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Monday, July 13 on M4

As soon as the news of Michael Jackson’s death was released the rumour mill went into overdrive. Within hours there were as many theories about the circumstances surrounding his death as there were about his extraordinary and bizarre life. In Michael Jackson’s Last Days: What Really Happened? Jacques Perreti investigates the story behind the countdown to the death of a superstar.

Sunday, July 12 on M4

There are 23 Wall Streets in the UK. My Wall Street explores the impact of the recession on ordinary Britons by following the fortunes of people who live on Britain’s Wall Streets over the last six months.

Sunday, July 12 on M4

It used to be so simple: you put out your rubbish and the bin men took it away. Not any more. War has broken out between the people who are putting out too much rubbish and the councils whose job it is to dispose of it all. As landfill space runs out and the government increases recycling targets, town halls across the country are getting tough about recycling, fly-tipping and litter.

Saturday, July 11 on M4

Embryonic sharks cannibalising their brothers in the womb, ground-breaking photography inside the pouch of a kangaroo, and the harsh beginnings of life as an Emperor Penguin: Extraordinary Animals in the Womb takes viewers on a new set of incredible journeys as it explores the shadowy world of foetal development in the womb.

Friday, July 10 on M4

Ivo Gormley’s timely documentary examines the way social media technologies are, as Gormley says, “sparking the greatest social change since the invention of the printing press… [which could] change the fabric of government forever”.

Thursday, July 9 on M4

The Embarrassing Bodies clinic is open for business, with Doctors Christian Jessen and Pixie McKenna uncovering the nation’s toe-curling conditions. This episode focuses on the pelvic floor. One in three women in the UK suffer some level of leakage due to weak pelvic floor muscles. With childbirth a leading cause, the doctors arrive in Birmingham, which has the highest fertility rate in England. Three women test the latest in pelvic toners and reveal the results.

Wednesday, July 8 on M4

The final programme in the series examines how Henry, having inherited a chronically weak English crown, forged it into an instrument of unprecedented power, and then wielded it to change forever the nature of both England, and the English.

Tuesday, July 7 on M4

The True Stories strand, which showcases the best international feature documentaries, presents Jonathan Stack’s follow-up to his award-winning critically acclaimed documentary The Farm . In 1997, Stack spent a year inside Angola Prison, Louisiana’s maximum security prison, where he captured the lives of six men who, because of their sentences, are likely to die in prison. Over the years, Stack has remained in touch with them and the warden, Burl Cain, and this film reconnects with some of the characters, to witness the impact of the passing years on their spirits, body, hopes.

Monday, July 6 on M4

Nigel and Jilly Gough think a run down Victorian house in Henley holds the key to mortgage free living; while in Diss, Norfolk, Alan and Susan Hutchinson bank their life savings on a burnt out game keepers lodge in the woods. But Sarah Beeny quickly discovers that both are getting too personal and not developing the properties for the broadest possible market.

Sunday, July 5 on M4

Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Daisy Asquith returns with a follow-up to the multi award-winning documentary Fifteen , with an unflinching look at motherhood showing as part of the Cutting Edge strand of films. In 1999 Kimberley was a teenager with big dreams, who was in love for the first time and keen to avoid getting pregnant young like her Mum and sister had done. Almost ten years later and Kimberley is now a 24-year-old mum of two, and Daisy has reintroduced the camera into her life.

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