BBC Ideas

Short films for curious minds. 

Open University programmes on TV, radio and online

The OU has a unique partnership with the BBC, co-producing content for radio, television and online channels. We also work with a range of other broadcasters in the UK and internationally.
Here’s what’s coming up in next few days and what you can catch up with via iPlayer.

Wednesday 4:00pm 26 Aug 2020

Thinking Allowed 2019

Thinking Allowed explores how society works, with leading social science experts. 

Sunday 12:00pm 30 Aug 2020

Blue Planet II

Sir David Attenborough presents Blue Planet II.

Tuesday 2:00pm 01 Sep 2020

Full Steam Ahead

It’s Full Steam Ahead for historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn as they bring back to life the golden age of steam and explore how the Victorian railways created modern Britain.

Thursday 9:00am 20 Aug 2020

The Great British Year

The definitive portrait of the spectacular nature of the country over the course of one year.

Sunday 1:00pm 16 Aug 2020

The Hairy Bikers: Bakeation - Cutdown edition

The Hairy Bikers Bakeation tour - in slightly smaller portions.

Monday 12:00pm 10 Aug 2020

Frozen Planet

A stunning portrait of life at the poles, presented by David Attenborough.

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