ONE puts history centre stage this autumn
ONE launches an ambitious, energetic and confident schedule with
history taking centre stage in this £220 million season.
a range of programming, BBC ONE goes back in time to offer audiences
an opportunity to consider new perspectives on historic, social
and personal situations.
Heggessey, Controller of BBC ONE, said: "Opening the door to
a wide variety of subjects is key to BBC ONE, and through a range
of documentaries and drama we've recreated the world of yesterday
for the viewers of today.
on our expertise in the area of computer generated imagery we've
pushed technology to the limits to recreate the world of ancient
Italy while our autumn period drama focuses on Charles II."
- The Last Day follows the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79
and brings to life this remarkable 24-hour period.
historical and forensic evidence to re-enact an account of this
last day, the programme explores the horrific impact of the natural
disaster on the city through its people.
travels back to the age of the gladiators, investigating how they
worked and lived.
special effects and dramatic reconstructions the programme tells
the story of Verus, a man who went from being a slave to one of
the biggest gladiatorial stars of his time.
to the programme is the reconstruction of a fight that is the based
on the only recorded eye witness account of the gladiators at work.
romp through history, Charles II is set in the corridors
and bedrooms of power at a time when the relationship between monarch
and state was at crisis point.
series stars Rufus Sewell, Dame Diana Rigg and Rupert Graves.
complement the drama, BBC ONE is also showing two documentaries,
The Boy Who Would be King and Oliver Cromwell - Warts
autumn BBC ONE also offers new perspectives on contemporary life
in an unique project as the channel presents six modern takes on
Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.
medieval tales are imaginatively updated to reflect Britain today,
with themes such as the cult of celebrity, the obsession with youth
and bigotry shown towards asylum seekers.
by some of Britain's best known contemporary writers - Tony Marchant,
Peter Bowker, Sally Wainwright and Tony Grounds - and joined by
two new writers to television drama Olivia Hetreed and Avie Luthra,
the tales are set on the pilgrims' route to Canterbury.
journey begins in Southwark and goes through Gravesend, Rochester
and Chatham before finally reaching Canterbury.
tales are The Knight's Tale, The Miller's Tale, The Sea-Captain's
Tale, The Wife of Bath, The Man of Law's Tale and The Pardoner's
Julie Walters, James Nesbitt, Om Puri, Paul Nicholls, Dennis Waterman,
John Simm, Andrew Lincoln, Keeley Hawes, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jonny
Holy Cross is a factually based drama telling the story of
events on the Ardoyne Road in Belfast in 2001 when a dispute broke
out over a route to school.
through the story of two fictional families the drama attempts to
go behind the headlines and discover why the people involved in
this particular dispute felt they had to see it through, no matter
what the consequences.
In Looking for Victoria Prunella Scales explores the intimate
life of Queen Victoria.
actress embarks on a personal quest to unravel the innermost thoughts
of the woman she has played on stage for over 20 years.
BBC ONE launches its new documentary strand, ONE life, with
a series of films that take the viewer to the very heart of the
by a range of highly talented directors these films offer an unflinching
view of the stories of everyday people.
In Hand of God Michael Buerk examines the impact of religion
on public life and asks what happens when public figures take their
religion to work with them in the worlds of sports, politics and
This season sees the culmination of the biggest ever television
search for young sporting talent in Born To Win.
5,000 young people applied and now we follow the hopes and fears
of the top 20 as they make the journey to Austria, where they will
compete for their chance to become the superstars of tomorrow.
And the superstars of today compete for top honours as Johnny Vaughan
and Suzi Perry present the return of the legendary sports-entertainment
at the world famous La Manga club in Southern Spain, top sporting
stars compete against each other in 10 demanding events.
Sea Monsters: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special brings
to life the dangers of the pre-historic underwater world as Nigel
Marven explores the strange and fascinating creatures who lived
Following last year's ground breaking Abyss Live, this year BBC
ONE is going even deeper in Beyond the Abyss.
one unique day of broadcasting viewers will be taken down for a
mesmerising look into the deep.
Hunting Chris Ryan takes former SAS trooper and best selling
author Chris Ryan and abandons him in three of the world's most
extreme environments as he is hunted by a crack force of Special
The Human Mind tells the exciting story of how the mind makes
us who we are.
Robert Winston travels the world to find out how the human mind
learns, how it creates our personality and how it deals with other
More than a million of them hide in the darkest recess of our bodies,
they can alter our behaviour and take over our lives.
delves into the surprising underworld of the parasite, human kind's
Nina Wadia joins Jasper Carrott in the second series of All About
Me and Raj gets his long awaited voice machine.
Married life comes under the spotlight in BBC ONE's new late night
comedy showcasing the best of black British talent. Brace yourself
for The Crouches!
issue photographs - for media use only - from the autumn schedule
are available on the BBC digital picture service's Programme and
Publicity Specials folder.
BBC ONE autumn press pack is available below in PDF
format, by genres or as a complete pack.
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ONE autumn pack (1.32 MB)
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TWO's autumn examines the world we live in (30.07.03)
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