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Greenlit: The Beauty of Anatomy, BBC4

The Beauty of Anatomy (5 x 30′) -  Scientist Adam Rutherford presents a series that looks at how discoveries about the human body has influenced illustrators and artists such as Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci. Channel: BBC4 (Financed by BBC Arts, BBC Worldwide and Northern Ireland Screen) Producer: Tern TV TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Abstract Artists in Their Own Words, BBC4

Abstract Artists In Their Own Words (1 x 60′) – Documentary that unlocks the BBC archives to tell the story of abstract art in Britain. The film features memorable clips from the archive, including the BBC’s landmark 1961 film profiling Barbara Hepworth, and a classic episode of Arena in which the painter John Hoyland works […]

Greenlit: Zaha Hadid on Malevich, BBC4

Zaha Hadid On Malevich (1 x 60′) – One of the world’s leading architects, Zaha Hadid is known for her futuristic architecture, but her work has its roots in an art movement that is 100 years old. She has long cited the Russian abstract artist Kazimir Malevich as one of her greatest inspirations and in […]

Greenlit: Matthew Collings on Abstract Art, BBC4

Matthew Collings On Abstract Art – Art critic and painter Matthew Collings explores the rise of the most influential and mysterious artistic development of the modern era: abstract art. Drawing on both his knowledge as a critic and his experience as an artist, Matthew reveals how and why abstract art came about, and how it […]

Greenlit: Glyndebourne: The Untold History, BBC4

Glyndebourne: The Untold History-  A documentary marking the 80th anniversary of Glyndebourne Festival. Channel: BBC4 Producer: BBC TX: 22nd June 2014 Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Herbert Von Karajan Documentary, BBC4

Herbert Von Karajan Documentary w/t- A portrait of Herbert Von Karajan, exploring his legendary career as one of the 20th century’s greatest and most controversial conductors and his life-long determination to bring classical music to the widest possible audience. Channel: BBC4 Producer: 1212 Productions TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: The Joy of Mozart, BBC4

The Joy Of Mozart – Tom Service discovers the true essence of the composer’s genius with the help of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nicola Benedetti, Paul Morley and others. Channel: BBC4 Producer: BBC TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Funk, BBC4

Funk  (1 x 60′) – A documentary that tells its story, exploring the music and artists who created a positive soundtrack at a negative time for African Americans. Channel: BBC4 Producer: BBC TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Northern Soul: Living for the Weekend, BBC4

Northern Soul: Living For The Weekend (1 x 60′) – Tells the story of a genre of music unlike any other. It’s 40 years since DJ Russ Winstanley unleashed the Wigan Casino on the world, playing Northern Soul to thousands of young people in the club’s legendary all-nighters. The Wigan Casino even beat New York’s […]

Greenlit: We Need to Talk About Kate, BBC4

We Need To Talk About Kate w/t (1 x 60′) – Kate Bush has always danced to her own tune and we love her for it.  This documentary explores what makes this singer-songwriter unique through the recollections of her colleagues and friends as well as those she has influenced down the years. Interviews include Sir […]

Greenlit: Oh You Pretty Things, BBC4

Oh You Pretty Things! w/t (3 x 60′) -  Documentary series that explores the relationship between British rock and pop music and the fashions that have accompanied it. From the mid-60s to the early 90s, it examines these two aspects of British creativity and identity through Cilla Black’s Biba dresses, Bowie’s androgynous glamour, Zandra Rhodes […]

Greenlit: Bob Harris: My Nashville, BBC4

Bob Harris: My Nashville (1 x 60′) – ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris journeys to America’s country music capital and reveals why Nashville became Music City USA. From the beginnings of the Grand Ole Opry on commercial radio, through the threatening onset of rock ‘n’ roll in the 50s, right up to the modern mainstream hits of […]

Greenlit: Kenny Rogers: The Gambler, BBC4

Kenny Rogers: The Gambler w/t (1 x 60′) -   Examines the life and career of the artist who “knows when to hold ’em and knows when to fold ’em”, recounting Kenny’s remarkable rise to the top of his game and bringing a golden era of country music to life. Featuring exclusive access to Rogers on […]

Greenlit: Nashville: Country Capital, BBC4

Nashville: Country Capital (1 x 60′ ) gets under the skin of Nashville, the Hollywood of country music. Nashville is the city of dreams – and big business – to which all country music gravitates and from where it makes its way to the outside world. Exploring the evolution of country music from the 1920s […]

Greenlit: The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins, BBC4

The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins (1 x 60′) –  In the early 1960s, American neuroscientist John Lilly began attempts to communicate with dolphins, by teaching them to speak English. To perform the experiment, he built a large white concrete house on the coast of the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, and hired a […]

Greenlit: The History of Contemporary Dance, BBC4

The History Of Contemporary Dance – Brings together the dance community in a new documentary. Channel: BBC4 Producer:  Fresh One Productions in partnership with Sadler’s Wells TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: The Golden Age of Singing, BBC4

The Golden Age Of Singing  - Sees Sir Antonio Pappano explore the story of the classical voice across the last 500 years Channel: BBC4 TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Tearing Up History, BBC4

Tearing Up History  – A journey through the dramatic and destructive years of the French Revolution, telling history in a way not seen before – through the extraordinary story of its art. Our guide through this turbulent decade is the constantly surprising Dr Richard Clay, an art historian who has spent his life decoding the […]

Greenlit: The Music That Made Britain – Patriotism, Pleasure And Perfection, BBC4

The Music That Made Britain – Patriotism, Pleasure And Perfection w/t (3 x 60′) – Suzy Klein, broadcaster and BBC Radio 3 presenter, charts English music’s increased credibility with the fashionable upper classes in the 1700s along with the rise of the fashionable ‘English Oratorio’. It examines the emergence of mass popularity of music in […]

Greenlit: The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain, BBC4

The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain w/t (3 x 60′)  – Three hundred years ago the Hanoverians succeeded to the British throne. This series presents the surprising story of Britain in the reigns of George I and George II – the age of the ‘German Georges’. Lucy Worsley will reveal how this […]

Greenlit: Dirt, BBC4

Dirt (1 x 60′) -  What is it that makes this thin and fragile layer of ‘stuff’ that covers some of our planet able to sustain life on Earth? In a new science programme presented by Chris Beardshaw, we delve into the micro-world of soil to reveal what it is, how it works and why […]

Greenlit: Magic of Mushrooms, BBC4

Magic of Mushrooms (1 x 60′) – Mushroom enthusiast Professor Richard Fortey explores the strange and surprising science of fungi, unlocking the astonishing story of their evolution, their mysterious life cycle and their value to both the planet and us. In a purpose-built mushroom lab, Richard and mycologist Dr Patrick Hickey investigate the secret life […]

Greenlit: The Wonder of Bees With Martha Kearney, BBC4

The Wonder Of Bees with Martha Kearney (4 x 60′) – Follows Martha Kearney through her bee-keeping year, exploring the science, art and culture of the honey bee – the most ingenious insect known to humankind. As a keen amateur with no training, Martha is determined to become an expert beekeeper and harvest her first […]

Greenlit: Everyday Eden: A Potted History of the Suburban Garden, BBC4

Everyday Eden: A Potted History Of The Suburban Garden  – Because it’s not grand, the story of the suburban garden has barely been told – and yet 8 out of 10 people in England live in the suburbs. Writer and historian Michael Collins delivers a riposte to the urban intelligentsia who have spent a century […]

Greenlit: British Gardens in Time, BBC4

British Gardens In Time (4 x 60′) – This series explores four iconic gardens. From Christopher Lloyd’s Arts and Craft Great Dixter to Georgian Stowe and from Victorian Biddulph Grange to the quintessentially English Nyman’s, this series brings these four glorious gardens to life. Featuring garden designer Chris Beardshaw, historian Andrea Wulf and National Trust […]

Greenlit: Good Swan, Bad Swan: Dancing Swan Lake, BBC4

Good Swan, Bad Swan: Dancing Swan Lake  (1 x 60′) -  Tamara Rojo, world-famous ballerina and Artistic Director of English National Ballet, will take viewers backstage as she prepares for one of classical ballet’s biggest challenges, the dual lead in Swan Lake. It is the ultimate role for any dancer requiring her to play the […]

Greenlit: Secrets of the Dolphin House, BBC4

Secrets of The Dolphin House (1 x 50′) -  Documentary that explores an extraordinary inter-species experiment which took place in the 1960s. In 1965, physicist and neuroscientist John Lilly began a unique experiment, in which a fully grown male bottle-nosed dolphin and a young woman lived together, 24 hours a day, in a flooded house. […]

Greenlit: Dancing in the Blitz: How WW2 Made British Ballet, BBC4

Dancing In The Blitz: How WW2 Made British Ballet  (1 x 60′) – David Bintley, Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, explores how the Second World War was the making of British ballet and how fundamental the years of hardship and adversity were in getting the British public to embrace ballet. Bintley shows how the […]

Greenlit: Fonteyn ’59: Sleeping Beauty, BBC4

Fonteyn ’59: Sleeping Beauty (1 x 60′) – Prima ballerina Darcey Bussell introduces the highlights from Sleeping Beauty, a hidden treasure of the BBC archive featuring legendary ballerina Margot Fonteyn in the leading role, in this unique performance from the 1950s. The original BBC Television version was specially produced and shot in a studio for […]

Greenlit: The Man Who Fought the Planners: The Story of Ian Nairn, BBC4

The Man Who Fought The Planners: The Story Of Ian Nairn  (1 x 60′) -  This programme looks back at Ian Nairn, who in the 1950s, was part of a new breed of Angry Young Men. Aged just 25 and fresh out of the RAF, he burst onto the architectural scene with Outrage, a blistering […]

Greenlit: The Brits Who Built the Modern World, BBC4

The Brits Who Built The Modern World (3 x 60′) – The definitive story of five of the most successful and globally recognised British architects of all time: Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Michael Hopkins and Terry Farrell. The series will gives insights into how their youthful dreams of building a better world turned […]

Out: Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC2 & BBC4

Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, is to step down from her role and take up a new post within the BBC. In her new role as Controller, Special Projects and Seasons, she will develop and originate high impact cross-platform series, seasons and other major television events. Janice will also advise Danny […]

Greenlit: After the Dance, BBC4

Storyville: After the Dance (1 x feature doc) – Daisy Asquith directs a documentary that explores her family history, focusing on how her unmarried grandmother was forced to give up her baby for adoption in Ireland. Channel: BBC4 / Irish Film Board Producer: Roads Entertainment TX: Spring 2014 Source: Broadcast 

Greenlit: Fossil Wonderlands: Nature’s Hidden Treasures, BBC4

Fossil Wonderlands: Nature’s Hidden Treasures  (3 x 60′) -  Professor Richard Fortey explores the distant past, locked in stone, in . He travels to some of the greatest fossil sites on earth to discover more about the distant past. He journeys high into the Rocky Mountains to explore a 520-million-year-old fossilised seabed containing bizarre and […]

Greenlit: Hormones, BBC4

Hormones  – Professor John Wass examines the well-known but little-understood chemicals that govern our bodies and shape who we are. From our weight and appetite to how we grow and reproduce, hormones are a crucial part of what makes us human, even affecting how we behave and feel. They are also among the body’s most […]

Greenlit: Dissected, BBC4

Dissected (2 x 60′) – Dr George McGavin explores two of the most amazing body parts in the natural world: human hands and feet. In Dissected: The Incredible Human Hand and Dissected: The Incredible Human Foot, he is joined by leading anatomy experts in a specially created dissection lab. Layer by layer, the team take […]

Greenlit: Infested, BBC4

Infested – Michael Mosley itches and scratches his way to a greater understanding of our relationship with parasites. Found in almost every animal on earth, the connection between animal and host is everywhere in nature. This most complex and intimate of relationships is a delicate balancing act, where the parasite must extract the food they […]

Greenlit: Michael Grade’s Stars of the Musical Theatre, BBC4

Michael Grade’s Stars of the Musical Theatre (1 x 60′) -  Michael Grade explores the appeal of musical theatre productions such asOklahoma! and West Side Story and talks to some of the biggest names in musical theatre, such as Michael Ball, Elaine Paige and Trevor Nunn. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Finestripe Productions TX: Late 2013 Source: […]

Greenlit: In Search Of Blind Joe Death: The Saga Of John Fahey, BBC4

In Search Of Blind Joe Death: The Saga Of John Fahey (1 x  60′) – Exploration of the great ‘Primitivist’ guitarist John Fahey, who pioneered independent labels with his Takoma imprint, forged a unique guitar style that would build on early blues masters, indian music and eventually industrial music. Fahey was also key in the rediscovery […]

Greenlit: Big Bill Broonzy: The Man Who Brought The Blues To Britain, BBC4

Big Bill Broonzy: The Man Who Brought The Blues To Britain (1 x  60′) – Biography of Big Bill Broonzy, the American who brought the blues to 1950s Britain and went on to inspire a generation of musicians. Itmixes rare footage with archive and specially-shot live performances to trace the colourful and sometimes disturbing past […]

Greenlit: Blues America, BBC4

Blues America (2 x  60′) -  Narrated by Huey Morgan and produced by rock photographer and documentarian Mick Gold, this star-studded series sets out to explore how the blues crossed borders and shows that it was not based only in racial oppression and rural poverty but also entertainment, dancing and sexual excitement. The first programme […]

Greenlit: Light and Dark, BBC4

Light and Dark (2 x 60′) – Explores how scientists have uncovered the secrets of our universe by using and manipulating light. Presented by Professor Jim Al-Khalili, the series reveals how light was used to make spectacular discoveries about our place in the cosmos. But he’ll also show that the universe visible to the human […]

Greenlit: Writers of the Somme, BBC4

Writers Of The Somme (1 x 60′) - This documentary  tells the story of the battle through the experiences and words of the poets and writers who took part. Using animation, readings and contributions from historians, poets, biographers and descendants, Writers Of The Somme shows how their writing was inspired by specific locations and events, ultimately changing […]

Greenlit: Artists of War, BBC4

Artists Of War (3 x 60′) –  Presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, this documentary series explores the life and work of three great but often neglected British artists – Walter Sickert, David Bomberg and Paul Nash. Each artist will be the subject of a programme examining their relationship with some of the major events of the […]

Greenlit: Tommy and Jerry’s Camera, BBC4

Tommy and Jerry’s Camera (1 x 60′) – This documentary reveals the extraordinary stories behind the photographs taken by British and German soldiers during World War One. Tens of thousands of British and German soldiers marched off to war in 1914 with VPKs (Vest Pocket Kodaks) concealed in their coats, thinking the war would be […]

Greenlit: The Silk Road, BBC4

The Silk Road (1 x 60′) – Documentary that explores the events that led to the arrest of Ross Ulbricht who founded a  website where people could buy drugs and guns. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Vice / Raw TV TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Sleepover at the Zoo, BBC4

Sleepover at the Zoo (1 x 90’) -  A distinctive television event which will allow us to see the fascinating – and surprisingly lively – world of animal sleep, as a team of experts stays up all night to track – hour by hour – the diverse sleep patterns of a host of animals. Sleep […]

Greenlit: The Poet Who Loved The War: Ivor Gurney, BBC4

The Poet Who Loved The War: Ivor Gurney (1 x 60′) - When the Great War broke out, poet Ivor Gurney’s life changed utterly – for the better. Making use of a cache of newly discovered poems, this film tells the remarkable story of the writer with the fastest growing reputation of the entire Western Front soldier-poet […]

Greenlit: Art of China, BBC4

Art Of China – Andrew Graham-Dixon discovers an extraordinarily rich heritage of art and culture in China. As China’s economy and political influence grows, Chinese art is increasingly making itself felt across the world – but remains little understood in the West. This three part series combines an appreciation of Chinese art from 1,700 BC […]

Greenlit: Art of Australia, BBC4

Art Of Australia (3 x 60′) -  Edmund Capon – former director and chief curator of the Art Gallery of New South Wales – explores the story of Australian art through the country’s rich cultural traditions stretching back 30,000 years. Across three themed episodes, The Art Of Australia looks at how art, history and identity are […]

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