Random Acts

  • Series 1 Episode 1

    Eric Wareheim presents the best creative shorts, from pupil-dilating claymation to Jake and Dinos Chapman's apocalyptic history of the world and Hollie McNish's acerbic film on public breastfeeding

  • Series 1 Episode 2

    More of the world's best creative shorts. Hollyoaks star Calvin Demba spits amusing lyrics about the morning after the night before. Plus: a beautiful performance from Beck and more.

  • Series 1 Episode 3

    More of the world's best creative shorts, including fantastical animations, an evocative snapshot of life in Huddersfield in a music video for Darkstar, and a scintillating art film from the Balkans

  • Series 1 Episode 4

    More of the world's best creative short films, including a music video that creates drama from an emoticon and creative editing. Filmmaker Rosa Fisher discusses her animation Conformity Juice.

  • Series 1 Episode 5

    More of the world's best creative shorts. Aerial photography explores the boundaries of art, science and technology. A striking creative short captures the beauty of the human body.

  • Series 1 Episode 6

    More of the world's best creative shorts. This episode showcases a music video premiere for James Righton's new project, Shock Machine, directed by Simon Amstell.

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    Series 2 Episode 1

    This episode takes viewers on a journey from futuristic folk grime and zombies to a very dramatic trip to the carwash with Shia LaBeouf

    Strong language and scenes of violenceThis episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 2 Episode 2

    More of the world's best creative short films, from a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story shot entirely by drones, to the world premiere of Roadkill, a gripping drama from Reggie Yates

    Strong language and scenes of violenceThis episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 2 Episode 3

    More of the world's best creative films, from a supersaturated satire on the future of data storage to a deliciously noir comedy about a downtrodden husband who has an epiphany when he orders takeaway

    Strong language and scenes which may upset some viewersThis episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 2 Episode 4

    More of the world's best creative films, from a paranormal dark comedy inspired by a woman who thought her toaster was haunted, to a beautiful quasi-documentary about living for well over 100 years

    Adult content and language some viewers may find offensiveThis episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 2 Episode 5

    An indigenous Australian man comes face to face with a horrifying spectacle in an exhibition in Victorian London. Plus: a powerful animation about Greek fishermen rescuing refugees, and much more.

    Some nudity and strong languageThis episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 2 Episode 6

    More creative films, including the video for the track Zayn Malik, by Riz Ahmed's rap group Swet Shop Boys, and Jam!, which takes the concept of food porn to a beyond-logical conclusion

    Some sexual themes and strong languageThis episode is subtitled24 mins
  • Series 3 Episode 1

    Zawe Ashton presents balloon art battles on the moors, pole dancing reinvented, a kinky oil slick in a pristine art gallery, and new work from acclaimed visual artist Hannah Perry

  • Series 3 Episode 2

    Including voyeurism in Kiev, funky modern soul from musician Kwaye and animation about two friends experiencing life differently due to the shade of their skin. Plus: a fashion film by... Zawe Ashton.

  • Series 3 Episode 3

    Goldie makes his directorial debut. The city's dark corners come to life. A nibble on forbidden fruit unlocks the dawning of consciousness. Plus: supermarket awkwardness from cartoonist Babak Ganjei.

  • Series 3 Episode 4

    A panda does unspeakable things to our brains. Life flashes before our eyes in Vienna. Plus: a Jarman Award shortlisted film from Welsh visual artist Bedwyr Williams, and more.

  • Series 3 Episode 5

    This episode features crashing toga parties. Plus: reimagining Shakespeare with David Oyelowo, submerging random objects in the deep blue sea, and a cheeky Blade Runner riff.

  • Series 3 Episode 6

    This episode features rabbit assassins, the underground world of gangster dentistry in a Miami housing project, a nightmare direct from an artist's dream journal, and an anthropomorphic vagina

  • Series 4 Episode 1

    Bafta Award-winning actor Monica Dolan battles a killer houseplant, and poet Simon Armitage shares his final words

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    Series 4 Episode 2

    Young people's laureate Caleb Femi smashes preconceptions. Dancing meets architecture at the Barbican. Plus: a kids-only dystopia. And trees fight back in a trippy animation.

    Scenes some viewers may find disturbingThis episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 4 Episode 3

    Musician Laura Marling catches comedian Tim Key's eye. A performance poet has a stern word with her pelvis pal in Ode to a Fuckboi. And find out exactly how to be rad.

    Very strong language, adult themes and nudityThis episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 4 Episode 4

    Misfits charmer Robert Sheehan is down and out in LA, Bafta Award-winner Duncan Cowles flogs stock footage for cold hard cash. And, in a single-take experiment, a Chelsea supporter enters frame left.

    Strong languageThis episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 4 Episode 5

    Modern philosopher Alain de Botton explains how to recount your dreams. Plus: the greatest library you've never seen, a gruesome waking nightmare set in a circus, and more.

    Violent and disturbing images that viewers may find distressingThis episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 4 Episode 6

    Including Jarman prize-winner Heather Phillipson's love letter to her pet pooch. A teenager finger-swipes her way into digital oblivion. Plus: a sexy doughnut that's just asking to be eaten.

    Adult humour and some violent scenesThis episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 5 Episode 1

    A Peckham auntie reclaims the streets on horseback. Plus: opera reimagined as a partially-nude fantasia, internet cats like you've never seen them before, a bird puppet jazz ensemble, and more.

    Scenes some viewers may find disturbing, strong language, nudity and adult themesThis episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 5 Episode 2

    An insta-perfect life is a waking nightmare. Noel Fielding plays a dying angel. A visual artist lights up a ghost town. African folklore meets fashion film. A dance group are animated in stop motion.

    Adult themesThis episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 5 Episode 3

    Bodies collide in new configurations in an elegant movement piece. Social media gives an animator the blues. Plus: a vivid reflection of a fractured mind, and an animation of a gender-neutral plant.

    Adult themes and nudityThis episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 5 Episode 4

    Botis Seva explores parenthood through dance. A teenager confronts her doppelgangers. Bernard Cribbins narrates a visual deep-dive into woodland nostalgia. An impactful artwork examines gun violence.

    Strong languageThis episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 5 Episode 5

    A magical tapestry comes to life. Animator Qieer Wang provides a champagne bath for our emotions. Plus: a short film made to the sounds of a little-known Cocteau Twins B-side, and much more.

    This episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 5 Episode 6

    A swimming pool receives some uninvited guests at night. Plus: a romantic dance-off, a surreal animated creature feature, pink balloons in hot pursuit of a young woman, and more.

    Strong language and adut themesThis episode is subtitled23 mins
  • Series 6 Episode 1

    A sitcom with Asa Butterfield and Adam Buxton turns into a bloodbath, an artist gets a Botox injection in the throat, and a pair of frisky fingers find love

  • Series 6 Episode 2

    A VHS stand-up routine becomes an existential nightmare, a pensioner tries to overcome her past in Newcastle, and some tiny tea cups help a relationship blossom

  • Series 6 Episode 3

    A trip to the dentist becomes a unique and startling experience, there's a split-screen dance with a selfie twist, and Neil Maskell stars in a heart-breaking drama

  • Series 6 Episode 4

    A champagne cork is weaponised in an acute observation of modern relationships. Adham Faramawy gives make-up tutorials an unnerving update. A dance piece syncs up with sunlight.

  • Series 6 Episode 5

    A tribute to a teapot turns into a rave, Adjoa Andoh narrates Arctic poetry, and Geoffrey McGivern becomes a new Big Brother. Plus: the ultimate heavy metal knitting circle.

  • Series 6 Episode 6

    Including five of the strangest animated creations. Plus: Lily Cole and Lily McMenamy in a model utopia. And the series finishes with the end of the world.

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    Black Britain: The Gift

    The Gift blends grime with surrealism, exploring the theme of identity and the dark external forces that influence and manipulate the genre. Directed by Dumas Haddad.

    This episode is subtitled4 mins 03
  • Black Britain: Ajamu: Joyful Insurrection

    In this experimental film, we celebrate the life and career of artist Ajamu X, using him as a conduit to explore the black British gay sexual experience. Directed by Stephen Isaac Wilson.

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    Black Britain: Dark Matter

    This sci-fi art documentary looks at the unseen presence of black women in science while channelling the spirit of Vera Rubin, the woman who discovered Dark Matter. Directed by Adeyemi Michael.

    This episode is subtitled5 mins
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    Black Britain: The Muse

    Portraits shot through mirrors, with a voiceover of women and non-binary people discussing the intersection of their identities, being queer/non-binary and people of colour. Directed by Anna Fearon.

    This episode is subtitled4 mins 53
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    Black Britain: Wither

    Wither is a dance film from Antoine Marc that explores the complexity of identities, and the ever-evolving state of being that defines who we are

    Contains scenes that may be upsetting for younger viewersThis episode is subtitled2 mins 29
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    Black Britain: Everything Feels Like Water

    From young people's laureate for London Theresa Lola, comes the story of a young girl in search of a superpower to help fight her anxiety and depression

    Adult themes which some might find distressingThis episode is subtitled4 mins
  • FilmFear: Sweep Away Hungry Ghosts

    A young man struggles to come to terms with his deceased father's cross dressing. This atmospheric, haunting film explores traditional Chinese filial piety and the space between sex and gender.

  • FilmFear: Satanic Panic '87

    Wild and comic Satanic horror. Two heavy metal lovers are encouraged to open a gateway to hell by using a Satanic aerobics tape.

  • FilmFear: Stilts

    Surreal, eerie, visually striking fairytale. A young man is trapped in an oppressive dystopia where everybody must wear huge metal stilts. But trying to rid himself of them annoys his strict father.

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