The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.
The National Parks are Britain's most treasured landscapes, but they are increasingly becoming battlefields. They were designated 60 years ago as places for everyone, but is that still the case? In this series the award-winning film-maker Richard Macer spent a year amid conflicts in three different parks, on a journey to discover who they are really for.
In each park the stories are very different, but there is something that unites them all - fiercely divided communities who are prepared to fight in order to preserve their right to enjoy the countryside. In each film, Macer has secured access to the National Park Authority - an organisation which looks after the landscapes and decides upon planning matters. In all of these stories the Park Authorities have a key role to play in trying to find amicable solutions to the problems which confront them.
In the Lake District, entrepreneur Mark Weir wants to build a giant zip-wire ride from the top of a beautiful, remote mountain. But does it have any chance of getting permission when there are over 400 objectors to it? Unfortunately a tragic accident during filming means that Mark will never see if his zip-wire becomes a reality.
For one day the canals are closed and fleets of row boats take to the water. As temperatures soar, Venetians and visitors turn out in their thousands to celebrate the ancient tradition of rowing. At the same time, the police try to rein in speeding motor boats while, on the city's outskirts, an enormous anti-flood system is being built. As the team prepares to lower millions of pounds of technology weighing over 20 tons into the Venice lagoon, nerves are mounting. Without it, Venice is at risk of disappearing under the water.
Brian Hill's bittersweet observational film features the story of a separated family whose break up is so acrimonious and the parents are so loath to come in to any contact with one another at all, that it becomes impossible for the father to see his children without the involvement of a contact centre. This powerful and intimate film explores the lengths to which dads will go to see their kids, the impact of this situation on the children, and the motivations and anxieties that have led mums ands dads to this most specific of locations.
Sean and Beverly Lincoln are a happily married English couple, who are also the creators of a hit British TV show. Their life seems complete. That is until a hugely powerful and charismatic US network president persuades them to move to Los Angeles to recreate their show for American television.
Beverly can't stand Matt LeBlanc and the feeling is mutual. As it's all she can do not to throttle the star of her show, Beverly leaves Sean to look after him, leading to an extended adventure in Las Vegas. Soon the two guys have bonded, leaving Beverly feeling excluded by her husband's new bromance.
Later, in a confrontation with Matt, Beverly learns just how 'big' a star Matt LeBlanc actually is.
The editor offers Alex $10,000 of his own money to find a missing reality TV star, interview her and save the paper. But Alex insists on going on the holiday he's booked with Bob, where each of them ends up meeting a very special lady.
Peter Capaldi embarks upon a personal journey to discover the shocking history of the stars of north London's famous film studios. Including clips from rarely seen films and interviews with Marcia Warren and Terry Gilliam.
THURSDAY 05 APRIL 2012
THU 19:00 World News Today (b01fcq53)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.
THU 19:30 The Sky at Night (b08tg3zt)
Warp Factor 55
Have you ever dreamed of travelling through space? Sir Patrick Moore takes us on an epic journey to the ends of our known universe, stopping en-route to take in the view. The team engage the warp drive and celebrate 55 years of The Sky at Night - at the speed of light.
THU 20:00 Timeshift (b00dzzdc)
Last Days of Steam
The surprising story of how Britain entered a new age of steam railways after the Second World War and why it quickly came to an end.
After the war, the largely destroyed railways of Europe were rebuilt to carry more modern diesel and electric trains. Britain, however, chose to build thousands of brand new steam locomotives. Did we stay with steam because coal was seen as the most reliable power source or were the railways run by men who couldn't bear to let go of their beloved steam trains?
The new British locomotives were designed to stay in service well into the 1970s, but in some cases they were taken off the railways and scrapped within just five years. When Dr Richard Beeching took over British Railways in the 1960s the writing was on the wall, and in 1968 the last steam passenger train blew its whistle.
But while steam use declined, steam enthusiasm grew. As many steam engines lay rusting in scrapyards around Britain, enthusiasts raised funds to buy, restore and return them to their former glory. In 2008, the first brand new steam locomotive to be built in Britain in nearly 50 years rolled off the line, proving our enduring love of these machines.
THU 21:00 Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau (b01fd4z2)
In a story that combines scandal and revolution, cultural correspondent Stephen Smith explores how Vienna's artists rebelled against the establishment in the late 19th century and brought their own highly sexed version of art nouveau to the banks of the Danube.
Looking at the eye-watering work of Gustav Klimt, Smith discovers that Viennese 'Jugenstil' was more than just a decorative delight but saw artists struggle to bring social meaning to the new style. Revealing the design genius of Josef Hoffman, the graphic work of Koloman Moser and the emergence of the enfant terrible Egon Schiele, Smith unpacks the stories behind a style that burned brightly but briefly at the fin de siecle.
THU 22:00 How It Works (b01fkc5n)
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THU 23:00 Talk at the BBC (b01fd3wh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday
THU 00:00 The Sky at Night (b08tg3zt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
THU 00:30 The Horizon Guide to Mars (b00p1crx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Monday
THU 01:30 Timeshift (b00dzzdc)
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THU 02:30 Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau (b01fd4z2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
FRIDAY 06 APRIL 2012
FRI 19:00 The Lark Ascending (b019c9t9)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
Dame Diana Rigg explores the enduring popularity of The Lark Ascending by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, which was recently voted Britain's favourite piece of classical music by listeners to Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4.
Composed at a key turning point in world history, The Lark Ascending represents music for all occasions. It is used in rites of passage such as births, deaths and marriages, and is a favourite for film-makers looking to create that quintessential English pastoral feel. Fans of the work include actor Peter Sallis, who wants a copy of The Lark Ascending to be buried with him, top violinist Tasmin Little, who has played the piece as part of the BBC Proms, and music critic Michael Kennedy, who was a personal friend of Vaughan Williams.
The programme includes a beautiful new performance of the work in the same village hall where it was heard for the first time in December 1920. The Lark Ascending is performed by 15-year-old violin prodigy Julia Hwang and pianist Charles Matthews, using the original arrangement for violin and piano.
FRI 19:30 Angelic Voices: The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral (b01f6tb8)
Child choristers have been singing at Salisbury for 900 years. This film - an observational portrait, history and musical immersion in one of Britain's most distinctive and beloved cultural traditions - follows Salisbury Cathedral's choristers over Easter and through the summer term of 2011.
Salisbury Cathedral's separate boy and girl choirs each contain 16 of the most musically gifted eight- to 13-year-olds in the country. Their role, now as always, is to sing some of the most sublime music ever written in one of Britain's most beautiful buildings. Indeed there are many who believe the chorister's pure, clear, treble voice is the finest instrument in all music.
The film spends four months with the choristers as they go about their day-to-day lives, discovering their own history and singing some of the most loved music from a sacred canon spanning six centuries from medieval plainsong to the present day. Under the direction of indefatigable choir master David Halls, they rehearse and perform works by Sheppard, Byrd, Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Stanford, Parry, Alcock and Rutter.
Lining up in his black cloak, ten-year-old Alex says he feels like Harry Potter while Freddie, 12, admits, 'Other children think we are weird and actually we are not.' Yet few children perhaps have the poise or conviction of Susanna, 10, who explains, 'Singing for choristers is part of them. If you said to me "You're not allowed to sing anymore", it would be just like me telling you that you can't see your child anymore.' It is doubtful that Salisbury's early choristers, often so hungry they were forced to beg for bread, thought so fondly of their work. But when plainsong turned to polyphony the choristers' plight was transformed - with the top cathedrals in the late middle ages known to pay Premiership-style transfer fees for the most musically gifted boys, some of whom were even kidnapped by rival cathedrals.
Today's top trebles at Salisbury are seen competing for one of the most famed solos in a chorister's repertoire. Will Finnbar, Freddie or Noah be picked for Stanford's Mag in G?
FRI 21:00 Queen - Days of Our Lives (b011pwd9)
In 1971, four university students got together to form a band. Since then, that certain band called Queen has released 26 albums and sold over 300 million records worldwide. The popularity of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon is stronger than ever. Their story is a remarkable one, a narrative that covers early struggles, huge obstacles, success, arguments, breakups, triumph, tragedy and an enduring legacy - all against a backdrop of brilliant music and stunning live performances from every corner of the globe.
In this film, for the first time, it is the band that tells their story. Guiding us through an extensive archive full of hitherto unseen footage, the documentary reveals how four strong-minded individuals, all capable of writing massive hit songs, worked together so successfully for four decades. Queen never did anything by halves - meaning their highs were massive, but their lows catastrophic. It is a compelling story told with intelligence, wit, plenty of humour and painful honesty.
FRI 22:00 Queen - Days of Our Lives (b011r4gs)
The story of British rock band Queen, formed in 1971. The second half of this documentary sees Queen at the peak of their powers. With the ultimate showman in Freddie Mercury and a string of rock anthems to their name, Queen smashed attendance records with a series of stadium shows across South America.
But the band quickly learned that if reaching the top is tough, staying there is the biggest challenge of all. With a loss of focus in the studio, the decline in popularity in North America, increasing internal tension and a desire to pursue solo projects, it seemed as if the band had had its day. Then came the performance from Mercury at Live Aid and their record breaking Magic tour in 1986. Queen were back amongst the very best. They were rejuvenated and once again had the world at their feet, but then tragedy struck and threatened to tear the band apart.
Featuring musical performances, previously unseen and rare footage, and intimate interviews.
FRI 23:00 Queen: The Legendary 1975 Concert (b00p4hgm)
On Christmas Eve 1975, Queen crowned a glorious year with a special concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The show on the final night of their triumphant UK tour was broadcast live on BBC TV and radio, and has become a legendary event in Queen's history.
Featuring stunning renditions of early hits Keep Yourself Alive, Liar and Now I'm Here alongside Brian May's epic guitar showcase Brighton Rock, a rip-roaring version of the then new Bohemian Rhapsody and the crowd-pleasing Rock 'n' Roll Medley, this hour-long concert shows Queen at an early peak and poised to conquer the world.
FRI 23:50 The Old Grey Whistle Test (b014vzy3)
The Old Grey Whistle Test was launched on 21 September 1971 from a tiny studio tucked behind a lift shaft on the fourth floor of BBC Television Centre. From humble beginnings, it has gone on to provide some of the best and most treasured music archive that the BBC has to offer.
This programme takes us on a journey and celebrates the musically mixed-up decade that was the 1970s, and which is reflected in the OGWT archive. There are classic performances from the glam era by Elton John and David Bowie, an early UK TV appearance from Curtis Mayfield, the beginnings of heavy metal with Steppenwolf's iconic Born to Be Wild anthem and the early punk machinations of the 'mock rock' New York Dolls. Archive from the pinnacle year, 1973, features Roxy Music, The Wailers and Vinegar Joe. The programme's finale celebrates the advent of punk and new wave with unforgettable performances from Patti Smith, Blondie, Iggy Pop and The Jam.
Artists featured are Elton John, Lindisfarne, David Bowie, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Steppenwolf, Vinegar Joe, Brinsley Schwarz, New York Dolls, Argent, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Captain Beefheart, Johnny Winter, Dr Feelgood, Gil Scott Heron, Patti Smith, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cher & Gregg Allman, Talking Heads, The Jam, Blondie, Iggy Pop and The Specials.
FRI 01:20 When Rock Goes Acoustic (b0141myx)
The cliche of classic rock guitar is one of riffs, solos and noise. But write a list of great guitarists and their finest moments and a quieter, more intense playing comes to the fore. The acoustic guitar is the secret weapon in the armoury of the guitar hero, when paradoxically they get more attention by playing quietly than being loud.
This documentary takes an insightful and occasionally irreverent look at the love affair between rock and the humble acoustic guitar. Exploring a much less celebrated, yet crucial part of the rock musician's arsenal, contributors including Johnny Marr, Keith Richards, Ray Davies, James Dean Bradfield, Biffy Clyro, Joan Armatrading, Donovan and Roger McGuinn discuss why an instrument favoured by medieval minstrels and singing nuns is as important to rock 'n' roll as the drums, bass and its noisy sister, the electric guitar.
FRI 02:20 Angelic Voices: The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral (b01f6tb8)
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Angelic Voices: The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral 19:30 FRI (b01f6tb8)
Angelic Voices: The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral 02:20 FRI (b01f6tb8)
City of Life and Death 22:00 SUN (b01fm0d0)
Episodes 22:00 WED (b00y4306)
Episodes 01:50 WED (b00y4306)
Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 TUE (b00qbng0)
How Britain Got the Gardening Bug 00:00 MON (b00jkrkp)
How It Works 21:00 MON (b01fkc5n)
How It Works 03:00 MON (b01fkc5n)
How It Works 22:00 THU (b01fkc5n)
How to Build a Cathedral 00:50 TUE (b00b09rb)
Inspector Montalbano 21:00 SAT (b00g6hqn)
Inspector Montalbano 00:15 WED (b00g6hqn)
Kids in the Middle 21:00 WED (b01fkc7s)
Kids in the Middle 02:50 WED (b01fkc7s)
Lost Cities of the Ancients 19:00 SAT (b00792vj)
Lost Cities of the Ancients 23:05 SAT (b00792vj)
Lowdown 22:30 WED (b01fd4tp)
Lowdown 02:20 WED (b01fd4tp)
Madness on Wheels: Rallying's Craziest Years 21:00 SUN (b01fcncc)
Madness on Wheels: Rallying's Craziest Years 01:10 SUN (b01fcncc)
Madness on Wheels: Rallying's Craziest Years 20:00 TUE (b01fcncc)
Madness on Wheels: Rallying's Craziest Years 01:50 TUE (b01fcncc)
Mark Lawson Talks To... 22:50 TUE (b01fd3my)
Monty Don's Italian Gardens 20:00 SAT (b010twjk)
Monty Don's Italian Gardens 02:30 SAT (b010twjk)
Petworth House: The Big Spring Clean 20:30 MON (b010jslx)
Petworth House: The Big Spring Clean 02:30 MON (b010jslx)
Pugin: God's Own Architect 23:50 TUE (b01b1z45)
Queen - Days of Our Lives 21:00 FRI (b011pwd9)
Queen - Days of Our Lives 22:00 FRI (b011r4gs)
Queen: The Legendary 1975 Concert 23:00 FRI (b00p4hgm)
Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau 23:00 MON (b01f1959)
Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau 21:00 THU (b01fd4z2)
Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau 02:30 THU (b01fd4z2)
Storyville 00:05 SAT (b01f13f6)
Tales from the National Parks 19:30 WED (b016dr0x)
Talk at the BBC 21:00 TUE (b01fd3wh)
Talk at the BBC 02:50 TUE (b01fd3wh)
Talk at the BBC 23:00 THU (b01fd3wh)
The Cricklewood Greats 23:00 WED (b01bs3ww)
The Doors - The Story of LA Woman 00:10 SUN (b01f7y7c)
The Horizon Guide to Mars 22:00 MON (b00p1crx)
The Horizon Guide to Mars 00:30 THU (b00p1crx)
The Lark Ascending 19:00 FRI (b019c9t9)
The Man who Discovered Egypt 20:00 SUN (b01f13f4)
The Man who Discovered Egypt 03:10 SUN (b01f13f4)
The Old Grey Whistle Test 23:50 FRI (b014vzy3)
The Pharaoh Who Conquered the Sea 19:00 SUN (b00pq9gs)
The Pharaoh Who Conquered the Sea 02:10 SUN (b00pq9gs)
The Sky at Night 19:30 THU (b08tg3zt)
The Sky at Night 00:00 THU (b08tg3zt)
The Story of Maths 19:30 MON (b00f3n43)
The Story of Maths 01:30 MON (b00f3n43)
The Then and Now of Muhammad Ali 22:00 TUE (b00kyqkr)
Timeshift 01:30 SAT (b019c85h)
Timeshift 20:00 THU (b00dzzdc)
Timeshift 01:30 THU (b00dzzdc)
Top of the Pops 22:35 SAT (b01f18l3)
Venice 24/7 20:30 WED (b01fd4tm)
Venice 24/7 23:45 WED (b01fd4tm)
When Rock Goes Acoustic 01:20 FRI (b0141myx)
World News Today 19:00 MON (b01fcnrf)
World News Today 19:00 TUE (b01fcppx)
World News Today 19:00 WED (b01fcpx7)
World News Today 19:00 THU (b01fcq53)