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Greenlit: Danielle de Niese: The Birth Of An Opera, BBC4

Danielle de Niese: The Birth Of An Opera (1 x 60′) – 2016 is the 200th anniversary of the premiere of Rossini’s masterpiece The Barber of Seville, one of the greatest comic operas ever written. In this documentary, internationally acclaimed lyric soprano Danielle de Niese provides the viewer with a unique backstage pass to her own preparations […]

Greenlit: Genius Of The Modern World, BBC4

Genius Of The Modern World (3 x 60′) – Bettany Hughes discovers how Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud changed the landscape of the modern world. Together they re-imagined global economics; questioned the very foundations of morality and society; and unravelled the workings of the human mind. They were all born in the 19th century, […]

Greenlit: Deaf United, BBC4

Deaf United (1 x 60′) – An immersive, experiential single film that takes the viewer into the world of the deaf. It’s a world with its own unique humour and banter, language (deaf people pride themselves on being a linguistic minority) and culture. The film follows deaf people having animated conversations in the street, on the […]

Greenlit: Geldof On Yeats , BBC4

Geldof On Yeats  (1 x 90′) – Sees Bob Geldof reflect on the events of 1916 in Ireland and the impact they had on the works of WB Yeats. Channel: BBC2 TX: Spring 2016 Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: The Most Dangerous Band In the World: The Story of Guns N’ Roses, BBC4

The Most Dangerous Band In the World: The Story of Guns N’ Roses (1 x 60′) – In 1985, Sunset Strip in Los Angeles gave birth to what would become one of the most successful and notorious rock bands of all time: Guns N’ Roses. Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler […]

Greenlit: The UK’s Best Part-time Band, BBC4

The UK’s Best Part-time Band (3 x 60′) – Comedian Rhod Gilbert embarks on a road trip across the country, on a mission to find the UK’s Best Part-time Band. To help Rhod on his sonic journey, he has recruited Ultravox front man, Midge Ure, who heads home to Glasgow before taking in a tour of Northern […]

Greenlit: Music Moguls, BBC4

Music Moguls (3 x 60′) – Explores the untold history of the pop and rock worlds, told by the  producers, managers and PR giants. It will take viewers on an exclusive tour of the music industry in the company of a small group of hugely influential insiders and their artists. Between them they have shaped […]

Greenlit: Inside Einstein’s Mind: The Enigma of Space and Time, BBC4 / PBX

Inside Einstein’s Mind: The Enigma of Space and Time (1 x 60′) – Documentary that marks the centenary of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Channel: BBC4  / PBS (NOVA) Producer: Windfall Films TX: December 2015 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Secrets Of The Books We Love, BBC4

Secrets Of The Books We Love (3 x 60′) –  From murder-mystery plots in country vicarages via magical portals into the parallel worlds of fantasy to paranoid excursions in espionage, this series unlocks the secrets of three distinctly British genres of fiction – whodunnits, fantasy epics and spy stories. The series reveals how the 20th […]

Greenlit: Brontës at the BBC, BBC4

 Brontës at the BBC  (1 x 60′) –  From Jane Eyre to Villette, this programme will dig deep into the BBC’s archive to explore the Brontes’ famous works and discover the fascinating lives these sisters lived during this remarkable period in literary history. The Brontë sisters are among the most adapted writers in the BBC’s […]

Greenlit: B is for Book, BBC4

B is For Book (1 x 60′) – This film follows a group of primary schoolchildren as they learn to read, following each child as they take their first steps in to the world of the written word. Filmed in an ordinary British school, the programme will feature children from the great variety of backgrounds […]

Greenlit: Hidden Killers Of The Post-War Home, BBC4

Hidden Killers Of The Post-War Home (1 x 60′) – Dr Suzannah Lipscomb explores the time when British people embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The look and feel of the post-war 1950s home – a ‘modern’ world of moulded plywood furniture, fibreglass, plastics and polyester – had […]

Greenlit: The Cliff – A Year In The Avian Life Of The Shiant Isles, BBC4

The Cliff – A Year In The Avian Life Of The Shiant Isles  (2 x 60′) – Scotland’s seabirds are declining fast. Adam Nicolson, writer and owner of the Shiant Isles, explores the threats facing our seabirds, and meets the people fighting to conserve them. Remote, wild and desolately beautiful, the Shiants are one of […]

Greenlit: The People’s History of Pop, BBC4

The People’s History of Pop  (4 x 60′) – Stories from four decades of popular music through the eyes of the UK’s music fans. The series will chart the UK’s popular music heritage from the 1950s to the noughties, over 40 years of incredible British music, through the eyes of music fans. Each episode will […]

Greenlit: John Simpson: Stories from the Frontline, BBC4

John Simpson: Stories from the Frontline (1 × 60′) –  Journalist John Simpson talks about his time working as a war correspondent. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Mentorn Media TX: TBC Source: C21 Media

Greenlit: The Real Romanovs: Russia’s Absolute Dynasty, BBC4

The Real Romanovs: Russia’s Absolute Dynasty (3 x 60′) –  Lucy Worsley travels to Russia to tell the extraordinary story of the dynasty that ruled the country for more than three centuries. It’s an epic tale that includes giant figures such as Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, the devastating struggle against Napoleon in 1812, and the […]

Greenlit: American Epic: The Sessions, BBC4

American Epic: The Sessions – In the heart of Hollywood, in a perfect recreation of the atmosphere and conditions of America’s first ever recording studios, today’s music stars perform in American Epic: The Sessions. Elton John, Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes, Merle Haggard, Ana Gabriel, Jack White, Nas, Beck, Los Lobos and Steve Martin are among […]

Greenlit: Forest, Field and Sky: an Artistic Journey Through the British Landscape, BBC4

Forest, Field and Sky: an Artistic Journey Through the British Landscape (1 x 90′) –  In a landmark documentary, Dr James Fox travels around Britain to explore our creative relationship with the natural world. From prehistoric earthworks and landscaped gardens to extraordinary land art by artists such as David Nash, James Turrell and Andy Goldsworthy, the […]

Greenlit: Arena: American Epic, BBC4

Arena: American Epic  (3 x 60′) – A music story with a difference, one that goes back 100 years to where it all started. Long before digital, long before MP3, before tape, before vinyl, a machine was invented, a jewel of the industrial age – The Western Electric lathe. That was the machine that captured […]

Greenlit: Theatrical Knights at the BBC and Theatrical Dames at the BBC, BBC4

Theatrical Knights at the BBC and Theatrical Dames at the BBC (2 x60′) –  Using the BBC archive, these two films celebrate the on-screen appearances of some of our greatest actors, from Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins and Ralph Richardson to Helen Mirren, Diana Rigg, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench,  through their most memorable performances and […]

Greenlit: Jonathan Meades: Ben Building, BBC4

Jonathan Meades: Ben Building  (1 x 90′) –  The inimitable Jonathan Meades presents the last part of his trilogy of films on the architecture of modern dictators. After Jerry-Building: Unholy Relics of Nazi Germany and Joe-Building: The Stalin Heritage Trail comes a journey through the bizarre and (it has to be said) often brilliant architecture […]

Greenlit: The UK’s Best Part-Time Band, BBC4/BBC2

The UK’s Best Part-Time Band –  A nationwide search for the best non-professional bands, as three respected musicians from much-loved bands will embark on a road trip across the UK to hear talented part-time bands perform.During each episode, five acts will be selected to compete against each other in a regional heat in a local […]

Greenlit: Thank You For Being A Lovely Audience, BBC4

Thank You For Being A Lovely Audience  – Legendary comedian Frank Skinner and respected broadcaster Suzy Klein join forces to reveal how the origins of today’s TV light entertainment can be traced back to the heyday of live popular entertainment – the 1840s to the 1960s. Exploring the greatest characters in show biz and putting […]

Greenlit: Colour: The Spectrum of Science, BBC4

Colour: The Spectrum of Science (3 x 60′) – The world is ablaze with colour. In the otherwise dowdy solar system, Earth stands out from the blackness of space as a multi-coloured jewel. But how did a drab grey rock become filled with colour?  How did colour help life colonise the planet, and what secrets […]

Greenlit: The Sleigh Ride, BBC4

The Sleigh Ride (1 x 120′) – There is no engine noise. All you can hear is the crunching of snow and the soft tinkle of a reindeer bell. This film takes viewers on a silent and majestic journey on a reindeer sleigh ride through Lapland’s frozen wilderness and experiences an ancient part of the […]

Greenlit: Nicola and Wynton: Birth of a Violin Concerto, BBC4

Nicola and Wynton: Birth of a Violin Concerto (1 x 60′) – Explores a unique musical collaboration between American jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti. The film follows the two musicians as they embark on a journey that culminates in the creation and performance of a violin concerto written by Marsalis especially […]

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 […]