- Top documentaries on the BBC this week

Date: Sat Oct 14 2017 10:34:42 GMT+0100 (BST)
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Chris Packham: Aspergers and me
Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me
BBC TWO 21:00 TUE 17 OCT
For most of his life, broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham didn't tell anyone about the one thing that in many ways has defined his entire existence. Chris is autistic - he has Asperger's Syndrome. In this film, Chris invites us inside his autistic world to try to show what it is really like being him.

Confronting this deeply personal subject with brutal honesty, and reflecting on the devastating struggles of his adolescence, Chris explores the question of whether he’d ever want to be cured himself, or whether, ultimately, Asperger’s has helped make him who he is today.
Chevron Would he ever want to change?
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Lucy Worsley's Nights at the Opera
Lucy Worsley's Nights at the Opera
BBC TWO 21:00 SAT 14 OCT
Historian Lucy Worsley explores how history and opera go hand in hand, visiting the great European cities where some of the most famous operas were written, and tells the stories of the colourful characters who composed them.
'The greatest show on earth'
England's Reformation
England's Reformation: Three Books That Changed a Nation
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Janina Ramirez tells the story of three books that defined this radical religious revolution in England and formed the nation's Protestant identity, the impact of which can be seen even today.
A religious revolution
Available now on BBC iPlayer
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
Ten years in the making, this immersive series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War, bringing the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. The 10 part documentary features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it.
Pink iPlayer Button A nation divided
The Human Body
The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed
In this major three-part series, Chris and Xand van Tulleken uncover the latest secrets of our bodies. They explore the latest understanding of how we grow, the everyday miracles that keep you alive and the extraordinary ways we develop new skills.
Pink iPlayer Button The miracle of life
Basquiat - Rags to riches
Basquiat - Rage to Riches
The recent Sotheby's auction of a Jean-Michel Basquiat Skull painting for over $100million has catapulted this Brooklyn-born artist into the top tier of the international art market. This film tells his story through exclusive interviews with his most intimate friends, lovers and fellow artists, exposing the cash, drugs and the pernicious racism which Basquiat confronted on a daily basis.
Pink iPlayer Button An intimate portrait
The Sky at Night: Return to the moon?
The Sky at Night: Return to the Moon?
Nearly 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon and it seemed like the dawn of a new age. Now, for the first time in a generation, there are credible plans to go back to the moon. The Sky at Night examines this renewed interest in the moon, and asks why it's happening now and who is at the forefront of this new wave of lunar exploration.
Pink iPlayer Button A new leap for mankind
Sir Bobby Charlton at 80
Sir Bobby Charlton at 80
A celebration of the remarkable career of one England's most iconic and greatest ever footballers, Sir Bobby Charlton. The programme features incredible archive from his life in football as well as poignant contributions on the Munich crash from survivors, including Sir Bobby himself.
Pink iPlayer Button An English icon
Our World: In the shadow of El Che
Our World: In the Shadow of El Che
What has Che Guevara's legacy been in Cuba, and would he recognise the country that it has now become? The BBC's Cuba correspondent, Will Grant, reports from Havana on the iconic Marxist revolutionaries lasting influence.
Pink iPlayer Button The legacy of Che
Factual on radio
Revolution in Ideas
Revolution in Ideas
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was not only a political revolution it was an unprecedented thought experiment, a revolution in ideas. Historian Justin Champion explores the early years of this turbulent era as an intellectually explosive and genuinely creative moment.
radio_chevron_black.png Re-live the revolution
How are we causing some earthquakes
How we are causing some earthquakes
Gareth Mitchell talks to Gillian Foulger of Durham University about HiQuake, the world's largest database of human-induced earthquakes. Some of these man made triggers include mining operations, fossil fuel extraction, skyscraper construction and tunnelling.
radio_chevron_black.png Unnatural disasters
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