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Lance Armstrong documentary heads to BBC iPlayer

Directed by Marina Zenovich, the documentary retraces the remarkable rise and rapid fall of Armstrong, from the cycling hall of fame to the hall of infamy.

In candid interviews, Armstrong, his family, friends and former teammates recount his battle with cancer, his extraordinarily successful comeback to the sport, his multiple Tour de France victories, and the doping scandal that stripped him of them all.

The film also examines the wider problem of performance enhancing drugs in the sport.

BBC Two to broadcast feature-length documentary Finding Jack Charlton

The film tells the unlikely life story of Charlton, who, after winning the World Cup for England as a player, went on to become an Irish hero after leading their national team to their first World Cup as a manager.

Such successes are told against the background of the final year of his life stricken with dementia.

Charlton’s family, including his wife Pat and son John, are among the contributors.

Nigella Lawson returns with new cooking series Cook, Eat, Repeat

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Making the most of her favourite ingredients, Nigella will be sharing some delicious new recipes from her kitchen.

With mouth-watering dishes such as her luxurious Crab Mac’n’Cheese and sumptuous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, Nigella will explore how food is woven into the fabric of our everyday lives and will celebrate the connection it provides.

Throughout the six-part series, Nigella will reveal where she finds inspiration for her recipes, from exchanging ideas on social media to leafing through vintage cookbooks.

BBC Two announces new comedy series Brain in Gear

The series, written by and starring Gbemisola Ikumelo (Famalam), is a flat-share comedy centred around Remi, a normal single woman in her twenties who is battling anxiety in the form of her two alter egos, Boss Bitch Remi and Dark Remi.

With one voice telling her to seize the day and the other urging her to curl up in bed all day, Remi attempts to navigate everyday life with the conflict of her inner voices pulling her in opposite directions.

BBC Two announces Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge

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The four-part series delves into over 60 hours of Theroux’s catalogue of innovative and distinctive documentaries, exploring topics such as mental health, those engaging in unusual lifestyle choices and people who live on the fringes of society.

The documentary features interviews with Theroux and sees him catch up with some of his most famous contributors whose lives have panned out in some surprising and unexpected ways.

BBC Two acquires period drama Harlots

Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville in Harlots (credit: BBC)

Written by playwright Moira Buffini, Harlots explores the world of Georgian London’s most valuable commercial activity – sex.

Inspired by the stories of real women in 18th century London, the high-powered family drama follows Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), a brothel owner struggling to reconcile her profession with her role as mother to her daughters.

Lesley Manville (Mum) stars as the rival madam Lydia Quigley, who ruthlessly attempts to upend Margaret’s business.

Scottish drama Guilt to return for a second series

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Written by Neil Forsyth (Bob Servant), the four-part series is expected to begin filming in Scotland later this year to air in 2021.

The first series, which earned Forsyth an RTS-award nomination for Writer - Drama, follows two dissimilar brothers, played by Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe) and Jamie Sives (Chernobyl), who are forced together when they accidentally run over and kill an old man on a darkened street.

Just as the brothers begin to think they have gotten away with their crime, the neighbours raise their suspicions.

A House Through Time to return for a fourth series

Historian and presenter David Olusoga will return to explore the lives of residents within a single house and uncover the untold stories of the previous occupants through detective work, contemporary documents and genealogical records.

The four-part series will see Olusoga head to Leeds for series four, a city filled with historical ties to the Civil War and technological advancements.