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What makes a piece of furniture a classic? And just what effect did Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's boudoir decor have on British tastes? The archive collection Home Sweet Home - available now on BBC iPlayer - explores these questions and more, using BBC programmes that have explored interior design through the decades.
And guiding us through some of her stand-out picks from the archives is high-end interior designer Kelly Hoppen, who has strong opinions about water beds...
Kelly's pick: All mod cons: The Pad
I got my own apartment at the age of 17 and you do have this feeling of independence, but I think this programme celebrates financial independence too. It was such a massive shift in terms of the independence of one-bedroom apartments and it was just such a different way of living.
With self-assembly furniture everything was very changeable. I constantly talk about the fact that no idea is a new idea but in those days they really were new.
I mean you look at someone like Max...
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From fantastic CGI to a very real fear of mushrooms...
“It’s as if you’re sat on a hedgehog”
See real stories of life with cancer, The Big C & Me, BBC One
Forget Ferraris – it’s all about real horsepower
Can Rory get up to speed? Top Gear: Extra Gear, BBC Three
This PC’s weirdest shoplifting story
Find out more about life on the beat in South Wales, Police 24/7, BBC One Wales
See this super-cute baby spider monkey learning to climb
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Seals, skips and more send to all texts – catch these brill moments until Friday, 10 June on BBC iPlayer.
This emotional tale of a lost seal pup that’s as gripping as any drama
See the dangers facing seals and other animals in rural Scotland – Highlands – Scotland’s Wild Heart, BBC One Scotland
The best use of the word ‘shod’ you’ll hear this week (probably)
See how Nina’s fitting in – Love, Nina, BBC One
Alex Jones’ sheer range of emotions as Michael McIntyre types her ‘send to all’ message
Find out who replied –
There were so many breath-taking moments during Nature’s Epic Journeys but I think the most enduring one for me was watching Nxai Pan, a 2,500km squared salt flat in North-eastern Botswana, come to life during the rainy season.
We arrived at the end of the dry season when the entire pan was dry and cracked, and the place appeared devoid of any life. But with the arrival of the rains, the power of Mother Nature thundered down upon it.
The steel sky began to flash with lightning in the distance and the rains descended upon the arid flats with such force that the entire area flooded at...
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Featuring new drama, old friends and some surprising animal partnerships – all available to enjoy until Thursday, 16 June in BBC iPlayer.
A reminder of the days when supporting Leicester City FC wasn’t quite so popular
Will the boys warm to Nina? – Love, Nina, BBC One
If Hippos did spa days…
This is the final post Mary has written about her new series, Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit.
Making a documentary about the Roman Empire partly means visits to the sunny climes of the Mediterranean.
Anyone who has watched the Ultimate Rome series will have spotted that it was sometimes very, very hot. Take those sunburnt arms in Timgad and the scarcely disguised sweat in the Roman August (and that was after a whole lot of anti-perspirant wipes, I promise!). But actually, taking the Roman Empire as a whole, some bits are very cold.
The first bit of filming we did was in...
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It's official. One of the most famous women to ever cross Albert Square will be doing so for the last time in a special episode of EastEnders on Tuesday, 17 May.
No-nonsense mum to Grant and Phil, Peggy Mitchell is also one of the best-loved Queen Vic landladies in the soap's history. So in tribute to Peggy - and to the always bubbly Barbara Windsor - these famous faces have been trying out her infamous line: "GET OUTTA MY PUB!"
Actor Dominic West gives a convincing rendition from the comfort of The One Show couch
Cock-eyed squids, roflcopters, Your-ovision… Get tongue tied with some of the best moments available to watch until Wednesday, 8 June.
Be slightly freaked out by these extraordinary creatures of the deep
Dive into nature - Life That Glows with David Attenborough, BBC Two
And discover more eye-opening documentaries on iPlayer.
This properly funny Broadway-style number from Sweden's...
The next chapter in the TV adaptation of Shakespeare’s history plays, The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses, explores some of the writer’s best-known royal characters. But you might be surprised to find that some less widely recognised characters really court our attention in Henry VI and Richard III.
Here to explain the who, what and why about his character, Clifford, is Poldark actor Kyle Soller.
Mary will be writing a new post each week for her new series, Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit.
One of the highlights of our filming for me was going to some of the Roman sites in Algeria. I had never been there before, and it wasn’t entirely simple to get permission to film. We owe a lot to the British Ambassador in Algiers, who helped us get the permits to go to the sites.
The real star was the city of Timgad, a Roman town on the very fringes of the Sahara. It started life as a settlement of ex-squaddies, and became a town that paraded its cultural “Roman-ness”. In a...