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Greenlit: The Race For The World’s First Atomic Bomb: A Thousand Days Of Fear, BBC4

The Race For The World’s First Atomic Bomb: A Thousand Days Of Fear (1 x 60′) –  The inside-the-barbed-wire story of the men and women who worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. The fascinating personalities behind the creation of the world’s first atomic bomb were as extraordinary as the science they were working […]

Greenlit: Britain’s Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield, BBC4

Britain’s Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield (1 x 60′) –  Lying on the remote northwest coast of England is one of the most controversial places in Britain: the nuclear facility known as Sellafield. In this one-off documentary, BBC Four have been given unprecedented access to some of the country’s most secret buildings, revealing the extraordinary experiments, […]

Greenlit: Storyville: Atomic – Living in Dread and Promise, BBC4

Storyville: Atomic – Living in Dread and Promise (1 x 70′) –  Seventy years ago this month the bombing of Hiroshima showed the appalling destructive power of the atomic bomb. Mark Cousins’ bold new documentary looks at death in the atomic age, but life too. Using only archive film and a new musical score by […]

Greenlit: Rock ‘n’ Roll America, BBC4

Rock ‘n’ Roll America (3 x 60′) –  Documentary series exploring the roots of rock music in the USA, its subsequent explosion around the world and how the first wave of rock stars opened the door for modern pop in the decade between 1954 and 1964. Part one, Sweet Little Sixteen, focuses on the origins […]

Greenlit: The White Mughal: A Story In Art, BBC4

The White Mughal: A Story In Art (1 x 60′) – Historian William Dalrymple travels to the Deccan Plains of India to explore the remarkable love affair between British diplomat James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair un-Nissa, the Muslim princess he married. Through the 18th century art and architecture of both countries, and in archives across both […]

Greenlit: Treasures of the Indus, BBC4

Treasures of the Indus  (3 x 60′) – Tells the story of the Indian Sub-Continent through the treasures that have shaped the modern Indian world. From the plains of Pakistan to the foothills of the Himalayas, from Northern India and Rajasthan to the deep South and Tamil Nadu, Dr Sona Datta explores this vast melting […]

Greenlit: Bombay High, BBC4

Bombay High  (1 x 60′) – The ambition and format of the documentary is pushed even further with the introduction of a big dance element and a fusion of musical styles in this film – Bollywood meets urban hip hop in a dizzying and unique musical extravaganza. It is in Dharavi in Mumbai, the biggest […]

Greenlit: Bollywood And Beyond: A Century Of Indian Cinema, BBC4

Bollywood And Beyond: A Century Of Indian Cinema  (1 x 90′) – Sanjeev Bhaskar presents the history of Indian cinema. More than any other art form, in any other country, Indian cinema speaks for the people. It is adored, its stars are idolised and it is watched by a daily audience of over 15 million, […]

Greenlit: The Prosecutors, BBC4

The Prosecutors (3 x 60′) –  For the first time in its 29 year history, the Crown Prosecution Service has allowed cameras to document their work. In 2014 the Crown Prosecution Service brought nearly three quarters of a million criminal prosecutions (651,352) to court in England and Wales. Every case was carried out on behalf […]

Greenlit: Living in the Country, BBC4

Living in the Country w/t (3 x 60′) –  This series shines a spotlight on the enduring love affair the British have with their landscape,  through the eyes of Country Life magazine, that 120 year old bible of the middle and upper classes, as it features cottages and castles, farms and gardens. With just 18 […]

Greenlit: How to Be Bohemian, BBC4

How to Be Bohemian (3 x 60′) – Documentary series on the history of bohemians, presented by Victoria Coren Mitchell. Keen to explore her own ambivalence about bohemia, Victoria goes in search of answers. From the garrets of nineteenth century Paris to the streets of Sixties Soho, by way of Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf, […]

Greenlit: The Treasures of Ancient Greece, BBC4

The Treasures Of Ancient Greece (3 x 60′) – Alastair Sooke (Treasures Of Ancient Rome, Pride and Prejudice: Having A Ball) explores the riches and unique legacy of Greek art. Episode One tells the story of Greek art from its surprising, often mysterious origins, travelling from Crete to Santorini, Mycenae to Delphi.  Episode Two explores […]

Greenlit: Margaret Mountford on Sappho, BBC4

Margaret Mountford On Sappho w/t (1 x 60′) With a PHD in Papyrology, Margaret Mountford (The Apprentice) goes in search of the truth behind the legend of Sappho, the most controversial writer of the ancient world and the first authentic woman’s voice in western history. The sensational discovery of a lost papyrus containing the words […]

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 […]

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