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Featured

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     * Comedy
       Absolutely Fabulous: Series 1-5
       Break out the Bolly!
       Eddy and Patsy grow old disgracefully as they rampage through the world of celebrity.
       
     * Drama
       Waterloo Road: Series 1-10
       Back to school…
       Affairs, scandals, blackmail and many, many headteachers. This is no ordinary school.
       
     * The Frost Interview
       David Frost interviews Muhammad Ali
       Sir David Frost interviews legendary boxing champion, Muhammad Ali. (1974)
       32 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Comedy
       Tommy Cooper at the BBC
       Classic comedy, just like that
       Lenny Henry celebrates his comic hero – the master magician who was a perfect failure.
       29 minsAvailable for 11 months
       
     * History
       Civilisation
       Full series. Sir Kenneth Clarke's celebrated landmark series
       Exploring the history of Western civilisation through art, ideas, music and philosophy.
       
     * Film - Period
       Pride and Prejudice
       Starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier
       The Oscar-winning 1940s adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel.
       113 minsAvailable for 21 days
       
     * History
       Around the World in 80 Treasures
       Series 1: 1. Peru to Brazil
       Dan Cruickshank looks for man-made treasures in Brazil, Peru and on Easter Island.
       
     * Drama
       Merlin: Series 1-5
       Magic, adventure and the rise of King Arthur
       In a land where magic is banned, can young wizard Merlin face up to his destiny?
       
     * Arts
       The Joy of Painting
       Happy little trees and soothing words with Bob Ross
       30 minutes of bliss as the art sensation illustrates perfect, peaceful painting.
       
     * Sci-Fi
       Doctor Who: Series 1-12
       All of time and space awaits the Doctor
       Rose Tyler's life changes forever when she meets a mysterious stranger called the Doctor.
       
     * Documentary
       Best of British: Barbara Windsor
       An icon in her own words
       From Soho cabaret clubs to queen of the soaps, a tribute to the much-loved actress.
       
     * Arts
       Arena
       Miller Meets Mandela
       Nelson Mandela talks to Arthur Miller in a rare and momentous interview. (1991)
       60 minsAvailable for over a year
       

The Noughties

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     * Entertainment
       The Noughties
       Cultural highlights that kicked off a century
       From Big Brother to Kylie's hotpants, Angela Scanlon revisits the noughties' highlights.
       44 minsAvailable for 9 months
       
     * Comedy
       Not Going Out: Series 1-11
       With happy-go-lucky Lee Mack
       Can Lee win Lucy round to his charms? If he does, it's unlikely to be domestic bliss.
       
     * Comedy Drama
       Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: Series 1-2
       Six boys - and a bridge
       Back with the boys again. The adventures of the likely lads, second time around.
       
     * Drama
       Spooks: Series 1-10
       MI5, not 9 to 5. The explosive, groundbreaking series
       They’re working against the clock to protect the nation – and nobody is safe.
       
     * Comedy
       Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps
       Series 1-9
       Laughs, love triangles and lairiness in uproarious adventures of the gang from Runcorn.
       
     * Comedy
       Nighty Night: Series 1-2
       Get obsessed with Julia Davis’ pitch black comedy
       Jill won’t let cancer stop her having fun – especially as it’s her husband who’s ill.
       
     * Comedy
       Pulling: Series 1-2
       Three definitely-a-bit-wrong friends stumbling towards love
       Single life is obviously better. Right? Twisted comedy from Sharon Horgan.
       
     * Drama
       Bodies: Series 1-2
       When the doctors can’t keep you safe...
       Underfunded, under pressure – the shocking medical drama from the writer of Line of Duty.
       
     * Drama
       Cutting It: Series 1-4
       It's sex and the scissors
       High drama among the highlights, with secret loves, betrayal and feuding families.
       
     * Crime Drama
       Hustle: Series 1-8
       The con is on...
       A gang of grifters foil the filthy rich by hitting them where it hurts – their wallet.
       
     * Comedy
       The Catherine Tate Show: Series 1-3
       Face? Bovvered?
       Lauren, Bernie, Nan and other outrageous characters in the award-winning sketch show.
       
     * Comedy
       Gavin & Stacey: Series 1-3
       The whole story
       The absolute highs and awkward lows of a long-distance love affair. Plus...Smithy.
       

The 1990s

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     * Comedy
       The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Series 1-6
       The 90s classic
       Booted from the streets of West Philadelphia, Will Smith's the new prince in town.
       
     * Comedy
       The Vicar of Dibley: Series 1-3
       Divine comedy
       Dawn French stars as the sinfully funny, non-traditional, chocolate-loving vicar.
       
     * Comedy
       The Real McCoy: Series 1-5
       Razor-sharp comedy
       The groundbreaking sketch show that brought the black British perspective to TV.
       
     * Crime Drama
       Jonathan Creek: Series 1-5
       Impossible mysteries
       Alan Davies stars as the reluctant duffle-coated detective, solving brain-bending cases.
       
     * Comedy
       Absolutely Fabulous: Series 1-5
       Break out the Bolly!
       Eddy and Patsy grow old disgracefully as they rampage through the world of celebrity.
       
     * Crime Drama
       Silent Witness: Series 4-23
       Thrilling mysteries
       The forensics team who will stop at nothing to get answers for the dead.
       
     * Documentary
       Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends: Series 1-3
       Exposing eccentricity
       The one and only Louis shares his encounters with the wilder fringes of society.
       
     * Comedy
       The Royle Family: Series 1-3
       Made in Manchester
       The drama and ridiculousness of family life served with a side of tea, toast and telly.
       
     * Comedy
       Gimme Gimme Gimme: Series 1-3
       The flatshare from hell
       Louche Linda and talentless Tom hate each other. But they hate everyone else more.
       
     * Music
       Glastonbury
       Radiohead
       Radiohead deliver an epic, all-time great Glastonbury set in 1997
       61 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Music
       Top of the Pops: The Story of 1990
       Thursday night fever
       The veteran pop show entered a new decade, and a new era for dance and indie.
       44 minsAvailable for 24 days
       
     * Lifestyle
       Full Circle with Michael Palin
       1. Alaska and Russia
       Michael starts a Pacific voyage in the Diomede Islands and visits Alaska and Russia.
       

The 1980s

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     * Comedy
       Blackadder: Series 1-4
       The whole damn dynasty
       Cunning plans and cutting comedy as Edmund and Baldrick scheme their way through history.
       
     * Music
       New Power Generation: Black Music Legends of the 1980s...
       Janet Jackson: Taking Control
       Film focusing on Janet Jackson's struggle to control both her creative and personal life.
       59 minsAvailable for 3 months
       
     * Comedy
       French and Saunders: Series 1-6
       Sketches, songs and spoofs
       The queens of comedy in all their surreal, silly and pioneering glory.
       
     * The Friday Documentary
       The Mini Is 30
       Documentary from 1989. The world's most famous small car celebrates its 30th birthday.
       30 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Wogan
       25/12/1984
       Wogan talks to Victoria Principal, Freddie Starr, Kiri Te Kanawa and Elton John. (1984)
       50 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Arts
       Arena
       Chelsea Hotel
       Chelsea Hotel in New York, a haven for some of the 20th Century's greatest talent. (1981)
       55 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Documentary
       Arena
       Desert Island Discs
       A celebration of Roy Plomley's radio favourite with some celebrity castaways' help.
       47 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Entertainment
       Behind the Screen
       Carla Lane
       Nell Mullarkey meets the highly successful comedy writer Carla Lane. (1989)
       7 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Sport
       The '85 Black Ball Final: Final Frame
       A full replay of the final, dramatic frame of the 1985 World Snooker Championship.
       76 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Comedy
       Comic Roots
       Series 2: 4. Kenneth Williams
       Kenneth Williams explores his roots in and around St Pancras where he grew up.
       30 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Documentary
       Around the World in 80 Days
       Michael Palin’s epic
       30 years ago, the nation’s favourite travelling companion took on the ultimate adventure.
       
     * Food
       Floyd on France
       1. Provence
       Keith Floyd celebrates the great gastronomic regions of France. (1987)
       38 minsAvailable for over a year
       

Silver Screen Favourites Silver Screen

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     * Film - Comedy
       Bringing Up Baby
       The screwball classic with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn
       A madcap heiress – and her leopard – crash into the life of a mild-mannered doctor.
       98 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Film - Thriller
       Suspicion
       The classic Hitchcock thriller starring Joan Fontaine
       A timid heiress becomes convinced her husband is trying to kill her.
       95 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Film - Comedy
       Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House
       Classic Cary Grant
       A family long for domestic bliss – but their new home is anything but.
       90 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Film - Western
       She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
       John Wayne stars in John Ford’s classic Western
       A US cavalry officer suffers a setback on his last mission – and is forced to act alone.
       99 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Film - Musical
       Carefree
       A screwball comedy with Fred and Ginger
       A lawyer is worried his fiancee keeps postponing their wedding. Will a psychiatrist help?
       83 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Film - Drama
       Citizen Kane
       Orson Welles' movie masterpiece
       One of the most famous, most acclaimed - and most parodied - films ever made.
       119 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Film - Comedy
       My Favourite Wife
       Comedy as a missing shipwreck survivor returns to her spouse
       Screwball fun. The enigmatic woman's husband has remarried, but she too has secrets...
       84 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Film - Thriller
       Second Chance
       Robert Mitchum and Jack Palance in a tense thriller
       A disillusioned boxer and a fugitive find romance in Mexico – shadowed by a killer.
       78 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Film - Musical
       Top Hat
       It’s the tops! Fred and Ginger cheek to cheek
       An American dancer in London falls for a girl – but she thinks he’s already married.
       95 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Film - Romance
       Holiday Affair
       A heartwarming yuletide tale starring Robert Mitchum
       Christmas in New York, and two very different men court a widow with a young son.
       83 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Film - Horror
       King Kong
       Hollywood's most famous monster movie
       The original tale of beauty and the beast – with one of cinema’s most iconic scenes.
       96 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Film - Drama
       The Miracle of the Bells
       Can a young women’s dying wish be fulfilled?
       All she wanted was for the bells to ring. Can her heartbroken lover make it happen?
       115 minsAvailable for over a year
       

Sir David Attenborough

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     * Nature
       Blue Planet II
       Take a deep breath...
       Meet the incredible creatures that live beneath the waves, with Sir David Attenborough.
       
     * Nature
       Seven Worlds, One Planet
       You won’t believe your eyes
       Every corner of this incredible, unimaginable planet, with David Attenborough as a guide.
       
     * Nature
       Frozen Planet
       Discover the ends of the earth
       Inhospitable, remote, yet teeming with life. It's a different world on the same planet.
       
     * Nature
       Life Story
       Series 1: 1. First Steps
       Fur seals and flightless barnacle goose chicks fight to survive the challenges of infancy.
       
     * Nature
       Africa
       It’s like nowhere else
       Vast deserts, verdant plains and vibrant jungles - it's the world's wildest continent.
       59 minsAvailable for 9 months
       
     * Nature
       Planet Earth II
       Say hello to the wonders of the world
       Islands, mountains, cities - discover incredible creatures, wherever they live.
       
     * Nature
       A Perfect Planet
       All episodes available now
       Marvel at the great forces of nature that support, drive and enable life on Earth.
       
     * Nature
       Climate Change - The Facts
       David Attenborough explores the science of, and potential solutions to, climate change.
       58 minsAvailable for 1 month
       
     * Nature
       Life on Earth
       The original wildlife epic, 40 years on
       The story of life, from the first primitive cells to the plants and animals around us.
       
     * Nature
       Life
       The incredible challenges animals face to survive
       David Attenborough looks at epic spectacles and amazing examples of wildlife behaviour.
       
     * Nature
       Planet Earth
       The splendour and surprises of Earth's amazing life
       Join Sir David Attenborough on a breathtaking journey around the planet.
       
     * Science & Nature
       The Blue Planet
       Enter the planet's otherworldly underwater kingdoms
       Giant creatures, alien lifeforms, microscopic colonies - it's all here under the waves.
       

Travel

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     * Documentary
       Around the World in 80 Days
       Michael Palin’s epic
       30 years ago, the nation’s favourite travelling companion took on the ultimate adventure.
       
     * Documentary
       Pole to Pole
       1. Cold Start
       Michael touches down at the North Pole as he starts his journey south.
       
     * Lifestyle
       India with Sanjeev Bhaskar
       Bombay Dreams
       Sanjeev Bhaskar begins his Indian journey in Mumbai, the nation's financial capital.
       58 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Food
       Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey
       Episode 1
       Rick Stein is on an epic culinary journey beginning in Cambodia.
       59 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Documentary
       Around the World in 80 Gardens
       1. Mexico and Cuba
       Monty Don visits the ancient water gardens of Mexico City.
       
     * Lifestyle
       Full Circle with Michael Palin
       1. Alaska and Russia
       Michael starts a Pacific voyage in the Diomede Islands and visits Alaska and Russia.
       
     * Lifestyle
       Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
       Episode 1
       Michael Palin follows Ernest Hemingway's footsteps across Europe, Africa and America.
       
     * Lifestyle
       Great Railway Journeys
       Series 2: 1. Clive Anderson: Hong Kong to Ulaan Baatar
       Clive Anderson meets nomadic tribes, visits a Buddhist cave, and devours chicken feet.
       
     * History
       Around the World in 80 Treasures
       Series 1: 1. Peru to Brazil
       Dan Cruickshank looks for man-made treasures in Brazil, Peru and on Easter Island.
       
     * Documentary
       Tropic of Capricorn
       Incredible stories
       Simon uncovers beautiful places and extraordinary people in the southern hemisphere.
       
     * Documentary
       Tropic of Cancer with Simon Reeve
       Life on the map line
       The environmental and human stories from some of the world’s most remote places.
       

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