Today's programme looks at some of the studio's most successful musicals and MGM's entry into television.
A look at the years from 1924 to the death of the 'boy wonder' producer Irving Thalberg in 1936.
Interviews, film clips and behind-the-scenes footage illuminate the rise and fall of the MGM dream factory.
Host Patrick Stewart covers 1946-1986; Gene Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly are important performers in the 1950s.
Host Patrick Stewart covers 1936-1946; MGM produces blockbusters like 'The Wizard of Oz' and makes superstars of Garland, Gable, Tracy and Hepburn.
Host Patrick Stewart covers 1924-1936; Jean Harlow, Johnny Weissmuller, Greta Garbo and Irving Thalberg help secure MGM's early position in films.