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SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER 2013

SAT 19:00 Frozen Planet (b00zj39j)
On Thin Ice

David Attenborough journeys to both polar regions to investigate what rising temperatures will mean for the people and wildlife that live there, and for the rest of the planet.

David starts out at the North Pole, standing on sea ice several metres thick, but which scientists predict could be open ocean within the next few decades. The Arctic has been warming at twice the global average, and David heads out with a Norwegian team to see what this means for polar bears. He comes face to face with a tranquilised female and discovers that mothers and cubs are going hungry as the sea ice on which they hunt disappears. In Canada, Inuit hunters have seen with their own eyes what scientists have seen from space - the Arctic Ocean has lost 30% of its summer ice cover over the last 30 years. For some, the melting sea ice will allow access to trillions of dollars' worth of oil, gas and minerals. For the rest of us, it means the planet will get warmer, as sea ice is important to reflect back the sun's energy. Next, David travels to see what is happening to the ice on land. In Greenland, he follows intrepid ice scientists as they study giant waterfalls of meltwater, which are accelerating iceberg-calving events and ultimately leading to a rise in global sea levels.

Temperatures have also risen in the Antarctic - David returns to glaciers photographed by the Shackleton expedition and reveals a dramatic retreat over the past century. It is not just the ice that is changing - ice-loving adelie penguins are disappearing and more temperate gentoo penguins are moving in. Finally, we see the first ever images of the largest recent natural event on our planet - the break up of the Wilkins Ice Shelf, an ice sheet the size of Jamaica, which shattered into hundreds of icebergs in 2009.


SAT 20:00 Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History (b03l7kj8)
A World Turned Upside Down

Shipwrecks are the nightmare we have forgotten - the price Britain paid for ruling the waves from an island surrounded by treacherous rocks. The result is a coastline that is home to the world's highest concentration of sunken ships. But shipwrecks also changed the course of British history, helped shape our national character and drove innovations in seafaring technology, as well as gripping our imagination.

Mutiny, murder and mayhem on the high seas as Sam Willis takes the story of shipwrecks into the Georgian age when Britain first began to rule the waves. But with maritime trade driving the whole enterprise, disasters at sea imperilled all this. As key colonies were established and new territories conquered, the great sailing ships became symbols of the power of the Georgian state - and the shipwreck was to be its Achilles' heel. By literally turning this world upside down, mutinous sailors, rebellious slaves and murderous wreckers threatened to undermine Britain's ambitions and jeopardise its imperial venture.


SAT 21:00 Borgen (b01rkbmh)
Series 3

Sense and Sensibility

With the general election nearing, the mudslinging begins. Can Birgitte keep both her integrity and win votes? Can TV1 win viewers with their new election debate format?

In Danish with English subtitles.


SAT 22:00 Borgen (b01rp8sb)
Series 3

The Election

The day of the election finally arrives. However, politics is not the only thing on Birgitte's mind.

In Danish with English subtitles.


SAT 23:00 Definitely Dusty (b00780bt)
Documentary looking at the life and work of soul and pop diva Dusty Springfield, singer of such classics as You Don't Have to Say You Love Me and Son of a Preacher Man, who was equally famous for her trademark panda eyes and blonde beehive.

Using archive footage and interviews shot in the UK and the US, it charts her progress from plain Catholic schoolgirl to glamorous star and ventures behind the extravagant image to reveal a complex and vulnerable character.

Featuring interviews with fellow musicians from a career spanning four decades, including Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Neil Tennant, Lulu and Martha Reeves.

Dusty's protective inner circle of friends have never spoken about her on camera before. Pat Rhodes, Dusty's personal secretary for her entire solo career, her manager Vicky Wickham, ardent fan-turned-backing singer Simon Bell and others talk about the highs and lows of the woman they knew and loved.


SAT 00:00 Dusty Springfield at the BBC (b01qyvw7)
A selection of Dusty Springfield's performances at the BBC from 1961 to 1995. Dusty was one of Britain's great pop divas, guaranteed to give us a big melody in songs soaring with drama and yearning.

The clips show Dusty's versatility as an artist and performer and include songs from her folk beginnings with The Springfields; the melodrama of You Don't Have to Say You Love Me; Dusty's homage to Motown with Heatwave and Nowhere to Run; the Jacques Brel song If You Go Away; the Bacharach and David tune The Look of Love; and Dusty's collaboration with Pet Shop Boys in the late 1980s.

There are also some great duets from Dusty's career with Tom Jones and Mel Torme.


SAT 01:00 Dusty (b01r1zmr)
Vintage episode of Dusty Springfield's 1960s TV series, featuring special guest Scott Walker. Among the highlights, Dusty sings You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.


SAT 01:25 Sounds of the 70s 2 (b01j8h0b)
Rock - The Boys Are Back in Town

Sounds of the 70s 2 series continues, and this programme features the boys with their guitars turned all the way up to eleven! It is time to don your double denim, let your hair down and headbang your way through half an hour of rock anthems including performances from Alice Cooper, The Faces, Nazareth, Bad Company, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.


SAT 01:55 Frozen Planet (b00zj39j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


SAT 02:50 Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History (b03l7kj8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]



SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER 2013

SUN 19:00 Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies (b01m81f5)
Military Marvels

In the heady postwar years of the 1950s and 60s, British flying was at its zenith and its aircraft industry flourished in a dazzling display of ingenuity and design brilliance. Having invented the jet engine, Britain was now set to lead the world into the jet age with a new generation of fighters and bombers. The daring test pilots who flew them were as well known as the football stars of today, while their futuristic-looking aircraft, including the Meteor, Canberra, Valiant, Vulcan and the English Electric Lightning, were the military marvels of the age.


SUN 20:00 Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies (b01m9vjl)
The Shape of Things to Come

In the heady years following World War II, Britain was a nation in love with aviation. Having developed the jet engine in wartime, British engineers were now harnessing its power to propel the world's first passenger jets. By 1960 the UK's passenger airline industry was the largest in the world, with routes stretching to the furthest-flung remnants of Empire.

And the aircraft carrying these New Elizabethans around the globe were also British - the Vickers Viscount, the Bristol Britannia and the world's first pure jet-liner, the sleek, silver De Havilland Comet, which could fly twice as high and twice as fast as its American competitors. It seemed the entire nation was reaching for the skies to create the shape of things to come for air travel worldwide. But would their reach exceed their grasp?


SUN 21:00 Lou Reed Remembered (b03m81dj)
Film tribute to Lou Reed, who died in October, which looks at the extraordinarily transgressive life and career of one of rock 'n' roll's true originals.

With the help of friends, fellow musicians, critics and those who have been inspired not only by his music but also by his famously contrary approach to almost everything, the documentary looks at how Reed not only helped to shape a generation but also helped to create a truly alternative, independent rock scene, while also providing New York with its most provocative and potent soundtrack.

With contributions from Bob Ezrin, Mick Rock, Lenny Kaye, Paul Auster, Moe Tucker, Boy George, Thurston Moore, Andrew Wylie, Victor Bockris, Holly Woodlawn, Mary Woronov and Steve Hunter.


SUN 22:00 Arena (b0074rmv)
Voices from the Island

Nelson Mandela and his fellow ex-prisoners recall their incarceration on South Africa's Robben Island. For three decades, the island housed not only political prisoners but convicts, lepers and the mentally ill. Yet amidst the hopelessness, Nelson Mandela and his comrades devised strategies and subterfuges with which they transformed life on the island, while the vision of a new South Africa began to take shape. (1994)


SUN 23:30 Evidently... John Cooper Clarke (b01jcdbc)
Documentary which records and celebrates the life and works of 'punk poet' John Cooper Clarke, looking at his life as a poet, a comedian, a recording artist and revealing how he has remained a significant influence on contemporary culture over four decades.

With a bevy of household names from stand-up comedy, lyricists, rock stars and cultural commentators paying homage to him, the film reveals Salford-born Cooper Clarke as a dynamic force who remains as relevant today as ever, as successive generations cite him as an influence on their lives, careers and styles.

From Bill Bailey to Plan B, Steve Coogan to Kate Nash and Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner to cultural commentators such as Miranda Sawyer and Paul Morley, the film reveals the life behind one of Britain's sharpest and most witty poets - a national treasure.


SUN 00:30 Storyville (b0074nrj)
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Classic rock film documenting David Bowie's last public appearance as his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. This memorable final concert at the Hammersmith Odeon was filmed by DA Pennebaker, famous for such 1960s rock documentaries as Don't Look Back and Monterey Pop. The 17 songs performed include Changes, Time and Suffragette City.


SUN 02:00 The Genius of David Bowie (b01k0y0q)
A selection of some of David Bowie's best performances from the BBC archives, which also features artists who Bowie helped along the way, such as Mott the Hoople, Lulu, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.


SUN 03:00 Lou Reed Remembered (b03m81dj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



MONDAY 16 DECEMBER 2013

MON 19:00 Battlefield Britain (b0078rl9)
Boudicca's Revolt

Series in which Peter Snow and his historian son Dan use groundbreaking graphics to bring alive the epic stories of battles that shaped the nation, journeying through 2,000 years of invasion, civil war and rebellion. It opens with the uprising led by Queen Boudicca against Roman rule in Britain. Peter gives a blow-by-blow account of the battle of wits fought between Boudicca and her adversary, the Roman governor Suetonius Paulinus. Dan tells the soldiers' stories and joins the London Wasps rugby team to experience what it would have been like for the warriors as they clashed with the disciplined ranks of the Roman army.


MON 20:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b00779hx)
Series 2

The Go-Between

Classic 1970s sitcom. Bob becomes more and more depressed by Thelma's absence and Terry's housekeeping. Finally, Terry can take no more and leaves him as well.


MON 20:30 Only Connect (b03lytym)
Series 8

Lasletts v Bakers

A family team take on three bakers in the last of 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: Spider-Man, Moby Dick, Tanni Grey Thompson and Stoke-on-Trent.


MON 21:00 Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History (b03lytyp)
Civilising the Sea

Shipwrecks are the nightmare we have forgotten - the price Britain paid for ruling the waves from an island surrounded by treacherous rocks. The result is a coastline that is home to the world's highest concentration of sunken ships. But shipwrecks also changed the course of British history, helped shape our national character and drove innovations in seafaring technology, as well as gripping our imagination.

The terrible toll taken by shipwrecks was such that in the winter of 1820 some 20,000 seaman lost their lives in the North Sea alone. That's 20 jumbo jets. But in the final part of his series, maritime historian Sam Willis tells the stirring story of how the Victorians were finally driven into action, finding various ingenious solutions - from rockets that could fire rescue lines aboard stricken vessels to lifejackets, lifeboats and the Plimsoll Line, which outlawed overloading.

In Africa, he traces the legend of the Birkenhead Drill - the origin of 'women and children first'. Decorum even in disaster was the new Victorian way and it was conspicuously on hand to turn history's most iconic shipwreck - Titanic - into a tragic monument to British restraint.


MON 22:00 Don't Ever Wipe Tears without Gloves (b03lytyr)
Episode 3

The group attend funeral after funeral for their friends and are brought ever closer together in a mood of solidarity. But Paul and the others are appalled at the prejudice they still face and the refusal of the bereaved families to acknowledge their loved ones' homosexuality. Having finally come out to his devoutly religious parents when Rasmus received his HIV diagnosis, Benjamin is faced with not just losing Rasmus but his own family. Years later Holger, a friend of Rasmus's parents, contacts Benjamin out of the blue and gives him an opportunity to reflect on his life, his friendships and everything he has lost.

In Swedish with English subtitles.


MON 23:00 Patisserie with Michel Roux Jr (b03ltcxq)
Documentary in which Michel Roux Jr goes back to his own beginnings to explore the art, science and eternal attraction of the perfect sweet delicacy. Part history, part gastronomy but completely seductive, the film looks at our love affair with pastry and patisserie. From childhood favourites to incredible gravitydefying greats like wedding croquembouche, and reconstructed historic pieces-montées, strange ancient recipes and incredible modern creations, Michel bears witness to the creation of sweet perfection.

It begins with Michel delving into the sweet world of high fashion, discovering how patissiers are positioning themselves as luxury brands, food fashion houses. He talks to Pierre Hermé, dubbed the 'Dior of Desserts', the man behind this marriage of fashion and patisserie and find out how cakes have become haute couture and what it is about the jewel-like macaroons that Paris creates that has so captivated the world.

He visits Hermé's kitchens as well as Philippe Conticini with his 'Pastry Shop of Dreams', where he discovers the precision, personality and brilliance that go into their gourmet triumphs.

Michel traces the history of French patisserie from the first great chef Antoine Carême, who created incredible scale models of Parisian landmarks out of marzipan, spun sugar and pastry, to the magic and myth of the croissant, a single breakfast staple whose origins are shrouded in symbolism and still keenly fought over.

Michel also explores how the innovative pastry chefs in France have been influential in the UK. William Curley is a master patissier and chocolatier. Just like the pastry chefs or Paris, Curley is a true innovator, pushing the boundaries of flavour and texture in his creations. His Japanese wife and collaborator has influenced many of the flavours in his recipes. Most recently Curley created a collection of cakes inspired by designer dresses. Just like in France, patisserie is being seen in terms of style, fashion and art.

And from his journey round the history, culture and science of patisserie, Michel takes what he has learnt back to his own cooking and his own kitchen. He wants his apprentices to learn how to make some of the most incredible feats and feasts of patisserie and makes an enormous croquembouche, which he serves up to sweet-toothed connoisseurs, friends and lucky guests.

Throughout the documentary, a true labour of love for Michel, he tastes, bakes, explores and discovers the power of patisserie. How these sweet delicacies, that are without any discernible utility, are still something that we both desire and need in our lives. Patisserie is unashamedly about pleasure and without it Michel feels that we would only live half a life. Talking about his patisserie passion, Michel is at his most evangelical - after all, it's not for nothing that Proust's masterpiece hangs on the memory of a perfect madeleine.


MON 00:00 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!


MON 01:00 Battlefield Britain (b0078rl9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


MON 02:00 Only Connect (b03lytym)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


MON 02:30 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b00779hx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


MON 03:00 Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History (b03lytyp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



TUESDAY 17 DECEMBER 2013

TUE 19:00 Battlefield Britain (b0078rp6)
Hastings

Peter and Dan Snow tell the story of the turbulent events of 1066. Peter gives a blow-by-blow account of how the Saxons led by King Harold were pitted against the Norman army, led by their duke, William. Dan tells the soldiers' stories, faces a cavalry charge head-on and joins the Metropolitan Police Public Order Unit to experience the crush of a shield wall, the Saxons' favoured tactic.


TUE 20:00 Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey (b01dq1h0)
Episode 3

Right now you're hurtling around the sun at 64,000 miles an hour (100,000 km an hour). In the next year you'll travel 584 million miles, to end up back where you started.

Presenters Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski follow the Earth's voyage around the sun for one complete orbit, to witness the astonishing consequences this journey has for us all.

In this final episode we complete our journey, travelling back from the March equinox to the end of June. Kate Humble is in the Arctic at a place where spring arrives with a bang, whilst Helen Czerski chases a tornado to show how the earth's angle of tilt creates the most extreme weather on the planet.


TUE 21:00 Hidden Killers (b03lyv9x)
The Edwardian Home

The dawn of the 20th century and the reign of a new king ushered in an era of fresh inventions and innovations that transformed the way we lived. Electricity, refrigeration and a whole host of different materials promised to make life at home brighter, easier and more convenient. But a lack of understanding of the potential hazards meant that they frequently led to terrible accidents, horrendous injuries and even death.

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to an age when asbestos socks and radioactive toothpaste were welcomed into British homes. She reveals how their lethal qualities were discovered and why some of us are still living with the consequences of our Edwardian forebears' enthusiasm for untried and untested products.


TUE 22:00 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (b0074tlq)
Series 1

Smiley Sets a Trap

Acclaimed dramatisation of John le Carre's novel. Smiley's investigation to snare the traitor at the heart of the Circus leads him to Jerry Westerby, a Fleet Street journalist.


TUE 22:40 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (b0074tmm)
Series 1

Flushing Out the Mole

In the final part of John le Carre's classic story, George Smiley's search for the mole at the heart of the Circus finally comes to an end.


TUE 23:25 Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities (b03l7psf)
Episode 2

Series in which historian Simon Sebag Montefiore traces the sacred history of Istanbul. Known as the 'city of the world's desire', it's a place that has been the focus of passion for believers of three different faiths - Paganism, Christianity and Islam - and for nearly 3,000 years its streets have been the battleground for some of the fiercest political and religious conflicts in history.

In the second episode he explores modern Istanbul in search of the last desperate centuries of Christian Byzantium, in which the once glorious city was buffeted by enemies from both east and west and yet still produced a golden artistic renaissance. This is story of the Christian crusaders who destroyed the city, and the Ottoman Muslims who restored it to life as an imperial capital after the epic siege of 1453.


TUE 00:25 Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey (b01dq1h0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


TUE 01:25 Battlefield Britain (b0078rp6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


TUE 02:25 Hidden Killers (b03lyv9x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER 2013

WED 19:00 Battlefield Britain (b0078rrn)
The Battle for Wales

Peter and Dan Snow tell the story of when the Welsh - led by rebel leader Owain Glyndwr - last invaded England. The Battle of Shrewsbury was the scene of the biggest archery-centred conflict on British soil, and the final showdown came outside Worcester. On the way, father and son try out the weapon of mass destruction of the day, the longbow, and experience how Owain Glyndwr used the rough terrain of the Welsh borders to outwit his enemies.


WED 20:00 The Secret Life of Ice (b016fpyy)
Ice is one of the strangest, most beguiling and mesmerising substances in the world. Full of contradictions, it is transparent, yet it can glow with colour, it is powerful enough to shatter rock, but it can melt in the blink of an eye. It takes many shapes, from the fleeting beauty of a snowflake to the multimillion-tonne vastness of a glacier and the eeriness of the ice fountains of far-flung moons.

Science writer Dr Gabrielle Walker has been obsessed with ice ever since she first set foot on Arctic sea ice. In this programme, she searches out some of the secrets hidden deep within the ice crystal to try to discover how something so ephemeral has the power to sculpt landscapes, to preserve our past and inform our future.


WED 21:00 Nigel Slater's Great British Biscuit (b03lyy33)
Nigel Slater takes us on a nostalgic, funny and heart-warming journey back in time - through the biscuit tins of mum and dad, the doilies and saucers of aunties and grannies, the lunch boxes of friends and siblings. Nigel charts the origins of the humble biscuit, from its vital contribution to Britain's nautical dominance of the globe, through to the biscuit tin becoming that most ubiquitous of household items. He explores the history of our most famous brands, uncovering the Georgian and Quaker origins of the biscuits we love and eat today, meeting eccentric biscuit anoraks who have dedicated their lives to a love of these simple baked treats and meeting scientists who squash, dunk and ignite biscuits for research purposes.

Nigel recalls the biscuits he found in his lunch box, the ones he cherished and the ones that would shape his formative years.

He asks why it is, that of all the treats we indulge in on a regular basis, the biscuit has become such a dependable culinary companion. What makes Britain a nation of ardent biscuit eaters like no other in the world, with a £2.3 billion industry to match?


WED 22:00 Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer (b00jhv9g)
Cleopatra - the most famous woman in history. We know her as a great queen, a beautiful lover and a political schemer. For 2,000 years almost all evidence of her has disappeared - until now.

In one of the world's most exciting finds, archaeologists believe they have discovered the skeleton of her sister, murdered by Cleopatra and Mark Antony.

From Egypt to Turkey, Neil Oliver investigates the story of a ruthless queen who would kill her own siblings for power. This is the portrait of a killer.


WED 23:00 Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies (b01m81f5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Sunday]


WED 00:00 Frozen Planet (b00zj39j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]


WED 01:00 The Secret Life of Ice (b016fpyy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


WED 02:00 Battlefield Britain (b0078rrn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


WED 03:00 Nigel Slater's Great British Biscuit (b03lyy33)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER 2013

THU 19:00 Battlefield Britain (b0078rvh)
The Battle Against the Spanish Armada

Peter and Dan Snow relive the first great sea battle in British history. Both experienced sailors, the father and son team show how the English navy tried to fend off the much bigger, much more heavily-armed ships of the Spanish Armada for 11 days in 1588. They see for themselves why, despite hitting their mark, the English guns failed to sink many Spanish ships.


THU 20:00 Ocean Giants (b01452jz)
Voices of the Sea

Whales and dolphins are nature's supreme vocalists, with a repertoire to put an opera singer to shame. The mighty sperm whale produces deafening clicks in its blowhole which it uses to locate giant squid two miles down in the ocean abyss, while migrating narwhals use similar sounds to pinpoint vital breathing holes in Arctic ice floes.

The pink boto dolphin creates bat-like ultrasonic clicks to 'see with sound' and to catch fish in the murky waters of the Amazon River, and also uses whistles and chirps for social conversations.

Killer whales in the North Sea use wolf-like howls to round up the herring shoals which they feed on, and they and other dolphins also use percussive tail slaps and splashing leaps to signal to each other. One group of bottlenose dolphins in Brazil has even learned to communicate with fishermen in a unique partnership.

But the most famous and mysterious voice of all surely belongs to male humpback whales, whose haunting operatic performances may last several hours and seem to be about singing purely for the sheer pleasure of making music.


THU 21:00 Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities (b03lyyrc)
Episode 3

Simon discovers surprises in Istanbul as it rose to become the imperial capital and Islam's most powerful city. Visiting the great mosques and palaces built by the Ottoman emperors, he tells the stories behind them - of royal concubines, murderous bodyguards and sultans both the powerful and the depraved. He shows how the Christians, Muslims and Jews of the city once co-existed before the waves of nationalist rebellions brought the Ottoman empire to its knees. In the 20th century the ancient capital was once more transformed by the new secular vision of Ataturk.


THU 22:00 Hidden Killers (b03lyv9x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday]


THU 23:00 Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History (b03lytyp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]


THU 00:00 Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies (b01m9vjl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Sunday]


THU 01:00 Ocean Giants (b01452jz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


THU 02:00 Battlefield Britain (b0078rvh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


THU 03:00 Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities (b03lyyrc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER 2013

FRI 19:00 Top of the Pops (b01ppl1x)
A Christmas Cracker

A selection of hit Christmas songs from yesteryear.


FRI 19:10 BBC Proms (b0395mzs)
2013

Proms on Four: John Wilson's Hollywood Rhapsody

At the Royal Albert Hall, Katie Derham introduces the ever-popular John Wilson and his orchestra in a celebration of the music of Hollywood. Bernard Herrmann's Psycho, Erich Korngold's Robin Hood, Max Steiner's Casablanca and Miklos Rozsa's Ben Hur are among the film scores featured, performed by the orchestra Wilson describes as 'a symphony orchestra with an old-fashioned dance band in the middle'. With soloists Venera Gimadieva, Matthew Ford and Jane Monheit.


FRI 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.


FRI 22:00 The Andy Williams Christmas Show (b00phmjh)
It being the season of goodwill and bad jumpers, it is time to relive the best moments from a number of snowy Christmases that came to the NBC Studios in California between 1962 and 1974 for Andy Williams's annual yuletide songfest. With guest appearances from the Osmond Brothers and the Williams Family.


FRI 22:30 The Andy Williams Show (b00n5bt9)
Duets

Compilation of the best duets selected from crooner Andy Williams's private archive of his weekly 1960s variety show on NBC. The show attracted the cream of the crop from the world of showbiz, from Bing Crosby and Ray Charles to Johnny Mathis and Ella Fitzgerald, who were more than happy to share the microphone with the king of easy listening.

Including Over the Rainbow with Judy Garland, and Andy at the piano with Ray Charles for What'd I Say.


FRI 23:30 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.


FRI 00:30 Legends (b00fzv3y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 01:30 The Andy Williams Christmas Show (b00phmjh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


FRI 02:00 The Andy Williams Show (b00n5bt9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:30 today]


FRI 03:00 Duets at the BBC (b01c2xwt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:30 today]




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

Arena 22:00 SUN (b0074rmv)

BBC Proms 19:10 FRI (b0395mzs)

Battlefield Britain 19:00 MON (b0078rl9)

Battlefield Britain 01:00 MON (b0078rl9)

Battlefield Britain 19:00 TUE (b0078rp6)

Battlefield Britain 01:25 TUE (b0078rp6)

Battlefield Britain 19:00 WED (b0078rrn)

Battlefield Britain 02:00 WED (b0078rrn)

Battlefield Britain 19:00 THU (b0078rvh)

Battlefield Britain 02:00 THU (b0078rvh)

Borgen 21:00 SAT (b01rkbmh)

Borgen 22:00 SAT (b01rp8sb)

Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities 23:25 TUE (b03l7psf)

Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities 21:00 THU (b03lyyrc)

Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities 03:00 THU (b03lyyrc)

Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer 22:00 WED (b00jhv9g)

Definitely Dusty 23:00 SAT (b00780bt)

Don't Ever Wipe Tears without Gloves 22:00 MON (b03lytyr)

Duets at the BBC 23:30 FRI (b01c2xwt)

Duets at the BBC 03:00 FRI (b01c2xwt)

Dusty Springfield at the BBC 00:00 SAT (b01qyvw7)

Dusty 01:00 SAT (b01r1zmr)

Evidently... John Cooper Clarke 23:30 SUN (b01jcdbc)

Frozen Planet 19:00 SAT (b00zj39j)

Frozen Planet 01:55 SAT (b00zj39j)

Frozen Planet 00:00 WED (b00zj39j)

Hidden Killers 21:00 TUE (b03lyv9x)

Hidden Killers 02:25 TUE (b03lyv9x)

Hidden Killers 22:00 THU (b03lyv9x)

Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies 19:00 SUN (b01m81f5)

Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies 20:00 SUN (b01m9vjl)

Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies 23:00 WED (b01m81f5)

Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies 00:00 THU (b01m9vjl)

Legends 21:00 FRI (b00fzv3y)

Legends 00:30 FRI (b00fzv3y)

Lou Reed Remembered 21:00 SUN (b03m81dj)

Lou Reed Remembered 03:00 SUN (b03m81dj)

Nigel Slater's Great British Biscuit 21:00 WED (b03lyy33)

Nigel Slater's Great British Biscuit 03:00 WED (b03lyy33)

Ocean Giants 20:00 THU (b01452jz)

Ocean Giants 01:00 THU (b01452jz)

Only Connect 20:30 MON (b03lytym)

Only Connect 02:00 MON (b03lytym)

Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey 20:00 TUE (b01dq1h0)

Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey 00:25 TUE (b01dq1h0)

Patisserie with Michel Roux Jr 23:00 MON (b03ltcxq)

Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History 20:00 SAT (b03l7kj8)

Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History 02:50 SAT (b03l7kj8)

Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History 21:00 MON (b03lytyp)

Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History 03:00 MON (b03lytyp)

Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History 23:00 THU (b03lytyp)

Sounds of the 70s 2 01:25 SAT (b01j8h0b)

Storyville 00:30 SUN (b0074nrj)

The Andy Williams Christmas Show 22:00 FRI (b00phmjh)

The Andy Williams Christmas Show 01:30 FRI (b00phmjh)

The Andy Williams Show 22:30 FRI (b00n5bt9)

The Andy Williams Show 02:00 FRI (b00n5bt9)

The Genius of David Bowie 02:00 SUN (b01k0y0q)

The Secret Life of Ice 20:00 WED (b016fpyy)

The Secret Life of Ice 01:00 WED (b016fpyy)

Timeshift 00:00 MON (b01q9vhy)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 22:00 TUE (b0074tlq)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 22:40 TUE (b0074tmm)

Top of the Pops 19:00 FRI (b01ppl1x)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 20:00 MON (b00779hx)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 02:30 MON (b00779hx)