Arts & Literature

Wonderland: The Story of Christmas

wonderland: the story of christmas

So many classic children’s books deal with the festive season. There are Christmassy moments in great works by Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, Kenneth Grahame, J. M. Barrie, J.R.R. Tolkien and many more. This compelling arts documentary delves into both the joyous descriptions of yuletide created by these writers and also some darker moments in Christmas stories.

Wonderland: Lewis Carroll to JRR Tolkien

Wonderland: Lewis Carroll to JRR Tolkien

In one remarkable 60-year period, some of the most iconic children’s literature was written in Britain. An extraordinary range of authors created ‘Wonderlands’, imaginary places of happiness where sorrows were simply removed. This fascinating arts documentary showcases the lives of writers Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit), AA Milne (Winnie the Pooh) and others.

The Art Of Japanese Life

Image of the red circle of Japan with the cityscape within, as well as a bonzai tree

In recent times, Japan has been at the forefront of technology and has developed into a global powerhouse. But for centuries it lived in deliberate isolation with little known about its culture or people. Art historian Dr James Fox delves into the art of Japan, revealing its mysterious origins and exploring the links between culture, the countryside, urban landscapes and religion.

Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow

BBC Select has a number of seasons of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow to stream in the US and Canada.

Season 37 travels the length of Great Britain inspecting the treasures of the general public, attempting to unearth some gems while uncovering the occasional fake. This series was marked by a very special visit to Balmoral Castle paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as she became Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

Nature And Us: A History Through Art

In this groundbreaking arts documentary, BBC Select explores the often complex relationship that human beings have with the natural world. Taking a unique approach, Dr James Fox uses art as evidence of our developing attitudes towards nature across the globe and throughout history, from prehistory to the present.

Can culture help to explain our evolving relationship with nature?