SAT 19:00 Life (b00p1n00)
Hunters and Hunted

Mammals' ability to learn new tricks is the key to survival in the knife-edge world of hunters and hunted. In a TV first, a killer whale off the Falklands does something unique: it sneaks into a pool where elephant seal pups learn to swim and snatches them, saving itself the trouble of hunting in the open sea.

Slow-motion cameras reveal the star-nosed mole's newly-discovered technique for smelling prey underwater: it exhales then inhales a bubble of air ten times per second. Young ibex soon learn the only way to escape a fox - run up an almost vertical cliff face - and young stoats fight mock battles, learning the skills that make them one of the world's most efficient predators.

SAT 20:00 Birds Britannia (b00vzz1j)

The British people's relationship with seabirds is an ancient and turbulent one, like our relationship with the sea itself. It is an untold chapter in the history of our rise and fall as a seafaring people, a story of conflict, exploitation and, finally, understanding.

SAT 21:00 Wallander (b00q3l7z)
Series 2

The Fifth Woman

An elderly bird-watcher falls to his death in a meticulously-planned and brutal murder. In an apparently unconnected case, a local man disappears and Wallander gets too close to one of the suspects. Wallander believes he is on the trail of a serial killer bent on revenge.

SAT 22:30 Mad Men (b00vzz1l)
Series 4

Chinese Wall

The employees of SCDP scramble to hold onto the rest of their accounts when word leaks of Lucky Strike's defection to BBDO. Roger lies to the rest of the firm about going to Raleigh to try to win back the account. While waiting for Trudy to give birth to their daughter, Pete is wooed by Ted Chaough at rival firm CGC. Megan shows interest in both Don and the advertising business.

SAT 23:15 Getting On (b00vzy37)
Series 2

Episode 4

Darkly comic series that offers a glimpse inside a world a million miles away from traditional hospital dramas. This is the dull, dreary, dog end of the health service with paperwork to fill in, bottoms to wipe and the drama played out in a thousand tiny acts of revenge and kindness, shining a light on the way workplace relationships play out and mapping out the life of a hospital through six shifts (five days and one night) on B4 ward.

Hilary's 'Icing the Cake' initiative is spreading... but not always successfully. Best behaviour has a habit of bringing out the worst. Pippa has a lunch appointment with Peter, while Den and Hilary have a difficult matter to deal with. Kim embarks on a vendetta of a different kind. Will they ice each other's cakes?

SAT 23:45 Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes (b00vzxv9)
Eminent classical historian Robin Lane Fox embarks on a journey in search of the origins of the Greek myths. He firmly believes that these fantastical stories lie at the root of western culture, and yet little is known about where the myths of the Greek gods came from, and how they grew. Now, after 35 years of travelling, excavation and interpretation, he is confident he has uncovered answers.

From the ancient lost city of Hattusas in modern Turkey to the smouldering summit of the Sicilian volcano Mount Etna, the documentary takes the viewer on a dazzling voyage through the Mediterranean world of the 8th century BC, as we follow in the slipstream of an intrepid and mysterious group of merchants and adventurers from the Greek island of Euboea. It's in the experiences of these now forgotten people that Lane Fox is able to pinpoint the stories and encounters, the journeys and the landscapes that provided the source material for key Greek myths.

And along the way, he brings to life these exuberant tales - of castration and baby eating, the birth of human sexual love, and the titanic battles with giants and monsters from which the gods of Greek myth were to emerge victorious.

SAT 01:15 Aristotle's Lagoon (b00q0hh2)
In the 4th century BC the Greek philosopher Aristotle travelled to Lesvos, an island in the Aegean teeming, then as now, with wildlife. His fascination with what he found there, and his painstaking study of it, led to the birth of a new science - biology. Professor Armand Leroi follows in Aristotle's footsteps to discover the creatures, places and ideas that inspired the philosopher in his pioneering work.

SAT 02:15 Gods and Monsters: Homer's Odyssey (b00vtwnz)
Virginia Woolf said that Homer's epic poem the Odyssey was 'alive to every tremor and gleam of existence'. Following the magical and strange adventures of warrior king Odysseus, inventor of the idea of the Trojan horse, the poem can claim to be the greatest story ever told. Now British poet Simon Armitage goes on his own Greek adventure, following in the footsteps of one of his own personal heroes. Yet Simon ponders the question of whether he even likes the guy.

SAT 03:15 Birds Britannia (b00vzz1j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


SUN 19:00 Time to Remember (b00vzy35)
Crime and Prohibition

Newsreel footage and voiceover from the original 1950s Time to Remember documentary TV series tells the story of the media circus that surrounded notorious gangsters and other Depression-era criminals in the United States of America. This is encapsulated in the kidnapping of Charles and Anne Lindbergh's baby - the 'crime of the century'.

Includes footage of rumrunners trying to outrun the US Coastguard and beat prohibition; mobster Jack 'Legs' Diamond; John Dillinger behind bars; Al Capone at the racecourse; and coverage from inside the courtroom during the Lindbergh baby murder trial of German illegal immigrant Bruno Richard Hauptmann.

SUN 19:30 How Earth Made Us (b00qm6p0)

Professor Iain Stewart continues his epic exploration of how the planet has shaped human history.

Iain sets sail on one of the fastest racing boats ever built to explore the story of our turbulent relationship with the wind. Travelling to iconic locations including the Sahara desert, the coast of west Africa and the South Pacific, Iain discovers how people have exploited the power of the wind for thousands of years.

The wind is a force which at first sight appears chaotic. But the patterns that lie within the atmosphere have shaped the destiny of continents, and lie at the heart of some of the greatest turning points in human history.

SUN 20:30 More Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy (b0074syb)
Series 1

Julie Walters

Dawn French interviews Julie Walters about her life in comedy.

SUN 21:00 Mark Lawson Talks To... (b00w4jcy)
Jimmy McGovern

Mark Lawson talks to the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Jimmy McGovern about his life and career in television drama. In this insightful interview McGovern shares his memories of working-class Liverpool, how his own struggle with speech drove his love of words, and the lasting impact of being 'steeped in Catholicism'.

After his breakthrough role on Channel Four's Brookside, McGovern went on to pursue his passion for socially and emotionally powerful stories. His fascination with faith and the human conscience was deftly explored in ITV's Cracker and his interrogation of contemporary issues brought him acclaim for Hillsborough, Dockers and Sunday.

Despite a foray into feature films in the controversial Priest, McGovern has remained resolutely smitten with the small screen, most notably in The Lakes, The Street and his latest BBC drama, Accused.

SUN 22:00 The Street (b008h4b5)
Series 2

Episode 6

Paul Billerton strikes up a relationship with a local girl, but eventually drives her away when he mentions that he has a terrible secret. After catching sight of a woman one night, Paul runs home to consume a cocktail of whiskey and paracetamols, but when she follows him home it begins a journey to his redemption and their reconciliation.

SUN 23:00 Priest (b00w8n3x)
Jimmy McGovern-penned drama in which a conservative Catholic priest is torn between his calling and his secret life as a homosexual man with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon hearing the confession of a young girl of her incestuous father, Greg enters an intensely emotional spiritual struggle deciding between choosing morals over religion and one life over another.

SUN 00:45 Mark Lawson Talks To... (b00w4jcy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

SUN 01:45 Brian Eno: Hits, Classics and Tracks (b00q9xqm)
The music Brian Eno has been involved in making ranges from the experimental to the massively popular. Paul Morley talks about some of Eno's hit tracks, including Heroes, Once in a Lifetime, With or Without You and Viva La Vida.

SUN 02:45 How Earth Made Us (b00qm6p0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

SUN 03:45 Time to Remember (b00vzy35)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


MON 19:00 World News Today (b00w4jts)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

MON 19:30 Ancient Worlds (b00w5lff)
The Age of Iron

Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles looks at the winners, losers and survivors of the great Bronze Age collapse, a regional catastrophe that wiped out the hard-won achievements of civilisation in the eastern Mediterranean about 3,000 years ago. In the new age of iron, civilisation would re-emerge, tempered in the flames of conflict, tougher and more resilient than ever before.

MON 20:30 Only Connect (b00vzxv7)
Series 4

Radio Addicts vs Brit Poppers

Quiz show presented by Victoria Coren in which knowledge will only take you so far, as patience and lateral thinking are also vital.

In the third quarter-final, a doctor, a teacher and an accountant with a unifying love of the radio return to challenge the brainpower of three Camden-based lynchpins of the British music industry.

They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random, from Rachel Stevens to Newfoundland dog, Stalin and Donald Duck.

MON 21:00 Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World (b00w4jtx)
What really went on at the ancient Greek oracle at Delphi, how did it get its awesome reputation and why is it still influential today?

Michael Scott of Cambridge University uncovers the secrets of the most famous oracle in the ancient world. A vital force in ancient history for a thousand years, it is now one of Greece's most beautiful tourist sites, but in its time it has been a gateway into the supernatural, a cockpit of political conflict, and a beacon for internationalism. And at its heart was the famous inscription which still inspires visitors today - 'Know Thyself'.

MON 22:00 imagine... (b007cc53)
Summer 2005

Fantastic Mr Dahl

Alan Yentob explores the magical and mysterious world of the best-selling children's author Roald Dahl to discover what made him such a great storyteller. This intimate portrait has exclusive access to his personal archive and features interviews with members of his immediate family, including his widow, Felicity, his first wife, the actress Patricia Neal, his children Tessa, Theo and Ophelia, and his granddaughter, the model Sophie Dahl.

MON 23:00 Billy Connolly and Aly Bain: Fishing for Poetry (b00vtxh2)
One of the greatest poets of his generation, Norman MacCaig (1910-96) was also an expert fly-fisher. His favourite loch, the Loch of the Green Corrie, lies high up in the mountains of Assynt in the far north-west of Scotland.

Fiddle maestro Aly Bain, Billy Connolly and award-winning poet and novelist Andrew Greig celebrate MacCaig in the centenary year of his birth with a journey from Edinburgh to Assynt and then the long climb to the Loch of the Green Corrie with its elusive trout.

Friends and fellow poets - including Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead, Douglas Dunn and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney - also feature with anecdotes, tributes and readings of some of MacCaig's finest poems.

MON 00:00 Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World (b00w4jtx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

MON 01:00 Ancient Worlds (b00w5lff)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

MON 02:00 Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes (b00vzxv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:45 on Saturday]

MON 03:30 Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World (b00w4jtx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


TUE 19:00 World News Today (b00w4k28)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

TUE 19:30 It's Only a Theory (b00p26x9)
Episode 8

Comedians Andy Hamilton and Reginald D Hunter host a series in which qualified professionals and experts submit their theories about life, the universe and everything for examination by a panel of Hamilton, Hunter and a guest celebrity, who then make a final decision on whether the theory is worth keeping.

The guest is broadcaster Clare Balding and the experts are David Ryan and Marcus Chown.

TUE 20:00 The Yorkshire Dales on Film (b00tnvnq)
Using moving images from across the decades, this documentary goes on a short trip to one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, the Yorkshire Dales. Encompassing newsreels, documentaries and home movies, these rarely-seen archive gems come together to reveal all aspects of life in the Dales, from sheep farming to cheese making, railway lines to dry stone walls and hill runners to potholing.

TUE 20:30 Time to Remember (b00w4k2b)
Civilians at War

The impact of two world wars on the UK's civilian population is told through newsreel footage and voiceover from the original 1950s series Time to Remember. Here are the war stories from the home front.

Includes footage of circus elephants being used as farm animals during the Great War; a pram protected against gas attack; footage of Londoners bedding down in the Underground during World War Two; and the celebrations at the end of both global conflicts.

TUE 21:00 Storyville (b00w4k2d)
Mandelson: The Real PM?

Documentary following Peter Mandelson in the run-up to the 2010 general election. Hannah Rothschild's film shows Mandelson at his ministry, masterminding the election campaign and dealing with colleagues such as Gordon Brown and Alastair Campbell. With unprecedented access to key events and conversations, this is a fascinating behind-the-scenes exploration of British politics.

TUE 22:15 Getting On (b00w4k2j)
Series 2

Episode 5

Darkly comic series that offers a glimpse inside a world a million miles away from traditional hospital dramas. This is the dull, dreary, dog end of the health service with paperwork to fill in, bottoms to wipe and the drama played out in a thousand tiny acts of revenge and kindness, shining a light on the way workplace relationships play out and mapping out the life of a hospital through six shifts (five days and one night) on B4 ward.

A graduate nurse drives a wedge between Den and Kim, and Hilary's elaborate new hand washing protocols hardly help matters. Pippa suffers the indignity of re-applying for her own job. Luckily, Kim and Den find a way of cheering things up, even if Dr Moore may not see the funny side.

TUE 22:45 Accused (b00w4hk0)
Series 1

Frankie's Story

Frankie, a young soldier on trial, starts the long walk back up to his courtroom to learn the decision of the jury. A frightening series of events led him to this place, but does the jury know the full story?

TUE 23:45 Mark Lawson Talks To... (b00w4jcy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Sunday]

TUE 00:45 Storyville (b00w4k2d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

TUE 02:00 The Yorkshire Dales on Film (b00tnvnq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

TUE 02:30 Getting On (b00w4k2j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:15 today]

TUE 03:00 Time to Remember (b00w4k2b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

TUE 03:30 Storyville (b00w4k2d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


WED 19:00 World News Today (b00w4k7g)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

WED 19:30 A History of the World (b00sj0nk)
Suffragette City

It was the campaign that changed the lives of British women forever. Actress Sheila Hancock is given unprecedented access to the Museum of London's treasure trove of rare objects that tell the extraordinary story of the suffragettes and their battle for the vote.

WED 20:00 We Need Answers (b00r0rdv)
Series 2

Exploring Ireland

Anarchic comedy game show in which celebrity guests answer questions set by the public.

Mark Watson hosts, Tim Key is in the questionmaster's chair and Alex Horne provides expert analysis from a booth as two celebrities battle it out to be crowned the winner and avoid the shame of donning 'The Clogs of Defeat'.

Award-winning comic actress Sharon Horgan takes on explorer and anthropologist Benedict Allen.

The rules are simple - contestants must match their answer to the one given by a text answering service. Questions range from 'How many pints of Guinness would fell an Irish horse?' to 'How does one escape from quicksand?'

In the cunning physical challenge which pits the contestants against each other, Sharon and Benedict are given the task of crying on cue.

WED 20:30 Born to Be Wild (b00cp4nv)

Four amateur naturalists get to grips with Britain's birds. Millions of Brits count themselves as bird lovers, but these enthusiasts take their passion to extreme lengths. One devotee wades through acres of reed beds, up to twice his height, in pursuit of a tiny, brown, long distance flier. Another scales the heights, clambering up mountains and scouring quarries to study the Peregrine falcon. Two men journey to an uninhabited rock, 40 miles off the North coast of Scotland, to research puffins. Another walks hundreds of miles around local farms, scouting them out for bird life.

Devoting hundreds of hours of their spare time to birds, these characters are truly inspirational. Our enthusiasts, and hundreds of other people like them, feed all the information they gather back to national organisations like the RSPB and the British Trust for Ornithology, helping to build a picture of Britain's birdlife.

WED 21:00 Birds Britannia (b00w4k7j)
Countryside Birds

Countryside birds like the skylark, pheasant and nightingale are amongst the most iconic of all Britain's birds. For centuries, they have been celebrated in music and poetry, used to forecast the weather and hunted for food. They have not just shaped the British countryside, but also defined its nature.

WED 22:00 Mad Men (b00w4k7l)
Series 4

Blowing Smoke

Don runs into his old flame Midge and learns her life has taken a disturbing turn. After executives from Philip Morris cancel a meeting for potential business, Don has a full-page ad printed in the New York Times announcing the firm will no longer represent tobacco companies, incensing the other partners and causing Bert Cooper to resign in protest.

Sally is upset when Betty and Henry discuss moving the Francis family to nearby Rye. Layoffs begin in the wake of the agency's financial troubles, reducing the staff by about half.

WED 22:45 Storyville (b00w4k2d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday]

WED 00:00 Birds Britannia (b00w4k7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

WED 01:00 Bird on a Wire (b00w009s)
Tony Palmer's film, thought lost for almost 40 years, about Leonard Cohen's 1972 European tour, has now been pieced together from almost 3,000 fragments and restored to its former glory. A unique record of a major poet and singer/songwriter at the height of his powers.

WED 02:50 A History of the World (b00sj0nk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

WED 03:20 Birds Britannia (b00w4k7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


THU 19:00 World News Today (b00w57gp)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

THU 19:30 Birds Britannia (b00w4k7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Wednesday]

THU 20:30 The Beauty of Diagrams (b00w57gr)

Series in which mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explores the stories behind some of the most familiar scientific diagrams.

When Polish priest and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus developed his extraordinary theory of a sun-centred universe 500 years ago, he was flying in the face of both science and religion. Mankind had believed for thousands of years that the earth was at the centre of the cosmos, and to disagree was to risk derision and accusations of heresy.

For decades he was too afraid to publish, but the arrival of a young German scientist gave Copernicus courage, and his book and its extraordinary diagram were published in 1543, when he was on his deathbed. His image of the heliocentric universe changed forever our understanding of the Cosmos, and of our place in it.

THU 21:00 ArtWorks Scotland (b00w57gt)
The Madness of Peter Howson

Peter Howson is one of the world's most collected living artists, his work hanging on the walls of galleries and museums and in the homes of rock stars and actors. In 2008 he received the biggest commission of his career - to paint the largest-ever crowd scene in the history of British art - but the commission is fraught with so much difficulty its completion is in jeopardy from day one.

This film follows Peter over two difficult years, a journey that took him to the brink of bankruptcy, and also to the edge of his sanity.

THU 22:00 The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs: Gorecki (b00wnmhd)
A timely showing of the landmark and multi-award winning film by Tony Palmer celebrating the Polish composer Gorecki, who died recently.

Palmer's film 'The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs' with soprano Dawn Upshaw and the London Sinfonietta conducted by David Zinman, captured imaginations with its overwhelming power and harrowingly simple lyrics.

THU 22:55 Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World (b00w4jtx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]

THU 23:55 The Beauty of Diagrams (b00w57gr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

THU 00:25 ArtWorks Scotland (b00w57gt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

THU 01:25 The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs: Gorecki (b00wnmhd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]

THU 02:20 Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World (b00w4jtx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]

THU 03:20 ArtWorks Scotland (b00w57gt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 19:00 World News Today (b00w57rq)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

FRI 19:30 Opera Italia (b00sm18t)
Viva Verdi

Three-part series tracing the history of Italian opera presented by Antonio Pappano, conductor and music director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The series features sumptuous music, stunning Italian locations and some of the biggest names in opera as contributors.

The second episode focuses on Verdi, whose operas are central to Pappano's conducting repertoire and the backbone of the international opera scene. It shows how Verdi's music was influenced by composers such as Bellini and particularly Donizetti, whose gothic masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor is explored with the help of soprano Diana Damrau.

Pappano looks at six of Verdi's most famous works - Nabucco, Rigoletto, Don Carlo, Otello, Falstaff and La Traviata, the last of which Pappano rehearses and conducts at the Royal Opera House with the starry cast of Renee Fleming, Joseph Calleja and Thomas Hampson.

Pappano travels to Le Roncole in northern Italy where Verdi was born amidst a turbulent political environment, and politics became a major influence on Verdi's operas in later life. He conducts Va Pensiero from Nabucco at a vast open-air concert in Naples, a chorus which was to become a powerful symbol of political unity for the Italian people.

FRI 20:30 The Highland Sessions (b0074rvr)
Episode 2

Six-part series celebrating the historical and contemporary links between Scottish and Irish Gaelic song by bringing together top exponents of both traditions to sing and play together with no audience except themselves, using a house band of their peers.

This edition features Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Seosaimhin ni Beagley, Eamonn O'Donnachadh, Niall Vallely, Capercaillie's Karen Matheson and Donnie Murdo MacLeod.

FRI 21:00 The Man Who Recorded America: Jac Holzman's Elektra Records (b00vfhyc)
In the 1960s, a small indie label would conquer American music. With artists like the Doors, Love, Tim Buckley, the Incredible String Band and the Stooges, Elektra Records was consistently on the cutting edge, having built its name initially with folk revival artists like Judy Collins and Tom Paxton, signed out of Greenwich Village. Elektra was run by suave visionary Jac Holzman and this is his story. Featuring contributions from Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, Judy Collins and choice BBC archive.

FRI 21:50 Tonight in Person (b00w8s1r)
Judy Collins

1966 concert by American folk singer Judy Collins, featuring Turn Turn Turn, Hey Nelly Nelly and My Rambling Boy.

FRI 22:20 Folk America (b00hd379)
Blowin' in the Wind

Three-part documentary series on American folk music, tracing its history from the recording boom of the 1920s to the folk revival of the 1960s.

In the 1960s a new generation, spearheaded by Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, took folk to the top of the charts and made it the voice of youthful protest. Whilst the northern folk revivalists helped bring civil rights to the south, the Newport Folk Festival brought the old music of the south to the college kids in the north. However, when Dylan turned up at Newport in 1965 with an electric guitar things would never be the same again.

With Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Robbie Robertson, Stephen Stills, Country Joe McDonald, Roger McGuinn, Odetta and Tom Paxton.

FRI 23:25 The Doors: No One Here Gets Out Alive (b00mwr5t)
Documentary profile of singer Jim Morrison, who with his band the Doors made a great impression on the rock music scene of the late 1960s. With comments from other members of the group and footage of film and TV appearances.

FRI 00:05 Motor City's Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges (b009372j)
Documentary looking at how Detroit became home to a musical revolution that captured the sound of a nation in upheaval.

In the early 60s, Motown transcended Detroit's inner city to take black music to a white audience, whilst in the late 60s suburban kids like the MC5 and the Stooges descended into the black inner city to create revolutionary rock expressing the rage of young white America.

With contributions from Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, George Clinton, Martha Reeves, John Sinclair and the MC5.

FRI 01:05 Tonight in Person (b00w8s1t)
Tom Paxton

Concert from 1966 by the American folk singer Tom Paxton, featuring Last Thing on My Mind, I Believe, I Do and Detroit Auto Safety Massacre Blues.

FRI 01:35 The Man Who Recorded America: Jac Holzman's Elektra Records (b00vfhyc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

FRI 02:25 The Highland Sessions (b0074rvr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

FRI 02:55 Opera Italia (b00sm18t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]