History 101

History 101 is a new type of history show for a new type of audience: Big History delivered in an unadulterated hit of premium archive and jaw-dropping infographics. This landmark series tackles the biggest developments of the past 100 years and breaks them down into a fast-paced, easy-to-understand 20 minutes, that helps answer the big questions: Why is the world the way it is and how did we get here?

The ten episodes span a wide range of topics ripped-from-the-headlines, covering scientific breakthroughs, social movements, and world-changing discoveries: the Space Race, Plastics, Oil in the Middle East, the AIDS epidemic, Nuclear Power, Robots, Genetics, the Rise of China, Fast Food, and Feminism. Unpacking not just what happened but why, and how this created the world we live in today.  

Archival footage of the events takes viewers back to key moments, allowing them to hear the story directly from the voices of the time; exciting new animations put the stories in context and are packed with ‘take-home’ facts. Did you know that China recently used more cement in three years than the United States did in the entire 20th century? That a space rocket can generate temperatures on re-entry that are half as hot as the sun? That we share 60% of the same DNA as bananas? 

History 101 isn’t just surprising statistics and little-known facts. It’s classic storytelling with an updated twist, asking provocative questions about the world we live in – why do we bother going into space when it’s so dangerous and expensive? How did China become a global economic powerhouse, and why was the rest of the world so slow to notice? Answering these questions tells an entertaining story about how we got here, but it also gets us thinking…about where we might go next.  "

  • Friday 22nd May

  • Netflix

  • 1-10 of 10


The Race For A Cure: Making Britain Safe – Tonight

Dr Ranj Singh looks at the urgent race to find a cure for Covid19. With hopes of defeating the deadly virus lying with the world's scientists - including those working in Britain, Dr Singh gains first-hand access to laboratories and drug trials across the country. And he reports on the unprecedented scientific efforts going into developing drugs to treat those hospitalised with the virus, as well as on the search for a vaccine to inoculate us all. With the success of these trials determining how soon we can resume normal life and get Britain’s economy running as before, the stakes couldn't be higher.

Mo Gilligan’s All Star Happy Hour

Join award-winning stand-up sensation Mo Gilligan and all-star celebrity guests for the happiest hour on television. Live from his very own home, Mo will present a joyful mix of high-energy comedy, music and one-of-a-kind games, as members of the public go head to head with famous faces in a quest to win amazing prizes. Accompanied by some surprising guests, Mo will also give his unique take on the week's TV and funniest clips and will be joined by some of the nation's favourite music acts performing their biggest hits in a brand new way. Mo will bring celebrity-filled fun and hilarious prize-winning games direct to the homes of the public as he seeks to deliver joy to the country.

  • Monday 18th May, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 3 of 4


Rich Kids Go Homeless

Kaya, 19, is a self-confessed Daddy’s Girl and high maintenance Rich Kid. A lavish childhood afforded her a pet pony, private classical piano lessons, a large house with live in nanny and anything she desired in her wardrobe.

Now a model, Kaya maintains her taste for the high life with a passion for fashion and designer brands, finding shopping and splashing the cash therapeutic. Kaya is convinced that the homeless are comfortable in their position and feels that her skills of the playing the piano combined with her looks will gain her enough money to get off the streets.

On her first night out Kaya quickly realises her plan is unrealistic and resorts to begging. After initially feeling ignored she gets lucky and earns £40 from one man, attributing her luck to her attractiveness. Kaya searches unsuccessfully for a hostel and it’s not long before she experiences the flip side to being a female on the streets, as a homeless man menacingly approaches her as she sleeps rough.

After a terrible night’s sleep Kaya decides to use her money to book a hostel for the night but is denied due to lack of ID. Feeling isolated and lonely she calls her friend for morale support.

Kaya meets a homeless musician called Tips who takes her under his wing, wanting to protect her from the ravages of the streets. They form a fragile friendship, bonding over music but tested by Tips’ addiction to drugs.

Kaya tries to help Tips realise his musical ambition whilst trying the limit his drug intake. But after Kaya’s surprise gift to Tips is ungratefully received she leaves to go it alone once again. Only to be drawn back to Tips as her fears and loneliness of the streets consume her once again. How does Kaya end up surviving the streets?

Casualty 24/7

The Barnsley Casualty Department needs staffing round the clock, but today two nurses have phoned in sick. To add to the pressure, Sister Harriet Lindley has clocked on to find a waiting room full of patients.  New to the role of Sister, it’s up to her to keep the department flowing.

With an already busy department, Nurse Chloe Wesley answers the red emergency phone.  A 23-month-old toddler is being rushed in with suspected sepsis, a life-threatening condition that attacks the internal organs. Chloe Wesley must head to resus to help a large team of paediatric specialists administer high strength antibiotics immediately.

Overseeing ambulance admissions is Nurse Jade Boothroyd and the next emergency to arrive is 84-year-old Norman, who has fallen badly while getting off his mobility scooter.  Doctors suspect he may have broken his hip, which could mean major surgery and a lengthy recovery.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Cheryl Barnes is looking after 57-yeard-old Michael, who has come into the casualty department with severe abdominal pain.  He had major surgery as a child and is worried he is facing the same again.

The next emergency patient to be blue lighted in is 87-year-old Helga, who’s been knocked over by a car.  Dr George Kay is looking after her and is concerned she may have broken bones and internal injuries.  She’s sent for an urgent CT scan to see if the accident has done any serious damage.

Dr George Kay then heads over to paediatrics to see 4-year-old Finley, who’s fallen over and bumped the back of his head at school.

And Volunteer Jane Allen has her own emergency to contend with.  Her tea trolley has gone missing throwing her rounds into disarray. 

  • Wednesday 20th May, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 8 of 20


Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back

Joe Lycett, the man responsible for making complaining funny, returns for a supersized new series of Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back as Britain’s customer service hero vows to continue to fight the good fight on behalf of the British public.  

Throughout the series, we’ll see Joe score victories for consumers everywhere as he battles rubbish council bin collections, settles scores against scammers, deals a blow to dodgy delivery companies and takes up the fight against corporate giants. Each week Joe will also be behind the Customer Service desk as he tackles viewers’ consumer problems, no matter how big or small.

What’s Funny About… with Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman

New to Radio 4 Extra, TV veterans Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman talk to the writers, producers, and performers behind Britain’s biggest TV comedy hits, and hear the inside story of how they brought their programmes to the screen. 

We’ll begin each week’s conversation by asking ourselves and our guests the same question: What’s Funny About… their show? 

In this episode, Peter and Jon talk to Armando Iannucci and Rebecca Front about their biting pollical satire The Thick Of It. Was Nicola Murray just a nice (if hapless) person, thrust into a nest of political vipers, or was she just as bad as the rest of them? Who came up with the line “about as much use as a marzipan dildo”? And who was Malcolm Tucker really based on (it’s probably not who you think).

  • Wednesday 20th May, 10:30pm

  • Radio 4 Extra

  • 2 of 6


Celebrity Gogglebox USA

Attention Gogglers – the show which sees the sharpest armchair critics share their thoughts on the best of recent telly, is to head across the pond and step into the homes of a selection of familiar celebrity faces.

Produced by Studio Lambert, each hour-long episode will dive straight into the news and events on television, that are currently taking America by storm. Much like the Gogglebox we know and love, the celebrities will share insightful, funny and sometimes emotional critiques of the most popular and topical TV shows and news stories all from the comfort of their own sofas.

We’ll hear opinions from a cracking list of famous faces and their families including Rob Lowe, Meghan Trainor, Joe Buck, Raven-Symoné, Master P and Romeo, JoJo Siwa, Steve Wozniak, Curtis Stone, and Robert and Kym Herjavec. Further names will be revealed in the coming days.

  • Wednesday 20th May, 9pm

  • E4

  • 2 of 10


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