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BBC One Autumn 2007 
Michael Palin presents Michael Palin's New Europe

BBC One Autumn 2007



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Michael Palin's New Europe

 

In all his travels Michael Palin has ignored his own backyard – Europe. In his new series, however, Michael explores a very special corner of Europe: the mysterious chunk that was once off limits behind the Iron Curtain.

 

From Albania in the south to Estonia in the north, by road, rail, river, sailboat, barge, bike, tank and donkey, Michael journeys through Eastern Europe's most enticing locations, meeting the countries' movers and shakers, as well as the average man-on-the-Budapest-omnibus.

 

The mountains may not be quite Himalayan nor the wastes Saharan, but within this concentrated area Michael discovers that the sights and sounds, tastes and textures are intense and overwhelming.

 

Viewers who know Spain, France and Italy, and think they've "done" Europe, will most likely be tempted to try Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Poland, once they see the rich and fascinating ingredients of Michael Palin's New Europe.

 

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The Nature Of Britain 
Alan Titchmarsh presents The Nature Of Britain

 

The Nature Of Britain

 

Alan Titchmarsh makes an epic journey across the length and breadth of our country to explore the huge diversity of The Nature Of Britain.

 

This unique series – made by the BBC's world-renowned Natural History Unit, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – presents the first complete picture of British wildlife ever shown on television, from the tiniest dormouse to the mightiest golden eagle.

 

Through the exploration of eight very different habitats, ranging from moors and mountains to urban landscapes, Alan reveals the surprising relationships between the land and the incredible creatures that live there.

 

During his journey, Alan shares his enthusiasm for the British wildlife he loves, encouraging viewers to step outside and explore the wealth of natural history on their doorstep.

 

And, with more than 80 regional programmes highlighting local nature and conservation activities, Alan's call to action should be difficult to ignore.

 

Viewers can also visit bbc.co.uk/natureofbritain to share the secrets of the UK's amazing wildlife with Alan, find the best wildlife in their locality and download stunning time-lapse sequences.

 

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Who Do You Think You Are?

 

The fourth series of Who Do You Think You Are? follows seven more personalities as they embark on personal adventures of discovery and revelation.

 

The celebrities unravelling secrets and surprises about their roots are presenter and comedian Graham Norton; actor John Hurt; newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky; impersonator and actor Alistair McGowan; comedian and presenter Griff Rhys Jones; Olympian Matthew Pinsent; and writer and presenter Carol Vorderman.

 

Graham Norton explores his paternal Protestant roots and unravels a family mystery from his mother's side. John Hurt's search into the past leads him to possible connections with Irish aristocracy.

 

South Africa's anti-apartheid movement and the Holocaust both figure prominently in Natasha Kaplinsky's investigation into her family history.

 

India is the destination for Alistair McGowan as he unearths Anglo-Indian roots on his father's side and Matthew Pinsent traces his mother's family links to some of British history's greatest characters.

 

Griff Rhys Jones explores his Welsh roots and Carol Vorderman probes her maternal Welsh links as well as her family's intriguing Dutch heritage.

 

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Diana

 

The death of Diana, Princess of Wales was an unprecedented moment in British history. It triggered a landslide of public emotion, catching both the media and Monarchy unawares.

 

Ten years on, this compelling BBC documentary looks at the impact the Princess's life and death had on a nation brought together by extraordinary displays of grief, and how the relationship between the public and the Monarchy changed forever.

 

The programme celebrates Diana's life by talking to those who surrounded her. New and revealing interviews are combined with archive footage to tell the Princess's story.

 

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What Not To Wear 
(L-R) Lisa Butcher and Mica Paris

 

What Not To Wear

 

Following the huge success of their What Not To Wear debut last year, soul sensation Mica Paris and supermodel Lisa Butcher are back for a brand-new series.

 

Whether you're a twin sister who struggles to find her own identity, a single man who can't get a girlfriend or a teenage girl coping with body-image issues, Mica and Lisa are on hand to prove that anyone can look and feel better, regardless of their age, shape or height.

 

Both busy single mums, the close friends understand how difficult it is to juggle work pressures, family life and still find time for themselves. Mica and Lisa combine their stage and catwalk expertise to guide a new set of women and men along a journey of self-discovery.

 

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A Year With The Queen

 

With remarkable behind-the-scenes access, this momentous series reveals how the Monarchy impacts on so many aspects of British life. Never before have television cameras been allowed to observe so comprehensively the working life of Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family as they go about their duties at home and abroad.

 

A Year With The Queen documents the activities of a special Royal year including The Queen's 80th birthday celebrations, the State Opening of Parliament, Royal tours, investitures, garden parties, ancient Church rituals, the opening of football stadia and even the interaction of the Household with the media.

 

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Blair

 

The longest-ever serving Labour Prime Minister, Tony Blair, talks exclusively to the BBC in this landmark series.

 

In a number of open and candid interviews, Tony Blair looks back on his dramatic decade in power, considering both domestic and international events, alongside the challenges of governing a modern democracy.

 

The series also features insights from top insiders, international politicians and key critics, whose take on the Blair Premiership will help to make this the definitive television history of the Blair years.

 

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Warriors 
Attila played by Rory McCann in Warriors

 

Warriors

 

Warriors is a series of lavish, all-action drama-documentary spectaculars looking at key moments in the lives of some of the greatest warriors of history. Shot in exotic locations from the mountains of Mexico to the temples of Japan, from Malta to Morocco, each film reveals what it was that made these men different from the rest of us.

 

The Warriors featured in the series are Richard the Lionheart, Napoleon, Attila the Hun, Spartacus, The Shogun – Tokugawa Ieyasu and Cortes.

 

These powerful, magnetic personalities have earned their place in the world's imagination. They were all prepared to die for what they believed in – whether it was God or gold, the sheer naked pursuit of power and glory or a magnificent ideal. Their vision, courage, ambition, greed and genius shaped the world around them.

 

Warriors has been written with the advice of world experts and is based on rock-solid historical research. The result is a series that gives genuinely new insights into the motives, strengths and weaknesses that drove these people to achieve what no-one else dared.

 

TM

 


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