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SATURDAY 25 MAY 2013

SAT 19:00 Swarm: Nature's Incredible Invasions (b00gq43y)
One Million Heads, One Beautiful Mind

Extraordinary photography reveals the incredible swarm intelligence that lies behind animal invasions.

Millions of free-tailed bats form a living tornado in which complex information is exchanged. Huge shape-shifting shoals of herring use swarm intelligence to detect predators. Billions of alkali flies form a rolling wave to evade the gaping mouths of gulls. Vast numbers of shore birds synchronise their migration with swarming horseshoe crabs, a feat of timing unparalleled in the animal world.

Fire ants invade and destroy computer equipment and, when their nest is flooded, create living rafts with their bodies. Inside a driver ants' nest we discover the inner workings of a brain made from thousands of individuals. One swarm is even helping to save the planet from the greenhouse effect.

Incredible images show the true complexity of the swarm and how their intelligence impacts on our world.


SAT 20:00 British Masters (b012rf9g)
In Search of England

The inter-war years were a period of alarming national change. With a generation of youth lost to the trenches and the cracks in the Empire growing fast, the nation's confidence was in tatters. If we were no longer a mighty Imperial power, what were we? John Nash's mesmerising visions of rural arcadia, Stanley Spencer's glimpses of everyday divinity, Alfred Munnings' prelapsarian nostalgia, Paul Nash's timeless mysticism, John Piper's crumbling ruins, even William Coldstream's blunt celebration of working-class life - all, in their own way, were attempts to answer this question. And, as a reprise of war grew ever more likely, they struggled more urgently than ever to create an image of Britain we could fight for.


SAT 21:00 Arne Dahl (b020tlcw)
Series 1

Many Waters: Part 2

A Unit discovers a link between the shooting of an illegal African immigrant, bodies found in a marsh in Varmland and an apparent suicide. Kerstin Holm tries to track down missing police officer Dag Lundmark on her own. Suddenly she realises that he has come across a terrible secret and is just waiting for her to find him.

In Swedish with English subtitles.


SAT 22:30 Ultimate Number Ones (b01nwfxv)
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UK chart, from the vaults of the BBC archive comes a selection of hits that attained the toppermost of the poppermost prize and made it to number one in the hit parade. From across the decades, we applaud the most coveted of all chart positions with smash hits and classics from The Bee Gees, T. Rex, Donna Summer, John Lennon, Culture Club, The Spice Girls, James Blunt, Rihanna, Adele and many more.


SAT 23:30 Top of the Pops (b01skwnt)
Tony Blackburn introduces the weekly pop charts featuring performances from Blondie, Heatwave, Tavares, Black Sabbath, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Sham 69, Boney M and Cilla Black and dance troupe Legs & Co.


SAT 00:10 Chas & Dave: Last Orders (b01nkdsv)
Documentary which highlights cockney duo Chas & Dave's rich, unsung pedigree in the music world and a career spanning 50 years, almost the entire history of UK pop. They played with everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Gene Vincent, toured with The Beatles, opened for Led Zeppelin at Knebworth - and yet are known mainly just for their cheery singalongs and novelty records about snooker and Spurs.

The film also looks at the pair's place among the great musical commentators on London life - and in particular the influence of music hall on their songs and lyrics.

The film crew followed Chas & Dave on their final tour, having called it a day after the death of Dave's wife, and blends live concert footage with archive backstory, including some astonishing early performances and duets with the likes of Eric Clapton. Among the experts and zealous fans talking about their love of the duo are Pete Doherty, Jools Holland and Phill Jupitus. Narrated by Arthur Smith.


SAT 01:10 British Masters (b012rf9g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


SAT 02:10 Swarm: Nature's Incredible Invasions (b00gq43y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]



SUNDAY 26 MAY 2013

SUN 19:00 The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (p00zbtmr)
The Clash of the Gods

The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identified the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism - a terrible time when civilisation stopped.

Waldemar Januszczak disagrees. In this four-part series he argues that the Dark Ages were a time of great artistic achievement, with new ideas and religions provoking new artistic adventures. He embarks on a fascinating trip across Europe, Africa and Asia, visits the world's most famous collections and discovers hidden artistic gems, all to prove that the Dark Ages were actually an 'Age of Light'.

In the first episode he looks at how Christianity emerged into the Roman Empire as an artistic force in the 3rd and 4th centuries. But with no description of Jesus in the Bible, how were Christians to represent their God? Waldemar explores how Christian artists drew on images of ancient gods for inspiration and developed new forms of architecture to contain their art.


SUN 20:00 The Somme: Secret Tunnel Wars (b01skvnh)
Beneath the Somme battlefield lies one of the great secrets of the First World War, a recently-discovered network of deep tunnels thought to extend over several kilometres. This lost underground battlefield, centred on the small French village of La Boisselle in Picardy, was constructed largely by British troops between 1914 and 1916. Over 120 men died here in ongoing attempts to undermine the nearby German lines and these galleries still serve as a tomb for many of those men.

This documentary follows historian Peter Barton and a team of archaeologists as they become the first people in nearly a hundred years to enter this hidden, and still dangerous, labyrinth.

Military mines were the original weapons of shock and awe - with nowhere to hide from a mine explosion, these huge explosive charges could destroy a heavily-fortified trench in an instant. In order to get under the German lines to plant their mines, British tunnellers had to play a terrifying game of subterranean cat and mouse - constantly listening out for enemy digging and trying to intercept the German tunnels without being detected. To lose this game probably meant death.

As well uncovering the grim reality of this strange underground war, Peter discovers the story of the men who served here, including the tunnelling companies' special military units made up of ordinary civillian sewer workers and miners. He reveals their top secret mission that launched the Battle of the Somme's first day and discovers why British high command failed to capitalise on a crucial tactical advantage they had been given by the tunnellers.


SUN 21:00 Nina Conti: Talk to the Hand (b021n88f)
Ventriloquist and comedian Nina Conti performs a show in Sydney, accompanied by characters like Monkey and Gran.


SUN 22:05 Timeshift (b01p96ly)
Series 12

When Wrestling was Golden: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies

Timeshift turns back the clock to a time when villains wore silver capes, grannies swooned at the sight of bulky men in latex and the most masculine man in the country was called Shirley. In its heyday, British professional wrestling attracted huge TV audiences and made household names of generations of wrestlers from Mick McManus and Jackie 'Mr TV' Pallo to Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy. With contributions from inside the world of wrestling and surprising fans such as artist Peter Blake, this is an affectionate and lively portrait of a lost era of simpler pleasures, both in and out of the ring.


SUN 23:05 Arena (b01c30k0)
Sonny Rollins '74: Rescued!

Featuring a specially-shot introduction with Jamie Cullum, Arena presents a lost treasure - Sonny Rollins performing at Ronnie Scott's in 1974. After nearly 40 years unseen, this unique film shows a spellbinding performance from arguably the greatest saxophone player in the world. Having played alongside Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, Rollins is one of the few surviving jazz greats. This gig captures him after his 1972 comeback when his bands started to sound funkier and to use electric guitar and bass. The band for this 1974 set features Japanese guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo and soprano saxophone player Rufus Harley, who doubles on the bagpipes.


SUN 00:05 50s Britannia (b01skxpp)
Trad Jazz Britannia

Documentary telling the story of Britain's postwar infatuation with old New Orleans jazz. With rare 78rpm imports as their only guide, a generation of amateur jazz enthusiasts including Humphrey Lyttelton and Chris Barber created a traditional jazz scene that strove to recreate the essence and freedom of 1920s New Orleans in 1950s Britain.

While British youth jived in smoky dives, the music itself was beset by arguments of authenticity. Begging to differ with the source material, Ken Colyer embarked on a pilgrimage to New Orleans in search of the real deal while a larger ideological war raged between mouldy figs and dirty boppers- traditional and modern jazz fans. As its popularity grew, commercial forces descended and a 'trad' boom sent the purists running for cover at the turn of the decade - the first and last time New Orleans jazz became British pop.

Featuring Acker Bilk, Chris Barber and previously unseen interviews with Humphrey Lyttelton and George Melly.


SUN 01:35 Nina Conti: Talk to the Hand (b021n88f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


SUN 02:40 Timeshift (b01p96ly)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:05 today]



MONDAY 27 MAY 2013

MON 19:00 Secret Knowledge (b01r3n6p)
The Art of the Vikings

Through interpretations of some of the archaeological treasures of the Swedish National Museum, now on display in Edinburgh, Dr Janina Ramirez of Oxford University explores the fascinating wealth of Viking culture and its long-lasting influence on the British Isles.


MON 19:30 Britain's Best Drives (b00j8cpm)
The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Actor Richard Wilson takes a journey into the past, following routes raved about in motoring guides of 50 years ago.

Using an Austin Cambridge to explore an area that claims to be the birthplace of British tourism, Richard learns about life before the Severn Bridge, finds out why thousands of tourists flocked to the Wye Valley in search of the 'picturesque' and discovers how ancient customs are still practised in the medieval Forest of Dean, with his trip culminating at a renowned viewpoint.


MON 20:00 Britain on Film (b021270b)
Series 2

Times of Change

In 1959 Britain's biggest cinema company, the Rank Organisation, decided to replace its newsreels with a series of short, quirky, topical documentaries that examined all aspects of life in Britain. During the 1960s - a decade that witnessed profound shifts across Britain's political, economic and cultural landscapes - many felt anxiety about the dizzying pace of change.

Look at Life reflected the increasing social and moral unease in films that tackled subjects ranging from contraception to immigration, from increasing stress at work to the preservation of the Sabbath, and from the environmental implications of waste management to the threat of nuclear weapons. Through these films, we can glimpse many of the seismic societal transformations of the Sixties developments that polarised the nation and changed life in Britain forever.


MON 20:30 Only Connect (b020tlrr)
Series 7

Francophiles v Festival Fans

A trio connected by their love of all things French take on three festival attendees, competing to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Hirst's 'Cupric Nitrate', Mr Tumble's bag, Pudsey's bandage and Twister mat.


MON 21:00 Legends (b00fzv3y)
Roy Orbison - The 'Big O' in Britain

Roy Orbison was the best singer in the world. That's what Elvis Presley said, and he should know.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Orbison's death, this programme celebrates the extraordinary talent of 'The Big O' and his relationship with his most loyal and enduring fans, British musicians and the British public. Through a combination of interview and archive, it charts Orbison's career in Britain, from the sell-out tour with the Beatles that sky-rocketed him to international superstardom, right up to the collaboration with lifelong friend George Harrison on the Travelling Wilburys project in the late 1980s. Effortlessly cool, musically sophisticated, Orbison was a rock and roll legend, whose legacy continues to captivate both the listeners and performers of today.


MON 22:00 Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO (b01n3yf4)
Documentary which gets to the heart of who Jeff Lynne is and how he has had such a tremendous musical influence on our world. The story is told by the British artist himself and such distinguished collaborators and friends of Jeff as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Barbara Orbison and Eric Idle.

The film reveals that Lynne is a true man of music, for whom the recording studio is his greatest instrument. With access to Lynne in his studio above LA, this is an intimate account of a great British pop classicist who has ploughed a unique furrow since starting out on the Birmingham Beat scene in the early 60s, moving from the Idle Race to the multimillion-selling ELO in the 70s and then, with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and George Harrison, as a key member of the Traveling Wilburys.


MON 23:00 ELO Live at Wembley 1978 (b0074smf)
Captured live at London's Wembley Arena in 1978, this space-age show will live forever in rock history as, quite literally, out of this world - featuring a pioneering laser display, the first of its kind that set a precedent for subsequent rock shows. Songs include Standing in the Rain, Night in the City, Turn to Stone, Tightrope, Telephone Line, Rockaria, Wild West Hero, Show Down, Sweet Talkin' Woman, Mr Blue Sky, Ma Ma Ma Belle, Livin' Thing and Roll Over Beethoven.


MON 00:00 Rome: A History of the Eternal City (b01p65l8)
City of the Sacred

Simon Sebag Montefiore looks at how every event in ancient Rome revolved around religion. From the foundation myth through to the deification of emperors, nothing could happen without calling upon the pantheon of Roman gods. Simon investigates how the Romans worshipped and sacrificed to the gods. He discovers that sacredness defined what was Roman and it was the responsibility of every Roman to play their part in the cult. Even the ancient Roman sewer was holy ground!


MON 01:00 The King & the Playwright: A Jacobean History (p00qhsr7)
Incertainties

American scholar James Shapiro presents a three-part series about Shakespeare in the reign of King James, beginning with the anxious mood of 1603 when a new dynasty came to power. Puritans, plague, an extravagant gift to a Spanish diplomatic delegation, and a new British coin called the Unite all feature in Shapiro's rich and fascinating history of a troubled time which saw an extraordinary creative outpouring.


MON 02:00 Britain on Film (b021270b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


MON 02:30 Only Connect (b020tlrr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


MON 03:00 The King & the Playwright: A Jacobean History (p00qhsr7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:00 today]



TUESDAY 28 MAY 2013

TUE 19:00 World News Today (b020sxct)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


TUE 19:30 Britain's Best Drives (b00jf4jn)
The Trossachs

Actor Richard Wilson takes a journey into the past, following routes raved about in motoring guides of 50 years ago.

For his final drive, Richard returns to the country of his birth in a splendid 1950s Bentley. He drops in on his sister, returns to the original 'Dr Finlay' house, takes to the water to find out how Sir Walter Scott inspired a deluge of sightseers to the region, drives Scotland's most famous road in the company of a bevy of vintage bikers, and discovers just what it is about great vistas that gives us all such a thrill.


TUE 20:00 The Golden Age of Steam Railways (b01pdsy6)
Branching Out

For more than 100 years steam trains ran Britain, but when steam started to disappear in the 1950s bands of volunteers got together to save some of the tracks and the steam engines that ran on them. Some of these enthusiasts filmed their exploits and the home movies they shot tell the story of how they did it, and how they helped people to reconnect to a world of steam most thought had been lost forever.


TUE 21:00 Timeshift (b01q9vhy)
Series 12

The Joy of (Train) Sets

The Model Railway Story: From Hornby to Triang and beyond, this documentary explores how the British have been in love with model railways for more than a century. What began as an adult obsession with building fully engineered replicas became the iconic toy of 50s and 60s childhood. With unique archive and contributions from modellers such as Pete Waterman, this is a celebration of the joys of miniaturisation. Just don't call them toy trains!


TUE 22:00 I, Claudius (b0074ssm)
A God in Colchester

Claudius has ruled wisely for a year with the support of Messalina, whom he deeply loves. Convinced of her devotion, he is totally unaware that she is deceiving him.


TUE 22:55 Glamour's Golden Age (b00nk9m5)
Beautiful and Damned

The story of 1920s London's Bright Young People is a tale of sex, drink, drugs and a gossip-hungry press. Beautiful and Damned traces the growth of 1920s London's bright young party set whose antics were enjoyed and scorned in equal measures by a watching nation. And the more artistic of the merry band - Cecil Beaton, Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford among them - saw their work make the characters and attitudes of the era both legend and fable.

Contributors include Philip Hoare, DJ Taylor, Selina Hastings, Lucy Moore and Adrian Bingham.


TUE 23:55 Legends (b00fzv3y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:55 Parks and Recreation (b01skwfj)
Series 2

Woman of the Year

Leslie is outraged when Ron wins a Woman of the Year award for a project she started. Tom is desperate to find some money to invest in a local Pawnee club.


TUE 01:15 Parks and Recreation (b01skwfm)
Series 2

The Possum

When a possum bites the mayor's dog on a golf course, Leslie is asked to form a task force to catch the pesky animal. Ron is upset when Mark refuses to bend the rules for him.


TUE 01:35 Arne Dahl (b020tlcw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Saturday]



WEDNESDAY 29 MAY 2013

WED 19:00 World News Today (b020sxcz)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


WED 19:30 Britain's Best Drives (b00j6sjc)
Richard Wilson Learns to Drive

In preparation for a motor journey around Britain, Richard Wilson is put through his paces as he learns how to use a gear stick again, having driven only automatics for the past 30 years.

He drives classic cars, goes off-road, experiences the thrills and spills of the skidpan and gets a lesson in driving high performance cars from five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell.


WED 20:00 Dan Cruickshank's Written in Stone (b01qz43w)
Forts and Castles

A new series in which Dan Cruickshank takes us on a personal journey to explore some of Ulster's most remarkable buildings and discover what they tell us about the people who have lived on this land.

In the opening episode of a new series Dan Cruickshank examines how invasion and conflict shaped the landscape of Ulster up until the end of the 17th century.


WED 20:30 Dan Cruickshank's Written in Stone (b01r3m8b)
Country Houses

A new series in which Dan Cruickshank takes us on a personal journey to explore some of Ulster's most remarkable buildings and discover what they tell us about the people who have lived on this land.

Dan Cruickshank explores the rise of the country house in 18th century Ulster.


WED 21:00 Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome (b020tlrt)
Episode 1

Professor Catharine Edwards explores the story of the remarkable Livia, wife of the emperor Augustus, mother of the emperor Tiberius and a woman whose influence was felt across the Roman world for over 60 years. But as Catharine explains, imperial women who lacked perfect political judgement would end up not as leaders but as victims. Both Augustus's daughter Julia and his granddaughter Agrippina would die miserably in exile.


WED 22:00 Parks and Recreation (b020tnrz)
Series 2

Park Safety

After Jerry gets mugged by a bunch of kids, Leslie meets with the head park ranger in the hope of improving park safety. Everyone tries to be kind to Jerry once he returns to the office.


WED 22:20 Parks and Recreation (b020tns1)
Series 2

Summer Catalogue

The department is set to distribute the annual summer catalogue, which Leslie takes very seriously.


WED 22:45 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b0077jl8)
Series 1

Birthday Boy

Terry feels depressed when everyone, even his mother, forgets his birthday. To make up for it, Bob throws a surprise party, but preparations for the bash don't go according to plan.


WED 23:15 The Golden Age of Steam Railways (b01pdsy6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:15 The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (p00zbtmr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Sunday]


WED 01:15 Britain's Best Drives (b00j6sjc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]


WED 01:45 Dan Cruickshank's Written in Stone (b01qz43w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


WED 02:15 Dan Cruickshank's Written in Stone (b01r3m8b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


WED 02:45 Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome (b020tlrt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



THURSDAY 30 MAY 2013

THU 19:00 World News Today (b020sxd4)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


THU 19:30 Top of the Pops (b020tp4r)
Noel Edmonds introduces the weekly pop charts featuring performances from Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Lindisfarne, the Rolling Stones, Goldie, AC/DC, Boney M, Guy Marks, Maxine Nightingale, David Soul and dance troupe Legs & Co.


THU 20:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b0077jrd)
Series 1

No Hiding Place

Bob and Terry are desperate not to know the result of the England v Bulgaria football match, but with eight hours to go will they succeed in their mission?


THU 20:30 Up the Women (b02108p1)
Series 1

Episode 1

Margaret has discovered the women's suffrage movement and invites the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle to become (the hilariously ineffectual) Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Requests Women's Suffrage.


THU 21:00 Miss Potter (b00cyjjj)
Biopic of one of the literary phenomena of the 20th century.

London, 1902. At a time when most young women of her class only aspired to a good marriage, Beatrix Potter became an iconic figure. She created a series of children's books and characters that are still admired today and have never been out of print. She swam against the mores of her day and found true love.


THU 22:30 Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome (b020tlrt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Wednesday]


THU 23:30 The Golden Age of Steam Railways (b01p8w38)
Small Is Beautiful

Two-part documentary telling the remarkable story of a band of visionaries who rescued some of the little narrow gauge railways that once served Britain's industries. These small railways and the steam engines that ran on them were once the driving force of Britain's mines, quarries, factories and docks. Then, as they disappeared after 1945, volunteers set to work to bring the lines and the steam engines back to life and started a movement which spread throughout the world. Their home movies tell the story of how they helped millions reconnect with a past they thought had gone forever.


THU 00:30 Norman Wisdom: His Story (b00vhmqq)
From street urchin to knight of the realm - the story of Norman Wisdom, who used to be one of the biggest film stars in the UK, portraying a man who rarely stepped out of character in public, and whose highly individual comic style hid the private tragedy of his early life.

The actor's life story is told through the people who knew him well - his son and daughter Nick and Jacqui Wisdom, his daughter-in-law Kim, film director Stephen Frears, actors Ricky Tomlinson, Leslie Phillips and Honor Blackman, and singer Dame Vera Lynn.


THU 01:30 Top of the Pops (b020tp4r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]


THU 02:05 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b0077jrd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


THU 02:35 Up the Women (b02108p1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]



FRIDAY 31 MAY 2013

FRI 19:00 World News Today (b020sxds)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


FRI 19:30 Concerto at the BBC Proms (b01k763t)
Mozart Clarinet

Another chance to hear a live performance from the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major, considered by some to be his finest work, recorded at the BBC Proms in 2006.

Gifted English clarinet soloist Julian Bliss, at the time only 17 years old, performs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Jirí Behlohlávek.


FRI 20:00 Symphony (b0170bm6)
Beethoven and Beyond

Simon Russell Beale continues his journey into the world of the symphony with the story of the revolutionary later symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven and their phenomenal impact. We also meet Franz Schubert, whose two greatest symphonies were only discovered after his tragic early death, the obsessive French Romantic Hector Berlioz and the flamboyant pianist turned composer Franz Liszt. The music is performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Halle, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.


FRI 21:00 Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador (b020tphg)
Documentary about the legendary soul singer Otis Redding, following him from childhood and marriage to the Memphis studios and segregated southern clubs where he honed his unique stage act and voice. Through unseen home movies, the film reveals how Otis's 1967 tour of Britain dramatically changed his life and music. After bringing soul to Europe, he returned to conquer America, first with the 'love crowd' at the Monterey Festival and then with Dock of the Bay, which topped the charts only after his death at just 26.

Includes rare and unseen performances, intimate interviews with Otis's wife and daughter and with original band members Steve Cropper and Booker T Jones. Also featured are British fans whose lives were changed by seeing him, among them Rod Stewart, Tom Jones and Bryan Ferry.


FRI 22:00 Otis Redding & Friends: Stax Volt Revue '67 (b00cp52s)
Classic concert filmed in Norway during the 1967 Stax tour featuring performances from the soul legends signed to this famous US record label. Includes live sets by Booker T & The MGs (Green Onions and Red Beans And Rice), Arthur Conley (Sweet Soul Music and In The Midnight Hour), Sam and Dave (Hold On and I'm Coming), Eddie Floyd (Raise Your Hand), the Mar-Keys (Philly Dog and Last Night) and a barnstorming, five-song set by Otis Redding that includes Try A Little Tenderness, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, My Girl and Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song).


FRI 23:00 Classic Soul at the BBC (b0074pvv)
A collection of some of the greatest soul performances from the BBC's archive, featuring Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Dusty Springfield, Isaac Hayes, Solomon Burke and Percy Sledge.


FRI 00:00 Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador (b020tphg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 01:00 Otis Redding & Friends: Stax Volt Revue '67 (b00cp52s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


FRI 02:00 Classic Soul at the BBC (b0074pvv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 today]




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

50s Britannia 00:05 SUN (b01skxpp)

Arena 23:05 SUN (b01c30k0)

Arne Dahl 21:00 SAT (b020tlcw)

Arne Dahl 01:35 TUE (b020tlcw)

Britain on Film 20:00 MON (b021270b)

Britain on Film 02:00 MON (b021270b)

Britain's Best Drives 19:30 MON (b00j8cpm)

Britain's Best Drives 19:30 TUE (b00jf4jn)

Britain's Best Drives 19:30 WED (b00j6sjc)

Britain's Best Drives 01:15 WED (b00j6sjc)

British Masters 20:00 SAT (b012rf9g)

British Masters 01:10 SAT (b012rf9g)

Chas & Dave: Last Orders 00:10 SAT (b01nkdsv)

Classic Soul at the BBC 23:00 FRI (b0074pvv)

Classic Soul at the BBC 02:00 FRI (b0074pvv)

Concerto at the BBC Proms 19:30 FRI (b01k763t)

Dan Cruickshank's Written in Stone 20:00 WED (b01qz43w)

Dan Cruickshank's Written in Stone 20:30 WED (b01r3m8b)

Dan Cruickshank's Written in Stone 01:45 WED (b01qz43w)

Dan Cruickshank's Written in Stone 02:15 WED (b01r3m8b)

ELO Live at Wembley 1978 23:00 MON (b0074smf)

Glamour's Golden Age 22:55 TUE (b00nk9m5)

I, Claudius 22:00 TUE (b0074ssm)

Legends 21:00 MON (b00fzv3y)

Legends 23:55 TUE (b00fzv3y)

Miss Potter 21:00 THU (b00cyjjj)

Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome 21:00 WED (b020tlrt)

Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome 02:45 WED (b020tlrt)

Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome 22:30 THU (b020tlrt)

Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO 22:00 MON (b01n3yf4)

Nina Conti: Talk to the Hand 21:00 SUN (b021n88f)

Nina Conti: Talk to the Hand 01:35 SUN (b021n88f)

Norman Wisdom: His Story 00:30 THU (b00vhmqq)

Only Connect 20:30 MON (b020tlrr)

Only Connect 02:30 MON (b020tlrr)

Otis Redding & Friends: Stax Volt Revue '67 22:00 FRI (b00cp52s)

Otis Redding & Friends: Stax Volt Revue '67 01:00 FRI (b00cp52s)

Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador 21:00 FRI (b020tphg)

Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador 00:00 FRI (b020tphg)

Parks and Recreation 00:55 TUE (b01skwfj)

Parks and Recreation 01:15 TUE (b01skwfm)

Parks and Recreation 22:00 WED (b020tnrz)

Parks and Recreation 22:20 WED (b020tns1)

Rome: A History of the Eternal City 00:00 MON (b01p65l8)

Secret Knowledge 19:00 MON (b01r3n6p)

Swarm: Nature's Incredible Invasions 19:00 SAT (b00gq43y)

Swarm: Nature's Incredible Invasions 02:10 SAT (b00gq43y)

Symphony 20:00 FRI (b0170bm6)

The Dark Ages: An Age of Light 19:00 SUN (p00zbtmr)

The Dark Ages: An Age of Light 00:15 WED (p00zbtmr)

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