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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

BBC Four Spring/Summer 2010

The Stones Of Rosslyn

Norman Season

This summer BBC Four, BBC Two and BBC Learning will be joining forces to highlight the effect that the Normans have had on our civilisation. BBC Four will be turning the spotlight on art and culture.

In The Stones Of Rosslyn, art historian Lady Helen Rosslyn delves into the art and architecture of one of the most famous medieval chapels in the world, exploring what it is about Rosslyn Chapel that has enchanted visitors as diverse as JMW Turner, Robert Burns and Tom Hanks.

In Norman Walks, Dan Snow uncovers the "forgotten" Norman Empire – one that has been largely overlooked but which laid the foundation for modern Britain. Each episode takes in prominent Norman landmarks and features a mixture of aerial archive and bespoke filming via helicopter.

In The Art Of The Anglo-Saxons, Dr Janina Ramirez tells the story of how England in the Dark Ages became one of the art capitals of Christendom. She examines highlights of Anglo-Saxon art, such as the Lindisfarne Gospels, decoding the imagery within them and examining the sophisticated techniques required to create them.

Poet Simon Armitage shows how the legend of King Arthur matured in the years after the Norman invasion in The Making Of King Arthur. Revealing the greatest masterworks of Arthurian literature, Simon tells Arthur’s tragic story and asks what role the mythical king still serves in our national consciousness.

The Norman Season launches Hands On History, a two-year learning campaign offering audiences inspiring opportunities to take the next step from watching programmes to discovering history around them. Working in partnership with more than 20 heritage and history organisations, Hands On History will offer a range of events and activities as part of the Norman Season, including Norman walks.


The Stones Of Rosslyn, BBC Productions, Wales
Norman Walks, Skyworks Ltd
The Art Of The Anglo-Saxons, BBC Productions
The Making Of King Arthur, BBC Productions

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Battle Of Britain Season

Battle Of Britain Season

Spitfire Women

As part of a special season marking the 70th anniversary of The Battle Of Britain across BBC Four and BBC Two, this one-off documentary tells the story of the remarkable women who, against all odds, flew planes for the Air Transport Auxiliary from 1939 to the end of the Second World War.

Using archive footage and testimonies from the surviving members and their relatives, Spitfire Women captures the drama, danger and significance of the story of these unsung heroines, who came from across the world to fight for Britain but whose tales of courage and determination remain largely unrecognised.

Further BBC Four programming to support Battle Of Britain Season will be announced at a later date.


Love West Productions Ltd

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Beautiful Minds

Beautiful Minds

Great minds don't always think alike. In fact, offbeat thinking has led to some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our age. In an insightful three-part series, produced in HD, Britain’s most influential and respected scientists explain how their unique perspectives have redefined how we think about the world around us.

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell – one of the world’s brightest astrophysicists – who played a key role in a discovery that revolutionised her field; Nobel Prize winner Sir Tim Hunt and Professor James Lovelock explain what inspired them to devote their lives to scientific research and what they feel are the far reaching consequences of their discoveries.


BBC Productions

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History and Science
Working closely with BBC Two, the channel takes its own unique perspective on two historical moments that have helped shape British culture. And, with the BBC's focus on science this year, BBC Four puts the big questions to leading scientists.
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