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SATURDAY 04 MAY 2013

SAT 19:00 South Pacific (b00l5jl0)
Strange Islands

Flightless parrots, burrowing bats, giant skinks and kangaroos in trees; on the isolated islands of the South Pacific, the wildlife has evolved in extraordinary ways. But island living can carry a high price, for when new species arrive all hell breaks loose. And there lies a puzzle - why do animals perfectly adapted to island life simply give up the ghost? The answer is revealed by the remarkable stories of some unlikely animals that survived on tiny islands off the coast of New Zealand. The human history of the region is further evidence that, however idyllic it may appear, life on a South Pacific island may never be very far from catastrophe.


SAT 20:00 A303: Highway to the Sun (b0116ly6)
The A303 is the road that passes Stonehenge on the way to the beaches of Devon and Cornwall. On the way, it whisks drivers through 5,000 years of remarkable moments in British history. And it is the star of this film made for armchair travellers and history lovers.

Writer Tom Fort drives its 92-mile length in a lovingly restored Morris Traveller. Along the way he has many adventures - he digs up the 1960s master plan for the A303's dreams of superhighway status, meets up with a Neolithic traveller who knew the road like the back of his hand, gets to know a section of the Roman 303, uncovers a medieval murder mystery and discovers what lies at the end of the Highway to the Sun.


SAT 21:00 Arne Dahl (b01sbvlk)
Series 1

To The Top of the Mountain - Part 1

A Swedish family is on a road trip in Holland when their car is blown apart in a violent explosion. The man, woman and young child are killed instantly. The case is immediately handed over to A Unit to investigate. The man who was blown up was a police officer working undercover at a restaurant belonging to celebrity chef David Billinger. Billinger, a darling of the tabloid press, owns three top restaurants and is wanted by the police for suspected involvement in drugs trafficking.

In Swedish with English subtitles.


SAT 22:30 Queen Live In Budapest: Hungarian Rhapsody (b01pp0zp)
In July 1986, as part of the Magic tour which, poignantly, was the last to feature Freddie Mercury, Queen played Hungary for the first time. With three years to go before the fall of the Berlin Wall, this was the largest concert ever staged at the Népstadion, Budapest, and the first western rock concert staged in a stadium behind the Iron Curtain.

The concert held such significance to the Hungarian authorities that an unprecedented collaboration of Hungary's top film cameraman and technicians were formed to record it. Aside from depicting Queen's live performance, the film includes montages of highlights of the band's legendary visit and a unique insight into the Hungarian film-making style adapted to western rock music.

Staged for 80,000 ecstatic fans, the concert set includes favourite hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and I Want To Break Free.


SAT 00:00 Top of the Pops (b01s9kd5)
David Jensen introduces the weekly pop charts featuring performances from the Dooleys, Manhattan Transfer, John Paul Young, Ruby Winters, Tonight, Hi-Tension, Darts, Boomtown Rats and Legs & Co.


SAT 00:45 ... Sings Musicals (b019jshd)
A delve into the BBC archives for an eclectic mix of performances from musicals from the 60s to the present. Featuring the likes of Ella Fitzgerald singing Mack the Knife from the Threepenny Opera, Captain Sensible performing a classic from South Pacific, Jeff Beck going down the yellow brick road of Oz, Jay Z taking on Annie, and all points in between.


SAT 01:45 A303: Highway to the Sun (b0116ly6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


SAT 02:45 South Pacific (b00l5jl0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]



SUNDAY 05 MAY 2013

SUN 19:00 She-Wolves: England's Early Queens (b01bgpm7)
Matilda and Eleanor

In the medieval and Tudor world there was no question in people's minds about the order of God's creation - men ruled and women didn't. A king was a warrior who literally fought to win power then battled to keep it. Yet despite everything that stood in their way, a handful of extraordinary women did attempt to rule medieval and Tudor England. In this series, historian Dr Helen Castor explores seven queens who challenged male power, the fierce reactions they provoked and whether the term 'she wolves' was deserved.

Eight hundred years ago, Matilda came within a hair's breadth of being the first woman to be crowned queen of England in her own right. Castor explores how Matilda reached this point and why her bid for the throne ultimately failed. Her daughter-in-law Eleanor of Aquitaine was an equally formidable woman. Despite being remembered as the queen of courtly love, in reality during her long life she divorced one king and married another, only to lead a rebellion against him. She only finally achieved the power she craved in her seventies.


SUN 20:00 Timewatch (b00dtjy4)
2008-2009

Stonehenge

An investigation into a radical theory that Stonehenge, far from being a place of burial as is commonly assumed, was in fact a place of healing - a Bronze Age Lourdes. The investigation takes in forensic testing of bones excavated over the past decades and hard-won permission for the first dig in 50 years at the Henge, watched live online by millions of viewers around the world. Does the theory of the healing stones bear up to modern-day forensic science?


SUN 21:00 Margaret (b00hy18h)
Drama charting Margaret Thatcher's astonishing fall from power, one of the most extraordinary stories of political assassination the world has seen. It took only eleven days for Thatcher to go from being the most powerful woman in the world to the tearful figure in the back of the car. A major tragedy in the true Shakespearean sense, in Margaret we watch a woman lose the one thing she really cares about - power - changing from leader to victim before our eyes.

12th November 1990: As Thatcher prepares for her speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet at the Guildhall, Geoffrey Howe, her quietly-spoken former foreign secretary and chancellor, pens the resignation speech that will stun the country and seal her fate. The next day Howe makes his lethal speech in the Houses of Parliament and the final ten days of Margaret Thatcher's reign begin.


SUN 22:55 Top of the Pops (b018zv8d)
1977 - Big Hits

The celebration of Top of the Pops 1977 continues with a selection of outstanding complete archive performances from Britain's silver jubilee year. 1977 was dominated by funk and punk, with Heatwave's Boogie Nights and The Stranglers' No More Heroes in the top ten. Classic top of the charts hits included Baccara's Yes Sir, I Can Boogie and Angelo by Brotherhood of Man. Some of the enduring heroes to take to the stage that year were David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Queen and Elvis Costello, with rare studio performances from The Jacksons and Bob Marley & The Wailers.


SUN 23:55 Top of the Pops (b01pmbdy)
1978 - Big Hits

A pick 'n' mix of Top of the Pops classics from 1978, when in-yer-face punk and new wave rebellion co-existed with MOR suburban pop, disco fever, soul balladry, reggae and prog rock, and when two mega-successful movie soundtracks in the shape of Grease and Saturday Night Fever squared up on the dancefloor. Featuring shouty Sham 69, the cool rebellion of Ian Dury, Elvis Costello and Blondie, the media-savvy clowning of The Boomtown Rats, Kate Bush's debut with Wuthering Heights, alongside Brotherhood of Man's perky Figaro, Dan Hill's sentimental Sometimes When We Touch and the high camp of Boney M's Rasputin. Bob Marley shares chart space with 10cc's Dreadlock Holiday, and ELO and Manfred Mann's Earth Band keep on rockin'.


SUN 00:55 Duets at the BBC (b01c2xwt)
The BBC delves into its archive for the best romantic duets performed at the BBC over the last 50 years. Whether it is Robbie and Kylie dancing together on Top of the Pops or Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge singing into each other's eyes on the Whistle Test, there is plenty of chemistry. Highlights include Nina and Frederik's Baby It's Cold Outside, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, Sonny and Cher, Shirley Bassey and Neil Diamond, Peaches and Herb, and a rare performance from Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.


SUN 01:55 Elton John at the BBC (b00vs5c0)
Elton John's career tracked in archive from performances, interviews and news clips.


SUN 02:55 Timewatch (b00dtjy4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]



MONDAY 06 MAY 2013

MON 19:00 Brushing up on... (b01s6h36)
Series 1

British Towers

Danny Baker turns his attention to Britain's towers, those soaring structures that loom loftily above us but about which little is known.


MON 19:30 Nelson's Caribbean Hell-hole: An Eighteenth Century Navy Graveyard Uncovered (b01s6gjx)
Human bones found on an idyllic beach in Antigua trigger an investigation by naval historian Sam Willis into one of the darkest chapters of Britain's imperial past. As archaeologists excavate a mass grave of British sailors, Willis explores Antigua's ruins and discovers how the sugar islands of the Caribbean were a kind of hell in the age of Nelson.

Sun, sea, war, tropical diseases and poisoned rum.


MON 20:30 The Flying Archaeologist (b01s1czf)
Norfolk Broads

Archaeologist Ben Robinson flies over the Broads where aerial photos have discovered a staggering 945 previously unknown ancient sites. Many are making historians rethink the history of the area.

The fate of the Roman town of Caistor St Edmund has puzzled archaeologists for decades. It's long been a mystery why the centre never became a modern town. Now archaeologists have discovered a key piece of evidence. And near Ormseby, the first proof of Bronze Age settlement in the east of England has been revealed.


MON 21:00 The Joy of Country (b018jmrs)
This celebration of the history and aesthetic of country music tracks the evolution of the genre from the 1920s to the present, exploring country as both folk and pop music - a 20th century soundtrack to the lives of working-class Americans in the South, forever torn between their rural roots and a mostly urban future, between authenticity and showbiz.

Exploring many of the great stars of country from Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, director Andy Humphries's meditation on the power and pull of country blends brilliant archive and contributions from a broad cast that includes Dolly Parton, the Handsome Family, Laura Cantrell, Hank Williams III, kd lang and many more.

If you have ever wondered about the sound of a train in the distance, the keening of a pedal steel guitar, the lure of rhinestone or the blue Kentucky hills, and if you want to know why twang matters, this is the documentary for you.


MON 22:05 Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy (b01pwxs8)
In 2011, Glen Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that he would be bowing out with a final album and farewell tour across Britain and America. This documentary tells Campbell's remarkable life story, from impoverished childhood in Arkansas to huge success, first as a guitarist and then as a singer, with great records like Wichita Lineman and Rhinestone Cowboy. With comments from friends and colleagues, including songwriter Jimmy Webb and Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees, it is a moving story of success, disgrace and redemption as rich as any of the storylines in Campbell's most famous songs.

The peak of Glen Campbell's career was in 1975, when he topped the charts around the world with Rhinestone Cowboy, but his musical journey to that point is fascinating. A self-taught teenage prodigy on the guitar, by his mid-twenties Campbell was one of the top session guitarists in LA, a key member of the band of session players now known as The Wrecking Crew. He played on hundreds of tracks while working for producers like Phil Spector and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, including Daydream Believer by The Monkees, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling by The Righteous Brothers, Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra and Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley.

But Campbell always wanted to make it under his own name. A string of records failed to chart until, in 1967, he finally found his distinctive country pop sound with hits like Gentle on My Mind and By the Time I Get to Phoenix. The latter was written by Jimmy Webb, and together the two created a string of great records like Wichita Lineman and Galveston. Campbell pioneered country crossover and opened the way for artists like Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

By the end of the 1960s, Campbell was the fastest rising star in American pop with his own television show and a starring role in the original version of True Grit. Over the following ten years, he had more success with Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights, but his private life was in turmoil. Divorce, drink and drugs saw this clean-cut all-American hero fall from grace and a tempestuous relationship with country star Tanya Tucker was front-page news.

Despite a relapse in 2003, when he was arrested for drunk driving and his police mug shot was shown around the world, the last two decades have been more settled. He remarried, started a new family and renewed his Christian faith, and was musically rediscovered by a new generation. Like his friend Johnny Cash, he released acclaimed new albums with young musicians, covering songs by contemporary artists like U2 and The Foo Fighters. Therefore the diagnosis with Alzheimer's was all the more poignant, but his dignified farewell has made him the public face of the disease in the USA.

The film includes contributions by many of Campbell's friends and colleagues, including his family in Arkansas, fellow session musicians Carol Kaye and Leon Russell, long-time friend and collaborator Jimmy Webb, former Monkee Mickey Dolenz, broadcaster Bob Harris, lyricist Don Black and country music writer Robert Oermann.


MON 23:05 Country at the BBC (b017zqwb)
Grab your partner by the hand - the BBC have raided their archive and brought to light glittering performances by country artists over the last four decades.

Star appearances include Tammy Wynette, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and, of course, Dolly Parton. All the greats have performed for the BBC at some point - on entertainment shows, in concert and at the BBC studios. Some of the rhinestones revealed are Charley Pride's Crystal Chandeliers from the Lulu Show, Emmylou Harris singing Together Again on the Old Grey Whistle Test and Billie Jo Spears's Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad from the Val Doonican Music Show.

We're brought up to date with modern country hits by kd lang, Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss and Taylor Swift, plus a special unbroadcasted performance from Later...with Jools Holland by Willie Nelson.


MON 00:35 Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited (b01s74g9)
Pagans of Roman Britain

Series in which archaeologist Julian Richards returns to some of his most important digs to discover how science, conservation and new finds have changed our understanding of entire eras of ancient history.

Julian goes back to the excavation of two burials from Roman Britain - a wealthy man from Roman Winchester and a lavishly appointed grave of a woman from the heart of London that holds a special and unexpected secret only recently unlocked.


MON 01:35 Brushing up on... (b01s6h36)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


MON 02:05 The Flying Archaeologist (b01s1czf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


MON 02:35 The Joy of Country (b018jmrs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



TUESDAY 07 MAY 2013

TUE 19:00 World News Today (b01sb6kc)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


TUE 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys (b00qgyv4)
Series 1

Cromford to Burton-on-Trent

Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. In a series of four epic journeys, he travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us and what of Bradshaw's Britain remains.

His journey takes him from Buxton along one of the first railway routes south to the capital, London. This time, Michael visits the oldest working factory in the world at Cromford, explores the country's first public park in Derby and finds out why Burton's beer is said to be the best.


TUE 20:00 NASA: Triumph and Tragedy (b00lg2xb)
One Small Step

In 2009, NASA celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing. This documentary series offers audiences a unique chance to glimpse an astronaut's view of space flight. It is an epic story of heroes and their breathtaking successes as they further humanity's innate desire to explore.

To land a human being on another celestial body is the first step to living beyond our planet. The breathless pace and daring of the Apollo programme sees NASA master previously unimagined tasks in an attempt to achieve the most incredible accomplishment in the history of human endeavour.

From the ashes of tragedy on Apollo 1 emerges a determination that puts Apollo 8 in orbit around the Moon ahead of schedule. Apollo 9 and 10 each break bold new ground and pave the way for something few dared to believe was possible. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the Moon and return safely to Earth, the whole planet throws them a party.


TUE 21:00 Archaeology: A Secret History (p0109k28)
The Search for Civilisation

Archaeologist Richard Miles shows how discoveries in the 18th and 19th centuries overturned ideas of when and where civilisation began as empires competed to literally 'own' the past.


TUE 22:00 I, Claudius (b0074ssc)
Zeus, By Jove!

Claudius has high hopes of a return to a Republic when Caligula insanely proclaims himself a god and his sister a goddess... but Rome officially accepts his divinity.


TUE 22:50 Treasures of Ancient Rome (b01mmrn5)
Pomp and Perversion

Alastair Sooke follows in the footsteps of Rome's mad, bad and dangerous emperors in the second part of his celebration of Roman art. He dons a wetsuit to explore the underwater remains of the Emperor Claudius's pleasure palace and ventures into the cave where Tiberius held wild parties. He finds their taste in art chimes perfectly with their obsession with sex and violence.

The other side of the coin was the bombastic art the Romans are best remembered for - monumental arches and columns that boast about their conquests. Trajan's Column in Rome reads like the storyboard of a modern-day propaganda film.

Sooke concludes with the remarkable legacy of the Emperor Hadrian. He gave the world the magnificent Pantheon in Rome - the eternal image of his lover Antinous, the most beautiful boy in the history of art - and a villa in Tivoli where he created one of the most ambitious art collections ever created.


TUE 23:50 Parks and Recreation (b01s8p7l)
Series 2

Tom's Divorce

Ron assigns Leslie to the DMV for a day and ends up seeing Tom and Wendy at divorce court. To cheer up him up, Leslie rounds up everyone in the department and has them take him out for a night on the town.


TUE 00:10 Parks and Recreation (b01s8p7n)
Series 2

Christmas Scandal

Leslie gets to design the Pawnee Winter Wonderland Festival, but is forced to keep it hidden from the press when she finds herself in the middle of a sex scandal. Ron covers for Leslie for a day and finds out how much work she actually does.


TUE 00:30 NASA: Triumph and Tragedy (b00lg2xb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


TUE 01:30 Arne Dahl (b01sbvlk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Saturday]


TUE 03:00 Archaeology: A Secret History (p0109k28)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



WEDNESDAY 08 MAY 2013

WED 19:00 World News Today (b01sb6kj)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


WED 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys (b00qgz23)
Series 1

Walsall to Bournville

Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. In a series of four epic journeys, he travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us, and what of Bradshaw's Britain remains.

His journey takes him from Buxton along one of the first railway routes south to the capital, London. This time, Michael meets the queen's saddler in Walsall, learns how to cook an authentic Indian curry in Birmingham and visits Bournville, rumoured to be the best place to live in Britain.


WED 20:00 Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited (b01sbvzt)
Families of the Stone Age

Julian Richards returns to the excavation of two burials from the Stone Age - the grave of an entire Neolithic family in Dorset and a tomb on Orkney that is helping to reveal some strange and unexpected burial rites from over 5,000 years ago.


WED 21:00 Great Artists in Their Own Words (b01sfl03)
The Future Is Now (1907-1939)

The first episode of the series unlocks the BBC archives to tell the story of the birth of modern art, in the words of the artists who created a cultural revolution - from the startling innovations of Picasso to the explosion of colour in the paintings of Matisse, to LS Lowry's industrial cityscapes and the often shocking work of surrealists like Max Ernst, Magritte and Dali.


WED 22:00 Parks and Recreation (b01sbvzw)
Series 2

The Set Up

Ann sets Leslie up on a blind date with one of her co-workers. However, the date does not go as Leslie had hoped. Meanwhile, Mark begins to feel insecure when he meets one of Ann's old friends.


WED 22:20 Parks and Recreation (b01sbvzy)
Series 2

Sweetums

The parks department forms a partnership with a local company to sell energy bars at the parks in Pawnee, but Leslie tries to stop the deal when she discovers how unhealthy the snacks are. Mark reluctantly agrees to help Tom move out of his house.


WED 22:45 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b0077j3b)
Series 1

Cold Feet

Bob is deeply involved in preparations for his forthcoming wedding to Thelma, completing a period of courtship that started in form 4B at Park Junior School. But Terry's return has caused Bob to have doubts, especially when Terry teases him that his fate was sealed long before their 11-Plus.


WED 23:15 A303: Highway to the Sun (b0116ly6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Saturday]


WED 00:15 Timewatch (b00dtjy4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Sunday]


WED 01:10 Great British Railway Journeys (b00qgz23)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]


WED 01:40 Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited (b01sbvzt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


WED 02:40 Great Artists in Their Own Words (b01sfl03)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



THURSDAY 09 MAY 2013

THU 19:00 World News Today (b01sb6kr)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


THU 19:30 The Sky at Night (b08spgh6)
Stunning Saturn

Saturn is in our evening skies, and in any telescope looks a stunner. Lucie Green and Chris Lintott investigate the storm that is still raging in the planet's atmosphere, with the latest news from Saturn's amazing moons Titan and Enceladus.

Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel illustrate Saturn's 'opposition effect' and look at some globular clusters, whilst Chris North gets a preview of the new eye-in-the-sky camera, soon to be fitted onto the International Space Station, which will image Earth in incredible detail.


THU 20:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b0077j8v)
Series 1

Moving On

Classic sitcom. Appalled by the changes in Newcastle, Terry considers leaving to get a job in Berwick. Meanwhile, his friend's wanderlust sets Bob thinking.


THU 20:30 Brushing up on... (b01sbwcz)
Series 1

British Factories

Danny Baker ponders the British factory - the products, the people, the bosses and what happens when the hooter sounds and the tools are downed.


THU 21:00 The History Boys (b01shmjd)
Alan Bennett's adaptation of his acclaimed, long-running play set in 1980s Yorkshire.

A class of likely lads, caught in a clash of educational styles as they prepare to apply to Oxford or Cambridge, find their loyalties as well as their intellects tested.


THU 22:50 Archaeology: A Secret History (p0109k28)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday]


THU 23:50 NASA: Triumph and Tragedy (b00lg2xb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Tuesday]


THU 00:50 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b0077j8v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


THU 01:20 Brushing up on... (b01sbwcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


THU 01:50 The Sky at Night (b08spgh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]


THU 02:20 The Joy of Country (b018jmrs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]


THU 03:25 Britain on Film (b01q6pzr)
Series 1

War and Peace

Throughout the 1960s, the Rank Organisation produced hundreds of short, quirky documentaries that examined all aspects of life in Britain. Shot on high-quality colour film stock, they were screened in cinemas, but until now very little of the footage has been shown on television. This series draws on this unique archive to offer illuminating and often surprising insights into a pivotal decade in modern British history.

This episode examines Look at Life's coverage of what was the most important political conflict of the era - the Cold War. With international tensions rising, the series recorded the enormous anti-nuclear protests in London; the experiences of British forces stationed in Berlin; and visited Eastern Europe, to observe everyday life for the people living behind the Iron Curtain.



FRIDAY 10 MAY 2013

FRI 19:00 World News Today (b01sb6l1)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


FRI 19:30 The Genius of Verdi with Rolando Villazón (b01sbxqt)
Superstar opera tenor Rolando Villazón reveals an insider's view on performing music by one of the greatest opera composers, Giuseppe Verdi, who celebrates his bicentenary in 2013. By looking at some of Verdi's most well-known works including the operas Macbeth, Rigoletto, La Traviata, as well as his Requiem, Villazón shares his unique and passionate insight on Verdi's consummate skill - how he constructed dramatic episodes of searing reality, as well as the historical context in which the operas are set. Along with interviews with some of the world's leading Verdi singers, conductors and theatre directors, Villazón tells us why he thinks Verdi is a genius.


FRI 20:30 Jazz 625 (b00jh665)
The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Steve Race introduces the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet in a restored and re-edited 1964 programme, featuring Paul Desmond on saxophone, Gene Wright on bass, Joe Morello on drums and Brubeck on piano. Songs include Take 5, the first jazz record to sell over one million copies.


FRI 21:00 Queens of Jazz: The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas (b01sbxqw)
A celebration of some of the greatest female jazz singers of the 20th century. It takes an unflinching and revealing look at what it actually took to be a jazz diva during a turbulent time in America's social history - a time when battle lines were being constantly drawn around issues of race, gender and popular culture.

The documentary tracks the diva's difficult progress as she emerges from the tough, testosterone-fuelled world of the big bands of the 30s and 40s, to fill nightclubs and saloons across the US in the 50s and early 60s as a force in her own right. Looking at the lives and careers of six individual singers (Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Annie Ross), the film not only talks to those who knew and worked with these queens of jazz, but also to contemporary singers who sit on the shoulders of these trailblazing talents without having to endure the pain and hardship it took for them to make their highly individual voices heard above the prejudice of mid-century America.

This is a documentary about how these women triumphed - always at some personal cost - to become some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, women who chose singing above life itself because singing was their life.


FRI 22:00 Jazz Divas Gold (b01sbxqy)
BBC Four explores the archives for the sultry sounds and looks of 'Jazz Divas Gold'! Featured Jazz legends include Ella Fitzgerald, Marion Montgomery, Cleo Laine, Blossom Dearie, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Betty Carter, Amy Winehouse, Eartha Kitt and many more who can be seen from 1965 to 2008 on BBC treasures such as Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life, Show of the Week, Not Only...But Also, Birdland, Parkinson, Later..with Jools Holland, Morecambe and Wise and more...so let's hear it for the ladies!


FRI 23:00 Jazz Piano Gold (b01cc76p)
A real treat for anyone who loves listening to the tinkling of the jazz piano, with classics from Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Abdullah Ibrahim, Stan Tracey and Jacques Loussier to Duke Ellington, Return to Forever and Herbie Hancock. The performances are culled from cult classic programmes such as Jazz 625, Show of the Week, Late Night Line Up, Love You Madly, Birdland, The Late Show and Later... with Jools Holland, and date from 1964 to 2009. Be it bebop, swing or contemporary, Jazz Piano Gold is a must for all jazz piano fans.


FRI 00:00 Arena (b01c30jy)
Sonny Rollins: Beyond the Notes

2011 was the 82nd year in the extraordinary life of arguably the greatest saxophone player in the world, Sonny Rollins. Four decades ago, as a young filmmaker and aspiring musician, Dick Fontaine followed Rollins up onto the Williamsburg Bridge in Manhattan during one of his legendary escapes from the perils of 'the jazz life'. Today, still resisting stereotype and compromise, and revered by a new generation of young musicians, Rollins continues his single-minded search for meaning in his music and his life. Dick Fontaine's film is built around the explosive energy of Sonny's 80th Birthday Concert, where legendary figures Roy Haynes, Jim Hall and Ornette Coleman join him to celebrate his journey so far, his music and its future for a new generation.


FRI 01:00 Queens of Jazz: The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas (b01sbxqw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 02:00 Jazz Divas Gold (b01sbxqy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


FRI 03:00 Arena (b01c30jy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 00:00 today]




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

... Sings Musicals 00:45 SAT (b019jshd)

A303: Highway to the Sun 20:00 SAT (b0116ly6)

A303: Highway to the Sun 01:45 SAT (b0116ly6)

A303: Highway to the Sun 23:15 WED (b0116ly6)

Archaeology: A Secret History 21:00 TUE (p0109k28)

Archaeology: A Secret History 03:00 TUE (p0109k28)

Archaeology: A Secret History 22:50 THU (p0109k28)

Arena 00:00 FRI (b01c30jy)

Arena 03:00 FRI (b01c30jy)

Arne Dahl 21:00 SAT (b01sbvlk)

Arne Dahl 01:30 TUE (b01sbvlk)

Britain on Film 03:25 THU (b01q6pzr)

Brushing up on... 19:00 MON (b01s6h36)

Brushing up on... 01:35 MON (b01s6h36)

Brushing up on... 20:30 THU (b01sbwcz)

Brushing up on... 01:20 THU (b01sbwcz)

Country at the BBC 23:05 MON (b017zqwb)

Duets at the BBC 00:55 SUN (b01c2xwt)

Elton John at the BBC 01:55 SUN (b00vs5c0)

Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy 22:05 MON (b01pwxs8)

Great Artists in Their Own Words 21:00 WED (b01sfl03)

Great Artists in Their Own Words 02:40 WED (b01sfl03)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 TUE (b00qgyv4)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 WED (b00qgz23)

Great British Railway Journeys 01:10 WED (b00qgz23)

I, Claudius 22:00 TUE (b0074ssc)

Jazz 625 20:30 FRI (b00jh665)

Jazz Divas Gold 22:00 FRI (b01sbxqy)

Jazz Divas Gold 02:00 FRI (b01sbxqy)

Jazz Piano Gold 23:00 FRI (b01cc76p)

Margaret 21:00 SUN (b00hy18h)

NASA: Triumph and Tragedy 20:00 TUE (b00lg2xb)

NASA: Triumph and Tragedy 00:30 TUE (b00lg2xb)

NASA: Triumph and Tragedy 23:50 THU (b00lg2xb)

Nelson's Caribbean Hell-hole: An Eighteenth Century Navy Graveyard Uncovered 19:30 MON (b01s6gjx)

Parks and Recreation 23:50 TUE (b01s8p7l)

Parks and Recreation 00:10 TUE (b01s8p7n)

Parks and Recreation 22:00 WED (b01sbvzw)

Parks and Recreation 22:20 WED (b01sbvzy)

Queen Live In Budapest: Hungarian Rhapsody 22:30 SAT (b01pp0zp)

Queens of Jazz: The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas 21:00 FRI (b01sbxqw)

Queens of Jazz: The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas 01:00 FRI (b01sbxqw)

She-Wolves: England's Early Queens 19:00 SUN (b01bgpm7)

South Pacific 19:00 SAT (b00l5jl0)

South Pacific 02:45 SAT (b00l5jl0)

Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited 00:35 MON (b01s74g9)

Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited 20:00 WED (b01sbvzt)

Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited 01:40 WED (b01sbvzt)

The Flying Archaeologist 20:30 MON (b01s1czf)

The Flying Archaeologist 02:05 MON (b01s1czf)

The Genius of Verdi with Rolando Villazón 19:30 FRI (b01sbxqt)

The History Boys 21:00 THU (b01shmjd)

The Joy of Country 21:00 MON (b018jmrs)

The Joy of Country 02:35 MON (b018jmrs)

The Joy of Country 02:20 THU (b018jmrs)

The Sky at Night 19:30 THU (b08spgh6)

The Sky at Night 01:50 THU (b08spgh6)

Timewatch 20:00 SUN (b00dtjy4)

Timewatch 02:55 SUN (b00dtjy4)

Timewatch 00:15 WED (b00dtjy4)

Top of the Pops 00:00 SAT (b01s9kd5)

Top of the Pops 22:55 SUN (b018zv8d)

Top of the Pops 23:55 SUN (b01pmbdy)

Treasures of Ancient Rome 22:50 TUE (b01mmrn5)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 22:45 WED (b0077j3b)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 20:00 THU (b0077j8v)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 00:50 THU (b0077j8v)

World News Today 19:00 TUE (b01sb6kc)

World News Today 19:00 WED (b01sb6kj)

World News Today 19:00 THU (b01sb6kr)

World News Today 19:00 FRI (b01sb6l1)