Tim Whewell is in St Petersburg to meet the self-styled Russian nationalists and patriots who are volunteering to join the fighting in eastern Ukraine. He joins a group of volunteers as they undertake military training, and travels to Ukraine to see how the volunteer force is fighting on the ground.
Two-part series focusing on Tsar Nicholas II's four daughters - Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia - combining interviews with leading historians, stunning archive footage and dramatic reconstruction to reveal the real girls behind the fairy-tale images.
Stephen Fry explores his passion for controversial composer Richard Wagner. Can he salvage the music he loves from its dark association with Hitler's Nazi regime? His journey takes him to Germany, Switzerland and Russia as he pieces together the story of the composer's career. Along the way he plays Wagner's piano, meets the composer's descendants and eavesdrops on rehearsals for the Bayreuth Festival, the annual extravaganza of Wagner's music held in a theatre designed by the composer himself.
When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon in 1969, America went down in popular history as the winner of the space race. But that history is bunk. The real pioneers of space exploration were the Soviet cosmonauts. This remarkable feature-length documentary combines rare and unseen archive footage with interviews with the surviving cosmonauts to tell the fascinating and at times terrifying story of how the Russians led us into the space age. A particular highlight is Alexei Leonov, the man who performed the first spacewalk, explaining how he found himself trapped outside his spacecraft 500 miles above the Earth.
Lucy Worsley travels to Russia to tell the extraordinary story of the dynasty that ruled the country for more than three centuries - the Romanovs.
Growing numbers of Russians are consulting mystics and psychics. It's been a longstanding flirtation - most famously, a century ago, the country's last Royal family became reliant on a mystical faith healer called Rasputin. But now, 21st century Russians, faced with growing uncertainty and insecurity, are flocking to mystics for help. For Our World the BBC Russian Service's Olga Smirnova investigates the phenomenon.