Channel 4 celebrates Christmas at Highclere and Warwick Castle

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The two-part series will follow the castles as they get ready for their biggest time of year, Christmas.

Highclere is famous for featuring as the family house in Downton Abbey and is home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. 

Viewers will discover what life is really like at the castle and go behind the scenes with the small team who keep everything running as they prepare for the festive period.

Warwick Castle dates all the way back to 1068 and was built on the order of William the Conqueror. 

BBC One announces a documentary about Marcus Rashford MBE’s child food poverty campaign

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Rashford has previously spoken about his own experiences of child food poverty and the sacrifices he and his family faced while he was growing up. 

The Premier League striker will learn about how child food poverty affects millions of children across the UK and how COVID-19 has exacerbated the issue. 

Cameras will uncover the obstacles and successes Rashford has gone through to try and eradicate child food poverty in the UK permanently, including the pressure his campaign put on the UK Government to offer support to over 1.7 million children. 

BBC Two commissions new documentary on the Maxwell family

As an impoverished survivor of the Holocaust, Robert Maxwell came from humble beginnings.

After serving the British Army in World War II he started working in publishing, building up Pergamon Press to a major publishing house before buying multiple competitors.

Robert’s alleged accidental death in 1991 triggered the collapse of his publishing empire and led to revelations of fraud on a grand scale.

Channel 4 announces sun-soaked documentary Welcome to Barbados

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The series follows British families and individuals, looking for a new adventure on the tropical island of Barbados, as they take on the challenge of relocating in the middle of a pandemic and working remotely from the Caribbean sanctuary.

The Barbados government introduced the Barbados Welcome Stamp on the 30th June 2020, which allows people to apply for a visa, enabling them to work remotely in Barbados for a maximum of 12 months.

McFly reveal all in new ITV documentary McFly: All About Us

In their most open interviews to date, Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry speak candidly of the origins of the band, the collaboration with Busted for McBusted and the real reason for the band’s break.

With unseen archival footage and honest conversations between the band members, the film will piece together their personal and professional highs and lows, from their rise as teenage pop stars to selling over 10 million records worldwide.

UKTV announces two more series of The Architecture The Railways Built

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The two ten-part series will be led by railway historian and architecture enthusiast Tim Dunn, following him as he travels around Britain and beyond visiting the unique architecture that lines the railway networks.

With behind the scenes access, Dunn gets to explore beyond the viaducts and stations, discovering other buildings with stunning architecture that were created due to the railways, including signal boxes, tunnels, pedestrian passages, workshops and hotels.

UKTV recommissions Women on the Force

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The ten-part documentary will follow the brave women who must balance their crucial work as part of the police force with their lives once they are out of the uniform.

The North Yorkshire Police is led by the magnetic Chief Constable Lisa Winward, who must oversee and manage a team of 1,505 police officers, 99 special constables, 237 police community support officers and 1,049 police staff who must work together to serve and protect people across an area of 3,208 square miles.

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.

New Wirecard scandal documentary heads to Sky

German filmmaker Gabriela Sperl is developing the film alongside producer SFFP, which tracks the rise and fall of the financial payments firm Wirecard.

Once regarded as the posterchild for German tech innovation, the firm collapsed in June 2020 after it was revealed that €1.9 billion was missing from its accounts.

The documentary spells out the international web of lies, cover ups and money laundering that led to the swindle.

Sperl has exclusive access to those closest to the scandal, including several informants.