SAT 19:00 Natural World (b00ybvz1)

Elsa: The Lioness that Changed the World

In the 1960s, Born Free captured the world's imagination with the story of Elsa, an orphaned lioness who was taken in by George and Joy Adamson and returned to a life in the wild. The book and film sparked a new love of nature that has blossomed ever since, but the true story of what happened afterwards was far more tragic as both George and Joy were murdered.

Fifty years on, this emotional and revealing drama documentary relives those events - with intimate contributions from Virginia McKenna and David Attenborough.

SAT 20:00 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 21:00 Wallander (b01m2fr3)
The Fifth Woman

Part 1

Kurt Wallander returns home from a holiday in Rome with his father, who is dismayed to see him remain as obsessed with his job as usual at the expense of his family relationships. But a brutal crime consumes all of Wallander's attention - an elderly poet with no family is found impaled on spikes under a bridge. Wallander, Svedberg and Maja begin investigating. When a flower collector goes looking for a rare orchid and is then reported missing, the two crimes appear unconnected.

In Swedish with English subtitles.

SAT 21:55 Wallander (b01m2fr5)
The Fifth Woman

Part 2

When Wallander holds a press conference about the two recent murders he is challenged by a civilian who thinks the police are incompetent. Men are soon forming themselves into vigilante groups and taking the law into their own hands. Pressure is mounting on Wallander to come up with results, but it's still proving hard to find a link between the murders so he begins to delve into their pasts. Meanwhile, an unknown nurse assaults another nurse on a maternity ward.

In Swedish with English subtitles.

SAT 22:55 Top of the Pops (b01lv6wc)

David 'Kid' Jensen looks at the weekly pop chart from 1977 and introduces the Real Thing, the Saints, Jigsaw, Cilla Black, Dave Edmunds, Hot Chocolate, the Sex Pistols and a Legs & Co dance sequence.

SAT 23:25 Timeshift (b0155fss)
Series 11

Dear Censor

Lifting the lid on the world of cinema censorship, this programme has unique access to the files of the British Board of Film Classification. Featuring explicit and detailed exchanges between the censor and film-makers, 'Dear Censor' casts a wry eye over some of the most infamous cases in the history of the board.

From the now seemingly innocuous Rebel Without a Cause, the first 'naturist' films and the infamous works of Ken Russell, and up to Rambo III, this frank and surprisingly warm documentary demonstrates how a body created by the industry to safeguard standards and reflect shifts in public opinion has also worked unexpectedly closely with the film-makers themselves to ensure that their work was able reach an audience.

SAT 00:25 10 Things You Didn't Know About... (b008pr87)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

SAT 01:25 Wild Swimming (b00t9r28)
Alice Roberts embarks on a quest to discover what lies behind the passion for wild swimming, now becoming popular in Britain. She follows in the wake of Waterlog, the classic swimming text by journalist and author Roger Deakin.

Her journey takes in cavernous plunge pools, languid rivers and unfathomable underground lakes, as well as a skinny dip in a moorland pool. Along the way Alice becomes aware that she is not alone on her watery journey.

SAT 02:25 Natural World (b00ybvz1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


SUN 19:00 Pop Go the Sixties (b008d00q)
Series 1

Tony Bennett

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

SUN 19:05 Himalaya with Michael Palin (b0074qpt)
Annapurna to Everest

Michael Palin continues his Himalayan trek. During a Gurkha recruitment Palin is disturbed by Maoist insurgents, but survives to suffer as he climbs to 15,000 feet and sees the majesty of Annapurna Sanctuary. In Kathmandu he is blessed by the Nepalese king before meeting some holy men. Crossing into Tibet he meets his first yaks at the highest monastery in the world before heading up the Rongbuk glacier towards the summit of Everest.

SUN 20:05 Reputations (b0078cw9)
Frankie Howerd

Thanks to his role as Lurcio in Up Pompeii, Frankie Howerd became on of Britain's most popular and distinctive comedians. But behind the titters there were secrets - things he was desperate to keep from the public, and truths so painful he tried to keep them even from himself.

The programme explores Howerd's turbulent life from his early days in south London and his efforts at serious acting through his radio stardom in the 1950s to his TV triumphs of the 60s and 70s. His closest friends and colleagues talk about his depression, his money troubles and his complex and hidden sex life. And we hear for the first time about his LSD-assisted psychotherapy and the shocking experiences it uncovered. With contributions from Jonathan Ross, Griff Rhys Jones, Eric Sykes and Ian Carmichael.

SUN 21:00 Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (b009s7gv)
Candid and poignant drama about the comedian Frankie Howerd and the relationship with his long-term, long-suffering manager, and gay partner, Dennis Heymer. Despite his overtly camp persona, Howerd kept his companionship with Heymer under wraps for 35 years, until his death in 1992. Yet through career disaster, social stigma, illegality, numerous infidelities and Howerd's own deep-seated issues about his homosexuality, their love endured.

SUN 22:00 Parkinson: The Interviews (b01f7x12)
Series 1

Tommy Cooper and Frankie Howerd

Michael Parkinson introduces a recut of two interviews he did with Frankie Howerd during the Parkinson show series and a Christmas interview with Tommy Cooper.

Frankie Howerd wanted everything scripted, resulting in an unprompted and unrehearsed interview, whilst Tommy Cooper managed to run rings around a delighted Parkinson. Includes clips from Up Pompeii, The Main Attraction and The Bob Monkhouse Show.

SUN 22:35 Omnibus (b01m7xjv)
Gore Vidal's Gore Vidal Part One

Biography of the late Gore Vidal, looking at the life of one of America's leading literary figures who for years entranced and enraged the US with his outspoken views, novels and essays. This programme follows him around the scenes of his youth.

SUN 23:25 Wilderness Explored (b00dwf7q)

Two hundred years ago, the Arctic was largely a great blank on the map for would-be explorers. It captured their imagination as a place of sublime beauty and yet also as a desolate frozen landscape, home to the deadly polar bear. It was a place where heroes attempted to find the North-West passage and where whole expeditions disappeared without trace.

In the last century, the polar sea has become a region of vital strategic significance where the great powers built secret bases, transforming the lifestyle of the Inuit. Now, as the Arctic ice melts, the polar bear has become an emblem for the fragility of our planet.

SUN 00:25 The Joy of Disco (b01cqt72)
Documentary about how a much-derided music actually changed the world. Between 1969 and 1979 disco soundtracked gay liberation, foregrounded female desire in the age of feminism and led to the birth of modern club culture as we know it today, before taking the world by storm. With contributions from Nile Rodgers, Robin Gibb, Kathy Sledge and Ian Schrager.

SUN 01:25 Top of the Pops (b00zwrn7)
The Story of 1976

The nation grew up with Top of the Pops and it was always a talking point, but 35 years ago a particular kind of Top of the Pops programme and tone held sway. This documentary explores Top of the Pops in 1976 - as a barometer of the state of pop and light entertainment TV.

It celebrates the power of the programme and observes British society of the mid 70s, British TV and the British pop scene. In 1976, glam was over and nothing had replaced it - the charts belonged to Showaddywaddy, Brotherhood of Man and the Wurzels, all to be found on Top of the Pops hosted by the Radio 1 DJs. If you wanted rock you looked to the Old Grey Whistle Test, while outside the charts a new scene was rumbling.

Contributors include Tony Blackburn, David 'Diddy' Hamilton, Paul Morley, Toyah Willcox, Showaddywaddy, Brotherhood of Man, the Wurzels and Dave Haslam.

SUN 02:15 Himalaya with Michael Palin (b0074qpt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:05 today]


MON 19:00 World News Today (b01lxzsz)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

MON 19:30 Wilderness Explored (b00dzyz5)
Australia's Red Heart

Australia's stark and beautiful red centre is now seen as part of the country's national identity, with Uluru, or Ayres Rock, a national symbol. But this vast desert centre was originally seen as a place of death and silence by the first white explorers. It has taken 200 years for a new perception to emerge, one that recognises it as a place of life and creation - the way it has always been seen by the continent's original inhabitants, the Aborigines.

MON 20:30 Nature's Microworlds (b01lycdq)

Steve Backshall tries to discover just what makes it possible for a river to stop in the middle of a desert. The Okavango is the world's largest inland delta and home to one of Africa's greatest congregations of wildlife, and in asking the difficult questions Steve reveals the astounding secret to its existence.

MON 21:00 Growing Children (b01lyczl)

Autism is a complicated and often misunderstood condition. In this film, child psychologist Laverne Antrobus goes on a quest to discover the different way that the brain works in children with autism and to explore the latest scientific research.

Laverne meets Tony, a severely autistic teenager who requires full-time care from his family, and learns some of the difficult sensory problems that children with autism can have. The autistic brain cannot always process light and sound in the correct way, leading to an overwhelming and exhausting overload of noise and colour. Laverne travels to the University of Cardiff to investigate new research into the link between sensory issues and the autistic brain. She also goes to the University of Nottingham to try and uncover why people like Tony appear to be so socially isolated. She begins to learn the amazing way our brains work when confronted with social situations and how we understand the social cues that we encounter every day - and what happens when this goes wrong.

With a better understanding of Tony's difficulties, Laverne then continues to follow his story as this family go through the difficult and highly emotional transition of putting their son into full-time residential care.

Laverne also meets a family with two young boys, Jake and Zaine. Jake has been diagnosed with high functioning autism - the opposite end of the spectrum to Tony. By spending time with Jake, Laverne sees some of the social difficulties associated with the condition, such as the daily struggle with school and making friends. Jake's younger brother Zaine is also beginning to show autistic traits and in a particularly poignant sequence Laverne attends a diagnosis session with the family. With amazing access to this emotional day, Laverne explores the complicated process of diagnosis and the symptoms that are looked for in order to reach the correct conclusion. Laverne also investigates some exciting and pioneering research being carried out at Birkbeck Babylab, which is offering hope for a simpler and earlier diagnostic procedure.

Michael is a 19-year-old with high functioning autism who is studying physics at the University of Surrey. By meeting Michael we see that an autistic brain can actually learn to deal with mainstream society. How does he comprehend society and what coping systems does he have in place? Laverne carries out a experiment where she takes Michael to view one of her favourite paintings. The different way in which they view the portrait offers a powerful insight into the way someone on the spectrum can think and interact. Laverne also compares how someone with autism deals with idioms and metaphors to those who are not on the spectrum. We come to understand that someone with autism just sees the world in a very different way.

These powerful stories are intermingled with interviews with leading scientists in the field that help to further illuminate this condition.

Our brains are constantly monitoring the social situations we find ourselves in - attempting to mindread the people around us and helping us to respond appropriately. For those on the autistic spectrum this is often not the case. Autism is still an incredibly puzzling disorder of the brain, but over the last 50 years we have started to unlock the meaning of some of its more bizarre behaviours and symptoms. We are now beginning to understand what happens in the brain as we process all the sensory information from the world around us, and to comprehend how it affects the way children think, act and grow into social beings. In this film we learn along with Laverne and we begin to understand the different way in which the brain of someone on the autistic spectrum operates - as well as the heart-wrenching effect this can have on them and their families.

MON 22:00 Storyville (b01lyczn)
Racing Dreams

Storyville: the coming-of-age story of three kids who dream of one day becoming professional race car drivers. Eleven-year-old Annabeth, twelve-year-old Josh and thirteen-year-old Brandon compete for the championship in the World Karting Association's national series, widely considered the little league for professional racing. Clocking speeds of up to 110 kmh, these young drivers race their way through the year-long national series that spawned many top drivers. At the same time - in intimate moments of young love and family struggle - they navigate the treacherous road between childhood and young adulthood.

MON 23:20 A Century of Fatherhood (b00sv2ry)
The Good Father

Series which tells the story of the revolution in modern fatherhood in Britain during the last hundred years. Using intimate testimony, rare archive footage and the latest historical research it reveals the important, and often misunderstood, role played by fathers.

The opening part explodes the popular myth of the tyrannical Victorian-style father, whose children were seen and not heard. The majority of men did not harshly punish their children: they were good and devoted dads who took their job as provider and protector of their family seriously.

Those who tragically lost their lives in the First World War are still fondly remembered by sons and daughters today. Some dads even took part in the fathercraft movement that began in 1920 and which encouraged dads to change nappies and to form close relationships with their children from the beginning.

MON 00:20 A History of Art in Three Colours (b01lng0m)

In the Age of Reason, it was the rediscovery of the white columns and marbles of antiquity that made white the most virtuous of colours. For flamboyant JJ Wickelmann and British genius Josiah Wedgwood, white embodied all the Enlightenment's values of justice, equality and reason.

MON 01:20 Nature's Microworlds (b01lycdq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

MON 01:50 Growing Children (b01lyczl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

MON 02:50 Storyville (b01lyczn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


TUE 19:00 World News Today (b01lxzt4)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

TUE 19:30 Talking Landscapes (b0074m2y)
The Vale of Evesham

Series in which Aubrey Manning sets out to discover the history of Britain's ever-changing landscape. Clues from the local art gallery, a spot of ploughing and a flight with a local pilot help uncover an Anglo-Saxon agricultural revolution.

TUE 20:00 The Last Explorers (b017hzw2)

Neil Oliver travels down the Zambesi river to reveal how David Livingstone took the faith of his nation to the ends of the earth and exploited his celebrity to end the slave trade. His was a moral mission: to reshape British values and bring commerce, Christianity and civilisation to the African continent.

TUE 21:00 Survivors: Nature's Indestructible Creatures (b01b4wmr)
The Great Dying

It is estimated that 99 per cent of species have become extinct, and there have been times when life's hold on earth has been so precarious it has seemed to hang on by a thread.

This series focuses on the survivors, the old-timers whose biographies stretch back millions of years, and who show how it is possible to survive a mass extinction event which wipes out nearly all of their neighbours. The Natural History Museum's Professor Richard Fortey discovers what allows the very few to carry on going - perhaps not forever, but certainly far beyond the life expectancy of normal species. What makes a survivor when all around drop like flies?

In the opening episode, Professor Fortey focuses on 'the great dying' - a series of cataclysms over a million-year period 250 million years ago.

TUE 22:00 Mud, Sweat and Tractors: The Story of Agriculture (b00k3685)

Documentary series about the history of 20th-century farming in Britain looks at wheat and tells how the country became self-sufficient in producing bread-making wheat after the Second World War.

Told through the working lives and home movie archives of three wheat-farming families from the east of England, it reveals how farmers went from horse power to machine power and how they used science and genetics to transform the size and yield of wheat and the rural landscape, with controversial outcomes for the countryside.

TUE 23:00 Lost Cities of the Ancients (b00792v2)
The Cursed Valley of the Pyramids

In the Lambeyeque valley in northern Peru lies a strange lost world - the forgotten ruins of 250 mysterious pyramids, including some of the biggest on the planet, colossal structures made out of mud bricks. Long ago, the Lambeyeque people were haunted by a terrible fear and believed that building pyramids was essential to their survival. Their obsession reached its height at a city called Tucume, an eerie place of 26 pyramids standing side by side, the last pyramids this civilisation created before they vanished forever.

What was the fear that drove these people to build so many pyramids, what were they for and why did the whole civilisation suddenly vanish? This film captures the moments when archaeologists at the site uncovered a mass of bodies of human sacrifice victims, following a trail of clues into the dark story of Tucume. It recreates the strange rituals of the people of the valley, revealing a civilisation whose obsession to build pyramids eventually turned to horror, until Tucume finally vanished in a bloody frenzy of human sacrifice.

TUE 00:00 Wallander (b01m2fr3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Saturday]

TUE 00:55 Wallander (b01m2fr5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:55 on Saturday]

TUE 01:55 The Last Explorers (b017hzw2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

TUE 02:55 Survivors: Nature's Indestructible Creatures (b01b4wmr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


WED 19:00 World News Today (b01lxzt9)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

WED 19:30 The Sky at Night (b082q8yw)
Home-grown Observatories

Up and down the country amateur astronomers are out in their back-garden observatories looking at stars, galaxies and nebulae. The team visits some astronomers on their own turf, to find out what keeps them up late at night.

WED 20:00 Ian Hislop's Scouting for Boys (b007hfx3)
Robert Baden-Powell's handbook Scouting for Boys, written in 1908, may be largely forgotten today, but it is one of the most influential and best-selling books of all time. In the 20th century, only the Bible, the Koran and the Thoughts of Chairman Mao sold more. But they had fewer jokes, no pictures and were useless at important stuff like tying knots.

In this entertaining and affectionate film, Ian Hislop uncovers the story behind the book which kick-started the Scout Movement - a work which is very eccentric, very Edwardian and very British.

Ian discovers that the book is actually very radical and addresses all sorts of issues that we think of as modern, such as citizenship, disaffected youth and social responsibility. He explores the maverick brilliance of Baden-Powell, a national celebrity after his heroism in the Boer War, and considers the book's candid focus on health and wellbeing - from the importance of what Baden-Powell called a 'daily rear' to his infamous warning on the dangers of masturbation.

Contributors include his grandson Lord Baden-Powell, minister for culture and former cub scout David Lammy, biographer Tim Jeal and Elleke Boehmer, editor of the re-issue of the original Scouting for Boys.

WED 21:00 Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories (b01m1l9w)
The dark heart of the Nazi holocaust, Treblinka was an extermination camp where over 800,000 Polish Jews perished from 1942. Only two men can bear final witness to its terrible crimes. Samuel Willenberg and Kalman Taigman were slave labourers who escaped in a dramatic revolt in August 1943. One would seek vengeance in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, while the other would appear in the sensational trial of Adolf Eichmann in 1961. This film documents their amazing survivor stories and the tragic fate of their families, and offers new insights into a forgotten death camp.

WED 22:00 Natural World (b00ybvz1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]

WED 23:00 Growing Children (b01lyczl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]

WED 00:00 Borgen (b01bs3tc)
Series 1

The First Tuesday in October

Danish political drama series. Birgitte is suffering in the opinion polls before a new year in parliament, while the Labour Party is picking up headway.

WED 01:00 The Sky at Night (b082q8yw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

WED 01:30 Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories (b01m1l9w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

WED 02:30 Natural World (b00ybvz1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]


THU 19:00 World News Today (b01lxztg)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

THU 19:30 BBC Proms (b01lyf9x)

Vaughan Williams Night

Petroc Trelawny presents a rare opportunity to hear a significant trio of English symphonies in the same concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Andrew Manze conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Symphonies 4, 5 and 6 by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a composer whose work played a significant role in the reawakening of English music in the 20th century.

THU 21:50 The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse (b00x9b7w)
The extraordinary story of comedian Bob Monkhouse's life and career, told through the vast private archive of films, TV shows, letters and memorabilia that he left behind.

THU 23:20 Lost Cities of the Ancients (b00792v2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Tuesday]

THU 00:20 Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories (b01m1l9w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Wednesday]

THU 01:20 Nature's Microworlds (b01lycdq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 on Monday]

THU 01:50 The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse (b00x9b7w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:50 today]


FRI 19:00 World News Today (b01lxztm)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

FRI 19:30 BBC Proms (b01lygs2)

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

From the Royal Albert Hall, Mark Armstrong conducts the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, featuring Britain's best young jazz musicians in a wide-ranging set of jazz favourites. The programme includes Duke Ellington's The Queen's Suite to mark the Diamond Jubilee year and a new commission by saxophonist Tim Garland. Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

FRI 20:50 The Joy of Easy Listening (b011g614)
In-depth documentary investigation into the story of a popular music genre that is often said to be made to be heard but not listened to. The film looks at easy listening's architects and practitioners, its dangers and delights, and the mark it has left on modern life.

From its emergence in the 50s to its heyday in the 60s, through its survival in the 70s and 80s and its revival in the 90s and beyond, the film traces the hidden history of a music that has reflected society every bit as much as pop and rock - just in a more relaxed way.

Invented at the dawn of rock 'n' roll, easy listening has shadowed pop music and the emerging teenage market since the mid-50s. It is a genre that equally soundtracks our modern age, but perhaps for a rather more 'mature' generation and therefore with its own distinct purpose and aesthetic.

Contributors include Richard Carpenter, Herb Alpert, Richard Clayderman, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jimmy Webb, Mike Flowers, James Last and others.

FRI 22:20 ... Sings Bacharach and David! (b01gxl5w)
The BBC have raided their remarkable archive once more to reveal evocative performances from Burt Bacharach and Hal David's astonishing songbook. Love songs from the famous songwriting duo were a familiar feature of 60s and 70s BBC entertainment programmes such as Dusty, Cilla and The Cliff Richard Show, but there are some surprises unearthed here too.

Highlights include Sandie Shaw singing Always Something There to Remind Me, Aretha Franklin performing I Say a Little Prayer, Dusty Springfield's Wishin' and Hopin', The Stranglers' rendition of Walk on By on Top of the Pops, The Carpenters in concert performing (They Long to Be) Close to You and Burt Bacharach revisiting his classic Kentucky Bluebird with Rufus Wainwright on Later...with Jools Holland.

FRI 23:20 The Andy Williams Show (b00n806r)

A collection of the original American Idol's greatest hits and special performances from his weekly variety show, broadcast in the United States on NBC between 1962 and 1971. Including classic tracks Moon River, Days of Wine and Roses and Music To Watch Girls By.

FRI 23:50 The Andy Williams Show (b00n5bt9)

Compilation of the best duets selected from crooner Andy Williams's private archive of his weekly 1960s variety show on NBC. The show attracted the cream of the crop from the world of showbiz, from Bing Crosby and Ray Charles to Johnny Mathis and Ella Fitzgerald, who were more than happy to share the microphone with the king of easy listening.

Including Over the Rainbow with Judy Garland, and Andy at the piano with Ray Charles for What'd I Say.

FRI 00:50 The Joy of Easy Listening (b011g614)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:50 today]

FRI 02:20 ... Sings Bacharach and David! (b01gxl5w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:20 today]