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Featured

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     * Documentary Film
       Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things
       Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life.
       89 minsAvailable for 2 months
       
     * Documentary
       Age of the Image
       Series 1: 1. A New Reality
       James Fox explores how the power of images has transformed the modern world.
       
     * Documentary
       The Story of Welsh Art
       From prehistoric to present
       Huw Stephens reveals Wales' remarkable art and the people and places that inspired it.
       
     * Documentary
       Craftivism: Making a Difference
       Getting crafty, changing minds
       The crafters using their skills to make the world a better place, one stitch at a time.
       59 minsAvailable for 11 months
       
     * Arts
       The Late Show
       Face to Face: Maya Angelou
       Jeremy Isaacs talks to the American writer Maya Angelou about her life. (1994)
       38 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * 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.
       
     * Arts
       Between the Covers
       Celebrate the joy of reading
       Sara Cox entertains a host of celebrity guests where books spark the banter.
       29 minsAvailable for 7 months
       
     * Music
       Royal Opera All-Star Gala
       Favourite arias and choruses
       Covent Garden welcomes a stellar cast of singers performing a host of favourite works.
       89 minsAvailable for 9 months
       
     * History
       Civilisations
       The epic story of the art that makes us human
       Simon Schama looks at the pivotal role art has played in the forging of humanity itself.
       
     * Documentary
       Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema
       1/3 British comedy conventions
       Mark Kermode shows how making fools of ourselves can make for seriously good cinema.
       
     * Arts
       Royal Ballet All-Star Gala
       A feast of ballet favourites
       A stunning collection of performances by stars such as Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson.
       89 minsAvailable for 9 months
       
     * Arts
       The Billion Dollar Art Hunt
       Has the heist been solved?
       Delving into a very different art world, one where good art is in the hands of bad men.
       59 minsAvailable for 7 months
       

Culture in Quarantine: Great Performances Performance Live

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     * Arts
       Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes
       Dazzle your senses
       A tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer.
       96 minsAvailable for 9 months
       
     * Drama
       Culture in Quarantine: Shakespeare
       Romeo and Juliet
       Erica Whyman directs the RSC production of Shakespeare’s most famous story.
       147 minsAvailable for 1 month
       
     * Drama
       Dracula by Northern Ballet
       The legendary vampire lives on in this ballet adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic romance.
       104 minsAvailable for 2 months
       
     * Drama
       Unprecedented
       The radical way our world has changed
       Lennie James, Alison Steadman, James Norton and many more star in tales of lockdown.
       
     * Drama
       Uncle Vanya
       Anton Chekhov's classic play, direct from the West End
       A tale of family, regret, and unrequited love. Starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage.
       147 minsAvailable for 9 months
       
     * Arts
       Royal Ballet All-Star Gala
       A feast of ballet favourites
       A stunning collection of performances by stars such as Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson.
       89 minsAvailable for 9 months
       
     * Arts
       Artificial Things
       Sophie Fiennes' award-winning dance film
       Disabled and non-disabled dancers explore human interdependence and vulnerability.
       25 minsAvailable for 8 months
       
     * Documentary
       Opera Mums with Bryony Kimmings
       Performance artist Bryony Kimmings writes and directs an operetta inspired by single mums.
       59 minsAvailable for 5 months
       
     * Drama
       Performance Live
       The Way Out
       Expect the unexpected - a surreal theatrical adventure through an old town hall at night.
       42 minsAvailable for 1 month
       
     * Drama
       A Midsummer Night's Dream
       Classic Shakespeare play adapted for television by Russell T Davies.
       90 minsAvailable for 1 month
       
     * Arts
       Revisor by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young
       A performance capture of Revisor from dance-theatre makers Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young
       90 minsAvailable for 2 months
       
     * Arts
       Culture in Quarantine
       Filmed in Lockdown: Swan Lake Bath Ballet
       Elite dancers from across the globe create a modern-day Swan Lake from their own bathtubs.
       3 minsAvailable for 3 months
       

Books on Screen

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     * Period Drama
       The Luminaries
       A love story swirling with mystery, murder and magic
       At the far end of the world, two young lovers fight for a fortune, and for freedom.
       
     * Period Drama
       A Suitable Boy
       Love will push you beyond your boundaries
       In 1950s India, passionate Lata is torn between family and the promise of romance.
       
     * Crime Drama
       Strike: Series 1-4
       Compelling drama by JK Rowling
       He's wounded physically and emotionally, but Strike can crack the most complex of cases.
       
     * Drama
       Us
       All episodes available now
       Three weeks, six countries - one divorce?
       
     * Crime Drama
       McMafia
       Welcome to the family business
       There's no escape in this gritty tale of revenge and survival starring James Norton.
       
     * Drama
       Normal People
       Get ready to fall in love
       Popular Connell and aloof Marianne begin an electric affair that changes their lives.
       
     * Drama
       Killing Eve: Series 1-3
       A deadly, obsessive game of cat and mouse
       Eve wants excitement. Villanelle wants to kill. Starring Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh.
       
     * Drama
       Looking for Alaska
       Find your friends. Find yourself
       Miles’ life is one big blah, until he meets sexy, screwed-up, fascinating Alaska Young.
       
     * Period Drama
       Oliver Twist
       Dickens' heartbreaking and uplifting tale
       Tom Hardy and Sophie Okonedo in the story of a poor orphan in seedy, murky London.
       
     * Crime Drama
       Wallander: Series 1-4
       Haunted by his past – and fearful for his future
       Kenneth Branagh stars as the detective facing his most intractable adversary - himself.
       
     * Drama
       Noughts + Crosses
       A black ruling class, a white uprising. Welcome to Albion
       Sephy and Callum are in love - and on the wrong side of a race war.
       
     * Drama
       A Very English Scandal
       Power, love, lies, and an incredible true story
       Hugh Grant is Jeremy Thorpe, one of British politics’ rising stars... with a dark secret.
       

Stories To Get Stuck Into Shakespeare Plays

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     * Arts
       The Billion Dollar Art Hunt
       Has the heist been solved?
       Delving into a very different art world, one where good art is in the hands of bad men.
       59 minsAvailable for 7 months
       
     * Documentary
       Arena
       The Changin’ Times of Ike White
       The story of Ike White, who recorded a legendary soul album while in jail for murder.
       78 minsAvailable for 2 months
       
     * Documentary
       Black Hollywood: 'They've Gotta Have Us'
       1/3 Legends and Pioneers
       When art met activitism – a host of stars on the quest for inclusion on and off screen.
       
     * History
       African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power
       Series 1: 1. Ethiopia
       Afua Hirsch traces Ethiopia's 3,000-year history through its art and culture.
       
     * History
       Civilisations
       The epic story of the art that makes us human
       Simon Schama looks at the pivotal role art has played in the forging of humanity itself.
       
     * Documentary
       imagine...
       Lenny Henry: Young, Gifted and Black
       His journey from working-class Dudley to one of our most celebrated black performers.
       74 minsAvailable for 9 months
       
     * Documentary
       Keith Haring: Street Art Boy
       Pioneer, trailblazer, hero
       The ultimate story of 80s art icon Keith Haring, who left a big legacy in his brief life.
       89 minsAvailable for 3 months
       
     * History
       Whoever Heard of a Black Artist? Britain's Hidden Art History
       59 minsAvailable for 3 months
       
     * History
       Art of Persia
       1/3 A remarkable trip around Iran’s rich, colourful past
       Samira Ahmed unveils the stunning history of a Persian empire, its people and culture.
       

imagine...

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     * Documentary
       imagine...
       We'll Be Back?
       Creative ways the arts are adapting, from drive-in operas to live streaming theatre.
       60 minsAvailable for 11 months
       
     * Documentary
       imagine...
       2020: My Name Is Kwame
       Alan Yentob meets the playwright, actor and theatre director Kwame Kwei-Armah.
       62 minsAvailable for 4 months
       
     * Documentary
       imagine...
       2020: Lemn Sissay: The Memory of Me
       Writer Lemn Sissay recalls being the only black child in a northern town in the 1970s.
       67 minsAvailable for 4 months
       
     * Documentary
       imagine...
       Lenny Henry: Young, Gifted and Black
       His journey from working-class Dudley to one of our most celebrated black performers.
       74 minsAvailable for 9 months
       
     * Documentary
       imagine...
       Winter 2017/18: 6. Andrew Lloyd Webber: Memories
       Alan Yentob talks to Andrew Lloyd Webber about his autobiography.
       89 minsExpires tomorrow 10:30pm
       
     * Arts
       imagine...
       Winter 2009: 1. The Year of Anish Kapoor
       Alan Yentob meets Anish Kapoor, one of Britain's most accomplished and popular sculptors.
       50 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Arts
       imagine...
       Spring 2006: 4. A Picture of the Painter Howard Hodgkin
       A profile of Howard Hodgkin, one of Britain's most successful living painters.
       53 minsAvailable for over a year
       

Painters and their Masterpieces Painters

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     * Arts
       Maggi Hambling: Making Love with the Paint
       Fearless, formidable and funny
       To mark her 75th birthday, the artist tells her story as she works on a mystery canvas.
       58 minsAvailable for 7 months
       
     * Documentary
       Keith Haring: Street Art Boy
       Pioneer, trailblazer, hero
       The ultimate story of 80s art icon Keith Haring, who left a big legacy in his brief life.
       89 minsAvailable for 3 months
       
     * Arts
       Rita Duffy: Portrait of an Artist
       Visual artist Rita Duffy tells how she has reflected NI society and politics in her work.
       29 minsAvailable for 10 months
       
     * Arts
       Emin/Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed
       The Loneliness of the Soul
       A landmark exhibit of Tracey Emin's work alongside paintings by her hero Edvard Munch.
       39 minsAvailable for 9 months
       
     * Arts
       Titian – Behind Closed Doors
       A look at Titian's greatest masterpieces, currently in quarantine at the National Gallery.
       57 minsAvailable for 26 days
       
     * Documentary
       Britain's Lost Masterpieces
       At Brighton Museum
       Bendor Grosvenor and Emma Dabiri investigate two neglected religious paintings.
       
     * History
       Rossetti - Sex, Drugs and Oil Paint
       Andrew Graham-Dixon considers the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (2003)
       29 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Documentary
       Bob Ross: The Happy Painter
       How American painter Bob Ross became a pop culture icon.
       61 minsAvailable for 4 months
       
     * Documentary
       Francis Bacon: Fragments Of A Portrait
       A film study of Francis Bacon's paintings, which have been called sick and corrupt. (1966)
       44 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Arts
       Monitor
       Pop Goes the Easel
       Ken Russell's film on the Young British Artists of the Pop Art movement. (1962)
       42 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Documentary
       Beardsley and his Work
       Aubrey Beardsley's drawings still retain their power to amuse and to shock. (1982)
       50 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * History
       Civilisations
       Series 1: 3. Picturing Paradise
       Simon Schama explores one of our deepest artistic urges - the depiction of nature.
       59 minsAvailable for over a year
       

Books and Beyond

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     * CBBC
       Harry Potter: A History of Magic
       JK Rowling reveals the real-life counterparts to her fantastical world.
       59 minsAvailable for 26 days
       
     * Documentary
       Hilary Mantel: Return to Wolf Hall
       Delving into the past and present of Hilary Mantel.
       59 minsAvailable for 15 days
       
     * Arts
       John Le Carre
       In a 1966 interview, the acclaimed spy author proved cagey
       Revealing his influences, the novelist kept quiet about his own MI5 and MI6 career.
       30 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Arts
       Between the Covers
       Celebrate the joy of reading
       Sara Cox entertains a host of celebrity guests where books spark the banter.
       29 minsAvailable for 7 months
       
     * Documentary
       Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors
       Lucy Worsley traces the houses Jane Austen lived in to show how they influenced her work.
       59 minsAvailable for 21 days
       
     * Documentary
       The Secret Life of Books
       Series 1: 4. Great Expectations
       Tony Jordan brings his writer's insight to Charles Dickens's Great Expectations.
       29 minsAvailable for 26 days
       
     * Documentary
       The Bronte Business
       Joan Bakewell visits Haworth in Yorkshire, home of the Brontes. (1977)
       25 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Documentary
       The Romantics and Us with Simon Schama
       Series 1: 1. Passions of the People...
       Simon Schama explores the artists who created the secular icons of our democratic world.
       
     * Arts
       Read All About It!
       Emma Vardy introduces a light-hearted celebration of books and reading.
       28 minsAvailable for 7 months
       
     * Arts
       The Late Show
       Face to Face: Maya Angelou
       Jeremy Isaacs talks to the American writer Maya Angelou about her life. (1994)
       38 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Arts
       Omnibus
       Patricia Cornwell: Stalking the Ripper
       Author Patricia Cornwell is convinced she knows Jack the Ripper's true identity. (2002)
       58 minsAvailable for over a year
       
     * Arts
       Mills and Boon: Writing for Love in Northern Ireland...
       Pull back the covers
       Revealing some of the bestselling Northern Irish authors sweeping readers off their feet.
       30 minsAvailable for 10 months
       

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