Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department. She is supposed to move to Sweden with her fiancée, but everything changes when a 19-year old girl, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered. Along with detective Jan Meyer, Sarah is forced to be ahead of the investigation, as it soon becomes clear that Lund and Meyer are chasing a very intelligent and dangerous murderer. Local Politician Torels Hartmann is in the middle of a hard election campaign to becomes the new mayor of Copenhagen when suddenly, evidence links the city hall to the murderer. But is he really the murderer? At the same time, the girl's family and friends struggle to cope with their loss. Over the course of twenty days, suspect upon suspect is sought out as violence and political pressures cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.
Summerland follows the story of fiercely independent folklore investigator, Alice (Gemma Arterton) who secludes herself in her clifftop study, debunking myths using science to disprove the existence of magic. Consumed by her work, but also profoundly lonely, she is haunted by a love affair from her past. When spirited young Frank (Lucas Bond), an evacuee from the London Blitz, is dumped into her irritable care, his innocence and curiosity awaken Alice's deeply buried emotions. Bravely embracing life's miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, second chances do occur, and that, just perhaps - magic really does exist.
Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) is struggling with catastrophic writer's block and a stressful deadline for his first screenplay. His picture-perfect second wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focused in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood. Charles' desperate search for inspiration leads him to invite Madame Arcati (Judi Dench), a medium recently exposed as a fraud, to perform a séance in their home. They all get more than they bargained for when Arcati accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife: the fiery and jealous Elvira (Leslie Mann) who embarks on a mission to kill Charles so she can spend eternity with him which leads to an increasingly comical and deadly love triangle.
Born at the dawn of the 15th century in the Italian region of Mugello, near the birthplace of Giotto, Beato Angelico was a central figure of the early Renaissance.
A contemporary of Masaccio, he was deeply influenced by his lessons, not only in the conception of space, but also in the interpretation of the relationship between nature and faith.
However, his interpretation of this relationship was less dramatic. For this reason, for a long time, his art was substantially underestimated and considered only to be the expression of a simple and devoted spirit.
In this absorbing programme we rediscover the genius of an innocent, devout and hardworking painter whose work developed alongside changes in religion, politics and art. We visit the locations of his great works, and the places which shaped them - including Florence and Rome - and follow his career from a teen novice to a leading name in art, and the Domician movement.
In glorious footage, including lingering close-ups, of his greatest works we see how a style which began by reflecting the serene simplicity of Christianity developed to adopt the evolving humanist ideals, intertwining the late Gothic and magical with realism. We explore how changing architectural styles, political upheaval and his rediscovery of classicism all influenced Beato Angelico's masterpieces, but how a childlike innocence and simple sense of faith stayed at the heart of his work.
Each of the major works is carefully investigated and interpreted in the light of recent criticism.
Marianne (Catherine Deneuve) is at a terrible crossroads in her life, following the shock of her husband Vincent's apparent suicide and the revelation that his prestigious jewellery business is riddled with crippling debt. Once a promising young jeweller herself, Marianne has gradually sunk into alcoholism since her marriage, but the discovery of seven magnificent diamonds, secretly stashed away by Vincent, rekindles her forgotten ambition. Resolving to sell them, she unwittingly enters the shady underworld of the diamond trade, uncovering a sinister web of intrigue that will lead to a mysterious former lover and a dangerous struggle for her own survival.
Oscar nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category and the winner of five prestigious Czech Lions Awards, 'Divided We Fall' is a delicious black comedy which deftly deals with the compromises forced upon ordinary people during wartime. Based on real life events in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, Divided We Fall tells the tale of childless couple josef and Marie Cizek, who offer refuge to David, a young Jew fleeing from his persecutors. However when a Nazi official also takes up residence in their spare room their lives become more complicated than they ever dreamed possible...
Nanni Moretti plays Pietro, a TV executive who discovers his wife dead in a freak accident. Puzzled why grief does not kick in, he stops going to work, and installs himself on a park bench opposite his daughter’s school. While waiting to collect her each day he meets with both people in the park, and with his family and work colleagues. Moretti hives a complex performance as a decent man suddenly thrown into crisis, ably supported by the rest of the magnificent cast. Both funny and moving, this subtle and tender film was a huge and deserved hit in Italy.
The Oscar-winning Actress retraces Anne's life through the pages of her diary, and the lives of 5 other women who, as children and adolescents, were also deported to concentration camps but survived the Holocaust.
The BBC's highly-acclaimed modern retelling of six of Chaucer's classic tales.
1. The Miller's Tale
When smooth talking Nick (James Nesbitt) arrives in a flash red sports car, young wannabe pop star Alison (Billie Piper) thinks that her dreams have come true and incites the jealousy of her husband John (Dennis Waterman).
2. The Wife of Bath
Beth Craddock (Julie Walters) is a TV actress who still believes in Mr Right, even after a number of failed marriages. But is her dashing co-star, Jerome (Paul Nicholls) her soulmate despite their large age difference?
3. The Knight's Tale
Ace (John Simm) and Paul (Chiwetel Ejiofor) are two prisoners who both fall in love with their teacher, Emily (Keeley Hawes) and it begins to tear their friendship apart with devastating effect.
4. The Sea Captain's Tale
Jetender (Om Puri) is a powerful 'Godfather' like figure in a close knit Asian community. Meena (Indira Varma) is his beautiful, spoilt, extravagant wife with an uncontrollable spending habit...
5. The Pardoner's Tale
Three down and outs, Arty (Jonny Lee Miller), Colin (William Beck) and Baz (Ben Bennett) try to cash in on the hunt for a missing girl.Their greed brings about their grim downfall.
6. The Man of Law's Tale
A young Nigerian refugee, Constance (Nikki Amuka-Bird) is caught up in a love triangle between the man who lusts after her and the man that she loves, Alan (Andrew Lincoln). Constance's tragic past has a dramatic impact on everyone and Alan embarks on a dangerous search for her in Nigeria.
The Secret Garden, tells the story of Mary Lennox, a 10 year old girl sent to live with her uncle Archibald Craven, under the watchful eye of Mrs Medlock with only the household maid, Martha for company. The film is set in 1940's England at Misselthwaite Manor, a remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. Mary begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after chancing upon her cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst), who has been shut away unwell in a wing of the house. Whist exploring the grounds of the Misselthwaite Manor, Mary discovers a wondrous garden and meets a local boy Dickon (Amir Wilson), who helps her fix stray dog Hector's injured leg using the garden's restorative powers. The three children adventure deep into the mysteries of the garden a magical place that will change their lives forever.
Having flown for the British Royal Air Force, Czech pilot Franta Slama (Ondrej Vetchy) finds himself imprisoned in a post-WWII totalitarian Communist labour camp for "betraying" his country. Rewinding this story, award-winning director Jan Sverak takes us back to when Franta and his young protege Karel Vojtisek (Krystof Hadek) escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to join the RAF in fighting the Germans. Frustrated at not being allowed to fly against the enemy until they speak English and their RAF re-training is complete, a strong father/son bond between Franta and Karel quickly develops. After three months of training, they are finally sent into combat, but the stress of the war, plus their mutual love for a married English woman, tests their strong friendship. This is a story about love, comradeship and sacrifice told with the nostalgic sentiment of classic Hollywood movies and the romance and historical backdrop of WWII.
Piero della Francesca's modern, innovative style proved popular among his 15th century contemporaries, but quickly fell out of fashion. It would be rediscovered some five centuries later, with a renewed appreciation of his distinctive, outstanding work.
Little is known of his early life, but his short stay in Florence in his 20s left an indelible mark on della Francesco, influencing his work throughout his career. This fascinating programme examines that important period and travels in the footsteps of the great painter as he travelled around Italy, leaving signs of his work in Rimini, Perugia, Urbino, Ferrara, Venice and Rome.
Sadly, many of his works do not survive, but those which do reveal much about this unique artist. His masterpieces demonstrate his understanding of the use of light, the influences of his surroundings and, most notably, his dedication to the mathematical study of proportion and perspective - the geometric forms make his surviving paintings stand out dramatically from other Renaissance works.
As well as visiting the places which influenced della Francesco and discovering where the touches of his brush left their mark, we also enjoy his surviving masterpieces in spectacular footage and lingering close-up. The processes, meaning and importance of each are full explored, including the breathtaking Legend of the True Cross at the Franciscan Church in Arezzo.
A study of the portraits and works commissioned from della Francesca reveal how art and architecture became one of the battlegrounds in the ongoing struggle for political power. While there are reflections of the social turbulence of the time, the works also demonstrate the tranquility of the Italian countryside - another quality of della Francesca's work which has earned him his place among the Great Masters of Art.
Richard Wilhelm came to China as a young missionary in 1899, a time when the country was under the exploitation of the colonial powers. He lived through revolts against foreigners, the passing of the imperial dynasties and the First World War. During these times of turbulent upheaval, he never ceased his quest for the deepest truths that may help mankind to cope with change and to shape their own lives. Richard Wilhelm did not baptize a single Chinese. Instead he accomplished some of the most significant translations of the 20th century that made available to the west Confucius, Laotse and other classical texts of Daoism and most importantly the Iching, The Book Of Changes, the book that above all has served as an inspiration to so many western readers. Wilhelm remains one of the most distinguished mediators of Chinese culture in the West today. Like C.G. Jung, with whom he was friends from the 1920s, Richard Wilhelm went in search of the universal wisdoms of mankind, those that resist the changes of history.
Against the background of the Sicilian town Bagheria, simply called Baaria by its inhabitants, director Giuseppe Tornatore unfolds a semi-autobiographical, mesmerising epic of life in Italy in the twentieth century. Following Peppino (Francesco Scianna) from his childhood in the 1930s, to his forbidden romance with the beautiful Mannina (Margareth Made), political ascent and fight against the mafia, Baaria is an emotional journey into the heart of Italy.
Seberg is inspired by true events about the french new wave darling and breathless star, Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart), who in the late 1960s was targeted by the FBI because of her support of the civil rights movement, and romantic involvement of Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie), among others.