Hidden Killers of the Post War Home

Hidden Killers of the Post War Home

In this fifth episode of the popular Hidden Killers strand, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb explores the time when British people embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The look and feel of the post-war 1950s home – a ‘modern’ world of moulded plywood furniture, fibreglass, plastics and polyester – had its roots in the innovative materials discovered during World War Two. In fact, no other war before or since has…

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The Quizeum – Series Two

The Quizeum – Series Two

BBC Four Hosted by Griff Rhys Jones, two teams of experts visit some of Britain’s most remarkable museums – the Imperial War Museum London, the Jewish Museum, The Burrell Collection, the Horniman, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds and the V&A Museum of Childhood. Guests include Kate Adie, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Muriel Gray and Quizeum regulars Lars Tharp, Janina…

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The Quizeum

The Quizeum

Each week, Griff Rhys Jones will visit a different museum from around the UK with two teams of competing experts. From well-known historians to mathematicians, from art experts to scientists, the competitors will be familiar BBC Four faces, chosen for their specialism or skill relating to the museum which the quiz is visiting. Part quiz, part panel show, The Quizeum is not just a straightforward Q&A. The quiz elements are creative and not taken overly…

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A Poet in New York

A Poet in New York

In 1953 Dylan Thomas went to New York for the last time, his marriage a wreck, his drinking out of control. He was on his way to meet Stravinsky and to wallow in New York acclaim – but what was he escaping? How did such a triumph become a requiem? The last days of a great poet. Tom Hollander won Best Actor at the RTS Awards 2015 for his portrayal of Dylan Thomas Nominated for…

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The Prince’s Welsh Village

The Prince’s Welsh Village

In a rare, in-depth documentary, HRH Prince Charles talks exclusively to Griff Rhys Jones about his passion for the built environment and personal involvement in the new Coed Darcy development in South-West Wales, where an entire village is being built from scratch. The Prince speaks frankly about his views on modern and traditional architecture, building sustainable communities and his fears for the future. Produced and Directed: Suzanne Phillips Executive Producers: Simon Mansfield, Judith Winnan and…

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A Great Welsh Adventure With Griff Rhys Jones

A Great Welsh Adventure With Griff Rhys Jones

Griff Rhys Jones was born in Wales, but brought up in Essex. Now the exile is back in “the land of his aunties”.  Just how Welsh is he? In a series of thirty-minute adventures he will roam eight of the most beautiful, magical and remarkable regions in the principality, in search of his Welsh credentials. Griff wants to uncover the true spirit of Wales and the Welsh. To help him achieve this, he gets given…

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Britain’s Lost Routes With Griff Rhys Jones

Britain’s Lost Routes With Griff Rhys Jones

Griff Rhys Jones returns to BBC One in this new prime-time series as he sets out upon an epic adventure to uncover the lost routes of Britain. Britain was once a difficult country to cross, with roads few and paths obscure. Yet for faith, fortune, pleasure and necessity our ancestors travelled from one end of the country to the other along a vast network of routes spread throughout the nation. In a bid to uncover…

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Burma My Father The Forgotten Army

Burma My Father The Forgotten Army

Apart from a few fragmentary stories Griff Rhys Jones’ father never talked about his war. Yet as a medical officer to a West African division he travelled 15000 miles from Wales, to Ghana and the jungles of Burma. He and his men were part of an army of a million raised in Africa and Asia to fight the Japanese. To understand their story Griff travels first to Ghana and then accompanied by a 90-year-old veteran…

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A Pembrokeshire Farm

A Pembrokeshire Farm

Griff Rhys Jones sets out to restore his 200-year-old farmhouse in the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside. Built in 1820, the dilapidated farm is in need of far more than a lick of paint, and with significant emotional and financial investments being put into the project, it will require even more work than Griff and his team had anticipated to bring this ruined structure back to life. Episode One   Work gets under way on the dilapidated farm…

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