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SATURDAY 08 JUNE 2013

SAT 19:00 Oceans (b00fpy59)
Southern Ocean

The team investigates why parts of the Southern Ocean are warming twice as fast as the rest of the world's oceans and looks at the impact of this phenomenon.

Expedition leader Paul Rose, environmentalist Philippe Cousteau Jr, maritime archaeologist Dr Lucy Blue and marine biologist and oceanographer Tooni Mahto brave some of the roughest seas and the strongest winds on the planet.

They go in search of one of the planet's most curious and enigmatic creatures - the weedy sea dragon. They explore kelp forests to investigate how they're being threatened by the rise in sea temperatures and a new predator. They dive to one of the thousand shipwrecks in these waters, and in a unique sunken valley, they search for mysterious deep ocean creatures normally found hundreds of metres below the surface. And they enter a maze of perilous sea caves to hunt for evidence of ancient sea creatures that can reveal how this ocean formed.


SAT 20:00 The Riviera: A History in Pictures (b01ps9jr)
Painting Paradise

Two-part sun-filled series in which Richard E Grant follows in the footsteps of artists who have lived, loved and painted on France's glorious Cote d'Azur.

Revealing the intertwined relationship between modern art and the development of the French Riviera as an international tourist haven, Grant explores how impressionist painters Cezanne, Monet and Renoir first discovered the region in the 19th century when the newly built railway arrived there.

Captivated by the light and colour of this undiscovered landscape, the painters immortalised its shores on canvas and in doing so advertised the savage beauty of the region. For neo-impressionists Paul Signac and Henri-Edmond Cross, the region provided a vision of utopia, while for Henri Matisse the vivid colours of the area inspired him to adopt a new palette and in doing so set modern art en route to abstraction.

With visits to L'Estaque, St Tropez and Nice, Grant maps the progress of the region from cultural backwater to bohemian hotspot.


SAT 21:00 Arne Dahl (b02w523h)
Series 1

Europa Blues - Part 2

In pursuit of leads to help with the wolverine murder, Soderstedt is despatched to Italy where he encounters a dangerous Mafia boss. Soon he finds himself in Germany following up leads from the murdered Leonard Sheinkman's war diaries, while also trying to unravel the mystery of the inheritance he has received from his uncle.

Pushed ever harder by Hultin for results, A Unit's investigation seems to have stalled unless they can locate a missing prostitute from the hostel, who did not flee the country with the other escapees. But the hostel manager remains tight-lipped.

When the team finally do make a discovery it may have come too late for Soderstedt who, out in the field, is in mortal danger.

In Swedish with English subtitles.


SAT 22:30 Ford's Dagenham Dream (b00j0gnm)
Documentary which tells the story of a dream of happy families on wheels that the Ford Motor Company brought from Detroit to Dagenham, then sold to Britain.

From the 1950s onwards Ford revolutionised the cars we drove, producing dream cars for the average British family. In the 60s and 70s Ford sold dreams to boy racers too, but it came at a price. The mass production of motor cars required an army of assembly line workers who did jobs that were infamous for their soul-destroying monotony.

At its peak Dagenham was producing more than 3,000 cars every day and its most popular dream car, the Cortina, sold around five million in Britain alone. But the assembly line workers had a love-hate relationship with the cars they made and for some the dream became a nightmare.

Illustrated with powerful first person testimony and rare archive, this is the story of the rise and fall of Ford's Dagenham dream.


SAT 23:30 The Deadliest Crash: the Le Mans 1955 Disaster (b00sfptx)
At 6.26 pm, June 11th 1955, the world of playboy racers and their exotic cars exploded in a devastating fireball. On the home straight early in the Le Mans 24-Hour race, future British world champion Mike Hawthorn made a rash mistake. Pierre Levegh's Mercedes 300 SLR smashed into the crowd, killing 83 people and injuring 120 more. It remains the worst disaster in motor racing history.

The story was quickly engulfed by conspiracy theory, blame and scandal. Was the mysterious explosion caused by Mercedes gambling all on untried technologies? Did they compound it by using a lethal fuel additive? Have the French authorities been covering up the truth ever since? Or was the winner, the doomed British star Mike Hawthorn, guilty of reckless driving and did his desire to win at all costs start the terrible chain of events?


SAT 00:30 Madness in the Desert: Paris to Dakar (b01r1cnw)
Documentary telling the story of the world's craziest race.

In 1977, French motorcyclist Thierry Sabine was in serious trouble, lost in the Libyan desert and dying from thirst. Whilst most men would weep and think back over their lives, Thierry thought about coming back - to do a rally across the Sahara Desert. The 9,000km Paris-Dakar rally was born.

The rally became a beacon for eccentric adventurers battling the terrain in customised vehicles, seduced by the romance of the desert and the extreme challenge. It soon became a victim of its own rapid success. Caught up in controversy and with over 60 deaths, in 2008 this incredible event was brought to an end in Africa by terrorism.

Featuring winners Cyril Neveu, Hubert Auriol, Jean-Louis Schlesser, Ari Vatanen, Stephane Peterhansel, Martine de Cortanze, former participant Sir Mark Thatcher and many more, this is the story of the biggest motorsport event the world has ever seen and one of the greatest challenges of human endeavour ever conceived, told by those who took part.

How the west took on a landscape of incredible beauty and scale. And lost.


SAT 01:30 The Riviera: A History in Pictures (b01ps9jr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


SAT 02:30 Oceans (b00fpy59)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]



SUNDAY 09 JUNE 2013

SUN 19:00 The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (b01p96fr)
The Wonder of Islam

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'.

Along with Christianity, the Dark Ages saw the emergence of another vital religion - Islam. After emerging in the near East it spread across North Africa and into Europe, bringing its unique artistic style with it. In the third episode, Waldemar examines the early artistic explorations of the first Muslims, the development of their mosques and their scientific achievements.


SUN 20:00 Aristotle's Lagoon (b00q0hh2)
In the 4th century BC the Greek philosopher Aristotle travelled to Lesvos, an island in the Aegean teeming, then as now, with wildlife. His fascination with what he found there, and his painstaking study of it, led to the birth of a new science - biology. Professor Armand Leroi follows in Aristotle's footsteps to discover the creatures, places and ideas that inspired the philosopher in his pioneering work.


SUN 21:00 Britain Through a Lens: The Documentary Film Mob (b012p53d)
The unlikely story of how, between 1929 and 1945, a group of tweed-wearing radicals and pin-striped bureaucrats created the most influential movement in the history of British film. They were the British Documentary Movement and they gave Britons a taste for watching films about real life.

They were an odd bunch, as one wit among them later admitted. "A documentary director must be a gentleman... and a socialist." They were inspired by a big idea - that films about real life would change the world. That, if people of all backgrounds saw each other on screen - as they really were - they would get to know and respect each other more. As John Grierson, the former street preacher who founded the Movement said: "Documentary outlines the patterns of interdependence".

The Documentary Film Mob assembles a collection of captivating film portraits of Britain, during the economic crisis of the 1930s and the Second World War. Featuring classic documentaries about slums and coal mines, about potters and posties, about the bombers and the Blitz, the programme reveals the fascinating story of what was also going on behind the camera. Of how the documentary was born and became part of British culture.


SUN 22:00 The Kid with a Bike (b02xbmvv)
Belgian drama in which 12-year-old Cyril is abandoned by his father and left in state care. He finds a new friend in a local hairdresser who takes pity on him and agrees to foster him at weekends.

In French with English subtitles.


SUN 23:20 Bobby Womack: Across 110th Street (b022ff9g)
Bobby Womack's musical career has been an almost unprecedented rollercoaster ride.

Starting off on the streets of segregated America, Womack launched himself into what became an epic adventure. In the 1950s as a youngster he was travelling the gospel highway with the Womack Brothers. By the 1960s, he was being mentored by Sam Cooke who schooled him in the ways of R&B, while James Brown also drilled him into shape. Soon, the Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett were queuing up to record his songs.

In the early 1970s, not long after Janis Joplin covered one of his compositions, Bobby was with her just hours before she died. He played rhythm guitar on Sly & the Family Stone's Family Affair before becoming a major soul star in his own right with hits like Across 110th Street, Woman's Gotta Have It and Harry Hippie.

In the second half of the 1970s, his disastrous country and western album, as well as disco mania, savaged his career. But Bobby rose again in the 1980s with his famed 'Poet' trilogy of albums. Then, after semi-retirement and a stint with the Gorillaz, he recorded 2012's The Bravest Man in the Universe album with Damon Albarn. It was the start of a magnificent Indian summer for one of soul music's greatest artists.

With incredible access to Bobby Womack himself, plus contributions from Ronnie Wood, Damon Albarn, Bill Withers, Chuck D, Antonio Fargas, as well as close family and friends, this film brings one of the most diverse and fascinating post-war musical careers vividly to life.


SUN 00:20 Ike and Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett and Friends Live in Ghana 1971: Soul to Soul (b02qygvp)
Legendary 1971 concert film remastered from the original 35mm negative in which a brilliant mix of predominantly Afro-American soul artists take their music to West Africa to take part in a 14-hour extravaganza celebrating the 14th anniversary of Ghana's independence from British rule in front of over 100,000 locals in Black Star Square, Accra. Incendiary performances from Ike and Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, the Staple Singers, jazz greats Les McCann and Eddie Harris, Santana and Voices of East Harlem see black America celebrating its cultural roots, Afrocentric-style. The soul of America in the heart of Africa.


SUN 01:20 Aristotle's Lagoon (b00q0hh2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


SUN 02:20 The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (b01p96fr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]



MONDAY 10 JUNE 2013

MON 19:00 World News Today (b02vzgv1)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


MON 19:30 Tales from the Wild Wood (b01nrn2c)
Episode 4

Spring arrives in Strawberry Cottage Wood. New life emerges and Rob Penn can shape the future of his forest. A visit to a secret woodland gives him a glimpse of how tomorrow's trees might look, whilst his own planting scheme catches the eye of the local squirrel population. He must do battle with these animals or facing losing all his saplings.


MON 20:00 Britain on Film (b02w63mx)
Series 2

Island Nation

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.

This episode focuses on the films that examine the implications of Britain's identity as an island nation, a geographical reality that has influenced not just our coastal landscape but our national psyche too. Featuring footage from well-known offshore isles like Wight and Man to the more isolated, culturally-distinctive and splendidly-idiosyncratic places like Harris and Cromer, which was inhabited year-round by just a single family of four.


MON 20:30 Only Connect (b02w63n3)
Series 7

Corpuscles v Cartophiles

Two teams who lost their first heats return for another chance at making the semi-finals, 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 prom video, holiday armadillo, Princess Leia fantasy and fake Monica.


MON 21:00 Precision: The Measure of All Things (b02xbj6m)
Time and Distance

Professor Marcus du Sautoy tells the story of the metre and the second - how an astonishing journey across revolutionary France gave birth to the metre, and how scientists today are continuing to redefine the measurement of time and length, with extraordinary results.


MON 22:00 Storyville (b02x9z7g)
Silence in the House of God: Mea Maxima Culpa

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney exposes abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from Wisconsin, through Ireland's churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. The film investigates the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control and documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the US - a struggle of more than three decades by four deaf young men who set out to expose the priest who had abused them. Their efforts ultimately led to a lawsuit against the former pope, Benedict XVI himself.


MON 23:30 Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony (p00scslp)
Ant colonies are one of the wonders of nature - complex, organised and mysterious. This programme reveals the secret, underground world of the ant colony in a way that's never been seen before. At its heart is a massive, full-scale ant nest, specially designed and built to allow cameras to see its inner workings. The nest is a new home for a million-strong colony of leafcutter ants from Trinidad.

For a month, entomologist Dr George McGavin and leafcutter expert Professor Adam Hart capture every aspect of the life of the colony, using time-lapse cameras, microscopes, microphones and radio tracking technology. The ants instantly begin to forage, farm, mine and build. Within weeks, the colony has established everything from nurseries and gardens to graveyards.

The programme explores how these tiny insects can achieve such spectacular feats of collective organisation. This unique project reveals the workings of one of the most complex and mysterious societies in the natural world and shows the surprising ways in which ants are helping us solve global problems.


MON 01:00 Rome: A History of the Eternal City (b01pdt0s)
The Rebirth of God's City

Simon Sebag Montefiore charts Rome's rise from the abandonment and neglect of the 14th century into the everlasting seat of the papacy recognised today. His story takes us through the debauchery and decadence of the Renaissance, the horrors of the Sack of Rome and the Catholic Reformation, through to the arrival of fascism and the creation of the Vatican State. By taking us inside Rome's most sensational palaces and churches and telling the stories behind some of the world's most beloved art, Sebag Montefiore's final instalment is a visual feast.


MON 02:00 Britain on Film (b02w63mx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


MON 02:30 Only Connect (b02w63n3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


MON 03:00 Precision: The Measure of All Things (b02xbj6m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2013

TUE 19:00 World News Today (b02vzgvc)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


TUE 19:30 Tales from the Wild Wood (b01nvwr0)
Episode 5

As summer arrives, the pressure is on Rob Penn to turn labour into profit in Strawberry Cottage Wood. He dips his toes into the beanpole industry before learning how to make charcoal. With his costs spiralling, he needs to find a market for his product and convince people that UK charcoal can compete with products imported from abroad.


TUE 20:00 Horizon (b00jgtl2)
2008-2009

Why Can't We Predict Earthquakes?

Last century, earthquakes killed over one million, and it is predicted that this century might see ten times as many deaths. Yet when an earthquake strikes, it always takes people by surprise.

So why hasn't science worked out how to predict when and where the next big quake is going to happen? This is the story of the men and women who chase earthquakes and try to understand this mysterious force of nature.

Journeying to China's Sichuan Province, which still lies devastated by the earthquake that struck in May 2008, as well as the notorious San Andreas fault in California, Horizon asks why science has so far fallen short of answering this fundamental question.


TUE 21:00 Seven Ages of Starlight (p00yb434)
This is the epic story of the stars, and how discovering their tale has transformed our own understanding of the universe.

Once we thought the sun and stars were gods and giants. Now we know, in a way, our instincts were right. The stars do all have their own characters, histories and role in the cosmos. Not least, they played a vital part in creating us.

There are old, bloated red giants, capable of gobbling up planets in their orbit, explosive deaths - supernovae - that forge the building blocks of life and black holes, the most mysterious stellar tombstones. And, of course, stars in their prime, like our own sun.

Leading astronomers reveal how the grandest drama on tonight is the one playing above our heads.


TUE 22:30 Aristotle's Lagoon (b00q0hh2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Sunday]


TUE 23:30 Precision: The Measure of All Things (b02xbj6m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 Horizon (b00jgtl2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


TUE 01:30 Parks and Recreation (b022bbl4)
Series 2

94 Meetings

Ron is furious when April mistakenly schedules a ton of meetings for him. Meanwhile, Leslie fights to preserve a historical landmark.


TUE 01:50 Parks and Recreation (b022bblb)
Series 2

Telethon

Leslie hosts a late-night shift for a local telethon, and lands former Indiana Pacer Detlef Schrempf as a celebrity guest. Meanwhile, Mark has big plans for his relationship with Ann.


TUE 02:10 Arne Dahl (b02w523h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Saturday]



WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE 2013

WED 19:00 World News Today (b02vzgvm)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


WED 19:30 Tales from the Wild Wood (b01nz985)
Episode 6

Rob Penn's year in Strawberry Cottage Wood is nearly at an end. After ten months hard work he gets a final assessment from the local conservation expert. He attends an international cricket match to hunt down the timber he felled in the winter, and throws a party for everybody who has helped him throughout the year.


WED 20:00 What Do Artists Do All Day? (b01rr42c)
Jack Vettriano

Jack Vettriano is arguably Britain's most popular artist, with his nostalgic paintings of a lost age of glamour being instantly recognisable and his most famous work, The Singing Butler, the country's best-selling image, reproduced on everything from calendars to jigsaws. But despite his popularity, the self-taught miner's son from Fife has never been fully accepted by the art establishment.

This film offers an intimate and revealing portrait of Vettriano, as he creates a painting featuring actress Kara Tointon, and sees him talk with brutal honesty about his critics and how he deals with fame.


WED 20:30 What Do Artists Do All Day? (b01rd35q)
Norman Ackroyd

'I don't have any grand plan, I just go where instinct takes me.' - Norman Ackroyd.

Norman Ackroyd is one of the country's most celebrated landscape artists. Born in Leeds in 1938, he attended the Royal College of Art in the 1960s. After experimenting with pop art, he gradually turned to his first love, the landscape, and over the last thirty years he has documented some of the most remote corners of Britain.

Norman tells the story of his artistic journey and gives a unique glimpse into his working life. Filmed in the converted London warehouse where he lives and works, we follow Norman as he embarks on the final stages of one of his monochrome prints. From delicate work on the copper plate, through preparation of the aquatint resin that brings shade and texture to the image and the application of the acid which etches the final picture from the copper, the film captures each stage of the process behind his craft.

At the end of the day, without knowing how the piece will turn out, Norman passes it through the printing press, revealing for the first time his latest work, capturing the atmospheric craggy cliff of Muckle Flugga in the Shetland Islands.


WED 21:00 Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome (b02w63n7)
Episode 3

Professor Catharine Edwards follows the stories of four very different women across centuries which saw the Roman Empire utterly transformed. Among them are the slave turned imperial consort Caenis, the empress Julia Domna - a Syrian who was commemorated in fascinating ways as far away as York - and Helena, mother of the emperor Constantine and a force in converting the empire to Christianity.


WED 22:00 Parks and Recreation (b02w6tc0)
Series 2

The Master Plan

Comedy series set in the parks department of a fictional Indiana town.

Leslie is disappointed when two state auditors put her new park plans on hold. April celebrates her 21st birthday at the Snakehole Lounge.


WED 22:20 Parks and Recreation (b02w6tc5)
Series 2

Freddy Spaghetti

Leslie is forced to take matters into her own hands when the government is shut down and the parks are closed.


WED 22:45 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b0077jx1)
Series 1

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Bob thinks Terry needs new friends, but inviting him to Alan and Brenda's trendy dinner party might not be such a great idea.


WED 23:15 Up the Women (b02l9j0t)
Series 1

Episode 2

Keen to put the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Requests Women's Suffrage on the map, the women plan to picket the post office with placards.


WED 23:45 The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (b01p96fr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Sunday]


WED 00:45 The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu (b00hkb0z)
Aminatta Forna tells the story of legendary Timbuktu and its long-hidden legacy of hundreds of thousands of ancient manuscripts. With its university founded around the same time as Oxford, Timbuktu is proof that the reading and writing of books have long been as important to Africans as they are to Europeans.


WED 01:45 What Do Artists Do All Day? (b01rr42c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


WED 02:15 What Do Artists Do All Day? (b01rd35q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


WED 02:45 Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome (b02w63n7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



THURSDAY 13 JUNE 2013

THU 19:00 World News Today (b02vzgvx)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


THU 19:30 Top of the Pops (b02xbj8s)
David 'Kid' Jensen introduces the weekly pop charts featuring performances from Black Sabbath, Heatwave, Showaddywaddy, the Brotherhood of Man, San Jose, Thin Lizzy, Bob Marley and the Wailers and a dance routine by Legs & Co.


THU 20:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b0077k1l)
Series 1

Storm in a Tea Chest

Terry helps Bob move his most treasured possessions from his old house to the new one, but Thelma refuses to have his junk in their home.


THU 20:30 Up the Women (b02w7hlx)
Series 1

Episode 3

The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle try to win approval to become an official league of the Women's Social and Political Union.


THU 21:00 Billy Elliot (b007wv29)
Coming-of-age drama about a young boy from a north east mining village who is sent for boxing lessons but joins ballet classes instead, for reasons he cannot explain to himself, let alone ones that his widower father would understand. He is encouraged by his dance teacher, but her ambition for him brings about a family crisis in the Elliot house.


THU 22:45 Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome (b02w63n7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Wednesday]


THU 23:45 Attenborough and the Giant Egg (b00z6dsg)
David Attenborough returns to the island of Madagascar on a very personal quest.

In 1960, he visited the island to film one of his first ever wildlife series - Zoo Quest. Whilst he was there, he acquired a giant egg belonging to an extinct bird known as the 'elephant bird' - the largest bird that ever lived. It has been one of his most treasured possessions ever since.

Fifty years older, he now returns to the island to find out more about this amazing creature and to see how the island has changed. Could the elephant bird's fate provide lessons that may help protect Madagascar's remaining wildlife?

Using Zoo Quest archive and specially shot location footage, this film follows David as he revisits scenes from his youth and meets people at the front line of wildlife protection. On his return, scientists at Oxford University are able to reveal for the first time how old David's egg actually is, and what that might tell us about the legendary elephant bird.


THU 00:45 Top of the Pops (b02xbj8s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]


THU 01:15 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b0077k1l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


THU 01:50 Up the Women (b02w7hlx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


THU 02:20 Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes (b00vzxv9)
Eminent classical historian Robin Lane Fox embarks on a journey in search of the origins of the Greek myths. He firmly believes that these fantastical stories lie at the root of western culture, and yet little is known about where the myths of the Greek gods came from, and how they grew. Now, after 35 years of travelling, excavation and interpretation, he is confident he has uncovered answers.

From the ancient lost city of Hattusas in modern Turkey to the smouldering summit of the Sicilian volcano Mount Etna, the documentary takes the viewer on a dazzling voyage through the Mediterranean world of the 8th century BC, as we follow in the slipstream of an intrepid and mysterious group of merchants and adventurers from the Greek island of Euboea. It's in the experiences of these now forgotten people that Lane Fox is able to pinpoint the stories and encounters, the journeys and the landscapes that provided the source material for key Greek myths.

And along the way, he brings to life these exuberant tales - of castration and baby eating, the birth of human sexual love, and the titanic battles with giants and monsters from which the gods of Greek myth were to emerge victorious.



FRIDAY 14 JUNE 2013

FRI 19:00 World News Today (b02vzgw4)
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 Symphony (b017j75d)
Revolution and Rebirth

Simon Russell Beale's journey takes him into the 20th century, a time when the certainties of empire were falling away, war was looming and the world was changing faster than ever before.

Simon investigates the extraordinary symphonic world of Shostakovich, the star composer of the new Soviet Union, as well as the work of Ives and Copland who were both, in their different ways, creating a new American sound. He discovers how the development of the gramophone and broadcasting meant that more people could hear their music than ever before and how it became possible to immortalise the symphony in sound.

The symphonies are played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.


FRI 21:00 What's Going On: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye (b0074rql)
Marvin Gaye is one of the great and enduring figures of soul music, but his life was one of sexual confusion, bittersweet success and ultimately death by the hand of his own father. Through Marvin's own words and intimate memories gathered from rare film and recordings, director Jeremy Marre tells the story of a 'life of outer grace and inner torment'.

Including interviews with the singer's family, friends and musical colleagues, with re-enactments and archive film of Marvin on stage, at home and in the recording studio.


FRI 22:00 Charles Bradley: Soul of America (b02x8xnn)
Documentary telling the story of late-flowering 62-year-old soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album No Time for Dreaming rocketed him from a hard life in the projects to Rolling Stone magazine's top 50 albums of 2011.

Abandoned by his mother as a child, Bradley faced homelessness, illiteracy, violence, the murder of his beloved brother and a nearly fatal illness. He worked odd jobs across the country and performed as a James Brown impersonator and, through it all, never gave up on his life-long dream to make it big in the music industry. Spanning the exciting, painful and uncertain months prior to the release of his debut album, the film documents one man's ultimate triumph over an impossible dream 48 years in the making.

Bradley's two albums, No Time for Dreaming and 2013's Victim of Love, are on the Brooklyn-based Daptone label which helped inspire the sound of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black and his emotionally intense, fervent old-school soul singing and retro production from collaborator and co-writer Tom Brennek have made him critically acclaimed and a live draw across the world.


FRI 23:00 Barry White at the BBC (b0074pvz)
Barry White live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1975.


FRI 23:50 Steve Winwood: English Soul (b00srj7k)
From childhood prodigy to veteran master, Birmingham-born Steve Winwood's extraordinary career is like a map of the major changes in British rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues from the 1960s to the present. This in-depth profile traces that journey and reveals a master musician blending Ray Charles and English hymnody into a unique brand of English soul.

From the blues-boom-meets-beat-group chart hits of the Spencer Davis Group, through the psychedelic pop of early Traffic and into Berkshire as Traffic become the first band to 'get their heads together in a country cottage', then via a brief sojourn in supergroup Blind Faith and back to Traffic as a jam band who conquer the emerging American rock scene, Winwood's first ten years on the boards were extraordinary.

As the 80s dawned he reinvented himself as a solo artist and became a major star in the US with hits like Higher Love and Back in the High Life. These days he's back in arenas, touring with old friend Eric Clapton.

Paul Bernay's film blends extensive interviews with Winwood in his Gloucestershire home and film of Winwood's first return to that Berkshire cottage since 1969 with rare archive footage and contributing interviews with Eric Clapton, Paul Rodgers, Paul Jones, Paul Weller, Muff Winwood, Dave Mason and more.


FRI 00:55 What's Going On: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye (b0074rql)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 01:55 Charles Bradley: Soul of America (b02x8xnn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


FRI 02:55 Barry White at the BBC (b0074pvz)
[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)

Aristotle's Lagoon 20:00 SUN (b00q0hh2)

Aristotle's Lagoon 01:20 SUN (b00q0hh2)

Aristotle's Lagoon 22:30 TUE (b00q0hh2)

Arne Dahl 21:00 SAT (b02w523h)

Arne Dahl 02:10 TUE (b02w523h)

Attenborough and the Giant Egg 23:45 THU (b00z6dsg)

Barry White at the BBC 23:00 FRI (b0074pvz)

Barry White at the BBC 02:55 FRI (b0074pvz)

Billy Elliot 21:00 THU (b007wv29)

Bobby Womack: Across 110th Street 23:20 SUN (b022ff9g)

Britain Through a Lens: The Documentary Film Mob 21:00 SUN (b012p53d)

Britain on Film 20:00 MON (b02w63mx)

Britain on Film 02:00 MON (b02w63mx)

Charles Bradley: Soul of America 22:00 FRI (b02x8xnn)

Charles Bradley: Soul of America 01:55 FRI (b02x8xnn)

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

Ford's Dagenham Dream 22:30 SAT (b00j0gnm)

Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes 02:20 THU (b00vzxv9)

Horizon 20:00 TUE (b00jgtl2)

Horizon 00:30 TUE (b00jgtl2)

Ike and Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett and Friends Live in Ghana 1971: Soul to Soul 00:20 SUN (b02qygvp)

Madness in the Desert: Paris to Dakar 00:30 SAT (b01r1cnw)

Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome 21:00 WED (b02w63n7)

Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome 02:45 WED (b02w63n7)

Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome 22:45 THU (b02w63n7)

Oceans 19:00 SAT (b00fpy59)

Oceans 02:30 SAT (b00fpy59)

Only Connect 20:30 MON (b02w63n3)

Only Connect 02:30 MON (b02w63n3)

Parks and Recreation 01:30 TUE (b022bbl4)

Parks and Recreation 01:50 TUE (b022bblb)

Parks and Recreation 22:00 WED (b02w6tc0)

Parks and Recreation 22:20 WED (b02w6tc5)

Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony 23:30 MON (p00scslp)

Precision: The Measure of All Things 21:00 MON (b02xbj6m)

Precision: The Measure of All Things 03:00 MON (b02xbj6m)

Precision: The Measure of All Things 23:30 TUE (b02xbj6m)

Rome: A History of the Eternal City 01:00 MON (b01pdt0s)

Seven Ages of Starlight 21:00 TUE (p00yb434)

Steve Winwood: English Soul 23:50 FRI (b00srj7k)

Storyville 22:00 MON (b02x9z7g)

Symphony 20:00 FRI (b017j75d)

Tales from the Wild Wood 19:30 MON (b01nrn2c)

Tales from the Wild Wood 19:30 TUE (b01nvwr0)

Tales from the Wild Wood 19:30 WED (b01nz985)

The Dark Ages: An Age of Light 19:00 SUN (b01p96fr)

The Dark Ages: An Age of Light 02:20 SUN (b01p96fr)

The Dark Ages: An Age of Light 23:45 WED (b01p96fr)

The Deadliest Crash: the Le Mans 1955 Disaster 23:30 SAT (b00sfptx)

The Kid with a Bike 22:00 SUN (b02xbmvv)

The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu 00:45 WED (b00hkb0z)

The Riviera: A History in Pictures 20:00 SAT (b01ps9jr)

The Riviera: A History in Pictures 01:30 SAT (b01ps9jr)

Top of the Pops 19:30 THU (b02xbj8s)

Top of the Pops 00:45 THU (b02xbj8s)

Up the Women 23:15 WED (b02l9j0t)

Up the Women 20:30 THU (b02w7hlx)

Up the Women 01:50 THU (b02w7hlx)

What Do Artists Do All Day? 20:00 WED (b01rr42c)

What Do Artists Do All Day? 20:30 WED (b01rd35q)

What Do Artists Do All Day? 01:45 WED (b01rr42c)

What Do Artists Do All Day? 02:15 WED (b01rd35q)

What's Going On: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye 21:00 FRI (b0074rql)

What's Going On: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye 00:55 FRI (b0074rql)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 22:45 WED (b0077jx1)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 20:00 THU (b0077k1l)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 01:15 THU (b0077k1l)

World News Today 19:00 MON (b02vzgv1)

World News Today 19:00 TUE (b02vzgvc)

World News Today 19:00 WED (b02vzgvm)

World News Today 19:00 THU (b02vzgvx)

World News Today 19:00 FRI (b02vzgw4)