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Year: 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Rough Justice

1 October 1981
Portrait of a fractious Welsh village near Merthyr Tydfil.

Season 1, Episode 2: Sister Genevieve

8 October 1981
Portrait of a Comprehensive School in the heart of the Falls Road, Belfast.

Season 1, Episode 3: Hijack

15 October 1981
Story of a Hijack on Independence Day 1977 in New York.

Season 1, Episode 4: Give Us the Vote

22 October 1981
Test case for inmates of mental hospital to get the vote.

Season 1, Episode 5: Lol: A Bona Queen of Fabularity

29 October 1981
Life style of Quentin Crisp-esque 'Queen'.
Lorri Lee ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 6: Marathon Man

5 November 1981
Attempt to beat record run from John o' Groats to Land's End.

Season 1, Episode 7: Rocky Circus

12 November 1981
Gary Glitter stars in Gerry Cottle's Circus.

Season 1, Episode 8: Gorilla G Gorilla

19 November 1981
Gorilla N'Pongo gives birth to Kumi in Jersey Zoo.

Season 1, Episode 9: The Harrisons Don't Go to School

26 November 1981
Hereford family educating children at home.

Season 1, Episode 10: Alison

3 December 1981
Spastic girl's struggle to live a normal life.
Michael Dean ... Narrator

Season 1, Episode 11: Sex, Drugs and the Vicar

10 December 1981
Backstage at the News of the World.

Season 1, Episode 12: Children's Parties

17 December 1981
An anthology of various children's parties.

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: The Great Cover-up

14 January 1982
The bald facts revealed: What men will do to counter hair loss.

Season 2, Episode 2: Brighton or Bust

21 January 1982
The London to Brighton vintage car rally.

Season 2, Episode 3: The Last Resort

28 January 1982
Glenthorne high security prison for youngsters.

Season 2, Episode 4: The George Formby Story

1981
Biopic of renowned comedian and ukulelist.
Michael Dean ... Narrator
George Formby ... (archive footage)

Season 2, Episode 5: Burgled

11 February 1982
Burglary - Britain's fastest growing industry.

Season 2, Episode 6: Bomber and Brendan

18 February 1982
Sheffield's Herol 'Bomber' Graham and Brendan Ingle his trainer in bid for boxing glory.

Season 2, Episode 7: Mutiny

25 February 1982
1943 Mutiny of British soldiers in Salerno.

Season 2, Episode 8: Saved in the Nick of Time

4 March 1982
Artefacts saved from demolished buildings.

Season 2, Episode 9: Birth Reborn

11 March 1982
Michel Odent and 'natural' childbirth at his clinic in Pithiviers France
Michel Odent ... Himself (as Dr. Michel Odent)

Season 2, Episode 10: Hunt Saboteurs

18 March 1982
Cameras follow shock troops of anti-hunt demonstrators disrupting hunt.

Season 2, Episode 11: Heart Transplant

25 March 1982
Magdi Yacoub and his surgical team at work at Harefield Hospital.

Season 2, Episode 12: Roedean

7 October 1982
The leading girls' public school.

Season 2, Episode 13: Skinheads

14 October 1982
Four 'skins' in 1982 London; their lifestyle and the skinhead culture.

Season 2, Episode 14: Rabbits Don't Cry

24 October 1982
Looks at the increasing militancy of activists protesting at experiments on animals.

Season 2, Episode 15: An Emotional Matter

28 October 1982
The senior education officer in Durham County and his difficult decisions to close certain schools.

Season 2, Episode 16: Lost in a Crowd

4 November 1982
Problems of loneliness. Five people who are trying to find their own ways to deal with overcome loneliness are in a compartment in a train. They tell their stories to us, but do not communicate with each other, despite their shared problem.

Season 2, Episode 17: The Cruelty Man

11 November 1982
A typical week for Howard Wolfenden, one of 250 NSPCC inspectors who investigate child cruelty cases.

Season 2, Episode 18: Miners

25 November 1982
Looks at the lives and beliefs of miners in a small Yorkshire mining community.

Season 2, Episode 19: Mr Moonlight

2 December 1982
The life and career of Frankie Vaughan, the entertainer.
Frankie Vaughan ... Himself

Season 2, Episode 20: Lad's Night Out

9 December 1982
The charity dinner for the Stable Lads Welfare Trust.

Season 2, Episode 21: How Do I Look?

16 December 1982
Extreme slimming remedies including wiring jaws together and surgery.

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Mister Perks

13 January 1983
Bernard Perks, who has spent 15 of his 20 adult years in prison, is about to be released and his problem in combating alcoholism.

Season 3, Episode 2: Package Tour

20 January 1983
Holiday makers on a flight from Manchester to Spain, their impression of their holidays in Benidorm and their return to Manchester.

Season 3, Episode 3: Something to Do with Video

27 January 1983
The domestic and commercial uses of video including surveillance.

Season 3, Episode 4: The Rovers

3 February 1983
Tranmere Rovers FC, fighting for survival in their centenary season.

Season 3, Episode 5: Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother

10 February 1983
Children who have to look after their elderly parents.

Season 3, Episode 6: Freshers

17 February 1983
New arrivals at Liverpool University coping with their first time away from home, especially the problems of a blind student, Gillian Wake.

Season 3, Episode 7: English Lesson

24 February 1983
Nine Polish seamen who sought political asylum in the Falklands where they were caught up in the war and their later stateless existence in London.

Season 3, Episode 8: Female Circumcision

3 March 1983
Female circumcision in the Sudan and the evidence that it is practiced in the western world.

Season 3, Episode 9: A Minor Incident at the Berlaymont

10 March 1983
Fishermen from the North-East attempt to lobby the EEC on the issue of fishing rights.

Season 3, Episode 10: A Gentle Way with Cancer: Part 1

17 March 1983
The first of 6 films on the work of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre.

Season 3, Episode 11: A Gentle Way with Cancer: Part 2

24 March 1983

Season 3, Episode 12: A Gentle Way with Cancer: Part 3

31 March 1983

Season 3, Episode 13: A Gentle Way with Cancer: Part 4

7 April 1983

Season 3, Episode 14: A Gentle Way with Cancer: Part 5

14 April 1983

Season 3, Episode 15: A Gentle Way with Cancer: Part 6

21 April 1983

Season 3, Episode 16: Mistress

30 October 1983
Interviews with three mistresses.

Season 3, Episode 17: Bodyline

8 November 1983
The M.C.C. Cricket tour of Australia in 1931 and the controversial tactics of the M.C.C. Captain Douglas Jardine.

Season 3, Episode 18: Something for the Ladies

13 November 1983
Mr Universe, Bachelor of the Year and others competitions for men.

Season 3, Episode 19: House of Love

20 November 1983
The religious cult of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.

Season 3, Episode 20: Innocent Until Proved Guilty

27 November 1983
The remand system in the UK and the lives of untried prisoners.

Season 3, Episode 21: Jail Within a Jail

4 December 1983
The maximum security unit at Maidstone Prison.

Season 3, Episode 22: Who's a Pretty Girl Then

11 December 1983
Finding Miss Pears 1983.

Season 3, Episode 23: Pranks

18 December 1983
Professional pranksters and singing telegrams.

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: 1984 Voices in a City

5 January 1984
Comparison between life in Orwell's novel and the reality of life in 1984.

Season 4, Episode 2: Health Farm

12 January 1984
A week at a health farm.

Season 4, Episode 3: Swiss Finishing School

19 January 1984
Three English girls at Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Switzerland.

Season 4, Episode 4: Divorce: Unreasonable Behaviour

26 January 1984
The effect of a divorce on a couple and their children

Season 4, Episode 5: Divorce: The Law... and After

2 February 1984
How parents' access to children of a broken marriage is determined.

Season 4, Episode 6: The Mating Season

9 February 1984
The annual 'crack' at Lisdoonvarna in Ireland visited by a group of Chicagoan women in search of romance.

Season 4, Episode 7: Skiffle

16 February 1984
The history of Skiffle and the development of 'home-made' music.
Lonnie Donegan ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 4, Episode 8: Pigeons: Queer Facts

23 February 1984
Attitudes to pigeons.

Season 4, Episode 9: Educating Michael

1 March 1984
Working class children in assisted places at public schools.

Season 4, Episode 10: Delmelza's Baby

8 March 1984
Attitudes in a small Cornish community to two lovers and their baby.

Season 4, Episode 11: A Problem with Sex

15 March 1984
The work of the sex therapist.

Season 4, Episode 12: The School on the Hill

22 March 1984
Lagan College in Belfast, a school planned for the integration of protestants and Roman Catholics.

Season 4, Episode 13: Animal Antiques

29 March 1984
Rare breeds of farm animals.

Season 4, Episode 14: Travelling Hopefully

5 April 1984
Professional political lobbyists.

Season 4, Episode 15: Sun City

12 April 1984
The African Las Vegas.

Season 4, Episode 16: Bertie and the Bomb

19 April 1984
Bertrand Russell and the founding of CND.
Bertrand Russell ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 4, Episode 17: Oh Alien

26 April 1984
How the world would look to a being from another planet.

Season 4, Episode 18: Boycott

3 May 1984
The career of cricketer Geoffrey Boycott.
Geoffrey Boycott ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 19: Gigolo

1 November 1984
Gigolos and the different types.

Season 4, Episode 20: The Happy Medium

8 November 1984
About the medium Doris Stokes.
Doris Stokes ... Herself

Season 4, Episode 21: The Grendon Experiment

22 November 1984
Grendon prison in Buckinghamshire, Britain's only voluntary psychiatric prison.

Season 4, Episode 22: Love in Exile

22 November 1984
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in self-imposed exile.
Michael Dean ... Narrator

Season 4, Episode 23: On the Throne

29 November 1984
The history of lavatories.

Season 4, Episode 24: Rent Boys

6 December 1984
Young male prostitutes in Manchester and Birmingham.

Season 4, Episode 25: Asylum

13 December 1984
The mental asylum in Choroszcz in Poland where patients work in the community.

Season 4, Episode 26: The Loved Ones

20 December 1984
The Animal Medical Centre in New York.

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: The Promised Land

10 January 1985
Britain forty years ago, contrasted with present day Britain.

Season 5, Episode 2: Talking Proper

17 January 1985
Accents and dialects - prejudices and changing attitudes.

Season 5, Episode 3: Sweet F.A.

24 January 1985
The group 'Fascinating Aida' and the making of their first pop record.

Season 5, Episode 4: The End of the Pier Show

31 January 1985
The problems of putting on a show in the old style of pier entertainments at Cromer, Norfolk.

Season 5, Episode 5: The Outcasts

7 February 1985
A group of 'Hell's Angels' in East Anglia.

Season 5, Episode 6: Love Story

14 February 1985
A film for St Valentine's Day.

Season 5, Episode 7: Free!

21 February 1985
Old Victorian mental hospitals are being closed down and the former patients face problems.

Season 5, Episode 8: Whose House Is It Anyway?

28 February 1985
A local Council has a compulsory purchase order on the home of two elderly men.

Season 5, Episode 9: The Eternal Triangle: The Mistress

7 March 1985
The first film in a trilogy which examines the Eternal Triangle.

Season 5, Episode 10: The Eternal Triangle: The Wife

14 March 1985
The second film in a trilogy which examines the Eternal Triangle.

Season 5, Episode 11: The Eternal Triangle: The Husband

21 March 1985
The third film in a trilogy which examines the Eternal Triangle.

Season 5, Episode 12: Union Street

28 March 1985
Plymouth, the area near the docks.

Season 5, Episode 13: Whatever Happened to Baby Paul?

4 April 1985
The story of a woman who took her baby to hospital where he was found to have several fractures. She denied having caused the injuries but he was taken from her care.

Season 5, Episode 14: Matters of Life and Death

11 April 1985
The effects of government cuts leading to the closure of a ward in Guy's Children's Hospital.

Season 5, Episode 15: Star Paws

18 April 1985
Animals used in advertising.

Season 5, Episode 16: Laughter in Gabrovo

2 May 1985
The biennial festival of humour in Bulgaria. Can humour cross national boundaries?

Season 5, Episode 17: Dear Mr President

9 May 1985
The story of a family whose daughter is handicapped because of a drug taken by her mother during pregnancy. The American drug company claims the drug is safe.

Season 5, Episode 18: In Between Days

10 October 1985
A film about being 16. A group of four friends in between being children and adults, emotionally, sexually and physically.

Season 5, Episode 19: 50 Years On

17 October 1985
A Golden Wedding holiday. Four couples married in 1935 celebrate 50 years of life together, and talk of the happiness and sadness of their golden years.

Season 5, Episode 20: Schoolgirl Mum

24 October 1985
Girls who become pregnant under 16. The girls, their boy-friends and their parents talk about the consequences.

Season 5, Episode 21: Johnny Oddball

31 October 1985
10 years ago a famous documentary was made by Franc Roddam about "Mini" Cooper, a most attractive and intelligent child arsonist. Now released from a secure psychiatric institution, he hopes to make a career as a magician.
Michael Cooper ... Himself
Gerry Ormesher ... Himself - Clinical Tutor, Moss Side
Franc Roddam ... Himself

Season 5, Episode 22: Forget-Me-Not

7 November 1985
A Western-style beauty contest in austerity-ridden Poland.

Season 5, Episode 23: Searching for a Miracle

14 November 1985
A child with a genetic disease and his young parents go from Northern Ireland on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, in the French Pyrenees. After a week they find there is a change.

Season 5, Episode 24: Page 3 Girls

21 November 1985
The story of Sharon, a young hopeful still at school, ambitious to become a famous top-less pin-up, like Samantha Fox and Linda Lusardi.

Season 5, Episode 25: Keep Taking the Rosepetals

28 November 1985
Asian alternative-medicine men in Britain, attracting increasing custom from Westerners.

Season 5, Episode 26: Animal Crackers

5 December 1985
Extraordinary British houses, follies and monuments built for animals, birds and fish through the centuries. Celebrated by Lucinda Lambton.

Season 5, Episode 27: Our Man in Shanghai

12 December 1985
The Foreign Office opens a new mission in China. The film follows the new Consul-General during his first week in Shanghai. A high-powered trade delegation is due, led by Lord Young; our man has to look after them while finding his own feet. He succeeds in seeing the only performing panda in the world.

Season 5, Episode 28: A House of Hope

19 December 1985
A film for Christmas. Alcholics, criminals, down-and-outs and tramps find a sanctuary in a remarkable Christian community in Dorset.

Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: The Gift of Life

9 January 1986
Seven couples in Hammersmith Hospital go through the long and painful process of trying to conceive a test-tube baby. one succeeds.

Season 6, Episode 2: Flight from Vatersay

16 January 1986
Life on a remote Hebridean island. One young man emigrates to Glasgow hoping for a job and a brighter future.

Season 6, Episode 3: Stop the Wedding

23 January 1986
Strange and moving tales of people being jilted at the altar.

Season 6, Episode 4: Student Nurse

30 January 1986
The pressure on student nurses. Three girls at different stages of their training at St. James Infirary, Leeds.

Season 6, Episode 5: Emergency Bloomsbury 3

6 February 1986
Dramas of life and death with the ambulance service in action in central London.

Season 6, Episode 6: How to Find a Lover

12 February 1986
The singles scene in Miami, Dallas and New York.

Season 6, Episode 7: Cry for Home

20 February 1986
Three young Britons of Lithuanian, Estonian and Latvian origin go on a Baltic cruise to catch a glimpse of their former home-lands. It's the nearest they can get.

Ian Holm ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 8: The Fishing Party

27 February 1986
Four prosperous City men take a fishing holiday in Scotland. Their aim is a world record for skate. What emerges is the outspoken, even outrageous, point of view of rich young men of the right.

Ian Holm ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 9: The Real Life of a Hollywood Wife

6 March 1986
The women who really matter in the dream city. Reporter - Mrs Richard Burton.
Wendy Goldberg ... Herself

Marianne Gordon ... Herself (as Marianne Rogers)

Lili Fini Zanuck ... Herself

Season 6, Episode 10: A Case of Malicious Wounding

13 March 1986
A Yorkshire coal miner caught up in the bitter industrial warfare between strike pickets and police. The traumatic events of 24 August 1984 have changed the course of his life.

Season 6, Episode 11: Come Home Julie

20 March 1986
A young black girl, once fostered by a Scottish family, then snatched back to Ghana, returns to her foster parents - with not altogether happy results.

Season 6, Episode 12: Nuts

27 March 1986
The tragic and comic story of the ground nut scheme, a Government fiasco of the 1940s.

Season 6, Episode 13: Countdown to Today

3 April 1986
The inside story of the birth of a new daily newspaper, filmed over a period of months.
Eddie Shah ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 14: The Last Day

10 April 1986
The story of three people retiring from work in Lancashire, their families, and their changed way of life.

Lindsay Anderson ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 15: A Passage to Wisbech

17 April 1986
Philip Jackson reports from aboard the Carrick, a 30 year old cargo ship, in her journey around the coast of Britain.

Philip Jackson ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 16: Ten Days in Holloway

9 October 1986
An inside view of Holloway Prison, reflecting the immense problems and tensions of Britain's largest and toughest women's jail.

Season 6, Episode 17: Dancing in the Rain

16 October 1986
The glittery world of ballroom dancing - behind the scenes at the World Ballroom Dancing Championships, held this year in Blackpool.

Ian Holm ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 18: Rescue

23 October 1986
The lives of the men who make up the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team - a voluntary body of men who help those in difficulty on Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains.

Season 6, Episode 19: Olga Goes to Hollywood

30 October 1986
In 1978 David Lomax secretly interviewed a Russian couple in Moscow after they had been refused exit visas. They were filmed a year later as they arrived in the West. Now they live in Los Angeles. What price have they paid for their freedom?
Eugene Kozhevnikov ... Himself
Olga Serova ... Herself

Season 6, Episode 20: The Englishwoman's Wardrobe

20 November 1986
Angela Huth reports about why English women dress as they do - and asks Mrs. Thatcher about her underwear.
Selina Scott ... Herself

Margaret Thatcher ... Herself

Season 6, Episode 21: The Dump

25 November 1986
Plans for dumping nuclear waste in rural Lincolnshire - and how traditionally conservative villagers were aroused to protest against them.
Jancis Robinson ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 22: Botham's Out

27 November 1986
England cricket hero Ian Botham at home and at work during his Test Match ban.
Ian Botham ... Himself
William Franklyn ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 23: The Chosen Few

4 December 1986
The Civil Service Selection Board has never been filmed before. The first of two programmes concentrates on two candidates, one an ex-employee of the Greater London Council, the other a "near miss" of last year.
Claire Walmsley ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 24: The Final Board

11 December 1986
The second film tells of two hopefuls at the last round, one hoping to enter the Foreign Office, the other aiming for the Home Office. Filmed from the points of view of both the candidates and the selectors. The final result is a shock.
Claire Walmsley ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 25: Dear Sister

18 December 1986
Eight sisters talk frankly and movingly about the complex relationship of sisterhood.

Season 7


Season 7, Episode 1: Just for William

8 January 1987
Ten-year-old William, suffering from leukaemia, undergoes a successful bone marrow transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Season 7, Episode 2: Short Stories

15 January 1987
The small world of dwarves and midgets.
Richard Denton ... Narrator

Season 7, Episode 3: Home from the Hill

22 January 1987
Documentary about Colonel Hilary Hook, formerly of the Indian cavalry and leader of extravagant safaris in Kenya. Hook returned home to England after being evicted from his home in the Kenya Hills, and is finding it hard to readjust to the English way of life.
Harry Hook ... Himself
Hilary Hook ... Himself (as Colonel Hilary Hook)

Season 7, Episode 4: Struggle for Stonebridge

29 January 1986
Young blacks in deprived Brent struggle for a community centre in a bus garage.

Season 7, Episode 5: Stirring Stuff

5 February 1987
Tea, Britain's national beverage - and the ladies who stir it.

Season 7, Episode 6: Do You Still Love Me?

12 February 1987
Uneasy relationships between step-parents and step-children.

Season 7, Episode 7: A Cabinet of Curiosities

19 February 1987
Lucinda Lambton reveals strange and amusing tales from the dusty corners of museums.

Season 7, Episode 8: Bad Blood

26 February 1987
The annual re-union of thousands of bikers in South Dakota.

Season 7, Episode 9: Fire!

5 March 1987
Kingston-upon-Hull (Yorks.) fire station in action.

Season 7, Episode 10: The Quest for Sergeant Miller

12 March 1987
The son of a wartime aviator traces his father's remarkable survival and escape in France.

Season 7, Episode 11: House of Spirits

19 March 1987
Spiritualists in London's Belgravia communing with "the other side".

Season 7, Episode 12: A New Girl

26 March 1987
Moral problems facing a mother who has taken a pregnancy drug and whose child has suffered.
Richard Denton ... Narrator

Season 7, Episode 13: Fly Me

2 April 1987
The training of British Airways hostesses and cabin crew.

Season 7, Episode 14: The Mighty Leek

9 April 1987
World championship competitive leek-growing in the North-East of England - with dirty deeds in the greenhouses.

Season 7, Episode 15: Troublesome People

16 April 1987
Caroline Moorehead inquires if pacifists have ever achieved anything over the years.

Season 7, Episode 16: Street Girls

23 April 1987
Child and juvenile prostitutes in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.
Linda Davidson ... Narrator

Season 7, Episode 17: Bombay Hotel

30 April 1987
Upstairs and downstairs at the famous Taj Mahal Hotel - a luxurious establishment surrounded by poverty.

Tim Pigott-Smith ... Narrator

Season 7, Episode 18: Terror

5 November 1987
How three people's lives were permanently affected by the TWA plane hi-jack.

Season 7, Episode 19: Girls Apart

12 November 1987
Two South African school-girls, one black, one white - their contrasting attitudes and lives.

Season 7, Episode 20: Love at First Sight

19 November 1987
Five couples describe what happened when they first met - and the long-term consequences.

Felicity Kendal ... Narrator
Lady Longford ... Herself
Lord Longford ... Himself

Season 7, Episode 21: Poor Man's Eton

26 November 1987
The only inner London Education Authority boarding school, in a Suffolk country house.

Season 7, Episode 22: East Side Story

3 December 1987
Two contrasting 26-year-olds in London's newly-developing Docklands.

Season 7, Episode 23: The Case of Sherlock Holmes

10 December 1987
Tim Piggot-Smith investigates the famous sleuth of 221b Baker Street.

Season 7, Episode 24: Party Time

17 December 1987
Seven entertaining parties.

Season 7, Episode 25: Catch a Fallen Star

23 December 1987
A portrait of the once-famous British singer, dancer and film star, Jesse Matthews.
Pearl Binder ... Herself (as Lady Elwyn-Jones)

Dirk Bogarde ... Himself
Chili Bouchier ... Herself
Lord Elwyn-Jones ... Himself
Jessie Matthews ... (archive footage)
John Pitman ... Narrator

Season 8


Season 8, Episode 1: If You Love Him, Let Him Go

14 January 1988
Dilemmas faced by parents of mentally handicapped offspring who reach childhood and independence.

Season 8, Episode 2: Jackpot

21 January 1988
Three young adults addicted to gambling on fruit machines, with disastrous results.
Roger Mills ... Narrator

Season 8, Episode 3: Scarfe's Follies

28 January 1988
Gerald Scarfe presents a tour of Follies - and builds his own.

Jane Asher ... Herself
Robin Bailey ... Himself
John Bird ... Himself
John Challis ... Himself

Julian Glover ... Himself

Terry Jones ... Himself

Ian McKellen ... Himself
Gerald Scarfe ... Himself
Marcia Warren ... Herself
John Watts ... Himself

Season 8, Episode 4: Thames Wallah

4 February 1988
A specialist with the Thames Water Authority attempts to clean up the Ganges.

Season 8, Episode 5: Changing Places

11 February 1988
Ten pupils from an independent public school (Rugby) and a state comprehensive school (Ruffwood) exchange places and lives.

Season 8, Episode 6: Diary of a Frontliner

18 February 1988
A self-operated video camera was set up in Peter Tilson's home to record a personal diary in his battle with AIDS.

Season 8, Episode 7: Annie Doesn't Work Here Anymore

25 February 1988
Annie, a nurse from Manchester, leaves the NHS to set up a new life as a nurse in Los Angeles.

Season 8, Episode 8: The Great North Road

3 March 1988
Lucinda Lambton explores the A1 and the many hidden delights along the road.
Lucinda Lambton ... Herself

Season 8, Episode 9: I, Alison...

10 March 1988
A follow-up to two previous films about Alison John who suffers from athetoid cerebral palsy. She marries Mark, a vicar, and moves to South Wales. But can she get a job?
Roger Mills ... Narrator

Season 8, Episode 10: Children of the Open Road

17 March 1988
Catrine Clay presents the disturbing story of gypsy children abducted from their parents in clean and ordered Switzerland.
Robin Ellis ... (voice)
Sara Kestelman ... (voice)

Season 8, Episode 11: Five Go to Florida

24 March 1988
Perhaps the last holiday for a group of children, some of whom are gravely ill. They fulfil their dream of visiting Disney World.
Phillip Schofield ... Narrator

Season 8, Episode 12: Who Will Love Billy?

7 April 1988
A 13-year-old boy hopes to be adopted by Dave, a single man of 42 - but things go wrong.

Season 8, Episode 13: Who Needs a Machine Gunner?

14 April 1988
Long-term unemployment in rural Herefordshire.

Season 8, Episode 14: Women in Black

21 April 1988
Three widows at different stages of their recovery.

Season 8, Episode 15: My African Farm

28 April 1988
An old white woman colonial settler staying on in up-country Kenya.

Season 8, Episode 16: Separate Tables

5 May 1988
An old-fashioned sea-side hotel, with many retired residents, is to be refurbished. The residents must go.

Season 8, Episode 17: Waiting

12 May 1988
Two people are waiting on an NHS hospital waiting list - one for a minor operation, the other for a major one.

Season 8, Episode 18: Mixed Blessings

19 May 1988
The story of a mix-up in a Nottingham nursing-home. Margaret Wheeler and Blanche Rylatt each gave birth to a baby girl on the same day. Margaret is convinced that she was given the wrong baby.

Season 8, Episode 19: Dolebusters

20 October 1988
The East Kent Dole Fraud team cracking down on "fiddlers and scroungers".

Season 8, Episode 20: I Want to Live

27 October 1988
Kate Matthews extraordinary fight against cancer to survive, after learning that she has just 12 weeks to live.

Season 8, Episode 21: The Gypsies Are Coming

3 November 1988
The impact of 2,500 gypsies and travellers on the sleepy market town of Appleby in Cumbria, which each June the travellers invade for the annual horse fair.
Roger Mills ... Narrator

Season 8, Episode 22: Desirable Dwellings

10 November 1988
Presenter Lucinda Lambton visits some of her favourite buildings.

Season 8, Episode 23: A Policewoman's Lot

17 November 1988
Out on patrol with the policewomen of the West Midlands Force, revealing the change in their role since the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act.

Season 8, Episode 24: Making the Grade

24 November 1988
The inside story of the examinations of the Royal School of Music, following four musicians and their examiner through their rehearsals and preparation, and into the exam. room itself.

Season 8, Episode 25: Greenfinches

1 December 1988
Three soldiers - all members of the Ulster Defence Regiment, all in the-front line of Northern Ireland's tense security troubles - and all three are women.

Season 8, Episode 26: Jam Today

8 December 1988
Highlighting the desperation that debt can bring to people's lives.

Joanna Lumley ... (advert) (archive footage)

Season 9


Season 9, Episode 1: To Have and to Hold

5 January 1989
Three women who have had to face the break-up of long and seemingly happy marriages, and to being single once again.

Jane Asher ... Narrator

Season 9, Episode 2: The Day I Met the Queen

12 January 1986
Memorable meetings between subjects and their monarch - revealing the special place the Queen holds in the hearts of her subjects.

Season 9, Episode 3: The Kingdom of Fun

19 January 1989
The largest leisure and shopping complex in Europe, the Metro Centre in Tynemouth, and its creator John Hall.

Ian Holm ... Narrator
T. Dan Smith ... Himself

Season 9, Episode 4: Our Darren

26 January 1989
The story of Darren Lillywhite's last week in Stoke Mandeville Hospital after a road accident, and his return home as a paraplegic.

Jane Asher ... Narrator

Season 9, Episode 5: Jealousy

2 February 1989
The effects of jealousy on three victims.

Season 9, Episode 6: Cairo Vets

9 February 1989
The Brooke Hospital for Animals in Cairo aims to provide the best veterinary care for the poorest section of the community.
Michael Dean ... Narrator

Season 9, Episode 7: I Like the Girls Who Do

16 February 1989
Celebrates the cartoonist Gerald Scarfe's hero, music-hall comedian Max Millar.
Max Bygraves ... Himself
Charlie Chester ... Himself
Doris Hare ... Herself
Jean Kent ... Herself

Alec McCowen ... Himself
Max Miller ... (archive footage)
Tommy Trinder ... Himself
Max Wall ... Himself
Bernie Winters ... Himself

Season 9, Episode 8: Knickerbockers in Knightsbridge

23 February 1989
The story of Hill House School and its unique headmaster, Colonel Stuart Townend.

Season 9, Episode 9: Ghost Train

2 March 1989
People who believe they have experienced the inexplicable.

Season 9, Episode 10: Raging Belles

9 March 1989
The two top women's wrestlers in Britain fight for the most coveted prize, The British Ladies' Championship Belt
Klondyke Kate ... Herself - Wrestler
Nicky Monroe ... Herself - Wrestler

Season 9, Episode 11: By Steam to Sennar Junction

16 March 1989
A dedicated engineer and tough businessman goes from South Wales to the Sudan to rehabilitate Sudan's decaying railways.

Season 9, Episode 12: Wedding at Easington

23 March 1989
One in six in the old coal-mining district of Easington is out of work. Tom and Dawn are both unemployed and it is their wedding day. What does the future hold for them?

Season 9, Episode 13: Violent

6 April 1989
Apparently unprovoked and irrational acts of violence. Why do they happen? What are the effects on the victims?

Jane Asher ... Narrator

Season 9, Episode 14: Catwalk

13 April 1989
Super-model Celia Hammond and her obsession with caring for unwanted, frightened and injured cats.
Sarah Dunant ... Narrator
Celia Hammond ... Herself

Season 9, Episode 15: Two Sides of a Street

20 April 1989
The changing scene of a London street being gentrified.

Season 9, Episode 16: Inside Broadmoor

27 April 1989
The famous high-security hospital and a new therapeutic regime.
Jimmy Savile ... Himself

Season 9, Episode 17: Laid Off

4 May 1989
Following two people, one in the North and one in the South of England, from the time they are made redundant through three months of job-hunting.

Season 9, Episode 18: London Lighthouse

11 May 1989
The first few months of Britain's first purpose-built AIDS Hospice, with radical new ideas about nursing and health care.

Season 9, Episode 19: Who'll Win Jeanette?

18 May 1989
A young American travels from Tampa to Vermont, inspecting the parents who want to adopt her unborn child - and finally makes her choice.

Season 10


Season 10, Episode 1: Me and My Bike

26 October 1989

Season 10, Episode 2: Crack Doctors

2 November 1989

Season 10, Episode 3: City Parish

9 November 1989

Season 10, Episode 4: Best Friends

16 November 1989

Season 10, Episode 5: Heart of the Angel

23 November 1989
This film documents one day in the life of Angel station on the Northern Line of the London Underground in the days before its refurbishment. We see the ticket collectors, station manager and other staff as they cope with angry passengers, lift failures and cancelled trains.
Derek Perkins ... Himself - Ticket Seller
Ray Stocker ... Himself - Foreman

Season 10, Episode 6: Bullies

30 November 1989

Season 10, Episode 7: Out of the Ruins

7 December 1989

Season 10, Episode 8: All About Ambridge

14 December 1989

Season 10, Episode 9: Stage Struck

4 January 1990

Season 10, Episode 10: A Place for Tom

11 January 1990

Season 10, Episode 11: Darling, Let's Start Up an Airline

18 January 1990

Season 10, Episode 12: He's Playing Our Song

25 January 1990

Season 10, Episode 13: Hilary's in Hiding

1 February 1990

Season 10, Episode 14: Danger Men

8 February 1990

Season 10, Episode 15: S.A. Blues

15 February 1990

Season 10, Episode 16: Adventures in the Skin Trade

22 February 1990

Marilyn Cole ... Herself
Sandra Dorne ... Herself

Eartha Kitt ... Herself

Kate O'Mara ... Herself
John Pitman ... Himself (voice)

Season 10, Episode 17: A Safe Sex for a Safe Seat

1 March 1990


Prunella Scales ... Narrator

Season 10, Episode 18: Green Police

8 March 1990

Season 10, Episode 19: The Burny Mob Go Wild

15 March 1990

Season 10, Episode 20: Many Happy Returns!

22 March 1990
Two children who feel they died terrible deaths and have been born again tell their extraordinary stories.

Season 10, Episode 21: Tracey's Search

29 March 1990

Season 10, Episode 22: How Could She?

5 April 1990

Season 10, Episode 23: Mac to the U.S.S.R.

12 April 1990

Season 10, Episode 24: Killer Bimbos on Fleet Street

19 April 1990

Season 10, Episode 25: Karl's Kidney - For Sale

26 April 1990

Season 10, Episode 26: A View from a Bridge

3 May 1990


Season 11


Season 11, Episode 1: Thawing of a Cold War Warrior

25 October 1990


Diana Rigg ... Herself - Narrator

Season 11, Episode 2: Fit to Drop

1 November 1990

Season 11, Episode 3: It's Eileen

8 November 1990

Season 11, Episode 4: A Summer in the Country

15 November 1990

Season 11, Episode 5: Battleship Beach

22 November 1990

Season 11, Episode 6: Brief Encounters

29 November 1990

Season 11, Episode 7: Malika's Hotel

6 December 1990

Season 11, Episode 8: Chocolate!

20 December 1990

Season 11, Episode 9: Whatever Happened to Susi?

3 January 1991

Robin Ellis ... Narrator

Season 11, Episode 10: Clever Trevor

10 January 1991

Season 11, Episode 11: Where There's Hope

31 January 1991

Season 11, Episode 12: The Prisoner

7 February 1991

Season 11, Episode 13: Welcome to Surbiton

14 February 1991

Season 11, Episode 14: A Cruel Ritual

21 February 1991

Season 11, Episode 15: Children of the Fire

28 February 1991

Season 11, Episode 16: A Moosehead for Momma

7 March 1991

Season 11, Episode 17: Our Brilliant Careers

14 March 1991

Season 11, Episode 18: Battered Men

21 March 1991

Season 11, Episode 19: The Entertainers

28 March 1991

Season 11, Episode 20: Video Vultures

4 April 1991

Season 11, Episode 21: Beyond the Crystal Ball

11 April 1991

Season 11, Episode 22: Suburbs in the Sky

18 April 1991

Season 11, Episode 23: Fly Me to Dunoon

25 April 1991

Suzanne Bonnar ... Herself

Sarah Townsend ... Herself (as Sarah McGuinness)

Season 12


Season 12, Episode 1: Alec the Pole

17 October 1991

Season 12, Episode 2: Short, Sharp and Shocking

24 October 1991

Season 12, Episode 3: Autogeddon

31 October 1991


Jeremy Irons ... Himself - Reader

Season 12, Episode 4: Anyone for Tennis?

7 November 1991

Season 12, Episode 5: Berlin Lights

14 November 1991

Season 12, Episode 6: Torn Apart

21 November 1991

Season 12, Episode 7: Windermere's Burning

28 November 1991

Season 12, Episode 8: Heads on Beds

12 December 1991

Season 12, Episode 9: Boobs in Toyland

19 December 1991


Josie Lawrence ... Narrator

Season 12, Episode 10: When the Canaries Stop Singing

14 January 1992

Season 12, Episode 11: Wild Men

21 January 1992

Season 12, Episode 12: Charlotte and Abi

28 January 1992

Season 12, Episode 13: Cowboys in the South Pacific

11 February 1992

Season 12, Episode 14: She Married a Lifer

18 February 1992

Season 12, Episode 15: Miami Wild

25 February 1992

Season 12, Episode 16: Elvis in Jarrow

3 March 1992

Season 12, Episode 17: So Much to Lose

17 March 1992

Season 12, Episode 18: Farewell, Fab 208

24 March 1992

Noel Edmonds ... Himself
Kid Jensen ... Himself (as David Jensen)
Pete Murray ... Himself
Tony Prince ... Himself

Tim Rice ... Himself

Cliff Richard ... Himself
Jimmy Savile ... Himself

Season 12, Episode 19: Soldier's Diary

31 March 1992

Season 12, Episode 20: Get Out!

7 April 1992

Season 12, Episode 21: Not at Their Age

14 April 1992

Season 12, Episode 22: A Child for Hitler

21 April 1992

Season 12, Episode 23: Dear Mr. Pink

28 April 1992

Season 12, Episode 24: Weather

9 May 1992


Season 13


Season 13, Episode 1: Sanctuary

16 February 1993

Season 13, Episode 2: I Won't... I Can't

23 February 1993

Season 13, Episode 3: Away the Lads

2 March 1993

Season 13, Episode 4: Mart and Mandy

9 March 1993

Season 13, Episode 5: Will They Ring Tonight?

16 March 1993

Season 13, Episode 6: A Change of Heart

23 March 1993

Season 13, Episode 7: The Lady Killers

30 March 1993

Season 13, Episode 8: Limehouse Doctor

6 April 1993

Season 13, Episode 9: The Agony of the Ecstasy - 100 Years of Sex Advice

13 April 1993

Season 13, Episode 10: Hostage

20 April 1993

Season 13, Episode 11: The Importance of Being Ernie

27 April 1993

Eddie Braben ... Himself
Bill Cotton ... Himself
Eric Morecambe ... Himself (archive footage)
Ernie Wise ... Himself

Season 13, Episode 12: Ladies in Lines

4 May 1993

Season 13, Episode 13: Three Big Men

11 May 1993

George Chambers ... Himself - British Sumo Silver Medallist

Sid Hoare ... Himself - British Sumo Team Coach (as Syd Hoare)
Terry Pamenter ... Himself - British Sumo Bronze Medallist
Steve Pateman ... Himself - British Sumo Champion

Season 13, Episode 14: Rape

18 May 1993

Season 13, Episode 15: Prisoner HC3970

25 May 1993


Season 14


Season 14, Episode 1: Shattered Dreams

16 November 1993


Simon Beaufoy ... Himself

Season 14, Episode 2: War Artist

23 November 1993

Season 14, Episode 3: Girl Friends

30 November 1993

Season 14, Episode 4: Police Surgeon

7 December 1993

Season 14, Episode 5: Moscow Gold

14 December 1993

Season 14, Episode 6: Latin Nights

21 December 1993

Season 14, Episode 7: The Making of Them

4 January 1994

Freddie Findlay ... Himself

Season 14, Episode 8: Caraline's Story

11 January 1994

Season 14, Episode 9: Heads and Tales

18 January 1994

Season 14, Episode 10: Behind the Mask

25 January 1994

Season 14, Episode 11: Squeegies

1 February 1994

Season 14, Episode 12: Spent Forces

8 February 1994

Season 14, Episode 13: Why Blame the Mother?

22 February 1994

Ruth Pitt ... Herself

Season 14, Episode 14: Portrait of a Mid-Life Crisis

1 March 1994

Season 14, Episode 15: Manila - The Real Thing

8 March 1994

Season 14, Episode 16: A Case of Corporate Murder

15 March 1994

Freddy Laker ... Himself

Season 14, Episode 17: After the Bomb

22 March 1994

Season 14, Episode 18: Wonderful Land

29 March 1994

Season 14, Episode 19: Fay Presto - Illusions of Grandeur

5 April 1994

Season 14, Episode 20: Living in a Boom Time

12 April 1994

Season 14, Episode 21: Times Remembered

19 April 1994


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