Fantasy adventure series. The Penguin and the Joker have hidden in the Batmobile in order to infiltrate the Batcave. Can the Caped Crusader catch the creeps?
Edited from more than 3,000 hours of footage, this documentary uses a remote camera disguised as a rock to observe cubs growing up into adult lions. It features their futile attempts to climb trees, the mayhem caused when they surround a hippo, and various encounters with other animals such as cobras, buffalos and elephants. Narrated by David Attenborough.
Documentary series giving an unprecedented insight into Jewish life in Britain today tells the story of 52-year-old millionaire philanthropist Jonathan Faith. Former owner of high street chain Faith shoes, he retired from the business to devote himself to trying to reverse the decline in the observant Jewish population, which is currently a mere 270,000 people. He spends his fortune not on yachts, but on a mission to prevent religious Jews in Britain from becoming extinct.
Danish drama in which a man who has dedicated his life to helping street children in India finds the orphanage he heads threatened by closure. A Danish businessman offers him a donation of four million dollars under the condition that he return to Denmark and take part in the wedding of the businessman's daughter. The wedding proves to be a critical juncture between past and future and catapults him into the most intense dilemma of his life.
The story of South Yorkshire's Highgate Greyhound Stadium, which each week attracts a motley crowd of characters to the world of flapping - independent, unregulated greyhound racing.
In the days when the mines dominated South Yorkshire, flapping was a way of life. But as the mines have closed, so have the tracks. In 1948, there were over 130 flapping tracks in the UK. By 1984, the year of the miners' strike, there were less than 60. Today there are just 11. The tracks may be dwindling, but to those involved flapping remains an obsession and Highgate is at the centre of these dogmen's lives.
At Highgate, 'Tricky' Russ is in charge and as proprietor is all powerful in this unregulated world. But financially, the track is in trouble and his son shows no interest in entering the family business. In step the track's landlords who have regretted their decision to lease the track and are now determined to restore it to its former glory.
Documentary concerning the first in-depth look at dogs' ability to detect cancer in humans. The programme reveals the results of three astonishing scientific trials exploring dogs' sniffing abilities and includes the first-ever footage of a pet dog spontaneously alerting its owner to a potential cancer.
THURSDAY 03 JULY 2008
THU 19:00 World News Today (b00ccffr)
The latest news from around the world.
THU 19:30 Born to Be Wild (b00ccfft)
All over Britain, there is a secret army of dedicated people. They spend millions of hours watching over our wildlife. In the first of this six-part series, mammal watchers come under the spotlight. Mammal enthusiasts have to be truly dedicated, because most of our furry creatures are extremely difficult to see. Many are elusive and fast moving, so it takes real skill just to find them. We go into the rafters of a haunted mansion to spot bats, into the depths of a wood to discover a sleepy dormouse, stand out in the pouring rain to catch a glimpse of a brown hare - and for the elusive otter, our poor naturalist has to be content with its poo.
Britain has a long tradition of amateur naturalists taking to the wilds to pursue their passions. Due to them, we have the best-known wildlife of any country on Earth. Our mammal watchers are playing their part, each providing unique information about their beloved animal.
THU 20:00 The Great British Sunday (b008x370)
Comedian Sean Lock looks at what Sundays always meant to him - from hangovers to Jack Hargreaves, from Sunday school and stately homes to utter boredom.
THU 21:00 Sunday Schools: Reading, Writing and Redemption (b00ccffw)
Documentary investigating the radical impact Sunday schools have had on British society. Their early pioneers upset local bigwigs and the state by teaching the lower orders to read. By Victorian times, huge numbers attended the schools and they even gave birth to major football clubs. In the twentieth century they still had a rich influence on the personal lives of people like Patricia Routledge, Roy Hattersley and Anne Widdecombe. Huw Edwards discovers their forgotten history.
THU 22:00 Ian Hislop's Scouting for Boys (b007hfx3)
Robert Baden-Powell's handbook Scouting for Boys, written in 1908, may be largely forgotten today, but it is one of the most influential and best-selling books of all time. In the 20th century, only the Bible, the Koran and the Thoughts of Chairman Mao sold more. But they had fewer jokes, no pictures and were useless at important stuff like tying knots.
In this entertaining and affectionate film, Ian Hislop uncovers the story behind the book which kick-started the Scout Movement - a work which is very eccentric, very Edwardian and very British.
Ian discovers that the book is actually very radical and addresses all sorts of issues that we think of as modern, such as citizenship, disaffected youth and social responsibility. He explores the maverick brilliance of Baden-Powell, a national celebrity after his heroism in the Boer War, and considers the book's candid focus on health and wellbeing - from the importance of what Baden-Powell called a 'daily rear' to his infamous warning on the dangers of masturbation.
Contributors include his grandson Lord Baden-Powell, minister for culture and former cub scout David Lammy, biographer Tim Jeal and Elleke Boehmer, editor of the re-issue of the original Scouting for Boys.
THU 23:00 BBC Four Sessions (b008yw99)
Series of unique concerts featuring musicians from around the world at St Luke's in London. Canadian country singer and four-times Grammy Award winner k.d. lang performs together with a 30-strong strings section from the BBC Concert Orchestra. The set features songs from across her 25-year career, including her biggest hit Constant Craving, covers of Neil Young and Leonard Cohen songs, and material from her 2008 album Watershed.
THU 00:00 Born to Be Wild (b00ccfft)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
THU 00:30 Sunday Schools: Reading, Writing and Redemption (b00ccffw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
THU 01:30 Ian Hislop's Scouting for Boys (b007hfx3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today
THU 02:30 Born to Be Wild (b00ccfft)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
THU 03:00 Sunday Schools: Reading, Writing and Redemption (b00ccffw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
FRIDAY 04 JULY 2008
FRI 19:00 World News Today (b00ccfzp)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
The latest news from around the world.
FRI 19:30 A Seaside Parish (b0078pjg)
Documentary series following Rev Christine Musser in her new Cornish parish. Christmas comes to Boscastle and a group of parishioners try to use the power of prayer to help an ill friend. Meanwhile, the death of a much-loved family pet casts a shadow over the Christmas festivities at the rectory, and Chris's daughter Sarah begins the almost impossible task of trying to find work in the village.
FRI 20:00 Meetings with Remarkable Trees (b0074tn8)
A history of the great mulberry tree which stands in the grounds of Christ's College, Cambridge, which historians believe to have been planted during an attempt to establish a silk trade in Britain during the reign of Charles I. But the programme reveals how the tree has proved more successful at supplying the college with mulberry jam and ice cream.
FRI 20:10 Storyville (b00cg6zv)
Wheel of Time
Documentary by Werner Herzog exploring the Buddhist Kalachakra movement for world peace. As pilgrims gather at the holy Mount Kailash in Tibet and later in Austria, the Dalai Lama is seen praying with the faithful.
FRI 21:30 BBC Four Sessions (b00byjjd)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Series of unique concerts featuring musicians from around the world at St Luke's in London. Nick Cave and his band perform a set drawn from their latest album Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! and a 20-year repertoire including The Mercy Seat, Red Righ Hand and Deanna.
By turns menacing and hilarious, Cave comes on stage like a Southern preacher in the festooned, converted church and soon has the appreciative crowd hanging off his every word, while the Bad Seeds are at the top of their game behind him.
FRI 22:30 Songwriters' Circle (b0077srw)
Hit songwriters share the stage for an acoustic concert at the Subterania Club in London. This programme features Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, John Cale, formerly of the Velvet Underground, and Nick Cave. Songs include Back on The Chain Gang, Fear, Into My Arms, Kid, Mercy Seat and Ship of Fools.
FRI 23:20 Later... with Jools Holland (b00ccfzt)
Compilation of performances from Jools Holland's TV show by Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave, who has appeared more times than any other artist between 1992 and 2008. Featuring There She Goes (My Beautiful World), He Wants You, Nobody's Baby Now, Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow and a duet with Shane MacGowan on Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World. Also included is a 1989 performance of The Weeping Song from The Late Show and his duet with Kylie Minogue from 1995, Where The Wild Roses Grow.
FRI 00:20 The Avengers (b0074sbv)
The 50,000 Pound Breakfast
1960s crime drama series. Steed dabbles in tycoonery and Emma in foul play. A reclusive industrialist is hounded by diamond thieves.
FRI 01:10 BBC Four Sessions (b00byjjd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:30 today
FRI 02:10 Later... with Jools Holland (b00ccfzt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:20 today
FRI 03:10 Storyville (b00cg6zv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:10 today
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)
A Seaside Parish 19:30 FRI (b0078pjg)
After the Wedding 22:00 WED (b00ccf3f)
BBC Four Sessions 23:00 THU (b008yw99)
BBC Four Sessions 21:30 FRI (b00byjjd)
BBC Four Sessions 01:10 FRI (b00byjjd)
Batman 19:35 MON (b00cfh33)
Batman 19:35 TUE (b00cfh4r)
Batman 19:35 WED (b00cfh6h)
Born to Be Wild 19:30 THU (b00ccfft)
Born to Be Wild 00:00 THU (b00ccfft)
Born to Be Wild 02:30 THU (b00ccfft)
Can Dogs Smell Cancer? 02:05 WED (b0074rtr)
Glastonbury 22:30 SAT (b00cccl2)
Glastonbury 21:00 SUN (b00cccrc)
Ian Hislop's Scouting for Boys 22:00 THU (b007hfx3)
Ian Hislop's Scouting for Boys 01:30 THU (b007hfx3)
Inherit the Wind 19:00 SAT (b00795rl)
Jews 01:35 MON (b00c81yz)
Jews 21:00 WED (b00ccf3c)
Jews 23:55 WED (b00ccf3c)
Jews 03:05 WED (b00ccf3c)
Later... with Jools Holland 23:20 FRI (b00ccfzt)
Later... with Jools Holland 02:10 FRI (b00ccfzt)
Meetings with Remarkable Trees 20:00 FRI (b0074tn8)
Michael Palin and the Mystery of Hammershoi 20:00 SUN (b007ccc2)
Miss Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Hall 22:30 TUE (b007qcxg)
Miss Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Hall 01:50 TUE (b007qcxg)
Pop Go the Sixties 19:30 MON (b0084cjh)
Pop Go the Sixties 19:30 TUE (b0088nyx)
Pop Go the Sixties 19:30 WED (b008791b)
Samuel Johnson Prize 21:00 MON (b00cccyc)
Songwriters' Circle 22:30 FRI (b0077srw)
Storyville 20:10 FRI (b00cg6zv)
Storyville 03:10 FRI (b00cg6zv)
Strictly Courtroom 21:00 SAT (b00cccl0)
Strictly Courtroom 02:00 SAT (b00cccl0)
Strictly Courtroom 22:00 SUN (b00cccl0)
Strictly Courtroom 02:30 SUN (b00cccl0)
Strictly Courtroom 00:05 MON (b00cccl0)
Strictly Courtroom 02:35 MON (b00cccl0)
Sunday Schools: Reading, Writing and Redemption 21:00 THU (b00ccffw)
Sunday Schools: Reading, Writing and Redemption 00:30 THU (b00ccffw)
Sunday Schools: Reading, Writing and Redemption 03:00 THU (b00ccffw)
The Armstrong and Miller Show 22:00 TUE (b0085c04)
The Avengers 00:20 FRI (b0074sbv)
The Boys 23:30 SUN (b0078z29)
The Flapping Track 00:55 WED (b00c5143)
The Great British Sunday 20:00 THU (b008x370)
The Life of Mammals 20:00 MON (b007c1nk)
The Secret Life of the Motorway 19:00 SUN (b007xmbm)
The Secret Life of the Motorway 01:30 SUN (b007xmbm)
The Twenties in Colour: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn 23:50 TUE (b0088zhv)
The Verdict 22:00 MON (b00cccyf)
The Wildlife Specials 20:00 TUE (b0074sw8)
The Wildlife Specials 20:00 WED (b0074pkg)
What Happened Next? 21:00 TUE (b00ccd70)
What Happened Next? 00:50 TUE (b00ccd70)
What Happened Next? 03:10 TUE (b00ccd70)
World News Today 19:00 MON (b00cccy9)
World News Today 19:00 TUE (b00ccd6y)
World News Today 19:00 WED (b00ccf39)
World News Today 19:00 THU (b00ccffr)
World News Today 19:00 FRI (b00ccfzp)