Series 1, Episode 1
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Following the Transport for London staff and police officers who keep London's road system from freezing up entirely under the immense pressure of millions of commuters.
NEXT ON: 12:00pm, Fri 22 Sep
Six special programmes, all presented by writer and historian Robin Bextor with experts guiding us through every tale, every twist and turn in The Story of London.
An intriguing look at one of England's most enduring historic places. Home to the royal mint, royal menagerie and the Beefeaters. Documentary exploring the Tower's 900 plus history. (4/4)
NEXT ON: 9:00pm, Tue 26 Sep
Presented by Bernard O'Mahoney, best-selling author and former member of the Essex Boys, Britain's most infamous and influential gangsters are interviewed for the first time. (S1, ep 4)
UK Premiere. A groundbreaking film that takes us on an exhilarating behind-the-scenes ride into the world of high fashion with one of one of the most influential menswear designers of his generation.
Behind the bright lights and bustling streets, Britain's cities are also home to some of the country's biggest criminals. Documentary lifting the lid on the Britain's crime lords.
With his undiminished ability to delight and enchant audiences, Sir Norman displays the full range of his talents in this great live stage performance.
Road to Martyrdom traces the transformation of one young Englishman from seemingly average guy with a positive reputation to his role as one of the first Western suicide bombers.
Discover Prince William & Kate Middleton's unique story as we take you back through the couples early years, all the way up to the engagement.
New: Discover the truth about two of the most glamorous but brutal London gangsters of the 1950s and 60s, told by the people who knew them.
Documentary chronicling the extraordinary life and tragic death of Mary Millington - Britain's most famous pornographic actress of the 1970s.
An exploration of how many gay and lesbian Muslims attempt to integrate their religion with their sexuality.
John George Haigh was commonly known as the 'Acid Bath Murderer' during the 1940s. He was convicted of the murders of six people, although he claimed to have killed nine.
As London gears up for another instalment of Notting Hill Carnival, the BFI have shared captivating archive footage of the event from 1980.
Follow the lives of women who have become members of a website that pairs them with men who will help pay for their breast augmentations through online, micro donations.
Rachel Mullins is on a journey to discover what is being done to make cycling safer on London's roads. Join her as she meets with politicians & road safety campaigners.
If there is one day on which a boy turns into a man, it is the day he becomes a dad himself. Award-winning filmmaker Kira Phillips follows three men in the weeks before and after this day.
A documentary about one of Britain's most dangerous crime families and their magnetic, larger-than-life leader, Dominic Noonan (aka Lattlay Fottfoy).
Documentary on London Live.
A look back at one of the most horrific wars in Modern History.
Interviews of the real men involved in extraordinary military conflict situations
UK Premiere: With exclusive behind the scenes access to the world of MMA, this doc follows fighters Alex Reid & Tony Giles. A unique take on masculinity, male violence & pride.
London Live follows students on the Amy's Yard programme.
The resilient RAF fought and won a battle which changed the course of history. The greatest air battle of all time - The Battle of Britain.
Satirised for centuries as a 'human zoo' & for 100 years, one of London's leading tourist attractions, Bedlam mental institution came to stand for the very idea of madness itself.
The appearance of German bombers in the skies over London during the afternoon of September 7, 1940 heralded a tactical shift in Hitler's attempt to subdue Great Britain and destroy London.
A candid portrait of the pressures and joys of bringing up a disabled child, this series reveals the bittersweet challenges faced by families as they raise their children.
A documentary to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's newborn son. Sophie Raworth charts how a royal birth is an historic event and a glimpse into the future.
After most of Europe capitulates, England faces a German invasion. Documentary about World War II.
Hannah Scott-Joynt explores Westminster Abbey's unique relationship with the monarchy as a 'royal peculiar' owing allegiance to no institution other than the monarchy.
Five young Londoners cycle from London to Brighton. Each from different backgrounds, the film looks at the transformative potential of the bicycle in bringing people together.
A compelling review of Charles and Diana's first decade, from the initial media onslaught during their engagement to their wedding, the birth of their two children and later strains in their marriage.
CATS rushes to deliver a baby with a blocked intestine to theatre for an urgent operation.
Peter Cook & Dudley Moore created a new style of comedy which has proved the inspiration for subsequent generations of performers. This documentary celebrates a unique comic partnership.
Documentary. Five of the worlds' best street sport talents come together including urban trial-rider Danny MacAskill, Kilian Martin, Blue, and BMX flatlander Keelan Phillips.
A rare glimpse into the parts of the Tube network that passengers don't see, revealing the dilemmas and pressures the staff must reconcile to keep this complex and strained system running.
Eighteen year old Laura Williams recently became the youngest British woman ever to give birth to conjoined twins.This documentary follows the heartbreaking story as it unfolds.
This episode features Danny Dyer in an up close and personal interview on his life, career and journey on how he made it from Nothing to Something.
The actor interviews former independent drug smuggler David McMillan, the only Westerner on record to have successfully escaped Bangkok's Klong Prem Central prison.
NEXT ON: 9:00pm, Thu 21 Sep
David Starkey's exploration of how the monarchy shaped Britain's music reaches the 18th century, when Great Britain became a dominant military and economic power. (3/4)
A new batch of recruits are starting their six-week course at one of London's largest double decker driving schools. Single mum Claire has a close encounter on her first day out on the road. (1/6)
NEXT ON: 7:30pm, Mon 25 Sep
Following the life and death stories of critically ill babies undergoing radical surgery in the womb.
Narrated by Jeremy Irons, this award winning film documents the heart-rending human rights tragedy in 1992 when hundreds of Azerbaijanis were massacred in the city of Khojaly.
Follow ex-professional footballer John Fashanu as he goes back to the grassroots of Football to manage an ameteur Sunday Leauge team.
UK Premiere. The bestselling adult novel of all time by E.L. James is now a global book, film and fan phenomenon. This new documentary explores the twilight zone of submissive romance.
Presented by Bernard O'Mahoney, best-selling true crime author & former member of the Essex Boys Firm, Britain's most infamous & influential faces are interviewed for the first time.
Choirmaster Gareth Malone is given the task of finding fifty teenagers to sing on the main stage of one of the world's most prestigious opera houses, Glyndebourne.
... School for Boys: Gareth Malone joins the staff at Pear Tree Mead Primary School in Essex. His mission is to re-engage boys who don't like school and lag behind their female peers. (3/3)
A hard-hitting documentary about one of Britain's social revolutions.
... In Their Own Words. The inner secrets of the plotters are dramatised using the actual words of their most senior captured leader Thomas Wintour, Guy Fawkes and state interrogators.
NEXT ON: 9:00pm, Sat 30 Sep
Eyewitness accounts and dramatic reconstructions tell the spine-chilling stories that have helped earn London its reputation as the world's most haunted capital.
Adam Hart-Davis takes us on a guided tour of London's most important structures. Revealing the history & the extraordinary engineering behind some of the city's greatest landmarks.
This entertaining film seeks out the wild, amorous people who think nothing of doing what some only dream of: having sexual encounters with complete strangers...
Ian Fleming: Bondmaker tells the extraordinary true life story of Ian Fleming; the creator of James Bond, one of the great icons of 20th century culture. Starring Ben Daniels.
The story of Kate Middleton's sister, who at the Royal Wedding entered Westminster Abbey as a bridesmaid and emerged a global phenomenon.
State-of-the-art scientific testing and stunning cinematography reveal the inside story of how the Paralympic elite achieve sporting excellence.
MI5, an organisation so secret that for decades, it didn't officially exist. Television fiction has glamorised the work of the organisation for years, but this documentary reveals the real story.
The extraordinary tale of deceitful compulsive liar John Christie, who murdered six women and stored them in his home in Rillington Place between 1943-53.
Jubilee is a 1978 cult film directed by Derek Jarman. It stars Jenny Runacre, Ian Charleson and a host of punk rockers, including Adam Ant and Toyah.
Newham now has the lowest white British population of anywhere in the UK. This thoughtful, reflective film uncovers what it really feels like for this community to have society change around them.
Presented by Hollywood actor, the late Donald Pleasance, this film pays tribute to all those young men and women of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
The doors of London's Liberty store are re-opened for more behind-the-scenes action. Catch up with the buyers, retail team and designers all hoping to sell their wares in the iconic store. (S2, ep 1)
Set in & around a restaurant & flats in a converted Thames-side mill house, the intertwining stories of the building's inhabitants captures the flow of life in the capital.
London's Hollywood delves into the everyday workings of the Shepperton and Pinewood Studios, the powerhouse at the heart of the European film industry.
Natalie Pinkham takes an emotional journey to the Romanian orphanage where she worked one summer, in search of a three-year-old orphan called Mirela who stole her heart. Part 1 of 2.
Rupert Everett meets men who pay for sex, from self-confessed sex addicts to a happily married man. He also speaks to Russell Brand about his experiences.
Highly-charged documentary following London's elite trauma team, Medic One. The team are deployed by helicopter and high-performance cars to major accidents across the capital.
In terms of academic achievement, British Chinese children are the most successful ethnic group in this country, and behind each success story you will usually find a formidable Tiger Mother.
On London's iconic river, boats are handled by a closed community of Watermen and Lightermen - men whose families have worked the Thames for centuries and whose traditions are under threat.
The story about the widow of Oswald Laurence (the voice of the “Mind the Gap” announcements who used to visit the tube just to hear his voice after he died.
NEXT ON: 4:45am, Fri 22 Sep
For 26 years, the public believed that two children found dead in Epping Forest in 1970 had died of exposure. Then in 1996, child murderer, Ronald Jebson shared some information...
The extraordinary tale of serial killer Patrick Mackay, who savagely murdered more than three people in cold blood.
Sue Bourne had lived in her street for fifteen years yet she knew practically none of her neighbours. She began knocking on doors and meeting her neighbours, this is the story of what she found.
It is harder than ever for the NHS to decide how to allocate funds. Should the NHS spend more on cancer drugs than for other conditions? And should cannabis spray be available on the NHS?
Niall Horan first rose to fame in 2010 when he auditioned as a solo artist on X Factor. Here is his inside story.
Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne & Louis Tomlinson, five names synonymous with global superstardom, this is the amazing story of One Direction.
This first episode focuses on Victoria's tempestuous relationship with Prince Albert, and their attempts to engineer the upbringing of their children and project a modern image of the royals. (1/3)
NEXT ON: 9:00pm, Tue 03 Oct
Bubonic plague is still around today, but kills in small numbers. Why did it kill so many people in 1348? The discovery of 25 medieval skeletons in London provides new answers.
NEXT ON: 9:00pm, Sat 23 Sep
Documentary starring national treasure David Attenborough.
From birthing plans, name choice, godparents and christening, a candid look at the expectations of the Royal heir and predictions on how they are going to grow up in the eyes of the media.
Corporate interests rather than patient care is driving change in the NHS. Filmmaker Peter Bach explores this often unexplored reality with doctors, consultants & whistleblowers.
Ethan Hawke prepares for the role of Macbeth by uncovering the true story behind the play, and discovering the insights into the criminal mind that Shakespeare's play revealed. (2/6)
NEXT ON: 8:00pm, Sat 23 Sep
When Elizabeth I died without an heir, the English throne passed to James I, a foreigner with Catholic sympathies. Shakespeare responded with plays about regime change and political tensions. (1/3)
'Snow Leopards of Leafy London' is an observational documentary series that captures intimate never-seen-before footage of snow leopards. Presented by wildlife filmmaker Adrian Cale.
London is becoming the top summer destination for super-rich Arab tourists and their supercars, but many Knightsbridge and Chelsea residents are now complaining of sleepless nights...
One of the last people in the UK to be executed for murder. James Hanratty was hanged at Bedford Gaol on 4 April 1962, after being convicted of the A6 murder.
Investigating the consequences of rapid house price rises, for buyers and sellers, and asking how the property boom will change the face of our towns and cities
London Symphony Orchestra choirmaster Gareth Malone attempts to start a school choir from scratch and, in only nine months, make them capable of competing at the World Choir Games in China. (4/4)
Gareth Malone goes to an all-boys school with a mission to found a school choir that will perform at the Royal Albert Hall and finally dispel the myth that "boys don't sing". (4/5)
While the men are away, Gareth Malone believes singing will help the women through a difficult time of separation; but the emotional torment proves difficult for the inspirational choirmaster. (3/4)
Can singing lift the spirits of an entire community? Gareth arrives in South Oxhey, a sprawling estate outside Watford, and makes it his mission to turn it into an area of choral excellence. (1/4)
NEXT ON: 9:00am, Mon 02 Oct
Nicola Collins explores the fascinating complexity of the lives of her father and his friends: infamous criminals that shaped their war-torn environment into a violent underworld.
Ghost Squad is an unofficial top secret Internal Affairs unit that recruits former police officers & sends them undercover to investigate and root out corruption within the police.
Documentary examining the Great Plague of 1665, one of the darkest moments in Britain's history, when over one-fifth of London's population of 500,000 perished in a matter of months.
NEXT ON: 9:00pm, Mon 25 Sep
Documentary about the Guinea Pig Club, established in 1941, a social club and mutual support network for British and allied aircrew injured during World War II.
London, 1605. Just two years into the reign of King James I a group of young disaffected Catholics become so desperate that they feel their only route to change is to rid themselves of parliament.
This documentary tells the story of the Krays through a series of shocking interviews with key gangsters from the time.
Archibald Hall, known as the Monster Butler, had a lust for a luxurious lifestyle which turned him from a conman into a callous murderer.
Observational series witnessing the funny, surprising and sometimes moving events and interactions between passengers after dark on a night bus.
Charting the remarkable rise and ultimate demise of the notorious Kray twins, this documentary is a fascination insight into London's gangland mobsters of the 50s and 60s.
The Olympic Side of London is a critical portrait of East London in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games.
... Gangster. A gripping look into the relationship between Princess Margaret's and notorious London criminal, John Bindon.
NEXT ON: 9:00pm, Sat 07 Oct
Philippa Gregory reveals the true stories of three remarkable women who lived through the treason and bloodshed of the dynastic conflict we call the Wars of the Roses.
A look back at the origins of the ground breaking BBC comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Take a look at the charity work of the four princes Philip, Charles, William and Harry. Through their charities, they are transforming the British Royal Family into a modern global brand.
From corgis to monkeys and horses to pigeons, this episode looks at the extraordinary relationship between British Royals and their animals.
Review the incredible history of Royal Weddings and explore what each historic union meant to the nation as well as, of course, the happy couple.
The Search for Sherlock Holmes follows Hayman on a fascinating and personal journey to reveal the heart of one of the world's most significant and loved literary figures.
Camberwell Grove is an elegant oddity - a broad, leafy street of fine Georgian houses set in the seething inner city. The street has come full circle back to its Victorian era prosperity. (2/6)
NEXT ON: 12:00pm, Mon 25 Sep
... And Duchess of Windsor. The intimate love story of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson as never seen before, a love story which has always been considered one of history's most romantic.
Presented by Dr Clare Jackson of Cambridge University, this new three-part series argues that the Stuarts, more than any other, were Britain's defining royal family.
NEXT ON: 7:00pm, Sat 23 Sep
The UK has more billionaires per head than any other country on earth yet is also the most unequal nation in Europe. We're told the super-rich will make us richer too - why hasn't that happened?
An English serial killer who used poison to kill his victims. He was sent to Broadmoor Hospital in 1962 after poisoning several members of his family.
A behind the wall look at the Tower of London, its most famous prisoners, its use as a treasure house, the Tower at war & parts of the Tower no longer standing.
Everyone knows the call of 'Oh Matron' from the Carry On films, but the amazing career of Kenneth Williams is so much more than a catchphrase. Stars relive the genius that was Kenneth Williams.
Perhaps best known for his role of Rigsby in Rising Damp, Leonard Rossiter is a true comic acting hero. Appearing in film and TV roles he made cynicism and lechery a comedy art form.
Ronnie Barker, the comedian who took on so many charaters is presented in all its glory, with commentary from experts including Ronnie Corbett.
His many performances on film and TV have made Sid James an instantly recognisable feature of British comedy.
NEXT ON: 9:00pm, Fri 22 Sep
Fifteen year old killer Harold Jones brutally murdered two young girls in 1921 giving the reasons for the murders as a 'desire to kill'.
The courageous Royal Air Force against overwhelming odds halt Hitler's Operation Sealion followed by the nightly Blitz on Britain's ports and cities.
Narrated by Dominic West, with a soundtrack by Thom Yorke and Robert del Naja, a documentary examining Britain's status as a tax haven for large corporations and the wealthy.
... Bridesmaid: 30 years ago, India Hicks was a bridesmaid in the wedding of the century when her cousin, Prince Charles, married Lady Diana. India revisits that day with the people that were there.
Why do dogs play such an important part in our lives? Wonderland approaches dog walkers on London's Hampstead Heath to uncover the surprising stories between human and canine.
First-generation immigrants are taught English by an ordinary British family, for one week, and in the family's own home.
London Real: In a candid interview with Brian Rose, Will Young discusses his route to stardom and his journey through therapy to battle past mental health issues. (Part 2 of 2).
... A New Royal Family: With contributions from royal experts a look at the Cambridges' life together and asks what lies ahead for them in what will be tumultuous and rewarding lives.
Following a group of student vets who have been studying for four years at the Royal Veterinary College and are finally putting their textbooks to one side and getting hands-on with real animals.
NEXT ON: 8:00pm, Thu 21 Sep