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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, […]

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 […]

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