The BBC has announced that it has a sustainable plan for the future of the BBC Singers, in association with The VOCES8 Foundation.
The threat to reduce the staff of the three English orchestras by 20% has not been lifted, but it is being reconsidered.
See the BBC press release here.

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SAT 19:00 Sounds of the Sixties (b009x6kv)

The Folk Revival

Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen feature in this folk tinged episode of 60s archive.

SAT 19:10 The Naked Civil Servant (b007yxxf)
Emmy award-winning film biography of Quentin Crisp, an honest account of coming out in an era when the closet doors were closed.

SAT 20:30 Doctor Who (b009w0ll)
The Daleks

The Dead Planet

The travellers venture out on to the surface of a new world. Everything is dead, but beyond a petrified jungle they see a huge metal city which the Doctor is determined to explore...

SAT 20:55 Doctor Who (b009w0ln)
The Daleks

The Survivors

Looking for Barbara, the Doctor, Ian and Susan discover that they have been exposed to lethal doses of radiation. The travellers are confronted by the city's inhabitants - the Daleks!

SAT 21:20 Doctor Who (b009w0lq)
The Daleks

The Escape

Fearful of a Thal attack, the Daleks force Susan to trick the Thals. Realising that the Daleks are planning an ambush, the four travellers try to escape and warn the Thals.

SAT 21:50 Verity Lambert: Drama Queen (b009s5jy)
Tribute to TV producer Verity Lambert, who died in November 2007. From the original Dr Who to Jonathan Creek, her 43-year career spanned the highs and lows of pioneering TV drama, and included The Naked Civil Servant, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Minder, May To December and Eldorado. Friends and colleagues including John Hurt, Alan Davies, Lynda La Plante and David Renwick, pay their respects to the woman who helped transform the face of popular television.

SAT 22:50 Minder (b009s5k0)
Series 4

Senior Citizen Caine

Drama series about the shady dealings of a pair of loveable rogues. Arthur's ambition to own a Roller are jeopardised when Terry has to protect a widowed garage owner from his avaricious kin.

SAT 23:40 Jonathan Creek (b007b9ql)
Series 2

The Scented Room

Drama series about a crime writer and magician who team up to investigate mysteries. When a million-pound painting is cut from its frame and stolen by an 'invisible' thief, Jonathan Creek seizes the chance to launch a personal vendetta against its owner.

SAT 00:30 Mark Lawson Talks To... (b009lv9n)
George Cole

Actor George Cole, best known as Arthur Daley in the long-running TV series Minder, in conversation with Mark Lawson.

SAT 01:30 Minder (b009s5k0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:50 today]

SAT 02:25 Verity Lambert: Drama Queen (b009s5jy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:50 today]

SAT 03:25 The Hard Sell (b009pgzx)
Gadgets and Gizmos

Phill Jupitus narrates a series exploring 50 years of British TV advertising, with this edition examining our love affair with technology. Adland has always made sure that people desire the latest model, from power tools and motor cars to stereo systems, flat-screen TVs and mobile phones. Contributors include Tim Bell, Sam Delaney, Alan Parker, Suzi Perry and India Knight.


SUN 19:00 Sacred Music (b009phyw)
Series 1

Tallis, Byrd and the Tudors

Four-part documentary series in which Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music. Beale takes us back to Tudor England, a country in turmoil as monarchs change the national religion and Roman Catholicism is driven underground. In telling the story of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, two composers at the centre of England's own musical Renaissance, Beale visits parish churches, great cathedrals and a private home where Catholic music would have been performed in secret.

SUN 20:00 Mozart: Sacred Music (b0074sfn)
James Naughtie introduces a concert from the St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna given as part of the celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. The Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Bertrand de Billy, are joined by the Vienna Boys Choir and soprano Sandrine Piau. The programme includes some of Mozart's much loved sacred works including the Church Sonata, K278, parts of the Great Mass, K427 and Mass in C, K317.

SUN 21:00 Dear Television (b009s6q5)
Episode 8

Letters cataloguing the preoccupations and passions of television viewers over the last five decades.

SUN 21:10 Washes Whiter (b009v6v9)
She's Not a Moron - She's Your Wife

Series on the history of British TV commercials. This episode looks at how adverts for cleaning, shopping and cooking products have, or have not, changed over the past 35 years.

SUN 22:00 Mad Men (b009s6q7)
Series 1


Drama series which takes an unflinching look at the world of advertising in 1960s New York. Adultery is the new fashion at the agency - the ladies try on lipstick while their husbands dally. Peggy's ideas get noticed during a pitch meeting and her future begins to look more promising. Don asks Rachel's advice about an ad campaign.

SUN 22:45 Hughie Green, Most Sincerely (b009ph5x)
Drama about the secret life of Opportunity Knocks and Double Your Money presenter Hughie Green, based on the inside story from his family, friends and peers. It tells of the destructive power of success and celebrity from Green's earliest days as a child star, and explores what family and fatherhood meant to this iconic character, who harboured an explosive secret that would rock the entertainment world after his death in 1997.

SUN 00:05 Legends (b009pgsc)
Marty Feldman - Six Degrees of Separation

Marty Feldman was one of the forgotten greats of British Comedy. Uniquely, Feldman's journey took him from the golden age of BBC Radio comedy, with Round the Horne, the show he co-wrote with Barry Took, through the hothouse of 1960s television comedy, where Marty worked alongside the Pythons on The Frost Report and At Last The 1948 Show before getting his own series.

He went on to Hollywood with classic movies like Young Frankenstein. Marty was a writer first and foremost, but he was also a great physical clown, who idolised Buster Keaton. In moving to Hollywood, he hoped to emulate Keaton, but the Hollywood system quickly withdrew its support when they couldn't contain his talents.

Featuring a cast of close friends including John Cleese, Michael Palin, Sir David Frost, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Dom DeLuise (and parrot), Larry Gelbart (who produced a series for US television for Marty) and the great director Barry Levinson, who was one of his writers.

SUN 01:05 Mozart: Sacred Music (b0074sfn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

SUN 02:05 Sacred Music (b009phyw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]

SUN 03:05 Legends (b009pgsc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 00:05 today]


MON 19:00 World News Today (b009s76b)
The latest news from around the world.

MON 19:30 Pop Go the Sixties (b008d06d)
Series 1

Alan Price

A colourful nugget of pop mined from the BBC's archive.

MON 19:35 Doctor Who (b009w0pt)
The Daleks

The Ambush

Pretending to be a Dalek, Ian finds that that he is trapped inside the casing. The Doctor, Susan and Barbara have no choice but to abandon Ian as the real Daleks arrive and attack.

MON 20:00 The Sky at Night (b009s76d)
The Sun Revealed

The world of astronomy with Patrick Moore. The start of a new solar cycle means the Sun's activity is about to hot up.

MON 20:30 The Book Quiz (b009s76h)
Series 2

Episode 3

Kirsty Wark presents the penultimate first round match of the literary panel game. Tim Yeo MP and journalist Anne McElvoy slug it out against Baroness Margaret Jay and writer David Nicholls for a place in the semi-finals.

MON 21:00 Verity Lambert: Drama Queen (b009s5jy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:50 on Saturday]

MON 22:00 Shoulder to Shoulder (b009s76k)
Episode 2

The second of six plays tracing the history of the women's suffrage movement.

MON 23:20 The Cult of... (b0074t1p)
Science Fiction

Adam Adamant Lives!

The series looking at cult sci-fi recalls Adam Adamant, an unwitting Edwardian time-traveller thwarting baddies while getting to grips with 1960s London.

Frozen in a block of ice beneath Piccadilly by his arch enemy, Adamant is disinterred by a workman digging up the road sixty years later. The programme reveals why the leading actor broke down in tears on the first day of filming, and how ITV's The Avengers both inspired and finally saw off its rival.

MON 23:50 Adam Adamant Lives! (b0074t1n)
A Vintage Year for Scoundrels

Cult 1960s sci-fi drama series about an Edwardian time-traveller transported to Swinging London.

1902, and dashing swordsman Adam Adamant is caught in a trap by his fiendish nemesis, The Face, and frozen in a block of ice. Uncovered and revived 64 years later, he resumes his fight against evil accompanied by his reluctant aide, Miss Jones.

MON 00:35 The Sky at Night (b009s76d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

MON 01:05 The Book Quiz (b009s76h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

MON 01:35 Verity Lambert: Drama Queen (b009s5jy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:50 on Saturday]

MON 02:35 The Book Quiz (b009s76h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

MON 03:05 Verity Lambert: Drama Queen (b009s5jy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:50 on Saturday]


TUE 19:00 World News Today (b009s7bv)
The latest news from around the world.

TUE 19:30 Pop Go the Sixties (b008bxxt)
Series 1

The Move

A colourful nugget of pop mined from the BBC's archive, featuring Birmingham's The Move.

TUE 19:35 Doctor Who (b009w100)
The Daleks

The Expedition

Ian and Barbara join a Thal expedition that will penetrate the Dalek city from the unguarded mountains behind it. Their journey is a dangerous one, and not all will survive.

TUE 20:00 Life in Cold Blood (b008w0qh)
The Cold Blooded Truth

David Attenborough reveals the surprising truth about the cold-blooded lives of reptiles and amphibians. These animals are as dramatic in combat, as colourful in their communication and as tender in their parental care as any other animals. Join giant courting crocodiles, jousting tortoises and bright red sumo-wrestling frogs in their sophisticated, solar-powered lives.

TUE 21:00 Chinese School (b009ttvk)
The Year of the Golden Pig

Documentary series about the hopes and dreams of a group of children at three schools in rural China. This edition follows the children as they prepare for the biggest challenge of their lives.

TUE 22:00 A Year in Tibet (b009phrr)
A Tale of Three Monks

Documentary series following a year in the life of the society living in and around the Tibetan town of Gyantse. Deputy head lama Tsultrim has to juggle running the monastery whilst complying with a myriad of government restrictions. Young monk Tsephun lives and works with his master Dondrup, a curmudgeonly old lama. Tsephun helps his master with the day-to-day jobs of cleaning and tidying; in return, Dondrup teaches Tsephun the sutras and scriptures, an essential part of becoming a monk.

TUE 23:00 The Book Quiz (b009s76h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 on Monday]

TUE 23:30 Chinese School (b009ttvk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

TUE 00:30 BBC Proms (b007w35t)

Renee Fleming Sings Berg - Prom 32

Suzy Klein introduces acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming as she returns to the Proms to perform songs by Alban Berg and Erich Korngold. She's accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Gianandrea Noseda, who also perform Beethoven's 8th Symphony in F major and Schumann's 2nd Symphony in C major.

TUE 02:45 Chinese School (b009ttvk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

TUE 03:45 The Book Quiz (b009s76h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 on Monday]


WED 19:00 World News Today (b009s7gs)
The latest news from around the world.

WED 19:30 Doctor Who (b009w16n)
The Daleks

The Ordeal

The Doctor and Susan are once again taken prisoner by the Daleks. In the mountains, Ian, Barbara and the Thals must negotiate a vast chasm to reach the city.

WED 19:55 Doctor Who (b009w31v)
The Daleks

The Rescue

The Thals and the time travellers attack the Daleks from all sides as the Daleks start the countdown to release deadly doses of radiation into the atmosphere.

WED 20:20 Timeshift (b0074qp4)
Series 4

Live on the Night

Bill Nighy recalls the early days of television drama, when programmes were not recorded and cast and crew had to get it right on the night. Contributors include Brian Blessed and Trudi Goodwin.

WED 21:00 Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (b009s7gv)
Candid and poignant drama about the comedian Frankie Howerd and the relationship with his long-term, long-suffering manager, and gay partner, Dennis Heymer. Despite his overtly camp persona, Howerd kept his companionship with Heymer under wraps for 35 years, until his death in 1992. Yet through career disaster, social stigma, illegality, numerous infidelities and Howerd's own deep-seated issues about his homosexuality, their love endured.

WED 22:00 Arena (b009w2yc)
Oooh er Missus! The Frankie Howerd Story

Documentary about the life of Frankie Howerd, with help from friends and colleagues and including highlights from his TV and film career.

WED 23:00 Up Pompeii (b0074szm)
Series 1

The Love Potion

Frankie Howerd camps it up in ancient Rome. Lurcio pretends to be his master in anticipation of a visit by a beautiful lady, but not before giving her some love potion. Unfortunately, the effects of latter extend beyond their intended recipient.

WED 23:30 Mark Lawson Talks To... (b008ghbr)
David Renwick

David Renwick, the man who created the sitcom One Foot in the Grave, in conversation with Mark Lawson.

WED 00:30 Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (b009s7gv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

WED 01:25 Demob Happy: How TV Conquered Britain (b0074rt1)
A chronicle of a formative era in British broadcasting following World War II. Hitherto, radio output had been genteel and sedate, in the music hall tradition. But after 1945, a new generation of producers, writers and performers emerged, making radical, sometimes anti-establishment comedies including The Goons and Hancock's Half Hour. Also at this time, the dominance of radio was challenged by the re-emergence of television and the BBC's TV monopoly ended with the arrival of ITV in 1955.

WED 02:25 Mark Lawson Talks To... (b008ghbr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:30 today]

WED 03:25 Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (b009s7gv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


THU 19:00 World News Today (b009s80j)
The latest news from around the world.

THU 19:30 In Search of Medieval Britain (b009vsbp)
North of England

Medieval art historian Dr Alixe Bovey uses the oldest surviving route map of Britain to make a series of journeys through Britain in the Middle Ages. She follows the trail north from York to the hotly-contested Scottish border and uncovers tantalising clues to Medieval Britain's most dangerous war zone.

THU 20:00 Himalaya with Michael Palin (b0074qrs)
Leaping Tigers, Naked Nagas

Michael Palin continues his Himalayan trek.

Following the Yangtze along Tiger Leaping Gorge into Yunnan in China, Palin reaches the easternmost end of the Himalayas.

He gets a medical check-up before exploring medieval Lijiang with the director of the local orchestra. Heading across Myanmar to Nagaland in India he rides the steam train to Tipong Coalmine.

In Assam he rides an elephant and then stays in a strange monastery.

THU 21:00 Arena (b009s80n)
The Strange Luck of V.S. Naipaul

Profile of the Nobel Prize-winning Trinidadian-born British writer, VS Naipaul. Filmed in India, Trinidad and his Wiltshire home, Naipaul remains as incisive, forthright and controversial as ever at the age of 75.

THU 22:00 Chinese School (b009ttvk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday]

THU 23:00 Mad Men (b009s6q7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Sunday]

THU 23:45 In Search of Medieval Britain (b009vsbp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

THU 00:15 The Sky at Night (b009s76d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Monday]

THU 00:45 Arena (b009s80n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

THU 01:45 Chinese School (b009ttvk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday]

THU 02:45 In Search of Medieval Britain (b009vsbp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

THU 03:15 Arena (b009s80n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 19:00 World News Today (b009s86q)
The latest news from around the world.

FRI 19:30 Transatlantic Sessions (b0084lmp)
Series 3

Episode 6

Folk musicians come together in what have been called 'the greatest backporch shows ever'. Features Cara Dillon with Paul Brady, Darrell Scott, Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas, Michael McGoldrick, Donal Lunny and Bruce Molsky.

FRI 20:00 Sacred Music (b009s86s)
Series 1

Bach and the Lutheran Legacy

Four-part documentary series in which Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music. With music performed by The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers, Beale explores how Martin Luther, himself a composer, had a profound effect on the development of sacred music, re-defining the role of congregational singing and the use of the organ in services. Ultimately, these reforms would shape the world of JS Bach and inspire him to write some of the greatest sacred music.

FRI 21:00 Who Killed Kirsty MacColl? (b0074qly)
Documentary investigating the mystery behind the death of singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl, killed by a speedboat in Mexico in 2000. The boat, travelling at high speed in an area restricted for divers, belonged to one of Mexico's wealthiest businessmen but no-one has been prosecuted over the incident. Kirsty's mother Jean's search for the truth and her attempts to bring those she believes are responsible to justice are documented here.

FRI 22:00 Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (b009s7gv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Wednesday]

FRI 23:00 BBC Proms (b007xwgv)

An Evening with Michael Ball - Prom 58

Petroc Trelawny introduces a bank holiday concert featuring star of the West End and Broadway, Michael Ball, as he comes to the Proms for the first time. With special guests and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Callum McLeod.

FRI 01:05 Sacred Music (b009s86s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

FRI 02:05 Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (b009s7gv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Wednesday]

FRI 03:05 Who Killed Kirsty MacColl? (b0074qly)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)

A Year in Tibet 22:00 TUE (b009phrr)

Adam Adamant Lives! 23:50 MON (b0074t1n)

Arena 22:00 WED (b009w2yc)

Arena 21:00 THU (b009s80n)

Arena 00:45 THU (b009s80n)

Arena 03:15 THU (b009s80n)

BBC Proms 00:30 TUE (b007w35t)

BBC Proms 23:00 FRI (b007xwgv)

Chinese School 21:00 TUE (b009ttvk)

Chinese School 23:30 TUE (b009ttvk)

Chinese School 02:45 TUE (b009ttvk)

Chinese School 22:00 THU (b009ttvk)

Chinese School 01:45 THU (b009ttvk)

Dear Television 21:00 SUN (b009s6q5)

Demob Happy: How TV Conquered Britain 01:25 WED (b0074rt1)

Doctor Who 20:30 SAT (b009w0ll)

Doctor Who 20:55 SAT (b009w0ln)

Doctor Who 21:20 SAT (b009w0lq)

Doctor Who 19:35 MON (b009w0pt)

Doctor Who 19:35 TUE (b009w100)

Doctor Who 19:30 WED (b009w16n)

Doctor Who 19:55 WED (b009w31v)

Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me 21:00 WED (b009s7gv)

Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me 00:30 WED (b009s7gv)

Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me 03:25 WED (b009s7gv)

Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me 22:00 FRI (b009s7gv)

Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me 02:05 FRI (b009s7gv)

Himalaya with Michael Palin 20:00 THU (b0074qrs)

Hughie Green, Most Sincerely 22:45 SUN (b009ph5x)

In Search of Medieval Britain 19:30 THU (b009vsbp)

In Search of Medieval Britain 23:45 THU (b009vsbp)

In Search of Medieval Britain 02:45 THU (b009vsbp)

Jonathan Creek 23:40 SAT (b007b9ql)

Legends 00:05 SUN (b009pgsc)

Legends 03:05 SUN (b009pgsc)

Life in Cold Blood 20:00 TUE (b008w0qh)

Mad Men 22:00 SUN (b009s6q7)

Mad Men 23:00 THU (b009s6q7)

Mark Lawson Talks To... 00:30 SAT (b009lv9n)

Mark Lawson Talks To... 23:30 WED (b008ghbr)

Mark Lawson Talks To... 02:25 WED (b008ghbr)

Minder 22:50 SAT (b009s5k0)

Minder 01:30 SAT (b009s5k0)

Mozart: Sacred Music 20:00 SUN (b0074sfn)

Mozart: Sacred Music 01:05 SUN (b0074sfn)

Pop Go the Sixties 19:30 MON (b008d06d)

Pop Go the Sixties 19:30 TUE (b008bxxt)

Sacred Music 19:00 SUN (b009phyw)

Sacred Music 02:05 SUN (b009phyw)

Sacred Music 20:00 FRI (b009s86s)

Sacred Music 01:05 FRI (b009s86s)

Shoulder to Shoulder 22:00 MON (b009s76k)

Sounds of the Sixties 19:00 SAT (b009x6kv)

The Book Quiz 20:30 MON (b009s76h)

The Book Quiz 01:05 MON (b009s76h)

The Book Quiz 02:35 MON (b009s76h)

The Book Quiz 23:00 TUE (b009s76h)

The Book Quiz 03:45 TUE (b009s76h)

The Cult of... 23:20 MON (b0074t1p)

The Hard Sell 03:25 SAT (b009pgzx)

The Naked Civil Servant 19:10 SAT (b007yxxf)

The Sky at Night 20:00 MON (b009s76d)

The Sky at Night 00:35 MON (b009s76d)

The Sky at Night 00:15 THU (b009s76d)

Timeshift 20:20 WED (b0074qp4)

Transatlantic Sessions 19:30 FRI (b0084lmp)

Up Pompeii 23:00 WED (b0074szm)

Verity Lambert: Drama Queen 21:50 SAT (b009s5jy)

Verity Lambert: Drama Queen 02:25 SAT (b009s5jy)

Verity Lambert: Drama Queen 21:00 MON (b009s5jy)

Verity Lambert: Drama Queen 01:35 MON (b009s5jy)

Verity Lambert: Drama Queen 03:05 MON (b009s5jy)

Washes Whiter 21:10 SUN (b009v6v9)

Who Killed Kirsty MacColl? 21:00 FRI (b0074qly)

Who Killed Kirsty MacColl? 03:05 FRI (b0074qly)

World News Today 19:00 MON (b009s76b)

World News Today 19:00 TUE (b009s7bv)

World News Today 19:00 WED (b009s7gs)

World News Today 19:00 THU (b009s80j)

World News Today 19:00 FRI (b009s86q)