directed by her son, film maker Nick Willing. Notoriously private, Rego opens up for the first time, surprising her son with secrets and stories of her life, battling fascism, a misogynistic art world and manic depression. Born in Portugal, a country which her father told her was no good for women, Rego used her powerful pictures as a weapon against the dictatorship before settling in London, where she continued to target women's issues such as abortion rights. But above all, her paintings are a cryptic glimpse into an intimate world of personal tragedy, perverse fantasies and awkward truths. Nick Willing combines an archive of home movies and family photographs with interviews spanning 60 years and in-depth studies of Rego at work in her studio. What emerges is a powerful personal portrait of an artist whose legacy will survive the years, graphically illustrated in pastel, charcoal and oil paint.


STUNNING SOLOISTS AT THE BBC

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Solo show-stoppers from the world's greatest musicians in a journey through fifty years of BBC Music. From guitarist John Williams and cellist Jacqueline du Pre to trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and violinist NigelKennedy, this is a treasure trove of musical treats and dazzling virtuosity. Whether it's James Galway's Flight of the Bumblebee performed at superhuman speed, Ravi Shankar's mesmerising Raag Bihag or Dudley Moore's brilliant Colonel Bogey March, every performance has its own star quality and unique appeal. Parkinson, Later with Jools Holland, The Les Dawson Show, Music at Night and Wogan are among the programmes featuring instruments ranging from marimba and kora to harp and flamenco guitar.


GRAVITY AND ME: THE FORCE THAT SHAPES OUR LIVES

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Physics professor Jim Al-Khalili investigates the amazing science of gravity. A fundamental force of nature, gravity shapes our entire universe, sculpting galaxies and warping space and time. But gravity's strange powers, discovered by Albert Einstein, also affect our daily lives in the most unexpected ways. As Jim tells the story of gravity, it challenges his own understanding of the nature of reality. The science of gravity includes the greatest advances in physics, and Jim recreates groundbreaking experiments in gravity including when the Italian genius Galileo first worked out how to measure it. Gravity science is still full of surprises and Jim investigates the latest breakthrough - 'gravity waves' - ripples in the vast emptiness of space. He also finds out from astronauts what it's like to live without gravity. But gravity also directly affects all of us very personally - making a difference to our weight, height, posture and even the rate at which we age. With the help of volunteers and scientists, Jim sets out to find where in Britain gravity is weakest and so where we weigh the least. He also helps design a smartphone app that volunteers use to demonstrate how gravity affects time and makes us age at slightly different rates. And finally, Jim discovers that despite incredible progress, gravity has many secrets.


RIO FERDINAND: BEING MUM AND DAD

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In May 2015 Rio Ferdinand lost his 34-year-old wife Rebecca to cancer. A year on, he is still trying to come to terms with this loss and its effects on him and his three children. This film follows Rio as he meets other families coping with bereavement and looks at what help is available for parents and children who have experienced loss.


BRIAN PERN AT THE BBC

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A tribute to Brian Pern who died last month, looking back at the musician's career through his TV appearances - both with progressive rock band Thotch and as a solo artist.


'GREEK' THOMSON - GLASGOW'S MASTER BUILDER

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David Hayman goes in search of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, the visionary architect who, a generation before Charles Rennie Mackintosh, transformed industrial Glasgow with some of the most exotic and exciting buildings in the world.


SCOTLAND'S COLD WARRIOR

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Frank Meehan is 93 years old and quietly enjoying his retirement in Helensburgh. But it's what he retired from which marks Frank out as remarkable. He served at the heart of the Cold War for more than 40 years, in a career which took him from the aftermath of the Second World War, through the Gary Powers incident, to terms as ambassador for Czechoslovakia, Poland and East Germany.


HOW TO BE A SURREALIST WITH PHILIPPA PERRY

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Melting clocks, lobster telephones - the perplexing images of surrealist art are instantly recognisable to millions. But for psychotherapist Philippa Perry the radical ideas which inspired the original artists are often overlooked. In this film, Philippa takes us on a playful journey into the unconscious to discover the deep roots of Surrealism in the political upheavals of 1920s Europe and new ways of understanding the human psyche. Among her surrealist adventures, Philippa sets up her own Bureau of Surrealist Research on the streets of Paris and invites members of the public to tell her their dreams. She uncovers the role of women in the Surrealism movement and has a go at being an artist's muse herself, rolls up her sleeves to try some Surrealist techniques with art critic Adrian Searle, and puts on a screening of Dali and Bunuel's famous film Un Chien Andalou for a group of unsuspecting art students.


THE SECRET SURREALIST: DESMOND MORRIS

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Since the 1960s, Desmond Morris has been known as a zoologist and expert on human behaviour, but the bestselling author of The Naked Ape and Manwatching has led a double life. By day, a rational scientist, writer and broadcaster with a mission to explain; by night, a painter of dreamlike images, which mystify even Morris himself. He began painting in the surrealist style while still at school and still does so today, at the age of 89. In his long career, he has been friends with such great surrealists as Joan Miro and Henry Moore. Every night, between 10 pm and 4 in the morning, while the rest of us are dreaming in our beds, Desmond Morris dreams on canvas.


RICHARD AND JACO: LIFE WITH AUTISM

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Jaco Mylan is like any other 11-year-old boy. He loves rugby, dancing and washing machines. Jaco also has autism. In this intimate documentary, Welsh actor Richard Mylan reflects on his experience of raising a son on the autistic spectrum. Like all parents, Richard wants Jaco to be happy and independent, but he's well aware that having a child with special needs means you have to plan further into the future. Will Jaco be able to get a job? Where will he live? How much support will he need? Through spending time with adults on the autistic spectrum, Richard comes across funny, surprising and inspiring individuals who have their own unique take on living with this lifelong condition.


MARY MAGDALENE: ART'S SCARLET WOMAN

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Waldemar Januszczak explores the impact of Mary Magdalene's myth on art and artists. All saints in art are inventions, but no saint in art has been invented quite as furiously as Mary Magdalene. For a thousand years, artists have been throwing themselves at the task of describing her and telling her story, from Caravaggio to Cezanne, Rubens to Rembrandt, Titian to van Gogh. Her identity has evolved from being the close follower of Jesus who was the first witness to his resurrection, to one of a prostitute and sinner who escaped from persecution in the Holy Land by fleeing across the Mediterranean to wind up living in a cave as a hermit in the south of France, enjoying ecstatic experiences with Christ.


GISELLE: BELLE OF THE BALLET

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Tamara Rojo, dancer and artistic director of English National Ballet, explores Giselle - the first great Romantic ballet, and a defining role for any ballerina. Through two radically contrasting 2016 productions - a traditional 19th-century recreation, and a gritty reimagining of the work by celebrated Anglo-Bangladeshi choreographer Akram Khan - Rojo examines the cultural and social background to the ballet's genesis in 1840s Paris, and the spiritual themes that have fuelled its success over the last 175 years. Giselle is the story of a young peasant girl who personifies all that is good in life, and ultimately forgives the aristocrat who has seduced and betrayed her. With Giselle, the look and emotional heart of ballet was transformed forever, from mime-based storytelling to a fusion of emotion, music and movement, formulating a tradition that has inspired audiences, dancers and choreographers ever since.


FISHERMEN TO KINGS: THE FORGOTTEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF OLIVE EDIS

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World-famous portrait photographer Rankin journeys to Sheringham and Cromer in north Norfolk to discover why the pioneering female photographer Olive Edis has not had the recognition she deserves. Since her death in 1955, the name Olive Edis has faded from memory along with the vast body of work. She's acknowledged by many as being a cornerstone in the development of photography. Olive's work provides an incredible glimpse into the personal world of her subjects. She captured on film all walks of life from fishermen to kings, authors, poets, soldiers and politicians. Rankin uncovers what happened to the forgotten photographs of this genius and experiences how skilful Olive was by using her camera for the first time in over 50 years to photograph Lord of the Rings star, Bernard Hill.


ALONE WITH THE IN-LAWS

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Chris and Stacey from Bristol are getting married in summer 2017. Planning for the big day is one thing, making a success of the years that follow is another. What do they both expect of married life? Reverend Kate Bottley suggests an unusual way to help them find out. Kate wants Chris and Stacey to spend a few days living alone with their respective in-laws-to-be to explore what they can learn about the person they love from the parents who raised them. And what can their in-laws' marriage tell them about their partner's expectations of married life?


ENTER THE DRAGON: CHINA'S SNOOKER STAR

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Snooker player Ding Junhui is a superstar in China. This documentary follows Ding with behind-the-scenes access as he plays in Guangzhou at the China Championship.


OBESITY: HOW PREJUDICED IS THE NHS?

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Britain has a serious problem with obesity - and the medical cost is threatening to bankrupt our health service. Professor Rachel Batterham, head of the obesity services at University College Hospital and a research scientist, presents this current affairs documentary. In it, Rachel explores whether there is 'fat prejudice' against obese patients within parts of the NHS that is stopping them accessing a potentially cost-effective surgery, even when recent scientific research supports it. Professor Batterham considers obesity to be a disease that needs specialist treatment, including weight-loss surgery, whereas many others contend that it is a lifestyle choice. She meets several NHS patients who say they were made to feel 'not worthy' and were denied life-changing bariatric surgery and other routine operations. This seems to show evidence of a bias within the health service. She also speaks to others who have tried to use the NHS weight management services, with one admitting it actually made her gain two stone. Professor Batterham speaks to bariatric surgeon Chris Pring and people that have had weight loss surgery to examine the dramatic effect gastric bypasses can have on person's lifestyle and overall health - and how it can even cure other weight-related illnesses. Rachel also meets patients who are successfully using the diet and lifestyle programme called Tier 3 services, which the NHS require them to do for two whole years before being considered for surgery. Could weight loss surgery actually be a more cost-effective method of treatment for the NHS?


A FAMILY DIVIDED

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After World War Two a newly elected government promised to protect everyone, 'from cradle to grave'. The Clark family slipped through the net, leaving 17 siblings cast to the four corners of Scotland. Three were sentenced to childhood slavery in the Highlands under the boarding-out system, a form of fostering started in the 1870s and lasting 100 years. The rest of the siblings were adopted, fostered or died and buried in unmarked graves. The welfare system swallowed them up, denied them contact and hid them from each other. Only now as they reach retirement in their 60s and after years of battling with the authorities, have the siblings begun to uncover their collective history and reunite. This is a remarkable story of the growing pains of our welfare state, the Clark family and their continued search for the two last siblings.


I SHOT MY PARENTS

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The story of American teenager Nathon Brooks who at the age of 14 shot his mother and father while they slept. Incredibly they both survived and are trying to come to terms with what their son did. With unique access to Nathon, his family and the police.


INTO THE WIND

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There is no walking without weather. It marks all experiences of being outdoors - for better or for worse. For writer, birdwatcher and radio producer Tim Dee, the weather is never an innocent bystander - especially the wind. In any walk that he makes - to watch birds, to record sounds, to reflect on the landscape and the natural world - the wind is an active agent. It carries birds, it buffets microphones, it brings and takes away much of what moves and shapes his life. In this poetic, mesmeric film, documentary film-maker Richard Alwyn follows Tim Dee on a walk along the vast open marshland of the Lincolnshire Wash, as he embarks on an idiosyncratic mission to capture the elusive sound of 'pure' wind. On the way, under extraordinary skies and dramatic light, Dee reflects on landscape and on walking, on birds and on writing, and on the 'wild track' of life - wind, bringer of birds into his world and with that, joy and inspiration about the business of being alive. The problem, of course, is that recording the sound of wind is a quixotic quest because 'in some ways, it doesn't exist as a sound, [....] what we think of as the wind is the sound that the wind is making as it rubs over the surface of the world', says Dee. Undaunted, Dee walks to the lone high spot on the terminally flat Wash, there to raise his boom in an attempt to capture the wind as it arrives fresh out of the north, pure and untouched, new and exciting. 'I'm probably the first thing this wind has hit for about 1,000 miles or so - and it's telling me so...'.


BRONX TO BRADFORD: FRIARS ON A MISSION

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Documentary film following five friars at a Franciscan friary in Bradford on a mission to support the poor, both spiritually and materially. Can the brothers succeed? How challenging is it for friars to help those in need while they themselves must live a humble life with few material comforts? The Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal originates from the Bronx in New York and now operates friaries in the US, central America, the UK and Ireland. They believe the life and example of St Francis shows them the way to follow the teachings of Jesus. In Bradford they run regular soup kitchens for people in need. They are also hoping to restore an old, run-down Catholic Church to attract new followers. The brothers want to achieve all this while devoting time to prayer and worship. Heenan Bhatti's film is an intimate portrayal of the brothers as they work and pray, day and night. Dressed in grey habits, and sporting beards, they adopt the image of traditional friars. They also follow strict rules - avoiding possessions and sometimes begging for their own food - yet they also share a warm sense of humour and a love of music. How testing is this life and what exactly are the rules for modern friars? How do they operate in a busy, materialistic, digital world? And what can be achieved with the people they serve who often live complicated, challenging lives?


BIG GOLD DREAM

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Big Gold Dream is the everyday story of how a group of disaffected youth in search of the only fun in town went on to change the world. High on theory and with only cheek, cheek bones and cheap guitars to get them through between dole cheques, they took a set of hand-me-down reference points plundered from books, TV and subtitled films, created a scene and transformed it into art. As was typical of the times, entryism was in, and subversion was from within, but like all great movements, it was never going to last. Except everything you hear today, tomorrow and knocked into the middle of next week started here. Indie-Disco, Art-Rock and Difficult Fun are all in the mix. Big Gold Dream is as much about now as then. Features contributions from Bob Last, Alan McGee, Peter Hook, Eugene Kelly, Norman Blake, Martyn Ware, Malcolm Ross, Douglas Hart and Davey Henderson.


RICHARD HARRINGTON: MY GRANDFATHER'S WAR

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Richard Harrington, star of Hinterland and Poldark, sets out to trace the journey of his grandfather, who went to Spain 80 years ago to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War. In this journey of self-discovery Harrington travels from Wales, through Paris and across the Pyrenees into Spain, uncovering the reasons for his own lack of political motivation and discovering a story that kick-starts his own political awakening.


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EASTER FROM KING'S

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Music and readings for Holy Week and Easter from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge. The world-famous Choir, directed by Stephen Cleobury, sing some of the best-loved choral music for the season, including God So Loved the World (Stainer), Hallelujah (Handel's Messiah) and Ubi Caritas (Durufle). The Choir is joined by mezzo soprano Kiandra Howarth for a glorious performance of the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni). The story of Jesus's death and resurrection is told in the well-loved words of the King James Bible and reflected on in poems by Rowan Williams, Phineas Fletcher and Edmund Spenser, all in the magnificent setting of King's College Chapel.


THE MONKEY LAB

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Documentary exploring one of the world’s most heated and divisive debates: is it right to take monkeys lives to try to improve the lives of humans? Who decides what is acceptable and where do you draw the line? Despite huge advances in medicine, scientists argue that the use of monkeys in medical testing is still crucial to cure diseases such as Parkinson’s and HIV. However, anti-vivisection activists and three quarters of the British public disagree with testing on our closest animal cousins. In this documentary we visit the Bio-Medical Primate Research Centre in the Netherlands where 200 Rhesus Macaque monkeys are used each year to help find cures to some of the world’s most deadly diseases. We meet those on the front line of this work; from the deputy director of the lab who believes their work is essential to help stop human suffering, to the animal trainers who get to know the monkeys well and have to wrestle with their emotions every day, knowing that the animals they work with will die in the research lab. We’ll also speak to the activists who protest outside the facility daily – in the hope that one day it will be shut down. The film also takes us into the world of the people whose lives rely on this kind of research. People like twenty seven year old Rich – who contracted HIV last year. Thanks to the last thirty years of research, of which monkey testing played a crucial role, Rich’s future looks very different to people diagnosed in the early 1980’s when the disease first started to strike. Twenty one year old Jordan is currently on a cocktail of drugs to help treat the symptoms of his young onset Parkinson’s. However, they have terrible side effects, and Jordan is desperate for new and improved drugs. Crucial to this is the research taking place at King’s College in London, where marmoset monkeys are given the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease before being used to test new medicines. In Oxford we meet leading neurosurgeon and advocate of animal testing Tipu Aziz, whose controversial use of monkeys thirty years ago lead to a breathtaking non-drug based treatment of Parkinson’s symptoms using Deep Brain Stimulation. Life changing, yes - but not everyone can take the invasive brain surgery required. What does the future have in store for the research monkeys? The film explores the work of Prof. Paul Furlong at Aston University in Birmingham, who is using state of the art computer imaging to find new ways to understand the human brain and is challenging the continued use of monkeys in research. We also return to the Bio-Medical Primate Research Centre in Holland and spend time with the head of their Alternatives Department whose job is to reduce the number of monkeys used in research with the hope of eventually not using monkeys at all.


THE MUNICH GAMES - MUNICH '72

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On September 5, 1972, Palestinian extremists infiltrated the athletes' dorms at the Munich Olympics, ultimately killing 11 Israeli athletes and setting off an international crisis that continues to raise controversy more than 40 years later. With new revelations and emotional interviews, this programme revisits that tragic day and incorporates new interviews with Israelis and Palestinians, surviving family members, eyewitnesses, Olympic authorities and government officials. It delves deeper into the tragedy, calling attention to details forgotten, ignored or obscured for more than 40 years, culminating with a look at plans for a memorial on the grounds of the Munich Olympic Stadium honouring those who lost their lives that tragic day.


KIRSTY WARK: THE MENOPAUSE AND ME

EPISODE 99

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Kirsty Wark asks everything you always wanted to know about the menopause (but were too embarrassed to ask). In a quest for the truth, Kirsty cuts through the confusion and says the unsayable on this very personal odyssey. At the heart of the programme is frank and often funny testimony from famous and not-so-famous women, including Jennifer Saunders and Kaye Adams, while highly respected experts including the chair of the British Menopause Society give up-to-date advice. Kirsty also investigates groundbreaking research at Edinburgh University - research which has the provocative potential to extend our fertility. Kirsty examines society's reluctance to take the subject seriously and talk about it, and comes to the conclusion that if, on average, women are living up to 30 years after the menopause, it's time to take care of ourselves.


SPRINGWATCH IN JAPAN: CHERRY BLOSSOM TIME

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Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and James Wong join the lively cherry blossom celebrations taking place across Japan this spring.


AMY WINEHOUSE IN HER OWN WORDS

EPISODE 101

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A portrait of Amy Winehouse the artist threaded together from extracts from interviews she gave to the BBC for a variety of documentary projects including the Jazz and Soul Britannia series on FOUR, much of which material is previously unbroadcast, blended with performances from across her career, including some which are also previously unbroadcast and unseen. Winehouse had a strong relationship with many parts of the BBC from when she launched herself as an artist back in 2004. In her short musical career, the north London native changed the landscape of modern pop culture, won countless awards, achieved critical acclaim and garnered global success before tragically dying at the tender age of 27. On the eve of the release of Asif Kapadia's Amy documentary film which explores Winehouse's life and death, here is an exploration of her music and her influences in her own words. Consisting of performances and interviews entirely from the BBC archives, this film celebrates Amy's music, her influences, her challenges as an artist and her eternal brutal honesty in her own words. Featuring exclusive unseen and rarely seen songs from her triple platinum selling album Frank and revered Grammy-winning album Back to Black, the programme pays homage to the tattooed rebellious rock 'n' roll-spirited songstress who wrote smart, sad, soulful and original pop songs that became instant classics and inspired a generation.


THE CRUCIBLE: 40 GOLDEN SNOOKER YEARS

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Steve Davis goes back to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield to celebrate 40 years of the snooker world championships. If the walls of this famous regional theatre could talk, they would tell tales of tears, triumphs, occasional debauchery, laughter and top-class sport. With contributions from snooker legends Dennis Taylor, Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White and super-fans Stephen Fry and Richard Osman.


ANTHONY JOSHUA: THE ROAD TO KLITSCHKO

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Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko will be the biggest live event in the history of British boxing. For the past two years Anthony has allowed a television production team unique access behind the scenes as he worked towards this moment. The result of that access is an intimate portrayal of a young fighter and his rise to the very pinnacle of boxing's most dangerous division. Exclusive scenes shot in his dressing room before and after fights reveal an Anthony Joshua not normally seen by the public. We also see him in his hotel, waiting for fight time; in his gym, working on his strategy; even on holiday as he winds down between bouts. As the date of the Klitschko fight draws near cameras follow him to New York and Germany as he meets up with his opponent to help promote the fight. For Joshua, this represents a defining fight on his journey towards heavyweight unification. And there's real jeopardy: this is the first fight that Anthony Joshua could lose.


THE RAILWAY PEOPLE

EPISODE 104

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Over the course of 2015, Glasgow singer/songwriter Raymond Mead visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. He was so affected by what he saw there that he felt compelled to write poetry and music to express he feelings about the place and to mark those who died in the Holocaust. This documentary follows Raymond on his journey to record this music and how he invited Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor to read his poem "How Could It Be" for the recording of one of the songs, "At The Top Of The Stairs". Raymond travels to Krakow, where he meets Eva and records the poem on the Selection Platform in Auschwitz Birkenau. Eva shows Raymond the extermination camp explaining her motivation and philosophy on forgiveness and her mission to educate the younger generation about the atrocities that took place there in World War II.


THE RAPPER WHO CHOPPED HIS PENIS OFF

EPISODE 105

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Christ Bearer, aka Andre Johnson, was headline news in just about every publication during April 2014. He went from being an underground Wu-Tang Clan affiliated rapper to a humorous, worldwide tabloid sensation overnight: the wacky story of the rapper who cut his penis off and jumped off a two-story balcony. Harassed by the media while recovering in hospital, his suffering was overlooked until months later, when it emerged that Andre had been under the influence of PCP among other drugs, and had been suffering from severe depression. The act was, in fact, a reaction to the downward spiral of dark and destructive thoughts he was experiencing as a result of a far from perfect family life.


DEAR MR SHAKESPEARE

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Dear Mr Shakespeare is a reinterpretation and exploration of William Shakespeare's intentions when writing Othello. The film examines the play's racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting while drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today. The film was commissioned by the GREAT Britain campaign and British Council as part of the Shakespeare Lives initiative. Directed by Shola Amoo and produced by Rienkje Attoh, the film is written and performed by Phoebe Boswell and stars Ashley Thomas and Elisa Lasowski.


PIONEER

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Norway, the early 1980s. Deep-sea diver Petter is part of the Norwegian North Sea dive project, pushing new boundaries in human endurance as, with the help of the United States, Norway tries to reach its new oilfields. But when tragedy strikes Petter is absolutely determined to get to the cause and soon finds himself alienated from the ground-breaking project and mistrustful of his colleagues.


RICHARD AND JACO : LIFE WITH AUTISM

EPISODE 108

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Jaco Mylan is like any other 11-year-old boy. He loves rugby, dancing and washing machines. Jaco also has autism. In this intimate documentary, Welsh actor Richard Mylan reflects on his experience of raising a son on the autistic spectrum. Like all parents, Richard wants Jaco to be happy and independent, but he's well aware that having a child with special needs means you have to plan further into the future. Will Jaco be able to get a job? Where will he live? How much support will he need? Through spending time with adults on the autistic spectrum, Richard comes across funny, surprising and inspiring individuals who have their own unique take on living with this lifelong condition.


BRITISH JEWS, GERMAN PASSPORTS

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After Brexit, thousands of Brits have applied for dual nationality. For the British Jewish community, many of whom are the descendants of those who fled Nazi Germany, this poses a dilemma. In this film we follow three British Jews as they decide whether to activate a clause in the German constitution that permits descendants of German refugees to reclaim citizenship. Whilst reclaiming German nationality offers up the possibility of maintaining benefits associated with being a citizen of an EU country, for Britain's Jews Germany has more commonly been associated with the traumas of the Holocaust. Each of the characters must therefore confront their family history. To do so involves delving into archives and tackling difficult questions that families have often found hard to confront in the past. Baroness Julia Neuberger grapples with identity and we follow the journeys of Robert and Hilary as they return to their ancestral homes in Germany for the first time. Hilary discovers where the family originally came from and that a legend she was told as a child, that they were Jews who fled Spain in 1492, may actually be true. Robert has always wanted to know what actually happened to his grandparents and his cousin Karla. He unearths their final journey and is finally able to say a prayer at the place to which they were deported to their deaths in 1942. As the journeys conclude, each has to come to terms with whether they can cope with reclaiming German citizenship. All are influenced by how contemporary Germans deal with the past, but not all can overcome the tragedy of the past.


BRITAIN'S NUCLEAR BOMB: THE INSIDE STORY

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In 1957, Britain exploded its first megaton hydrogen bomb - codenamed Operation Grapple X. It was the culmination of an extraordinary scientific project, which against almost insuperable odds turned Britain into a nuclear superpower. This is the inside story of how Britain got 'the bomb'. The BBC has been granted unprecedented access to the top-secret nuclear research facility at Aldermaston. The programme features interviews with veterans and scientists who took part in the atomic bomb programme, some speaking for the first time, and newly released footage of the British atomic bomb tests.


NO PLACE LIKE HOME

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Half a century on from Ken Loach's seminal film Cathy Come Home, John Saunders explores modern-day homelessness in Loach's own home city of Bath. He meets people from across the West Country who are facing eviction, living in temporary accommodation or even sofa surfing with friends or family to ask if Cathy's experience rings true today.


WHEN DANNY WON THE MASTERS

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The extraordinary story of Danny Willett, the Sheffield golfer who in 2016 became the first Briton to win the Masters since 1996. Willett's stunning success was all the more remarkable given he was the last player to arrive at Augusta - his wife was due to give birth on the final day of the tournament, but the early arrival of baby Zachariah enabled him to take part after all.


KICKED OUT: FROM CARE TO CHAOS

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Rebecca Southworth was taken from an abusive family home aged 13 and put in care. In this deeply personal film, she explores why so many kids like her end up living chaotic lives.


THE DAY THE DINOSAURS DIED

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Documentary investigating the greatest vanishing act in the history of our planet - the sudden disappearance of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Experts suspect that the dinosaurs were wiped out after a city-sized asteroid smashed into the Gulf of Mexico causing a huge crater. But until now, they haven't had any proof. In a world first, evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod joins a multi-million pound drilling expedition into the exact spot the asteroid hit to get evidence of the link. Paleopathologist Professor Alice Roberts meets top scientists and has exclusive access to a mass fossil graveyard believed to date from the same time the asteroid hit. Alice treks across the plains of Patagonia to see if the effects of the asteroid impact could have wiped out dinosaurs across the world. Alice and Ben's investigations reveal startling new evidence of a link between the asteroid and the death of the dinosaurs, presenting a vivid picture of the most dramatic 24 hours in our planet's history.


THE GREAT VILLAGE GREEN CRUSADE

EPISODE 115

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Documentary following Red Dwarf comic actor and green energy enthusiast Robert Llewellyn's two-year campaign to persuade residents of his idyllic Cotswolds village, Temple Guiting, to generate more of their own power through renewable sources, as a model for helping to wean the nation off imported oil, coal and gas. Packed with scientific insight and explanation of the latest renewable technology, from Archimedes screws to solar photovoltaic panels, the film follows Robert as he tries to win over his fellow villagers with grand designs of a windmill atop the local hill, a water turbine in the village stream and solar arrays on parish roofs. Robert takes inspiration from the extraordinarily rapid change in energy supply happening in perhaps the most surprising of locations - Las Vegas. In the neon-drenched gambling capital of the world, a revolution is under way as the city attempts to power itself entirely by renewable electricity in 2017. Back in the Cotswolds, Robert and the village face a challenge as they find the local electricity grid cannot absorb the extra load from their proposed renewable scheme. Robert seeks out a solution in battery technology, comparing and contrasting the cutting edge science of lithiumion and air batteries. Is this technology that Temple Guiting can use? Can Robert's dream become a reality?


FRANK SKINNER ON MUHAMMAD ALI

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Frank Skinner goes on a journey to explore the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, meeting Ali's family and friends and visiting key locations in his life. To discover more about his idol, Frank travels around the UK and US, visiting key locations and people in Ali's life. In Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, he meets the neighbour who witnessed the teenage boxer's single-minded dedication to his craft. He meets Ali's younger brother Rahaman, a key figure in the boxer's entourage and his closest confidante, and Ali's wife Khalilah, who was alongside Ali during the turbulent years when he was banned from boxing for refusing to fight in Vietnam and which saw him become an icon of the civil rights movement. Frank pays a visit to Ali's training compound in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, somewhere he has always longed to see. This is where Ali and his team prepared for one of his most famous fights of all time - the Rumble in the Jungle. From Ali's business manager, Gene Kilroy, Frank learns how Ali's unshakeable self-confidence and ability to manipulate the crowd were powerful weapons against his opponent George Foreman. He finds out what it was like behind the scenes in the Ali camp by talking to Ali's old sparring partner and friend Larry Holmes, who later faced him in the ring. Frank also delves into some of the lesser-known aspects of Ali's life, meeting the bare-knuckle boxer from an Oxfordshire council estate who became one of Ali's dearest friends and the actor who played alongside Ali in a little-known musical on Broadway.


SWEET SIXTEEN: A TRANSGENDER STORY

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This intimate coming-of-age film follows a Welsh transgender teenager, Llyr Jones, as she turns 16. Coming from a rural farming community, her transition is breaking new ground.


TRUMP ON CULTURE: BRAVE NEW WORLD?

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Hot on the heels of Donald Trump's first one hundred days in office, Alastair Sooke travels to America to ask just what the new president's impact on America's cultural landscape is going to be. Alastair finds out what the implications are of Trump's plans to eliminate all federal funding for culture and meets with major figures from the worlds of music, literature, journalism, film and television, as well as a range of visual artists who love and loathe Trump in equal measure.


TEENAGE KNIFE WARS

EPISODE 119

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Documentary in which former England footballer Jermaine Jenas returns to his home city of Nottingham to investigate the spike in knife crime that is devastating young lives and families. He meets with young men and gang members to find out why they carry knives and what is driving the brutal stabbings across the city.


TORNADO - THE 100MPH STEAM ENGINE

EPISODE 120

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The new A1 class steam engine Tornado tries to achieve 100mph on the main line. The secret speed attempt will be made in the dead of night. If it tops the ton it will be the first time in 50 years steam has gone this fast. Tornado was built over two decades and financed by enthusiasts who want to show steam has a viable future on Britain's railways.


BUDDY HOLLY: RAVE ON

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He was lanky, he wore glasses and he sang as if permanently battling hiccups. Aesthetically, Buddy Holly might have been the most unlikely looking rock 'n' roll star of the 1950s. But he was, after Elvis Presley, unquestionably the most influential. It was an all-too-brief career that lasted barely 18 months from That'll Be The Day topping the Billboard charts to the plane crash in February 1959 in Iowa that took Holly's life. That day was immortalised in Don McLean's 1971 song American Pie, and has become known as 'the day the music died'. This film tells the story of Buddy Holly's tragically short life and career through interviews with those who knew him and worked with him. This combined with contributions from music fans paints a picture of an artist who changed music. Rock 'n' roll started with Elvis, but pop music started with Buddy Holly and The Crickets.


THE TRUTH ABOUT SLEEP

EPISODE 122

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We are one of the most sleep-deprived countries in the world. Insomniac Michael Mosley finds out what happens if we don’t get enough sleep and looks at surprising solutions to help us get more.


BEING OWEN MONEY

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A candid documentary in which Welsh entertainer Owen Money reflects openly about his life, love and career in the months leading up to his 70th birthday. As Owen looks back on his life, the programme charts his astonishing story of career highs and personal lows, from winning two Sony Radio Awards and receiving an MBE, to the affair that shook his marriage. His busy schedule takes him from the Elvis Festival in Porthcawl to the Euros in France, and this compelling documentary reveals what makes him tick, what's made him a household name, and what keeps him going after 50 years in the business.


MICHAEL MOSLEY VS THE SUPERBUGS

EPISODE 124

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For 70 years we've waged war against harmful bacteria using antibiotics. But bacteria are fighting back and today more and more bacterial infections are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Drug-resistant superbugs are spreading; not just MRSA - also TB, pneumonia, e-coli. In Britain, hundreds are already dying of these infections - mainly the very young or the frail and elderly. But experts warn that unless we crack the problem, by 2050 we'll be facing a massive health crisis with over 10 million people dying of resistant bacterial infection worldwide every year. Michael Mosley goes in search of the causes of this crisis and new solutions to overcome it. Have we caused the resistant superbug crisis by overusing antibiotics? At the heart of the film is an unprecedented experiment using "Microbial Michael", a life-sized living bacterial clone of Michael Mosley. Using microbes taken from all over his body and grown on his clone we set out to find out what happens when we take a powerful broad spectrum antibiotic. What are the effects of the antibiotic on our bacteria - both beneficial bacteria and potentially harmful bugs we have on our bodies? Michael discovers to his surprise that growing on his clone are bugs that have acquired resistance to antibiotics - and that some of them could even turn nasty if his immune system were ever to become compromised. It's worrying news. But how do bacteria acquire resistance to antibiotics? In New Mexico, Michael discovers that deep down in a hard-to-access cave system are bacteria able to resist nearly every antibiotic we use in modern medicine. Yet they have never - in millennia - had any interaction with humans or our medicines. How can this have happened? It makes sense when we learn that antibiotics are not man-made; rather they're chemical weapons made by one species of bacteria to target and destroy other kinds of rival bacteria. And in order to survive, the target bacteria have had to evolve resistance; it's a natural process that's been going on for millions of years - long before the discovery of penicillin. What does this mean for us, and for our dependence on antibiotics - are we off the hook? The answer is a firm no - because although the development of resistance is a natural process, nonetheless our overuse of antibiotics in medicine and farming massively accelerates the process. So we need to use our existing antibiotics more carefully, and we desperately need new antibiotics. In a trip that will take us to the US, to Poland and to research labs around the UK we'll meet the 'resistance hunters' - scientists who are trying to find new ways of beating resistant superbugs. And in a finale to the Microbial Michael experiment, some of his bacterial clone's body parts - his face and his hands - are infected with superbugs. Can any of the new treatments get rid of them?


A TIME TO LIVE

EPISODE 125

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What would you do if you were told you had a terminal illness and may only have months to live? Award-winning film-maker Sue Bourne wanted to make a film about living, not dying. She set out to find people of all ages who had managed to find positives in their terminal prognosis and were making the most of the time they had left. The 12 people in this provoking and uplifting film range from their twenties to their sixties. They speak eloquently and inspiringly about what they have discovered really matters in life. They smile and laugh and try not to cry because they say that crying and being sad is a waste of the precious time they have left. Some say they feel privileged to have been told how much time they have left. Others are pleased they are going to die before they get old because at least they know they won't have to face a miserable and sad old age. Fi says she would now rather have a good life than a long one. Kevin says he and his wife have had some of the best times of their life since his diagnosis. Lisa says she intends spending her remaining time laughing and having fun - she has been given a heads-up so she wants to do things and not just talk about them. Cindy says she is possibly happier now than she has ever been. And when Annabel discovered she may only have a couple of years, she left her husband and family. She says that a terminal diagnosis gave her the confidence to grasp the life she wanted. Everyone in the film describes the intensity that comes with knowing your time is limited - how as a result, they all appreciate and celebrate their remaining life. These are remarkable testimonies that make you go away and think about how to live your own life. And make you wonder how best to face your own death when that time comes.


MIKE AND JULES: WHILE WE STILL HAVE TIME

EPISODE 126

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While making a TV documentary about a year in the life of the rock singer from Rhyl, Mike Peters of The Alarm, his wife Jules makes a terrifying discovery - a lump in her breast. An urgent visit to the doctor confirms that a mammogram is needed, and she expects the worst. The couple decide to keep making the documentary and the resulting film turns out to be very different to what was originally planned - a powerful and honest story of a woman with breast cancer, and her personal journey through diagnosis, surgery and treatment. The couple are no strangers to cancer. The previous summer, husband Mike relapsed for a third time, 20 years after first being diagnosed. The chemotherapy was no longer working, and his doctor at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor fought to get him on a revolutionary new drug. So if anyone can deal with cancer, Jules says they're probably the best couple to do so. But with a US trip planned and several other commitments in the calendar, will they now have to sacrifice their busy rock 'n' roll lifestyle and the charity work they love? With contributions from close family friends, including U2's Bono, who says: 'Jules is a jewel - and she's precious - I know she's going to pull through'.


MY BIG GAY JEWISH CONVERSION

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Simon Atkins is on a mission for BBC Three to find out if Judaism is more tolerant of his sexuality than his Catholic faith. Simon's religion didn’t seem to impact on his everyday life until he met his Jewish boyfriend Matthew, whose synagogue allows same-sex marriage, whereas in Roman Catholicism this is not allowed. In this one-off documentary, Simon goes on a personal journey as a gay man to discover if he could convert to Judaism and whether it is worth sacrificing his Catholic upbringing. Simon starts by talking to a variety of people, including other gay Jewish men and a Rabbi, before travelling to the birthplace of Judaism, Israel. He also visits Tel Aviv, where Gay Pride has been celebrated since 1979. But as he delves deeper, Simon is hit with big doubts. In Jerusalem, he is faced with more conservative and hostile views. Finally, Simon visits one of the holiest sites in Christianity, where Jesus Christ was believed to have been resurrected and meets a trainee Catholic Priest to question his own faith. If he becomes Jewish he will have to give up the Catholic core belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God - and can he do that?


SECRETS OF THE SUPER ELEMENTS

EPISODE 128

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Forget oil, coal and gas - a new set of materials is shaping our world and they're so bizarre they may as well be alien technology. In the first BBC documentary to be filmed entirely on smartphones, material scientist Prof Mark Miodownik reveals the super elements that underpin our high-tech world. We have become utterly dependent on them, but they are rare and they're already running out. The stuff that makes our smartphones work could be gone in a decade and our ability to feed the world depends mostly on a mineral found in just one country. Mark reveals the magical properties of these extraordinary materials and finds out what we can do to save them.


JAGO - A LIFE UNDERWATER

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Documentary about Rohani, an 80-year-old hunter who dives like a fish on a single breath, descending to great depths for several minutes. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Togian Islands in Indonesia where he grew up, this award-winning film recreates events that capture the extraordinary turning points in his life, as a hunter and as a man.


PIENAAR

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Stephen Watson presents a profile of South African rugby star Ruan Pienaar, who is leaving Ulster rugby after seven seasons. The programme highlights the impact he has made, and includes behind-the-scenes footage of his final weeks in Northern Ireland.


JANE AUSTEN: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

EPISODE 131

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Throughout her novels Jane Austen is well known for her use of houses and property as central themes. Equally, Jane's own life was shaped by the places she lived in and visited. Now, in a fresh take on Jane Austen, Lucy Worsley traces the houses Jane lived in to show just how much they influenced her work. Embarking on a road trip across England Lucy visits properties that still exist - and uses clever detective work to bring to life those that have disappeared. Beginning her expedition at Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, Lucy sets the scene by recreating a carriage journey the cash-strapped Austens completed to visit a recently widowed relative. The Austens unsuccessfully tried to secure a share of the inheritance during this trip and, as Lucy discovers, Jane spent much of her life in this form of limbo - moving between riches and genteel poverty. It was this experience of living between two worlds that would inform much of her writing. After this revelation, Lucy travels from Jane’s birthplace in Steventon, Hampshire, to her brother’s grand property, Godmersham Park (a potential inspiration for Mr Darcy’s Pemberley). Lucy takes in the seaside resort of Lyme Regis (a setting for Persuasion) and both Bath and Southampton, where Jane’s position and financial security became ever more perilous. This is the story of the houses that made Jane Austen and the tales these locations inspired.


THE MAN WHO LIVES WITH A MAGPIE

EPISODE 132

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Last year Charlie Gilmour rescued an abandoned baby magpie. Now it's taken over his life.


SHARON OSBOURNE PRESENTS ROCK 'N' ROLL'S DODGIEST DEALS

EPISODE 133

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Sharon Osbourne presents the story of pop deals through the decades. From Little Richard's half a cent a record to Robbie Williams's £80m deal via notorious bad deals for The Beatles, The Small Faces, The Animals and NWA and great deals for Led Zep, The Police and Moby, Sharon gets the inside story from those still chasing royalties and those who took on the music biz and won. With The Small Faces, Eric Burdon, The Police, Moby, NWA, Charles Connor (Little Richard's drummer), Art Rupe (aged 99, who signed Little Richard), Pamela Des Barres, Tim Clark (Robbie Williams's manager).


GREAT EXPLORATIONS

EPISODE 134

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BBC News has been given exclusive access to a priceless archive of footage taken by young adventurers exploring parts of the world that were completely new to western eyes.


SGT PEPPER'S MUSICAL REVOLUTION WITH HOWARD GOODALL

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Fifty years ago this week, on 1 June, 1967, an album was released that changed music history - The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In this film, composer Howard Goodall explores just why this album is still seen as so innovative, so revolutionary and so influential. With the help of outtakes and studio conversations between the band, never heard before outside of Abbey Road, Howard gets under the bonnet of Sgt Pepper. He takes the music apart and reassembles it, to show us how it works - and makes surprising connections with the music of the last 1,000 years to do so. Sgt Pepper came about as a result of a watershed in The Beatles' career. In August 1966, sick of the screaming mayhem of live shows, they'd taken what was then seen as the career-ending decision to stop touring altogether. Instead, beginning that December, they immersed themselves in Abbey Road with their creative partner, producer George Martin, for an unprecedented five months. What they produced didn't need to be recreated live on stage. The Beatles took full advantage of this freedom, turning the studio from a place where a band went to capture its live sound, as quickly as possible, into an audio laboratory, a creative launch-pad. As Howard shows, they and George Martin and his team constructed the album sound by sound, layer by layer - a formula that became the norm for just about every rock act who followed. In June 1967, after what amounted to a press blackout about what they'd been up to, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released. It was a sensation, immediately becoming the soundtrack to the Summer of Love - and one of the best-selling, most critically lauded albums of all time. It confirmed that a 'pop music' album could be an art form, not just a collection of three-minute singles. It's regularly been voted one of the most important and influential records ever released. In this film, Howard Goodall shows that it is the sheer ambition of Sgt Pepper - in its conception, composition, arrangements and innovative recording techniques - that sets it apart. Made with unprecedented access to The Beatles' pictorial archive, this is an in-depth exploration, in sound and vision, of one of the most important and far-reaching moments in recent music history.


BILL COSBY: FALL OF AN AMERICAN ICON

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This film tells the fascinating story of how one of Hollywood's brightest and wealthiest stars finally came to face a criminal trial for sexual assault a decade after the accusations were made. On 5 June 2017, Bill Cosby faces trial charged with sexual assault. From the start of his career in 1960s, Cosby was on a trajectory to become one of the biggest television stars in the world. The eponymous Cosby Show, with Bill's alter ego Cliff Huxtable as the lead, was his career's crowning glory. With its affluent, happy black family at its heart, it redefined the way African-American families were represented on television. During this period, Cosby also became a huge philanthropist, donating millions to African-American causes. But throughout his career, Bill was allegedly privately drugging and raping women with impunity. This film explores why it took so long for allegations about Bill Cosby to be taken seriously and hears extraordinary testimony from the journalists, co-stars and the accusers who fought for years for this dark side of the Cosby story to be heard. Containing interviews with those who knew Cosby professionally and personally, such as Richard Pryor's widow Jennifer Lee Pryor and actor Joseph C Phillips, as well as accusers, fellow Cosby actor Lili Bernard, and former actor and Playboy Bunny Victoria Valentino. Bill Cosby denies all the allegations made against him.