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Episode 2

2. A House Through Time: Series 1, Episode 2

David Olusoga follows the residents of the house in Liverpool from the 1850s to the 1890s.

Canvey - The Promised Island

Canvey - The Promised Island

Documentary following members of the Hasidic community as they relocate to Canvey Island.

The Longest Day

1. Surgeons: At the Edge of Life: Series 1, The Longest Day

Maxillofacial surgeons Tim and Sat prepare for a marathon operation on 53-year-old Teresa.

Michael Palin

A Life on Screen: Michael Palin

In this documentary, Michael Palin tells the story behind his success.

Celebrating Life at 117

Celebrating Life at 117

Journalist Priscilla Ng'ethe celebrates her great-grandmother Elizabeth's 117th birthday.

Episode 1

1. A House Through Time: Series 1, Episode 1

David Olusoga learns the stories of the first inhabitants of the house in the 1840s-50s.

Barry Norman

62. Talking Pictures: Barry Norman

Rory Bremner looks back at the life and career of Barry Norman.

Episode 1

1. Birds of Paradise: The Ultimate Quest: Series 1, Episode 1

Frank Gardner and Benedict Allen journey through Papua New Guinea to see birds of paradise

Eric & Ernie's Home Movies

Eric & Ernie's Home Movies

A look at the early days of Morecambe and Wise, using footage from their own home movies.

Steroid Nation

Newsbeat Documentaries: Steroid Nation

Investigating claims steroid abuse in gyms is on the rise.

Oasis: Supersonic

Oasis: Supersonic

The phenomenal story of iconic band Oasis, in their own words.

Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom?

Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom?

Alan Partridge's journey from broadcaster caricature to award-winning study of pathos.

Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage

Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage

An intimate portrait of Judi Dench, told by some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Mary, Mel and Sue's Big Christmas Thank You

Mary, Mel and Sue's Big Christmas Thank You

Mary, Mel and Sue surprise a community centre in the Rhondda Valley with a Christmas party

Bette and Joan

62. Talking Pictures: Bette and Joan

A look at one of Hollywood's greatest feuds - Bette Davis and Joan Crawford's rivalry.

At Christmas

2. Our Friend Victoria: At Christmas

An extended episode of Our Friend Victoria, celebrating all things festive.

We Remember

Review: 2017, We Remember

Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir Roger Moore, Glen Campbell and John Noakes remembered.

Darcey Bussell: Looking for Fred Astaire

Darcey Bussell: Looking for Fred Astaire

Documentary in which Darcey Bussell profiles Hollywood dancer Fred Astaire.

Myanmar: The Hidden Truth

Panorama: Myanmar: The Hidden Truth

Justin Rowlatt reveals how the Rohingya population has been isolated and weakened.

Episode 4

4. Employable Me: Series 2, Episode 4

Erica wants to do everything she can to find employment so she can give back to society.

Jane Fonda

61. Talking Pictures: Jane Fonda

Archive interviews illustrating the life and career of Jane Fonda.

Russell Grant

11. My Life on a Plate: Russell Grant

Entertainer and astrologer Russell Grant journeys back to his childhood in Middlesex.

Roger Moore

60. Talking Pictures: Roger Moore

A look back at the life and career of one of Britain's best-loved actors, Sir Roger Moore.

The Operation that Ruined My Life

Panorama: The Operation that Ruined My Life

Lucy Adams meets women living with pain due to using medical mesh devices.

Episode 3

3. Employable Me: Series 2, Episode 3

Double amputee Daniel has sent out over 800 job applications, with little success.

Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist

Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist

Film about the British surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, who ended up in Mexico City.

My Mind and Me

Newsbeat Documentaries: My Mind and Me

Four people reveal how they live with anxiety, OCD and other mental health conditions.

Jamie: Drag Queen at 16

Jamie: Drag Queen at 16

Documentary following the story of teenager Jamie Campbell, who wants to be a drag queen.

Episode 2

2. Employable Me: Series 2, Episode 2

Marve, who has been visually impaired since birth, wants to support his growing family.

Nico Rosberg: My Life After F1

Nico Rosberg: My Life After F1

In an exclusive interview, the BBC catches up with former F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg.

Little Miracles

2. An Island Parish: Series 7, Little Miracles

Phyllis and Werner tell a wartime love story and giant horse Ronaldo arrives on the island

Episode 1

1. Employable Me: Series 2, Episode 1

After suffering a stroke, Andy is determined to prove he can still provide for his family.

Johnny Ball

6. My Life on a Plate: Johnny Ball

Johnny Ball revisits his childhood haunts in Bristol with Brian Turner.

Joe Orton Laid Bare

Joe Orton Laid Bare

The wit, work and world of groundbreaking sixties playwright Joe Orton in his own words.

The Rowing Eight

Britain Afloat: Series 1, The Rowing Eight

How the rowing eight became the fastest rowing boat in the world.

The Master of Glenveagh

The Master of Glenveagh

The fascinating story of American philanthropist Henry McIlhenny.