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.
Hollywood became a glittering entertainment industry with star directors like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. But the gloss and fantasy was challenged by movie makers like Robert Flaherty, Eric Von Stroheim and Carl Theodor Dreyer, who wanted films to be more serious and mature. This was a battle for the soul of cinema. The result: some of the greatest movies ever made.
This episode follows three people as they attempt to make a living from waste. Johora started out as a rag-picker, but through building a bottle recycling business on a railway embankment, she has big ambitions for her family of seven kids.
Dr Kevin Fong investigates some of the world's most dangerous, diverse and demanding emergency medicine environments to uncover the science of saving lives. In the first episode, Kevin travels to Australia, where road accidents are one of the country's biggest killers.
Six years in the making, this 15-part series covers the film landscape from silent cinema to the modern day digital era.
Hollywood is the worldwide epicentre of fame and ground zero for every actor's dreams. But it is also a city that is both tough and uncompromising. Ninety-eight percent of actors who go to Hollywood won't fulfil their dreams. Next Stop Hollywood charts all the excitement, frustrations, fears and tears of six Aussie actors as they compete for roles during the frenzied US TV pilot season.
This week, dancer, choreographer and Dancing on Ice judge, Jason Gardiner, steps way out of his metropolitan comfort zone for six days and nights on a desert island. The sights and smells of the tropics propel him back to his childhood in Australia, and the bullying that built up the resilience that ultimately helped him to the peaks of his profession.
The first of a two-part show, psychological illusionist Derren Brown unleashes his most audacious plan yet - to convince one person that the planet has been devastated by a catastrophic meteorite strike, that lethal, infected zombies now roam the land and he is one of a mere handful of survivors.
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.