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Open University programmes on TV, radio and online

The OU has a unique partnership with the BBC, co-producing content for radio, television and online channels. We also work with a range of other broadcasters in the UK and internationally.
Here’s what’s coming up in next few days and what you can catch up with via iPlayer.

BBC World Service Radio
Saturday 7:06pm 26 Jan 2019

International Playwriting Competition 2019

The only global competition for radio playwrights. 

BBC Radio 4
Monday 12:04pm 28 Jan 2019

A History of Ideas

This major new 60-part radio series offers a fresh take on some of the big philosophical questions of our age. 

BBC Radio 4
Monday 12:15pm 28 Jan 2019

Thinking Allowed 2019

Thinking Allowed explores how society works, with leading social science experts. 

BBC Four
Wednesday 1:00am 30 Jan 2019

Genius of the Modern World

Bettany Hughes explores the life and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud in the three part series from the OU and the BBC.

Coming soon

BBC Ideas

Short films for curious minds. 

Tuesday 9:00pm 22 Jan 2019


Who is the greatest icon of them all? BBC viewers vote for their ultimate icon of the 20th Century.

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