The late Lancastrian steeplejack Fred Dibnah traces the development of industrialisation in Britain. Dibnah described himself as a backstreet mechanic and believed he was awarded his MBE and honorary doctorates for this reason. His garden was all assembled from scrap and the cast offs from old mills and factories, but it was probably the finest working example of a steam-powered engineering workshop in the country.
The mechanical and engineering skills he demonstrated in his garden combined with his ability to explain how things worked opened up the world of engineering history to a wide audience.
Discover one of Bob Ross's masterpieces - a mountain set against a purple night sky overlooking a small falling river.
Professor Alice Roberts with the very best in British archaeology 2016 - filmed by the archaeologists themselves, straight from the trenches, so you can see each exciting discovery as it happens. The teams then bring their best finds - from skeletons to treasure - back to the Digging for Britain lab, to examine them with Alice and reveal how they are changing the story of Britain.
This episode looks at the east of Britain.
Finds include: new revelations from 'Britain's Pompeii' - the 3,000-year-old perfectly preserved village in Cambridgeshire - including how our Bronze Age ancestors designed their homes, and their kitchens packed with food and equipment; the theatre where Shakespeare premiered Romeo and Juliet and Henry V, complete with sound effect props and evidence that Shakespeare's original audience was much rowdier than you might expect; evidence that we may have finally found the location of the Battle of Barnet, the famous Wars of the Roses site where Edward IV defeated Warwick the Kingmaker in a bloody battle that would eventually bring the Tudor dynasty to England's throne.
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.
Comedian Jimmy Carr takes over Horizon for this one-off special programme, produced as part of BBC2's sitcom season.
Jimmy turns venerable documentary strand Horizon into a chat show, with eminent laughter scientists as guests and a studio audience to use as guinea pigs. Jimmy and his guests try to get to the bottom of what laughter is, why we enjoy it so much and what, if anything, it has to do with comedy.
Between them, and with the help of contributions from other scientists on film, Jimmy and guests discover that laughter is much older than our species, and may well have contributed to making us human.
THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2021
THU 19:00 Coast (b00vdm06)
Series 4 Reversions
Brighton's Early Cinema
Neil Oliver becomes a silent movie director as he films a scene from The Mayor of Casterbridge using an antique camera, to reveal how pioneers in Brighton taught the world to make movies long before Hollywood shot a frame.
THU 19:10 Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone (b00792cw)
The Machines That Changed the World
Fred Dibnah traces the development of industrialisation in Britain. The Industrial Revolution was a time when Britain led the world. It was one of the most important periods in our history, but it has never really had the attention it deserves. Fred's passion and enthusiasm for the machines of the past helped raise public awareness about the way they worked and their importance in history.
THU 19:40 The Joy of Painting (m000k49r)
Go on a 30-minute hike with painter Bob Ross to the south west of the United States and watch him create the beauty of fresh skies over sun-glistened mountains and a silvery mere.
THU 20:10 All Creatures Great and Small (p031d2mm)
The result of the post-mortem is known and James finds that while a vet's life is not altogether enviable, a dog's life might well be.
THU 21:00 The Lost City of Z (m0003838)
The true story of Colonel Percy Fawcett, who led several expeditions in the Amazon rainforest to discover what he called the Lost City of Z. Challenging the prejudice of his fellows in London at the Royal Geographical Society, he insists that he had found evidence of huge cities and cultures in the Amazon. But providing proof of his theory means returning yet again to the Amazon, and Percy cannot escape his calling to find the elusive city.
THU 23:10 Around the World in 80 Treasures (b0078vhh)
Peru to Brazil
Dan Cruickshank sets out on television's most ambitious treasure hunt ever – to reveal the most beautiful and precious things made by man since the dawn of time.
Filmed over five months and visiting more than 40 countries, episode one takes Dan deep into the Amazonian rainforests of Brazil, to the peaks of the Peruvian mountains and to the distant wilds of Easter Island.
Surviving tempest-tossed seas, crocodile-infested rivers and the digestive challenge of eating fresh guinea pig, Dan's choice of treasures ranges from the celebrated to the secret. His destinations in this programme – the giant Moai, the ruins of Machu Picchu and the giant statue of Rio's Christ – are famed worldwide. Less well known but equally spectacular are the gold treasures of the human-sacrifice-loving Moche people, with the sinister gold spider necklace, and the largest mud-built city in world – the magical location of Chan Chan.
Never before has the variety and range of mankind's creations around the world provided the stepping stones for such a momentous journey.
THU 00:10 Creating a Scene: BBC Introducing Arts (m000s4q4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Monday
THU 01:10 The Joy of Painting (m000k49r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:40 today
THU 01:40 Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone (b00792cw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:10 today
THU 02:10 Britain's Lost Masterpieces (m000s4q2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday
FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2021
FRI 19:00 Top of the Pops (m000s4ql)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
Anthea Turner presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 16 August 1990 and featuring Go West, The KLF and Betty Boo.
FRI 19:30 Sounds of the 70s 2 (b01hz75h)
Guilty Pleasures - Love Will Keep Us Together
An unashamed celebration of the instantly recognisable classics from the decade of love. A half hour of 'Our Tune' anthems and the soundtrack to many a love affair and wedding party, including performances from The Carpenters, Bread, Charles Aznavour, John Denver, 10cc, Bellamy Brothers, Exile, Captain and Tennille, and Dr Hook.
FRI 20:00 Love Songs at the BBC: A Valentine's Day Special (b00ymh70)
It's a time for guilty pleasures, for courtship, for declarations of love, for looking someone in the eye and whispering sweet nothings, accompanied by a compilation of some of the greatest and squishiest love songs from the likes of Celine Dion, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, Jason and Kylie, 10cc and Lionel Richie, all from the Top of the Pops era. If Hot Chocolate and Chaka Khan don't get the temperatures rising, then nothing will.
FRI 21:00 Roy Orbison: Love Hurts (b09j0r8s)
Roy Orbison died 29 years ago but he's hardly forgotten. As one of rock 'n' roll's pioneers he achieved superstar status in the 60s, writing and releasing a series of smash singles such as Oh, Pretty Woman, Only the Lonely, In Dreams and Crying. But while his professional life was full of triumph, Roy suffered terrible misfortune in his personal life, losing his wife and two of his children in successive tragedies, rebuilding his life by relying on his music to distract him from desolation.
Roy's legacy as a beloved rock legend and a devoted father is revealed through intimate interviews with Roy's three surviving sons, featuring previously unseen home videos as Alex, Roy Jnr and Wesley Orbison discuss the immense talent and fierce determination that provided the driving force behind their father's incredible success and the dedication to Roy's family that helped create a strong spiritual base to escape the pressures of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle.
This is the personal story of the relationship between three children and their father; a father who died when they were young, and who they have reconnected with and come to understand through embracing his life's work. It is not often that one gets to understand the person who is the music phenomenon, but in this film about relationships, family, love, loss and affirmation, we get to see the man behind the ever-present dark sunglasses and brooding loner persona, witnessing his struggle with personal demons, and ultimately redemption and acknowledgement from his peers.
FRI 22:00 Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America (p094pw5z)
The Bridge, by Marley Marl and MC Shan
A song designed to foster community pride ignites hip-hop's most epic rap battle.
FRI 22:40 Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America (p094pwjl)
Ladies First, by Queen Latifah
At the height of hip-hop's misogynistic themes, the culture bows down to their queens of rap.
FRI 23:20 More Dangerous Songs: And the Banned Played On (b048wwpz)
Compilation of songs previously banned by the BBC, including Lola by The Kinks, Jackie by Scott Walker and We Don't Need This Fascist Groove Thang by Heaven 17.
FRI 00:20 Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider's Guide to the Music Business (b09q04ts)
Revivals and Reunions
Part three of this entertaining, behind-the-scenes series about how the music business works, explores the phenomenon of band reunions.
With unique revelations, rare archive and backstage access to an impressive line-up of old favourites strutting their stuff once more, music PR legend Alan Edwards tells the story of why so many bands are getting back together, what happens when they do - and how it's changing the music business.
Alan Edwards, who has looked after everyone from Prince to The Rolling Stones, from David Bowie to The Spice Girls, is our musical guide. He's been in the business long enough to see countless acts enjoy pop stardom, split up, fall out, only to re-emerge triumphant decades later, to the joy of their fans.
Alan starts by telling the story of the UK's first revival concert which took place over 40 years ago at Wembley Stadium. Featuring some of the biggest acts from the birth of rock 'n' roll - Bill Haley and the Comets, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis - the concert opened the eyes of promoters to the power of yesterday's hitmakers to reach an audience and make serious money.
From there, Alan takes us on a musical journey through some of the biggest reunions of the last thirty years. Highlights include Glen Matlock, ex-bassist in The Sex Pistols who talks candidly about their 1996 reunion. Called the Filthy Lucre tour, Glen reveals how one section of the band had to travel on a separate tour bus just to keep the fragile band reunion on track so they could finish the tour.
Alan also meets the three remaining members of Blondie, who tell him how they've navigated their reunion. Debbie Harry reveals how she didn't want to get back together with the band at first, had to be persuaded to do it, but then teared up when they first played together - 'when we put the band back together for the first time and everybody started playing I sort of teared up because, oh there really is that sound, that really does exist, we do have an identity and that is probably the really successful band is to have a successful uniqueness to it.'
Stewart Copeland, the drummer in The Police, tells us about their reunion tour, one the most successful of all time. In rare archive of the band's rehearsals, Stewart tells us these 'were hell'. Copeland also reveals how the band had therapy during their comeback tour, 'we started to say things that I, we'd never said. I heard things from him (Sting) that just blew my mind, that's what you've been thinking for thirty years.'
Melanie C talks about The Spice Girls' reunion and reveals which of the girls called to ask her to give it another go. Alex James from Blur gives us the inside track on how Blur's revival happened and Shaun Ryder, with typical bluntness, tells us why he decided to take The Happy Mondays back on the road. We also hear from OMD, who for the first time reveal what really happened during their bitter break-up.
Eighties musical phenomenon Musical Youth take us behind the scenes of their rebirth and tell us why they still do it, and one of the biggest bands of the 60s, The Zombies, tell the remarkable story of how good old-fashioned 'word of mouth' played a big part in their rebirth.
The programme also looks at how to stage a reunion when no members of the band want to get involved. Alan Edwards explores how pop music is increasingly popping up in West End musicals and at how bands are staging their own exhibitions as a way to come back without actually having to stage a reunion.
And finally, Alan ponders the ultimate comeback - from beyond the grave - and asks whether technology and the arrival of hologram performances mean that in the future bands will never really break up, they'll just keep on regenerating.
FRI 01:20 Blues & Beyond with Cerys Matthews and Val Wilmer (b0bpb14f)
DJ and broadcaster Cerys Matthews and acclaimed blues photographer Val Wilmer select their favourite blues musicians, several of whom Val has met and photographed.
As they view their selection, they reveal the reasons behind their choices. Discover why Muddy Waters is their master of mojo, and how Val rescued Jimi Hendrix from some over-eager fans. From Howlin' Wolf to John Lee Hooker, Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Peggy Lee and many more, their playlist is packed with classic blues and punctuated with great stories.
Blues and Beyond offers new insights on both the subject and the narrators, as well as providing a heady nostalgic hit of the very best in blues music, from the intimate to the epic.
FRI 02:20 Roy Orbison: Love Hurts (b09j0r8s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)
... Sings Musicals 23:30 SUN (b019jshd)
All Creatures Great and Small 20:10 THU (p031d2mm)
Around the World in 80 Treasures 23:10 THU (b0078vhh)
Blues & Beyond with Cerys Matthews and Val Wilmer 01:20 FRI (b0bpb14f)
Britain and the Sea 23:00 TUE (p01k4zs9)
Britain's Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney 22:00 TUE (b087vh70)
Britain's Lost Masterpieces 21:00 MON (m000s4q2)
Britain's Lost Masterpieces 01:25 MON (m000s4q2)
Britain's Lost Masterpieces 23:30 WED (m000s4q2)
Britain's Lost Masterpieces 02:10 THU (m000s4q2)
Coast 19:00 THU (b00vdm06)
Creating a Scene: BBC Introducing Arts 22:00 MON (m000s4q4)
Creating a Scene: BBC Introducing Arts 00:10 THU (m000s4q4)
Digging for Britain 20:00 WED (b0864zvq)
Digging for Britain 01:25 WED (b0864zvq)
Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain 19:00 MON (m000s4q0)
Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain 00:55 MON (m000s4q0)
Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone 19:00 TUE (b007927h)
Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone 01:20 TUE (b007927h)
Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone 19:00 WED (b007929w)
Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone 00:55 WED (b007929w)
Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone 19:10 THU (b00792cw)
Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone 01:40 THU (b00792cw)
Full Steam Ahead 19:00 SAT (b07n3916)
Himalaya with Michael Palin 20:00 SAT (b0074qx6)
Himalaya with Michael Palin 02:05 SAT (b0074qx6)
Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America 00:40 SAT (m000rxpm)
Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America 01:20 SAT (m000rxpp)
Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America 22:00 FRI (p094pw5z)
Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America 22:40 FRI (p094pwjl)
Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider's Guide to the Music Business 00:20 FRI (b09q04ts)
Hollywood's Brightest Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story 23:00 MON (b09jhrlt)
Horizon 22:30 WED (b07vxkbv)
Inspector Montalbano 21:00 SAT (b0b60y1x)
Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream 22:30 SUN (b00wyn0c)
Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream 02:30 SUN (b00wyn0c)
Life of a Mountain 21:00 TUE (b08f1cc0)
Life of a Mountain 02:50 TUE (b08f1cc0)
Love Songs at the BBC: A Valentine's Day Special 20:00 FRI (b00ymh70)
More Dangerous Songs: And the Banned Played On 23:20 FRI (b048wwpz)
Rome: A History of the Eternal City 20:00 SUN (b01p96g4)
Rome: A History of the Eternal City 00:30 SUN (b01p96g4)
Roy Orbison: Love Hurts 21:00 FRI (b09j0r8s)
Roy Orbison: Love Hurts 02:20 FRI (b09j0r8s)
Secrets of the Museum 20:00 MON (m000g1rv)
Secrets of the Museum 02:25 MON (m000g1rv)
Sounds of the 70s 2 19:30 FRI (b01hz75h)
The Beach: Isolation in Paradise 22:50 SAT (m000mtkq)
The Beach: Isolation in Paradise 23:15 SAT (m000mtkv)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 MON (m000jy2g)
The Joy of Painting 00:25 MON (m000jy2g)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 TUE (m000jy2r)
The Joy of Painting 00:55 TUE (m000jy2r)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 WED (m000k490)
The Joy of Painting 00:30 WED (m000k490)
The Joy of Painting 19:40 THU (m000k49r)
The Joy of Painting 01:10 THU (m000k49r)
The Lake District: A Wild Year 20:00 TUE (b08flyr2)
The Lake District: A Wild Year 01:50 TUE (b08flyr2)
The Lost City of Z 21:00 THU (m0003838)
The Man Who Destroyed Everything 00:00 TUE (m000s4pw)
The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse 21:00 WED (b00x9b7w)
The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse 02:25 WED (b00x9b7w)
The Victorian Slum 19:00 SUN (b082q72z)
The Victorian Slum 01:30 SUN (b082q72z)
Top of the Pops 23:40 SAT (m000rxph)
Top of the Pops 00:10 SAT (m000rxpk)
Top of the Pops 19:00 FRI (m000s4ql)
imagine... 21:00 SUN (b09wwtxf)