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Thu 17 Aug

7:00pm
World News Today
17/08/2017
The day's leading stories
(Subtitles)

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

Rating: 8.9
7:30pm
The Sky at Night
It Came from Outer Space
Chris Lintott and Maggie Aderin-Pocock keep an eye out for the Perseids meteor shower, and investigate the cosmic debris that falls to Earth from space
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 8.6
8:00pm
Sword, Musket & Machine Gun: Britain's Armed History
The Big Bang
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Sam Willis charts the impact of gunpowder on the battlefield, from cannons to the first hand-held weapons, and finds out what it is like to fire an English Civil War musket
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.9
9:00pm
Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain
Road to War
Season 1 Episode 2/6

The journalist continues his examination of Edwardian Britain, focusing on the tensions caused by the suffragettes, the liberation of Ireland from the British empire, and the dockers and miners' struggle for better working and pay conditions. In the corridors of power, Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George drew the strategy for the prospect of the First World War, while out on the streets, people were eager for battle. On a lighter note, men took to the skies in their magnificent flying machines for the first time and future Hollywood stars Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel toured the British music halls together
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.1
10:00pm
Wonders of the Universe
Messengers
Season 1 Episode 4/4

Professor Brian Cox reveals how the unique properties of light provide an insight into the origins and evolution of both mankind and the universe. He charts the importance of light in the development of the world's ancient civilisations, and explains how the speed of light allows the measurement of both distance and time - before pinpointing one of the most important moments in the evolution of life on Earth. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.8
11:00pm
Horizon
Horizon: Solar Storms - The Threat to Planet Earth
Season 48 Episode 9/14

Scientists predict a fit of violent activity on the sun which will propel billions of tonnes of superheated gas and pulses of energy towards Earth. In 1989 one of these solar storms, which has the power to close down modern technology, cut off the power to the Canadian city of Quebec. Horizon meets the weathermen as they try to predict what is coming and organisations like the National Grid as they prepare for the cosmic tempest
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.7
12:00am
Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels
Jim Moir - aka Vic Reeves - explores the influential avant-garde art movement that began as a response to the First World War and inspired generations of artists, writer and musicians, from Monty Python to punk, and from Bowie to Banksy. He restages an early Dada performance in Zurich's Cabaret Voltaire, and he is joined in his celebration of the Dadaists by satirist Armando Iannucci, screenwriter Terry Gilliam, designer Neville Brody, and artists Michael Landy and Cornelia Parker
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5
1:00am
A History of Art in Three Colours
Gold
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Art historian James Fox follows up his British Masters series by investigating artists' use of blue, white and gold, and explains how, by choosing these colours, painters have stirred emotions, changed the way people behave and had an impact on the course of history. He begins with gold and its use in early sun worship, before reinterpreting the treasures of the pharaohs, the mosaics of Byzantium and the work of Renaissance master Benvenuto Cellini. He also explores Gustav Klimt's The Kiss and discovers a Birmingham inventor who tried to achieve the alchemist's dream - turning base metals into gold
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.3
2:00am
Wonders of the Universe
Messengers
Season 1 Episode 4/4

Professor Brian Cox reveals how the unique properties of light provide an insight into the origins and evolution of both mankind and the universe. He charts the importance of light in the development of the world's ancient civilisations, and explains how the speed of light allows the measurement of both distance and time - before pinpointing one of the most important moments in the evolution of life on Earth. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.8
3:00am
Sword, Musket & Machine Gun: Britain's Armed History
The Big Bang
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Sam Willis charts the impact of gunpowder on the battlefield, from cannons to the first hand-held weapons, and finds out what it is like to fire an English Civil War musket
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.9

Fri 18 Aug

7:00pm
World News Today
18/08/2017
The day's leading stories
(Subtitles)

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

Rating: 8.9
7:30pm
BBC Proms 2017
Beethoven's Eroica Revisited
At London's Royal Albert Hall, the Aurora Orchestra, under conductor Nicholas Collon, puts Beethoven's revolutionary Eroica Symphony under the Proms microscope. Collon joins presenter Tom Service for a lively and revealing on-stage dissection of the score that changed musical history. The Prom culminates with a full performance of the Symphony, which the orchestra will play entirely from memory
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.2
8:45pm
Mozart Uncovered
Opera Bites
Conductor Charles Hazlewood analyses arias and duets from Mozart's operas, with the aid of soprano Camilla Tilling, tenor Toby Spence and baritone Andrew Shore
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.6
9:00pm
BBC Proms 2017
Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass recorded the studio album Passages together in 1989, a unique fusion of Hindustani sitar music with American minimalism. London's Royal Albert Hall sees the album performed in full for the first time, with Shankar's daughter Anoushka playing the sitar alongside an array of Indian soloists and the Britten Sinfonia, under conductor Karen Kamensek
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.2
10:20pm
Psychedelic Britannia
The rise and fall of arguably the most visionary period in British music history, when between 1965 and 1970 a handful of dreamers re-imagined pop music. The psychedelic era produced some of the most ground-breaking music ever made, pioneered by young improvising bands like Soft Machine and Pink Floyd, then quickly taken to the charts by the likes of the Beatles, Procol Harum, Small Faces and Moody Blues. This film, narrated by Nigel Planer, features contributions and freshly shot performances from artists who lived and breathed the psych revolution
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

11:20pm
Totally 60s Psychedelic Rock at the BBC
A compilation of the genre from programmes such as Colour Me Pop, How It Is, Top of the Pops and Once More with Felix. Performers include Status Quo, the Incredible String Band, Donovan, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger and the Trinity, the Moody Blues, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Joe Cocker, the Move, Procol Harum, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and the Who
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 10
12:20am
Tubular Bells: The Mike Oldfield Story
An insight into the life of the acclaimed musician and the circumstances in which he - at 19 years of age - produced the biggest-selling instrumental album of all time, Tubular Bells. From life growing up seeking solace in music, to performing at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Mike reveals the struggles behind his unprecedented success story. With contributions by Richard Branson and Danny Boyle
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.2
1:20am
Psychedelic Britannia
The rise and fall of arguably the most visionary period in British music history, when between 1965 and 1970 a handful of dreamers re-imagined pop music. The psychedelic era produced some of the most ground-breaking music ever made, pioneered by young improvising bands like Soft Machine and Pink Floyd, then quickly taken to the charts by the likes of the Beatles, Procol Harum, Small Faces and Moody Blues. This film, narrated by Nigel Planer, features contributions and freshly shot performances from artists who lived and breathed the psych revolution
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

2:20am
Totally 60s Psychedelic Rock at the BBC
A compilation of the genre from programmes such as Colour Me Pop, How It Is, Top of the Pops and Once More with Felix. Performers include Status Quo, the Incredible String Band, Donovan, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger and the Trinity, the Moody Blues, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Joe Cocker, the Move, Procol Harum, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and the Who
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 10

Sat 19 Aug

7:00pm
The Brain with David Eagleman
What Makes Me?
Season 1 Episode 2/6

The neuroscientist continues his exploration of the inner workings of the human brain, revealing how it gives rise to people's thoughts, emotions, memories and personality
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.5
8:00pm
Fossil Wonderlands: Nature's Hidden Treasures
Weird Wonders
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Professor Richard Fortey travels to fossil sites to learn more about the distant past. In the first episode, he visits the Rocky Mountains to explore a 520-million-year-old fossilised seabed containing bizarre and experimental lifeforms that have revolutionised our understanding about the beginnings of complex life. Among the finds are marine creatures with five eyes, worm-like scavengers covered in spikes, and a metre-long predator resembling a giant shrimp
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.3
9:00pm
Inspector Montalbano
A Delicate Matter
Season 4 Episode 1/6

The Italian detective drama, based on novels by Andrea Camilleri, returns. Salvo's quiet retreat with Livia comes to an unexpected end when he is called back to Vigata to investigate the murder of an elderly prostitute, who has been strangled by an unknown assailant. Starring Luca Zingaretti
(New Series) (In Vision)

Rating: 8.2
10:55pm
Bob Monkhouse: The Last Stand
Cameras capture the quiz show host and comedian in the summer of 2003 - just months before his death - as he entertains a room full of fellow comics with stand-up, chat and a masterclass in his craft. The night became the stuff of legend among comedians, but was never transmitted in full until recently
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 9.5
12:00am
The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse
The story of the comedian and game show host's life and career, told through the archive of films, TV shows, letters and memorabilia that he left behind after his death in 2003. Contributors include Ronnie Corbett, Barry Cryer, Michael Grade and Lenny Henry
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.4
1:25am
David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust
Jarvis Cocker narrates an insight into the singer-songwriter's creation of his glam-rock alter ego, revealing how his hairstyles, fashion sense, stage presentation and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars turned him into a star. Featuring contributions by Elton John, Marc Almond, Holly Johnson, Peter Hook and Jon Savage
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7
2:30am
Fossil Wonderlands: Nature's Hidden Treasures
Weird Wonders
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Professor Richard Fortey travels to fossil sites to learn more about the distant past. In the first episode, he visits the Rocky Mountains to explore a 520-million-year-old fossilised seabed containing bizarre and experimental lifeforms that have revolutionised our understanding about the beginnings of complex life. Among the finds are marine creatures with five eyes, worm-like scavengers covered in spikes, and a metre-long predator resembling a giant shrimp
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.3

Sun 20 Aug

7:00pm
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
8:00pm
BBC Proms 2017
Bach's St John Passion
A performance of Bach's St John Passion by the Dunedin Consort, conducted by John Butt, in a concert that marks the ensemble's Proms debut
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.2
10:40pm
The Treasure Hunters
Raw Treasure
Season 1 Episode 1/2

Dallas Campbell and Ellie Harrison present the first of two programmes in which they embark on the ultimate treasure hunt, searching the globe to uncover its extraordinary riches, from natural gems to precious metals - and more besides. Dallas begins his search Down Under, free-diving for lustrous pearls in the waters around north-west Australia and seeking out diamonds from the bottom of the ocean. He also learns about opal mining in one of the most hostile places on Earth and, together with Ellie, reveals how ambergris, a substance that starts life in a sperm whale's stomach, can prove an expensive ingredient in perfume. Plus, how one of the largest and most unusual treasures has helped solve a 67-million-year-old puzzle
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.7
11:40pm
The Treasure Hunters
Manmade Treasure
Season 1 Episode 2/2

The second of two programme focuses on man-made treasures. Dallas Campbell dives to a shipwreck where 5,000 emeralds have been found, hunts for a treasure chest hidden in the Rocky Mountains and comes face to face with China's Terracotta Army. Ellie Harrison enters a jewelled room in Russia decorated with millions of pounds' worth of amber, meets diamond-cutters who know a single slip of the hand could be costly and travels to Egypt, where she stares at Tutankhamun's death mask, one of the most famous golden images on the planet
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.7
12:40am
James May at the Edge of Space
The presenter undergoes rigorous training at a US Air Force base in California before boarding a U-2 spy plane for a flight that will take him 70,000ft above Earth. Along the way he has to learn how to eject from his cockpit in an emergency, how to survive the 13-mile fall back to terra firma and how to wear a space suit worth $250,000
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 9.3
1:10am
The Rules of Abstraction with Matthew Collings
The presenter attempts to answer basic questions about abstract art, which many people view as an often baffling form of expression. He consideres the meanings and interpretations of various pieces from the past 100 years, including by Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, and visits 92-year-old artist Bert Irvin at his studio in Stepney, East London
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 9.8
2:40am
The Art of Australia
Beyond Australia
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Edmund Capon reveals how Australia was transformed from the 1960s onwards - not only did the country's dependence on Britain and Europe come to an end, but its indigenous art from the heart of the continent went global, instantly becoming recognisable across the world
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.8

Mon 21 Aug

7:00pm
World News Today
21/08/2017
The day's leading stories
(Subtitles)

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

Rating: 8.9
7:30pm
The Taff: The River That Made Wales
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Writer and fisherman Will Millard goes wild swimming with a group of eccentrics trying to change the image of the often forgotten waterway. He meets retired Somali sailors drawn to Cardiff in the city's glory days as a thriving port and tells the story of how the industrial docks have been transformed. Finally, he sets out to catch migratory salmon returning to the place where they were born. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 5
8:00pm
Timeshift
The Trains That Time Forgot: Britain's Lost Railway Journeys
Season 15 Episode 1/6

Andrew Martin investigates why named trains, once the pride of the railway companies that ran them, have now largely been confined to locomotive history. Embarking on a series of rail journeys around Britain, Andrew revisits the routes travelled by the Flying Scotsman, the Cornish Riviera Express and the Brighton Belle, three of Britain's most famous named trains, as he reflects on the bygone golden age of railways
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.1
9:00pm
Vikings
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Neil Oliver tells the story of how the age of the Vikings came to an end, using archaeological evidence to explore the lives of the first Danish kings, the spread of Christianity in Scandinavia, and the voyages of discovery undertaken by Norse sailors in the Atlantic. He also profiles Canute, the former king of England, and reveals why the reputation he has accrued over the past millennium does a disservice to his diplomatic feats. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
10:00pm
Storyville
Silk Road - Drugs, Death and the Dark Web: Storyville
Documentary about the hunt for the people behind an online black market known as the Silk Road, which was used as the platform for a multimillion-dollar digital narcotics cartel, which promised users complete anonymity and total freedom from government regulation or scrutiny
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.6
11:30pm
Hidden Histories: WWI's Forgotten Photographs
The story of soldiers' photography during the First World War. Some British and German troops marched into battle with secret vest pocket cameras in the hope of recording what they believed would be a great adventure, however few were prepared for the horrors they would witness. The photos, many of which have never been seen in public before, provide an account of their lives in the trenches and their rapid loss of innocence, and the programme follows their relatives as they search for the secrets hidden in their ancestors' images
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 1.8
12:30am
Timeshift
The Trains That Time Forgot: Britain's Lost Railway Journeys
Season 15 Episode 1/6

Andrew Martin investigates why named trains, once the pride of the railway companies that ran them, have now largely been confined to locomotive history. Embarking on a series of rail journeys around Britain, Andrew revisits the routes travelled by the Flying Scotsman, the Cornish Riviera Express and the Brighton Belle, three of Britain's most famous named trains, as he reflects on the bygone golden age of railways
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 7.1
1:30am
Vikings
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Neil Oliver tells the story of how the age of the Vikings came to an end, using archaeological evidence to explore the lives of the first Danish kings, the spread of Christianity in Scandinavia, and the voyages of discovery undertaken by Norse sailors in the Atlantic. He also profiles Canute, the former king of England, and reveals why the reputation he has accrued over the past millennium does a disservice to his diplomatic feats. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
2:30am
Rosslyn Chapel: A Treasure in Stone
Art historian Helen Rosslyn examines the art and architecture of one of the most famous medieval chapels in the world. Helen, whose husband's ancestor built the chapel more than 500 years ago, explores why it has enchanted visitors as diverse as JMW Turner, Robert Burns and Tom Hanks. Plus, she travels to Normandy in search of the stonemasons who helped to create the masterpiece
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 5.8

Tue 22 Aug

7:00pm
World News Today
22/08/2017
The day's leading stories
(Subtitles)

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

Rating: 8.9
7:30pm
World War One at Home
World War One at Home: Cadburys at War
Documentary focusing on life away from the battlefields, being shown as part of the World War One at Home season. Richie Woodhall tells the story of brothers Laurence and Egbert Cadbury, sons of chocolate company boss George. They both saw action in the First World War - yet only one of them was a fighter
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 3.4
8:00pm
Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise
The Mysterious North
Season 1 Episode 3/3

The mountains and forests of Northern Thailand, an area that is home to a variety of wildlife, leading to unusual partnerships developing between animals and people. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.7
9:00pm
Utopia: In Search of the Dream
A Good Place Within
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Professor Richard Clay asks whether utopia is a state of mind that can therefore be found within. He explores the many means people have created to immerse themselves in a perfect moment, of epiphany or transcendence, pushing the boundaries of artistic expression and pleasure. Seeking answers in a broad range of arts, the art historian tries to compose a haiku and uncovers traces of the hedonistic medieval carnival tradition in the churches and pubs of Lancashire. He also compares and contrasts different musical escapes, interviewing Acid House legend A Guy Called Gerald (aka Gerald Simpson) and the celebrated minimalist composer Steve Reich. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.5
10:00pm
Inspector Montalbano
A Delicate Matter
Season 4 Episode 1/6

The Italian detective drama, based on novels by Andrea Camilleri, returns. Salvo's quiet retreat with Livia comes to an unexpected end when he is called back to Vigata to investigate the murder of an elderly prostitute, who has been strangled by an unknown assailant. Starring Luca Zingaretti
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (In Vision)

Rating: 8.2
11:55pm
The Brain with David Eagleman
Who Is in Control?
Season 1 Episode 3/6

Neuroscientist David Eagleman continues his exploration of the inner workings of the brain, revealing how although people may feel in conscious control of their lives, in fact almost every action they take is driven by parts of the unconscious mind
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.5
12:55am
Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise
The Mysterious North
Season 1 Episode 3/3

The mountains and forests of Northern Thailand, an area that is home to a variety of wildlife, leading to unusual partnerships developing between animals and people. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.7
1:55am
A History of Art in Three Colours
Blue
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Art historian James Fox turns his attention to blue, examining how the colour was originally created from lapis lazuli, an imported precious stone found in the East, and that the bright paint it produced captivated artists in the Middle Ages. He explores the renowned Florentine painter Giotto's ground-breaking religious frescoes in the Arena Chapel in Padua, and charts how the colour has also helped painters from more recent times, including Gaugin, Van Gogh and Picasso, to depict emotional depth
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.3
2:55am
Utopia: In Search of the Dream
A Good Place Within
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Professor Richard Clay asks whether utopia is a state of mind that can therefore be found within. He explores the many means people have created to immerse themselves in a perfect moment, of epiphany or transcendence, pushing the boundaries of artistic expression and pleasure. Seeking answers in a broad range of arts, the art historian tries to compose a haiku and uncovers traces of the hedonistic medieval carnival tradition in the churches and pubs of Lancashire. He also compares and contrasts different musical escapes, interviewing Acid House legend A Guy Called Gerald (aka Gerald Simpson) and the celebrated minimalist composer Steve Reich. Last in the series
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 3.5