Presented by David Attenborough, four years in the making, Africa offers a simply jaw-dropping view at the world's second-largest continent, including tremendous footage of mountain gorillas, rhinos, zebras, lions… You name it, it's here.
David Bowie – Five Years
This feature-length BBC documentary could not be more timely, coming in the wake of its subject’s triumphant return with his acclaimed The Next Day album. The film rolls back the decades to offer an intimate portrait of five key years in David Bowie’s sensational career. It begins in the early 1970s, when Bowie waved goodbye to his Ziggy Stardust persona. Always a restless artist, he then entered a period of constant change and evolution, cropping up as the Soul Star of Young Americans, then the Thin White Duke, before decamping to Berlin in order to make his epochal Heroes album. Through archive footage and interviews with his closest collaborators, we discover how those crucial five years created a true modern icon.
Derren Brown: The Experiments
In this first episode of ‘ambitious sociological experiments’, called The Assassin, Brown tries his hand at hypnotising an unwitting member of the public to assassinate a celebrity. Who is the celebrity, and will the ‘patsy’ succeed?
Eddie Izzard: Mandela Marathons
In this first episode, comedian Izzard begins his challenge: paying tribute to Nelson Mandela and his extraordinary story by attempting to complete 27 marathons across South Africa in just 27 days.
Ever wanted to sleep better, feel calmer, focus more or just get some relief from that busy mind? Well it's probably time to get some Headspace. Headspace is meditation made relevant to modern life. Learn for free with Andy Puddicombe, the man the Times (London) call 'The Expert's Expert'.
Get unique daily guided meditations, science facts and figures and progress reports, all designed to make it as easy as possible for you to get some calm and clarity.
So make sure you take care of your mind this year and download the Headspace app (on-the-go).
Headspace The Benefits of Meditation
From greater creativity to an increase in your attention span, the benefits of meditation are many - so instead of trying to list them, we interviewed Yale University’s Judson Brewer for the scientific opinion on why meditation works – plus, hear from other Headspace beginners. If you’re looking for a nudge to try Take 10, this is it.
Headspace Take 10
If you've ever wanted to sleep better, have more focus or just stop the endless thoughts from clattering around your brain, let the man the Times calls ‘Britain’s top meditation guru’ show you how. In just 10 minutes, he’ll take you through simple, practical techniques for getting a bit more Headspace in your life.
Headspace Guide to getting some Sleep
Catching zzz's on a plane can be somewhat of a struggle. Until now! In just 10 minutes, Andy Puddicombe can teach you a simple technique that will help you get off to the land of nod whether you’re in the air or back on solid ground.
Headspace for the Journey
Anxieties about flying, impatient to disembark after landing, or worried about whether your baggage is ever going to come out at the other end? Travelling can be stressful – but with this dedicated technique, you’ll feel calmer and tease out the tension. (It’ll pay even more dividends if you’ve tried Headspace Take 10, too…)
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
The sort of reality show you might find yourself watching from between your fingers, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo focuses on the Thompson family, in particular seven-year-old child pageant contestant Alana. Guilty pleasure or something a little more insidious? Now you can decide on a show that has divided critics and audiences alike.
This eye-opening documentary series depicts a year behind the scenes at Claridge’s, the five-star luxury hotel in the heart of Mayfair. In this first episode the housekeeping staff prepare to turn the entire third floor into a palace for foreign royalty.
Last Night of the Proms 2013
This year’s legendary Last Night begins with a celebratory new work by Anna Clyne and includes a rare performance of Britten’s 1967 overture for chorus and orchestra.
Oliver Stone’s Untold Story of the United States
Episode six of the director’s documentary series deals with JFK's involvement in the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, early Vietnam, and his attempts at peace with Khrushchev. Plus, of course, his early, tragic demise.
One Direction: This Is Us
Telling the story of how Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis rose to fame, we hear from the boys themselves, see footage of an amazing performance at London's O2 Arena, and discover what it's like to be in One Direction.
Stories from the frontline in Afghanistan told by the young soldiers themselves. In this episode we join the Mercian Regiment’s second battalion as they enter a dangerous area of Helmand.
Sporting Greats: Muhammad Ali
To many there are simply none greater than Muhammad Ali who combined exceptional grace and skill in the ring (‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’) with exceptional charisma and character out of it, as well as providing the sport with some of its most memorable bouts. Sky’s documentary looks back at a legendary figure.
The Last Days of Anne Boleyn
Dramatisation meets documentary here, as a stellar cast of writers and historians, including Hilary Mantel, David Starkey, Philippa Gregory and others, battle out the story of Anne Boleyn’s final days to offer a unique interpretation of her destruction.
Wheeler Dealers Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers saw mechanics Mike and Edd on a mission to save cars, repairing them and selling them on, job done. In this spin-off the set-up’s the same, only Mike is now travelling thee world in search of used cars to restore and trade.
Wonderland – Walking With Dogs
Acclaimed director Vanessa Engle approached people walking their pets on Hampstead Heath to discover why they have a dog and the role it plays in their lives. Their stories are moving, surprising and profound.