Archaeologist Ben Robinson reveals the story of smuggling intrigue and bravery on the Yorkshire coast.
Join Bob Ross at an old log cabin nestled deep in the powdery woods! An intriguing yet simple painting just beckoning you to paint it yourself.
Dr Helen Czerski unpicks the ocean’s heating and plumbing systems, showing how whale poo, waterfalls beneath the sea and zooplankton are all vital parts of an engine that distributes heat and nutrients around our planet.
Helen voyages from the cities of the ocean to its deserts, from its deepest depths to its surface, via an alien inner structure that is home to so much of the Earth’s life. This planetary life support system plays a critical role in generating weather, providing food and connecting trade routes. The ocean is an underappreciated resource. Helen tells us what we need to know to be good citizens of an ocean planet.
In 1994, Sarajevo was a city under siege. Mortars and rocket-propelled grenades rained onto the city, killing indiscriminately every day. Amongst the madness, two United Nations personnel, a British military officer and another Brit working for the UN fire department, decided it would be fun to persuade a global rock star, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, to come and play a gig to the population.
Scream for Me, Sarajevo brings that story, in all its madness, to the big screen. A story of musicians who risked their lives to play a gig to people who risked their lives to see them.
Compilation of memorable heavy metal performances from BBC TV shows, including Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Motorhead.
A look back at the headline set by the rock legends Metallica from the iconic Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014. The quartet were the first metal act to headline the festival since its inception in 1970 and throughout their 90 min set played tracks from their back catalogue including Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, Seek and Destroy plus Thin Lizzy’s Whiskey in the Jar.
A unique and fascinating insight into the career and controversies of one of the most successful and contentious heavy metal bands of all time: Slipknot. The film combines new interviews, backstage access and an exclusive live session from the nine-piece group, performing six career-defining tracks at the legendary Maida Vale Studios in front of an intimate audience.
The six tracks, one from each of the band’s albums, transport the group, acknowledged by many as one of the most extreme live acts ever, from their usual arena-sized shows to a uniquely intimate and intense setting. The film highlights the group’s phenomenal 25-year career, revealing how one of the most relentless and intense-sounding groups ever have struggled with drink, drugs, depression and the death of a band member, topped the charts, outsold their peers and picked up a Grammy along the way, whilst staying as bold, fearless and exhilarating as ever.
WEDNESDAY 30 DECEMBER 2020
WED 19:00 Villages by the Sea (m000c78p)
Archaeologist Ben Robinson discovers the surprising story of this former medieval port on the Suffolk coast.
Coastal villages are often seen as remote places for retreat and relaxation. However, they have often been on the front line of history - from the arrival of Christianity to battles with neighbours and nature, from slave trading to the birth of modern tourism.
Today, Walberswick is a favourite coastal retreat for writers, artists and day trippers. But for centuries, the village lurched from prosperity to poverty. In medieval times, it fought a bitter battle for supremacy against the neighbouring port of Dunwich and finally fell victim to politics, fire and the might of the sea.
WED 19:30 The Joy of Painting (m000qplv)
The Property Line
Bob Ross paints an old gnarly tree and snowcapped fence to mark the line between home and the edge of the blanketed winter forest.
WED 20:00 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (m000qplx)
2020: Planet Earth - A User's Guide
Up in the Air
Dr Tara Shine takes a deep breath and marvels at something we all take for granted: oxygen. She demonstrates how Earth produces a never-ending supply of this gas - the raw material for all complex life - and investigates what else is in the air that we breathe. One critical component is carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that’s causing a dangerous rise in atmospheric warming.
Tara looks at the carbon footprint of a loaf of bread and how hydrogen might be the answer for heating and transport. From developing exciting new technologies to protecting wetlands and forests, the solutions are everywhere. Our ideas and ingenuity can create a better, cleaner and more sustainable future.
WED 21:00 Norman Wisdom: His Story (b00vhmqq)
From street urchin to knight of the realm - the story of Norman Wisdom, who used to be one of the biggest film stars in the UK, portraying a man who rarely stepped out of character in public, and whose highly individual comic style hid the private tragedy of his early life.
The actor's life story is told through the people who knew him well - his son and daughter Nick and Jacqui Wisdom, his daughter-in-law Kim, film director Stephen Frears, actors Ricky Tomlinson, Leslie Phillips and Honor Blackman, and singer Dame Vera Lynn.
WED 22:00 Uncle Vanya (m000qplz)
Sonya and her Uncle Vanya throw their lives into maintaining the crumbling family estate, only visited occasionally by the radical and inspiring local doctor Astrov. However, when Sonya’s father, Professor Serebryakov, suddenly returns with his restless, alluring, new wife Yelena, long-hidden truths start to emerge.
As the fractured family are forced to confront their longing, loneliness and each other, can the beauty of life help them find new hope? Following its critically acclaimed opening in London in early 2020, Sonia Friedman Productions’ stunning, five-star Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov's masterpiece, was abruptly halted as the world went into lockdown.
Now, as the majority of theatres across the world remain in darkness, Uncle Vanya’s ensemble cast overcome the considerable challenges of working in a global pandemic, returning to the Harold Pinter Theatre to film an exciting new hybrid of film and theatre - far more than simply a capture of the play.
Full of tumultuous frustration and hidden passions, but brimming with hope and optimism for the future, Uncle Vanya is a must-see event for our times.
WED 00:30 TOTP2 (m0001vjf)
New Year Special
Steve Wright creates the perfect new year playlist and celebrates with a plethora of performances from the last four decades. Among the featured artists are The Three Degrees, Elton John, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Europe, Blondie, The Nolans, Lionel Richie, The Bee Gees, Madonna and Kylie Minogue.
WED 01:40 The Joy of Painting (m000qplv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
WED 02:10 Villages by the Sea (m000c78p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
WED 02:40 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (m000qpkf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Tuesday
THURSDAY 31 DECEMBER 2020
THU 19:00 Pubs, Ponds and Power: The Story of the Village (b0bsrqfw)
Archaeologist Ben Robinson unlocks the ancient roots of the Northumberland village of Warkworth. With the help of locals, he discovers clues that point back almost 1,000 years to the Norman conquest when the invaders laid the foundations of a planned community, still visible to this day.
THU 19:30 The Joy of Painting (m000qpms)
An Arctic Winter Day
Travel to the coldest place imaginable with Bob Ross and find a lonely cabin comfortably nestled on the edge of a glass-smooth frozen pond.
THU 20:00 The Sound of Music (b007bgf8)
Classic film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical. Irrepressible Maria begins to doubt her vocation and leaves her convent to become governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp, a widower and retired naval officer. She soon turns the captain's orderly life upside down and instils a love of music in the children. Then the Third Reich annexes Austria...
THU 22:45 TOTP2 (m000qpmv)
Steve Wright presents a TOTP2 party special featuring Ricky Martin, Showstoppers, Hot Chocolate and Robbie Williams.
THU 23:30 Dawn French Live: 30 Million Minutes (b086knj2)
Dawn French in her critically acclaimed one-woman show, 30 Million Minutes. Filmed during its final West End run in October 2016, it takes the audience on a journey through various delights and riches, with the odd irksome tribulation thrown in, as Dawn speaks about the lessons life has taught her and the things she knows to be true. The evidence is there for all to see. She is already three quarters certifiably daft. The other quarter is utterly bewildered. And the remaining quarter simply can't do maths. With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, this is a true Christmas treat to see the critically acclaimed comedian at her finest.
THU 01:25 The Joy of Painting (m000qpms)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
THU 01:55 Pubs, Ponds and Power: The Story of the Village (b0bsrqfw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
THU 02:25 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (m000qplx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Wednesday
FRIDAY 01 JANUARY 2021
FRI 19:00 New Year's Day Concert (m000qplj)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
2021 - Highlights
Petroc Trelawny hosts the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual New Year’s Day Concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. In these uncertain times, the concert will look to send people all over the world a new year's greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship and peace.
Having enjoyed a 50-year musical partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic, Riccardo Muti takes charge of the celebrations for the sixth time in what’s bound to be a uniquely poignant occasion. The concert will include the traditional mix of Austrian classics, featuring music by the Strauss family and ending with the ever-popular By the Beautiful Blue Danube and the foot-stamping Radetzky March.
FRI 21:00 Whitney at the BBC (m000qpll)
A celebration of the hits of one of the greatest and biggest-selling stars of all time that looks back Whitney Houston’s best performances at the BBC.
This selection of songs, wrapped up in one of soul music’s biggest-ever voices, captures how the world sat up and listened when Whitney burst onto the scene in 1985 with Saving all My Love for You. Taking us on a journey, hit by hit, through the 80s, 90s and 00s, this playlist is an absolute must for all her fans, reminding us why audiences fell in love with her time and again, and why her early death in 2012 was such a tragic loss to the world of music.
FRI 21:30 Whitney: Can I Be Me? (b094f49s)
From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an 'American princess' and the most awarded female artist ever.
Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles and became recognised as having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still wasn't free to be herself and died at the age of 48.
Made with largely never-before-seen footage and exclusive live recordings, Whitney: Can I Be Me tells Whitney Houston's incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.
FRI 23:10 Queens of Soul (b05nhjsx)
The sisters are truly doing it for themselves in this celebration of the legendary female singers whose raw emotional vocal styles touched the hearts of followers worldwide. Featuring the effortless sounds of Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight, Randy Crawford, Angie Stone, Mary J Blige and Beyonce, to name a few.
The Queens of Soul presents the critically acclaimed and influential female singers who, decade by decade, changed the world one note at a time.
FRI 00:10 Lionel Richie at the BBC (b017sw7c)
A selection of Lionel Richie's greatest moments from the BBC archives, from his first Top of the Pops appearance with The Commodores in 1979 to highlights from his 2009 concert at the BBC's Maida Vale studios.
FRI 01:10 How Auld Lang Syne Took over the World (b03nh35t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:50 on Monday
FRI 02:10 Bruce Dickinson: Scream for Me Sarajevo (m000qpkh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)
... Sings Bacharach and David! 00:25 SUN (b01gxl5w)
... Sings Disney Songs 01:30 SAT (b018jpk4)
BBC Proms 19:05 SUN (b0395mzs)
Betroffenheit from Sadler's Wells 01:25 SUN (b08q8dv1)
Billy Elliot 21:00 SUN (b007wv29)
Bruce Dickinson: Scream for Me Sarajevo 21:00 TUE (m000qpkh)
Bruce Dickinson: Scream for Me Sarajevo 02:10 FRI (m000qpkh)
Comic Roots 22:20 MON (p02rtqvm)
Dawn French Live: 30 Million Minutes 23:30 THU (b086knj2)
Glastonbury 22:45 TUE (m000qpkk)
How Auld Lang Syne Took over the World 22:50 MON (b03nh35t)
How Auld Lang Syne Took over the World 01:10 FRI (b03nh35t)
How Quizzing Got Cool: TV's Brains of Britain 02:25 SAT (b084fs6s)
Inspector Montalbano 21:00 SAT (b0b3tj4f)
Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! 21:00 MON (b0074s9v)
Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! 02:25 MON (b0074s9v)
Lionel Richie at the BBC 00:10 FRI (b017sw7c)
London to Brighton Side by Side 19:00 SUN (b00f2zxt)
Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love 23:50 MON (m0008yzr)
Metal at the BBC 22:15 TUE (b00r600p)
New Year's Day Concert 19:00 FRI (m000qplj)
Norman Wisdom: His Story 21:00 WED (b00vhmqq)
Pubs, Ponds and Power: The Story of the Village 19:00 THU (b0bsrqfw)
Pubs, Ponds and Power: The Story of the Village 01:55 THU (b0bsrqfw)
Queens of Soul 23:10 FRI (b05nhjsx)
Royal Ballet All-Star Gala 19:00 SAT (m000qpj1)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 20:00 MON (m000qpjk)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 20:00 TUE (m000qpkf)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 02:20 TUE (m000qpjk)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 20:00 WED (m000qplx)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 02:40 WED (m000qpkf)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 02:25 THU (m000qplx)
Singin' in the Rain 22:45 SUN (b00kz74z)
Slipknot Unmasked: All Out Life 00:20 TUE (m000g6ln)
Suite Francaise 22:50 SAT (b06h17c1)
TOTP2 00:30 WED (m0001vjf)
TOTP2 22:45 THU (m000qpmv)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 MON (m000qpjh)
The Joy of Painting 01:30 MON (m000qpjh)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 TUE (m000qpkc)
The Joy of Painting 01:20 TUE (m000qpkc)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 WED (m000qplv)
The Joy of Painting 01:40 WED (m000qplv)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 THU (m000qpms)
The Joy of Painting 01:25 THU (m000qpms)
The Sound of Music 20:00 THU (b007bgf8)
The Two Ronnies Sketchbook 20:30 SAT (b00cvbpr)
Top of the Pops 00:30 SAT (m000l424)
Uncle Vanya 22:00 WED (m000qplz)
Villages by the Sea 19:00 MON (m000c7m1)
Villages by the Sea 01:55 MON (m000c7m1)
Villages by the Sea 19:00 TUE (m000c79y)
Villages by the Sea 01:50 TUE (m000c79y)
Villages by the Sea 19:00 WED (m000c78p)
Villages by the Sea 02:10 WED (m000c78p)
Whitney at the BBC 21:00 FRI (m000qpll)
Whitney: Can I Be Me? 21:30 FRI (b094f49s)