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SATURDAY 28 JULY 2012

SAT 19:00 The Blue Planet (b008535y)
Tidal Seas

David Attenborough narrates a natural history of the oceans. This edition explores a force so powerful that it moves oceans - the tides. All over the world tides create opportunities for marine life: giant sting rays glide on currents for a rest, the fastest snail of all surfs waves in pursuit of dinner, minute crabs play football on the beach, racoons binge and, in a unique sequence, dolphins play a deadly game of catch. For in the ocean, each turn of the tide spells life or death, somewhere.


SAT 20:00 10 Things You Didn't Know About... (b008s99l)
Earthquakes

Iain Stewart looks at some of the world's most dramatic earthquakes and reveals the stories and science behind them. In seconds, these powerful forces of nature which cannot be predicted or prevented can shake a town to destruction and shift the landscape forever. We discover why quakes can last 60 times longer on the moon than on Earth, how one particular earthquake fault line can produce hallucinations, and how 1960s Cold War spying gave scientists a crucial clue to understanding them.


SAT 21:00 Wallander (b01lll9v)
Sidetracked

Part 1

A Kurt Wallander mystery told from the perspectives of police and criminal. A foreign teenage girl burns herself to death before Inspector Wallander's eyes. Several homicides take place where the victim is not only killed but scalped. The victims don't seem to have any connection.

In Swedish with English subtitles.


SAT 22:25 Natural World (b00790k2)
2005-2006

The Iceberg That Sank the Titanic

Documentary which explores one crucial piece of the Titanic jigsaw that always escapes attention - the iceberg that caused the catastrophe. Where did this force of nature come from, and what was it doing in the shipping lanes that fateful night? Conceived 15,000 years before the Titanic, its life story is every bit as fascinating.

With the help of ice scientists, the origins of the infamous berg are revealed amid the stunning landscapes of the north - its creation in the heart of the Greenland ice sheet and 4,000-mile journey through Arctic seas towards a terrible date with destiny.


SAT 23:15 Arena (b01l4929)
Amy Winehouse - The Day She Came to Dingle

Back in 2006 on a stormy December night, Amy Winehouse flew to the remote, south western corner of Ireland to perform for Other Voices, an acclaimed Irish TV music series filmed in Dingle every winter. Amy took to the stage of Saint James's church, capacity 85, and wowed the small, packed crowd with a searing, acoustic set of songs from Back to Black.

After leaving the stage, a relaxed and happy Amy spoke about her music and influences - Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles and the Shangri-Las to name a few. Arena joined forces with Other Voices and went to Dingle to catch up with some of the people that Amy met on that day, including taxi driver Paddy Kennedy, her bass player Dale Davis and Rev Mairt Hanley of the Other Voices church.

This film showcases not only Amy herself, but the musical geniuses that inspired her to forge her own jazz pop style.


SAT 00:15 Top of the Pops (b01l4fyj)
30/06/77

Noel Edmonds looks at the weekly pop chart from 1977 and introduces John Miles, Hot Chocolate, Jesse Green, Cliff Richard, Queen and Legs & Co.


SAT 00:45 The Joy of Motoring (b00hq385)
Tristram Hunt shows how motoring has gone from allowing us to explore the beautiful English countryside to the present day of speed cameras, congestion charges and environmental issues. Along the way, he looks at different cars through the ages that define a decade and a generation.


SAT 01:45 10 Things You Didn't Know About... (b008s99l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


SAT 02:45 The Blue Planet (b008535y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]



SUNDAY 29 JULY 2012

SUN 19:00 Himalaya with Michael Palin (b0074qn6)
North by Northwest

Intrepid adventurer Michael Palin embarks on an epic journey. He travels through Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, starting on the Khyber Pass and ending five miles from K2 on the Pakistan/China border. He passes through Darra, visits a street dentist in Peshawar, goes bull racing with a Pakistani aristocrat and is almost trampled to death, and finally crosses over the Lowari Pass into the buffer state of Chitral.


SUN 20:00 The Kenneth Williams Story: A Reputations Special (b0078crz)
Documentary providing the definitive exploration of Britain's funniest and most complex comic performer. From a childhood dominated by his adoring mother and bullying father to a lonely suicidal end tortured with regrets, it spans an extraordinary life and career using clips from his unforgettable performances on radio, stage, film and TV; interviews with those who knew him best, including John Schlessinger, Hugh Paddick, Sheila Hancock, Alan Simpson, Peter Shaffer, Miriam Margolyes, Derek Nimmo, Leslie Phillips and Michael Parkinson; and readings from his searingly candid diaries.

The film enjoys the best of his appearances in everything from Round the Horne and Just a Minute on radio to his dominance of the Carry Ons and TV chat shows as it reveals the painful, personal truths behind the brilliant facade.


SUN 21:30 Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (b0074s9v)
Witty drama adapted from Kenneth Williams's own words in his diaries. It's a spectacular journey inside the mind of one of British radio, TV and film's most popular, peculiar and comic performers. And one of its most tragic, too.

Spanning his entire life, this is the story of Williams's career and private life, a behind-the-scenes look at Williams, not only recreating some of his greatest performances, but also giving a candid and poignant insight into his professional hopes, personal upsets and sexual frustrations of a man who was uncomfortable in his own skin.

The screenplay is rude, arch, uncompromising and hilarious. Michael Sheen delivers a tour-de-force performance as ‘the man of a thousand voices’.


SUN 22:50 Parkinson: The Interviews (b007448x)
Series 1

Kenneth Williams

In this compilation of clips from five of his eight appearances on Parkinson, Kenneth Williams gives vent to his dislike of theatre critics as well as Michael Parkinson, and gives his rendition of My Crepes Suzette.

Contributors: John Betjeman, Patrick Campbell, Tom Lehrer, Annie Lewis, Tony Moss, Frank Muir, Robin Ray and Maggie Smith.


SUN 23:30 The Cricklewood Greats (b01bs3ww)
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.


SUN 00:15 Legends (b00xln7l)
Thin Lizzy: Bad Reputation

Affectionate but honest portrait of Thin Lizzy, arguably the best hard rock band to come out of Ireland.

Starting with the remix of the classic album Jailbreak by Scott Gorham and Brian Downey, the film takes us through the rollercoaster ride that is the story of Thin Lizzy. From early footage of singer Phil Lynott in Ireland in his pre-Lizzy bands the Black Eagles and Orphanage, it follows his progress as he, guitarist Eric Bell and drummer Brian Downey form the basic three-piece that was to become Thin Lizzy - a name taken from the Beano.

Using original interviews with Bell, Downey, the man who signed them and their first manager, it traces the early years leading to the recruitment of guitarists Brian 'Robbo' Robertson and Scott Gorham - the classic line-up. The film uses a number of stills, some seen on TV for the first time, archive from contemporary TV shows and a range of tracks both well known and not so famous.

There are hilarious self-deprecating anecdotes, from the stories behind the making of the Boys are Back in Town to the hiring of Midge Ure. We hear about the 'revolving door' as guitarist after guitarist was fired and hired, and the recording of Bad Reputation and Live and Dangerous - where producer Tony Visconti pulls no punches in talking about how he recorded the latter - putting the controversy to bed for the final time. Except that Downey and Robertson still disagree with him.

Finally, we hear how drugs and alcohol impacted on the band and how the music suffered, how one member later substituted golf for heroin and how addiction and the related lifestyle led to the death of Phil Lynott.

Contributors include Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Eric Bell, Brian Robertson, Midge Ure, Bob Geldof, Tony Visconti, Joe Elliot and many others.


SUN 01:15 Forever Young: How Rock 'n' Roll Grew Up (b00sxjls)
Documentary which looks at how rock 'n' roll has had to deal with the unthinkable - namely growing up and growing old, from its roots in the 50s as music made by young people for young people to the 21st-century phenomena of the revival and the comeback.

Despite the mantra of 'live fast, die young', Britain's first rock 'n' roll generations are now enjoying old age. What was once about youth and taking risks is now about longevity, survival, nostalgia and refusing to grow up, give up or shut up. But what happens when the music refuses to die and its performers refuse to leave the stage? What happens when rock's youthful rebelliousness is delivered wrapped in wrinkles?

Featuring Lemmy, Iggy Pop, Peter Noone, Rick Wakeman, Paul Jones, Richard Thompson, Suggs, Eric Burdon, Bruce Welch, Robert Wyatt, Gary Brooker, Joe Brown, Chris Dreja of The Yardbirds, Alison Moyet, Robyn Hitchcock, writers Rosie Boycott and Nick Kent and producer Joe Boyd.


SUN 02:15 Storyville (b00sxgsn)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil

At 14, Toronto school friends Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band Anvil went on to become the 'demi-gods of Canadian metal', releasing 1982's Metal on Metal, which influenced a musical generation including Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax.

All those bands went on to sell millions of records but Anvil's career would take a different path - straight into obscurity. But Lips and Robb never gave up on their childhood dream and kept rocking, always believing that one day Anvil would taste the success that had so long eluded them.

The film follows Lips and Robb, now in their 50s, as they gear up to record their thirteenth album, This is Thirteen. Coping with increasingly impatient families, crippling mortgages and the effects of old age, they know this is their last chance to really make it.



MONDAY 30 JULY 2012

MON 19:00 World News Today (b01lbyq8)
BBC World News London Live

The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


MON 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys (b00xhynn)
Series 2

Llanberis to Holyhead

Michael Portillo takes the train to the top of Wales's highest peak, Mount Snowdon, witnesses the revival of Anglesey's sea salt industry and discovers how the railways transformed the tiny port of Holyhead.


MON 20:00 Britain's Lost World (b00cbmr9)
Episode 3

Series exploring the remote and rocky islands of St Kilda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dan Snow dives in search of underwater caves where people might have lived thousands of years ago, Steve Backshall scales the sea-cliffs to find out how the St Kildans got food when times were tough, and Kate Humble goes to find one of the wonders of the natural world. Together the team discovers why the last St Kildans left their island home less than 80 years ago.


MON 20:30 Nature's Microworlds (b01lc6w5)
Amazon

Steve Backshall lifts the lid on an incredible world of intricate relationships and unexpected hardship in the Amazon rainforest, explores the way that the jungle's inhabitants interact, and reveals a hidden secret that might just be what keeps the whole place alive.


MON 21:00 Julia Bradbury's Icelandic Walk (b0110grr)
Julia Bradbury heads for Iceland to embark on the toughest walk of her life. Her challenge is to walk the 60 kilometres of Iceland's most famous hiking route, a trail that just happens to end at the unpronounceable volcano that brought air traffic across Europe to a standstill in 2010. With the help of Icelandic mountain guide Hanna, Julia faces daunting mountain climbs, red hot lava fields, freezing river crossings, deadly clouds of sulphuric gas, swirling ash deserts and sinister Nordic ghost stories as she attempts to reach the huge volcanic crater at the centre of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier.


MON 22:00 The Secret Life of Waves (b00y5jhx)
Documentary maker David Malone delves into the secrets of ocean waves. In an elegant and original film, he finds that waves are not made of water, that some waves travel sideways, and that the sound of the ocean comes not from water but from bubbles. Waves are not only beautiful but also profoundly important, and there is a surprising connection between the life cycle of waves and the life of human beings.


MON 23:00 A History of Art in Three Colours (b01l4fyl)
Gold

For the very first civilisations, the yellow lustre of gold is the most alluring and intoxicating colour of all. From the midst of prehistory to a bunker deep beneath the Bank of England, Fox reveals how golden treasures made across the ages reflect everything that has been held as sacred.


MON 00:00 Nature's Microworlds (b01lc6w5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


MON 00:30 Britain's Lost World (b00cbmr9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


MON 01:00 Julia Bradbury's Icelandic Walk (b0110grr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


MON 02:00 The Secret Life of Waves (b00y5jhx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


MON 03:00 Great British Railway Journeys (b00xhynn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]



TUESDAY 31 JULY 2012

TUE 19:00 World News Today (b01lbyqf)
BBC World News London Live

The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


TUE 19:30 Talking Landscapes (b0074m1n)
The Fens

Aubrey Manning sets out to uncover the history of Britain's ever-changing landscape. He investigates whether the Fens - flat, drained farmland - are a completely man-made landscape, and uncovers a 17th-century aristocratic plan gone horribly wrong. Plus, the secret of the Roman occupation - the Fens' hidden prehistoric hills.


TUE 20:00 Venice 24/7 (b01dpqtv)
City Fit for a Pope

With unprecedented access to Venice's emergency and public services, this series goes behind the 15th-century facades to experience the real, living city. From daily emergencies to street sweeping, bridge maintenance to flood defence systems and a death-defying descent across St Mark's Square, this is Venice as you've never seen it before. This is Venice 24/7.

The city is on lockdown, with the pope visiting for the first time in a quarter of a century. There's a fractious relationship between Venice and the Vatican and it's a risky occasion for all involved, so security is tight and the emergency teams are on high alert. There are the specially selected papal gondoliers carrying on the family tradition, vital underwater security sweeps and tension as police attempt to shut down Grand Canal.


TUE 20:30 Venice 24/7 (b01f17z4)
The Biennale

With unprecedented access to Venice's emergency and public services, this series goes behind the 15th-century facades to experience the real, living city. From daily emergencies to street sweeping, bridge maintenance to flood defence systems and a death-defying descent across St Mark's Square, this is Venice as you've never seen it before. This is Venice 24/7.

The art world descends on Venice for the Biennale, a six-month long festival. Anish Kapoor attempts to stage his ethereal Ascension in a challenging Palladian church while another artist battles to transport a four-tonne sculpture along the canal. The Fenice theatre undergoes critical safety checks, following the devastating fire of 1996 and a 100,000-tonne cruise-liner must execute inch-perfect manoeuvres as it travels perilously close to the historic centre.


TUE 21:00 The Secret Life of the Motorway (b007xmbm)
The Honeymoon Period

The second episode in this evocative series about Britain's motorways explores how they have transformed where we live, work and play in Britain over the last 50 years. From unbelievably glamorous early service stations to contemporary shopping centres with the infrastructure of a small town, this enthralling film is a journey through the wonderful, and the weird, places motorways have taken us. Contributors include seminal planner Sir Peter Hall, author Will Self, caravanners, hitchhikers and commuters, all on our eagerness to accelerate down the slip road, and the social changes that have followed.


TUE 22:00 Mud, Sweat and Tractors: The Story of Agriculture (b00jwcb1)
Milk

Documentary series looking at the history of 20th-century farming in Britain opens by focusing on milk.

In the early years of the century, 150,000 dairy farmers milked by hand and sold milk door to door. By the end of the century, the 15,000 that were left were breeding cows that increased yields by 400 per cent and milk was sold through supermarkets.

This episode features the home movies and stories of two dairy farmers who survived to tell the story of how and why the revolution happened.


TUE 23:00 Old Jews Telling Jokes (b01777fr)
Episode 1

In the fine tradition of American Jewish humour, a group of pensioners from all walks of life gather together to tell their favourite jokes. Remember, laugh loud - they don't hear so good.


TUE 23:30 Old Jews Telling Jokes (b017j5jw)
Episode 2

In the fine tradition of American Jewish humour, a group of pensioners from all walks of life gather together to tell their favourite jokes. Remember, laugh loud. They don't hear so good.


TUE 00:00 Wallander (b01lll9v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Saturday]


TUE 01:25 Venice 24/7 (b01dpqtv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


TUE 01:55 Venice 24/7 (b01f17z4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


TUE 02:25 The Secret Life of the Motorway (b007xmbm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


TUE 03:25 Talking Landscapes (b0074m1n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]



WEDNESDAY 01 AUGUST 2012

WED 19:00 World News Today (b01lbyql)
BBC World News London Live

The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


WED 19:30 Top of the Pops (b01lllgs)
07/07/77

Tony Blackburn looks at the weekly pop chart from 1977 and introduces Smokie, Brotherhood of Man, Barry Biggs, Hot Chocolate, Rah Band, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Andy Gibb, Alessi, Boney M and a Legs & Co dance sequence.


WED 20:00 Tetris: From Russia with Love (b0074pz0)
Tetris is a computer game, but it behaves like a virus. Whoever comes into contact with it is gripped by its simplicity. Yet this simplicity belies a complex psychological power that prompted a global battle for financial rights every bit as gripping as the game itself. This film charts the birth of this most original of puzzles, from the hands of a computer programmer at Moscow's Academy of Science to its position as a multi-billion-dollar game. This is a story of communists playing at capitalism in a game that involved Robert Maxwell and intimidation from the heart of the Soviet state.


WED 21:00 A History of Art in Three Colours (b01lcz2s)
Blue

Dr James Fox explores how, in the hands of artists, the colours gold, blue and white have stirred emotions, changed behaviour and even altered the course of history.

When, in the Middle Ages, the precious blue stone lapis lazuli arrived in Europe from the east, blue became the most exotic and mysterious of colours. And it was artists who used it to offer us tantalising glimpses of other worlds beyond our own.


WED 22:00 Pavlopetri - The City Beneath the Waves (b015yh6f)
Just off the southern coast of mainland Greece lies the oldest submerged city in the world. It thrived for 2,000 years during the time that saw the birth of western civilisation.

An international team of experts uses cutting-edge technology to prise age-old secrets from the complex of streets and stone buildings that lie less than five metres below the surface of the ocean. State-of-the-art CGI helps to raise the city from the seabed, revealing for the first time in 3,500 years how Pavlopetri would once have looked and operated.

Underwater archaeologist Dr Jon Henderson leads the project in collaboration with Nic Flemming, the man whose hunch led to the discovery of Pavlopetri in 1967, and a team from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Working alongside the archaeologists are a team from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics.

The teams scour the ocean floor, looking for artefacts. The site is littered with thousands of fragments, each providing valuable clues about the everyday lives of the people of Pavlopetri. From the buildings to the trade goods to the everyday tableware, each artefact provides a window into a forgotten world.

Together these precious relics provide us with a window to a time when Pavlopetri would have been at its height, showing us what life was like in this distant age and revealing how this city marks the start of western civilisation.


WED 23:00 The Two-Thousand-Year-Old Computer (b01hlkcq)
In 1901, a group of divers excavating an ancient Roman shipwreck near the island of Antikythera, off the southern coast of Greece, found a mysterious object - a lump of calcified stone that contained within it several gearwheels welded together after years under the sea. The 2,000-year-old object, no bigger than a modern laptop, is now regarded as the world's oldest computer, devised to predict solar eclipses and, according to recent findings, calculate the timing of the ancient Olympics. Following the efforts of an international team of scientists, the mysteries of the Antikythera Mechanism are uncovered, revealing surprising and awe-inspiring details of the object that continues to mystify.


WED 00:00 Borgen (b01bfrvh)
Series 1

The Silly Season

Danish drama series about the fight for political power - and the personal sacrifices and consequences this has for those involved on and behind the political stage.

It is summer, and not much is going on in parliament. Yet when Michael Laugesen announces that he has written a book - to be released in a few days - containing disclosures of all sorts from his years in politics, something happens. Kasper is forced to deal with people and events from his past which he has fought to put behind him. When Birgitte realises she must make an effort to win back her family life, she spontaneously plans a holiday for the whole family.


WED 01:00 Top of the Pops (b01lllgs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]


WED 01:30 Tetris: From Russia with Love (b0074pz0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


WED 02:30 A History of Art in Three Colours (b01lcz2s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



THURSDAY 02 AUGUST 2012

THU 19:00 World News Today (b01lbyqr)
BBC World News London Live

The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


THU 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys (b00xxr1z)
Series 2

Newcastle to Chester-le-Street

Michael visits the first locomotive factory in the world, opened by George Stephenson. He also searches for the lost pit village of Marsden in South Shields and is entertained by a comic troupe of rapper sword dancers in Chester-le-Street.


THU 20:00 BBC Proms (b01ljv53)
2012

Bach's Mass in B minor

From the Royal Albert Hall, a performance of Bach's Mass in B minor, one of the great milestones of baroque music. Bach intended this glorious work, completed the year before his death, to be a summation of his church music, incorporating material from earlier compositions to great effect. Performed by The English Concert and Choir of the English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket. Presented by Charles Hazlewood.


THU 22:00 The Story of Musicals (b019c7pz)
Episode 2

This episode charts how British musical talent in the 1980s stormed the West End with hits like Cats, Les Miserables, Blood Brothers and Phantom of the Opera. There are first-hand accounts from the extraordinary individuals whose tenacity and creativity ensured these shows became mega-hits despite often precarious beginnings. And it reveals how the titantic shows of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh became global phenomena, securing Britain's reputation as the powerhouse of musical theatre.

With contributions from Lord Lloyd Webber, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Tim Rice, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Stephen Fry, Trevor Nunn, Sir Cliff Richard, Elaine Paige, Gillian Lyne, Paul Nicholas, Bonnie Langford, Richard Stilgoe, John Caird, John Napier, Bill Kenwright, Willy Russell, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Anthony Pye-Jeary, Arlene Phillips, Charles Hart, Don Black, Harold Prince and Michael Ball.


THU 23:00 Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream (b00wyn0c)
Les Miserables is the world's best-loved musical. It has been seen by 57 million people and in 2010 celebrated its 25th anniversary with its two largest ever productions at London's O2 Arena. Matt Lucas, a lifelong fan of 'Les Mis', was invited to fulfil his dream of performing in these shows alongside more than 300 stalwarts from previous productions.

This documentary tells the story of a musical that many thought would fail, but which became a worldwide phenomenon with unforgettable songs like I Dreamed A Dream. We follow Matt as he prepares for the performance of a lifetime, we hear from those involved with the show's creation, including Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Ball, and of course we enjoy wonderful moments from the show itself.


THU 00:00 Nature's Microworlds (b01lc6w5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 on Monday]


THU 00:30 Julia Bradbury's Icelandic Walk (b0110grr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]


THU 01:30 The Story of Musicals (b019c7pz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


THU 02:30 Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream (b00wyn0c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 today]



FRIDAY 03 AUGUST 2012

FRI 19:00 World News Today (b01lbyqx)
BBC World News London Live

The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


FRI 19:30 Concerto at the BBC Proms (b01l2t55)
Rachmaninov Piano

Another chance to hear a live performance from the 2008 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 4 - a composition with a distinctive jazzy quality and a theme in the second movement partially based on the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice. Russian virtuoso pianist Boris Berezovsky performs with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain under the baton of conductor Antonio Pappano.


FRI 20:00 BBC Proms (b01ljwxf)
2012

Bruckner's 8th Symphony

From the Royal Albert Hall, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles perform two great works by Wagner and Bruckner.

Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, a gift to the composer's wife Cosima, is performed in its pared-down original orchestration, much as she would have heard it on Christmas morning 1870.

Bruckner's magnificent 8th Symphony is arguably his greatest, the last symphony the composer completed. Presented by Charles Hazlewood.


FRI 22:00 Legends (b01lcz64)
Iron Maiden: Behind the Beast

A fascinating, high-quality 'home movie', produced entirely in-house by Iron Maiden's own crew led by Andy Matthews, it reveals how to put on an Iron Maiden tour and what goes on behind the scenes at a show. It describes the extraordinary story of one of the most acclaimed and ambitious touring shows in the world, illustrating the day-to-day life and complex tasks of the crew and the other characters behind the scenes.

As well as interviews with the Iron Maiden crew, it interweaves anecdotes from the band and their fans, and includes footage of the live show in this comprehensive guide to the intricacies of staging massive, live stadium shows around the world out of the belly of a Boeing 757.

Starting in Moscow and performing across the globe from Asia to Australia to South America and finishing up in Florida, the band travel over 60,000 miles with lead singer Bruce Dickinson once again at the wheel of their customised Boeing 757- Ed Force One.


FRI 22:55 Legends (b01lcz66)
Iron Maiden: En Vivo

Iron Maiden concert filmed on 10 April 2011 in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago during the Round the World in 66 Days leg of the Final Frontier World Tour, capturing a magnificent performance by the band, ardently embraced by the legendary Latino passion and energy of their Chilean fans. With spectacular stage backdrops, dynamic musicianship and a jaw-dropping appearance by Eddie, this live show encapsulates the heart and soul of Iron Maiden 2011. The set features Final Frontier, El Dorado, Dance of Death, Trooper, Blood Brothers, Where the Wild Wind Blows, Fear of the Dark and Iron Maiden.


FRI 23:55 Guitar Heroes at the BBC (b00llh2f)
Part III

Compilation of classic archive performances from the guitar gods of the late 60s and 70s. Status Quo appear playing Pictures of Matchstick Men on Top of the Pops in 1968, The Who perform Long Live Rock in the Old Grey Whistle Test studio, Dire Straits play Tunnel of Love and Lynyrd Skynyrd bring a taste of the Deep South with Sweet Home Alabama. The show also features rare performances from George Benson, Leo Kottke, Link Wray and Tom Petty.


FRI 00:55 The Santana Story: Angels and Demons (b011s5k1)
Carlos Santana, the legendary Mexican-American guitarist and songwriter, reveals his turbulent life story with astonishing intimacy, accompanied by previously unseen archive performances of many of his best-known tunes. These range from Evil Ways and Black Magic Woman to the massive hits from his later Supernatural album. Santana recounts to director Jeremy Marre the abuse and struggle of his early years, the invention of Latin rock in San Francisco, his triumph at Woodstock, his involvement with jealous guru Sri Chinmoy and guitarist John McLaughlin, and the rollercoaster years that followed.

This frank and very personal depiction of a remarkable forty-year career, fuelled by his 'angels and demons', is illustrated with behind-the-scenes footage uncovered for the first time, interviews with former members of the band, producers and musicians, and many performances from the early 70s that depict his unmistakable guitar style.

Contributors include members of the Santana band, music industry executive Clive Davis, producer David Rubinson, guitarist John McLaughlin, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Santana family members and other musical collaborators.


FRI 02:10 Legends (b01lcz64)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


FRI 03:10 Legends (b01lcz66)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:55 today]




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

10 Things You Didn't Know About... 20:00 SAT (b008s99l)

10 Things You Didn't Know About... 01:45 SAT (b008s99l)

A History of Art in Three Colours 23:00 MON (b01l4fyl)

A History of Art in Three Colours 21:00 WED (b01lcz2s)

A History of Art in Three Colours 02:30 WED (b01lcz2s)

Arena 23:15 SAT (b01l4929)

BBC Proms 20:00 THU (b01ljv53)

BBC Proms 20:00 FRI (b01ljwxf)

Borgen 00:00 WED (b01bfrvh)

Britain's Lost World 20:00 MON (b00cbmr9)

Britain's Lost World 00:30 MON (b00cbmr9)

Concerto at the BBC Proms 19:30 FRI (b01l2t55)

Forever Young: How Rock 'n' Roll Grew Up 01:15 SUN (b00sxjls)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 MON (b00xhynn)

Great British Railway Journeys 03:00 MON (b00xhynn)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 THU (b00xxr1z)

Guitar Heroes at the BBC 23:55 FRI (b00llh2f)

Himalaya with Michael Palin 19:00 SUN (b0074qn6)

Julia Bradbury's Icelandic Walk 21:00 MON (b0110grr)

Julia Bradbury's Icelandic Walk 01:00 MON (b0110grr)

Julia Bradbury's Icelandic Walk 00:30 THU (b0110grr)

Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! 21:30 SUN (b0074s9v)

Legends 00:15 SUN (b00xln7l)

Legends 22:00 FRI (b01lcz64)

Legends 22:55 FRI (b01lcz66)

Legends 02:10 FRI (b01lcz64)

Legends 03:10 FRI (b01lcz66)

Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream 23:00 THU (b00wyn0c)

Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream 02:30 THU (b00wyn0c)

Mud, Sweat and Tractors: The Story of Agriculture 22:00 TUE (b00jwcb1)

Natural World 22:25 SAT (b00790k2)

Nature's Microworlds 20:30 MON (b01lc6w5)

Nature's Microworlds 00:00 MON (b01lc6w5)

Nature's Microworlds 00:00 THU (b01lc6w5)

Old Jews Telling Jokes 23:00 TUE (b01777fr)

Old Jews Telling Jokes 23:30 TUE (b017j5jw)

Parkinson: The Interviews 22:50 SUN (b007448x)

Pavlopetri - The City Beneath the Waves 22:00 WED (b015yh6f)

Storyville 02:15 SUN (b00sxgsn)

Talking Landscapes 19:30 TUE (b0074m1n)

Talking Landscapes 03:25 TUE (b0074m1n)

Tetris: From Russia with Love 20:00 WED (b0074pz0)

Tetris: From Russia with Love 01:30 WED (b0074pz0)

The Blue Planet 19:00 SAT (b008535y)

The Blue Planet 02:45 SAT (b008535y)

The Cricklewood Greats 23:30 SUN (b01bs3ww)

The Joy of Motoring 00:45 SAT (b00hq385)

The Kenneth Williams Story: A Reputations Special 20:00 SUN (b0078crz)

The Santana Story: Angels and Demons 00:55 FRI (b011s5k1)

The Secret Life of Waves 22:00 MON (b00y5jhx)

The Secret Life of Waves 02:00 MON (b00y5jhx)

The Secret Life of the Motorway 21:00 TUE (b007xmbm)

The Secret Life of the Motorway 02:25 TUE (b007xmbm)

The Story of Musicals 22:00 THU (b019c7pz)

The Story of Musicals 01:30 THU (b019c7pz)

The Two-Thousand-Year-Old Computer 23:00 WED (b01hlkcq)

Top of the Pops 00:15 SAT (b01l4fyj)

Top of the Pops 19:30 WED (b01lllgs)

Top of the Pops 01:00 WED (b01lllgs)

Venice 24/7 20:00 TUE (b01dpqtv)

Venice 24/7 20:30 TUE (b01f17z4)

Venice 24/7 01:25 TUE (b01dpqtv)

Venice 24/7 01:55 TUE (b01f17z4)

Wallander 21:00 SAT (b01lll9v)

Wallander 00:00 TUE (b01lll9v)

World News Today 19:00 MON (b01lbyq8)

World News Today 19:00 TUE (b01lbyqf)

World News Today 19:00 WED (b01lbyql)

World News Today 19:00 THU (b01lbyqr)

World News Today 19:00 FRI (b01lbyqx)