On-demand recommendations

This month

The Film Programme

2001: A Space Odyssey Special
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Francine Stock presents a special edition of the programme marking the re-release of director Stanley Kubrick's...

My Teenage Diary

Radio Times Choice
Terry Wogan
30mins
BBC iPlayer

The return of the programme in which celebrities are given the chance to revisit their formative years,...

To Rent or Not to Rent

Radio Times Choice
To Rent or Not to Rent
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Leah from Bristol, who would like to own a house rather than rent one, travels to Berlin to explore how and why...

Paul Sinha's History Revision

Paul Sinha's History Revision
30mins
BBC iPlayer

The comedian and quizzer tells the stories that lie behind everyday things and fact, beginning with the World...

Afghanistan: The Lessons of War

Radio Times Choice
Afghanistan: The Lessons of War
38mins
BBC iPlayer

Major General Andrew Mackay goes on a personal journey to examine what has been achieved by the 13-year campaign...

Lives in a Landscape

The Horses of Holme Wood
30mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. Return of the programme that tells the unusual stories of ordinary people around the country. In the...

The Essay

Radio Times Choice
The Essay: Shaping the Air: Writers and Radio: Shaping the Air - Samuel West
15mins
BBC iPlayer

Five perspectives on the art of radio by seasoned broadcasters and practitioners. In the first, Samuel West...

The Food Programme

Get Ahead Treats for Christmas
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Sheila Dillon is joined by guests Diana Henry and Sally Butcher to prepare `get ahead' festive treats. Plus,...

Woods Beyond a Cornfield

Woods Beyond a Cornfield
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Stanley Cook's poem, set in the bruised and beautiful landscape of South Yorkshire, about a girl who is lost for...

Paul O'Grady Stands Up for Liverpool

Radio Times Choice
Paul O'Grady Stands Up for Liverpool
180mins
BBC iPlayer

The Birkenhead-born comedian celebrates some of Merseyside's most successful comedy stars, including Arthur...

The Havana Quartet

Havana Gold
60mins
BBC iPlayer

Havana Gold. By Leonardo Padura. Dramatised by Jennifer Howarth. The second novel in the Cuban writer's...

Art School, Smart School

Art School, Smart School
58mins
BBC iPlayer

Brian Eno, Grayson Perry and others reflect on the state of British art schools, which have produced some of the...

Friday Night Is Music Night

Radio Times Choice
Friday Night Is Music Night
117mins
BBC iPlayer

Tenor Alfie Boe joins the BBC Concert Orchestra at London's Mermaid Theatre to perform songs with an Italian...

The Elephant Man

Endangered Species
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Assistant head keeper Terry Lyon's future hangs in the balance as Southwood Zoo faces bankruptcy. Drama,...

London Calling

Radio Times Choice
London Calling
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Aminatta Forna charts the life of 19th-century American author Jack London, who became renowned as a hard-living...

Soul Music

Radio Times Choice
Plaisir d'Amour/Can't Help Falling in Love with You
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Singer Marianne Faithfull recalls Plaisir d'Amour, the French love song that influenced Elvis Presley's 1962 hit...

Holding Back the Sea

Radio Times Choice
Holding Back the Sea
28mins
BBC iPlayer

In December 2013, thousands of homes and businesses along Britain's east coast were flooded when the first of...

The Design Dimension

Radio Times Choice
Designing Protest
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Tom Dyckhoff explores the history and use of design in protests, looking at the examples of activists in...

The Design Dimension

Radio Times Choice
Know Your Place
28mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. Architectural writer Tom Dyckhoff explores the world through the lens of design, beginning with a...

Hal

Career
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Sitcom about a stay-at-home father who tries to reinvent himself when his two daughters become independent and...

A Girl's Own Story

Radio Times Choice
A Girl's Own Story
58mins
BBC iPlayer

Ruby Tandoh explores how the internet has provided young women with a chance to document the important roles...

A Needle Pulling Thread

Radio Times Choice
A Needle Pulling Thread
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Sara Parker examines the significance of sewing in people's lives, hearing from individuals across the world -...

Free Thinking

Radio Times Choice
Free Thinking Festival: Bringing the Rich to Book: John Lanchester on the Language of Money
45mins
BBC iPlayer

John Lanchester talks about his new novel Capital and explores the wealth gap in Britain with Matthew Sweet....

Frontiers

Radio Times Choice
Frontiers: The Rosetta Mission
28mins
BBC iPlayer

A special edition of the magazine show celebrating pioneering advances in science. Jonathan Amos presents from...

Spin the Globe

Radio Times Choice
1485 AD
28mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. The programme taking a global view of familiar historical dates returns. Historian Michael Scott...

Sunday Feature

Radio Times Choice
Sunday Feature: God and the Great War
45mins
BBC iPlayer

Conventional wisdom dictates that if the First World War didn't kill God, it did him great injury. In this...

Saturday Live

Radio Times Choice
Saturday Live
88mins
BBC iPlayer

Aasmah Mir and the Rev Richard Coles are joined by mezzo Katherine Jenkins for the weekend entertainment show,...

Hardeep's Sunday Lunch

Radio Times Choice
Hardeep's Sunday Lunch
30mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. Hardeep Singh Kohli returns with the show that travels around the country cooking Sunday lunch with...