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Channel 4, in common with the other main British stations broadcast on analogue, airs a highly comprehensive range of programming. It was established in 1982 with a specific intention of providing programming to groups of minority interests, not catered for by its competitors, which at the time amounted to only the BBC and ITV.


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S255E01 To Kill and Kill Again 00/00/0000 An earlier Channel 4 documentary about Jeffrey Dahmer.
S255E02 20 Kids and Counting 11/01/2018 Britain's biggest family are back and it's their biggest year yet. The Radfords are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary and Sue is pregnant with baby number 20. However, since having a stillborn baby boy three years ago, Sue's health is increasingly at risk through pregnancy and birth. Now 42 years old and having given birth to 19 children, doctors want to keep her under close supervision and consider this birth high-risk. Parents Sue and Noel realise they have a big decision to make about the future of their family. With another Radford child on the way and the house bursting at the seams, the older kids increasingly need space and privacy from the relentless noise and chaos. In a bid to bring the whole family together for quality time and bonding, Sue and Noel plan a surprise trip to Florida.
S255E03 Obama: The President Who Inspired the World 20/01/2018 Matt Frei examines the life and career of Barack Obama, the first African-American President of the United States, a year after his presidency ended. Since Obama first emerged on the political scene as a junior State Senator, Frei has tracked his career and followed his extraordinary rise to the top.
S255E04 Can You Rebuild My Brain? 30/01/2018 When Lotje Sodderland was 34, her brain was permanently damaged by a stroke that almost killed her. It fundamentally changed her and how she saw the world but it also left her fascinated with the science that saved her life. In this documentary, Lotje meets neuroscience pioneers: scientists who are using the latest knowledge to repair 'broken' brains and developing ground-breaking treatments for everything from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's to autism. But as the brain is a complex organ and neuroscience is still in its infancy, Lotje examines the risks as well as the rewards associated with fixing something that we don't yet fully understand.
S255E05 X-Rated: The TV They Tried to Ban 05/03/2005 Documentary charting the most controversial TV moments of the last 40 years. Introduced by Tim Roth.
S255E06 The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done? 05/02/2018 For the first time since the murder of James Bulger in 1993, this documentary speaks to key individuals involved in the trial, to ask whether justice was truly served.
S255E07 My Millionaire Migrant Boss 07/02/2018 In this programme, Liverpool-based Palestinian and multi-millionaire Marwan Koukash offers four unemployed people a unique opportunity - a two week work trial, overseen and mentored by him. Can the British workers prove they have the right ethic and attitude to be offered a job at the end of the placement?
S255E08 The World's Most Luxurious Airline 12/02/2018 A look behind the scenes as Singapore Airlines bid to create a whole new level of opulence for first class travellers
S255E09 Lost Cities of the Maya Revealed 11/02/2018 This documentary has exclusive access to the startling results of a massive research project that is revealing an ancient hidden civilisation in the jungles of Central America and transforming what we thought we knew about the Maya. The Guatemalan jungle is one of the last great frontiers of archaeology. It's a tough and remote place to work in, and the sheer challenge of excavation has kept many remains of the ancient Maya civilisation who lived there hidden from view. Their spectacular ancient cities are pin-pricks in the dense jungles of Guatemala and Mexico. But now archaeologists have an extraordinary 'treasure map' of the Maya world. A cutting-edge aerial survey has made over 60,000 new discoveries that are astounding archaeologists. According to archaeologist Tom Garrison, this is the greatest advance in our understanding of the Maya in over 100 years, and it's being used alongside the latest in-ground archaeology, while complex Mayan inscriptions are also being deciphered.
S255E10 The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man 18/02/2018 Documentary following scientists at the Natural History Museum and University College London studying Britain's oldest human remains. The complete skeleton was unearthed in Gough's Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, more than 100 years previously, and has been dated as 10,000 years old. While DNA analysis and advanced genetic testing is carried out on the remains, two of the world's most acclaimed palaeontological model makers are attempting to recreate the human face of this ancient Briton for the first time
S255E11 Working with Weinstein 20/02/2018 Under criminal investigation in Britain and the US, expelled from Bafta and the Academy of Motion Pictures, Harvey Weinstein's fall from grace has been swift since allegations of sexual abuse and harassment emerged against him last October. This programme hears testimony from those who worked with him across over 30 years of British film, and investigates how he kept his accusers quiet for decades.
S255E12 Hannibal's Elephant Army The New Evidence 25/02/2018 Scientists search for traces of the Carthaginian general's journey across the Alps with an army that included 40,000 men, 9000 cavalry and 37 elephants, a challenge that involved traversing mountains, raging rivers and the territory of hostile tribes. New evidence found in the rocky soil of the mountain range offers clues to the specific details of the trek. Palaeobiologist Dr Tori Herridge reveals why elephants are surprisingly good at mountain climbing, while historian Dr Eve MacDonald examines the motivations that drove Hannibal to make his seemingly impossible journey
S255E13 The FGM Detectives 27/02/2018 Filmed over two years, this documentary examines female genital mutilation, which is estimated to affect 137,000 women and girls in England and Wales. Reporter Cathy Newman investigates.
S255E14 Churchill's Secret Affair 04/03/2018 An explosive documentary revealing new evidence of Winston Churchill's secret affair and how it came to haunt him.
S255E15 Britain's Polar Bear Cub 18/03/2018 Behind the scenes at the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie in Inverness-shire, following efforts to breed the nation's first polar bear cub for 25 years as keepers mate Arktos with Victoria. Cameras reveal the highs and lows of the staff's attempts to breed one of the world's most recognisable and endangered animals
S255E16 Queen Victoria's Last Love - Abdul Karim 25/04/2012 In 1897, Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee - the first British monarch to do so. But beyond the grand celebrations on London's streets, a war was raging between Victoria and her court over her relationship with her Indian servant Abdul Karim. Victoria's friendship with her Scottish servant John Brown is a familiar story. Her relationship with Karim is less well known but produced even greater shockwaves in the palace. Originally one of two Indians selected to join the Queen's household, Karim rose from being a humble waiter to become Victoria's most intimate confidant. He introduced her to the delights of Indian cuisine, fed her romantic visions of India, and became her 'Munshi' or teacher, giving Victoria daily lessons in Hindustani. Their relationship violated Victorian taboos of race and class as well as stoking bitter jealousy in the royal household; Karim was showered with honours and promoted over the courtiers whose families had served the royal family for generations. The presence of a Muslim at the heart of the British court even threatened to destabilise the politics of Empire itself. A crisis point was reached in the summer of 1897 in a dramatic confrontation between the Queen and her family, which threatened to plunge diamond jubilee celebrations into chaos. The film features interviews with relatives of both Victoria's household and Abdul Karim, as well as extracts from Victoria's diaries and journals.
S255E17 Stephen Fry's 100 Greatest Gadgets 29/08/2011 In this brand new, one-off programme, British comedian, actor and gadget aficionado Stephen Fry chooses and presents his 100 all-time favourite gadgets. In a three-hour countdown, Stephen demonstrates his personal favourite devices and contraptions, all of which have revolutionised our individual and collective lives in some way. From the hi-tech to the historical, and the practical to the downright dumb, this countdown lifts the lid on some of mankind's most brilliant and wacky gadgets that we can no longer live without. Making the cut on Stephen's list are gadgets as diverse as their individual uses, from the tin opener, the trouser press and the answering machine to the apple peeler, the iron and the iPod. Fellow gadget enthusiasts interviewed include Charlie Brooker, Jo Brand, Jon Snow and Heston Blumenthal, who reveals a novel use for his favourite 80s gadget, the Soda Stream.
S255E18 9/11: The Firemen's Story 31/08/2011 Of the 2752 people who died in the September 11 attacks, 343 were New York's firemen. This film tells the stories of those who died, those who survived and those who still bear the scars.
S255E19 Staying Healthy: A Doctor's Guide 21/02/2017 Dr Pixie McKenna examines NHS health data to reveal what made people ill in Britain in 2016. She reveals how changing the clocks could be a health hazard and why not only colds and flu increase when the kids go to school.
S255E20 Has Political Correctness Gone Mad? 23/02/2017 In a powerful and provocative authored film, Trevor Phillips investigates the liberal urge to protect minorities from offence by gagging so-called populists and concludes that for liberals it's backfired. The backlash has stirred the Trump-Farage-led revolt - and even alienated the minorities whom liberals claim to champion. From the sacking of a Nobel scientist for a politically incorrect joke to the banning of sombreros on campus, the liberal elite's unwritten rules about what you can or can't say risk becoming not only ridiculous but self-defeating. For Trevor, the acid test of a democracy is whether it truly encourages the airing of different opinions whatever they might be - a test that Britain seems in danger of failing.
S255E21 The 2,000,000 Calorie Buffet 27/02/2017 All-you-can-eat restaurants are taking over the high street. Here you'll find limitless servings of food for a fixed price - and we Brits just can't get enough. Narrated by Jonny Vegas, this one-off documentary features the extraordinary diners who can eat four days of calories in one sitting; and the canny restaurateurs who know every trick going to fill us up quickly. Welcome to the world of the all you can eat - the fad diet that Britons are really getting stuck into.
S255E22 The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off 25/03/2004 A film about Jonny Kennedy, who had a terrible genetic condition called Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) - which meant that his skin literally fell off at the slightest touch, leaving his body covered in agonizing sores and leading to a final fight against skin cancer. In his last months Jonny decided to work with filmmaker Patrick Collerton to document his life and death, and the result was a film, first broadcast in March, that was an uplifting, confounding and provocatively humorous story of a singular man. Not shying away from the grim reality of EB, the film was also a celebration of a life lived to the full.
S255E23 Rich Dog, Poor Dog 09/03/2017 An innovative exploration of the wealth gap in modern Britain, following two south Londoners of differing fortunes as they meet up in the park while walking their dogs
S255E24 Operation Bernhard: The Great Nazi Cash Swindle 14/08/2004 Documentary examining Operation Bernhard, the counterfeiting scheme devised by the Nazis during World War Two to undermine the British war effort. SS Intelligence employed a 104-strong workforce - consisting of Jewish prisoners in Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin - to forge more than 3 billion Pounds, with the intention of flooding the UK with fake bank notes and so trigger huge inflation and destabilise the economy. Their best forgeries fooled the Bank of England, and the notes are considered among the most perfect counterfeits ever produced, being extremely difficult although not impossible to distinguish from the real thing. But instead of being dumped on Britain, the notes were eventually used to bankroll covert German operations, including the rescue of Mussolini. It is an extraordinary story in which life imitates a thriller. Four of the prisoners tell what happened to the cash they produced under threat of death, and how they themselves survived to tell their story.
S255E25 Jamie Cooks... Christmas 00/00/0000 Jamie makes Christmas affordable.
S255E26 The Victorian Sex Explorer 09/06/2008 Rupert Everett takes a revealing and witty journey, retracing the steps of one of his great heroes: the infamous author, explorer and sexual adventurer, Sir Richard Burton.
S255E27 Kitchen 999 Emergency Chefs 06/04/2017 Chefs are known for being fiery and temperamental. But what happens when they walk out, leaving restaurants in the lurch? These days, desperate owners call the relief agency for an emergency chef, who must master unfamiliar menus, handle inexperienced staff and satisfy demanding owners and customers. Here, cameras follows three such chefs as they descend on a luxury London hotel, a Devon manor house and a busy Midlands pub
S255E28 House of Agoraphobics (1) 19/12/2006 Following on from the highly successful House of Obsessive Compulsives, House of Agoraphobics follows three long-term sufferers through an intensive and emotional journey with Professor Paul Salkovskis, Clinical Director of the Maudsley Hospital Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at London’s Institute of Psychiatry. The team of therapists once again implement the unique, intensive 14-day experimental treatment plan pioneered last year, this time on three sufferers of Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder – a fear of being in situations where escaping would be difficult, including big open spaces busy outdoor locations, streets, traffic and transport which induces panic attacks. All three will leave their homes for a fortnight, and move in together to undergo intense exposure and response therapy in the hope of curing them of their debilitating conditions once and for all.
S255E29 House of Agoraphobics (2) 20/12/2006 Following on from the highly successful House of Obsessive Compulsives, House of Agoraphobics follows three long-term sufferers through an intensive and emotional journey with Professor Paul Salkovskis, Clinical Director of the Maudsley Hospital Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at London’s Institute of Psychiatry. The team of therapists once again implement the unique, intensive 14-day experimental treatment plan pioneered last year, this time on three sufferers of Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder – a fear of being in situations where escaping would be difficult, including big open spaces busy outdoor locations, streets, traffic and transport which induces panic attacks. All three will leave their homes for a fortnight, and move in together to undergo intense exposure and response therapy in the hope of curing them of their debilitating conditions once and for all.
S255E30 Digging the Great Escape 28/11/2011 Fascinating documentary that ollows a team of engineers, archaeologists and serving RAF officers who have assembled on the site of Stalag Luft III - the supposedly escape-proof World War II Prisoner of War camp. This was the Great Escape, immortalised by Hollywood and Steve McQueen in 1963, and now internationally known as a story of extraordinary courage and ingenuity. But how did the POWs do it? How did they dig a 100-metre tunnel, seven metres below ground, with only cutlery for tools? How did they forge more than 100 documents? What did they do with the 90 double bunk beds, 635 mattresses, 3424 towels (and more besides) that they stole from the camp? And who were these remarkable people? Interweaving the historical narrative with first-hand testimonies and the unfolding story of the excavations and experiments, this film offers a new insight into the Great Escape, and is a celebration of a remarkable group of men.
S255E31 Katie Piper's Face to Face 11/04/2017 We all worry about the way we look and when you have a facial condition - this can be magnified. Whether it's a port wine stain or vitiligo, scarring or rosacea, many wish to exert control over their appearance and have fun with makeup. In this ground-breaking programme, Katie Piper invites women with facial conditions to Central London's Harvey Nichols for a special makeover. But what they don't know is that the glamorous person helping them shares the same facial condition - will they be able to tell? Rochelle is interested to see how her vitiligo looks with makeup. Will she spot Rochelle shares the same condition? Can Katie help Phyll with her makeup and her facial scarring? Katie pairs Lisa with Amy, who wants to show that wearing makeup is an option with a port wine stain. And Sanna meets Lex, who also has rosacea, uses makeup and even has her own beauty blog. And there's Lewis, who wants help with his acne.
S255E32 The Knowledge: The World's Toughest Taxi Test 12/04/2017 Competition in the taxi trade is at a record high. Each month, for every new driver joining the elite club as a black cab driver, 16 new minicabs, including the likes of Uber, hit London's roads. This programme goes behind the scenes of one of the hardest exams in the world; the one that all the black cab drivers in the capital must take: The Knowledge of London. Candidates must memorise the capital's 25,000 streets and traffic restrictions, and its ever-changing 100,000 points of interest. The volume and detail of information is compared to doing a degree in law or medicine. It takes an average of four years of grit and determination to pass, and the dropout rate is 70%. This programme follows a single mum, a Kosovan immigrant and a bus driver - ordinary people doing something extraordinary. When it comes to our increasing dependence on technology, The Knowledge reveals the power of our brains when they're pushed to the limit.
S255E33 The Super Orgasm 13/04/2017 For most women multiple orgasms can seem almost mythical. But some women orgasm not once, twice or even ten times, but 60, 70 or 100 times: a super-orgasm. In this documentary, a group of ordinary women with an extraordinary ability have volunteered to be put through a series of challenging tests in an unprecedented scientific investigation to reveal the truth behind the super-orgasm. With the help of these women - who include a motorbike-mad engineering student, a stay-at-home mum and a woman whose passion is singing in her Catholic church choir - a group of international scientists from a range of disciplines attempt to measure and record the super-orgasmic phenomenon for the first time. They hope to see how the brain and the body react before, during and after super-orgasm, to find out if these women are wired differently to the rest of us or whether we can all learn to have a super-orgasm.
S255E34 Children on the Frontline: The Escape 10/05/2016 Documentary following the fortunes of a Syrian family over four years, from the ruins of their life in Aleppo to beginning new lives as refugees in Germany. Set against the backdrop of the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War, the story is told by three sisters and their brother.
S255E35 Hunting the KGB Killers 17/04/2017 The inside story of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006 by means of the radioactive poison polonium 210, and of the international manhunt that led to the steps of the Kremlin. The Scotland Yard detectives who led the enquiry and the doctors who fought to save Litvinenko's life reveal the political and diplomatic obstacle course they faced in investigating the murder and tell how their quarries left a toxic trail through the heart of London
S255E36 Man Made Planet: Earth from Space 22/04/2017 In 1972, astronauts aboard Apollo 17 captured the iconic 'Blue Marble' photo of Earth, the first time the whole of the Earth had been captured within a single frame. At the time, this new perspective had a profound effect on our perception of ourselves; since then NASA has taken millions more. In this epic, powerful and revelatory film, a new generation of astronauts (including Tim Peake) uses those images of the earth from space to reveal the astonishing transformation humanity has wrought in the 45 years since 'Blue Marble'. Together the astronauts give us an armchair tour of the change they've witnessed from orbit, as they've watched us etching our presence on the planet. The film will show these images together in stunning time-lapse sequences to reveal how we are reshaping our world, for better and for worse - from the sprawling megacities of China to vast desert farms in the Middle East, and the melting snow cap of Kilimanjaro, to giant solar arrays in Nevada.d worse
S255E37 Quadruplets and Homeless 10/05/2017 If one new baby is enough to turn a household upside down, what happens when four come along at once? After trying for a child together for 10 years, Aynur and Tony are finding out. With newborn quadruplets and no home of their own, they move in with Aynur's supportive, traditional Turkish parents for a helping hand. Aynur's parents and Tony don't always see eye to eye, but Tony's determined to get stuck in and show his willingness and commitment to Aynur when their new arrivals are born. This modern British love story explores one family's big surprise and the challenges they face, particularly given the fact that Tony struggles with alcohol.
S255E38 You're Fayed 31/03/2005 Keith Allen spends some time getting to know Mohammed Al Fayed.
S255E39 The Search for the Northwest Passage 24/03/2005 A look at the search for the fabled Northwest passage, the legendary path through the ice across the Canadian Arctic, and the attempts made by wealthy British explorer Sir John Franklin and penniless Norwegian Roald Amundsen.
S255E40 China's Forgotten Emperor 03/07/2016 For 1300 years, Wu Zetian - China's only female Emperor - has been remembered as a callous tyrant who brought calamity to China. But new discoveries paint a very different picture of her reign.
S255E41 Spying on Hitler's Army: The Secret Recordings 02/06/2013 This powerful docudrama tells the story of one of World War II's last secrets. British intelligence undertook an audacious operation to listen in on the private conversations of 10,000 German prisoners of war without their ever knowing they were being overheard. The prisoners' unguarded reminiscences and unintentional confessions have only just come to light, and prove how closely the German army were involved in the atrocities of the Holocaust.
S255E42 Flat Pack Mansions 21/05/2017 Luxury mansions are undergoing a facelift. New construction technology and cutting edge techniques have opened the door to custom designed and eco efficient super-sized houses being built in super-quick time. Narrated by architect Charlie Luxton, this documentary looks at three unique prefabricated builds and meets the people who call these incredible structures home. Pizza restaurant entrepreneurs Richard and Nikki Cooper are building a 5000-square-foot dream home in just four days. David and Lesley Lennox's strict deadline for their daughter's wedding puts massive pressure on their build. And a risky cliff top plot means that Paul Cook's dream house teeters on the edge of completion.
S255E43 The Secret World of Lego 14/06/2015 This documentary goes behind the doors at Lego's headquarters, meeting some of the notoriously secretive superbrands's key people and revealing more about its company DNA than ever before.
S255E44 Interview with a Murderer 12/06/2016 In this one-off documentary, criminologist Professor David Wilson conducts a series of revealing interviews with convicted murderer Bert Spencer, the man never charged with, yet widely suspected of killing paperboy Carl Bridgewater in 1978 – a crime he has always denied.
S255E45 Battling the Bailiffs 15/06/2017 The documentary follows a group of campaigners on a mission to defend people who stand to be evicted from their homes. Filmed over nine months, the documentary sees 42-year-old boxing trainer Chrisy Morris and a group of his pals as they stand up to the bailiffs in their spare time. An astonishing 50 families a week are thought to be evicted by bailiffs each week due to the housing crisis. When is the show on TV? Battling The Bailiffs is on Channel 4 at 10pm TONIGHT (Thursday 15 June). It will then be available on Channel 4’s on demand service, 4OD, immediately after broadcast. It’s a one-off documentary and it’s yet to be confirmed if there will be a follow-up episode in the future. Who is Chrisy Morris? Boxing coach Chrisy Morris, 42, is a campaigner against bailiffs. He is a prominent YouTube campaigner and frequently uploads videos of himself battling the authorities on behalf of the public. He is also an avid Twitter user where he shares his take on politics and cyber security.
S255E46 Britain's Great Gay Buildings 24/06/2017 Stephen Fry is joined by seven fellow celebrities to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised private homosexual acts between men. The group explores the histories of several buildings that became cornerstones in the battle for gay rights in the UK. The Rev Richard Coles revisits the hedonistic past of London's Heaven Nightclub, while Mary Portas visits Shibden Hall near Halifax to celebrate the life of 19th-century lesbian heiress Anne Lister. Craig Revel Horwood investigates Britain's drag scene at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and Simon Callow tells the story of Oscar Wilde's downfall at the Old Bailey. Plus, Rikki Beadle-Blair visit the Theatre Royal Haymarket to remember how the British public showed their support for John Gielgud after he was arrested for cottaging, and Liz Carr takes in Bletchley Park, the one-time home of Alan Turing. Finally, Waheed Alli tells the story of recent battles for gay right in the Houses of Parliament
S255E47 Raised by Queers 20/06/2017 Actor and gay dad Kieron Richardson explores same-sex parenting and introduces his twins
S255E48 True Stories: Seventy with a Six Pack 01/06/2016 Documentary exploring the ageing population through the eyes of some of Britain's oldest muscle men, as they work towards the competitive World Bodybuilding Finals in Miami. The programme takes an alternative look at what it is like to be old in today's rapidly changing world, and meets contestants including 79-year-old Eric Dowie, who is the oldest man in the competition and hopes to retain his 2014 title of Over-70s World Champion. Cameras also follow Jimmy, who is desperate to reclaim the title from Eric, and 76-year-old Roger, who is determined to succeed with the help of his right-hand lady Joan.
S255E49 Dunkirk: The New Evidence 02/07/2017 Documentary examining the famous Second World War evacuation of Allied soldiers - codenamed Operation Dynamo - from the beaches of Dunkirk, France, between May 26 and June 4, 1940. Recently released Ministry of Defence files reveal that, far from being absent as many historians have believed, the RAF was suffering massive losses supporting the evacuation. Operating at high altitude and deep inside France, RAF planes were halting the bulk of Luftwaffe bombers before they could reach the beaches. The files also reveal that the famous Spitfire took flight for the first time during the mission, and the agile fighter was a spectacular success
S255E50 50 Shades of Gay 03/07/2017 Rupert Everett explores how gay life has changed since male homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967
S255E51 Life Behind Bars: Visiting Hour 04/07/2017 Cameras focus on the visiting room at HMP Low Moss, one of Scotland's largest maximum security prisons. It offers an insight into the people doing hard time as they meet loved ones. Featured contributors include Gary and Charley who plan their wedding, even though he doesn't have a release date. Meanwhile, fellow inmate Mike receives a visit from his ageing father
S255E52 Catching a Killer: The Wind in the Willows Murder 10/07/2017 n the centre of historic Oxford a man lies dead in his doorway. There are no suspects, no witnesses and no sign of forced entry. Adrian Greenwood, a 42-year-old antiquarian book dealer, is dead, stabbed over 30 times in his own home in a frenzied and brutal attack. Greenwood had built up a reputation throughout his short life as an exceptionally talented book dealer. He had bought and sold early editions of Harry Potter and came to media attention following the sale of a rare piece by Banksy in 2011. The pressure is on Detective Superintendent Kevin Brown and his team to discover who killed Greenwood. And what has happened to his £50,000 early edition of The Wind in the Willows? With unprecedented access to Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, this episode of Catching a Killer - The Wind in the Willows Murder - follows all the twists and turns of this real-life crime.
S255E53 On the Edge and Online 01/07/2015 This documentary film follows a group of extraordinary young people as they navigate the everyday challenges of life, love, jobs and family, but they all share one thing in common. They all have a mental health condition. From the unpredictability of bi-polar to the frightening hold of anorexia, these conditions often leave young people isolated and ostracised from their peers. In this film we explore what it’s like to be young and have a mental health condition and using a unique video chat forum, gain some insight into how the internet is helping bring people together, breaking stigmas and stereotypes surrounding mental illness. We witness this group of young people as they guide and support each other through some of the biggest challenges of their lives and as they attempt to manage their conditions in the real world.
S255E54 Europe: The Final Debate with Jeremy Paxman 22/06/2016 Just hours before voting begins, Channel 4 hosts the final debate on the EU Referendum. Jeremy Paxman is joined by politicians, celebrities and high-profile men and women from business, science, sport, the military and security services. The audience consists of 150 handpicked guests, consisting of 50 remain, 50 leave and 50 undecided. The panel members will be drawn from the audience on a rotating basis.
S255E55 Sex In Class 06/08/2015 Belgian sexologist Goedele Liekens launches a new kind of sex education for 15-16 year olds at a Lancashire school
S255E56 Brits Behind Bars: Cocaine Smugglers 10/08/2015 This documentary examines Peru's cocaine industry, meeting drug gang members, as well as the elite British-funded Peruvian drug force with the dangerous job of stopping them and their European mules
S255E57 Kinky Britain 11/07/2016 From eye-crossing fetishists to balloon and bubblegum poppers, roll neck-shamers and ear-diddling enthusiasts, Britain is in the grip of a secret fetish obsession, with an army of amateur filmmakers ready to cater to our every quirky need. Welcome to the world of porn to order. Exploring the bizarre and highly lucrative business of bespoke online fetish video production, this entertaining documentary follows a growing number of British producers as they make their fortune delivering other people's fantasies on tape.
S255E58 Would You Take In A Stranger? 11/07/2017 Following three young people in very different circumstances who have come to Nightstop, a national emergency accommodation service, in need of somewhere to stay
S255E59 Who Wants My Council House? 13/07/2017 Documentary following five households looking to swap their council house. Some want to upgrade to their ideal home, others simply fancy a change of scenery and some are parents seeking to downsize now that their children have flown the nest. However, council house swaps do not involve estate agents with sharp sales patter. It is up to the tenants to show each other around their homes and do the hard sell. If the first viewing goes well, there will be an invitation for a return viewing before both sides decide whether to swap - or not
S255E60 Is Love Racist? The Dating Game 17/07/2017 Sociologist and broadcaster Emma Dabiri looks at racism in Britain through the world of modern dating, unveiling the results of a national survey of British online dating habits. A volunteer group of young British singletons take part in a series of experiments to discover if there's more than meets the eye going on in the flighty world of modern dating apps. Emma also meets a number of controversial interviewees - from Mobo-award-winning rapper Nadia Rose, through to BAME equal opportunities campaigner Baroness McGregor-Smith
S255E61 When Football Banned Women 18/07/2017 Clare Balding uncovers the hidden history of women's football. A hundred years ago, the women's game dominated the headlines and attracted crowds of up to 60,000. The star players everyone wanted to see were teenage striker Lily Parr and her teammate Alice Woods, and the most popular team in England was Dick, Kerr's Ladies. Clare reveals how women's football teams grew out of munitions factories during the First World War where women had replaced men sent into battle. It also uncovers an untold chapter in the fight for equality waged at a time when women ruled the pitch.
S255E62 Bear About the House: Living with My Supersized Pet 24/07/2017 The world's pet population stands at a staggering 57 million. But for some, owning a cat or a dog just isn't enough. Around the world thousands of dangerous animals live as human companions. Why do people want to live with large animals, or choose a pet that could so easily kill them? There's a seven-foot Russian bear, who regularly has meals with his owners. Then there's Jilly, an eight-foot-long deadly salt-water crocodile, who has sleepovers at her owner's house in Melbourne. Meanwhile, Mike and Valerie in Minnesota are parents to a one-tonne buffalo called Cody who has to be showered in the local car wash and who goes on nights out to the local bar. There's also a tiger and a wallaby in this one-off documentary that explores the unusual relationship between owners and their exotic pets.
S255E63 Excluded at Seven 25/07/2017 Record numbers of children are being permanently excluded from primary schools. This documentary meets six young, funny and riotous children who are hoping for another chance after being excluded.
S255E64 Diana: In Her Own Words 06/08/2017 Documentary featuring never-before-seen footage of Diana, Princess of Wales, recorded by her speech consultant between 1992 and 1993 as she sought to define her public persona and present her own version of events reported in the press, touching on her marriage and experience of public life. The programme also features in-depth interviews with people close to her
S255E65 Nightmare on Everest 24/04/2016 The spectacular natural beauty of the Himalayas draws three quarters of a million people to Nepal every year. But the same forces that created these mountains also have the power to destroy. In April this year a violent earthquake struck the country, triggering deadly landslides and avalanches across the Himalayas. This programme, made with footage shot by people who were there, tells the story of climbers and trekkers trapped in remote corners of the mountains. What should have been the trip of a lifetime quickly became a nightmare. Who lived, and who died, was a matter of chance.
S255E66 Catching The Tax Dodgers 14/08/2017 With the public demanding more than ever that something must be done about tax avoidance and evasion, this documentary reveals for the first time the methods HM Revenue & Customs uses to find out who is and isn't paying tax and how they target those individuals. Leading the charge is Duncan McCallum, a veteran customs officer who has tackled drug rings, smugglers and massive duty fraud, while new teams are also targeting offshore accounts that could secure the Government millions in unpaid tax.
S255E67 Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera 15/08/2017 Documentary exploring the extremes of human behaviour in airports and on planes. Footage includes angry missed check-ins to bizarre drunken antics at security, alternative safety briefings, deafening party flights and near-death experiences on flights from hell.
S255E68 Taxi of Mum and Dad 17/08/2017 One-off documentary exploring the joys and challenges of parenting teenagers today from the one place where conversations are likely to take place - the family car. Eight cars have been rigged with multiple cameras, allowing viewers to eavesdrop on the conversations between parents and their children as they catch up and connect away from their home lives
S255E69 My Mania And Me 25/10/2015 This film meets ordinary people seized with overwhelming, totally intoxicating manias such as sex, shopping, stealing & surgery. Through real life stories, it discovers the boundary between normal life & complete compulsion.
S255E70 George Clarke's Amazing Builds by the Sea 26/08/2016 George Clarke looks back at some of his favourite amazing builds by the sea, including a multifunctional beach hut in Bournemouth built for less than £400, and a 21st-century update of a Victorian bathing machine in Margate. George also looks back at some of his favourite waterside retreats in Germany: an extraordinary life guard tower and a holiday home with incredible views across the water, as well as reflecting on the seaside build he undertook with master craftsman Will Hardie that pushed the humble beach hut to its limits by making it float in the open sea.
S255E71 Sex, Lies and Cyber Attacks 31/08/2016 Ashley Madison is the controversial dating site that marketed itself directly to potential adulterers. In August 2015 the private details of over 30 million users of the site were hacked and made public, with catastrophic effect. But when internal company emails purporting to be those of the then CEO of the company were also published by the hackers, it seemed a lot more may be going on behind the scenes. Havana Marking's gripping documentary investigates a world of porn, genius marketing and media manipulation as well as claims of prostitution and cyber bullying.
S255E72 Lady C and the Castle 02/09/2016 I'm a Celeb contestant Lady Colin Campbell attempts to transform a crumbling stately home back into a desirable residence in this one-off documentary. When Lady C bought Castle Goring for a knockdown price, the place was a complete ruin with a leaking roof. Undeterred, Lady C takes on the challenge of restoring this derelict money pit to its former glory, aiming to turn it into a home fit for a lady and an upmarket venue for weddings and events. Can she finish all the restoration work before the grand opening ball is scheduled to take place in a few weeks time?
S255E73 Trump's War on the Border 04/09/2017 A timely insight into life on the US-Mexican border during the first days of Donald Trump's presidency.
S255E74 White Kid, Brown Kid 04/09/2017 Documentary following two teenage girls from very different worlds as they try to become friends in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, which is one of Britain's most racially segregated places. The film shows how 16-year-old Siobhan and 17-year-old Farhana cross this racial divide to step into each other's world for the very first time, revealing a story that highlights the complexities of integration. As they face up to their differences, they find themselves navigating both family and community concerns
S255E75 24 Hours Inside Your Body 13/09/2017 Two ordinary people take part in an extraordinary experiment, as they are filmed for 24 hours and given a unique medical MOT, using state-of-the-art medical equipment. Three world-renowned scientists will analyse the findings of patients Charlotte and Dave, as their brain activity, heart rate, movement, posture and glucose levels are all closely monitored throughout the day
S255E76 Egypt's Great Pyramid: The New Evidence 24/09/2017 New discoveries are revealing the secrets of Egypt's Great Pyramid. Mystery has long surrounded the construction of Egypt's Great Pyramid, but now new discoveries are revealing its secrets, as archaeologists uncover the last surviving relic of the pharaoh Khufu.
S255E77 Cruel and Unusual 02/09/2017 The story of the Angola Three: three men who fought for 40 years against a miscarriage of justice that left them in solitary confinement in the Louisiana state penitentiary for decades
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S255E79 Barbie: The Most Famous Doll in the World 04/10/2017 Mary Portas explores the iconic status of Barbie. The visits the manufacturer, meets the superfans, and asks if the doll can survive in an increasingly gender-neutral world.
S255E80 Get a House for Free 08/08/2017 Landlord Marco Robinson, who owns a business and property empire worth £25 million, is giving away a flat worth £120,000. First, he must find the right person or people who will benefit the most. Marco himself experienced homelessness as a young boy as he and his mother were evicted from numerous properties. Over the course of 6 weeks, Marco meets many applicants from the overwhelming response to his advert. As he gets to know the people desperate for a home, the decision becomes more difficult. Everyone he meets has a strong reason why they need his flat – from the single mum to the Syrian refugees, but ultimately he has just one property to give away. Once he finds them, their lives will be changed by this extraordinary gift.
S255E81 Public Enemies: Jay-Z vs. Kanye 31/07/2017 Last year, Kanye West took aim at Jay-Z in a series of onstage rants culminating in a bizarre speech begging his former mentor to not have him assassinated. Hours later Kanye had been hospitalized amid reports of a breakdown. But behind the headlines, lies the story of a fascinating creative partnership spanning two decades. With unseen footage and exclusive interviews with the people who know them best, Public Enemies: Jay Z Vs Kanye reveals the story behind these two iconic artists’ meteoric rise, and colossal falling out.
S255E82 George Michael: Freedom 16/10/2017 The singer-songwriter narrates a documentary charting his life and career, focusing on the period around the release of his 1990 album Listen without Prejudice Vol 1. The star opens his heart about his great love and loss, as well as the well-documented High Court battle with his record label, and there is personal archive and home footage and interviews, with contributions by Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Liam Gallagher, Mary J Blige and Tony Bennett
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S255E84 My Week as a Muslim 23/10/2017 Saima invites Katie, who is from a predominantly white town in the north-west of England, to spend a week living with her in the heart of Manchester's Pakistani Muslim community. A team of specialist make-up and prosthetic artists transforms Katie's appearance to make it look like she is of Pakistani origin so she can experience first-hand what it is like to be a member of Saima's community
S255E85 Feral Families 26/10/2017 Ten years on since Supernanny, there's a new philosophy taking hold among British families. It's called extreme unschooling or off-grid parenting, and more and more British parents are rebelling against orthodoxy to raise their children with no rules. They claim that their children are healthier and happier and will become more rounded adults, but their kids' behaviour can also be scandalous to other parents. This documentary follows three families who are passionate about this alternative way of parenting. Mother-of-three Jenna's 13-year-old son Archie juggles fire and plays with knives, but seven years after being taken out of school, despite Mum's best efforts, he still struggles to read and write. His grandparents are so concerned that they're paying for him to have a tutor.
S255E86 Fighting Cancer: My Online Diary 26/10/2017 Documentary following three young cancer patients as they intimately record their own battles with cancer and post the videos online for the world to see. Filmed over the course of a year, each patient deals with the highs and lows of unpredictable scan results, the dramatic physical changes they endure and the hope of defying the odds
S255E87 When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance 28/10/2017 This documentary uncovers the inside story of Meghan Markle and the story of her relationship with Prince Harry to date. The programme reveals the story of Meghan's childhood in LA, and her relationship with Harry, featuring exclusive interviews with friends and colleagues. It reveals a smart, strong and independent woman with surprising similarities to Prince Harry both in her life story and values. The programme also uncovers the astonishing story of Meghan's ancestors, with original and exclusive genealogy research. It's an all-American tale of humble origins and triumph over adversity played out in the Deep South on her mother's side and in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania on her father's side. The programme traces the first moment her father's ancestors arrived in America, with some very surprising results about where they came from.
S255E88 A Summer to Save My Life 02/11/2017 Immunotherapy is a pioneering new cancer treatment that aims to boost the body's natural defences to fight the disease. Showing success in trial phases, it often has fewer debilitating side effects than chemotherapy. This documentary follows a small group of patients over one summer as they undergo the treatment at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London, meets them between sessions as they go about their daily lives and finds out whether immunotherapy has given them the most precious gift of all - more time
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S255E90 The Truth About Slim People 08/11/2017 There are some people who never seem to worry about what they eat, never diet or do any special exercise, and yet somehow manage to stay slim. Who are these people and how do they do it? This experiment follows 37-year-old Yemi and 41-year-old Anne Marie who appear to eat what they like and have no set exercise routines, yet never put on weight. Over a course of five days covert cameras follow them everywhere: at work, home and play. They are the envy of their friends. Is there something in their behaviour that's determining their size? Experts unpick every element of their lifestyle - from what they eat, to how much they fidget, to the amount of sleep they get. At a time when one in four people in Britain are obese, and billions of pounds are spent on fad diets, this fascinating documentary uncovers the simple secrets to being slim.
S255E91 Angry, White and American 09/11/2017 In the summer of 2017, the world was shocked as white nationalists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan took to the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest against the removal of a statue of confederate General Robert E. Lee. Just weeks before the violence erupts, journalist Gary Younge meets one of the speakers from the Charlottesville rallies, the self-styled leader of the alt-right Richard Spencer, and in an explosive exchange attempts to get under the skin of his controversial views. It's one of a series of telling encounters in Gary Younge's journey across the United States a year after Donald Trump was elected. He explores how falling living standards, decreasing life expectancy and a demographic time-bomb that could see them become a minority within a generation, has sent some white Americans into angry retreat.
S255E92 Big Ben: Saving the World's Most Famous Clock 12/11/2017 Documentary about restoration work on the iconic clock tower, which will see the bells silenced for the next four years. Anna Keay, Director of Landmark Trust, goes behind the scenes on this massive project, and talks to Parliament's principal architect and the three clockmakers who have the challenging task of taking the gigantic mechanism apart for the first time in nearly 160 years. The programme also examines the history of the clock tower, revealing how it was almost never built in the first place.
S255E93 Dave's Guide to Spending Money 19/03/2017 Dave Fishwick asks are we overpaying for our goods and services? Dave starts his own bottled water range - sourced from tap water. Will the local fancy eateries buy it? Dave also builds a power station in his back garden.
S255E94 British Workers Wanted 16/11/2017 This documentary follows two glamorous Leave-voting women who are trying to attract Brits to join their recruitment agency as many of their Eastern European workers choose to leave Brexit Britain.
S255E95 Guy Martin's Wall of Death: Behind the Scenes 27/11/2016 An edited version of Guy's world record attempt, with added behind-the-scenes footage.
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S255E97 My Psychic Life 04/11/2015 Psychic mediums reveal what life is like for people who claim they can talk to the dead. From romance to business and popping down the shops, does psychic ability make life easier or more complicated?
S255E98 Guy Martin's WWI Tank 19/11/2017 The presenter builds a working replica of a First World War tank to mark the centenary of the Battle of Cambrai, and takes his tank driving test so he can take his creation on to the streets for Lincoln's Remembrance Day parade. He also delves into the history of the earliest armoured vehicles, the soldiers who crewed them, and the women who built them.
S255E99 The Truth About Muslim Marriage 21/11/2017 Myriam Francois presents the results of a survey which reveals many Muslim women in Britain are unaware that their religious marriages are not recognised in British law. There's also a look at why some women may prefer not to have a civil ceremony, and an exploration of attitudes to polygamy
S255E100 The Search for a Miracle Cure 23/11/2017 Mark Lewis, one of Britain's leading lawyers, may have taken on one of the world's most powerful media moguls, but can he do the same with multiple sclerosis? Filmed over the course of a year, with exclusive access, this documentary follows the progress of high-profile media, libel and privacy lawyer Mark Lewis, as he participates in revolutionary stem cell trials for MS. It's a journey that will end either in medical breakthrough, and miraculous recovery, or his continued decline. At the age of 25, Mark received the devastating news that he had MS - a degenerative condition of the central nervous system, for which there is currently no cure. He is now 50 and over the last few years, Mark's condition has worsened. Mark first came to the widespread public attention as the lawyer who represented Milly Dowler's family and over 180 hacking victims in the News of the World phone hacking trial.
S255E101 Guy Martin vs. the Robot Car 26/11/2017 Guy Martin investigates autonomous vehicles, attempts to build a robotic Ford Transit, and takes on an artificially intelligent race car. What's fastest, man or machine?
S255E102 The Robot Will See You Now 28/11/2017 Would you trust a robot to give you advice for your personal problems? From infidelity to obesity, robot Jess uses AI-based analysis to help couples and families with life's challenges.
S255E103 How to Build a Robot 29/11/2017 As part of the Rise of the Robots season, David Tennant narrates a warm-hearted look at the future of robotics. Many humans have a cultural fear of robots, but eccentric Canadian robot inventor and puppeteer David McGoran hopes to fix this by making a new kind of machine that moves just like humans do. However, the real test comes when the machine is left on the streets of Bristol and programmed to find out more about humans, and the robot films its own extraordinary adventure, as it tries to connect with people in a whole new way.
S255E104 The Sex Robots Are Coming 30/11/2017 Mankind has been obsessed with building humanoid robots for centuries. As the prospect of living with androids draws ever closer, the focus for some is turning to having sex with them. This documentary, filmed over two years, reveals how some companies are trying to combine artificial intelligence and intimacy in a mass-produced automaton. It follows one company as they build a prototype sexbot, called Harmony, and also introduces a man who already owns four sex dolls and cannot wait to have his own cutting-edge artificial girlfriend.
S255E105 Can We Live with Robots? 02/12/2017 Dancer and choreographer Akram Khan explores the impact robots and AI are having on human relationships. Khan, who has spent a year researching important international news and condensing it into dance, travels from the UK to Japan and the USA to meet the scientists harnessing manufactured intelligence in ways that could see artificially intelligent constructs entering people's lives in the near future. His findings form the basis for a special dance, in which he hopes to reflect fears and scepticism over the subject
S255E106 Hamilton's Record Breaking Season 03/12/2017 A look back at the highs and lows of an extraordinary season, including an exclusive interview with four time champion Lewis Hamilton. Voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.
S255E107 Extraordinary Teens: My Gay Life 05/12/2017 Billy realised he was gay aged seven, and by 11 felt confident enough to appear dressed as Lady Gaga at Brighton's Gay Pride, where he was spotted by a documentary producer. He has been filming himself ever since. Now 17, Billy reveals the story of what life was like for him and his family as he developed
S255E108 Catching a Killer: A Bullet Through The Window 07/12/2017 In the early hours of the morning in a quiet Milton Keynes street, a single bullet was shot through an open window. The victim was a 19-year-old man. What followed was a frantic 999 call and an investigation by Thames Valley Police to find the culprit. This documentary follows the case as the detectives try to piece together the moments leading up to that fatal shot. But it soon turns out there is more to the inquiry than meets the eye with a potential second suspect
S255E109 Born to Be Free: Saving Russia's Whales 07/12/2017 A group of female Russian journalists investigate the global trade in wild sea mammals, exposing the poor conditions beluga whales in sea parks and aquariums are subjected to
S255E110 Britain's Wildest Weather 2017 10/12/2017 Britain's Wildest Weather examines the extreme weather that hit the country in 2017, hears the amazing experiences of the people caught up in it, and finds out why such erratic weather batters Britain
S255E111 Extraordinary Teens: School of Life and Deaf 14/12/2017 Documentary following a year in the life of pupils at Mary Hare residential school for the deaf in Newbury, Berkshire. Fifteen-year-old Lewis decides he wants to be fitted with a cochlear implant to help him hear, although there is no guarantee of success. Sixth-former Fae is nervous about leaving for university and facing the hearing world without her deaf twin sister, while Andrew aims to become Britain's first deaf prime minister. His first step is to apply for the head boy role at Mary Hare. Will this finally help him fit in with his peers?
S255E112 Inside Bentley: A Great British Motor Car 17/12/2017 For the first time, Bentley invite cameras behind the scenes. This documentary meets their staff and their customers as it visits the factory, the showrooms and the secret upgrades department.
S255E113 Shamed 19/12/2017 In a world where almost every day there are more media revelations of historic abuse and impropriety at the hands of male authority figures, this timely single drama imagines a 27-year-old woman exacting her finely choreographed revenge for such an act. It's an act of revenge for her teenage self, an act that has been brewing in her head for 10 years. When she was 17, Sarah Ivy was a happy, carefree teenager with a world of opportunity before her; fast forward 10 years and she has two men kidnapped and held in a room... The first man, Nathan Bowyar, is looking forward to his stag do and wedding day, but, before he makes it to either of them, he's seized and taken to an unknown location.
S255E114 Jamie's Italian Christmas 19/12/2017 Jamie Oliver draws inspiration from the snowy Alps of northern Italy to help create his most delicious Christmas Day yet. In a cosy log cabin, accompanied by his mentor Gennaro Contaldo, Jamie cooks up an epic meal for the big day, giving turkey and trimmings extra sparkle with an Italian twist. There's a homemade cracker ravioli and a pink peppercorn-infused Negroni; a classic turkey alongside Italy's stuffed pork Christmas showstopper, porchetta, with Italian-style veg, a rich gravy and sticky balsamic roast potatoes. And of course, an indulgent luxurious dessert to top it all off, with Jamie's festive tiramisu. The programme also looks at how Italians celebrate Natale, joining the local festivities, before sharing their feast with the village.
S255E115 Extraordinary Teens: Young, Gifted and Broke 22/12/2017 Young pianist and composer Shane Thomas was hailed as Britain's answer to Mozart when he was ten. Seven years on, can he take on the music industry again and make it big?
S255E116 Eurotrash: The Referendum Edition 00/00/0000 As the British nation prepares to vote in the EU referendum, cult hit Eurotrash returns with an édition spéciale to remind us of the many, varied and occasionally alarming cultural delights enjoyed by our European cousins. At a time when we are deciding whether to either break up with or embrace the EU, the eternally debonair Antoine de Caunes and Jean Paul Gaultier return with some rudity and nudity to remind us - their straight laced British chums - of some of the best, worst and weirdest things that Europe has offered us over the years. This one-off hour long special is a mix of a bit of old and a bit of new as Antoine and Jean Paul are joined in studio by guests including Andreja Pejic, and, naturally, a man who paints with his privates.
S255E117 Word of the Year 2017 16/12/2017 Can you spot a ‘hatfish’ or a ‘manfant’? Do you know the difference between a ‘broflake’ and a ‘snowflake’? Is ‘lagom’ or ‘lykke’ your chosen path to happiness? Do you prefer a unicorn smoothie to milkshake duck? Dissecting the meanings of many of the amazing terms that have come to prominence in the last 12 months are a host of well-known word fans: comics Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar Mae Martin Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing; TV presenters Rick Edwards and June Sarpong; social historian Emma Dabiri; writers Jack Monroe and Brontë Aurell; and lexicographers Susie Dent and Katherine Martin.
S255E118 Miranda Does Christmas 27/12/2017 Christmas special hosted by comedian Miranda Hart, featuring a unique gospel choir performance, and a festive version of a Destiny's Child classic. Miranda also hits the streets to spread Christmas cheer and bring romance to two singletons, and is joined throughout the programme by special guests including David Tennant, Sam Smith and Prue Leith.
S255E119 What Britain Bought In 2017 28/12/2017 Mary Portas conducts a new survey into Britain's spending habits, setting out to determine whether the national events of the past year have altered the way people in the UK part with their cash. Estimates suggest the UK spends £7.5billion a week, and Mary catches up with representatives from Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Superdrug, Poundland, Hobbycraft and Lakeland to find out how these retailers have fared. Mary also looks back at some of the retail stories of the year, such as the return of big knickers, the unicorn trend, and the popularity of Prosecco and the fidget spinner.
S255E120 The World's Best Christmas Lights: From Liverpool to Bethlehem 23/12/2017 This one-off Christmas special follows four unlikely lads and a lass from Liverpool, as they head to Manger Square to decorate Bethlehem in time for Christmas. For the last five years, a Christmas decorating company from Liverpool has lit up the Holy Land, and this year, the team, led by project manager Ged, are packing up their baubles, tinsels and festive lights to do it again. But with budget cuts; a new working relationship with the locals; and the discovery that their lights are stuck on route in Istanbul; let alone the sensitivities of travelling to the Middle East - nothing proves straightforward. But with the experience of decorating the Natural History Museum, Harrods and the homes of the rich and famous, the team won't be put off. And so a journey of joy, laughter and cross-cultural Christmas cheer unfolds in the birthplace of baby Jesus.