On-demand recommendations

This month

The Secret Life of Books

Jane Eyre
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Journalist and author Bidisha examines Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, questioning the main themes of the novel...

24 Hours in Police Custody

The Conspiracy to Murder
80mins
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This documentary from the makers of 24 Hours in A&E follows the work of Bedfordshire Police round-the-clock,...

Operation Maneater

Polar Bear
60mins
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Mark Evans travels to the shores of Hudson Bay in Canada, where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated...

Horizon

Horizon: Is Your Brain Male or Female?
60mins
BBC iPlayer

New research suggests the connections in men's and women's brains follow different patterns, which might explain...

Who Do You Think You Are?

Martin Shaw
60mins
BBC iPlayer

Inspector George Gently and The Professionals star Martin Shaw is the latest celebrity to go in search of his...

Educating the East End

Educating the East End
65mins
4OD

Head teacher Jenny Smith is determined to set two strong-minded boys off on the right path. Halil thinks he is...

Unreported World

Surviving Ebola
25mins
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The foreign-affairs strand returns with a documentary about the West African Ebola outbreak devastating Sierra...

Your Home in Their Hands

Your Home in Their Hands
60mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. There's no end of homeowners who would happily hand over their houses to professional interior...

Question Time

Question Time
60mins
BBC iPlayer

Kelso is the first location as David Dimbleby chairs a fresh season of political debates, focusing on last...

Who Do You Think You Are?

Reggie Yates
60mins
BBC iPlayer

DJ, actor and presenter Reggie Yates sets out to trace his ancestry. His mother and father were both born in...

Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Radio Times Choice
Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs
30mins
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The comedian meets a noisy pair of bichon frises that have damaged each other's hearing with their constant...

Jungle Atlantis

Angkor Wat's Hidden Megacity
60mins
BBC iPlayer

A thousand years ago, the Khmer people of Cambodia built an empire and their capital was the great city of...

The Men with Many Wives

The Men with Many Wives
60mins
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Documentary exploring the world of polygamous marriages among British Muslims. Permitted under Sharia Law, it is...

This World

Radio Times Choice
Terror at the Mall
60mins
BBC iPlayer

A year ago a group of masked gunmen walked into the crowded Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and set...

Long Shadow

Remembering and Understanding
60mins
BBC iPlayer

In this insightful three-part documentary, historian and writer David Reynolds takes a look at the legacy of the...

This World

Radio Times Choice
Life in Solitary
60mins
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In America, thousands of prisoners are locked up in solitary confinement for years, even decades. In this...

The Secret Life of Books

The Mabinogion
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Cerys Matthews explores the Mabinogion, a medieval book of ancient folk tales which includes the first-ever...

Long Lost Family: What Happened Next

Long Lost Family: What Happened Next
60mins
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Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell hear more emotional stories about how past reunions of the show have...

Operation Maneater

Crocodile
55mins
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The Nile crocodile, the polar bear and the great white shark are three of the deadliest predators on Earth - and...

Traders: Millions by the Minute

Traders: Millions by the Minute
60mins
BBC iPlayer

The concluding programme meets a new breed of trader - the British men and women who play the financial markets...

This World

This World: Ireland's Lost Babies
60mins
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When Martin Sixsmith wrote The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, it inspired 2013's Bafta-winning movie Philomena,...

Hotel India

Hotel India
60mins
BBC iPlayer

The final visit to the Taj Mahal Palace features Tikka Singh, whose great-grandfather was a maharajah who...

The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane

Keeping the Show on the Road
60mins
BBC iPlayer

Documentary series charting life on the M6, one of the busiest stretches of motorway in Britain, following the...

The Secret Life of Books

Radio Times Choice
Mrs Dalloway
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Alexandra Harris examines Virginia Woolf's classic novel Mrs Dalloway, and finds out how the postwar climate of...

Lost Kingdoms of Central America

Radio Times Choice
Kingdom of the Jaguar
60mins
BBC iPlayer

Dr Jago Cooper embarks on a journey to uncover the history of some of Central America's ancient civilisations,...