Paul Rose has an adrenaline overdose on his way to Coniston in the latest episode of his Lake District journey. He starts by entering a retro-cycling event on a penny farthing, before joining the mountain bikers of Grizedale Forest. Paul also relives the final moments of Donald Campbell in his attempt to break the world water-speed record on Coniston Water. He ends his trek with a spot of rock climbing at Dow Crag, before the ascent of one of the area's best-known hills, the Old Man of Coniston.
Take a relaxing walk in the company of American painter Bob Ross through a bright green, grassy forest, where a smooth crystal waterway flows so, so quietly.
Lucy Worsley investigates the dark and revealing history of our curious relationship with killing. She explores notorious real-life crimes from the first half of the 19th century, finding out how these murders were transformed into popular entertainments.
Murder in Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills? is a real-life murder mystery about the life and untimely death of a national boxing hero, who is often described as Britain’s first sporting celebrity.
Set in 1960s Soho, this film delves into the world of UK and US organised crime, with gangland figures such as the Krays, boxing, gambling, police corruption, and a string of brutal unsolved murders that would become synonymous with the name Freddie Mills.
With access to eight hours of previously unseen home movies, this is an intimate portrayal of a man who rose from the humble surroundings of the fairground boxing booth to become light-heavyweight champion of the world, and became a household name appearing in films and co-presenting the BBC music show Six-Five Special. But it all ended on the 25th July 1965, when he was found shot dead in the back seat of his car. 50 years after his death his family still challenge the coroner’s verdict of suicide. They have always maintained he was murdered.
High profile gangsters such as Eddie Richardson give first hand accounts of the criminal underworld that existed at the time, and ultimately a man comes forward who claims to have been involved in the murder of Freddie Mills. It’s a piece of testimony that could finally conclude a 50-year mystery for Freddie’s family; allowing a British boxing great to be remembered for the man he was, and his achievements in life, rather than for the single day of his death
The international premiere of a searing new play from David Ireland centres on a Belfast woman reflecting on her turbulent life amidst the Troubled past.
Sharp-witted cleaner Sadie develops an intense, dysfunctional yet passionate relationship with a much younger man, triggering a psychological showdown with the remnant demons of her past. She confronts these ghosts, calling out their contribution to the path life took her down.
Expect strong language, painful subjects and surprising consequences.
Sadie was rehearsed in isolation, following government Covid guidelines. The performance was filmed for television at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, without an audience, as part of BBC Arts’ Lights Up festival.
THURSDAY 01 APRIL 2021
THU 19:00 Wild (b008nkvk)
Dean the Diving Decorator
Wildlife documentary. Dean is a painter and decorator by trade, but he dreams of being a wildlife cameraman. He's spent the past few years filming in a freezing flooded quarry in Leicester. Although he's an amateur, Dean's footage of courting pike was so good it was used in The Nature of Britain. This film was made to share more of Dean's fantastic footage. It also features Dean talking about his experiences. Presented by Jenny Eclair.
THU 19:10 The Lakes with Paul Rose (b0bdpxs3)
Remote Eskdale is the final destination in explorer Paul Rose's trek through the Lake District. This corner of the western Lakes is off the normal tourist track but it boasts England's highest mountain. Before heading for the tough Lakeland summit of Scafell Pike, Paul meets the folk who run one of the country's most scenic railways, he has a close encounter with a vulture, and gets to grips with the locals in a spot of Cumberland wrestling.
THU 19:40 The Joy of Painting (m000lppl)
Hear the sounds of a bubbling stream and distant waterfall against a tumultuous sky in this spectacular Bob Ross painting.
THU 20:10 All Creatures Great and Small (p031d2pc)
The Last Furlong
Some farmers like to do their own vetting, but James discovers that sometimes the vet can cure the farmer.
THU 21:00 The Third Man (b0074qmr)
Classic film noir about an American writer who visits postwar Vienna to see an old friend, but is told that his friend is dead. Incredulous at the suggestion his friend was a criminal, the writer attempts to clear the dead man's name, but soon finds events taking a strange turn - his friend is very much alive, dealing drugs on the black market.
THU 22:40 Brighton Rock (b01bzrfl)
Adaptation of Graham Greene's coming-of-age thriller, relocated to the mod/rocker-divided Brighton of the 60s.
After murdering rival gang member Fred Hale, Pinkie Brown decides to marry Rose - the only person who can prove he was behind the murder. However, he is up against Hale's sister and Rose's boss Ida Arnold, who turns detective to discover who is behind her brother's murder.
THU 00:25 Around the World in 80 Treasures (b0078w68)
Mali to Egypt
Dan Cruickshank’s journey around the world reaches new heights of discomfort in the heat and dust of the desert. He takes in the astonishing cave paintings of the Dogon tribe before embarking on a love affair in Egypt with the most beautiful woman in history for whom he must brave two giant jackals. In between, he witnesses the grotesque masks of Mali that connect the world of the living with the world of the dead, survives a power cut in the middle of the deepest, darkest chamber of the dead in the Great Pyramid outside Cairo, lives a day in the life of a Roman trader in Leptis Magna and identifies with Laurence of Arabia in the desert of Libya.
One amazing surprise is the biggest mud building in the world, which cools down in the African sun by means of an installation of 104 saucepan lids on its roof - possibly the simplest ventilation system in the world but also the most ingenious. Finally, as he floats into the sunset down the Nile, he contemplates how it will feel to re-enter Europe after four months away.
THU 01:25 The Joy of Painting (m000lppl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:40 today
THU 01:50 The Lakes with Paul Rose (b0bdpxs3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:10 today
THU 02:20 A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley (p01ftzs2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Wednesday
FRIDAY 02 APRIL 2021
FRI 19:00 Sacred Songs - The Secrets of Our Hearts (m000hb4m)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
Award-winning British choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, renowned for its passion and precision. Normally before Easter, Tenebrae would be preparing for one of its busiest periods in the musical calendar. But as the world finds itself engulfed in one of the biggest health emergencies of modern history, Tenebrae, like many other artistic groups, has been forced to cancel its busy Easter season. Around the world, audiences are unable to attend and hear live music.
In this performance, filmed exclusively for BBC Music, Tenebrae once again breaks new ground in a programme of music for Easter, with all 20 of its singers filmed and recorded separately as they isolate themselves in their own homes. Under the direction of Nigel Short conducting via video link, Tenebrae sings a concert for Easter, including Gregorio Allegri's stunning Miserere, at a time when the world has never needed the medicine of music more.
Tenebrae's repertoire for this specially filmed performance includes the following:
JS Bach – Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden
Lobo – Versa est in luctum
Allegri – Miserere
Purcell/Croft – Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts
Parry – My soul, there is a country
JS Bach – Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein
FRI 19:30 Sounds of the Sixties (b0074qd9)
1968-69: The Progressive Tendency
The BBC's music archive programme reaches the end of the sixties and features Pink Floyd, Donovan, Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell.
FRI 20:00 Top of the Pops (m000tpzf)
Bruno Brookes present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 15 November 1990 and featuring Black Box, Inspiral Carpets and Caron Wheeler.
FRI 20:30 Top of the Pops (m000tpzk)
Anthea Turner presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 22 November 1990 and featuring EMF, The Proclaimers and Julee Cruise.
FRI 21:00 Fleetwood Mac's Songbird - Christine McVie (m0008k8q)
Christine McVie is undoubtedly the longest-serving female band member of any of the enduring rock ‘n’ roll acts that emerged from the 1960s. While she has never fronted Fleetwood Mac, preferring to align herself with ‘the boys’ in the rhythm section whom she first joined 50 years ago, Christine is their most successful singer-songwriter. Her hits include ‘Over My Head’, ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Everywhere’.
After massive global success in both the late 1970s and mid-1980s, Christine left the band in the late 1990s, quitting California and living in semi-retirement in Kent, only to rejoin the band in 2013. In this 90-minute film, this most English of singers finally gets to take centre-stage and tell both her story and the saga of Fleetwood Mac from her point of view.
FRI 22:30 Fleetwood Mac: Don't Stop (b00nq7q9)
Fleetwood Mac are one of the biggest-selling bands of all time and still on the road. Their story, told in their own words, is an epic tale of love and confrontation, of success and loss.
Few bands have undergone such radical musical and personal change. The band evolved from the 60s British blues boom to perfect a US West Coast sound that saw them sell 40 million copies of the album Rumours.
However, behind-the-scenes relationships were turbulent. The band went through multiple line-ups with six different lead guitarists. While working on Rumours, the two couples at the heart of the band separated, yet this heartache inspired the perfect pop record.
FRI 23:30 Fleetwood Mac: A Musical History (m0001kz2)
Fellow musicians, journalists and fans celebrate Fleetwood Mac with a selection of their best-loved songs.
Fleetwood Mac are the great survivors of British and American rock music. For more than fifty years they’ve overcome break-ups and breakdowns to become one of the most successful bands of all time. They have sold over 100 million records worldwide, with their 1977 smash Rumours accounting for nearly half of those sales.
They have endured, like all great bands, because of the complimentary talents of its members. From Peter Green to Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, it has contained some extraordinary songwriters. With brilliant musicians on all instruments, the band has been able to turn the songs into commercial gold. Above all the tough determination of the two men who gave the band their name has seen Fleetwood Mac through thick and thin.
Fleetwood fan Edith Bowman provides a narrative overview alongside other celebrity fans, who all pay tribute to the band in this hit-filled hour. Contributors include KT Tunstall, Travis’s frontman Fran Healy, Toyah Willcox, Sian Pattenden and Emma Dabiri.
FRI 00:30 Sounds of the Sixties (b0074qd9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
FRI 01:00 Sacred Songs - The Secrets of Our Hearts (m000hb4m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
FRI 01:30 Fleetwood Mac's Songbird - Christine McVie (m0008k8q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
FRI 03:00 Fleetwood Mac: Don't Stop (b00nq7q9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:30 today
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)
A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley 20:00 WED (p01ftzs2)
A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley 02:20 THU (p01ftzs2)
Alaska: Earth's Frozen Kingdom 19:00 SAT (b0536hxc)
Alaska: Earth's Frozen Kingdom 02:25 SAT (b0536hxc)
All Creatures Great and Small 20:10 THU (p031d2pc)
Around the World in 80 Treasures 00:25 THU (b0078w68)
Art of France 22:45 MON (b08cgjv7)
Art of France 02:45 MON (b08cgjv7)
Between the Lines 22:00 SUN (m000tpzg)
Between the Lines 22:45 SUN (m000tpzl)
Brighton Rock 22:40 THU (b01bzrfl)
Brotherhood: The Inner Life of Monks 20:00 SUN (m000tpzb)
Brotherhood: The Inner Life of Monks 23:40 WED (m000tpzb)
Catching Britain's Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us 22:00 TUE (m00095q5)
Catching Britain's Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us 02:15 TUE (m00095q5)
Count Basie through His Own Eyes 00:25 SUN (m000nnyq)
Fake or Fortune? 20:00 MON (b0bg6f43)
Fake or Fortune? 01:45 MON (b0bg6f43)
Fleetwood Mac's Songbird - Christine McVie 21:00 FRI (m0008k8q)
Fleetwood Mac's Songbird - Christine McVie 01:30 FRI (m0008k8q)
Fleetwood Mac: A Musical History 23:30 FRI (m0001kz2)
Fleetwood Mac: Don't Stop 22:30 FRI (b00nq7q9)
Fleetwood Mac: Don't Stop 03:00 FRI (b00nq7q9)
Foxtrot 23:40 SAT (m000tpyv)
Horizon 21:00 SUN (m000dl6q)
Horizon 02:40 SUN (m000dl6q)
Hunt vs Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals 21:00 SAT (b0377tb1)
Lights Up 23:00 TUE (m000tq0n)
Lights Up 22:30 WED (m000tpz7)
Murder in Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills? 21:00 WED (b0bcy56k)
Murder in Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills? 01:40 WED (b0bcy56k)
Natural World 19:00 SUN (b013nhmg)
Natural World 01:40 SUN (b013nhmg)
Rush 21:50 SAT (m000kr94)
Sacred Songs - The Secrets of Our Hearts 19:00 FRI (m000hb4m)
Sacred Songs - The Secrets of Our Hearts 01:00 FRI (m000hb4m)
Sounds of the Sixties 19:30 FRI (b0074qd9)
Sounds of the Sixties 00:30 FRI (b0074qd9)
Storyville 21:00 MON (m000tpzn)
Talking Pictures 23:40 SUN (b01r711j)
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin 20:30 TUE (p00x9r9g)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 MON (m000l9v9)
The Joy of Painting 00:45 MON (m000l9v9)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 TUE (m000l9rs)
The Joy of Painting 00:15 TUE (m000l9rs)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 WED (m000lpp0)
The Joy of Painting 00:40 WED (m000lpp0)
The Joy of Painting 19:40 THU (m000lppl)
The Joy of Painting 01:25 THU (m000lppl)
The Lakes with Paul Rose 19:00 MON (b0bbzj2m)
The Lakes with Paul Rose 01:15 MON (b0bbzj2m)
The Lakes with Paul Rose 19:00 TUE (b0bc6fg2)
The Lakes with Paul Rose 00:45 TUE (b0bc6fg2)
The Lakes with Paul Rose 19:00 WED (b0bcys6d)
The Lakes with Paul Rose 01:10 WED (b0bcys6d)
The Lakes with Paul Rose 19:10 THU (b0bdpxs3)
The Lakes with Paul Rose 01:50 THU (b0bdpxs3)
The Mystery of Murder: A Horizon Guide 23:45 MON (b0555v7v)
The Third Man 21:00 THU (b0074qmr)
Top of the Pops 20:00 FRI (m000tpzf)
Top of the Pops 20:30 FRI (m000tpzk)
Treasures of the Anglo Saxons 21:00 TUE (b00t6xzx)
Treasures of the Anglo Saxons 01:15 TUE (b00t6xzx)
Voyages of Discovery 20:00 SAT (b0074t4k)
Wild 19:00 THU (b008nkvk)
Yes, Minister 20:00 TUE (b0078356)