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The Big Bang

2. Sword, Musket & Machine Gun: Britain's Armed History: The Big Bang

The impact of gunpowder on the battlefield, from cannons to early handheld weapons.

Roger Bannister: Everest on the Track

Roger Bannister: Everest on the Track

How Roger Bannister ran a mile in under four minutes and boosted Britain's morale.

Arranmore Island

13. Coast: Series 5 Reversions, Arranmore Island

Coast ventures to the storm-battered Atlantic shore of Ireland's north west coast.

Bikinis, Bars and Benidorm

2. Hayley: Bikinis, Bars and Benidorm

Does Benidorm live up to its reputation of sun, sea, sex and sangria?

Chapeltown to Doncaster

8. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Chapeltown to Doncaster

Michael follows in the footholds of the Victorian daredevil who made rock climbing a sport

Episode 1

1. Hospital: Episode 1

Two patients await life-saving surgery at St Mary's in Paddington.

Episode 18

18. Caught Red Handed: Series 5, Episode 18

When a teenager gets home late in the small hours, she finds a burglar waiting at the door

Venice

2. Italy's Invisible Cities: Venice

Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott explore the watery wonderland of Venice.

Mini Motorcycle

3. James May: The Reassembler: Series 2, Mini Motorcycle

James reassembles a 1970s Honda Z50A Mini Trail Motorcycle from all its 303 parts.

Manchester Piccadilly to Silkstone Common

7. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Manchester Piccadilly to Silkstone Common

Michael comes face to face with the Victorian scientist who invented modern atomic theory.

Barnsley

1. Our Dancing Town: Barnsley

West End performer and choreographer Steve Elias is on a mission to get Barnsley dancing.

Episode 17

17. Caught Red Handed: Series 5, Episode 17

A pregnant shop assistant comes face to face with a ruthless gang of robbers.

The War on Loan Sharks

The War on Loan Sharks

An insight into a team who protect people from the consequences of illegal money lending.

Sighthill

Sighthill

The day-to-day life of some of the residents of Glasgow's Sighthill Estate.

Episode 1

1. Saved: At the Heart of the Health Service: Episode 1

Series taking a look at the health service in Northern Ireland.

Dan Snow on Lloyd George: My Great-Great-Grandfather

Dan Snow on Lloyd George: My Great-Great-Grandfather

Dan Snow traces the story of his forebear, Liberal prime minister David Lloyd George.

The Way We Move

2. Supersized Earth: The Way We Move

Dallas explores how we can travel around the planet further and faster than ever before.

A Place to Live

1. Supersized Earth: A Place to Live

Dallas explores how we've conquered the skies as we build astonishing places to live.

Blackpool to Manchester Victoria

6. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Blackpool to Manchester Victoria

Michael unveils a new monument to 87 railwaymen who lost their lives in the Great War.

Episode 2

2. Britain's Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney: Episode 2

Andy Torbet tries to cross the Pentland Firth as the ancient Orcadians would have done.

Episode 16

16. Caught Red Handed: Series 5, Episode 16

A shop manager is forced into fighting off a burglar much stronger than he is.

Wise as a Serpent, Harmless as a Dove

2. An Island Parish: Anguilla, Wise as a Serpent, Harmless as a Dove

Bishop Brooks oversees renovations at St Mary's Anglican church on the island of Anguilla.

Margam Country Park

2. Iolo's Great Welsh Parks: Series 3, Episode 2

Iolo Williams explores the Margam Country Park on the outskirts of Port Talbot.

Episode 1

1. The Mart: Series 2, Episode 1

Sheep farmer Willie Millar battles a late spring snowfall to get his lambs to auction.

Knights of Classic Drama at the BBC

Knights of Classic Drama at the BBC

Celebrating the early on-screen appearances of some of Britain's greatest actors.

Omnibus

School Swap: Korea Style: Omnibus

Three British teenagers swap their teachers and parents for school life in South Korea.

The Central Heartland

2. Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise: The Central Heartland

In central Thailand's forests, plains and city streets, nature lives alongside people.

Climbing

2. Andy's Baby Animals: Climbing

Andy Day looks baby animals as they learn vital climbing skills.

The Trouble with Space Junk

13. Horizon: 2014-2015, The Trouble with Space Junk

Horizon reveals the scale of the problem of space junk, with accounts from experts.

Richard Harris

42. Talking Pictures: Richard Harris

A retrospective look at television appearances made over the years by Richard Harris.

David Bowie: The Last Five Years

David Bowie: The Last Five Years

An intimate portrait of the last five years of David Bowie's life.

First Steps

1. Andy's Baby Animals: First Steps

Andy Day looks at the tricky first steps of baby animals.

Ghana's Child Labourers

Our World: Ghana's Child Labourers

How tens of thousands of children in Ghana have been trafficked into forced labour.

Child Stars

51. Talking Pictures: Child Stars

Sylvia Syms examines the world of the big screen's smallest stars - the child actors.

Episode 15

15. Caught Red Handed: Series 5, Episode 15

Councillor Ken loves his garden bench, but a local thief seems to love it too.

Mountain

1. The World's Most Extraordinary Homes: Mountain

Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin explore extraordinary homes built in mountain locations.