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SATURDAY 30 AUGUST 2008

SAT 19:00 Coal House (b01rv7z6)
Series 1

Episode 8

Deep in the Welsh Valleys three families give up their 21st century creature comforts and time-travel back to face the hardships of life in a 1927 mining community.

The families add preparation for the final concert to their exhausting daily life. As the community thinks about its goodbye to life in 1927, will the children be saying goodbye to the pigs and their mums goodbye to the tin baths?


SAT 19:30 Jane Eyre (b0074t82)
Episode 3

Dramatisation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel. On her deathbed, Aunt Reed reveals important information about Jane's family which she has hidden for years. Returning to Thornfield, Jane expects Rochester to wed Blanche Ingram and is shocked by an altogether different marriage proposal. Just as Jane's dreams are about to come true, she discovers a terrible secret from the past that could destroy everything.


SAT 20:30 Jane Eyre (b0074t83)
Episode 4

Dramatisation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel. Having left Thornfield, a heartbroken Jane finds herself alone, penniless and starving on the moors. She lies down in a final act of surrender to the elements, but is rescued by clergyman St John Rivers who, together with his sisters, Diana and Mary, nurses her back to health. Jane begins a new life as the parish teacher, but when Rivers proposes marriage she thinks she hears Rochester call out her name and knows she must go back to Thornfield.


SAT 21:30 Outnumbered (b007yrz9)
Series 1

Episode 4

Dad finds himself being quizzed about his friendship with Gordon Brown and his SAS training when seven-year old Ben takes his talent for lying to a whole new level.

Mum makes plans for a romantic night in, but first she has to get rid of Karen's little friend and Karen's friend's overwrought mother.

As the romantic evening recedes into the distance, Jake raises fears about his friend's parents' divorce, and calls from his form tutor bring more alarming news.


SAT 22:00 Takin' Over the Asylum (b00d97nh)
You Always Hurt the One You Love

Drama series set in psychiatric hospital. Eddie and the gang pull out all the stops to save the radio station by staging a coup at the open day.


SAT 22:50 Takin' Over the Asylum (b00d97nk)
Fool on the Hill

Drama series set in a psychiatric hospital. The possibility of a discharge means Fergus must find a job. The aftermath of the open day is felt by Campbell, Eddie, Francine and the hospital radio.


SAT 23:40 Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go (b00bfmf5)
Documentary which explores the remarkable relationships which are formed between the staff and pupils at Mulberry Bush, a private school where local authorities send children with such extreme behavioural and emotional problems that they have been rejected by other schools, their families and care homes.


SAT 01:20 Travellers' Century (b00crnkq)
Eric Newby

Benedict Allen follows the travels of quintessential British amateur traveller Eric Newby. Born in suburban Hammersmith between the wars, Newby was dismissed by his public school as 'not clever', and his life became a catalogue of challenges. As a teenager, he went to sea to serve as a deck hand, sailing around Cape Horn. During the WW2 he joined the Special Boat Squadron, and was captured by the enemy. After escaping from an Italian POW camp, he met his future wife Wanda.

Newby itched to discover the world and, in the mid-1950s, abandoned an unhappy career in the rag trade to head off with diplomat Hugh Carless into remotest Afghanistan and climb Mir Samir. The journey was immortalised in A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush.

Fifty years on, Benedict Allen finds this lost corner of Afghanistan little changed - and comes away full of admiration for the author. Newby failed to reach the summit, but for all his sardonic understatement and self-deprecation, he was just a hair's breadth away. And all with the aid of a map drawn on the back of an envelope.


SAT 02:20 Travellers' Century (b00cskdg)
Laurie Lee

Explorer, writer and broadcaster Benedict Allen retraces part of author Laurie Lee's journey across Spain in 1935, which became the basis for his celebrated travelogue As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning.

Lee thought of himself first and foremost as a poet, and the book reveals a poet's sensibility in its meticulous, distilled observations of the country and people he quickly came to love.

Allen tries to find out whether Lee's evocative prose actually works as travel writing and Lee is revealed as an enigmatic, mercurial figure in the tradition of the wandering minstrel or troubadour, with a huge array of talents and an astonishing facility to charm.


SAT 03:20 Travellers' Century (b00cp4nx)
Patrick Leigh Fermor

Benedict Allen follows Patrick Leigh Fermor's epic 1931 quest across Europe, tracing the inns, haystacks and castles the young adventurer stayed in as he foot-slogged his way through Holland, Germany, Hungary and Romania towards Byzantium.

With his academic career punctuated by numerous school expulsions, the young Patrick Leigh Fermor put aside his troubles and set out across Europe to reach Constantinople in Turkey. It was the original backpacker journey, but also a quest in the romantic tradition of Lord Byron - that of the man of action and the intellectual combined.

His two accounts of that journey, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and Water, are a masterly portrait of a Europe about to be swept aside by war, and also an insight into the brilliant, classically educated mind of the author.

It is in remotest Greece that Benedict Allen finally tracks down the great man himself to discuss the nature, purpose and future of travel writing.



SUNDAY 31 AUGUST 2008

SUN 19:00 BBC Proms (b00d97s9)
2008

Prom 60: Lang Lang

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert in which 26-year-old Chinese superstar pianist Lang Lang performs works by Mozart, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Chopin and Liszt. For Schubert's Fantasia in F minor, Lang Lang duets with the prodigious nine-year-old California-born pianist Marc Yu, whom he has dubbed little Mozart.


SUN 20:45 Juliet Bravo (b00d97sc)
Series 4

Teamwork

Drama series set in a northern police station. Kate Longton's first day as Inspector in charge of Hartley Section starts quietly, but incidents develop.


SUN 21:35 Outnumbered (b007ys8t)
Series 1

Episode 5

Comedy series about the daily rollercoaster of life with young children. Ben's got a mystery illness and claims to be far too ill to go to school. Auntie Angela's boyfriend dumps her, so the family rally round to cheer her up in the best way they know how. Dad worries that he could be out of a job when his little problem at the school becomes public knowledge, but is Mum's job any safer?


SUN 22:05 Call the Cops (b00d8hqm)
Juliet Bravo

A look at 1980s cop show Juliet Bravo, created by the man who brought us The Sweeney, Ian Kennedy Martin.

When he met Inspector Wynne Darwin in the Lancashire force, Kennedy Martin knew he'd found the model for his new heroine.

The cast and crew talk about the gender politics both on-screen and off, how many of the stories were rooted in reality and how they were secretly in contact with another female-led police show, The Gentle Touch on ITV.

Also, we discover how the male writers were advised to overcome their anxiety about writing for a woman, how the show re-grouped when Stephanie Turner, the show's first lead, was replaced by Anna Carteret and what kind of fan mail used to arrive for Inspector Kate Longton.

Interviewees include Ian Kennedy Martin, actors Stephanie Turner and Anna Carteret, producer Terence Wiliams and the real-life inspiration for the series, Wynne Darwin.


SUN 22:35 My New Best Friend (b00bfm0m)
Cheltenham

Documentary series about the importance and nature of friendship among children. Shot over eight months and told entirely from their perspective, it is an intimate and moving insight into how children think and feel as they journey into a new world.

Four 11-year-old girls leave the familiarity of their prep schools to join one of the most prestigious girls' schools in the country, Cheltenham Ladies' College. For the three new boarders and one day girl, a new school is as daunting as it is exciting.


SUN 23:35 My New Best Friend (b00bv2k8)
Scotland

Three-part documentary series about the importance and nature of friendship among children, told from their point of view. Bryony, Galen, Jessica and Ruairidh must leave their tiny primary schools on remote north-west Scotland islands to start secondary school together on the mainland at Mallaig High School. Each has a different journey into this new world, but they the share universal challenges of finding their own identities, making new friends and trying to belong.


SUN 00:35 My New Best Friend (b00byhrf)
London

Three-part documentary series about the importance and nature of friendship among children, told from their point of view. Four London children make the transition from their familiar primary schools to the grown-up world of an inner-city secondary school. The two boys, Demian and Azad, are best friends from the start, while girls Semra and Katriye are twin sisters. Playground politics and rivalries come to affect all of them profoundly.


SUN 01:35 Call the Cops (b00d8hqm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:05 today]


SUN 02:05 BBC Proms (b00d97s9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]



MONDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2008

MON 19:00 World News Today (b00d989w)
The latest news from around the world.


MON 19:30 BBC Proms (b00d98t3)
2008

Prom 62: Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert by the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under conductor Colin Davis. They are joined by the dynamic Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider in a performance of Beethoven's monumental Violin Concerto, known as his 'ultimate challenge'. The concert ends with Sibelius's great statement of pride and love for his native Finland, his Second Symphony.


MON 21:35 Outnumbered (b007ysb9)
Series 1

Episode 6

Five-year-old Karen decides to leave home for Spain, or possibly Greenland. Mum and Dad prepare for a dinner party, which leads to Ben being allowed to crack some eggs and getting his first taste of gin. The drink loosens tongues all round, and the dinner party becomes a disaster zone, but this time the parents can't blame any of it on the kids.


MON 22:05 Life on Mars (b0074sdp)
Series 1

Episode 4

Drama series about a Manchester detective who suffers a near-fatal car crash and wakes up in what seems to be 1973. Sam's principles call into question the ethos of his whole department as he takes on a local gangster in an attempt to stamp out police corruption. Gene believes that criminals and the police can co-exist and that the streets are safer as a result, but Sam knows that in the future police corruption will irrevocably change the relationship between the public and the police.


MON 23:05 Sleepers (b00dcn8y)
The Net Tightens

Post-glasnost comedy thriller. Although Jeremy and Albert are determined to keep a low profile, the KGB net tightens. Meanwhile, the CIA and MI5 are perplexed by the sudden increase in KGB activity in the UK.


MON 23:55 More Dawn French's Boys Who Do: Comedy (b0088yn9)
Graham Norton

Dawn French interviews Graham Norton about his life in comedy.


MON 00:25 Rich Hall's 'How the West Was Lost' (b00c4zvh)
Comedian Rich Hall goes west to find out what killed off that most quintessentially American of all film genres, the western.

Through films such as The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, Little Big Man, The Wild Bunch and Unforgiven, Rich charts the rise and fall of America's obsession with its own creation myth - the Wild West. He explores how the image of the cowboy as a moral, straight-talking heroic figure was created by Hollywood but appropriated by Washington, as one president after another sought to associate themselves with this potent symbol of strength and valour.

From Tombstone to Texas, Montana to Wyoming, Rich travels across a landscape that is both actual and mythic in the minds of not just Americans, but all of us. With his customary wit and intelligence he unpicks the truth from the fiction of Hollywood's version of frontier life, draws parallels between popular western narratives and America's more questionable foreign policy, and celebrates the real heroes of the west - John Ford, John Wayne, Sam Peckinpah, Arthur Penn and Clint Eastwood.

Filmed on location in Arizona, Montana and Wyoming and incorporating interviews and archive clips of some of the best-loved westerns of all-time, the film is Rich Hall's personal salute to a genre of film he feels passionate about.


MON 01:55 BBC Proms (b00d98t3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]



TUESDAY 02 SEPTEMBER 2008

TUE 19:00 World News Today (b00d98t5)
The latest news from around the world.


TUE 19:30 Pop Go the Sixties (b00crz39)
Series 2

Herman's Hermits

Pop moments from the BBC's sixties archive. Britain's inoffensive pop conquerors of America, who anticipated the sound that the Monkees would later call their own, perform Something Is Happening on the Wednesday Show in 1968. Peter Noone leads the band on the song that made number six in the Swiss charts.


TUE 19:35 Batman (b00dc65g)
Series 2

Pop Goes the Joker

Adventures with the caped crusader. The Joker becomes an art critic when he desecrates some very important paintings. But the
Dynamic Duo's interference is not welcomed by the artist and when The Joker becomes an artist in his own right, he enrolls
millionaires into his art school - and kidnaps them.


TUE 20:00 Wild China (b00brvjx)
Shangri-La

Documentary that showcases pioneering images capturing the dazzling array of mysterious creatures that live in China's most beautiful landscapes. Beneath billowing clouds, in China's far south west, rich jungles nestle below towering peaks. Jewel-coloured birds and ancient tribes share forested valleys where wild elephants still roam. How do these forests exist? Perhaps the rugged landscape holds the key.


TUE 21:00 Meetings with Remarkable Trees (b0074kdb)
Series 1

The Tortworth Chestnut

Series looking at some of the oldest and most unusual trees in Britain. This programme investigates an ancient sweet chestnut tree on the Tortworth Estate in Gloucestershire.


TUE 21:10 Between the Lines (m000tpzl)
Series 1

Out of the Game

Drama series about internal investigations within the police force. When a youth is shot by armed police, years of resentment are set to explode into violence. But the wrath of Chief Supt Jameson is even more destructive.


TUE 22:00 Call the Cops (b00d98t9)
Between the Lines

A look at Between the Lines, which provided compelling evidence that the cop show had finally found a way of getting to grips with the corruption scandals of the 1980s.

Cast and crew recount details of how executive producer Tony Garnett checked that women found Neil Pearson sexy before casting him, why Tom Georgeson's character smoked as often as he possibly could and what happened when Siobhan Redmond had to film her first lesbian kiss.

Interviewees include Neil Pearson, Tom Georgeson, Siobhan Redmond, Lesley Vickerage, creator JC Wilsher, executive producer Tony Garnett and producer Peter Norris.


TUE 22:30 The Quatermass Experiment (b0074r7d)
Live adaptation of the sci-fi classic, originally shown on BBC in 1953. Prof Bernard Quatermass's rocket and crew have made history by travelling further into space than any other human being. But when the rocket lands, it soon becomes apparent that something is terribly wrong.


TUE 00:10 Edwardians in Colour: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn (b0079stt)
Original Series

Europe on the Brink

Documentary series about Albert Kahn's photographic Archive of the Planet.

For a quarter of a century, Kahn supplied a team of photographers with the world's first colour camera system and dispatched them across the globe. Their films and 72,000 photographs offer a unique insight into the formative years of the 20th Century.

When Auguste Leon visited Scandinavia in 1910, he found widespread deprivation and famine. In the Balkans he recorded the increasing volatility of Europe on the eve of war.


TUE 01:10 Call the Cops (b00d98t9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


TUE 01:40 The Quatermass Experiment (b0074r7d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:30 today]


TUE 03:15 Call the Cops (b00d98t9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]



WEDNESDAY 03 SEPTEMBER 2008

WED 19:00 World News Today (b00d9956)
The latest news from around the world.


WED 19:30 Pop Go the Sixties (b00cvzhf)
Series 2

Dusty Springfield

A colourful nugget of pop mined from the BBC's archive. From her own series recorded in 1967, Dusty Springfield performs the Bobby Hebb classic, Sunny, which had been a hit in the UK for Cher and Georgie Fame.


WED 19:35 Batman (b00dc68y)
Series 2

Flop Goes the Joker

Fantasy drama series. Robin reckons he is a hamburger.


WED 20:00 Life in Cold Blood (b0090b9g)
Dragons of the Dry

David Attenborough reveals the surprising truth about the cold-blooded lives of reptiles and amphibians, including jacky lizards that wave, wrestling beaded lizards and the largest chameleons in the world jousting in the trees. He also comes across the world's smallest chameleon, which is no bigger than his thumbnail, and the biggest lizard in Australia.


WED 21:00 Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery (b00d9958)
Spare Parts

Documentary series about the brutal, bloody and dangerous history of surgery continues with a look at the development of transplant surgery, from a Nazi sympathiser to the latest miraculous life- and limb-saving operations.

These days, transplant surgery saves thousands of lives every year and almost everything, from heart to eyes, can be replaced. But in the beginning, transplants killed rather than cured, because surgeons didn't understand that they were taking on one of the most efficient killing systems we know of - the human immune system.


WED 22:00 The Consequences of Love (b00d995b)
Challenging, understated drama revolving around the misanthropic resident of a dull Swiss hotel who, it transpires, has been banished to a life of eternal boredom because of an error that cost the Mafia a fortune. Eventually, he strikes up a relationship with the hotel barmaid which prompts him to reconsider his situation, a decision set to bring him into a confrontation with his criminal employers once again.


WED 23:40 Coal House (b01rv7z6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]


WED 00:10 Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery (b00d9958)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


WED 01:10 Medical Mavericks (b0074tdb)
Series 1

Discovering Vaccines

Dr Michael Mosley explores the ways in which pioneering doctors laid the foundations of modern medicine by experimenting on themselves.

Mosley explores the unbelievable ways in which doctors learnt to harness the immune system by deliberately exposing themselves to incurable diseases like rabies, typhoid and polio. He meets the team of Nottingham doctors who are infecting themselves with hookworms to see if they can shut down the immune system in order to cope with allergies like hayfever and asthma.

The programme includes the story of living self-experimenter Dr Hilary Koprowski, who mixed up a potion of ground-up rats' brains in the 1950s and drank it in his efforts to develop an oral polio vaccine. Mosley charts the terrible consequences of releasing an unproven vaccine too early, which happened in the race to control polio in the 1930s and the 1950s. One of the contributors describes the 1950s polio trial which involved millions of children as 'the worst man-made biological disaster in American history'.


WED 02:10 Doctors to Be: 20 Years On (b00859t2)
The Casualty Doctor's Tale

Update on the 1980s series about a group of doctors just starting out on their careers. Fey Probst was a single parent who could only settle down to study after her children had gone to bed. Finally qualified, Fey sailed through the punishing hours on a tide of euphoria and is now a consultant in A&E. But Fey is worried by the way young doctors are now rising to the top of the hierarchy in much less time than it took her generation, and she fears that they may not have the knowledge they need.


WED 02:40 Doctors to Be: 20 Years On (b0087g3h)
The Family Doctor's Tale

Update on the 1980s series about a group of doctors just starting out on their careers. David Copping always wanted to be a GP, even though it was the less glamorous side of medicine. But by choosing general practice at its nadir meant David had the pick of the jobs, and now the government has boosted GPs' salaries and cut their night work. Working four days a week for a high salary, life is good. Life may be better for GPs, but are the patients getting what they need from them?


WED 03:10 Medical Mavericks (b0074tdb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:10 today]



THURSDAY 04 SEPTEMBER 2008

THU 19:00 World News Today (b00d9f9d)
The latest news from around the world.


THU 19:30 Fossil Detectives (b00d9f9g)
West and Wales

Series in which Open University associate lecturer Dr Hermione Cockburn leads a team of fossil experts and geologists around different regions of Britain to search for its best fossil treasures and mysteries, in an effort to uncover and make sense of our ancient past.

The team visits Wales to bring dinosaurs back to life using evolutionary robotics and we follow the intriguing story of the fossils at the Ford engine plant in Bridgend.

On the outskirts of Liverpool, Hermione follows in the footsteps of our ancestors to discover trace fossils of human beings which are still soft to the touch.

Plus, why fossils were thought to be food for the dead, and the team come face to face with a prehistoric skeleton with a dark secret

Fossil Detectives would like to thank:

Cadw
National Museum Wales
Ford Motor Company Limited
The Lapworth Museum, University of Birmingham
British Institute for Geological Conservation

Executive Producer for The Open University: Catherine McCarthy
Academic Consultant for The Open University: Dr Peter Sheldon
Learning Consultant for The Open University: Dr Janet Sumner
Production Co-ordinator: Katie Elloway
Production Manager: Sue Loder
Colourist: Tim Bolt
Post Production Sound: Neil Hipkiss & Matt Coster
Online: Fred Tay
Sound Recordist: Andy Hawley
Graphics: Jelly Television
Composer: David Lowe
Aerial Photography: Flying TV
Photography: Mark McCauley
Editing: Judith Robson
Executive Producer: Fiona Pitcher
Assistant Producers: Gavin Boyland & Amanda Kear
Series Producer: Kerensa Jennings.


THU 20:00 Lost Horizons: The Big Bang (b00dcbqm)
Professor Jim Al Khalili delves into over 50 years of the BBC science archive to tell the story behind the emergence of one of the greatest theories of modern science, the Big Bang.

The remarkable idea that our universe simply began from nothing has not always been accepted with the conviction it is today and, from fiercely disputed leftfield beginnings, took the best part of the 20th century to emerge as the triumphant explanation of how the universe began. Using curious horn-shaped antennas, U-2 spy planes, satellites and particle accelerators, scientists have slowly pieced together the cosmological jigsaw, and this documentary charts the overwhelming evidence for a universe created by a Big Bang.


THU 21:00 The Big Bang Machine (b00dccnr)
Professor Brian Cox visits Geneva to take a look around Cern's Large Hadron Collider before this vast, 27km long machine is sealed off and a simulation experiment begins to try and create the conditions that existed just a billionth of a second after the Big Bang. Cox joins the scientists who hope that the LHC will change our understanding of the early universe and solve some of its mysteries.


THU 22:00 Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery (b00d9958)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Wednesday]


THU 23:00 Maestro (b00db1np)
Opera

Clive Anderson hosts Maestro's next studio challenge as five famous amateurs with a passion for classical music do battle with their batons conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra.

In the fourth round the students step up to the podium to conduct a programme of popular operatic arias sung by soloists Alfie Boe and Rebecca Evans in front of the panel of expert judges - conductors Sir Roger Norrington and Simone Young, double bassist Dominic Seldis, composer and cellist Zoe Martlew. They must then face the orchestra vote to decide who leaves the competition for good.


THU 00:00 BBC Four Sessions (b0074rzd)
Antony and the Johnsons

Series of unique concerts featuring musicians from around the world. Antony Hegarty and the Johnsons perform a selection of tracks from their award-winning album I Am a Bird Now.


THU 01:00 Fossil Detectives (b00d9f9g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]


THU 01:30 Journeys from the Centre of the Earth (b0074qn2)
Art

Geologist Dr Iain Stewart presents a series showing how the rocks beneath our feet have shaped the human history of the Mediterranean. His whistle-stop tour takes in many popular and seemingly familiar tourist destinations in Egypt, France and Spain, but provides a unique geologist's insight which can't be found in the guidebooks.

He explains how geology was a huge influence in shaping the history of art. Early cave painters began by scraping their colours from rocks on the Earth's surface, but civilisations like the Egyptians and Arabs developed ingenious techniques to transform rocks and dramatically broaden the range of their palettes. He brings the story up to the present day, showing how advances in the understanding of rocks have given each generation of artists new potential.


THU 02:30 Fossil Detectives (b00d9f9g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]


THU 03:00 Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery (b00d9958)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Wednesday]



FRIDAY 05 SEPTEMBER 2008

FRI 19:00 World News Today (b00d9g2v)
The latest news from around the world.


FRI 19:30 A Seaside Parish (b0078v96)
Series 2

Episode 7

Documentary series following Rev Christine Musser in the Cornish parish of Boscastle. Christine detects a new spirit of optimism as Boscastle looks to the future. More harbourside shops re-open as the tourist season draws near. Bishop Bill raises the flag at a special service at the village church and at last there's some good news about the harbour's ancient sewage system.


FRI 20:00 Castrato (b0074spg)
Documentary which investigates the private and public world of the castrati - celebrated 18th-century male singers whose voices remained unbroken due to castration in childhood. A unique new experiment attempts to recreate the true sound of this lost voice.


FRI 21:00 They Came From Manchester: Five Decades of Mancunian Pop (b00d9g2x)
A compilation of BBC studio performances of some of the great Manchester bands from the 1960s to the present, including Freddie and the Dreamers, The Hollies, 10CC, the Buzzcocks, The Fall, Joy Division, James, M-People, Oasis and many more.


FRI 22:00 Rock Family Trees (b0074qzz)
Series 2

And God Created Manchester

Series charting the musical and human dramas behind some of the best-known rock and pop groups in history.

This programme looks at some of the best bands to come out of Manchester over the past 20 years. The stories of Buzzcocks, Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and Monaco all feature along with other Manchester institutions such as the Hacienda and Factory Records.


FRI 22:50 Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays (b007zmn3)
Documentary celebrating the triumph, tragedy and human comedy that was Manchester record company, Factory. Started by the late Tony Wilson, Alan Erasmus, Peter Saville and Martin Hannett in the late 1970s, it became known as the home of Joy Divsion, New Order and Happy Mondays and for creating the Hacienda club. The label pioneered Britain's independent pop culture, creating a new Manchester and blowing a shed-load of money. Includes interviews with all the main players in the Factory story.


FRI 00:20 The Avengers (b00dc6k4)
Series 4

Dial a Deadly Number

The suave Steed and sidekick Emma decide to play the stock market when sudden death strikes in the world of big business.


FRI 01:10 Call the Cops (b00d98t9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Tuesday]


FRI 01:40 They Came From Manchester: Five Decades of Mancunian Pop (b00d9g2x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 02:40 Castrato (b0074spg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


FRI 03:40 Call the Cops (b00d98t9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Tuesday]




LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)

A Seaside Parish 19:30 FRI (b0078v96)

BBC Four Sessions 00:00 THU (b0074rzd)

BBC Proms 19:00 SUN (b00d97s9)

BBC Proms 02:05 SUN (b00d97s9)

BBC Proms 19:30 MON (b00d98t3)

BBC Proms 01:55 MON (b00d98t3)

Batman 19:35 TUE (b00dc65g)

Batman 19:35 WED (b00dc68y)

Between the Lines 21:10 TUE (m000tpzl)

Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery 21:00 WED (b00d9958)

Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery 00:10 WED (b00d9958)

Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery 22:00 THU (b00d9958)

Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery 03:00 THU (b00d9958)

Call the Cops 22:05 SUN (b00d8hqm)

Call the Cops 01:35 SUN (b00d8hqm)

Call the Cops 22:00 TUE (b00d98t9)

Call the Cops 01:10 TUE (b00d98t9)

Call the Cops 03:15 TUE (b00d98t9)

Call the Cops 01:10 FRI (b00d98t9)

Call the Cops 03:40 FRI (b00d98t9)

Castrato 20:00 FRI (b0074spg)

Castrato 02:40 FRI (b0074spg)

Coal House 19:00 SAT (b01rv7z6)

Coal House 23:40 WED (b01rv7z6)

Doctors to Be: 20 Years On 02:10 WED (b00859t2)

Doctors to Be: 20 Years On 02:40 WED (b0087g3h)

Edwardians in Colour: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn 00:10 TUE (b0079stt)

Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays 22:50 FRI (b007zmn3)

Fossil Detectives 19:30 THU (b00d9f9g)

Fossil Detectives 01:00 THU (b00d9f9g)

Fossil Detectives 02:30 THU (b00d9f9g)

Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go 23:40 SAT (b00bfmf5)

Jane Eyre 19:30 SAT (b0074t82)

Jane Eyre 20:30 SAT (b0074t83)

Journeys from the Centre of the Earth 01:30 THU (b0074qn2)

Juliet Bravo 20:45 SUN (b00d97sc)

Life in Cold Blood 20:00 WED (b0090b9g)

Life on Mars 22:05 MON (b0074sdp)

Lost Horizons: The Big Bang 20:00 THU (b00dcbqm)

Maestro 23:00 THU (b00db1np)

Medical Mavericks 01:10 WED (b0074tdb)

Medical Mavericks 03:10 WED (b0074tdb)

Meetings with Remarkable Trees 21:00 TUE (b0074kdb)

More Dawn French's Boys Who Do: Comedy 23:55 MON (b0088yn9)

My New Best Friend 22:35 SUN (b00bfm0m)

My New Best Friend 23:35 SUN (b00bv2k8)

My New Best Friend 00:35 SUN (b00byhrf)

Outnumbered 21:30 SAT (b007yrz9)

Outnumbered 21:35 SUN (b007ys8t)

Outnumbered 21:35 MON (b007ysb9)

Pop Go the Sixties 19:30 TUE (b00crz39)

Pop Go the Sixties 19:30 WED (b00cvzhf)

Rich Hall's 'How the West Was Lost' 00:25 MON (b00c4zvh)

Rock Family Trees 22:00 FRI (b0074qzz)

Sleepers 23:05 MON (b00dcn8y)

Takin' Over the Asylum 22:00 SAT (b00d97nh)

Takin' Over the Asylum 22:50 SAT (b00d97nk)

The Avengers 00:20 FRI (b00dc6k4)

The Big Bang Machine 21:00 THU (b00dccnr)

The Consequences of Love 22:00 WED (b00d995b)

The Quatermass Experiment 22:30 TUE (b0074r7d)

The Quatermass Experiment 01:40 TUE (b0074r7d)

They Came From Manchester: Five Decades of Mancunian Pop 21:00 FRI (b00d9g2x)

They Came From Manchester: Five Decades of Mancunian Pop 01:40 FRI (b00d9g2x)

Travellers' Century 01:20 SAT (b00crnkq)

Travellers' Century 02:20 SAT (b00cskdg)

Travellers' Century 03:20 SAT (b00cp4nx)

Wild China 20:00 TUE (b00brvjx)

World News Today 19:00 MON (b00d989w)

World News Today 19:00 TUE (b00d98t5)

World News Today 19:00 WED (b00d9956)

World News Today 19:00 THU (b00d9f9d)

World News Today 19:00 FRI (b00d9g2v)