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Sat 21 Oct

7:00pm
The Incredible Human Journey
The Americas
Season 1 Episode 5/5

Alice Roberts traces the journey of mankind's ancestors to North and South America, examining the routes taken by the first people to colonise the continent. She begins by discovering evidence of an ancient corridor through the Canadian ice sheet that could have allowed the passage into North America, but also learns that an ancient human skull found in Brazil points to an Australasian origin of the earliest inhabitants. Last in the series
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Rating: 7.9
8:00pm
Wild China
Land of the Panda
Season 1 Episode 5/6

Examining the heartland of the country, home to ancient structures such as the Great Wall and modern buildings like Beijing's Olympic Stadium, as well as animals including the giant panda and golden snub-nosed monkey. However, the region holds even deeper cultural significance as the land of origin of China's most populous ethnic group the Han people - whose 5,000-year-old traditions are increasingly under threat
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Rating: 8
9:00pm
Beck
Beck: The Family
When a well-known crime boss is murdered by a sniper in front of his family, Beck and the team are challenged to discover which of his enemies could be responsible. In Swedish
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Rating: 9.1
10:30pm
Beck
Beck: The Invasion
The bodies of two men are found buried in the woods and - despite persistent attempts - they cannot be identified. When another man is murdered Beck and his team discover new evidence that they believe links the killings to an Islamist terror cell. Swedish crime drama, starring Peter Haber
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Rating: 9.1
12:00am
Top of the Pops: 1984
04/10/1984
Long-running music show, featuring studio performances and videos from acts in the singles chart
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Rating: 8.8
12:40am
Top of the Pops: 1984
11/10/1984
Long-running music show, featuring studio performances and videos from acts in the singles chart
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 8.8
1:20am
Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made the Movies
Pop Goes the Soundtrack
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Neil Brand explores what makes a great film soundtrack, and reveals that in the second half of the 20th century composers embraced jazz, pop and rock to bring new energy to movie scores. Using the 1960s as an example, he shows how the James Bond features, Italy's spaghetti westerns and Disney's musicals utilised the talents of composers such as John Barry and Ennio Morricone, before the role of a composer changed when directors like Martin Scorsese began to employ carefully chosen pop songs. With contributions from Richard Sherman, Lalo Schifrin and David Arnold
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Rating: 5.1
2:20am
Wild China
Land of the Panda
Season 1 Episode 5/6

Examining the heartland of the country, home to ancient structures such as the Great Wall and modern buildings like Beijing's Olympic Stadium, as well as animals including the giant panda and golden snub-nosed monkey. However, the region holds even deeper cultural significance as the land of origin of China's most populous ethnic group the Han people - whose 5,000-year-old traditions are increasingly under threat
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8

Sun 22 Oct

7:00pm
Only Connect
Vikings v Parishioners
Season 13 Episode 13/37

A team of Vikings takes on a squad of parishioners in the lateral thinking general knowledge quiz. As ever, host Victoria Coren Mitchell will be asking contestants to make connections between things that at first do not appear to be linked, including a comedian, an identical twin, and a `history boy'
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Rating: 9.7
7:30pm
University Challenge
Season 24 Episode 13/37

The academic quiz's first-round matches continue, with four students from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, pitting their wits against a team from St Anne's College, Oxford, in a bid to reach the second stage of the competition. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions
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Rating: 9.3
8:00pm
Jacqueline du Pre: A Gift Beyond Words
Tribute to the cellist, marking the 30th anniversary of her death. Du Pre was one of Britain's most acclaimed performing musicians, but her career was cut short by a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis when she was 28, leading to her death just 14 years later. The programme features footage from five films made during her lifetime
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9:00pm
Hamlet from Glyndebourne
A performance of Brett Dean's new opera based on Shakespeare's tragedy, from its debut run at the 2017 Glyndebourne festival. Tenor Allan Clayton heads the cast as the tormented prince driven to avenge his father's murder. Featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski
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11:50pm
Jacqueline du Pre plays Dvorak's Cello Concerto
A recently recovered 1968 performance by the cellist at the Royal Albert Hall, conducted by her husband Daniel Barenboim. The concerto was once of the musician's favourite pieces, and this performance was originally dedicated to the people of Czechoslovakia, just days after the country was invaded by the Soviet Union
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12:40am
Classic Cellists at the BBC
Julian Lloyd Webber examines the BBC archives from the 1950s to the present to celebrate the world of the cello through some of its greatest interpreters. From dazzling performances by legendary masters such as Paul Tortelier, Jacqueline du Pre and Mstislav Rostropovich to some of today's leading interpreters including Yo Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis and Mischa Maisky, the presenter offers a cellist's perspective on an extraordinary virtuoso tradition
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1:40am
The Brontes at the BBC
A look back at how the Bronte sisters' novels have been portrayed on TV over the last 60 years, as each generation of writers and directors has put their spin on the characters. The heroines of the novels have been portrayed in various ways, from 1950s housewives to empowered modern women, while their male counterparts have appeared as prigs, wife beaters and brooding rock stars
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Rating: 2.1
2:40am
The Story of Scottish Art
Season 1 Episode 2/4

Artist Lachlan Goudie explores Scottish artistry in the 18th century, examining how the Enlightenment and the classical influence of the continent inspired a new artistic landscape. Powerful and influential British figures clamoured to have their portraits painted by the likes of Allan Ramsay and Henry Raeburn, and admired Horatio McCulloch's Highland landscapes and David Wilkie's genre paintings
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Rating: 4.1

Mon 23 Oct

7:00pm
Beyond 100 Days
23/10/2017
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.5
7:00pm
Weather
(Subtitles) (Follow On)

Rating: 8.9
7:30pm
Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor
George McGavin explores one of the great icons of the British countryside - the oak tree. Studying a 400-year-old tree throughout the different seasons of the year, George investigates its surprisingly sophisticated biology, how it adapts to its ever-changing environment and why it has become such an important part of the countryside
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Rating: 9.7
9:00pm
A Year in an English Garden: Flicker & Pulse
Brian McClave and Tom Wichelow's striking and poignant portrayal of time passing in a beautiful walled garden in the south-east of England. Using real-time and time-lapse footage, the film explores the relationship between the seasons and the plants and people who work within the walls of the garden. Locked into the clock of the solar system, the garden performs its annual display, guided by those passionately engaged with its soil
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Rating: 10
10:00pm
The Vietnam War
Fratricide (May 1970 - March 1973)
Season 1 Episode 9/10

South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own in Laos suffer a terrible defeat, while a re-elected President Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal
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Rating: 9.3
10:55pm
The Vietnam War
The Weight of Memory (March 1973 Onward)
Season 1 Episode 10/10

The Watergate scandal forces President Nixon to resign, while North Vietnamese troops pour into the South and Saigon descends rapidly into chaos and collapses. Last in the series
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Rating: 9.3
11:50pm
Lost Kingdoms of Central America
The People Who Greeted Columbus
Season 1 Episode 2/4

Dr Jago Cooper examines the history of the Taino people of the Caribbean, the first inhabitants of the Americas to greet explorer Christopher Columbus. He reveals that their population formed a multicultural society complete with drug-infused rituals, strange skulls and amazing navigation
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Rating: 8.9
12:50am
Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture
Beauty
Season 1 Episode 1/8

The historian and writer visits famous cities, buildings and monuments. The first instalment explores the concept of architectural beauty, exploring the most remote part of Greenland, the Giant Buddha of Le Shan in China, St Petersburg's Catherine Palace, the Sun Temple in Konorak, India, and Albi Cathedral in the South of France
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Rating: 7.7
1:50am
I Know Who You Are
Season 1 Episode 1/10

An amnesiac is found disoriented on a highway, and when he is admitted to hospital, he learns his niece has disappeared. Spanish thriller, starring Francesc Garrido
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Rating: 6.6

Tue 24 Oct

7:00pm
Beyond 100 Days
24/10/2017
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.5
7:00pm
Weather
(Subtitles) (Follow On)

Rating: 8.9
7:30pm
The Gardeners of Kabul
Five hundred years ago, the Emperor Babur laid out beautiful gardens in the city of Kabul, now the capital of Afghanistan. Cameras follow the gardeners keeping the Emperor's legacy alive
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8:00pm
Handmade
Glass
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Filmed in real time and without voiceover or music, this series examines the crafting of handmade objects. The first programme observes expert Michael Ruh carrying out the time-consuming process of blowing and rolling glass to make a simple jug. Glass is heated in a steel crucible until it becomes liquid. Ruh's task is to keep a globule hot and in constant motion as he shapes it
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Rating: 9.9
8:30pm
Handmade on the Silk Road
The Weaver
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Documentary series focusing on the traditional crafts along the ancient trade route of the Silk Road, capturing the techniques used by master craftsmen at work. The first edition is set in North West China, where the Uyghur community has been making Atlas silk for thousands of years. It follows a weaver, Mattursun Islam, and his family as they continue the tradition and produce silk in over 200 designs in a small workshop
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Rating: 9.1
9:00pm
Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery
Downside Abbey
Season 1 Episode 1/3

New series. The Slow TV strand returns, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in the tranquil lives of monks in three Benedictine monasteries, beginning with Downside Abbey in Somerset. It is home to 14 Benedictine monks who live according to the sixth-century Rule of St Benedict and this episode follows two of the monks over the course of a typical, quiet monastic day, as they engage with carpentry and baking, religious services and moments of private prayer in the monastery gardens
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10:00pm
Genius of the Ancient World
Buddha: Genius of the Ancient World
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Historian Bettany Hughes investigates the ideas of ancient philosophers, starting with the Indian nobleman Siddhartha Gautama, more popularly known as Buddha. Thought to have been lived and tought between the sixth and fourth centuries BC, the sage and holy man inspired a diverse belief system that influences the lives of millions of people to this day. She travels to India, where the Buddha experienced the challenging ideas and extreme methods of wandering `truth seekers', after he had abandoned his family and homeland in the Himalayas to embark on his philosophical quest to find a solution to human suffering
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Rating: 5.7
11:00pm
The Art of Fly Fishing: Kiss the Water
Documentary using hand-painted animation to explore the work of fishing fly maker Megan Boyd, who created her lures out of twirled bits of feather, fur, silver and gold in her cottage in the Highlands until her death in 2001. Narrated by Gerda Stevenson, Richard Poe and Eric Steel
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12:00am
All Aboard! The Country Bus
A journey through one of the most spectacular bus routes in Britain, following the Northern Dalesman through the iconic landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. Beginning in Richmond and filmed in real time, cameras capture the passing scenery and the occasional chatter of local passengers, climbing high into the heart of the Dales, before descending towards the striking 24-arch Ribblehead viaduct
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
2:00am
I Know Who You Are
Season 1 Episode 2/10

Juan Elias' own partner Ricardo remains sceptical about his amnesia, and Eva tries to disassociates herself with the case. Spanish thriller, starring Francesc Garrido
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Rating: 6.6
3:10am
The Gardeners of Kabul
Five hundred years ago, the Emperor Babur laid out beautiful gardens in the city of Kabul, now the capital of Afghanistan. Cameras follow the gardeners keeping the Emperor's legacy alive
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Wed 25 Oct

7:00pm
Beyond 100 Days
25/10/2017
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.5
7:00pm
Weather
(Subtitles) (Follow On)

Rating: 8.9
7:30pm
Great Continental Railway Journeys
Rome to Taormina - Part One
Season 3 Episode 3/10

Steered by his 1913 Bradshaw railway guide, Michael Portillo takes the train down the spine of Italy as he travels from Rome to Sicily. He begins by weaving among the capital city's landmarks on the back of a 1950s Vespa, before boarding the train south to Naples, where he finds out about the first railway to be built in the country, and ventures into the crater of Mount Vesuvius. He takes a detour to the island of Capri, before finishing his journey in the ancient hilltop town of Taormina
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 9.3
8:00pm
Handmade
Wood
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Filmed over five days, this programme examines the complex and time-consuming process involved in building a classic Windsor chair, made by craftsman Jim Steele in his Warwickshire workshop. The traditional design features woods chosen for their different qualities - ash, elm and yew - and the finished object has just two screws and no glue
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Rating: 9.9
8:30pm
Handmade on the Silk Road
The Woodcarver
Season 1 Episode 2/3

The documentary series follows Shavkat Jumanijozov, who has been working with wood in Khiva, Uzbekistan for over 30 years, producing carved doors, chests and wooden pillars that are displayed and sold across the world. The programme captures the creation of a two metre wooden column, from the first cuts into the wood, to its carving, sanding, shaping and varnishing, and Shavkat explains how he hand built his own hotel and trained over 30 local apprentices in the art of woodcarving
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Rating: 9.1
9:00pm
Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery
Pluscarden Abbey
Season 1 Episode 2/3

The second episode follows the a typical day in the life of the 21 monks residing in Pluscarden Abbey, a remote monastery on the edge of the Scottish Highlands in Moray. Given its isolated location, this Abbey is almost entirely self-sufficient, and the monks make their own clothes and grow their own crops, giving them little reason to have contact with the outside world
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10:00pm
Genius of the Ancient World
Socrates: Genius of the Ancient World
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Bettany Hughes' series profiling the most celebrated thinkers of the Ancient world continues as she turns her attention to Socrates. Heading to Greece, she details how the Athenian philosopher secured a reputation as an influential maverick. She also highlights how his contributions as one of the founders of Western philosophy did not please his detractors, as his outspoken defence of his beliefs ultimately led to his execution
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Rating: 5.7
11:00pm
All Aboard! The Canal Trip
Cameras capture a journey down one of Britain's most historic waterways, the Kennet and Avon Canal, filmed in real time to allow viewers to take in the images and sounds of the British countryside, spot wildlife and glimpse life on the towpath as if they were there. Archive stills and graphics are used to deliver salient facts about the canal and its social history
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Rating: 8.3
1:00am
Virtuoso Violinists at the BBC
From the Royal Academy of Music Museum in London, Nicola Benedetti explores 60 years of BBC archive to celebrate the world of the violin and its most outstanding performers. From Nathan Milstein, Mischa Elman and Isaac Stern to Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman and Nigel Kennedy, the presenter offers a violinist's perspective on what makes a great performance in a tradition that stretches back to the 19th-century virtuoso Paganini
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Rating: 8.7
2:00am
I Know Who You Are
Season 1 Episode 3/10

Juan finds a phone number in his office that hints at his own sordid past, and Alicia resigns from the bench until her niece is located. Spanish thriller, with Francesc Garrido
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (In Vision)

Rating: 6.6
3:10am
Great Continental Railway Journeys
Rome to Taormina - Part One
Season 3 Episode 3/10

Steered by his 1913 Bradshaw railway guide, Michael Portillo takes the train down the spine of Italy as he travels from Rome to Sicily. He begins by weaving among the capital city's landmarks on the back of a 1950s Vespa, before boarding the train south to Naples, where he finds out about the first railway to be built in the country, and ventures into the crater of Mount Vesuvius. He takes a detour to the island of Capri, before finishing his journey in the ancient hilltop town of Taormina
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language)

Rating: 9.3

Thu 26 Oct

7:00pm
Beyond 100 Days
26/10/2017
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.5
7:00pm
Weather
(Subtitles) (Follow On)

Rating: 8.9
7:30pm
Great Continental Railway Journeys
Rome to Taormina - Part Two
Season 3 Episode 4/10

Steered by his 1913 Bradshaw railway guide, Michael Portillo takes the train down the spine of Italy as he travels from Rome to Sicily. He begins by weaving among the capital city's landmarks on the back of a 1950s Vespa, before boarding the train south to Naples, where he finds out about the first railway to be built in the country, and ventures into the crater of Mount Vesuvius. He takes a detour to the island of Capri, before finishing his journey in the ancient hilltop town of Taormina
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 9.3
8:00pm
Handmade
Metal
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Filmed in an industrial forge lit only by the welding torch and burning metal, this programme examines the process involved in the crafting of a steel knife. Bladesmith Owen Bush uses a variety of techniques, both ancient and modern, and takes his time over the complex skill of shaping and blending the steel into a knife
(Subtitles) (Repeat)

Rating: 9.9
8:30pm
Handmade on the Silk Road
The Potter
Season 1 Episode 3/3

The documentary series follows potter Abdol Reza Aghaei and his father in Meybod, southern Iran, as they make a simple decorated water jug, offering a portrait of two master craftsmen at work. Competing with cheap Chinese imports, the pair sometimes struggle to make a living, but are dedicated to keeping their traditions alive. Last in the series
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Rating: 9.1
9:00pm
Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery
Belmont Abbey
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Life in Belmont Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Herefordshire, where monks including a renowned iconographer and another who creates manuscripts and rosaries. Last in the series
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10:00pm
Genius of the Ancient World
Confucius: Genius of the Ancient World
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Bettany Hughes' series exploring the lives and teachings of influential ancient philosophers draws to a close with a profile of Confucius, who is credited as the first Chinese thinker to take a systematic philosophical approach to issues of social, political and ethical importance. Born during the chaotic Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history, Confucius believed that harmony could be promoted and achieved through the examples of sage rulers. He was also a innovative teacher, and tried to instill his principles of moral excellence in China's elite, but died without seeing his vision for his nation come to pass. However, his philosophies would eventually form the bedrock of Chinese culture, with many of his principles of tradition surviving to this day
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5.7
11:00pm
Storyville
The Work: Four Days to Redemption - Storyville
Three men visit Folsom Prison in California, where they join convicts serving long sentences for murder, assault and robbery for a four-day group therapy session
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.6
12:25am
Pavlopetri - The City Beneath the Waves
Archaeologists use submersible robots and computer simulations to investigate the submerged city of Pavlopetri, which lies off the southern coast of the Greek mainland. Originally rediscovered in 1967, it is believed to be the oldest underwater city in the world. Philip Glenister narrates this documentary following Jon Henderson of the University of Nottingham as he leads a team of experts hoping to discover what life was like for the citizens of Pavlopetri 3,500 years ago
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.6
1:25am
I Know Who You Are
Season 1 Episode 4/10

Doubts are raised about Juan's amnesia, and a lead found at the scene of the accident brings him into contact with his father-in-law. Spanish thriller, starring Francesc Garrido
(Repeat) (In Vision)

Rating: 6.6
2:45am
Great Continental Railway Journeys
Rome to Taormina - Part Two
Season 3 Episode 4/10

Steered by his 1913 Bradshaw railway guide, Michael Portillo takes the train down the spine of Italy as he travels from Rome to Sicily. He begins by weaving among the capital city's landmarks on the back of a 1950s Vespa, before boarding the train south to Naples, where he finds out about the first railway to be built in the country, and ventures into the crater of Mount Vesuvius. He takes a detour to the island of Capri, before finishing his journey in the ancient hilltop town of Taormina
(Subtitles) (Repeat) (Sign Language)

Rating: 9.3