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Greenlit: Oak Tree, BBC4

Oak Tree (1 x 60′) –  From the summer of 2014, Dr George McGavin embarked on an extra-ordinary adventure: for a whole year he follows the highly eventful and dramatic life of that great icon if the British countryside, the oak tree, in meticulous and forensic detail. The hero of the story is a story […]

Greenlit: Drills, Dentures and Dentistry: An Oral History, BBC4

Drills, Dentures and Dentistry: An Oral History (1 x 60′) – In this one hour special, prize winning writer, historian and author of the BBC’s ‘Eyewitness’ audiobooks, Professor Joanna Bourke, investigates how, over the past five centuries, dentistry has been transformed from a back-street horror show into a gleaming modern science. With such a gruesome history […]

Greenlit: Blood, Bodies and Bullets: The History of Forensics, BBC4

The Wonderful World Of Blood – with Michael Mosley (3 x 60′) – Provides a rare and fascinating insight into the secret history of catching murderers, charting two centuries of breakthroughs that have created modern forensics. Over three episodes, surgeon and writer Gabriel Weston explores this rich history through some of the most absorbing, often […]

Greenlit: The Wonderful World of Blood with Michael Mosley, BBC4

The Wonderful World Of Blood – with Michael Mosley (1 x 60′) – Humans each carry eight pints of blood, which make up almost 10% of our body weight and perform six vital roles that keep us alive, from carrying oxygen to healing wounds. Blood repels and fascinates us in equal measure. Yet how much […]

Greenlit: Secret Knowledge – Body Beautiful: Glamour, Good Looks And The Ancient Greeks, BBC4

Secret Knowledge – Body Beautiful: Glamour, Good Looks And The Ancient Greeks with Natalie Haynes w/t (1 x 30′) – Writer and classicist Natalie Haynes leads us on a journey into ancient beauty and modern glamour, examining how our current obsession with the body beautiful goes back thousands of years to an era of stunning […]

Greenlit: The Hive, BBC4

The Hive (13 x 30′ ) –  A smart, play-along quiz where the answer to every question is literally staring contestants in the face. Knowing the right answer isn’t enough because all answers are hidden in a hive, testing players’ general knowledge and mental agility as they race against the clock to find the answer. […]

Greenlit: World War Two: 1945 & The Wheelchair President, BBC4

World War Two: 1945 & The Wheelchair President (1 x 90′) –  David Reynolds re-examines the war leadership of American president Franklin Roosevelt. At the height of war, Roosevelt inspired millions with stirring visions of a new and better post-war world, but it was a world he probably knew he would never see. He was […]

Greenlit: Fighting for King and Empire: Britain’s Caribbean Heroes

Fighting for King And Empire: Britain’s Caribbean Heroes (1 x 60′) –  During the Second World War, thousands of men and women from the Caribbean colonies volunteered to come to Britain to join the fight against Hitler. They risked their lives for King and Empire but their contribution has largely been forgotten. In this programme, Caribbean […]

Greenlit: The Aviatrix, BBC4

The Aviatrix (1 x 60′) –  A modern-day journey across Africa by vintage plane – intercut wtih archive footage – that tells how Lady Mary Heath became the first solo aviator to fly from Cape Town to London. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Nylon Films TX: 17th March 2015 Source: Televisual

Greenlit: National Gallery, BBC4

National Gallery w/t (1 x 180′) – Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman goes behind the scenes of the National Gallery in a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Filmed in his characteristic style, his three-hour epic has no voiceover, no score and […]

Greenlit: The Canal, BBC4

The Canal (1 x 120′) –  This film is utterly bold in its simple premise: an uninterrupted two-hour canal boat journey down one of Britain’s historic waterways filmed in real time. Following in the tradition of the hugely popular Scandinavian slow TV moment, the film will be a rich and absorbing antidote to the frenetic pace of […]

Greenlit: Make, BBC4

Make (3 x 30′) – Make is a series of films celebrating traditional craftsmanship. In a world of fast-paced, high-tech mass production, Make takes a quiet, unhurried look at the making of a series of simple objects. Beautifully filmed and edited at a leisurely pace with no voiceover, each film is an absorbing, often hypnotic portrait […]

Greenlit: Artists Question Time, BBC4

Artists’ Question Time (1 x 60′) – Presented by Kirsty Wark, the series opens with a vital debate on who the Arts are for in the UK, who gets to play a part in the them and how should they be funded in times of recession. Channel: BBC2 TX: Spring 2015 Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Boy George and Culture Club: Karma to Calamity, BBC4

Boy George and Culture Club: Karma to Calamity (1 x 60′) – A documentary that charts the reunion of one of the Eighties’ biggest bands, Culture Club, following the members from their initial recording sessions through to their live performances. In the early 1980s, Culture Club was one of the biggest bands in the world, […]

Greenlit: The Quizeum, BBC4

The Quizeum – (8 x 30′) – A quiz series presented by Griff Rhys Jones that celebrates the UK’s unique and fascinating museums. Each week, Griff Rhys Jones will visit a different museum from around the UK with two teams of competing experts. From well-known historians to mathematicians, from art experts to scientists, the competitors […]

Greenlit: Irish Rock at the BBC, BBC4

Irish Rock at the BBC (1 x 60′) – A film about the young Irish Band from Co Cavan, The Strypes are bringing blistering R&B and Rock ’n’ Roll to a whole new generation. A deeply human story of four young childhood friends, with a profoundly shared passion and goal, together taking on the world. […]

Greenlit: The Strypes, BBC4

The Strypes – A film about the young Irish Band from Co Cavan, The Strypes are bringing blistering R&B and Rock ’n’ Roll to a whole new generation. A deeply human story of four young childhood friends, with a profoundly shared passion and goal, together taking on the world. The ultimate real life coming of […]

Greenlit: The Making Of Irish Rock – A Tale Of Two Cities, BBC4

The Making Of Irish Rock – A Tale Of Two Cities (1 x 60′) – The 40 year-old story of Irish rock and pop music is grounded in the very different musical traditions of the two main cities of the island, Belfast and Dublin. This 60-minute musical celebration will chart the lives and careers of […]

Greenlit: Being James Galway: An Intimate Portrait Of Sir James Galway, BBC4

Being James Galway: An Intimate Portrait Of Sir James Galway – Regarded by many as the finest flautist of his generation, the programme charts Galway’s remarkable rise to the top of the classical music world from his humble beginnings in a Belfast flute band, and provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Galway at home and on tour. […]

Greenlit: Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney, BBC4

Great Irish Journeys With Martha Kearney – Martha Kearney retraces the journey of George Victor Du Noyer, whose 35 year odyssey left a unique record of how Ireland looked during a period of great change. In constructed walks to the four corners of Ireland the series unlocks the country’s exquisite landscapes. Exploring the Ireland that […]

Greenlit: Strictly Modern Dance, BBC4

Strictly Modern Dance  (1 x 60′) – The story of contemporary dance, told in a wholly new way – through the journey of talented young dancers. The film will bring to a wider audience an understanding of what exactly Contemporary Dance is. When did it start? What were the moments that defined it, the compelling […]

Greenlit: The King Who Invented Ballet, BBC4

The King Who Invented Ballet  (1 x 60′) – King Louis XIV of France is known as the ‘father of ballet’ and in this programme David Bintley, Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, investigates how the foundations of dance as we know it were laid during King Louis’ reign. Meeting world experts, Bintley uncovers the […]

Greenlit: The Golden Age of Singing, BBC4

The Golden Age of Singing  – In this series, Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera House, examines the art and science behind the four major voice types: tenor, soprano, mezzo-soprano and bass-baritone. He explores the vocal glories of the greatest stars to emerge since recording began – Caruso, Callas, Pavarotti, Sutherland, Nilsson, […]

Greenlit: BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, BBC4

 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World  – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 is the eight-day biennial competition known throughout the classical music world as the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the outset of their careers. Auditions are held in cities around the globe in search of the next generation of […]

Greenlit: Chanson: The Story of French Music with Petula Clark, BBC4

Chanson: The Story of French Music with Petula Clark (1  x 60′) – Petula Clark, who shot to stardom in France in the late 1950s, explores the story of the lyric-driven French chanson and looks at the reasons for its unprecedented longevity. Clark will meet the prodigious singers and artists who propelled the art form […]

Greenlit: BBC Young Dancer, BBC2 / BBC4

BBC Young Dancer (4  x ) – Turns the spotlight on the UK’s best young dancers with the first ever BBC Young Dancer 2015. The nationwide award has invited dancers to submit entries to compete for six places in a televised Grand Final to be shown live. The series features highlights from each of the Category […]

Greenlit: BalletBoyz: The Talent, BBC4

BalletBoyz: The Talent – Documents the life and work of this ground-breaking company with footage from their 2014 Roundhouse performances – the culmination of a two-year tour during which they were awarded ‘Best Independent Company’ at the National Dance Awards, while choreographer Russell Maliphant won ‘Best Modern Choreography’ and lighting designer Michael Hulls won an Olivier […]

Greenlit: Sound of Song, BBC4

Sound of Song – Composer and musician Neil Brand presents a new series that explores the magical elements that come together to create our favourite songs. Songs are the soundtrack of our lives and it takes a kind of genius to create a true pop masterpiece. But as Neil Brand will argue, there is more […]

Greenlit: Mary Arden: A Tudor Life, BBC4

Mary Arden: A Tudor Life – Whilst Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies, The Tudors and The Boleyn Girls present the glittering – though at times terrifying – world of the Tudor court on TV and in literature, this film looks at what life was like for ordinary Tudor people. In particular, it tells the […]

Greenlit: Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home, BBC4

Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home –  Dr Suzannah Lipscomb ventures into the Tudor home in search of the household killers of the era. The Tudor era was a great age, one of exploration and science, and a time when adventurers returned from the New World with exotic goods never before seen or experiences in […]

Greenlit: A Fair Cop, BBC4

A Fair Cop (1 x 90′) – With 2015 marking the 100th anniversary of the first British policewoman being given the power to arrest, this documentary takes us through the remarkable history of 100 years of Britain’s female police. The film explores the individual careers and ambitions of female police officers who broke new ground […]

Greenlit: Pantomime, BBC4

Storyville: Pantomime (1 x 71′) – Documentary looking at the weird and wonderful world of pantomime by going behind the curtains of a historic amateur pantomime based in Nottingham, England as the performers attempt to survive the recession. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Glimmer Films TX: December 2014 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Datong, BBC4

Datong w/t  (1 x 80′)-  Datong mayor Geng Yanbo is one of the ‘officials with personality’ (‘gexing guan yuan’) to have emerged on China’s political stage in recent years. His aim is to revitalise the city of Datong by rebuilding the ancient city to attract tourism. But that means demolishing vast swathes of flats and relocating […]

Greenlit: Internet’s Own Boy, BBC4

Internet’s Own Boy w/t (1 x 90′) –  This film depicts the life of American programming prodigy, Aaron Swartz through personal archive, testimonies from his family and world leaders in the computing field. Internet activist Aaron Swartz had his fingerprints all over the internet. He was integral to the development of the basic internet protocol RSS […]

Greenlit: Democrats, BBC4

Democrats w/t (1 x 80′) –  A political documentary thriller set in Zimbabwe, following two political enemies, forced on a joint mission. Two top politicians, MP Paul Mangwana and MP Douglas Mwonzora, from the governing party and the opposition, respectively, have been appointed to lead Zimbabwe through the process of writing a new constitution. It is […]

Greenlit: BBC Young Dancer 2015, BBC2/BBC4

BBC Young Dancer (4 x 60′) – The nationwide award will invite young dancers to submit entries to compete for one of six places in a televised Grand Final. The first ever BBC Young Dancer will provide a platform for UK dancers aged 16-20 to demonstrate their dancing abilities through three competitive rounds designed to highlight their […]

Greenlit: Sonic Highways, BBC4/BBC iPlayer

Sonic Highways (8 x 60′) – Foo Fighters have captured the recording odyssey that led to their forthcoming eighth studio album with a documentary series of the same name – Sonic Highways. Described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music, it features eight cities, eight episodes and eight songs. Timed to […]

Greenlit: Constable: The Country Rebel, BBC4

Constable: The Country Rebel (1 x 60′) – Alastair Sooke examines the paintings of John Constable. Channel: BBC4 / BBC Northern Ireland Producer: Tern TV TX: September 2014 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Great Irish Journeys, BBC4

Great Irish Journeys (4 x 30′) – Martha Kearney explores the landscape, history and culture of Ireland. Channel: BBC4 / BBC Northern Ireland Producer: Tern TV TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: The Secret Life of Books, BBC4

The Secret Life of Books (6 x 30′) – Top television dramatist Tony Jordan is one of six writers and performers bringing a personal insight to some of the Britain’s greatest works of literature. In his film about Great Expectations, Tony Jordan sets out to discover just why Dickens changed the ending of his novel […]

Greenlit: Goth at the BBC, BBC4

Goth at the BBC w/t (1 x 60′)  – A compilation of performances from the BBC to explore the ‘Goth’ style of British rock and pop in the 80s. This was a period of music in which dry ice, doomy lyrics and dyed black hair tortured skywards were only some of the constituent parts of this very British […]

Greenlit: The Genius of Gothic, BBC4

The Genius of Gothic w/t (1 x 60′)  – Medieval historian Dr Janina Ramirez looks back at the 14th century, a time when craftsman and their patrons created the Perpendicular Gothic, a new form of architecture that was to be Britain’s first cultural style. Dr Janina Ramirez recites Britain’s Perpendicular legacy, from its first stirrings at Gloucester Cathedral […]

Greenlit: The Art of Gothic: The Shock of the Old, BBC4

The Art Of Gothic: The Shock Of The Old w/t (3 x 60′)  – Andrew Graham-Dixon looks back at 19th century Britain and its obsession with all things Gothic. The series explores how an inspired group of architects and artists spurned the modern age, turning to Britain’s medieval past to create some of Britain’s most iconic works and […]

Greenlit: Great Scotts! The Family That Built Britain, BBC4

Great Scotts! The Family That Built Britain w/t (1 x 60′)  – Dan Cruickshank explores how the great icons of Gothic British architecture were all created by one brilliant, if highly dysfunctional family – the mighty Scotts. Built by the Scotts over a single century, St Pancras Station, the Albert Memorial, Liverpool Cathedral, Battersea Power Station, Dulwich […]

Greenlit: 112 Weddings, BBC4

113 Weddings (1 x ) –  A funny, intimate and candid exploration of love and marital commitment over the long haul. As a part-time wedding videographer hired for his intimate documentary style, filmmaker Doug Block videotaped 112 weddings in total, and long wondered what became of these couples with whom he shared such an emotional experience. Is married […]

Greenlit: The Love Hotel, BBC4

The Love Hotel (1 x ) –  This film takes viewers inside a Japanese Love Hotel. While the Love Hotel culture is being threatened with closure from conservative politicians and corporate interests, the clients still visit to play out their fantasies. An intimate film about the Japanese psyche. Channel: BBC4 TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Love Is All: 100 Years Of Love And Courtship, BBC4

Love Is All: 100 Years Of Love And Courtship (1 x ) –  From the very first kisses ever caught on film, through the birth of youth culture, gay liberation and free love, this is the celluloid story of love and courtship since the birth of the movie camera. Told with spellbinding footage from the British […]

Greenlit: Treasures of the Indus, BBC4

Treasures Of The Indus (3 x 60′) –  Art historian Sona Datta presents a landmark series exploring the treasures of the Indian subcontinent. From the plains of Pakistan to the foothills of the Himalaya, from northern India and Rajasthan to the deep south and Tamil Nadu, Sona will explore the people, places and dynasties that have […]

Greenlit: Spider House, BBC4

Spider House (1 x 90′) –  Amazingly, spiders have never been studied in a domestic environment. This film reveals the highs and lows of this secret spidery world by taking over a gothic family house and with the help of foremost arachnologist and breeding expert, Graham Smith, populating it with the top UK domestic spider species, each […]

Greenlit: Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance, BBC4

Dancing Cheek To Cheek: An Intimate History Of Dance (3 x 60′) – Lucy Worsley and Len Goodman take to the floor to reveal the untold story of British dance. They’ll show how Britain’s favourite popular dances from over the centuries offer a fascinating window into British society and our relationships with one another. Each week, […]

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