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Tue 23 Jul

7:00pm
Beyond 100 Days
23/07/2019
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.2
7:30pm
Decisive Weapons
The Harrier: Jumping Jet Flash
Season 1 Episode 6/6

The history of the British Harrier Jump Jet, showing how the Falklands conflict in 1982 provided an opportunity for the aircraft to prove itself in combat
(Subtitles)

Rating: 4.1
8:00pm
Planespotting Live
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Peter Snow, Zoe Laughlin and Andi Peters present the country's biggest mass plane spot, hoping to see as many planes in UK airspace as possible
(New Series) (Subtitles)

9:00pm
Revolutions: The Ideas That Changed the World
Planes
Season 1 Episode 1/6

Jim Al-Khalili presents a look at the history behind some of history's most important technological advances, beginning with a look at the development of aeroplanes
(New Series) (Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5.5
10:00pm
Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection
Palaces and Pleasuredomes
Season 1 Episode 3/4

Andrew Graham-Dixon examines the age of the Romantics, and the flamboyant George IV who created so much of the visual look of the modern monarchy
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 4.3
11:00pm
The Extraordinary Collector
Gela - The Hollywood Entrepreneur
Season 1 Episode 3/6

Art dealer Gordon Watson sets out in search of interesting items of antique jewellery that will attract the attention of businesswoman Gela Nash-Taylor
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.8
11:30pm
The Extraordinary Collector
Houghton Hall
Season 1 Episode 4/6

Art dealer Gordon Watson visits the home of David Cholmondeley, seventh Marquess of Cholmondeley, to see his art collection and later contemplate what he may add to it
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.8
12:00am
Horizon: The Mystery of Dark Energy
Season 52 Episode 3/

Examining Dark Energy, the mysterious force that is causing the universe's expansion to speed up, and is calling into question Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity
(Subtitles)

1:00am
Peaky Blinders
Season 2 Episode 4/6

Tommy discovers the truth about the mission he is being forced to undertake for Major Campbell, while Arthur leads the takeover of London's Eden Club
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4
2:00am
Peaky Blinders
Season 2 Episode 5/6

The gang's power base in London is obliterated and Arthur and Michael are imprisoned as Major Campbell makes his influence felt. Tommy receives a visit by a person from his past
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4
3:00am
Peaky Blinders
Season 2 Episode 6/6

Tommy is at Epsom racecourse to carry out Major Campbell's mission, but plans to turn the situation to his advantage by striking a blow against Sabini
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4

Wed 24 Jul

7:00pm
Beyond 100 Days
24/07/2019
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.2
7:30pm
Decisive Weapons
The P-51: Cadillac of the Skies
Season 1 Episode 3/6

How the P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft saved the lives of many American bomber crewmen and became the scourge of the Luftwaffe in the Second World War
(Subtitles)

Rating: 4.1
8:00pm
Planespotting Live
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Peter Snow and Andi Peters turn their attention to short-haul planes from East Midlands Aeropark, while Zoe Laughlin is out and about with vintage British aircraft
(Subtitles)

9:00pm
James May's Toy Stories: Flight Club
The Top Gear presenter investigates the enduring appeal of the model aeroplane and sets out to break the British record for the longest flight by a toy glider
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.5
10:00pm
Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit
Season 1 Episode 1/4

English Classical scholar Mary Beard explores the myths and revolutions of the Roman Empire and gives her own personal take on the world-defining period
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.3
11:00pm
Horizon: The Immortalist
Season 52 Episode 1/

Investigating the story of how a Russian internet millionaire, Dmitry Itskov, is turning to cutting-edge science to try to unlock the secret of living for ever
(Subtitles)

12:00am
Tomorrow's Worlds: The Unearthly History of Science Fiction
Invasion
Season 1 Episode 2/4

Dominic Sandbrook examines sci-fi's obsession with alien invasion and how it has reflected real-life anxieties. With Steven Moffat, David Tennant and Richard Dreyfuss
(Subtitles)

Rating: 1.7
1:00am
Peaky Blinders
Season 3 Episode 1/6

Thomas Shelby's wedding day arrives, but in the middle of the celebrations, a mysterious visitor puts the entire family in danger. Period drama, starring Cillian Murphy
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4
1:55am
Peaky Blinders
Season 3 Episode 2/6

Tommy goes to London, where he discovers the extreme lengths his new paymasters are willing to go in their quest for power. Back in Birmingham, John's temper gets the better of him
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4
2:55am
Peaky Blinders
Season 3 Episode 3/6

Tommy responds to the Italians' actions, setting him on a path of deadly vengeance that threatens to splinter the family. Linda implores Arthur to give up the criminal life
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4

Thu 25 Jul

7:00pm
Beyond 100 Days
25/07/2019
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.2
7:30pm
Top of the Pops: 1988
07/04/1988
Gary Davies and Simon Mayo present the programme, first broadcast on 7 April 1988 and featuring Taylor Dayne, Fleetwood Mac, Glen Goldsmith, Hazell Dean, Natalie Cole, AC/DC
(Subtitles)

Rating: 2.8
8:00pm
Planespotting Live
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Peter Snow, Zoe Laughlin and Andi Peters turn their attention to military planes, the fastest and often most innovative of them all
(Subtitles)

9:00pm
Concorde: A Supersonic Story
The life of the most glamorous plane ever built, as told by the people whose lives it touched. Narrated by Sophie Okonedo
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.8
10:00pm
Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain with Simon Sebag Montefiore
Nation
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Simon Sebag Montefiore examines Spain's Golden Age under Philip II through to the Spanish Civil War and dictatorship under Franco
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.3
11:00pm
Jonathan Meades on Jargon
The writer and broadcaster reveals how jargon is used to cover up, confuse and generally keep the public in the dark
(Subtitles)

12:00am
The Secret History of My Family
The Manleys & the Hunts
Season 1 Episode 2/4

Two Victorian women from opposite ends of the social scale - one desperate to feed her children, the other from a lavish home who ventured into the slum to help a fellow mother
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5.9
1:00am
Peaky Blinders
Season 3 Episode 4/6

Tommy outlines his plans for the most audacious criminal act the gang has ever undertaken. Polly fights with her conscience as she makes an ill-advised confession
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4
1:55am
Peaky Blinders
Season 3 Episode 5/6

As the Russians test the Shelbys and their gang, Tommy realises he is being seriously outmanoeuvred. But he has an ace up his sleeve in the form of an enemy-turned-ally
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4
2:55am
Peaky Blinders
Season 3 Episode 6/6

Tommy prepares for his latest plan, only to receive a blow that could change everything. He needs his family more than ever - but is not sure who he can trust
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4

Fri 26 Jul

7:00pm
World News Today
26/07/2019
The day's leading stories
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.3
7:30pm
BBC Proms: Schumann, Schoenberg and Mozart
Suzy Klein is at the Royal Albert Hall for an evening of musical game-changers, as Omer Meir Wellber makes his Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
(Subtitles)

10:00pm
David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust
Jarvis Cocker narrates this insight into how the singer created his glam-rock alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Featuring contributions by Elton John, Marc Almond and Holly Johnson
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.3
11:00pm
BBC Proms: Public Service Broadcasting
Cerys Matthews introduces Public Service Broadcasting, who take to the Royal Albert Hall stage to perform a new orchestral arrangement of their album The Race for Space
(Subtitles)

12:10am
Top of the Pops: 1988
07/04/1988
Gary Davies and Simon Mayo present the programme, first broadcast on 7 April 1988 and featuring Taylor Dayne, Fleetwood Mac, Glen Goldsmith, Hazell Dean, Natalie Cole, AC/DC
(Subtitles)

Rating: 2.8
12:40am
Peaky Blinders
The Noose
Season 4 Episode 1/6

Tommy receives a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve 1925 and realises that the Shelbys are in danger of annihilation, despite his new-found and unprecedented legitimacy
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4
1:40am
Peaky Blinders
Heathens
Season 4 Episode 2/6

As the Shelbys come to terms with the shocking events of Christmas Day, Tommy tries to unite his family and makes a decision he may come to regret, as a bold enemy makes his move
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4
2:40am
Peaky Blinders
Blackbird
Season 4 Episode 3/6

The Italians launch another attack and Tommy realises that the Shelbys need to evolve if they are to survive, but some of the family are reluctant to part with tradition
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4

Sat 27 Jul

7:00pm
The Last Seabird Summer?
Living with the Birds
Season 1 Episode 1/2

Part one of two. Documentary following Adam Nicolson and the seabirds of the Shiants, a cluster of Scottish islands. as he traces the history of people's relationship with them
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.9
8:00pm
Madame Tussaud: A Legend in Wax
The story of the woman behind the worldwide waxworks empire, revealing how she travelled across the Channel to England, where she overcame the odds to establish her enduring brand
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.7
9:00pm
Inspector Montalbano
Love
Season 5 Episode 2/

The detective investigates the disappearance of a former prostitute, whose sister reveals that she had recently fallen in love, leading the police to her meek and gentle boyfriend
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.1
10:50pm
Film Hello Quo (2012)
Documentary examining rock band Status Quo's five-decade history, featuring rarely seen archive material as well as footage of the 2012 reunion of the group's original line-up
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.5
12:10am
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All
Season 1 Episode 3/4

The life, music and career of legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra, told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him
(Subtitles)

Rating: 2.6
1:10am
Peaky Blinders
Dangerous
Season 4 Episode 4/6

The Shelbys are lured by the Italians into a cat-and-mouse chase, where it becomes clear that Tommy has met his match
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.4
2:10am
Peaky Blinders
The Duel
Season 4 Episode 5/6

A deal is struck with potentially devastating consequences, and Tommy prepares himself as the bloody battle lines are drawn between the Peaky Blinders and Changretta
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.4
3:10am
Peaky Blinders
The Company
Season 4 Episode 6/6

The night of the big fight arrives, and as the bell rings and the crowd goes wild, dangers lurk in the shadows for Tommy Shelby and his family
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.4

Sun 28 Jul

7:00pm
BBC Proms: Nicola Benedetti with NYO
Nicola Benedetti performs Tchaikovsky's demanding Violin Concerto, alongside the London premiere of Icarus from Russian composer Lera Auerbach
(Subtitles)

9:05pm
Cindy Sherman untitled
A profile of Cindy Sherman, featuring an audio interview with one of the most elusive and influential living artists. Contributors include Kim Cattrall and Gabby Hoffmann
(Subtitles)

10:05pm
Captain Jack and the Furious Few
David Hayman tells the story of the test pilots of HMS Furious, one of the world's first aircraft carriers, whose secret mission during the First World War revolutionised warfare
(Subtitles)

Rating: 10
11:05pm
Schama on Rembrandt: Masterpieces of the Late Years
Simon Schama celebrates the masterpieces that Rembrandt created in later life, paintings he believes speak more directly about the human condition than the artist's earlier works
(Subtitles)

Rating: 4.5
12:05am
Britain's Most Fragile Treasure
Janina Ramirez explores the history of York Minster's Great East Window, the largest medieval stained-glass window in England, and follows a project to restore it
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.7
1:05am
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
Documentary about the international musical collective formed by the acclaimed cellist, as a small group of the 50-strong line-up take on a bold creative experiment
(Subtitles)

Rating: 1
2:40am
Cindy Sherman untitled
A profile of Cindy Sherman, featuring an audio interview with one of the most elusive and influential living artists. Contributors include Kim Cattrall and Gabby Hoffmann
(Subtitles)

Mon 29 Jul

7:00pm
Beyond 100 Days
29/07/2019
BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.2
7:30pm
Venice 24/7
Winter in Venice
Season 1 Episode 1/6

The work of the Italian city's emergency services, beginning with an insight into how workers cope with its canal-based infrastructure in winter
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.1
8:00pm
Life
Insects
Season 1 Episode 6/10

Bombardier beetles, honey bees and grass-cutter ants are among the creatures explored as the focus turns to insects. Narrated by David Attenborough
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.7
9:00pm
The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn
Chris Packham and a group of experts spend 12 months scrutinising the wildlife in eight gardens on a suburban street in Welwyn Garden City
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.5
10:30pm
The Joy of Winning
A witty, mind-expanding guide in which mathematician Hannah Fry unlocks the essential strategies a person needs to get what they want - to win more of the time
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.8
11:30pm
Blackadder II
Bells
Season 2 Episode 1/6

Edmund Blackadder, conniving courtier to Elizabeth I, takes in a spirited young boy as his manservant - unaware the lad is not quite what he seems
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.7
12:00am
Blackadder II
Head
Season 2 Episode 2/6

Edmund is appointed Lord High Executioner and finds himself in a spot of bother when he cuts off a nobleman's head prematurely
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.7
12:30am
Blackadder II
Potato
Season 2 Episode 3/6

Edmund becomes jealous of the adulation that Sir Walter Raleigh has been receiving and announces he intends to go on a voyage around the Cape of Good Hope. Tom Baker guest stars
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.7
1:00am
The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Rageh Omaar examines why the empire finally collapsed after the end of the First World War and looks at the founding of the secular Turkish state by Ataturk

Rating: 1
2:00am
The Art of Spain
The Moorish South
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Documentary series exploring the influences on Spanish art, beginning with the Moorish history of the country and the impact it had on its culture
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.8
3:00am
Africa: A Journey into Music
Nigeria
Season 1 Episode 1/3

DJ and broadcaster Rita Ray traces the importance of rhythm in Nigeria's music, discovering the many different musical styles it has created
(Subtitles)

Rating: 10