Category: BBC Two

The Space Shuttle that Fell to Earth

Multipart series for BBC and CNN

The Space Shuttle That Fell to Earth combines first-hand testimony with previously unseen archive to chart the in-depth story of the Columbia space shuttle tragedy in 2003, when the shuttle disintegrated during re-entry to Earth. Hearing from those closest to the story – the astronauts’ families and NASA officials – some of whom have never spoken before – this multi-part series explores how and why the disaster occurred.

“the finest possible tribute to the astronauts who lost their lives”, The Guardian ★★
“an exemplary three-part study of the disaster”, The Telegraph ★★★★

Watch The Space Shuttle That Fell to Earth on BBC iPlayer

Director: Lizzie Kempton
Exec Producers: Emma Whitehead, Emma Tutty
Composer: Alexander Parsons

Coco Chanel: Unbuttoned

The definitive portrait of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, the original influencer whose iconic designs – the little black dress, the jersey separates, the costume pearls, the tweed suit and Chanel No 5 perfume – remain symbols of luxury, style, sexuality and power in the 21st century.

Director: Hannah Berryman
Editor: James Gold
Composer: Alexander Parsons
Exec Producers: Janet Lee and Gabriel Jagger




Violins: Eloisa Fleur Thom, Romana Szczepaniak, Alexander Parsons
Viola: Zoe Matthews
Cello: Klara Schumann
Double Bass: Rory Dempsey
Harp: Vicky Lester
Guitar: Dave Malkin, Alexander Parsons

Mix Engineer: Toby Hulbert
Mastering Engineer: John Elleson-Hartley

The Real Michael Jackson

Since 2019, the debate about Michael Jackson has intensified, and opinions about how he should be remembered are now more fractured than at any time since his death a decade ago.

In this one-off, feature-length film, Jacques Peretti – who has spent much of his life analysing Jackson, having made three previous films over 15 years – goes back to Jackson’s beginnings, charting his rise and fall and seeking a fuller picture of this complex, contradictory character by exploring the clues that were missed. He investigates how Jackson become what he was, whether he manipulated his fame and the entertainment machine to conceal the truth and what the audience’s part was in it all.

What emerges is a fascinating, thoughtful and multi-layered reappraisal of one of the world’s most famous and controversial artists that investigates what the public failed to see – or were willing to ignore.


Presenter: Jacques Peretti
Editor: Lennaart Van Oldenborg
Composer: Alexander Parsons


★★★★ THE GUARDIAN | Ellen E Jones
★★★★ iNEWS | Sarah Hughes