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Sat 17 Apr

6:00am
Short Rides with John Adams
Documentary following the composer's year as artist in residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker, featuring interviews with Leila Josefowicz, Simon Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel
(Subtitles)

7:00am
Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway
Documentary telling the story of the musical that achieved critical acclaim and box office success , featuring interviews with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as cast and crew
(Subtitles)

Rating: 10
8:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
Neck
Season 1 Episode 6/12

A woman is cut down to size by her husband's loyal butler when it is discovered she is having an affair. Drama, starring John Gielgud, Joan Collins and Peter Bowles
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
9:00am
Tales of the Unexpected
Edward the Conqueror
Season 1 Episode 7/12

A housewife befriends a stray cat and suddenly finds her life begins to change. Drama, starring Joseph Cotten and Wendy Hiller
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
9:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
A Dip in the Pool
Season 1 Episode 8/12

An American tourist on board a trans-Atlantic liner stakes everything on the biggest gamble of his life. Jack Weston and Gladys Spencer star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
10:00am
Tales of the Unexpected
The Way Up to Heaven
Season 1 Episode 9/12

A woman who worries about being late is taunted by her husband - especially when a trip to America seems doomed after a series of delays. Julie Harris and Roland Culver star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
10:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
Depart in Peace
Season 1 Episode 10/12

An art collector battles with two beautiful women in a story laced with greed and deceit. Drama, starring Joseph Cotten, Gloria Grahame and Maureen O'Brien
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
11:00am
Discovering Film
Discovering: Jack Lemmon
Season 4 Episode 10/13

A look at the life and career of the American actor, who starred in Some Like it Hot, The Apartment and The Odd Couple and won Oscars for Mister Roberts and Save the Tiger
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
12:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Claudette Colbert
Season 4 Episode 11/13

Movie experts look back at the career of the French-born American actress, who won the Oscar for Best Actress opposite Clark Gable in 1934 romantic comedy It Happened One Night
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
1:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Rock Hudson
Season 4 Episode 12/13

Experts look back on the life and career of the leading man, who starred in films including Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows and Giant
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
2:00pm
Celebrity Portrait Artist of the Year
Season 2019

James Fleet, Anneka Rice, Mark Gatiss, Fenella Woolgar and Jenny Eclair try their hands at painting a portrait, with Denise Lewis, Laurence Fox and Martha Plimpton the sitters
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.3
3:00pm
The Eighties
Tear Down This Wall
Season 1 Episode 7/8

A look at how Mikhail Gorbachev's rise to power in the Soviet Union sparked a chain of events that culminated in the dramatic conclusion of the Cold War
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.1
4:00pm
The Making of Marc Bolan
Documentary telling the story of how East End boy Mark Feld became a glam rock superstar as the frontman of T. Rex. Featuring contributions from friends, family and well-known fans
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
5:00pm
Freddie Mercury: The Tribute Concert
The 1992 concert at Wembley Stadium in honour of the Queen frontman, which featured performances by David Bowie, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Axl Rose, Roger Daltrey, Liza Minnelli, Robert Plant, Seal, Slash and George Michael. Featuring rehearsal footage and interviews with Queen members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon

Rating: 6
7:00pm
Guy Garvey: From the Vaults
1977
Season 1 Episode 3/6

The Elbow frontman celebrates 1977, looking back at a long-lost Blondie performance, Marc Bolan's last TV appearance and the emergence of the punk movement
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.6
8:00pm
The Great Songwriters
Paul Anka
Season 2 Episode 3/6

Canadian-born singer and songwriter Paul Anka talks about songwriting and his life in music
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.1
9:00pm
Mavericks - The Legendary Promoters of Rock
Documentary about the people who developed the rock concert touring business, with contributions by Carlos Santana, Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews and Bob Geldof
(Subtitles)

11:00pm
Pink Floyd: PULSE - The Dark Side of the Moon Live
A 1994 concert by the band in which they performed their classic 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon at Earl's Court during their Division Bell tour
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.3
12:20am
Roger Waters: Us + Them
The Pink Floyd co-founder performs in Amsterdam on the European leg of his 2017-2018 tour. Featuring songs from the band's albums as well as his latest solo offering
(Subtitles)

Rating: 10
2:50am
Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here
Documentary telling the story behind the making of Pink Floyd's landmark 1975 album Wish You Were Here, featuring interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
4:05am
Guitar Star
Guitar Star 2016
Season 2 Episode 9/9

A look back at the best moments from the competition,, from the first auditions all the way to the winner's performance on the main stage at Latitude Festival
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.8
5:00am
Classic Albums
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Season 1 Episode 18/18

The making of U2's album The Joshua Tree, which features the tracks I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and With or Without You. Members of the band and producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois reveal stories behind the 1987 classic

Rating: 5.8

Sun 18 Apr

6:00am
Lucia Di Lammermoor
A 2016 Royal Opera House production of Donizetti's tragic opera about a woman forced to breaking point

Rating: 8.7
8:35am
Tales of the Unexpected
My Lady Love, My Dove
Season 1 Episode 11/12

A trickster gets her comeuppance after playing an evil joke at the expense of a caring couple. Drama, starring Elaine Strich and Shane Rimmer
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
9:00am
Tales of the Unexpected
Taste
Season 1 Episode 12/12

A man discovers a vintage wine and impulsively gambles that no one will be able to name it. Drama, starring Ron Moody and Anthony Carrick
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
9:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
Galloping Foxley
Season 2 Episode 2/12

A man is haunted by an unhappy childhood and taunted by school bullies - and a stranger on a train could be responsible for his misery. Drama, starring John Mills and Anthony Steel
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
10:00am
Tales of the Unexpected
Georgy Porgy
Season 2 Episode 3/12

Rev George Duckworth has problems attracting female attention, but things change when a beautiful woman joins his congregation. Drama, starring Joan Collins and John Alderton
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
10:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
Royal Jelly
Season 2 Episode 4/12

A couple rely on home-made medicine to treat their sickly child, using royal jelly from the family's bee hives. However, the outcome proves frightening. Drama, starring Susan George and Timothy West
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
11:00am
Discovering Film
Discovering: Groucho Marx
Season 4 Episode 13/13

Film critics look back on the life and career of Groucho Marx, the American comedian and actor who made 13 feature films with his siblings as the Marx Brothers
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
12:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Jean Harlow
Season 5 Episode 1/13

The return of the programme shining a light on stars from the golden age of Hollywood, beginning with a look at the life and career of 1930s sex symbol Jean Harlow
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
1:00pm
Tate Britain's Great
Tate Britain's Great Art Walks
Season 2 Episode 1/6

The return of the programme in which art historian Gus Casely-Hayford guides celebrities through the landscapes made famous by their favourite British artists. He begins by leading comedian Billy Connolly on a walking tour of the historic village of Cookham in Berkshire to shed light on the influences of artist Stanley Spencer
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.7
2:00pm
Classic Albums
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Season 1 Episode 2/18

Musicians and rock historians discuss the making of Cream's groundbreaking 1967 album Disraeli Gears. Recorded in just six days at Atlantic Records' studios in New York, it was produced by Felix Pappalardi and set the seal on the band's fame

Rating: 5.8
3:00pm
The Rolling Stones Return to Hyde Park - Sweet Summer Sun
In July 1969, the Rolling Stones played in front of 200,000 fans for free at the central London park, a landmark gig that came only two days after the death of founding member Brian Jones. In 2013, having already wowed the crowd at Glastonbury, the veteran band returned to Hyde Park on two consecutive Saturday nights as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. Here Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the others treat 100,000 fans to their greatest hits, including Gimme Shelter, Jumpin' Jack Flash, You Can't Always Get What You Want and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, and there is a special appearance by former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor - who made his debut with the band at the original concert in '69

Rating: 8.4
4:15pm
David Bowie - A Reality Tour
The musician performs at Dublin's Point Theatre in 2003 as part of a worldwide tour in support of his Reality album. The set list includes tracks spanning Bowie's career, including The Man Who Sold the World, Five Years, and Hang on to Yourself, which he hadn't played live in more than 20 years

Rating: 10
5:30pm
George Ezra: Live at Baloise Session
The singer-songwriter performs at the Swiss festival, playing hits including Blame It On Me, Don't Matter Now and Cassy O'

Rating: 8
7:00pm
Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert
A performance from 1992 celebrating the singer's career, featuring the likes of Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash and Eric Clapton performing classic Dylan numbers

Rating: 10
9:00pm
Film Hymn ()
A chance meeting at a funeral entangles and transforms the lives of two men. Drama by Lolita Chakrabarti, starring Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani
(Subtitles)

10:35pm
Ed Sheeran: Austin City Limits
The singer-songwriter takes to the stage, performing hits including Shape of You and Thinking Out Loud

11:50pm
Mumford & Sons: Live from South Africa - Dust and Thunder
The final concert from the band's 2016 tour of South Africa, performed at the Monument Amphitheatre in the beautiful Pretorian outback. The show features performances of songs including I Will Wait, The Cave and Little Lion Man

Rating: 5.5
1:50am
Mavericks - The Legendary Promoters of Rock
Documentary about the people who developed the rock concert touring business, with contributions by Carlos Santana, Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews and Bob Geldof
(Subtitles)

3:50am
Arts Uncovered
National Theatre
Season 1 Episode 2/6

The programme heads to one of the largest factories in central London to meet the National Theatre construction team that builds the set for the company's productions

Rating: 9.3
4:00am
Guy Garvey: From the Vaults
1977
Season 1 Episode 3/6

The Elbow frontman celebrates 1977, looking back at a long-lost Blondie performance, Marc Bolan's last TV appearance and the emergence of the punk movement
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.6
5:00am
Classic Albums
Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
Insight into the making of Elvis Presley's 1956 self-titled debut album, featuring contributions by some of the original supporting musicians, as well as friends and colleagues including Keith Richards and BB King. The programme includes footage of Presley performing classic tracks such as Heartbreak Hotel and Blue Suede Shoes, and examines the record's production

Rating: 5.8

Mon 19 Apr

6:00am
Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conducts Mendelssohn & Schumann
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mendelssohn's Symphony No 3 and the Hebrides Overture, and Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor

Rating: 1
7:40am
Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages
A look back at some of Luciano Pavarotti's finest moments on stage, including performances of Nessun Dorma and other arias from La Boheme, Rigoletto and Aida. Also featured is Donna non Vidi Mai, dedicated in her presence to Diana, Princess of Wales, in London's Hyde Park, audience favourites O Sole Mio and Torna a Surriento, as well as duets with Bono, Sting and Eric Clapton
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7
9:00am
Tales of the Unexpected
Taste
Season 1 Episode 12/12

A man discovers a vintage wine and impulsively gambles that no one will be able to name it. Drama, starring Ron Moody and Anthony Carrick
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
9:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
Galloping Foxley
Season 2 Episode 2/12

A man is haunted by an unhappy childhood and taunted by school bullies - and a stranger on a train could be responsible for his misery. Drama, starring John Mills and Anthony Steel
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
10:00am
Discovering Film
Discovering: Groucho Marx
Season 4 Episode 13/13

Film critics look back on the life and career of Groucho Marx, the American comedian and actor who made 13 feature films with his siblings as the Marx Brothers
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
11:00am
The South Bank Show Originals
Germaine Greer
Season 4 Episode 8/30

Melvyn Bragg reflects on Germaine Greer's 2003 appearance on the show, where she traced art's obsession with young males, from ancient Greece to the present day
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
11:30am
Auction
Season 6 Episode 1/10

The return of the programme examining intriguing and valuable pieces passing through the world's auction houses. At Sotheby's, artist JMW Turner's painting Rome, from Mount Aventine is expected to sell for upwards of £20million
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4
12:00pm
National Treasures: The Art of Collecting
Season 1 Episode 9/10

Richard Burrows - the nephew of painter Edward Le Bas - gives a tour of his extensive art collection
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 9.5
1:00pm
Tales of the Unexpected
Georgy Porgy
Season 2 Episode 3/12

Rev George Duckworth has problems attracting female attention, but things change when a beautiful woman joins his congregation. Drama, starring Joan Collins and John Alderton
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
1:30pm
Tales of the Unexpected
Royal Jelly
Season 2 Episode 4/12

A couple rely on home-made medicine to treat their sickly child, using royal jelly from the family's bee hives. However, the outcome proves frightening. Drama, starring Susan George and Timothy West
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
2:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Jean Harlow
Season 5 Episode 1/13

The return of the programme shining a light on stars from the golden age of Hollywood, beginning with a look at the life and career of 1930s sex symbol Jean Harlow
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
3:00pm
Portrait Artist of the Year
Portrait Artist of the Year 2013
Season 1 Episode 4/6

Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner head to Cardiff for the fourth and final national heat of the competition to find the UK's most talented portrait artist. At City Hall, 21 more artists are vying to impress the judges for the chance to win a £10,000 commission to paint author Hilary Mantel, with just four hours to capture celebrity sitters including rugby union player Gavin Henson, Lucien Freud's muse Sue Tilley and Falklands War veteran Simon Weston

Rating: 8.6
4:00pm
Music Icons
Primal Scream: Music Icons
Season 3 Episode 6/13

The career of the indie rock band, who broke into the mainstream with their 1991 album Screamadelica
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.7
4:30pm
Video Killed the Radio Star
Prince
Season 7 Episode 10/13

An insight into the making of memorable music videos for songs by Prince, including 1999 and Purple Rain
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.8
5:00pm
Tales of the Unexpected
Poison
Season 2 Episode 5/12

A deadly snake strikes in the heat of Kashmir, creeping into a young teacher's bed and settling on his belly. Drama, with Judy Geeson, Andrew Ray, Anthony Steel and Saeed Jaffrey
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
5:30pm
Tales of the Unexpected
The Hitch-Hiker
Season 2 Episode 6/12

When a driver picks up a hitch-hiker in his car, his mundane journey turns into a thrilling ride involving cunning trickery. Drama, starring Rod Taylor and Cyril Cusack
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
6:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Lee Marvin
Season 5 Episode 2/13

A look at the life and career of the American actor, who starred in movies including The Dirty Dozen, Point Blank and Paint Your Wagon and won an Oscar for Cat Ballou
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
7:00pm
David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts
Documentary exploring two exhibitions of work by David Hockney held in 2012 and 2016 at the art institution based in Burlington House in west London
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.5
8:00pm
Legends of Opera
Jose Carreras: Legends of Opera
Season 1 Episode 2/12

A profile of the Spanish tenor, who achieved worldwide fame with his performances with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.6
9:00pm
Andre Rieu
Andre Rieu: Falling in Love - Live in Maastricht 2016
Season 1

The Dutch violinist performs in the square of his home town, with the concert featuring romantic favourites such as My Heart Will Go On, Memory and Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Rating: 7.9
12:00am
Discovering Film
Discovering: Ian McKellen
Season 13 Episode 6/

A look at the life and career of the English actor, who rose to fame on the stage and became a worldwide star with his roles in the Lord of the Rings and X-Men film franchises
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.6
1:00am
Ray Charles: Live at Montreux
The American musician performs a mix of rock, R&B and soul at the jazz festival in 1997, featuring Georgia On My Mind, I Can't Stop Loving You and What I'd Say

2:30am
Life and Death of Sam Cooke
A look at the circumstances surrounding the violent death of the American soul singer, including theories that it was self-defence, or a robbery that spiralled out of control
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.8
4:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
The Hitch-Hiker
Season 2 Episode 6/12

When a driver picks up a hitch-hiker in his car, his mundane journey turns into a thrilling ride involving cunning trickery. Drama, starring Rod Taylor and Cyril Cusack
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
5:00am
The South Bank Show Originals
Germaine Greer
Season 4 Episode 8/30

Melvyn Bragg reflects on Germaine Greer's 2003 appearance on the show, where she traced art's obsession with young males, from ancient Greece to the present day
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
5:30am
Auction
Season 6 Episode 1/10

The return of the programme examining intriguing and valuable pieces passing through the world's auction houses. At Sotheby's, artist JMW Turner's painting Rome, from Mount Aventine is expected to sell for upwards of £20million
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4

Tue 20 Apr

6:00am
Film A Tuba to Cuba (2019)
Documentary following the leader of New Orleans' renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band as he travels to Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to jazz
(Subtitles)

7:45am
Natalia Osipova at Sadler's Wells
The Russian classical ballerina Natalia Osipova gives a contemporary dance performance at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.

Rating: 7
9:00am
Tales of the Unexpected
Georgy Porgy
Season 2 Episode 3/12

Rev George Duckworth has problems attracting female attention, but things change when a beautiful woman joins his congregation. Drama, starring Joan Collins and John Alderton
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
9:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
Royal Jelly
Season 2 Episode 4/12

A couple rely on home-made medicine to treat their sickly child, using royal jelly from the family's bee hives. However, the outcome proves frightening. Drama, starring Susan George and Timothy West
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
10:00am
Discovering Film
Discovering: Jean Harlow
Season 5 Episode 1/13

The return of the programme shining a light on stars from the golden age of Hollywood, beginning with a look at the life and career of 1930s sex symbol Jean Harlow
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
11:00am
The South Bank Show Originals
Liza Minnelli
Season 4 Episode 9/30

Melvyn Bragg reflects on his 2008 meeting with actress and singer Liza Minnelli and how she rose to become one of the world's great showbusiness figures
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
11:30am
Auction
Season 6 Episode 2/10

Christie's auctions the precious gems of Princess Eugenie in Geneva, while Sotheby's has a rare miniature portrait of Mozart on offer in London
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4
12:00pm
The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism
A journey through studios, gardens and famous locations throughout the UK, America and France, exploring the impressionist movement championed by artists like Monet

Rating: 8
1:00pm
Tales of the Unexpected
Poison
Season 2 Episode 5/12

A deadly snake strikes in the heat of Kashmir, creeping into a young teacher's bed and settling on his belly. Drama, with Judy Geeson, Andrew Ray, Anthony Steel and Saeed Jaffrey
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
1:30pm
Tales of the Unexpected
The Hitch-Hiker
Season 2 Episode 6/12

When a driver picks up a hitch-hiker in his car, his mundane journey turns into a thrilling ride involving cunning trickery. Drama, starring Rod Taylor and Cyril Cusack
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
2:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Lee Marvin
Season 5 Episode 2/13

A look at the life and career of the American actor, who starred in movies including The Dirty Dozen, Point Blank and Paint Your Wagon and won an Oscar for Cat Ballou
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
3:00pm
Celebrity Portrait Artist of the Year
Season 2019

James Fleet, Anneka Rice, Mark Gatiss, Fenella Woolgar and Jenny Eclair try their hands at painting a portrait, with Denise Lewis, Laurence Fox and Martha Plimpton the sitters
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.3
4:00pm
Music Icons
Smokey Robinson: Music Icons
Season 3 Episode 7/13

The life and work of the soul singer and songwriter, who founded and fronted the Miracles before embarking on a solo career and working as vice-president of Motown records
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.7
4:30pm
Video Killed the Radio Star
Spice Girls
Season 7 Episode 11/13

The making of memorable music videos for songs by Spice Girls, who burst on to the pop scene in 1996 with the inventive one-take promo for their debut single Wannabe
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.8
5:00pm
Tales of the Unexpected
Genesis and Catastrophe
Season 2 Episode 7/12

An Austrian couple rejoice when, following a difficult pregnancy, they finally bring their son into the world - but their celebrations may be premature
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
5:30pm
Tales of the Unexpected
Mr Botibol's First Love
Season 2 Episode 8/12

A wealthy yet lonely man dreams of conducting an orchestra, and his fantasies seem set to be realised with the help of a talented female musician he meets while buying a piano. Drama, starring Jack Weston and Anna Massey
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
6:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Anthony Quinn
Season 5 Episode 3/13

A look at the life and career of Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn, who won best supporting actor Oscars for his roles in Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
7:00pm
National Treasures: The Art of Collecting
Season 1 Episode 2/10

The programme heads to Venice to explore Francesco Carraro's remarkable collection of Venetian glass, which includes works by the much-lauded Carlo Scarpa
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 9.5
8:00pm
Master of Photography
Paralympians
Season 2 Episode 5/8

The contestants spend a day with a Paralympic athlete before creating a fitting portrait that represents the sports star's strength and spirit
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
9:00pm
Martha: A Picture Story
The story of Martha Cooper - a legend in the graffiti world thanks to her groundbreaking book Subway Art. Now, she struggles to find her place in a new world driven by social media
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.5
10:45pm
Film The Banksy Job (2016)
Documentary exploring the infamous theft of street artist Banksy's sculpture The Drinker, and the ensuing battle with the art terrorist known as AK47
(Subtitles)

Rating: 10
12:15am
Film Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground (2019)
The work of Barbara Rubin, whose experimental short film Christmas On Earth shocked New York City's scene and inspired its thriving underground
(Subtitles)

1:45am
Brian Johnson Meets Dave Grohl
Two Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees come together as AC/DC singer Brian Johnson chats with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl about life on the road
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.7
3:15am
Pearl Jam: Austin City Limits
The American rock band take to the stage with songs from their album Backspacer, as well as fan favourites including Just Breathe, The End, The Fixer and Amongst the Waves

Rating: 10
4:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
Mr Botibol's First Love
Season 2 Episode 8/12

A wealthy yet lonely man dreams of conducting an orchestra, and his fantasies seem set to be realised with the help of a talented female musician he meets while buying a piano. Drama, starring Jack Weston and Anna Massey
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
5:00am
The South Bank Show Originals
Liza Minnelli
Season 4 Episode 9/30

Melvyn Bragg reflects on his 2008 meeting with actress and singer Liza Minnelli and how she rose to become one of the world's great showbusiness figures
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
5:30am
Auction
Season 6 Episode 2/10

Christie's auctions the precious gems of Princess Eugenie in Geneva, while Sotheby's has a rare miniature portrait of Mozart on offer in London
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4

Wed 21 Apr

6:00am
I Am La Scala
The 200-year-old story of Milan's illustrious opera house La Scala, home to the great tenor Placido Domingo, conductor Arturo Toscanini and acclaimed soprano Maria Callas
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
7:00am
Mata Hari
A performance of choreographer Ted Brandsen's ballet, which tells the story of Margaretha Zelle, who reinvented herself to achieve fame and fortune

Rating: 10
9:00am
Tales of the Unexpected
Poison
Season 2 Episode 5/12

A deadly snake strikes in the heat of Kashmir, creeping into a young teacher's bed and settling on his belly. Drama, with Judy Geeson, Andrew Ray, Anthony Steel and Saeed Jaffrey
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
9:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
The Hitch-Hiker
Season 2 Episode 6/12

When a driver picks up a hitch-hiker in his car, his mundane journey turns into a thrilling ride involving cunning trickery. Drama, starring Rod Taylor and Cyril Cusack
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
10:00am
Discovering Film
Discovering: Lee Marvin
Season 5 Episode 2/13

A look at the life and career of the American actor, who starred in movies including The Dirty Dozen, Point Blank and Paint Your Wagon and won an Oscar for Cat Ballou
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
11:00am
The South Bank Show Originals
Akram Khan
Season 4 Episode 10/30

Melvyn Bragg revisits a 2002 profile of dancer Akram Khan
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
11:30am
Auction
Season 6 Episode 3/10

Sotheby's puts the world's most complicated handmade watch up for sale in Geneva, with the 1925 Henry Graves Supercomplication expected to fetch more than £10million
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4
12:00pm
Van Gogh: An Exclusive View - From Tate Britain
A tour around the gallery's exhibition of the Dutch artist, accompanied by conversation, films and musical performances
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.6
1:00pm
Tales of the Unexpected
Genesis and Catastrophe
Season 2 Episode 7/12

An Austrian couple rejoice when, following a difficult pregnancy, they finally bring their son into the world - but their celebrations may be premature
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
1:30pm
Tales of the Unexpected
Mr Botibol's First Love
Season 2 Episode 8/12

A wealthy yet lonely man dreams of conducting an orchestra, and his fantasies seem set to be realised with the help of a talented female musician he meets while buying a piano. Drama, starring Jack Weston and Anna Massey
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
2:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Anthony Quinn
Season 5 Episode 3/13

A look at the life and career of Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn, who won best supporting actor Oscars for his roles in Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
3:00pm
Masterpieces Unveiled
Season 1 Episode 7/8

Greta Scacchi seeks out the messages of love, politics and passions hidden in paintings by artists including Caravaggio, Titian, Bosch, Botticelli and Velasquez
(Subtitles)

3:30pm
Masterpieces Unveiled
Season 1 Episode 8/8

Greta Scacchi seeks out the messages of love, politics and passions hidden in paintings by artists including Caravaggio, Titian, Bosch, Botticelli and Velasquez
(Subtitles)

4:00pm
Music Icons
Glen Campbell: Music Icons
Season 3 Episode 8/13

The life and career of the singer and guitarist, whose hits included Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston and Rhinestone Cowboy
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.7
4:30pm
Video Killed the Radio Star
Madonna
Season 7 Episode 7/13

A look at the making of some of Madonna's best videos over the course of a career that begin in the 1980s
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.8
5:00pm
Tales of the Unexpected
The Umbrella Man
Season 2 Episode 9/12

A well-dressed old man sells his umbrella claiming he needs money for the fare home - but then spends it in a pub. John Mills and Michael Gambon star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
5:30pm
Tales of the Unexpected
The Flypaper
Season 2 Episode 10/12

A girl who is followed by a stranger seeks shelter with a kindly woman, but her troubles are far from over. Alfred Burke and Stephanie Cole star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
6:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Joan Crawford
Season 5 Episode 4/13

A look at the life and career of actress Joan Crawford, who won an Academy Award for her role in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce and was nominated for Possessed and Sudden Fear
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
7:00pm
Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge
Landscapes
Season 1 Episode 5/8

Giles Coren and Rose Balston challenge members of the public to pick out a fake by Antonia Williams hidden among 10 British landscapes at the National Museum Cardiff
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.9
8:00pm
Treasures of the British Library
Season 1 Episode 2/6

Famous faces pick out what they believe are the most important items from the British Library's collection
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.5
9:00pm
The Eighties
Technology Gets Personal
Season 1 Episode 8/8

A look at how the personal computer, the internet and video games all became part of daily life thanks to technological innovations made during the 1980s
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.1
10:00pm
Comedy Legends
Madeline Kahn
Season 2 Episode 4/

Barry Cryer reflects on the life and career of American comedian and actress Madeline Kahn, who was nominated for Academy Awards for her roles in Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.5
11:00pm
The History of Comedy
Gone Too Soon
Season 2 Episode 4/6

A look at comedians including Bill Hicks, John Belushi and John Candy who died at a relatively young age, examining how their connections to their audiences magnified the loss
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

12:00am
The Undiscovered Kenneth Williams
A profile of the actor, who was one of the UK's best-loved comic performers and starred in more than 20 films in the Carry On franchise
(Subtitles)

1:00am
Guy Garvey: From the Vaults
1977
Season 1 Episode 3/6

The Elbow frontman celebrates 1977, looking back at a long-lost Blondie performance, Marc Bolan's last TV appearance and the emergence of the punk movement
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.6
2:00am
Discovering Film
Discovering: Ian McKellen
Season 13 Episode 6/

A look at the life and career of the English actor, who rose to fame on the stage and became a worldwide star with his roles in the Lord of the Rings and X-Men film franchises
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.6
3:00am
Dean Martin: A Legend in Concert
A collection of performances by singer, actor and comedian Dean Martin, including That's Amore, Would I Love You and Memories Are Made of This
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7
4:00am
Tales of the Unexpected
The Umbrella Man
Season 2 Episode 9/12

A well-dressed old man sells his umbrella claiming he needs money for the fare home - but then spends it in a pub. John Mills and Michael Gambon star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
4:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
The Flypaper
Season 2 Episode 10/12

A girl who is followed by a stranger seeks shelter with a kindly woman, but her troubles are far from over. Alfred Burke and Stephanie Cole star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
5:00am
The South Bank Show Originals
Akram Khan
Season 4 Episode 10/30

Melvyn Bragg revisits a 2002 profile of dancer Akram Khan
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
5:30am
Auction
Season 6 Episode 3/10

Sotheby's puts the world's most complicated handmade watch up for sale in Geneva, with the 1925 Henry Graves Supercomplication expected to fetch more than £10million
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4

Thu 22 Apr

6:00am
Andre Rieu
Andre Rieu: Falling in Love - Live in Maastricht 2016
Season 1

The Dutch violinist performs in the square of his home town, with the concert featuring romantic favourites such as My Heart Will Go On, Memory and Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Rating: 7.9
9:00am
Tales of the Unexpected
Genesis and Catastrophe
Season 2 Episode 7/12

An Austrian couple rejoice when, following a difficult pregnancy, they finally bring their son into the world - but their celebrations may be premature
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
9:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
Mr Botibol's First Love
Season 2 Episode 8/12

A wealthy yet lonely man dreams of conducting an orchestra, and his fantasies seem set to be realised with the help of a talented female musician he meets while buying a piano. Drama, starring Jack Weston and Anna Massey
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
10:00am
Discovering Film
Discovering: Anthony Quinn
Season 5 Episode 3/13

A look at the life and career of Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn, who won best supporting actor Oscars for his roles in Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
11:00am
The South Bank Show Originals
Jamie Cullum
Season 4 Episode 11/30

Melvyn Bragg reflects on his 2004 meeting with jazz musician Jamie Cullum, which was broadcast shortly after the release of his album Twentysomething
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
11:30am
Auction
Season 6 Episode 4/10

The remarkable contents of Winston Churchill's daughter Mary Soames' home come up for auction in London following her death in May 2014
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4
12:00pm
David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts
Documentary exploring two exhibitions of work by David Hockney held in 2012 and 2016 at the art institution based in Burlington House in west London
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.5
1:00pm
Tales of the Unexpected
The Umbrella Man
Season 2 Episode 9/12

A well-dressed old man sells his umbrella claiming he needs money for the fare home - but then spends it in a pub. John Mills and Michael Gambon star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
1:30pm
Tales of the Unexpected
The Flypaper
Season 2 Episode 10/12

A girl who is followed by a stranger seeks shelter with a kindly woman, but her troubles are far from over. Alfred Burke and Stephanie Cole star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
2:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Joan Crawford
Season 5 Episode 4/13

A look at the life and career of actress Joan Crawford, who won an Academy Award for her role in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce and was nominated for Possessed and Sudden Fear
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
3:00pm
The Eighties
Technology Gets Personal
Season 1 Episode 8/8

A look at how the personal computer, the internet and video games all became part of daily life thanks to technological innovations made during the 1980s
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.1
4:00pm
Music Icons
ZZ Top: Music Icons
Season 3 Episode 9/13

A look at the career of the American rock band, who have sold more than 50 million records worldwide
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.7
4:30pm
Video Killed the Radio Star
REM
Season 7 Episode 13/13

A look back at the making of some of American rock band REM's most memorable music videos
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.8
5:00pm
Tales of the Unexpected
The Orderly World of Mr Appleby
Season 2 Episode 11/12

A woman learns her husband has killed off his three previous wives - forcing her to outwit him or become his next victim. Robert Lang and Elizabeth Spriggs star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
5:30pm
Tales of the Unexpected
Fat Chance
Season 2 Episode 12/12

A man plots to kill his overweight wife, but his ingenious plan goes awry. Drama, with John Castle, Sheila Gish and Miriam Margolyes
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
6:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Buster Keaton
Season 5 Episode 5/13

A profile of the silent film pioneer, whose stone-faced physical comedy turned him into a Hollywood superstar in the 1920s
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
7:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Ed Harris
Season 13 Episode 7/

A look at the life and career of the American actor, whose notable roles include acclaimed performances in Apollo 13, The Truman Show and The Hours

Rating: 7.6
8:00pm
The Directors
Sergei Eisenstein
Season 2 Episode 6/10

The life and work of Soviet film pioneer Sergei Eisenstein, a master of a montage whose hugely influential works include Battleship Potemkin, Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.4
9:00pm
Song for Nature: London Climate Change Festival
A concert at the London Coliseum featuring the English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus

10:40pm
Film Hymn ()
A chance meeting at a funeral entangles and transforms the lives of two men. Drama by Lolita Chakrabarti, starring Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani
(Subtitles)

12:15am
Hollywood Couples
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
Season 2 Episode 5/5

A look at the romance between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who met on the set of To Have and Have Not in 1944 and married the following year
(Subtitles)

Rating: 4
1:15am
Cheltenham Literature Festival 2020
The Other Mother
Season 1 Episode 15/

Interviews with authors at the literary event

Rating: 10
2:15am
The Directors
Sergei Eisenstein
Season 2 Episode 6/10

The life and work of Soviet film pioneer Sergei Eisenstein, a master of a montage whose hugely influential works include Battleship Potemkin, Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.4
3:10am
The Great Songwriters
Paul Anka
Season 2 Episode 3/6

Canadian-born singer and songwriter Paul Anka talks about songwriting and his life in music
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.1
4:10am
Tales of the Unexpected
The Orderly World of Mr Appleby
Season 2 Episode 11/12

A woman learns her husband has killed off his three previous wives - forcing her to outwit him or become his next victim. Robert Lang and Elizabeth Spriggs star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
4:40am
Tales of the Unexpected
Fat Chance
Season 2 Episode 12/12

A man plots to kill his overweight wife, but his ingenious plan goes awry. Drama, with John Castle, Sheila Gish and Miriam Margolyes
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
5:10am
The South Bank Show Originals
Jamie Cullum
Season 4 Episode 11/30

Melvyn Bragg reflects on his 2004 meeting with jazz musician Jamie Cullum, which was broadcast shortly after the release of his album Twentysomething
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
5:35am
Auction
Season 6 Episode 4/10

The remarkable contents of Winston Churchill's daughter Mary Soames' home come up for auction in London following her death in May 2014
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4

Fri 23 Apr

6:00am
Darbar Festival 2018
Season 1 Episode 5/6

Performances from the festival held in London that celebrates the diversity of Indian classical music

Rating: 5.5
7:00am
A Tribute to Randy Newman: Hollywood in Vienna
David Newman conducts the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in a concert dedicated to composer Randy Newman, writer of the scores to films including Toy Story and Monsters, Inc

9:00am
Tales of the Unexpected
The Umbrella Man
Season 2 Episode 9/12

A well-dressed old man sells his umbrella claiming he needs money for the fare home - but then spends it in a pub. John Mills and Michael Gambon star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
9:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
The Flypaper
Season 2 Episode 10/12

A girl who is followed by a stranger seeks shelter with a kindly woman, but her troubles are far from over. Alfred Burke and Stephanie Cole star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
10:00am
Discovering Film
Discovering: Joan Crawford
Season 5 Episode 4/13

A look at the life and career of actress Joan Crawford, who won an Academy Award for her role in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce and was nominated for Possessed and Sudden Fear
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
11:00am
The South Bank Show Originals
Jeanette Winterson
Season 4 Episode 12/30

Melvyn Bragg looks back on Jeanette Winterson's appearance on the show in 2004, when the writer discussed her strict religious upbringing
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
11:30am
Auction
Season 6 Episode 5/10

The original images of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road go up for auction at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, while Old Master sculptures go under the hammer at Sotheby's
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4
12:00pm
Treasures of the British Library
Robert Winston
Season 1 Episode 1/6

Professor Robert Winston picks items from the library's collection, selecting a colleague's pioneering lab notes and Beethoven's notebook
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.5
1:00pm
Tales of the Unexpected
The Orderly World of Mr Appleby
Season 2 Episode 11/12

A woman learns her husband has killed off his three previous wives - forcing her to outwit him or become his next victim. Robert Lang and Elizabeth Spriggs star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
1:30pm
Tales of the Unexpected
Fat Chance
Season 2 Episode 12/12

A man plots to kill his overweight wife, but his ingenious plan goes awry. Drama, with John Castle, Sheila Gish and Miriam Margolyes
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
2:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Buster Keaton
Season 5 Episode 5/13

A profile of the silent film pioneer, whose stone-faced physical comedy turned him into a Hollywood superstar in the 1920s
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
3:00pm
National Treasures: The Art of Collecting
Season 1 Episode 2/10

The programme heads to Venice to explore Francesco Carraro's remarkable collection of Venetian glass, which includes works by the much-lauded Carlo Scarpa
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 9.5
4:00pm
Music Icons
Foreigner: Music Icons
Season 3 Episode 10/13

The career of the rock band, best known for their hit I Wanna Know What Love Is
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.7
4:30pm
Video Killed the Radio Star
Guns N' Roses
Season 2 Episode 1/6

Director Andy Morahan and former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum discuss making the videos for the band's singles November Rain, Don't Cry, Estranged, Welcome to the Jungle and Garden of Eden
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.8
5:00pm
Tales of the Unexpected
Back for Christmas
Season 3 Episode 1/9

A philandering physician with an obsession for orchids cultivates a deadly plot to see off his wife. Sian Phillips and Richard Johnson star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
5:30pm
Tales of the Unexpected
A Picture of a Place
Season 3 Episode 2/9

A swindler buys a painting from a sweet old lady, but gets less than he bargained for. Drama, starring Bill Maynard and Jesse Matthews
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
6:00pm
Discovering Film
Discovering: Olivia de Havilland
Season 5 Episode 6/13

A profile of the actress, who rose to fame with her roles in The Adventures of Robin Hood and Gone with the Wind and won Oscars for To Each His Own and The Heiress
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.6
7:00pm
The Eighties
Technology Gets Personal
Season 1 Episode 8/8

A look at how the personal computer, the internet and video games all became part of daily life thanks to technological innovations made during the 1980s
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.1
8:00pm
Classic Albums
John Lennon - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Documentary exploring the making of John Lennon's first solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, which includes Mother, Love and Working Class Hero. The programme uncovers how themes of isolation, anger, religion and class were drawn from his own experiences, with most tracks written while he was undergoing therapy with Dr Arthur Janov in California. Featuring contributions by Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and Jan Wenner
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5.8
9:00pm
Classic Albums
The Who Sell Out: Classic Albums
A look at the acclaimed 1967 concept album by English rock band the Who, the tracks of which were interspersed with radio spots, commercials and public service announcements

Rating: 5.8
10:00pm
The Great Songwriters
Noel Gallagher
Season 2 Episode 4/6

Described by Sir George Martin as 'the finest songwriter of his generation', Noel Gallagher was the main songwriter in Oasis and now fronts Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. He has sold more than 100 million records. Here he performs Don't Look Back in Anger, Holy Mountain, It's a Beautiful World and What a Life!
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.1
11:00pm
Oasis Live at Barrowlands
A 2001 concert by the band in Glasgow, featuring performances of songs including Go Let It Out, Supersonic, Live Forever, Roll with It and Cigarettes & Alcohol
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.7
12:15am
Oasis: Live by the Sea
A 1995 concert by the band at Southend Cliffs Pavilion, performing hits including Rock 'n' Roll Star, Some Might Say, Live Forever and Supersonic

1:30am
Mavericks - The Legendary Promoters of Rock
Documentary about the people who developed the rock concert touring business, with contributions by Carlos Santana, Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews and Bob Geldof
(Subtitles)

3:30am
Video Killed the Radio Star
Bon Jovi
Season 2 Episode 5/6

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora joins director Wayne Isham to discuss the making of some of the rock band's most famous videos, including You Give Love a Bad Name and Always
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.8
4:00am
Tales of the Unexpected
Back for Christmas
Season 3 Episode 1/9

A philandering physician with an obsession for orchids cultivates a deadly plot to see off his wife. Sian Phillips and Richard Johnson star
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
4:30am
Tales of the Unexpected
A Picture of a Place
Season 3 Episode 2/9

A swindler buys a painting from a sweet old lady, but gets less than he bargained for. Drama, starring Bill Maynard and Jesse Matthews
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.2
5:00am
The South Bank Show Originals
Jeanette Winterson
Season 4 Episode 12/30

Melvyn Bragg looks back on Jeanette Winterson's appearance on the show in 2004, when the writer discussed her strict religious upbringing
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9
5:30am
Auction
Season 6 Episode 5/10

The original images of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road go up for auction at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, while Old Master sculptures go under the hammer at Sotheby's
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4