Mark Cousins explores how the trauma of war led to more daring creations for cinema, focusing on the darkening of American film and the drama of the McCarthy years. Screenwriters Paul Schrader and Robert Towne discuss the era and Stanley Donen - director of Singin' in the Rain - talks about his career.
Derren Brown continues his odyssey beyond the end of the world, combining his customary inventive mix of thought-provoking entertainment with extraordinary psychological tricks and experiments. In this concluding episode, the unwitting participant continues his adventure in a post-apocalyptic world menaced by zombies.
What does it take to walk into danger and possible death while everyone else is taking cover? An intimate portrayal of the work of specialist bomb disposal teams, going with them to the heart of the action in Afghanistan.
More than 80 years after the brutal slaughter of 100 or more Aboriginal people in Central Australia, their descendants relate their story. Known as 'the last massacre', expeditions set out in August 1928 to mow down innocent people across the traditional lands of the Warlpiri people and their neighbours to avenge the killing of dingo trapper Fred Brooks at the hands of a Warlpiri man, Bullfrog, for taking liberties with Brook's wife.
Louis Theroux spends time with America's growing population of dementia sufferers and carers seeing how families maintain relationships with their loved ones even as the building blocks of personality and character are eroded by this illness.
Grayson Perry, a leading British artist and winner of the Turner Prize, has always been fascinated by taste - why people buy the things they do, wear the things they wear and what they are trying to say about themselves when they make those choices. In this three-part series Perry will embed himself in the social classes of Britain to try to understand their taste. This most anthropological of artists is going to live with each of his 'taste tribes' in turn - first the working classes of Sunderland, then the middle classes of Tunbridge Wells, then the upper classes of the Cotswolds.
Francis Bacon (1910-1992) is widely regarded as the greatest British painter of the twentieth century. This program explores the way in which the life he led affected his vision of the world.
Mining has always been about politics, and this second episode explores the fractious, drama-filled and utterly critical relationship between business and government, and the importance of this affiliation to the nation.
The coming of sound in the 1930s upends everything. We watch the birth of new types of film: screwball comedies, gangster pictures, horror films, westerns and musicals, and discover a master of most of them, Howard Hawks. Alfred Hitchcock hits his stride and French directors become masters of mood.
A shuttle revolutionises space travel and a Gemini astronaut is the first to fly it. Tragedy strikes NASA again when the Challenger explodes.
Marine biologist Monty Halls is back in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, living the good life and working as a volunteer wildlife ranger in the Outer Hebrides. Monty has begun to restore walking trails that have been abandoned for years, but he needs to raise several thousand pounds to pay for marker posts and trail guides.
Meet the beauties battling to be crowned the world's most stunning transsexual. In Pattaya, Thailand, 23 women are vying to be crowned Miss International Queen, the transgender equivalent of Miss World.
Ken Hom, the godfather of Chinese cuisine, and Ching-He Huang, leading chef of the contemporary generation, together undertake an epic 4,500-kilometre culinary adventure across China - not only to reveal its food, but its people, history, culture and soul. They begin in Beijing, the imperial capital for 800 years. I
A look behind the scenes of one of the UK's most successful online sex toy businesses. Lovehoney is a thriving operation that brings sexual pleasure to the women and men of Britain.
The 1920s were a golden age for world cinema. The programme visits Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai and Tokyo to explore the places where movie makers were pushing the boundaries of the medium.
Well-respected midwife Linda Abbott retires after 38 years' service and reminisces about her career, including delivering several generations of some families.
Obesity in the UK is an epidemic spiralling out of control. The UK is the fattest country in Europe and with over a third of the nation categorised as clinically obese, bulging Britain is now the third fattest nation on earth. Bariatric surgery offers a radical cost-saving and life-changing solution to this problem. In an exclusive documentary series our cameras follow the lives of 12 obesity sufferers from fat to thin as they undergo radical bariatric surgery.
Naturalist Chris Packham embarks on a quest to highlight some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Along the way, he details the intricate - and often unexpected - connections between various species that thrive in symbiosis, and showcases the habitats that make life on Earth possible.