SAT 19:00 Natural World (b00fm6v7)

Titus - The Gorilla King

Abandoned as a baby, removed from normal gorilla family life as a youngster - so profound were the misfortunes that Titus suffered in his early years that no gorilla scientist could have predicted his eventual rise to power.

His moving life story is pieced together here for the first time, based on archive film and the memories of field workers who have studied the mountain gorillas since Dian Fossey's pioneering work more than 40 years ago.

At 33 years of age, Titus is not just one of the most powerful silverbacks in Rwanda's Virunga Mountains, he is possibly the most remarkable gorilla ever known. His life story is as full of drama, intrigue and tragedy as any human soap opera.

Against a stunning backdrop of misty volcanic peaks cloaked in bamboo and giant lobelia, Titus has successfully steered his family group through thick and thin. Now he is under pressure again.

With his ally-turned-rival Kuryama jockeying for position, is the final chapter in Titus's extraordinary reign about to occur?

SAT 20:00 She-Wolves: England's Early Queens (b01dpqtx)
Jane, Mary and Elizabeth

In the medieval and Tudor world there was no question in people's minds about the order of God's creation - men ruled and women didn't. A king was a warrior who literally fought to win power then battled to keep it. Yet despite everything that stood in their way, a handful of extraordinary women did attempt to rule medieval and Tudor England. In this series, historian Dr Helen Castor explores seven queens who challenged male power, the fierce reactions they provoked and whether the term 'she wolves' was deserved.

Helen looks at what happened when England was faced not just with inadequate kings, but no kings at all. In 1553, for the first time in English history all the contenders for the crown were female. In the lives of these three Tudor queens - Jane, Mary and Elizabeth - she explores how each woman struggled in turn with wearing a crown that was made for a male head. Elizabeth I seemed to show that not only could a woman rule, but could do so gloriously. But at what cost?

SAT 21:00 Inspector Montalbano (b01mqtv2)
The Patience of the Spider

Inspector Montalbano is puzzled by the kidnapping of Susanna Mistretta, a young woman whose once-wealthy family has fallen on hard times. When the kidnappers contact the family to demand a ransom, the responsibility of coming up with the money falls on an estranged relative. But something in the case just doesn't add up.

In Italian with English subtitles.

SAT 22:45 Storyville (b01ml8gh)
The $750 Million Thief

Storyville: just days before Bernard Madoff captured headlines as the largest Ponzi schemer in US history, Marc Dreier, a prominent Manhattan attorney, was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud that netted over $750 million. For six years, Dreier funded an increasingly extravagant lifestyle of yachts, artwork, houses and celebrity events sponsored by his law firm by living a lie. But his white collar crime spree could not outrun the credit crunch and, after a few headline grabbing acts of desperation, Dreier was arrested in December 2008.

Director Marc H Simon filmed his former employer and mentor during Dreier's 60-day wait under house arrest for sentencing. This documentary is an insightful, first person account of Dreier's struggle to comprehend his criminal demise and reflects the wider culture of greed that permeates today's corporate landscape.

SAT 00:05 Peter and Dan Snow: 20th Century Battlefields (b007r667)
20th Century Battlefields

1951 Korea

Peter and Dan Snow, through sophisticated graphics, bring to life the forgotten war of the 20th century - the battle for Korea. The Snows journey to the border between North and South Korea which is a military frontline to this day - there is still no peace treaty more than 50 years after war broke out between the Communist north and Nationalist south.

Peter and Dan tell the story of two key moments in the years of fighting that embroiled soldiers from countries around the world. Peter finds out about the challenges faced by the Americans as they set out on one of the largest amphibious attacks in history, the Inchon landings. On the banks of the Imjin river, Dan recounts how, in 1951, a few hundred British soldiers managed to stem the tide against thousands of attacking Chinese.

SAT 01:05 The Sky at Night (b08slgh0)
Curiosity at Mars

The NASA rover, Curiosity, the size of a small car and nuclear-powered, landed on Mars in August and takes its first view of the red planet. This ambitious mission hopes to find the building blocks of life as well as study the Martian climate and geology. Sir Patrick Moore discusses what Curiosity will be doing, as well as what to see in the September night sky.

SAT 01:35 She-Wolves: England's Early Queens (b01dpqtx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

SAT 02:35 Natural World (b00fm6v7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


SUN 19:00 Darwin's Struggle: The Evolution of the Origin of Species (b00hd1mr)
Documentary telling the little-known story of how Darwin came to write his great masterpiece On the Origin of Species, a book which explains the wonderful variety of the natural world as emerging out of death and the struggle of life.

In the 20 years he took to develop a brilliant idea into a revolutionary book, Darwin went through a personal struggle every bit as turbulent as that of the natural world he observed. Fortunately, he left us an extraordinary record of his brilliant insights, observations of nature, and touching expressions of love and affection for those around him. He also wrote frank accounts of family tragedies, physical illnesses and moments of self-doubt, as he laboured towards publication of the book that would change the way we see the world.

The story is told with the benefit of Darwin's secret notes and correspondence, enhanced by natural history filming, powerful imagery from the time and contributions from leading contemporary biographers and scientists.

SUN 20:00 The Thirties in Colour (b00csk9m)
Adventures in the Americas

Four-part series using rare, private and commercial colour film and photographs to give poignant and surprising insights into the 1930s.

One of the most prolific collectors of colour film in the period was the American industrialist Harry Wright. A self-made millionaire with a passion for film, he acquired and commissioned hundreds of films, which he screened for guests at the private cinema he had built in his home in Mexico City.

The programme examines Wright's extraordinary colour films of Africa and Central America, including his so-called Ethnographic Series of Unknown Mexican Indians, a unique visual record of the lives and customs of indigenous peoples living in the remote rural regions of Mexico.

SUN 21:00 Only Yesterday: The Carpenters Story (b007cllb)
The Carpenters were one of the biggest selling pop artists of the 1970s, but what seemed on the surface as the perfect, wholesome brother and sister duo hid a destructive complex truth that was unknown to the world.

Featuring behind the scenes footage, interviews with brother Richard, family and friends, this documentary traces the story that ended in tragedy with sister Karen's untimely death aged just 32.

SUN 22:00 Heartbreaker (b01kcn8l)
Alex Lippi breaks up couples for a living - for a fee he can make any woman fall in love with him and decide to leave her terrible partner. His services are engaged by a crime boss whose estranged daughter is marrying a charming, English, billionaire philanthropist. It's difficult for Alex and his team to find a fault with her fiancé that they can exploit, but they need the money so with only ten days till the wedding they travel to Monte Carlo to work their magic. However, the path of false love never runs smooth.

SUN 23:40 Here Comes the Summer: The Undertones Story (b01mhqnr)
In 1978 The Undertones released Teenage Kicks, one of the most perfect and enduring pop records of all time - an adolescent anthem that spoke to teenagers all over the globe. It was the first in a string of hits that created a timeless soundtrack to growing up, making the Undertones one of punk rock's most prolific and popular bands.

Unlike the anarchic ragings of The Sex Pistols or the overt politics of The Clash, The Undertones sang of mummy's boys, girls - or the lack of them - and their irritating cousin Kevin. But their gems of pop music were revolutionary nonetheless - startlingly positive protest songs that demanded a life more ordinary. Because The Undertones came from Derry, epicentre of the violent troubles that tore Northern Ireland apart during the 1970s.

Featuring interviews with band members, their friends, family, colleagues and contemporaries, alongside archive and music, this documentary is the remarkable, funny and moving story of one of Britain's favourite bands - the most improbable pop stars who emerged from one of the darkest, most violent places on the planet.

SUN 00:40 Punk at the BBC (b01k1nhx)
An archive celebration of BBC studio performances from the British bands that broke through courtesy of punk, from its pub rock roots with Dr Feelgood to its explosive heyday with The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, The Damned, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and many more.

SUN 01:40 So Hard to Beat (b00kl0fz)
Too Late to Stop Now

The story of Northern Ireland's rock and pop over the last four decades, featuring exclusive interviews with Van Morrison, Snow Patrol, Gary Moore, Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones and others.


MON 19:00 World News Today (b01mmkr1)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

MON 19:30 How It Works (b01fq06h)

Professor Mark Miodownik tells the story of plastics - created in the lab, they have brought luxury to the masses and shaped the modern age. He recounts tales of the mavericks responsible for some of plastic's most outrageous failures and heady successes, from the explosive attempts to make a replacement for ivory billiard balls to the ultimately ubiquitous Bakelite.

Investigating at atomic level, Mark discovers the extraordinary properties that have allowed plastics to dominate our world and reveals how the next generation of plastics will take its inspiration from nature, creating man-made materials which behave as though they are alive and which could help rebuild the human body.

MON 20:30 Only Connect (b01mmrn3)
Series 6

Footballers v Second Violinists

A trio of footballers pit their wits against three orchestral players as they compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random, from True Lies to Three Men and a Baby to Sommersby to The Birdcage.

MON 21:00 Treasures of Ancient Rome (b01mmrn5)
Pomp and Perversion

Alastair Sooke follows in the footsteps of Rome's mad, bad and dangerous emperors in the second part of his celebration of Roman art. He dons a wetsuit to explore the underwater remains of the Emperor Claudius's pleasure palace and ventures into the cave where Tiberius held wild parties. He finds their taste in art chimes perfectly with their obsession with sex and violence.

The other side of the coin was the bombastic art the Romans are best remembered for - monumental arches and columns that boast about their conquests. Trajan's Column in Rome reads like the storyboard of a modern-day propaganda film.

Sooke concludes with the remarkable legacy of the Emperor Hadrian. He gave the world the magnificent Pantheon in Rome - the eternal image of his lover Antinous, the most beautiful boy in the history of art - and a villa in Tivoli where he created one of the most ambitious art collections ever created.

MON 22:00 If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home (b010p5z5)
The Bedroom

Lucy Worsley, chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces, focuses on the bedroom - a room which people now think of as one of the most private in the house and yet started for most as a noisy, busy communal space. From spending the night in a Tudor farmhouse to recreating a bedtime 'bundling' courtship ritual, and from being publicly dressed as Queen Caroline in Hampton Court to experiencing the glamour of the 1930s boudoir, Lucy discovers that birth, marriage and death have all played a big part in the story of the bedroom.

MON 23:00 The Shock of the New (b0074qg8)
The Landscape of Pleasure

Robert Hughes examines art's relationship with the pleasures of nature, its place in them and man's understanding of them. Featuring works by Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin.

MON 00:00 Only Connect (b01mmrn3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

MON 00:30 Heartbreaker (b01kcn8l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Sunday]

MON 02:10 Treasures of Ancient Rome (b01mmrn5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


TUE 19:00 World News Today (b01mmkr6)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

TUE 19:30 Indian Hill Railways (b00qvk99)
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

From the Himalayas in the north to the Nilgiris in the south - for a hundred years these little trains have climbed through the clouds and into the wonderful world of Indian hill railways.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a line so close to the people that it flows like a river through their lives. The relationship between the train and the people is changing, however, as a new generation of Gurkhas populates these hills, demanding an independent state and fighting for a new identity as they journey into the modern Indian world.

TUE 20:30 British Passions on Film (b01mqv1h)
Fun and Games

Three-part series celebrating the hobbies, pastimes and leisure pursuits that have preoccupied the people of Britain during the last century. As a nation, the British have long been renowned for the creativity and enthusiasm they bring to their leisure pursuits. Whether by collecting cheese labels, painting characters on eggshells or finding unusual uses for sticky back plastic, Britons have always demonstrated enormous passion - and often, deep eccentricity - when pursuing the serious business of having fun. The first episode features enthusiasts of some of Britain's best-loved games, hobbies and leisure activities - and pays tribute to those with more offbeat preoccupations, including D-I-Y obsessives and those with a penchant for collecting street furniture.

TUE 21:00 Grand Prix: The Killer Years (b00z8v18)
In the 60s and early 70s it was common for Grand Prix drivers to be killed while racing, often televised for millions to see. Mechanical failure, lethal track design, fire and incompetence snuffed out dozens of young drivers. They had become almost expendable as eager young wannabes queued up at the top teams' gates waiting to take their place.

This is the story of when Grand Prix was out of control.

Featuring many famous drivers, including three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, twice world champion Emerson Fittipaldi and John Surtees OBE, this exciting but shocking film explores how Grand Prix drivers grew sick of their closest friends being killed and finally took control of their destiny.

After much waste of life, the prestigious Belgian and German Grands Prix would be boycotted, with drivers insisting that safety be put first. But it would be a long and painful time before anything would change, and a lot of talented young men would be cut down in their prime.

This is their story.

'Something was terribly wrong. I loved the sport, but it was wrong. I prayed to God whether or not to continue.' - Emerson Fittipaldi

'It made me angry. The sport was way wrong.' - Sir Jackie Stewart OBE.

TUE 22:00 Lilyhammer (p00x1c6f)
Episode 1

Drama series in which New York Mafia boss Frank Tagliano testifies against his associates and is relocated with a brand new identity to Lillehammer in Norway, where 'cultural differences' soon become apparent. His first attempts to settle in include bribing a government official, romancing a fellow newcomer and hunting a wolf which has been harrassing local wildlife.

TUE 22:45 Rude Britannia (b00srf2d)
A History Most Satirical, Bawdy, Lewd and Offensive

In the early 18th century, Georgian Britain was a nation openly, gloriously and often shockingly rude. This was found in the graphic art of Hogarth, Gillray, Rowlandson and George Cruikshank, and the rude theatrical world of John Gay and Henry Fielding. Singer Lucie Skeaping helps show the Georgian taste for lewd and bawdy ballads, and there is a dip into the literary tradition of rude words via the poetry of Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift and Lord Byron, and Laurence Sterne's novel Tristram Shandy.

TUE 23:45 Inspector Montalbano (b01mqtv2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Saturday]

TUE 01:30 British Passions on Film (b01mqv1h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

TUE 02:00 Grand Prix: The Killer Years (b00z8v18)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


WED 19:00 World News Today (b01mmkrc)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

WED 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys (b00xy9vl)
Series 2

Langley Mill to Melton Mowbray

Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. He travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us, and what of Bradshaw's Britain remains, as his journey follows some of the earliest railways in the country from Newcastle to Melton Mowbray.

Michael learns the secrets of stilton cheese, finds out how trains transformed the traditional British sport of fox hunting and attempts to make an authentic Melton Mowbray pork pie.

WED 20:00 Peter and Dan Snow: 20th Century Battlefields (b007rt2l)
20th Century Battlefields

1968 Vietnam

Peter and Dan Snow trace the Tet Offensive of 1968, the turning point of the Vietnam War. State of-the-art graphics are used to illustrate how US marines flushed out Communist fighters, some of whom lived in a claustrophobic network of tunnels which were used as a platform for major attacks. Together the Snows join the British Army on an urban clearance operation to experience first hand the chaos and intensity of similar situations.

WED 21:00 Solitary Endeavour on the Southern Ocean (b00hy0wb)
The extraordinary journey of a man who refused to be ordinary, this story charts the brave attempt of Andrew McAuley to cross the wild Southern Ocean from Australia to New Zealand in a kayak.

After a month at sea, and only one day away from success, he sent a distress signal. His empty kayak was found only 30 miles from shore. His body was not recovered, but the tapes from his cameras were. This film examines the mystery surrounding the exact circumstances of Andrew's death.

WED 22:00 The Three Rocketeers (b01mqv45)
For his entire life, one man has nursed the dream of putting mankind into space. Inspired by the Dan Dare comic strip, Alan Bond first started building rockets as a teenager in his back garden. He started his career working on Britain's Blue Streak rocket, then HOTOL - the world's first attempt to build a 'single-stage-to-orbit' spacecraft. Each time, he was thwarted by lack of funding from the UK government, so, together with two colleagues, Richard Varvill and John Scott-Scott, he decided to go it alone. This documentary tells the story of how the three rocketeers defeated the Official Secrets Act, shrugged off government intransigence and defied all conventional wisdom to build a revolutionary new spacecraft - Skylon.

WED 22:50 Natural World (b00fm6v7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]

WED 23:40 Peter and Dan Snow: 20th Century Battlefields (b007rt2l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

WED 00:40 Great British Railway Journeys (b00xy9vl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

WED 01:10 Solitary Endeavour on the Southern Ocean (b00hy0wb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

WED 02:10 The Three Rocketeers (b01mqv45)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


THU 19:00 World News Today (b01mmkrj)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

THU 19:30 Top of the Pops (b01mmt54)

David 'Kid' Jensen looks at the weekly pop chart from 1977 and introduces the Steve Gibbons Band, Showaddywaddy, Eddie and the Hot Rods, JALN Band, Delegation, Donna Summer, Barry Biggs, Thin Lizzy and a Legs & Co dance sequence.

THU 20:00 Horizon (b01llnb2)

Mission to Mars

Horizon goes behind the scenes at Nasa as they count down to the landing of a 2.5 billion-dollar rover on the surface of Mars. The nuclear-powered vehicle, the size of a car, will be winched down onto the surface of the red planet from a rocket-powered crane. That's if things go according to plan; Mars has become known as the Bermuda Triangle of space because so many missions there have ended in failure. The Curiosity mission is the most audacious, and expensive, attempt to answer the question of whether there is life on Mars.

THU 21:00 The Age of the Train (b01mqv43)
In 1976 a new high-speed train, the Inter-City 125, helped save British Rail, an unfashionable nationalised industry suffering from a financial crisis, industrial relations problems and a poor public image. The train was launched with the help of a memorable advertising campaign, fronted by Sir Jimmy Savile, which announced that the 1980s would be the 'age of the train'. BR had an energetic new boss, Sir Peter Parker, who was determined to revive the railways. The result was a typically British success story, full of surprises and setbacks, as this documentary shows.

THU 22:00 Treasures of Ancient Rome (b01mmrn5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]

THU 23:00 Lilyhammer (p00x1c6f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Tuesday]

THU 23:45 Only Connect (b01mmrn3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 on Monday]

THU 00:15 Top of the Pops (b01mmt54)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

THU 00:45 Horizon (b01llnb2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

THU 01:45 The Age of the Train (b01mqv43)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 19:00 World News Today (b01mmkrp)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

FRI 19:30 BBC Proms (b01mrcrz)

Last Night from Around the UK

Clemency Burton-Hill presents highlights from the Last Night of the Proms celebrations around the UK, giving a flavour of the individual nations' unique concert events.

In Wales, set against the backdrop of Caerphilly Castle, featured performers include Elin Manahan Thomas, Wynne Evans and BBC Young Musician 2012, Laura Van der Heijden.

American tenor Noah Stewart and traditional folk band McPeake entertain the crowds gathered on the new quayside at the Titanic Visitor Centre in Belfast.

From the City Halls in Glasgow there are performances from pianist Joanna McGregor, soprano Carolyn Sampson and Tommy Smith on saxophone.

And in London's Hyde Park, Kylie Minogue and tenor Alfie Boe provide added sparkle to the festivities, drawing this summer's Proms season to a close.

FRI 21:00 Fairport Convention: Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (b01mmw5v)
Documentary following English folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention as they celebrate their 45th anniversary in 2012. Fairport's iconic 1969 album Liege and Lief featured some of folk music's biggest names - including singer Sandy Denny, guitarist Richard Thompson and fiddler Dave Swarbrick - and was voted by Radio 2 listeners as the most influential folk album of all time. Today, having struggled for years with numerous line-up changes (26 members to date) and shifting musical fashions, these ageing folk-rockers host their annual festival in Cropredy, Oxfordshire in front of a passionate 20,000 crowd. Comedian Frank Skinner, who played the ukulele on Fairport's 2010 album Festival Bell, narrates this tale of the rise and fall - and rise again - of the original English folk-rockers.

FRI 22:00 Fairport Convention: 45th Anniversary Concert (b01mmw5x)
A concert to celebrate the 45th anniversary of folk-rock outfit Fairport Convention, filmed in March 2012 at the Union Chapel in north London, only a few miles away from the 'Fairport' house in Muswell Hill where the band was formed during the summer of 1967. Today only Simon Nicol, whose parents owned the house, is still there from the original line-up, but the wealth of incredible songs and arrangements left by former members such as Ashley Hutchings, Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson remains at the core of the band's live shows. This concert's highlights include Matty Groves from the band's landmark Liege and Lief album and Sandy Denny's Who Knows Where the Time Goes, voted 'favourite folk track of all time' by Radio 2 listeners.

FRI 23:00 Richard Thompson: Solitary Life (b0074nw0)
Personal portrait of the critically-acclaimed and enigmatic British folk rock singer Richard Thompson, providing an insight into his fascinating life alongside exclusive footage. Contributors include Billy Connolly, Bonnie Raitt, ex-wife Linda Thompson, Harry Shearer and Richard's wife Nancy Covey. The documentary visits him at home in both London and Los Angeles - the first time such intimate access has been granted to this private and complex artist.

In the 60s whilst still a teenager, Thompson wrote generation-defining songs like Meet on the Ledge. As founder member of Fairport Convention, as a duo with then-wife Linda and more recently as a solo artist, Thompson's unique mix of rock and traditional music has ironically become more popular now in America than in the UK.

At their height, tragedy struck Fairport Convention when a motorway accident killed their engineer, drummer and Richard's girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn. Galvanised by grief they created stark new music, adapting traditional songs for a young electric band and spearheading folk rock.

Richard and Linda Thompson's songs of spiritual yearning culminated in their becoming Sufi Muslims. Alternative living and devotional music gave way to the 80s success Shoot out the Lights. Good fortune coincided with the duo's messy divorce, painfully played out on their legendary US tour. The documentary captures this tension and highly-charged atmosphere with exclusive footage recorded at one of the last concerts by a fan in America, which has never been seen on television before.

Since then Richard's solo career has burgeoned, especially in America, with such resolutely English-themed songs as Vincent Black Lightning 1952, celebrating a classic British motorbike. As well as featuring powerful performances of songs such as Over the Rainbow and A Heart Needs a Home, the documentary includes Solitary Life and Kidzz, neither of which appear on his recent album The Old Kit Bag.

FRI 00:00 Folk at the BBC (b0074s6b)
The 60s/70s

Compilation of archive performances by some of the 60s folk boom's biggest names, including quirky factual items from the vaults and some newly shot performances from the 60s folk stars. Featuring Donovan, Richard Thompson, Pentangle, Sandy Denny and an Alan Whicker cameo from 1960s.

FRI 01:00 Fairport Convention: Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (b01mmw5v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

FRI 02:00 Fairport Convention: 45th Anniversary Concert (b01mmw5x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]