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The Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I

The Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I

In 1558, Elizabeth took the throne of a deeply divided England after her siblings Edward and Mary died. The Protestant queen allowed Catholics to continue with their faith as long as they were discrete and loyal. Peace and prosperity followed, and English culture flourished. Under Elizabeth, the seeds of Empire were sewn but despite her successes the Virgin Queen had to guard against numerous plots.

Prosecuting Hip Hop: Drill On Trial

Prosecuting Hip Hop: Drill On Trial

The latest music genre to spark a wave of moral panic is Drill, a sub genre of hip hop that originated in Chicago in the early 2010s. Noted for an explicit style of lyricism and associated with crime, lawyers and rap experts are increasingly required to defend Drill artists and their music in court. But should these artistic statements ever be used in a legal context?

Louis Theroux Interviews...Stormzy

Louis Theroux Interviews... Stormzy

After two years out of the spotlight, platinum-selling rapper Stormzy welcomes Louis Theroux into his London home. This frank and revealing conversation covers many aspects of his life, from his childhood to the breakdown of a high-profile relationship, as well as the pressures that come with fame. How does he cope with so much success at such a young age?

Beyond Human: Artificial Intelligence and Us

Beyond Human

Machines are getting smarter. Much smarter. As they grow in power, could they pose an existential threat to the human race? Some of the minds behind the development of Artificial Intelligence think it could happen. This fascinating science documentary talks to AI experts about their hopes and fears and researchers developing tech that allows computers to read our emotions and even our minds.

Andrew Tate: The Man Who Groomed the World?

Andrew Tate: The Man Who Groomed the World

Through interviews with alleged victims, internal whistle-blowers, and Tate himself, reporter Matt Shea uncovers the truth behind notorious influence Andrew Tate. This four-year-long investigation uncovers Tate’s cult-like organization and confronts the mysterious mastermind behind the group, who helped craft Tate into a global figurehead while remaining in the shadows, until now.