In the fascinating three-part documentary HOW TO GET AHEAD, host Stephen Smith immerses himself in three of the most infamous courts in European history to discover what it took for a courtier to survive and prosper. Touching upon the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, the program investigates incidents ranging from bribery to blackmail, sycophancy to sporting prowess, and partying to praying. Along the way, the series showcases the great paintings, sculptures and bejeweled treasures that unlock the secrets to life at court.
Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream. His obsessive worrying affects not only his relationship with his wife, his friends and his boss, but also his own body - graphically demonstrated when he grows a large stress-related boil on his shoulder. But when the boil grows eyes and a mouth and starts talking, Bagley really begins to think he's lost his mind. But has he?
Sir Chris Hoy is Britain's greatest ever Olympian, winning six gold and one silver medal at four Olympic Games. His amazing journey took him from a cycling club in Edinburgh to the biggest sporting stages in the world. But he doesn't believe that he was simply born to be a champion. So how did he do it? And how does his story compare with the other top athletes he meets in this revealing film? With Andy Murray, Lennox Lewis, Sir Steve Redgrave, Rebecca Adlington and Graeme Obree.
An intimate insight into the world of the Hutterites, a Christian community who believe living communally and separate from what they call 'the world' is the route to heaven. But living like this is not easy. With exclusive access, the film follows one young man secretly running away from his community.