Presented by Martin Durkin, Britain's Trillion Pound Horror Story explains the full extent of the financial mess we are in - an estimated £4.8 trillion pounds of national debt and counting. It argues that the recent spending review hasn't gone far enough, and to put Britian back on track we need to radically rethink the role of the state, stop politicians spending money in our name and drastically lower taxes to make Britain's economy boom again. It includes interviews with academics, economic experts, entrepreneurs and four ex-Chancellors of the Exchequer.
<p>The film's basic proposition is as simple as it is shocking. Despite everything you've heard to the contrary, the theory that manmade emissions of CO2 have any discernible effect on climate, has always lacked solid scientific evidence. The warming of the past 300 years represents a natural recovery from a ‘little ice age'. It is mild, beneficial and cannot possibly have been caused by us humans. Yes, humans have an effect on climate, but it's an infinitesimally small pin-prick, compared with the vast natural forces which are constantly pushing global temperatures this way and that. This film turns the world upside down, and uses an extraordinary cast of the world's top scientists to do it. It's the morality tale of the decade - of politicians eager to pander to prejudice, throwing vast quantities of public cash into scientific research aimed at supporting an unsupportable theory. It's a tale of scientists fearful of speaking out, of upsetting the funding applecart and jeopardising the many thousands of research jobs generated for them by the global warming scare.</p>
In one of the most highly acclaimed TV series of recent times, the inimitable Brian Sewell, Britain's most famous and best-loved art critic and historian, makes the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. His remarkable journey is at turns moving and hilarious. It is a deeply personal exploration of art and religious belief, which takes Sewell by boat, car and horse through France and North West Spain, via Paris, Chartres, Orleans, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Bilbao, Burgos and Leon.
'Unmissable' - Daily Telegraph 'The tears ran freely down' - The Independent
'Warm, witty, appreciative and slightly saucy' - The Times
'Genuine on-screen emotion' - The Guardian
'One of the most diverting, touching and funny programmes you will see on television' - The Tablet
In this acclaimed 10 part series, Brian Sewell follows in the footsteps of young 18th century English aristocrats, whose education was incomplete without a Grand Tour of Italy. His epic journey takes him, by various means, to Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Pompeii, Turin, Cremona, Siena, Bologna, Vicenza, Paestum, Urbino and Tivoli, via Michelangelo, Raphael, Vesuvius and much else besides.
'Splendidly eccentric and thoroughly endearing.' - Daily Mail
'Sewell, once again, has managed to be totally unlike anybody else on television.' - Daily Telegraph
'Sewell is in danger of becoming a national treasure. It is his unpredictability that makes him such an arresting presenter.' - The Times
In this much loved travel series, Gavin Stamp embarks on the most romantic, glamorous railway journey in the world - all the way across Europe to the edge of Asia. His adventures on and off the train are punctuated by Stamp's candid reflections, on life, architecture, history and the strange habits and views of the people he meets and the countries he visits. The result is hugely entertaining.
'Compulsive viewing.' - Simon Hoggart, The Spectator
'Quirky and inspired. Stamp really does know what he's talking about and he doesn't care what you think of him.' - AA Gill, Sunday Times
'An enticing, illuminating ride.' - Daily Mail
'A rattling good series.' - Daily Mirror
Cambridge art historian Paul Binski makes a journey through the history of English religious art and architecture in this epic fifteen part series. Dr Binski, who is among the world's leading experts in this subject, visits many of the most exquisite churches and cathedrals in Britain. His story takes us from the Norman invasion of England and the first great Romanesque Cathedrals through to the rise of Gothic architecture and the great age of medieval religious art. We see the effect of the Renaissance, of Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the Neo-Classical style of Wren and later of ‘Greek' Thomson, the lavish, elaborate theatre of Baroque, the Victorian Gothic revival, the High Churches, the romance of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement and even the influence of Modernism. It is a series, which not only paints a grand picture of the history of religious art, but also places religious art in the broader context of English history, from the Norman Conquest onwards.
'A winning combination of academic gravitas and bitchy frivolity.' - Sunday Times
'A fascinating account of Britain's religious art and architecture.' - The Observer
'Cambridge historian Paul Binski reveals some exciting and unexpected treasures.' - Sunday Telegraph
'Really enjoyable stuff.' - Time Out
In this landmark history series, archaeologist Neil Oliver (of Coast) follows the biggest ever survey of the genetic make-up of the British people. The result is a kind of a DNA map of Britain – a genetic Domesday Book - telling us who are ancestors were, where they came from and what they looked like.
As Face of Britain reveals, encoded in our genes is a story stretching back countless generations. For our genes represent a living link with our remote ancestors. The same genes also determine who we are and how we look.
Indeed, written in our faces, as Neil discovers, is the secret of our ancient ancestry. Look in the mirror and it’s thousands of years of history that looks back at you.
'A fascinating series' - Mail on Sunday
'Face of Britain transmits the unmistakable excitement historians feel when the elusive past suddenly takes on tangible form. And all it takes for viewers to share that enthusiasm is a quick look in the mirror for a glimpse back in time.' - Sunday Times
In this cult hit Channel Four series, Olivia Judson plays Dr Tatiana - the celebrated Agony Aunt for the Animal Kingdom. Based on her award-winning, best-selling book, the series explores a breathtaking variety of truly bizarre animal mating rituals and habits. The result is the most insightful and hugely entertaining series about natural history you will ever see.
'A stimulating feast... more positions than the Kama Sutra.' - Daily Telegraph
'Eye-popping, filthy and funny.' - Literary Review