SAT 19:00 Diary of a Nobody - Shorts (b007d584)
Episode 4

Andrew Davies's adaptation of George and Weedon Grossmith's novel about the diary of archetypal `little man' Charles Pooter. Pooter is outraged when his and Carrie's names are omitted from the Mansion House Ball attendance list by the local newspaper. They prepare for their holiday in Broadstairs, and their son Willie returns from Oldham. He now calls himself Lupin and has been fired from his job in the bank.

SAT 19:10 Pride and Prejudice (b0074rnx)
Episode 3

Elizabeth receives an astounding piece of news and Jane's sweet nature is put to the test when she hears that Bingley and his sisters have left Netherfield Park. All Mrs Bennet's hopes seem dashed. Elizabeth is forced to visit her cousin, Mr Collins, and his new wife in Kent, where she is finally introduced to the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

SAT 20:05 Pride and Prejudice (b0074rny)
Episode 4

Rejected by Elizabeth, Darcy returns to Rosings Park and writes to her, revealing the truth about Wickham's character.

SAT 21:00 Savile Row (b008yvwv)
Foreign Affairs

Three-part documentary series about Savile Row, the London street famous for its bespoke tailoring establishments. To survive in the international menswear market the tailors need to think as one and promote themselves, so they hit the road with a touring exhibition that stops first in Florence, taking centre stage at the world's biggest menswear expo. New rules and regulations that define what a Savile Row tailor is, and where he may operate, begin to cause trouble in Mayfair and in Kensington.

SAT 22:00 I Vitelloni (b009098b)
Fausto, a smooth-tongued Lothario, leads an aimless life with a gang of youthful pals in a small seaside town on the Adriatic. However his days of free-wheeling bachelorhood are cut short when he gets one of his conquests pregnant and is forced into marriage. But his eye for the ladies remains undimished, and he soon returns to his old ways, chasing women with his mates.

SAT 23:45 BBC Four Sessions (b008yw99)
k.d. lang

Series of unique concerts featuring musicians from around the world at St Luke's in London. Canadian country singer and four-times Grammy Award winner k.d. lang performs together with a 30-strong strings section from the BBC Concert Orchestra. The set features songs from across her 25-year career, including her biggest hit Constant Craving, covers of Neil Young and Leonard Cohen songs, and material from her 2008 album Watershed.

SAT 00:45 10 Things You Didn't Know About... (b008pr87)

Iain Stewart journeys across the oceans to explore the most powerful giant waves in history, with ten remarkable stories about tsunamis.

These massive waves can be taller than the biggest skyscraper, travel at the speed of a jet plane and when they reach land, rear up and turn into a terrifying wall of water that destroys everything in its path. These unstoppable, uncontrollable forces of nature caused the ruin of an entire ancient civilization, may have played a small part in the demise of the dinosaurs, and in World War II were used as a weapon. Yet astonishingly, two men who surfed the tallest wave in history - half a kilometre high - survived.

SAT 01:45 Citizen Smith (b008yvz2)

Writer Michael Smith takes on the guise of a contemporary Citizen Smith, scouring the country in search of a modern day definition of nationality. He celebrates the quintessentially English mavericks who feel at liberty to buck the system by doing it themselves and doing it their way. Richard Wilson, the Rubbish Men, Colin Pillinger and his Beagle mission to Mars are all considered worthy, as Smith flies the flag for the only country in the world that uses the word eccentric as a compliment.

SAT 02:15 Brecon Jazz Festival (b008yw98)

Women in Jazz

Julian Joseph meets four very different female jazz musicians to understand their creativity and discuss their musical influences. Jessica Williams is an American pianist who started her career playing in the clubs of San Francisco's 1970's jazz scene, while rising British star Zoe Rahman is one of the country's shining talents. Japanese performer Hiromi is causing a real stir wherever she plays, and there's also a performance by British jazz vocalist Tina May.

SAT 02:45 BBC Four Sessions (b008yw99)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:45 today]

SAT 03:45 Citizen Smith (b008yvz2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:45 today]


SUN 19:00 Dear Television (b009099x)
Episode 3

Letters cataloguing the preoccupations and passions of television viewers over the last five decades.

SUN 19:10 Poldark (b0091ml6)
Series 1

Episode 3

Romantic drama serial. Ross unwittingly sets off a chain of violence when he allows Verity and the Captain to hold meetings at Nampara.

SUN 20:00 The Cult of... (b009099z)
Sunday Night


Archaeology series unearthing the history and anecdotes behind cult British Sunday night drama series looks at Poldark. The programme reveals how rows about the adaption of Winston Graham's Poldark novels dogged the production behind the scenes. The author attempted to block production and the show ended after just two series with his refusal to allow the producers to create new storylines. Poldark was nonetheless a smash hit and its two main stars, Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees became known as TV's sexiest couple.

SUN 20:30 Doctors to Be: 20 Years On (b008d3vv)
The Agony Aunt's Tale

Update on the 1980s series about a group of doctors just starting out on their careers. Over the past two decades Jane Gilbert has learned a lot, but also paid a heavy price. The hours required to make it to the top of hospital medicine were too much, and she chose general practice, where she hoped to combine demanding work with raising a family. But when she had her own children, she stopped practising medicine. Now she has created a new career for herself in the most surprising of settings.

SUN 21:00 The Jet Stream and Us (b00909b0)
Documentary tracing how human understanding of the jet stream - a ribbon of fast moving air high in the atmosphere - has grown.

It has been responsible for bewildering effect on bomber pilots during the Second World War, turbocharging modern transatlantic flyers, the infamous 1987 hurricane and devastating floods. Scientists believe this powerful weather phenomenon is now changing its pattern of behaviour and could have an even bigger impact on our climate and the way we live our lives.

Interviewees include Sir Brian Hoskins, University of Reading and Kirsty McCabe from the BBC Weather Centre.

SUN 22:00 Earth: The Power of the Planet (b008j7d3)
Rare Earth

Geography series with Dr Iain Stewart. Our planet is unique within the solar system. Four-and-a-half billion years ago it had a twin named Theia which was absorbed into the Earth, increasing its gravity and allowing it to form an atmosphere. Iain travels to Meteor Crater in Arizona to explore the atmosphere's role in protecting us from bombardment by meteorites. Life on earth only prospers because it is provided with right amount of heat from the sun.

SUN 23:00 The Late Edition (b008yw48)
Series 4

Episode 14

Satirical comedy show, with host Marcus Brigstocke and guests.

SUN 23:30 The Cult of... (b009099z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

SUN 00:00 The Jet Stream and Us (b00909b0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

SUN 01:00 Space Odyssey: The Robot Pioneers (b0074qsd)
To accompany Space Odyssey - Voyage to the Planets, a documentary that looks at the history of space exploration and which reveals the science behind the series. It tells the story of the human ingenuity that has dispatched robotic missions to all the planets except Pluto. Thanks to the engineers and the metal limbs of these mechanical explorers, the series was able to portray the gruelling reality of a human expedition to the planets.

SUN 01:50 Doctors to Be: 20 Years On (b008d3vv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

SUN 02:20 The Cult of... (b009099z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

SUN 02:50 The Jet Stream and Us (b00909b0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


MON 19:00 World News Today (b0090g13)
The latest news from around the world.

MON 19:30 The Cult of... (b009099z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Sunday]

MON 20:00 The Great British Sunday (b008x370)
Comedian Sean Lock looks at what Sundays always meant to him - from hangovers to Jack Hargreaves, from Sunday school and stately homes to utter boredom.

MON 21:00 Savile Row (b00909d4)
New Blood

Three-part documentary series about Savile Row, the London street famous for its bespoke tailoring establishments. The tailors face their toughest challenge - encouraging the next generation to take up their mantle and become apprentices. Training is long and arduous, with limited financial rewards so companies treat new recruits with care and compassion. The programme follows those hoping to make the cut as they try to win The Golden Shears - tailoring's equivalent of the Oscars.

MON 22:00 The Cult of... (b009099z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Sunday]

MON 22:30 Summits (b008yw46)
Geneva, 1985

David Reynolds, Professor of International History at Cambridge University, uncovers the story of three groundbreaking summit meetings that shaped the modern world. When Ronald Reagan met the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at Geneva in 1985, few foresaw any meaningful progress. Each had arrived with real doubts about the other and entrenched ideological convictions. Yet despite two days of fundamental disagreement over arms policy, Reagan saw the peacemaker in Gorbachev and reached out to him.

MON 23:30 The Great British Sunday (b008x370)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

MON 00:30 Savile Row (b00909d4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

MON 01:30 Summits (b008yw46)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:30 today]

MON 02:30 The Cult of... (b009099z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Sunday]

MON 03:00 Savile Row (b00909d4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


TUE 19:00 World News Today (b0090g33)
The latest news from around the world.

TUE 19:30 Pop Go the Sixties (b0088xvn)
Series 1

The Johnny Harris Orchestra

A colourful nugget of pop mined from the BBC's archive, as the Johnny Harris Band perform Satisfaction.

TUE 19:35 Batman (b0090z43)
Series 2

Shoot a Crooked Arrow

Fantasy adventure series. The villainous Archer storms Wayne mansion and threatens to do away with trusty butler Alfred.

TUE 20:00 Around the World in 80 Treasures (b0090b89)
Series 1

Japan to China

The ancient and the modern clash deliciously in Japan while the Terracotta army and the Great Wall of China boast the brilliance of ancient imperial China – Dan Cruickshank embarks on the fourth leg of his journey round the world to map man's greatest creations in history.

The sword of a Samurai warrior is his first and slightly menacing choice, but Dan is captivated by the artistry employed in making this most beautiful instrument of death. By contrast, he finds solace and tranquillity in a Japanese temple and meditation garden.

In China, the tension of war and peace reasserts itself as he walks the Great Wall of China and contemplates the massed ranks of the Terracotta Army – 8,000 soldiers all individually modelled on real people from 2,000 years ago. Again, he finds peace in a unique creation – the empress of China's marble boat – a miraculous and surreal vision on the waters of the Summer Palace lake.

As the smog of modern China descends, Dan finds his attempts to see the ancient porcelain of the Forbidden City challenged before making his escape to the space age world of high-rise Shanghai.

TUE 21:00 Goodness Gracious Me (b0090zmp)
Series 2

Episode 1

Award-winning British-Asian comedy sketch show, featuring old favourites and new characters like the Competitive mothers, the Bhangramuffins and Bollywood superstar Chunky La Funga.

TUE 21:30 The Armstrong and Miller Show (b008dd10)
Series 1

Episode 5

Scratch beneath the surface of po-faced British respectability and you'll find a wealth of great characters, as evidenced in Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller's sketch show.

TUE 22:00 Citizen Smith (b0090b8b)

Writer Michael Smith takes on the guise of a contemporary Citizen Smith, scouring the country in search of a modern day definition of nationality. In the final part, Smith attacks the English lack of national pride. After viewing a pitiful turnout for St George's Day celebrations at Trafalgar Square, he travels to Corby in Northamptonshire, a town flooded by Scottish steel workers in the 1970s. He compares the Scots who he believes still define themselves by national identity to his English countrymen who do not.

TUE 22:30 Storyville (b0090g34)
Very Russian Geniuses

In 1982, filmmaker Ekaterina Eremenko was among 26 students accepted into Russia’s elite natural science school. A golden future lay ahead of them, but the birth of perestroika and the collapse of the old order meant that that future was no longer certain. Eremenko sets out to discover what happened to her classmates and how the seismic political changes of the 1980s affected her generation.

TUE 00:00 BBC Four World Cinema Awards (b008wyxr)

A starry jury including Catherine Deneuve, Christopher Eccleston, Nick Broomfield and Archie Panjabi argue the merits of five international hits such as The Lives of Others and Pan's Labyrinth, before Jonathan Ross announces the winner of Britain's premier foreign language movie award.

TUE 01:00 Citizen Smith (b0090b8b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]

TUE 01:30 BBC Proms (b007v280)

Haydn's Seasons - Prom 14

Conductor Sir Roger Norrington and the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston are joined by singers Sally Matthews, Toby Spence and Jonathan Lemalu for a performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio, The Seasons. Presented by Charles Hazlewood.


WED 19:00 World News Today (b0090g3x)
The latest news from around the world.

WED 19:30 Pop Go the Sixties (b008fgsd)
Series 1

The Tremeloes

A colourful nugget of pop mined from the BBC's archive.

WED 19:35 Batman (b0090z48)
Series 2

Walk the Straight and Narrow

Fantasy adventure series. The Archer sets the caped couple a-quiver when he plans to steal $10 million in cash.

WED 20:00 Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work (b008fdbd)
The State Visit

Documentary series providing insight into the work of The Queen and other members of the Royal Family over the course of a year, from State visits and royal tours to smaller meetings and audiences. The Palace prepares for The Queen's visit to the US to mark the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown landings in Virginia. Preparations include a reception for British-based Americans, a private dinner for prominent American ex-pats at Buckingham Palace and a photo session with Annie Leibovitz.

WED 21:30 The Jet Stream and Us (b00909b0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Sunday]

WED 22:30 The Late Edition (b0090blw)
Series 4

Episode 15

Satirical comedy show, with host Marcus Brigstocke and guests.

WED 23:00 Art of Spain (b008yw7p)
The Mystical North

Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals how northern Spain has produced some of the most dazzling and iconic art of the modern age. He shows how Spain's turbulent history has shaped its artists, from Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso to Joan Miro and Salvador Dali. As well as the giants of painting, Graham-Dixon argues that Spanish architecture is the art form taking the nation forward into the new millennium.

WED 00:00 Mark Lawson Talks To... (b008prdg)
Russell T Davies

Top scriptwriter Russell T Davies in conversation with Mark Lawson.

WED 01:00 The Late Edition (b0090blw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:30 today]

WED 01:30 Art of Spain (b008yw7p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 today]

WED 02:30 The Jet Stream and Us (b00909b0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Sunday]

WED 03:30 The Late Edition (b0090blw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:30 today]


THU 19:00 World News Today (b0090g4g)
The latest news from around the world.

THU 19:30 Masterpieces of the East (b007sgkk)
The Golden Throne

Series revealing the stories behind iconic artefacts from the Indian subcontinent. This edition examines a golden ceremonial throne made for the Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Punjab by Indian craftsmen in the 19th century. Now housed in the V & A museum, it still exudes a sense of the power of the man who once ruled from it.

THU 20:00 Michael Wood: The Story of India (b007yzd0)
Ages of Gold

Documentary series about the history of India. Presenter Michael Wood seeks out the achievements of the country's golden age, discovering how India discovered zero, calculated the circumference of the Earth and wrote the world’s first sex guide, the Kama Sutra. In the south, he visits the giant temple of Tanjore and sees traditional bronze casters, working as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago.

THU 21:00 Jonathan Meades: Magnetic North (b0090bzs)
Episode 1

Jonathan Meades travels from the flatlands of Flanders to Germany's spectacular Baltic coast in an attempt to decipher exactly what northernness entails. Is it to be found in gothic spires, herrings, grotesquerie, fantastical skylines or creepily dark woods?

THU 22:00 Ashes to Ashes (b008yvl8)
Series 1

Episode 2

Drama series following the exploits of Life on Mars' DCI Gene Hunt. The royal wedding looms, and CID is under pressure to keep the streets quiet. Realising that she's stuck in the 80s for the time being, a desperate Alex distracts herself by contacting her mother and going on a date with a handsome Thatcherite. As bombs threaten to ruin Charles and Diana's big day, Gene demands that Alex acknowledge this world has the power to hurt.

THU 23:00 Pop Britannia (b008nkvq)
A Well Respected Man

Three-part documentary series telling the story of British popular music and its place in British culture since the 1950s. In the 60s Britain went pop mad. The architects were a group of artists and entrepreneurs who would prise pop out of the grasp of showbiz interests to create a truly authentic British sound of the Beatles, Stones and Who and at the same time prepared the way for a new, more corporate pop business. With Pete Townsend, Sir George Martin, Bryan Ferry, Sandie Shaw and Lulu.

THU 00:00 Pop! What is it Good For? (b008njys)
Music writer and self-confessed pop addict Paul Morley journeys to the heart of his obsession. At 50, Morley is just about as old as pop music itself and he argues that pop has played a central role in the culture of the nation over the past half century. Featuring a diverse cast of fellow pop obsessives including poet Simon Armitage, artist Peter Blake, the Sugababes and Suggs, Morley's documentary explores and celebrates the beauty and mystery of the three-minute pop single.

THU 01:00 Jonathan Meades: Magnetic North (b0090bzs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

THU 02:00 Pop Britannia (b008nkvq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 today]

THU 03:00 Jonathan Meades: Magnetic North (b0090bzs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 19:00 World News Today (b0090g66)
The latest news from around the world.

FRI 19:30 Legends (b0084lmq)
Jacques Brel - Ne me quitte pas

Profile of dramatic Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, who mesmerised audiences in the 1950s and 60s with the sheer ferocity of his performances and by deep, dark lyrics that widened the definition of what a popular song could be about. Though his work is revered throughout the French-speaking world, he is still seen as a cult figure in Britain. The film uses archive footage and interviews with family, friends and celebrity fans to tell the story of his brief yet extraordinary life.

FRI 20:30 Brecon Jazz Festival (b0090cbw)

World of Jazz

Pianist Julian Joseph meets leading fusion acts who performed at the 2007 Brecon Jazz Festival to learn about their musical roots. Acts include Robert Pla's Latin Jazz Orchestra, Eduardo Niebla and Jazz Jamaica.

FRI 21:00 Timeshift (b00814tj)
Series 7

Whatever Happened to Radio 2?

Radio 2 was created out of the old Light Programme, but the modern station, with its targeted playlists and big-name DJs like Jonathan Ross and Chris Evans, is now light years away from its origins - or is it? In the evenings, small and cherished slots still exist for devotees of Folk, Organ, Jazz, Brass and Light Music. This programme is an affectionate celebration of the unusual and much-loved corners of 88-91FM, of the fans and of those who continue to broadcast to them.

FRI 22:00 Caledonia Dreamin' (b0090cbx)
Documentary revealing the hidden history of Scottish pop music and how a small record label inspired bands like Orange Juice, Altered Images, Wet Wet Wet and Franz Ferdinand.

FRI 23:00 ArtWorks Scotland (b007yzq3)
Edwyn Collins: Home Again

Edwyn Collins, former lead singer of Orange Juice and a successful solo artist in his own right, suffered a brain haemorrhage in February 2005 and almost died. Miraculously he pulled through, despite contracting MRSA after undergoing a risky operation, but had to face a lengthy and arduous rehabilitation programme to learn how to walk, speak and play the guitar again.

The programme follows him through therapy and back into the recording studio as he completes the solo album - Home Again - that he began before falling ill.

Includes Edwyn's remarkable return to the stage, singing a selection of old and new songs at the BBC's Electric Proms.

FRI 23:35 Batman (b0090z43)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:35 on Tuesday]

FRI 00:00 Batman (b0090z48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:35 on Wednesday]

FRI 00:25 Brecon Jazz Festival (b0090cbw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

FRI 00:55 Caledonia Dreamin' (b0090cbx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]

FRI 01:55 Legends (b0084lmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

FRI 02:55 Caledonia Dreamin' (b0090cbx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]