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Are you Team Believer or Team Sceptic? Danny Robins brings his hit BBC paranormal podcast to the screen, investigating stories of bizarre, unexplained happenings. Was a young girl visited by the apparition of an Edwardian school teacher? Were a teenage boy and his family subjected to a vicious poltergeist attack? And were students preyed upon by a malevolent force? It’s about to get weird.

The Real History of Science Fiction

Real history of science fiction

Star Wars. The Time Machine. Doctor Who. Star Trek. Science Fiction has dominated popular culture and our collected imaginations for centuries. This illuminating documentary tells the definitive history of Sci-Fi, sharing the stories of the genre’s greatest pioneers: the filmmakers, writers, actors, and graphic artists whose obsession and imagination has taken them, and us, deep into the unknown.

Lucy Worsley Investigates

Lucy Worsley Investigates

Witch trials. Murdered princes. The Black Death. Uncover the shocking truth behind history’s most infamous mysteries and find out what they say about our changing society. Historian Lucy Worsley finds lost records, re-examines crime scenes and calls on experts to reframe each case in this remarkable history documentary. As she digs deeper, new light is shed on history’s most notorious moments.

Louis Theroux Interviews... Bear Grylls

Louis Theroux Interviews... Bear Grylls

Lucky Louis! He gets whisked away by adventurer and television presenter Bear Grylls to visit his private island. Louis sits down with Bear in an attempt to understand the real man beneath the tough-guy exterior. He learns about Bear being taken to see self-help gurus as a child and accompanies him on trips to a Scout troop, a marine reserve training camp, and his own family adventure festival.

A Life In Ten Pictures: Tupac Shakur

Watch A Life In Ten Pictures: Tupac Shakur on BBC Select

Tupac Shakur was one of hip-hop’s most photographed figures and his image is known around the world.

This BBC Tupac Shakur documentary explores the rapper’s life through a collection of 10 iconic, candid and private photographs. With contributions from those who were there and those who knew Tupac best, could these photos uncover new truths about someone we think we already know?