Andrea Illescas is an accomplished producer/director who has made a huge variety of factual documentaries for BBC History and Arts over the last 15 years. Her films have taken her to all the corners of the world to bring back compelling stories and beautiful images. She has worked with a wide range of presenting talent, from first time presenters to prime-time newsreaders, and has extensive experience directing CGI sequences. Andrea has directed and produced successful and critically acclaimed series including “The Normans”, “Around the World in Eighty Treasures” (shown in over 30 countries), “On Hannibal’s trail”, “Francesco´s Italy: Top to Toe”, “Sex and the Church” and The Culture Show among others.

Sex and the Church

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality throughout history.


Dr Stephen Baxter, medieval historian at King's College, London, reveals the human and political drama that lies within the parchment of England's earliest surviving public record, the Domesday Book. He also finds out the real reason it was commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1086.

On Hannibal's Trail

Series in which three Australian brothers - Danny, Ben and Sam Wood - set out cycling on the trail of Hannibal, the warrior who marched from Spain to Rome at the head of an invading army.

Saving Britain’s Past: The Country House

Series charting the development of the conservation movement in Britain since the Second World War. Architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff explores the decline of the country house and its fight for survival.

Francis Bacon in His Own Words

A collection of BBC archive material about painter Francis Bacon, including a previously unseen interview recorded in 1965. The artist was interviewed by Julian Jebb about his contemporaries in the art world, his working practices and his personal philosophies.

Mixed Race Britain

One of the very few universal laws of history is this: whenever and wherever people of different races have been brought together they have always mixed.

Francesco's Mediterranean

Architect and historian Francesco da Mosto embarks on a journey to cross the Mediterranean sea.

Adventures in Architecture

Historian and writer Dan Cruickshank celebrates architecture as a creative force as he explores the world's greatest cities, buildings and monuments..

Francesco's Italy: Top to Toe

Francesco da Mosto travels the length and breadth of Italy.

Around the World in 80 Treasures

Documentary series presented by Dan Cruickshank revealing the most beautiful and precious things in the world.