As summer arrives, the farmhouse is stripped down to its bare essentials. Meanwhile Griff takes a tour of the local rock scene with geologist Sid Howells.
A partially blackened canvas is all you need to create this dark, mood-filled, misty waterfall scene with artist Bob Ross.
Racing champion Martin is a member of the oldest flying club in Britain, the Royal Aero Club. He is preparing to compete for the Schneider Trophy, where 14 pilots will fly wing to wing around outlying islands in Alderney in the Channel Islands. The hair-raising race attracts an eclectic mix of pilots, from Geoffrey, a baron, to dentist Roger, who has bought his first plane especially for the race.
Cargo pilot Mark flies solo from the Isle of Man to Dublin to East Midlands daily in his Piper Navajo plane, delivering anything from fresh flowers to human remains. His schedule is so tight that even during bad weather he must cross the Irish sea.
East Midlands Airport is the cargo hub that connects the whole of Britain to the world beyond. A hundred and fifty thousand parcels run through DHL's warehouse each night. Graham, a senior sorter, must make sure his team can respond when a crucial conveyor belt breaks down, while senior loader Tony Parkinson works against the clock to load thousands of parcels onto cargo flights.
At NATS, bad weather grounds planes and dangerous wind sheer causes pilots to abort landings, wrecking the carefully planned landing and take-off schedule.
During the Blitz, over 450,000 bombs dropped on Britain and every bomb has its own story. This series examines the specific effect of four bombs, from their initial impact on individual lives, right through to their wider consequences for the Second World War, and all the way to the present day. Each episode begins with a single bomb in a single street in a single place - London, Hull, Clydebank and Bristol. Across the series, incredible personal testimony, gut-wrenching memoirs and the meticulous records kept at the time provide a visceral and terrifying account of the Blitz that directly connects with the human experience of the bombs. As survivors and relatives attest, these bombs touched the lives of everyone and created a legacy we all still live with today.
This episode looks at the deadly impact of an incendiary bomb that sets fire to St Peter's Church in the historic heart of Bristol. Before November 1940, the Castle Street area was full of shops, businesses and homes all served by St Peter's. But on the night of Sunday 24 November 1940, the German bomber aircraft came.
That evening, Geoffrey Serle and his father had been attending church when the raid began, and almost 80 years later, he recounts the terror and their desperate attempt to find shelter amongst the chaos. Bill Hares was a tobacconist in nearby Merchant Street and the film explores his carefully preserved account of that November night when Bristol's firefighters simply couldn't cope. Bev Reynolds also tells his father's story - he was a police driver who tried to help the firefighting effort. Following the bomb, Castle Street's residents and workers took in the dreadful damage the Luftwaffe had done. One local photo journalist stepped in to take pictures of the devastation, telling a human story of the bombs that many at the time would never see thanks to government censorship.
As Boeing's 787 Dreamliner makes its inaugural flight, Rolls-Royce engineers celebrate the performance of its revolutionary Trent 1000 jet engines. They're the latest in a family of sophisticated aero engines that have driven Rolls-Royce to become world leaders in the market for jumbo jet engines.
This is the story of the thousands of people who design, build and test engines at Rolls-Royce's manufacturing plants in Derby and across the UK, making Rolls-Royce a central part of life for the people who work there.
Exploring some of the astonishing technology behind the engines' advanced components, the programme meets the skilled engineers who design and build them, and experience the ups and downs of life on the assembly line.
THURSDAY 03 JUNE 2021
THU 19:00 A Pembrokeshire Farm (b007hzg9)
Building work on Griff's farm moves to the inside of the house. At last, things are being built up instead of knocked down. But as the deadline looms, tempers begin to fray.
THU 19:30 The Joy of Painting (m000wn5r)
Frozen Beauty in Vignette
A truly graceful scene. Bob Ross paints an icy pond and weather-worn cabin that appear to float in the air.
THU 20:00 Arena (b01pjlhv)
Documentary about the early female movie stars: Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe - immortal goddesses made by Hollywood to reign over the silver screen.
With the beginnings of Hollywood, the star system was born with an archetypal bad girl - the vampish Theda Bara - and the good girl - the blazingly sincere Lillian Gish. From the 1920s, vivacious Clara Bow and seductive siren Louise Brooks are most remembered, but none made the impact of Marlene Dietrich, an icon of mystery, or Greta Garbo, with her perfect features and gloomy introspection.
From the power of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis to the seductiveness of Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner, Hollywood studios produced their own brand of beautiful, sassy and confident women. But it wasn't to last. The era drew to a close with the supreme fame of Elizabeth Taylor and the tragic death of Marilyn Monroe.
Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern.
THU 21:00 My Week with Marilyn (b01nx8kb)
It is 1956 and The Prince and the Showgirl is being made at Pinewood Studios in London, directed by and starring Laurence Olivier, who has recruited one of the biggest Hollywood stars of all time, Marilyn Monroe, to co-star with him.
Colin Clark, a junior assistant on the production, is assigned the job of looking after Marilyn and keeps a journal about the week he spent with her. It proves to be a turbulent experience as Marilyn is going through marital problems with her husband and uses Colin as a much-needed sounding board for all her pent-up neurosis.
THU 22:30 Talking Pictures (b06vp212)
Sylvia Syms looks at the handsome heroes and gorgeous heroines, pin-ups and bombshells who came to be known as cinema's greatest sex symbols. They were the actors who made audiences' hearts beat fastest - the men and women whom the camera just seemed to love that little bit more than most.
The programme hears from the stars themselves talking about what their sex symbol status meant to them, and the good-looking line-up includes Gary Cooper, Jane Russell, Brigitte Bardot, Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Hollywood's ultimate sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe.
THU 23:10 On Camera: Photographers at the BBC (b08jgr3w)
Drawing on the BBC's rich archive, this documentary reveals the working practices, lives and opinions of some of the greatest photographers since the 1950s. From Norman Parkinson to David Bailey, Eve Arnold to Jane Bown, Henri Cartier-Bresson to Martin Parr, for decades the BBC has drawn our attention to the creators of what has become the most ubiquitous, contemporary art form.
Pioneering BBC programmes like Arena, Monitor and Omnibus have given unique insights into the careers of photography's leading practitioners. Through a selection of fascinating clips, this programme brings into focus the key genres - fashion, portraiture, documentary and landscape - and the characters behind the camera who have helped define them.
THU 00:10 The Joy of Painting (m000wn5r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
THU 00:40 A Pembrokeshire Farm (b007hzg9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
THU 01:10 The Beauty of Anatomy (b04gvbdt)
The world's most famous study of the human body is Gray's Anatomy. The accuracy of the descriptions and the stark beauty of the illustrations made it an instant bestseller. Adam Rutherford tells the story of how, in just three years, Dr Henry Gray and Dr Henry Carter put it together based on dissections they personally performed.
THU 01:40 Arena (b01pjlhv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today
THU 02:40 Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer (m000wn21)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Tuesday
FRIDAY 04 JUNE 2021
FRI 19:00 Pop Go the Sixties (b00cw0pf)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum was one of the 1960s' most popular and most-played songs. It's performed here by the group who first recorded it, on Top of the Pops in 1967.
FRI 19:05 Singer-Songwriters at the BBC (b00tzpbq)
Compilation which unlocks the BBC vaults to explore the burgeoning singer-songwriter genre that exploded at the dawn of the 1970s and became one of the defining styles of that decade.
Featuring Elton John's Your Song, whose line 'My gift is my song and this one's for you' helps define this new, more personal style of songwriting, alongside an eclectic selection of classic artists and songs. James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Sandy Denny, Steve Goodman, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Judee Sill, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, Tim Hardin, Joan Armatrading, Tom Waits all feature next to more commercial hits from the likes of Terry Jacks and Gilbert O'Sullivan.
Programme sources include The Old Grey Whistle Test, In Concert, Top of the Pops, The Shirley Bassey Show and Twiggy's Show of the week.
FRI 20:00 Top of the Pops (m000wn3f)
Anthea Turner presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 31 January 1991 and featuring EMF, Nomad and Soho.
FRI 20:30 Top of the Pops (m000wn3k)
Bruno Brookes presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 7 February 1991 and featuring The KLF, Kenny Thomas and Kim Appleby.
FRI 21:00 Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (m000wn3p)
A confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. It is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, together making their mark on music history. The film blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs and interviews with Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and more.
FRI 22:35 Guitar, Drum and Bass (m0002700)
On Guitar... Lenny Kaye!
Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith’s guitarist, explains how the quest for new guitar sounds has driven the history of popular music, from Les Paul’s first guitar to Bo Diddley’s tremolo, Duane Eddy’s whammy bar, Keith Richards’s fuzz pedal, The Who’s feedback, The Byrds’ 12-string, Hendrix’s wah-wah pedal, Uli Roth and Van Halen’s shredding, The Edge’s digital delay, Ry Cooder’s slide, and KT Tunstall and Ed Sheeran’s looper pedals. With Duane Eddy, Roger McGuinn, The Edge, Bonnie Raitt, Seasick Steve, KT Tunstall, Joe Bonamassa, Uli Roth, Vernon Reid, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, The Runaways’ Lita Ford and producer Shel Talmy.
FRI 23:35 Huey Morgan's Latin Music Adventure (m000kjmp)
BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Huey Morgan begins his Latin music adventure in Rio de Janeiro with a visit to Mangueira Samba School as they prepare for carnival. It is an important time. Joining rehearsals, Huey learns that the country’s government has come out against carnival’s hedonistic atmosphere. This samba group are just one of many planning a protest, and Huey realises that the revolutionary spirit isn’t just in Brazilian music, it is out on the streets.
Huey then hits the beach but discovers that Brazilian music in the 1960s wasn’t confined to the slick bossa nova swing of the Girl from Ipanema. Released in 1964, this song provided the soundtrack for cocktail parties around the world, but in Brazil that same year a military dictatorship had taken control of the country and civil unrest was brewing.
Huey meets up with Gilberto Gil, who pioneered a new, politically conscious sound to push back against the authoritarian government. Fusing bossa nova with psychedelic rock, avant-garde musique concrete, samba, funk and soul, Tropicália was so radical, and its social implications so politically profound, that Gil and fellow musician Caetano Veloso were arrested, imprisoned and finally exiled in 1969. Tropicália burned brightly for only a few short years, but its impact still resonates today.
Landing in Salvador, Huey is straight into the heat and the chaos of Brazil in the run-up to carnival. Everywhere you turn there are Afro blocs rehearsing, enormous drum ensembles beating out samba rhythms. Salvador is the ancient capital of Brazil, and it was here that millions of slaves were shipped to from Africa by the Portuguese conquistadors - more than anywhere else in the Americas. Salvador is said to be the largest African city outside of Africa, and the revolutionary sound of Brazil has its foundations here. These Afro blocs are more than just music ensembles - they also play a crucial political role in the communities that host them. Huey meets with Carlinhos Brown, percussionist and Salvador native, to experience the rhythms of an Afro bloc up close and to talk about how Afro-positive music has shaped the sound of Brazil. Huey also joins BaianaSystem to learn the secrets of the Bahian guitar - a revolutionary electric instrument invented in Salvador in the 1940s and performed on floats called trios electricos that traverse the city during carnival.
Leaving Salvador, Huey heads to São Paulo, the centre of the Brazilian music scene today, to meet up with his good friend Supla. Taking a tour of the punk and metal scene, Huey discovers that Brazil is still using music to protest against the authoritarian government currently in power and heads to the studio to meet Karol Conka, a rapper and outspoken feminist who is making party anthems with a purpose.
FRI 00:35 Latin Music: A Session with (m000kjmt)
Bossacucanova and Roberto Menescal
Pioneer of Brazilian bossa nova Roberto Menescal joins his son’s band Bossacucanova in their Rio studio for a re-interpretation of classic bossa hits.
FRI 01:05 Top of the Pops (m000wn3f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today
FRI 01:35 Top of the Pops (m000wn3k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today
FRI 02:05 Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (m000wn3p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
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A Pembrokeshire Farm 19:00 MON (b007hzf0)
A Pembrokeshire Farm 03:25 MON (b007hzf0)
A Pembrokeshire Farm 19:00 TUE (b007hzfj)
A Pembrokeshire Farm 01:55 TUE (b007hzfj)
A Pembrokeshire Farm 19:00 WED (b007hzfy)
A Pembrokeshire Farm 02:00 WED (b007hzfy)
A Pembrokeshire Farm 19:00 THU (b007hzg9)
A Pembrokeshire Farm 00:40 THU (b007hzg9)
Arena 20:00 THU (b01pjlhv)
Arena 01:40 THU (b01pjlhv)
Bagpuss 19:25 SUN (m000wn0f)
Blinded: Those Who Kill 21:00 SAT (p099cqzr)
Blinded: Those Who Kill 21:45 SAT (p099crv1)
Blinded: Those Who Kill 00:00 WED (p099cqzr)
Blinded: Those Who Kill 00:45 WED (p099crv1)
Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain 21:00 WED (b09jggy5)
Blue Peter 19:00 SUN (b01hz6n0)
Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer 22:00 TUE (m000wn21)
Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer 02:40 THU (m000wn21)
Fake or Fortune? 20:00 MON (m0007m6z)
From Andy Pandy to Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children's Television 21:00 SUN (b06t3mhm)
Great British Photography Challenge 21:00 MON (m000wn0w)
Great British Photography Challenge 02:25 TUE (m000wn0w)
Great British Photography Challenge 23:00 WED (m000wn0w)
Guitar, Drum and Bass 22:35 FRI (m0002700)
Horizon 22:55 TUE (b038p1pm)
How the Celts Saved Britain 19:00 SAT (b00kps7h)
How to Build... 22:00 WED (b00t0yx9)
Huey Morgan's Latin Music Adventure 23:35 FRI (m000kjmp)
Ian Hislop's Olden Days 21:00 TUE (b041dqp3)
Ian Hislop's Olden Days 02:30 WED (b041dqp3)
Ivor the Engine 19:50 SUN (m000wn0k)
Latin Music: A Session with 00:35 FRI (m000kjmt)
Mark Lawson Talks To... 23:25 MON (b00dwcp6)
Michael Palin's New Europe 20:00 SAT (b0081kj7)
Motherland 00:20 SUN (p05j1k3t)
Motherland 00:50 SUN (p05j36kl)
Motherland 01:20 SUN (p05j376v)
Motherland 01:50 SUN (p05j39b9)
Motherland 02:15 SUN (p05j39xn)
Motherland 02:45 SUN (p05j3br1)
Motherland 00:25 MON (p07mvqj6)
Motherland 00:55 MON (p07mvr9b)
Motherland 01:25 MON (p07mvrqr)
Motherland 01:55 MON (p07mvsgm)
Motherland 02:25 MON (p07mvszc)
Motherland 02:55 MON (p07mvtbr)
My Week with Marilyn 21:00 THU (b01nx8kb)
On Camera: Photographers at the BBC 23:10 THU (b08jgr3w)
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band 21:00 FRI (m000wn3p)
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band 02:05 FRI (m000wn3p)
Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines 23:55 TUE (p01f53b9)
Pop Go the Sixties 19:00 FRI (b00cw0pf)
Singer-Songwriters at the BBC 19:05 FRI (b00tzpbq)
Skies Above Britain 20:00 WED (b07v77jd)
Talking Pictures 22:30 THU (b06vp212)
The Beauty of Anatomy 00:55 TUE (b04gbdwt)
The Beauty of Anatomy 01:10 THU (b04gvbdt)
The Clangers 19:40 SUN (m000wn0h)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 MON (m000wn0t)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 TUE (m000wn1y)
The Joy of Painting 01:25 TUE (m000wn1y)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 WED (m000wn45)
The Joy of Painting 01:30 WED (m000wn45)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 THU (m000wn5r)
The Joy of Painting 00:10 THU (m000wn5r)
The Killing 00:10 SAT (b00z8v1d)
The Killing 01:10 SAT (b00zhcf2)
The Killing 02:10 SAT (b00zhcf4)
Timeshift 20:00 SUN (b00pht5q)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 22:30 SAT (b0074tdz)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 23:20 SAT (b0074tg0)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 22:00 SUN (b0074th6)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 22:50 SUN (b0074tjf)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 23:35 SUN (b0074tks)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 22:00 MON (b0074tlq)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 22:40 MON (b0074tmm)
To the Manor Born 20:30 TUE (b0078629)
Top of the Pops 20:00 FRI (m000wn3f)
Top of the Pops 20:30 FRI (m000wn3k)
Top of the Pops 01:05 FRI (m000wn3f)
Top of the Pops 01:35 FRI (m000wn3k)
Yes, Minister 20:00 TUE (b007845r)