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Greenlit: Eighteenth Century Music, BBC4

Eighteenth Century Music – Presented by Suzy Klein, broadcaster and Radio 3 In Tune presenter, this series will chart the social, cultural and political context of Britain and how this was reflected in the powerful music of this era. The series will begin by exploring English music’s increased credibility with the fashionable upper classes in […]

Greenlit: MLK: The Assassination Tapes, Smithsonian Networks / BBC4

MLK: The Assassination Tapes (1 x 60′ ) –  Documentary that explores what happened in the lead up to the death of Martin Luther King. Channel: Smithsonian Networks / BBC4 Producer: 1895 Films TX: August 2013 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: The Joy of Honey, BBC4

The Joy of Honey (4 x 30′) –  Presenter-turned-apiarist Martha Kearney sets out to produce her own honey to sell at a village fair. Channel: BBC4 Producer: ITN Productions TX: 2014 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome, BBC4

Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome (3 x 60′) – Documentary series telling the dramatic story of how exceptional women came to stand at the epicentre of imperial power. The series is presented by Professor Catharine Edwards, Birkbeck, University of London. Catharine travels across the empire, from its heart in Rome to its […]

Greenlit: The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women, BBC3

The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women (1 x 60′) – Model Erin O’Connor narrates a documentary about the photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, who shot hundreds of images for Vogue in the mid-20th century before dying in mysterious circumstances. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Thinking Violets / BBC In-House TX: 2013 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Handmade in Britain: Fabric, BBC4

Handmade in Britain: Fabric – In the fourth and final installment of the critically acclaimed partnership with the V&A, Handmade In Britain explores fabric with three vibrant films. Really Ripping Yarn looks back at the golden age of British knitting, and the way knitting – a craft that has captured our national spirit – came […]

Greenlit: King Ludwig’s Fairytale Palaces, BBC4

King Ludwig’s Fairytale Palaces – In the late 19th century, King Ludwig II of Bavaria created a series of extraordinary and extravagant castles that were described as ‘so ridiculous they are beyond all taste’. In this new film, Dan Cruickshank looks afresh at these fantastical buildings, believing that beneath the gaudy exterior was the work […]

Greenlit: China in Six Easy Pieces, BBC4

China in Six Easy Pieces -  In a vivid exploration of stunningly crafted Chinese porcelain, Lars Tharp journeys across China to show how six beautiful but mysterious objects can illuminate unknown worlds within China – the religious orders, scholarly life, the military, trade, the Imperial court, and Chinese society today. Channel: BBC4 TX: 2013/2014 Source: […]

Greenlit: The World of Faberge, BBC4

The World of Faberge -  Looking at the story of jeweller to the Tsars, Peter Carl Faberge, this single episode film presented by Stephen Smith is a celebration of how his Faberge Eggs and other precious confections became some of the most coveted objects in the world. Filming in Paris, Dresden and Russia, Smith investigates […]

Greenlit: Beautiful Thing: A Passion for Porcelain, BBC4

Beautiful Thing: A Passion For Porcelain -  Dame Rosalind Savill takes viewers behind museum glass cabinets to explore Sevres porcelain, exploring in detail opulent and intricate artefacts from the 17th and 18th century that have fallen out of fashion – but that which she feels have been aesthetically undervalued for years. Channel: BBC4 TX: 2013/2014 […]

Greenlit: William Turnbull – Beyond Time, BBC4

William Turnbull – Beyond Time  w/t -A revealing documentary on the life, work and times of iconic British artist William Turnbull, with personal footage from Turnbull and a who’s who roster of artists, curators and critics. Narrated by Jude Law, this is a fascinating account of more than 60 years in an artist’s working life […]

Greenlit: Muse of Fire, BBC4

Muse of Fire w/t – This vibrant new documentary sees actors Dan and Giles set out on an extraordinary journey across Britain and the US to discover why people are so scared of Shakespeare, from the classroom and beyond. Along the way they meet and are helped by members of their profession including – among […]

Greenlit: An Evening With Joan Bakewell, BBC4

An Evening With Joan Bakewell w/t – A special evening of two programmes celebrating the life and work of Dame Joan Bakewell, ahead of her 80th birthday. In a specially filmed studio interview, Sir David Frost will talk to Dame Joan Bakewell about her career highlights. This will be complemented by a specially commissioned film […]

Greenlit: Opening Night, BBC4

Opening Night w/t – An occasional series that will give viewers front-row seats at the year’s most exciting cultural exhibitions and events. Starting with the Tate Modern’s exhibition of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, each of the one-off specials will take a behind-the-scenes look at blockbuster exhibitions, musical premieres and sold-out shows around the world. Channel: […]

Greenlit: Secret Knowledge, BBC4

Secret Knowledge w/t – Our most engaging artists and thinkers will take a fresh look at some of the world’s biggest art institutions via its hidden gems. From Dr Janina Ramirez exploring the archaeological treasures of the Swedish National Museum to John Bly analysing the Kimbolton Cabinet at the V&A, the series will explore the […]

Greenlit: What Do Artists Do All Day? BBC4

What Do Artists Do All Day? w/t – A brand-new series of intimate observational portraits that will explore the working lives of leading artists. This ambitious series will explore studios and bedrooms, homes and the outdoors to uncover the daily routines and moments of inspiration that bring art to life. What Do Artists Do All […]

Greenlit: Goodbye Television Centre, BBC4

Goodbye Television Centre (1 x 120′) – Documentary to celebrate 53 years of history behind the iconic BBC building. Some of the biggest BBC stars of all time will gather together for one last time to bid the old building a fond farewell. London’s TVC has been a hub of creativity from the moment it […]

Greenlit: Pain, Pus and Poison, BBC4

Pain, Pus And Poison (3 x 60′) – Dr Michael Mosley tells the extraordinary story of how scientists learnt to use the world around us to heal our bodies and conquer the common afflictions of pain, pus and poison. He explores how certain chemicals – once invisible and almost magical in their effects – were […]

Greenlit: Carved With Love, BBC4

Carved With Love (3 x 60′) – A fascinating series on the British genius for woodwork. The three-part series tells the story of Thomas Chippendale, a poor Yorkshire carver who worked his way up from humble roots to become the greatest furniture designer in history; Grinling Gibbons, the master carver who worked for Charles II […]

Greenlit: The Riviera: A History in Pictures, BBC4

The Riviera: A History In Pictures (2 x 60′) -A sun-filled series in which Richard E Grant follows in the footsteps of artists who have lived, loved and painted on France’s glorious Côte d’Azur. Richard explores the intertwined relationship between modern art and the development of the French Riviera as an international tourist haven. Travelling […]

Greenlit: Treasures of the Louvre, BBC4

Treasures Of The Louvre – Paris-based writer Andrew Hussey travels through the glorious art and surprising history of an extraordinary French institution to show that the story of the Louvre is the story of France. As well as exploring the masterpieces of painters such as Veronese, Rubens, David, Chardin, Gericault and Delacroix, he also examines […]

Greenlit: The Trouble With Aid, BBC4

The Trouble With Aid (1 x 120′) – A documentary that features exclusive interviews with former aid workers as they look back at their experiences providing disaster relief at some of the major humanitarian disasters over the past 50 years. From the Biafran War to the Ethiopian famine and the relationship between aid and politics […]

Greenlit: The Greatest Stage on Earth, BBC4

The Greatest Stage on Earth (3 x 60′) – Dr Michael Scott explores the roots of theatre in classical civilization in Rome and Greece. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Tern TV TX: 2013 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Britain on Film, BBC4

Britain on Film (20 x 30′) -  35mm archive series that looks at how life in Britain was changing in the 1960s. Channel: BBC4 Producer: BBC Scotland TX: Early 2013 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Why Poverty? BBC 4 / BBC1 / Global Event

 Why Poverty? – BBC Storyville, working with more than 70 broadcasters around the world, is hosting a debate about contemporary poverty based around  a set of ground-breaking international documentaries.  The global cross-media event produced in partnership with The Open University will see the same eight films screened in 180 countries to explore why, in the […]

Greenlit: Horror Europa, BBC4

Horror Europa (1 x 90′) – Mark Gatiss explores the story of European horror, looking at how the genre came to reflect the continent’s turbulent 20th century. Mark’s voyage takes him across Europe, from the castle in Slovakia where FW Murnau shot Nosferatu (1922), to the hotel in Ostend, Belgium where Harry Kümel filmed his […]

Greenlit: Indian House of Surrogates, BBC4

Indian House of Surrogates w/t  (1 x 60′) – Access-driven documentary that goes behind the scenes of the Akanksha Clinic in Gujurat, India that looks after women who are part of the $2bn surrogate pregnancy industry. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Special Edition Films TX: 2013 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: A Matter of Taste, BBC4

A Matter of Taste (1 x 60′) -  Documentary that follows British chef Paul Liebrandt as he takes on the New York’s fine dining restaurant scene. Channel: BBC4 Director: Sally Rowe TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Chateaux Chunder, BBC4

Chateaux Chunder (1 x 60′) -  Documentary that charts the rise of our love affair with Australian wine from chateaux chunder to a multi-million pound industry Channel: BBC4 TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Calf’s Head & Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food, BBC4

Calf’s Head & Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food (1 x 60′) -  ‘Gastronaut’ Stefan Gates journeys into the past to discover the cradle of contemporary English cuisine. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Crocodile Media TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Lucy Worsley on Dorothy Hartley, BBC4

Lucy Worsley on Dorothy Hartley (1 x 60′) – Dr Lucy Worsley retraces the life and work of the now largely forgotten writer, Dorothy Hartley and the origins of her seminal book ‘Food in England’. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Available Light Productions TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: The First Master Chef: Michel Roux on Escoffier, BBC4

The First Master Chef: Michel Roux on Escoffier (1 x 60′) – Chef Michel Roux goes on a personal culinary odyssey and introduces us to the first celebrity chef to make his mark on Britain: Georges Auguste Escoffier; exploring the incredible influence that Escoffier has had on all our tastes and taste-buds, from what we […]

Greenlit: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, BBC4

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (3 x 60′) – Clarissa Dickson Wright uncovers the origins of our three daily meals. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Optomen TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Edwardian Insects, BBC4

Edwardian Insects (1 x 60′) – Documentary that reveals the amazing history of Percy Smith, the natural historian who once made flies dance. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Mentorn Media TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Metamorphosis, BBC4

Metamorphosis (1 x 60′) – Documentary that investigates nature’s ultimate evolutionary magic trick, the amazing transformation of one living creature into a totally different animal. Channel: BBC4 Producer: BBC Scotland TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: The Incredible Story of the Monarch Butterfly: Four Wings and a Prayer, BBC4

The Incredible Story of the Monarch Butterfly: Four Wings and a Prayer (1 x 60′) – Documentary that focuses on the miraculous migration of the mysterious and beautiful Monarch butterfly. Channel: BBC4 Producer: A Primitive Entertainment and Films à Trois Production in co-Production with The National Film Board of Canada TX: TBC Source: BBC press […]

Greenlit: Can Eating Insects Save the World? BBC4

Can Eating Insects Save the World? (1 x 60′) – The hard-core-insect-eating world is thrown open to discover whether insect cuisine could be the key to our future. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Plum Pictures TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Insect Dissection, BBC4

Insect Dissection (1 x 60′) -  An documentary that eveals how insects work by carrying out a series of delicate dissections whilst using cutting edge imaging technology. Channel: BBC4 Producer: BBC Scotland TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Planet Ant, BBC4 / Science Channel

Planet Ant (1 x 90′) -  An ambitious documentary that unearths the natural home of the Leafcutter ant in the biggest manufactured colony in Europe. Channel: BBC4 / Science Channel Producer: BBC Scotland TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Seven Ages of Starlight, BBC4

Seven Ages of Starlight (1 x 90′) -  A stunning journey through the life and times of stars. Channel: BBC4 Producer: BBC Productions TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Voyager, BBC4

Voyager  (1 x 60′) -  Documentary that looks at Nasa’s Voyager programme as, 35 years after they left Earth, the Voyager spacecraft leave the solar system. Channel: BBC4 TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: The Joy of Chance, BBC4

The Joy of Chance  (1 x 60′) -  Presented by Cambridge Professor David Spiegelhalter, this documentary takes us on a fascinating journey to try and pin down what chance is, revealing how it works in the real world in ways that are often surprising. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Wingspan Productions TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Order and Disorder, BBC4

Order and Disorder  (2 x 60′) -  Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of how humanity mastered the two most important concepts of the modern age – energy and information. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Furnace TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: The Hundred Years’ War, BBC4

The Hundred Years’ War w/t (3 x 60′) -  The Hundred Years war between England and France was the longest war of medieval times. It gave us the victories of Crecy and Agincourt, and made the reputations of Edward III and Henry V. It gave France a national heroine in Joan of Arc…..But even now […]

Greenlit: Chas & Dave – Last Orders, BBC4

Chas & Dave – Last Orders w/t (1 x 60′) -  They’ve toured with the Beatles, opened for Led Zeppelin and been sampled by the world’s leading hip-hop artists. Yet despite their surprising background at the very centre of fifty years of British pop, the real story of Chas and Dave has never been told […]

Greenlit: The Golden Age of the Album, BBC4

Golden Age of the Album w/t (1 x 60′) -  For over a decade from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, popular music – from rock to soul, folk to reggae – swapped the sketch pad of the 45rpm single for the expansive canvass of the 33 1/3rpm album. From Bob Dylan to the […]

Greenlit: Beautiful Things, BBC4

Beautiful Things w/t (1 x 60′) -  Ros Savill (former director and curator of the Wallace Collection for 25 years) takes us behind the museum glass and into some of the most incredible private collections to reveal how Sevres porcelain once wielded a power beyond their mere decorative function, playing their part in a time […]

Greenlit: Treasures of the Dark Ages, BBC4

Treasures of the Dark Ages w/t (1 x 60′) -  The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identified the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism – a terrible time when civilisation stopped. Waldemar Januszczak disagrees. In this four part series Waldemar argues that the Dark Ages were […]

Greenlit: Britain’s Masters of Modern Architecture, BBC4

Britain’s Masters of Modern Architecture w/t (1 x 60′) – Richard Rogers. Norman Foster. Nicholas Grimshaw. Michael Hopkins. Terry Farrell. Five of the most successful and globally recognised British architects of all time, creators of iconic landmarks including the ‘Gherkin,’ Lloyds of London, the Eden Project, the London 2012 Velodrome and the MI6 Headquarters. They […]

Greenlit: Nigel Slater’s Sweet Tooth, BBC4

Nigel Slater’s Sweet Tooth (1 x 60′) – Nigel Slater fronts this documentary that celebrates traditional sweet brands. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Doghouse Media TX: October 2012 Source: Broadcast

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