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Monday, August 10 on M4

Kevin McCloud follows attempts to revitalise Castleford’s failing town centre market. But will fancy new stalls be enough to save it? And will a new town square bring the shoppers back? Roy Worthington, Sue Dobson and John-Mike Baines are three straight-talking local stall holders who are driving the market regeneration and overseeing the radical work of architects Anthony Hudson and Rahesh Ram. But when the prototype for the new stalls arrives in town and is tested in the market’s new location, even they have to acknowledge that it is a complete disaster.

Sunday, August 9 on M4

There are around 15,000 monkeys living in people’s homes in America. For some owners, the human-like qualities of monkeys turn them into more than just household pets. Some monkeys even become members of the family, as a preferred option to having children. My Monkey Baby looks at couples who raise monkeys.

Saturday, August 8 on M4

After the Second World War, Britain was desperate to remain a great power alongside the new superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. Successive governments invested millions in an incredible array of weapons, in the hope that they would maintain the nation’s place at the top table. In a short space of time an H-bomb was built and tested; the ‘V’ force, made up of hundreds of jet bombers, came into service; and Blue Streak, an intercontinental ballistic missile system, was designed and built. Engineering Britain’s Superweapons tells the gripping and dramatic story of these new technologies.

Friday, August 7 on M4

Ian Hamilton is a Captain of the Parachute Regiment and one of the most highly decorated officers in the British Army. But in 2007 Ian became the first officer and the first paratrooper in the history of the Armed Forces to undergo a sex-change operation.

Thursday, August 6 on M4

The team set up a temporary clinic at Birmingham International Airport, ready to help anyone who’s picked up an unwanted holiday souvenir.

Wednesday, August 5 on M4

After the Second World War, Britain was desperate to remain a great power alongside the new superpowers, the USA and the USSR. Successive governments invested millions in an incredible array of weapons, in the hope that they would maintain the nation’s place at the top table. Blue Streak was Britain’s attempt to build its own intercontinental ballistic missile, intended to carry nuclear warheads to Russia in the event of war.

Tuesday, August 4 on M4

The True Stories strand, which showcases the best international feature documentaries, presents Werner Herzog’s Sundance-winning documentary, which he also introduces. It tells the story of Timothy Treadwell, a controversial self-styled animal rights activist who lived among the wild grizzly bears in Katmai national park in Alaska.

Monday, August 3 on M4

Kevin McCloud is following the residents of Castleford, Yorkshire over five years as they embark on the first steps of a brave experiment to regenerate their neglected community. This programme looks at plans to rejuvenate three run-down green spaces in some of the hardest-hit neighbourhoods in the town.

Sunday, August 2 on M4

Jacques Perreti investigates the story behind the countdown to the death of a superstar: from the announcement of his spectacular comeback concerts to his death, just months later, in LA.

Saturday, August 1 on M4

This unique film looks back over ten momentous and defining days in our Head of State’s life. Not days of pageantry or stuffy celebration, but events reflecting the complex, demanding politics of Monarchy.

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