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Mon 27 Mar

7:00pm
100 Days
27/03/2017
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 3.9
7:00pm
Weather
(Subtitles) (Follow On)

Rating: 9
7:30pm
Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney
Season 1 Episode 2/4

The broadcaster continues to trace the footsteps of 19th-century artist and geologist George Victor Du Noyer, who spent 35 years charting the landscape, people and buildings of Ireland. Martha travels north, taking in the extraordinary beauty of Dunluce Castle, and onwards to Mussenden Temple, pondering its unusual location. She also marvels at how Belfast was shaped by the Victorians, visits Kearney Point on the Ards Peninsula and journeys south to Dunmoe, which overlooks the site of the Battle of the Boyne
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

8:00pm
Racing Legends
Racing Legends: John Surtees
Season 2 Episode 3/3

Paul Hollywood explores the life and times of the motorsport great, who died earlier this month. To gain an insight into one of Britain's greatest sportsmen, Paul takes to the track and the Isle of Man circuit to recreate some of John's finest moments, while the man himself looks back on a life filled with danger, glamour and intrigue. With contributions from Surtees' wife and daughters as well as rivals and commentators
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

9:00pm
Crash and Burn
Documentary charting the story of professional motor racing driver Tommy Byrne, who during the 1980s went from stock-car racing to big-time Formula One in a little over four years. But while his rise was meteoric, his fall was just as spectacular
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 2.9
10:00pm
Storyville
Last Days of Solitary: Storyville
Documentary about the effects that long-term solitary confinement have on prisoners, following recently released prisoners when they go from isolation to the streets. The film examines the psychological impact of solitary, the baggage offenders carry with them back into the community and whether this type of imprisonment makes the general public more or less safe
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.9
11:20pm
Oceans
The Indian Ocean - Coastal Waters
Season 1 Episode 6/8

In the second of two episodes examining the Indian Ocean, Paul Rose, Philippe Cousteau Jr, Dr Lucy Blue and Tooni Mahto explore the impact the ocean's tides and currents have on coastal areas. They join a group of scientists working on an experiment to predict extreme weather, and dive down to a coral colony - an environment in which they can learn about changes in the planet's climate
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.9
12:20am
Inside Porton Down: Britain's Secret Weapons Research Facility
Dr Michael Mosley investigates Britain's most secretive and controversial military research base, Porton Down, on its 100th anniversary. He comes face to face with chemical and biological weapons old and new, reveals the truth about animal and human testing, and discovers how the latest science and technology are helping to defend the UK against terrorist attacks and rogue nations
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.3
1:20am
Horizon
Horizon: The Power of the Placebo
Season 50 Episode 8/12

As they contain no active ingredient, placebo medicines and pills should not really work, but they are now being shown to be effective in helping treat pain and depression and even alleviating some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. This programme explores why they work and how everyone could benefit from them
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.7
2:20am
Storyville
Last Days of Solitary: Storyville
Documentary about the effects that long-term solitary confinement have on prisoners, following recently released prisoners when they go from isolation to the streets. The film examines the psychological impact of solitary, the baggage offenders carry with them back into the community and whether this type of imprisonment makes the general public more or less safe
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.9

Tue 28 Mar

7:00pm
100 Days
28/03/2017
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 3.9
7:30pm
Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney
Season 1 Episode 3/4

The broadcaster continues to trace the footsteps of 19th-century artist and geologist George Victor Du Noyer, examining places of power as seen through his eyes. She traces the movement of power from Newgrange, Co Meath, through the Rock of Cashel, sees Waterford Charter Roll and ends up at Castletown House in Co Kildare
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

8:00pm
1066: A Year to Conquer England
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Docudrama in which Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to the Battle of Hastings. The first edition reveals how the death of Edward the Confessor without an heir triggered a bitter race to succeed him as king of England, with Earl Harold successfully taking the crown. However, William of Normandy believes the throne has been promised to him and decides to invade, while Viking king Harald Hardrada also fancies himself as monarch
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3
9:00pm
Gravity and Me: The Force that Shapes our Lives
Jim Al-Khalili investigates the amazing science of gravity, recreating groundbreaking experiments, including the moment when Galileo first worked out how to measure it. He investigates gravity waves, finds out from astronauts what it's like to live without gravity, sets out to find where in Britain gravity is weakest and so where we weigh the least, and helps design a smartphone app that volunteers use to demonstrate how gravity affects time and makes us age at slightly different rates
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

10:30pm
Television's Opening Night: How the Box Was Born
Dallas Campbell, Professor Danielle George and Dr Hugh Hunt mark the 80th anniversary of Britain's very first TV broadcast by trying to recreate the landmark event. The inaugural programme came live from Alexandria Palace on November 2, 1936, but there are no surviving recordings of the show. In response, the presenter trio set out to recreate every aspect of this first broadcast, from the variety acts featured right down to the camera equipment used, using authentic technology and filming techniques. Plus, pioneering TV engineer John Logie Baird's assistant - now aged 104 - is on hand to lend some technical assistance, and Dallas meets a one of the performers who appeared on the first programme to find out what it is like to be part of TV history
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
12:00am
Alan Johnson: The Post Office and Me
The Labour MP and former postman explores the history of the Post Office, from the introduction of the first postal stamp in 1840 to privatisation in 2013, revealing how it has reflected the complex make-up of British society over the last century. Alan Johnson also embarks on a nostalgic journey into his own past as a postman, as detailed in his memoir Please Mister Postman, that led to him becoming a trade unionist and embarking on a career in politics
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 2.6
1:00am
Pop! The Science of Bubbles
Physicist Helen Czerski investigates the significance of bubbles, which can help to push back the boundaries of science, despite often being thought of as toys. She explores how a single one can reveal the workings of nature on a vast scale, and examines how globules of air formed as a result of breaking waves help oceans to breathe. The presenter also takes a look at the role bubbles are playing in the future design of ships and with new forms of medical treatment
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.9
2:00am
Gravity and Me: The Force that Shapes our Lives
Jim Al-Khalili investigates the amazing science of gravity, recreating groundbreaking experiments, including the moment when Galileo first worked out how to measure it. He investigates gravity waves, finds out from astronauts what it's like to live without gravity, sets out to find where in Britain gravity is weakest and so where we weigh the least, and helps design a smartphone app that volunteers use to demonstrate how gravity affects time and makes us age at slightly different rates
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Wed 29 Mar

7:00pm
100 Days
29/03/2017
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 3.9
7:00pm
Weather
(Subtitles) (Follow On)

Rating: 9
7:30pm
Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney
Season 1 Episode 4/4

The broadcaster concludes her journey retracing the steps of 19th-century geologist George Victor Du Noyer. Martha explores places of great spirituality, starting with the Blasket Islands off the coast of Kerry, then on to the Dingle Peninsula, where Du Noyer discovered stone beehive huts called clochans. Finally, she heads north to the islands of the Fermanagh Lakelands - White Island, Boa Island and Station Island
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

8:00pm
How Quizzing Got Cool: TV's Brains of Britain
Victoria Coren Mitchell, Judith Keppel, Chris Tarrant, Mark Labbett and Nicholas Parsons help Ben Miller trace the origins of the pro-quizzers; quiz show veterans who have emerged from the crowd of quiz aficionados in recent years to achieve fame and fortune for their general knowledge prowess
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 5.9
9:00pm
London: A Tale of Two Cities with Dan Cruickshank
The historian examines how London coped with a series of disastrous events in the 17th century, including the Great Fire, the Plague and the Civil War, and became one of Europe's most powerful cities. He uses information from surveys taken by chroniclers at the beginning and end of the century to explore the qualities that enabled Londoners to thrive, and explains how events of the period laid the foundations for the English capital's success
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.8
10:00pm
Brian Pern
Brian Pern: A Tribute
Following the sudden death of Brian Pern last month, Rhys Thomas presents a celebration of the life of the prog rock star. This exclusive programme features Brian's final prophetic interview, which has never been transmitted before, as well as the true story behind his untimely death and the making of his last album Heaven Calling - released just 271 days after his 66th birthday. Featuring contributions from friends, lovers, fans and his dentist. Spoof documentary, starring Simon Day
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

10:40pm
Brian Pern
Brian Pern at the BBC
A look back at the musician's career through his TV appearances - both with prog rock band Thotch and as a solo artist - with poorly written captions underneath. Simon Day stars
(Subtitles)

11:00pm
Digging for Britain
East
Season 5 Episode 3/3

Alice Roberts visits archaeological digs in the east of Britain. Finds include new revelations from a 3,000-year-old perfectly preserved village near Cambridgeshire, and the theatre where Shakespeare premiered Rome and Juliet
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.4
12:00am
Who Were the Greeks?
Season 1 Episode 1/2

Part one of two. Classical historian Michael Scott examines the important individuals, objects and ideas of the ancient Greeks to discover what they were like and why their culture spread across the planet. He begins by exploring how they lived and what they believed in, uncovering a world of gods, democrats and warriors, and reveals many of the country's inhabitants could be as brutal as they were brilliant
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4
1:00am
1066: A Year to Conquer England
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Docudrama in which Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to the Battle of Hastings. The first edition reveals how the death of Edward the Confessor without an heir triggered a bitter race to succeed him as king of England, with Earl Harold successfully taking the crown. However, William of Normandy believes the throne has been promised to him and decides to invade, while Viking king Harald Hardrada also fancies himself as monarch
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3
2:00am
The Art of Gothic: Britain's Midnight Hour
The City and the Soul
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Andrew Graham-Dixon continues his examination of England's Gothic Revival, focusing on the influence of the Industrial Revolution on Gothic art and literature, which became both backward and forward looking. While Mary Shelley warned of the dangers of how science could get out of control in her novel Frankenstein, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott used Gothic architecture to memorialise Prince Albert as a medieval hero. Meanwhile, poets indulged in hallucinatory drugs to reach new Gothic heights
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 4.9
3:00am
Crash and Burn
Documentary charting the story of professional motor racing driver Tommy Byrne, who during the 1980s went from stock-car racing to big-time Formula One in a little over four years. But while his rise was meteoric, his fall was just as spectacular
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language)

Rating: 2.9

Thu 30 Mar

7:00pm
100 Days
30/03/2017
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 3.9
7:00pm
Weather
(Subtitles) (Follow On)

Rating: 9
7:30pm
Top of the Pops: 1983
Richard Skinner and Tommy Vance present music from June 30, featuring Shalamar, Nick Heyward, Irene Cara, Paul Young, Tom Robinson, Bucks Fizz and Rod Stewart
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.1
8:00pm
Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer?
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Part two of two. Historian Jonathan Foyle explores how the king's choices in art and architecture provide clues to his mental state in the 1530s. Following the monarch's break from Rome, divorce from Catherine of Aragon and subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn in the hope of finally fathering an heir, his desperation for a new image was at its peak
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 5.6
9:00pm
The Golden Age of Steam Railways
Branching Out
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Part two of two. The story of the visionaries who helped to rescue Britain's standard gauge railways continues, as further home-shot footage reveals how these volunteers managed to restore the lines that once served the nation's mines, quarries, factories and docks, but fell into disuse from the 1950s onwards. Narrated by Jenny Agutter
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 9.7
10:00pm
Meet the Lords
Rebel Lords
Season 1 Episode 2/3

The Government threatens to trim the Lords' powers if they rebel again and Lord Strathclyde publishes his review into the powers the upper house have to block legislation. Cameras follow Labour peer Alf Dubs as he attempts to push through an amendment to the Immigration Bill to allow unaccompanied refugee children into the country, while Admiral Alan West isn't happy about a public poll that has voted overwhelmingly to name a new polar research ship Boaty McBoatface and raises a question about it
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 2.5
11:00pm
Natural World
Butterflies: A Very British Obsession
Season 29 Episode 8/14

Documentary capturing the beauty of butterflies close up, and revealing how they inspire the images of street artist Nick Walker and the performances of burlesque dancer Vicky Butterfly. The programme also raises the question of whether a passion for these elegant insects could help people preserve much-loved landscapes. Narrated by Imelda Staunton
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 9
12:00am
Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues
Rogues' Gallery
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Sam Willis concludes his exploration of the criminal underworld of the 17th and 18th centuries by looking at urban crime, fraud and corruption, uncovering a fascinating rogues' gallery of villains. He examines the case of thief and serial escaper Jack Sheppard, who was so notorious that almost a quarter of a million people turned up to witness his hanging, while fraudster Mary Toft managed to convince George I's surgeon that she had given birth to rabbits
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.1
1:00am
Top of the Pops: 1983
Richard Skinner and Tommy Vance present music from June 30, featuring Shalamar, Nick Heyward, Irene Cara, Paul Young, Tom Robinson, Bucks Fizz and Rod Stewart
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.1
1:35am
Storyville
Storyville: From the Sea to the Land Beyond - Britain's Coast on Film
Documentary exploring the role of Britain's coastline in people's lives, from holidays at the seaside to wartime. Penny Woolcock's film blends archive clips with a soundtrack created by Brighton band British Sea Power
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.9
2:50am
Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer?
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Part two of two. Historian Jonathan Foyle explores how the king's choices in art and architecture provide clues to his mental state in the 1530s. Following the monarch's break from Rome, divorce from Catherine of Aragon and subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn in the hope of finally fathering an heir, his desperation for a new image was at its peak
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language)

Rating: 5.6

Fri 31 Mar

7:00pm
World News Today
31/03/2017
The day's leading stories
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.2
7:00pm
Weather
(Subtitles) (Follow On)

Rating: 9
7:30pm
Top of the Pops: 1983
John Peel and David Jensen introduce performances by Roman Holliday, Mary Jane Girls, Freez, Cure, Funk Masters, and Jimmy the Hoover
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.1
8:00pm
BBC Young Dancer 2017
Ballet Final
Season 1 Episode 2/5

Anita Rani hosts this contest showcasing the very best British dance talent aged between 16 and 21. This edition focuses on the ballet category, featuring contenders Ryan Felix, Jade Wallace, Rhys Antoni Yeomans, Uyu Hiromoto and Oscar Ward. Judging them are former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet Deborah Bull, former artistic director of English National Ballet Matz Skoog and choreographer and founder of the dance company that bears her name Shobana Jeyasingh. The other categories are dance music, contemporary and South Asian, and the contest culminates in a grand final to be staged at Sadler's Wells
(Subtitles)

Rating: 1
9:00pm
Big Hits: TOTP 1964 to 1975
A selection of performances from the first years of Top of the Pops, featuring the Rolling Stones, Peter Sarstedt, Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Julie Driscoll, Queen, the Kinks, Procol Harum, Stealers Wheel, the Seekers and Status Quo
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 8.7
10:30pm
Top of the Pops: 1977
Top of the Pops 1977: Big Hits
Season 1 Episode 3/43

A selection of highlights from the pop show's 1977 editions, including performances by Rod Stewart, the Jacksons, Queen, the Stranglers, Brotherhood of Man, David Bowie, Bob Marley, Baccara, Heatwave and Elvis Costello
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 8.8
11:30pm
Top of the Pops: 1978
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1978
Documentary about the change of musical direction in 1978, when pop singles were slowly ousted by disco, punk and new wave artists. The programme features contributions by members of the Boomtown Rats, Squeeze, Boney M and Sham 69 - among others - and archive performances by the likes of Elvis Costello, the Undertones, Ian Dury and the Blockheads and the Jam
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.4
12:20am
Top of the Pops: 1978
Top of the Pops 1978: Big Hits
Season 1 Episode 1/35

A selection of classic songs from 1978, a year in which punk music and new wave rebellion co-existed with pop, disco, soul, reggae and prog rock. Featuring appearances on the show by Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, Blondie, Bob Marley, Boomtown Rats, Kate Bush, Sham 69, Brotherhood of Man, Dan Hill, Boney M, 10cc and Manfred Mann's Earth Band
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.4
1:20am
Top of the Pops: 1983
John Peel and David Jensen introduce performances by Roman Holliday, Mary Jane Girls, Freez, Cure, Funk Masters, and Jimmy the Hoover
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.1
2:00am
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1979
A look back at a heady year for the chart show, which recorded its highest audience of 19 million viewers, as physical format singles peaked at four times that number. Social problems in Britain during the Winter of Discontent did not stop inventive musicians from making hay as eager fans queued up to embrace their output, and new wave, ska, reggae, rock, folk and electro hits competed for the top slots. Among the featured artists are Gary Numan, Nile Rodgers, Jah Wobble and Woody from Madness
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

3:00am
Top of the Pops: 1977
Top of the Pops 1977: Big Hits
Season 1 Episode 3/43

A selection of highlights from the pop show's 1977 editions, including performances by Rod Stewart, the Jacksons, Queen, the Stranglers, Brotherhood of Man, David Bowie, Bob Marley, Baccara, Heatwave and Elvis Costello
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 8.8

Sat 1 Apr

7:00pm
The Silk Road
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Sam Willis traces the history of one of the world's most famous trade routes, which ran from China's ancient capital Xian through the cities of central Asia and Persia. He begins his travels in Venice, examining how the architecture was shaped by Eastern influences, before arriving in China's ancient capital Xian where he discovers how a single deal to trade silk for war horses created a global network
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.9
8:00pm
Woolly Mammoth: Secrets from the Ice
Alice Roberts explores the natural history of the Ice Age mammals that once roamed across what is now Europe and Asia. Detailed information about their lives has been gleaned from carcasses preserved in the Siberian permafrost, and the anatomist meets scientists using genetic, chemical and molecular tests to reveal the adaptations that allowed mammoths to evolve from tropical animals to creatures capable of surviving extreme cold
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.8
9:00pm
Follow the Money
Season 2 Episode 9/10

Nicky breaks into Kristina's home to recover the evidence against Christensen. Absalon is on the verge of bankruptcy, and Claudia will stop at nothing to get revenge. In Danish
(In Vision)

Rating: 9.5
10:00pm
Follow the Money
Season 2 Episode 10/10

Alf and Mads race to stop Christensen before he destroys the Danish economy. Claudia betrays Steen, and Amanda tries to prove Simon's guilt. In Danish. Last in the series
(In Vision)

Rating: 9.5
11:00pm
Top of the Pops: 1983
Richard Skinner and Tommy Vance present music from June 30, featuring Shalamar, Nick Heyward, Irene Cara, Paul Young, Tom Robinson, Bucks Fizz and Rod Stewart
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.1
11:35pm
Top of the Pops: 1983
John Peel and David Jensen introduce performances by Roman Holliday, Mary Jane Girls, Freez, Cure, Funk Masters, and Jimmy the Hoover
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.1
12:15am
Classic Albums
Classic Albums: The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Documentary exploring the making of the Beach Boys' classic 1966 album, to mark the 50th anniversary of its release. Featuring contributions from songwriter Brian Wilson and the other surviving members of the group Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, as well as rare archive footage from the recording sessions
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 5.6
1:15am
The Joy of the Guitar Riff
Documentary exploring the impact of the guitar riff on popular music over the past 60 years, including a look at how it became the foundation on which rock 'n' roll was built. With stories from Brian May, Dave Davies, Hank Marvin, Joan Jett, Nile Rodgers, Tony Iommi, Robert Fripp, Johnny Marr and more. Narrated by Lauren Laverne
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 2.6
2:15am
The Kinks at the BBC
Archive performances by the band from shows including Top of the Pops and The Old Grey Whistle Test, charting how their sound developed from the 1960s to the 1980s. The programme also features highlights from lead singer Ray Davies' solo career, including clips from Later with Jools Holland and his 2007 concert at the BBC Electric Proms
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 8.1
3:15am
Sounds of the Eighties
Season 1 Episode 5/8

Showcasing a selection of musical performances from the BBC archives, featuring the Teardrop Explodes, Orange Juice, Robert Wyatt, Aztec Camera, Billy Bragg, the Fall, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, the Pogues and the Style Council
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 1.9

Sun 2 Apr

7:00pm
Dame Vera Lynn: Happy 100th Birthday
Katie Derham makes use of archive footage and family records to tell the story of how Vera Lynn came to become one of the UK's most well-known musical stars. Vera celebrates her 100th birthday on March 20th, and marks the occasion by reminiscing about her early days in showbusiness, with help from her daughter Virginia. She recalls starting out as Vera Welch in the 1920s, first appearing on stage at the tender age of seven, before charming the nation's servicemen and becoming the `forces sweetheart' during the Second World War. She also remembers becoming the first British artist to achieve a number one in America in the 1950s, and a similar feat in 2009, when she became the oldest living singer to reach the same position in the UK charts. Along the way, Second World War veterans and entertainment industry figures - including Paul McCartney, Barry Humphries and Miriam Margolyes - pay tribute to the power of her voice
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.5
8:00pm
Giselle: Belle of the Ballet
Dancer and artistic director Tamara Rojo explores the ballet about a peasant girl who is seduced and betrayed by an aristocrat, which has been a defining role for many acclaimed ballerinas. She examines the ballet's origins in 1840s Paris and spiritual themes, and goes behind the scenes on two very different contemporary productions - a traditional restaging and a modern reinvention
(Subtitles)

9:00pm
Do We Really Need the Moon?
Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock explores Earth's relationship with its satellite, explaining why it is responsible for the ebb and flow of the tides, dictates the length of a day and provides a rhythm for the seasons. She also details how, despite once being closer to the planet, the moon is now perfectly placed to help sustain life, and uses computer-generated imagery to reveal what would happen if it were removed from the equation
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 4.4
10:00pm
Gravity and Me: The Force That Shapes Our Lives
Jim Al-Khalili investigates the amazing science of gravity, recreating groundbreaking experiments, including the moment when Galileo first worked out how to measure it. He investigates gravity waves, finds out from astronauts what it's like to live without gravity, sets out to find where in Britain gravity is weakest and so where we weigh the least, and helps design a smartphone app that volunteers use to demonstrate how gravity affects time and makes us age at slightly different rates
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

11:30pm
Horizon
Sex: A Horizon Guide
Season 50

Professor Alice Roberts investigates how science came to understand sex - a simple word for a very complex set of desires, including individual passions, wants and emotions. In this documentary, she trawls through 45 years of Horizon archive to examine how the world of science has strived to solve people's sexual problems, and searched for ways of improving performance
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.7
12:30am
The Story of Maths
The Language of the Universe
Season 1 Episode 1/4

Marcus du Sautoy examines the history of mathematics from the ancient world to its modern uses in explaining the construction of the universe. He finds the start of the decimal system in Egypt, the Babylonian beginnings for the Base 60 system, which covers time, and the Greek origins of mathematical analysis
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 6.4
1:30am
The Century That Wrote Itself
A World Re-Shaped by Writing
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Adam Nicolson traces the roots of today's globalised Britain to a 17th-century golden age of communication, and reveals how it was a period during which society was on the move, with writing making this change possible. He looks at the letters of a lowly sailor able to document strange new worlds for those at home, and a slave-trader laying the foundations for a new global economy, highlighting how their work brings to life this turbulent era. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 8.3
2:30am
How to Get Ahead
How to Get Ahead: At Versailles
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Writer and broadcaster Stephen Smith explores the flamboyant court of French monarch Louis XIV at the Palace of Versailles, where he surrounded himself with aristocrats, artists, interior designers, gardeners, wig-makers, chefs and musicians. Ambitious courtiers scrambled to get closer to the king, but the bedchamber seemed to provide a more unseemly path to power. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat)