Highlights from the traditional New Year's Day concert, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Alongside waltzes, polkas and marches from the Strauss family, there is music by Richard Strauss and specially filmed performances from the Vienna State Ballet, choreographed by Ashley Page and with costumes designed by Vivienne Westwood.
Feature-length documentary recounting the making of Cleopatra, which starred Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. Twentieth Century Fox's 1963 epic film has been called the most expensive film of all time, the biggest-ever flop and the film that nearly bankrupted a Hollywood studio, while the scandal of the on-set romance between its two stars caused a media storm. Featuring rare footage, the film's original uncut trailer and interviews with those involved.
A tribute to Liverpudlian comic Ken Dodd, in which he discusses his career and the influences of his comedy style.
Features film clips of his early performances and footage of him on tour in more recent times.
Between 1974 and 1982 ABBA plundered the Anglo-Saxon charts but divided critical opinion. This documentary explores how they raised the bar for pop music as a form and made us fall in love with the sound of Swedish melancholy. A saga about the soul of pop.
If you fancy an hour's worth of irresistible guilty pleasures from Anni-Frid, Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha, this is the programme for you. ABBA stormed the 1974 Eurovision song contest with their winning entry Waterloo, and this programme charts the meteoric rise of the band with some of their greatest performances at the BBC.
It begins in 1974 with their first Top of the Pops appearance, and we even get to see the band entertaining holidaymakers in Torbay in a 1975 Seaside Special. There are many classic ABBA tunes from the 1979 BBC special ABBA in Switzerland, plus their final BBC appearance on the Late Late Breakfast show in 1982.
This compilation is a must for all fans and includes great archive interviews, promos and performances of some of ABBA's classics including Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, Thank You for the Music, SOS, Fernando, Chiquitita and many more.
Gradually all the pieces to the complicated puzzle are put in place. The clues and evidence in the investigation have led the police to a man who could be the murderer. Now they wait tensely for his next move.
THURSDAY 02 JANUARY 2014
THU 19:00 World News Today (b03mpltv)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.
THU 19:30 Mary Poppins (b007bs5v)
Musical comedy set in London circa 1910. The wind is in the east and carries with it Mary Poppins, a practically perfect nanny who answers an advertisement to look after the children of a stuffy banker and his suffragette wife. Poppins soon takes the kids on a magical tour, jumping into pavement drawings, dancing on rooftops and levitating towards ceilings, all with the assistance of Bert, a busking chimney sweep.
THU 21:45 Michael Grade's Stars of the Musical Theatre (b03kk0s0)
Michael Grade saw Annie Get Your Gun as a small boy in the 1950s and ever since he has been hooked on musicals - and their stars. He and his family have represented some of the world's greatest musical performers and he knows and understands talent. But one question has always fascinated him - is it the musical which creates the star or the star who makes the musical?
In search of answers, Michael interviews stars and directors on both sides of the Atlantic, including Michael Ball, Elaine Paige, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera, Hal Prince and Trevor Nunn.
In what way are the qualities of a musical star unique? Michael explores the alchemy of the musical by looking at performances from the 1940s onwards in key shows like Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Evita and Les Miserables - examining the union of musicals that brilliantly reflect their time with performers who can interpret their magic.
Michael uses all the knowledge, taste and judgement he has built up over decades as he sets out to define what it is that makes the great musical stars great.
THU 22:45 Secret Voices of Hollywood (b03bxrxj)
In many of Hollywood's greatest movie musicals the stars did not sing their own songs. This documentary pulls back the curtain to reveal the secret world of the 'ghost singers' who provided the vocals, the screen legends who were dubbed and the classic movies in which the songs were ghosted.
THU 23:45 Old Jews Telling Jokes (b01777fr)
In the fine tradition of American Jewish humour, a group of pensioners from all walks of life gather together to tell their favourite jokes. Remember, laugh loud - they don't hear so good.
THU 00:15 Old Jews Telling Jokes (b017j5jw)
In the fine tradition of American Jewish humour, a group of pensioners from all walks of life gather together to tell their favourite jokes. Remember, laugh loud. They don't hear so good.
THU 00:45 The Many Faces of... (b018nvwc)
Les Dawson was one of Britain's all time great comedy talents, best known as a comedian but also a talented musician, writer and actor. This programme traces his career, with familiar favourite TV clips and some rare gems from the archives. Together with interviews from friends, relatives and colleagues, the programme unpicks the secrets of his enduring legacy nearly 20 years after his untimely death.
After 'discovery' on the Opportunity Knocks talent show in the 60s, he quickly became a regular face on TV, hosting comedy-led variety shows like Sez Les and The Les Dawson Show. His trademarks were short, pithy jokes, usually targeting his wife or mother in law, long verbose monologues and, perhaps most famously, piano recitals that went hilariously off key.
His reputation attracted guest appearances from some unexpected fans like John Cleese and Shirley Bassey, and he created an overweight dance troupe, The Roly Polys.
The programme shows how his career unfolded and illustrates the different facets of his comedy genius. John Cleese remembers their unlikely friendship, modern comedy stars Robert Webb and Russell Kane talk about his inspiration and Dawson's widow Tracy recalls their marriage and his joy at being a father late in life.
THU 01:45 Michael Grade's Stars of the Musical Theatre (b03kk0s0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:45 today
THU 02:45 The Bridge (b039s9lc)
It now dawns on the police that the final step in the murderer's evil plan has a new direction. Saga does all she can to crack the case and catch the killer - will she succeed before it's too late?
In Swedish and Danish with English subtitles.
FRIDAY 03 JANUARY 2014
FRI 19:00 World News Today (b03mpphr)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.
FRI 19:30 Diamonds are Forever: The Don Black Songbook (b03mppht)
Don Black, the lyricist behind a huge collection of popular hit songs including Diamonds are Forever, Born Free, Ben and Love Changes Everything, shares some fascinating insights into his life's work with Michael Grade, in between live performances of his songs by Brian May, Eliza Doolittle, Frances Ruffelle, Gary Wilmot, Gregory Porter, Katie Melua, Kerry Ellis, Laura Wright, Marc Almond, Maria Friedman, Marti Webb, Michael Ball, Only Men Aloud and Richard Stilgoe. Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
FRI 21:00 Top of the Pops (b03mpphw)
The Story of 1979
1979 was a unique year for Top of the Pops, which saw the show record its highest audience of 19 million viewers and in which physical format singles sales hit an all-time high of 79 million. 1979 is maybe the most diverse year ever for acts on Top of the Pops with disco at its peak, new wave, 2 Tone, reggae, rock, folk and electro records all making the top five.
Original interviews with Gary Numan, Nile Rodgers, Woody from Madness, Jah Wobble, Chas and Dave, Janet Kay, Linda Nolan, Jim Dooley, Secret Affair, the Ruts, Legs and Co and many others tell the story of an exceptional year.
In the year that the 'winter of discontent' saw continuing strikes black out ITV and TOTP reduced during a technicians strike to a narrator introducing videos, the show also found itself the site of conflict backstage. TOTP's old guard of 70s MOR acts had their feathers continually ruffled by new wave bands, as the Skids spat at the Nolan Sisters backstage and Generation X urinated off the roof onto the Dooleys.
Elsewhere in the corridors of TV Centre, in preparation for playing their single Death Disco, Public Image Ltd demanded their teeth were blacked out in make-up to appear ugly, while Gary Numan remembers the overbearing union presence which prevented TOTP artists moving their own microphones without a union technician and the Musicians Union trying to ban him from the show for his use of synthesizers.
The most popular musical styles of 1979 were 2 Tone, reggae and disco. The latter saw Nile Rodgers, the man of the year, score four hits with Chic as well as writing and producing a further four hits with Sister Sledge, Sheila B Devotion and Sugarhill Gang, who appeared with what would prove to be the first ever rap hit.
Jamaican and UK reggae artists scored continual hits through the year and then watched as the Police notched up three hits with white reggae and the label 2 Tone revived the 60s reggae style known as ska. In November, in what is remembered as the 2 Tone edition, all three of the label's new acts - Madness, Specials and Selecter - appeared on one historic night and took the show by storm, with Madness capping off their performance of One Step Beyond by leading a 'nutty train' conga through the studio.
FRI 22:00 Top of the Pops (b03mpphy)
1979 - Big Hits
1979 Top of the Pops collection, offering 60 minutes of the year's greatest, cheesiest and oddest performances. 1979 was the year music went portable with the launch of the Sony walkman and another year Top of the Pops, the BBC's flagship music show, managed to still draw over 15 million viewers every Thursday night.
The mod revival and 2 Tone was in full stomp, featured here with the Jam, the Specials, Madness and the Selecter. If new wave was your bag there is Elvis Costello, Squeeze and Gary Numan. In 1979 there was little chance of seeing a show on TV featuring Dame Edna's performance of Waltzing Matilda alongside the Ruts with Babylon's Burning, but the British public's eclectic taste predicted the chart and thus saw them together on TOTP in June.
With singles sales at their peak, it was a regular occurrence for groups like Racey and The Nolans to sell over a million copies and their performances may tell us why, or maybe not! Plus new wave pop from Lene Lovich, disco from Chic and a peek at the nation's favourite, Chas & Dave, singing Gertcha.
FRI 23:00 The Old Grey Whistle Test (b014vzy3)
The Old Grey Whistle Test was launched on 21 September 1971 from a tiny studio tucked behind a lift shaft on the fourth floor of BBC Television Centre. From humble beginnings, it has gone on to provide some of the best and most treasured music archive that the BBC has to offer.
This programme takes us on a journey and celebrates the musically mixed-up decade that was the 1970s, and which is reflected in the OGWT archive. There are classic performances from the glam era by Elton John and David Bowie, an early UK TV appearance from Curtis Mayfield, the beginnings of heavy metal with Steppenwolf's iconic Born to Be Wild anthem and the early punk machinations of the 'mock rock' New York Dolls. Archive from the pinnacle year, 1973, features Roxy Music, The Wailers and Vinegar Joe. The programme's finale celebrates the advent of punk and new wave with unforgettable performances from Patti Smith, Blondie, Iggy Pop and The Jam.
Artists featured are Elton John, Lindisfarne, David Bowie, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Steppenwolf, Vinegar Joe, Brinsley Schwarz, New York Dolls, Argent, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Captain Beefheart, Johnny Winter, Dr Feelgood, Gil Scott Heron, Patti Smith, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cher & Gregg Allman, Talking Heads, The Jam, Blondie, Iggy Pop and The Specials.
FRI 00:30 Top of the Pops (b03mpphw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
FRI 01:30 Top of the Pops (b03mpphy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today
FRI 02:30 Diamonds are Forever: The Don Black Songbook (b03mppht)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
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4,000-Year-Old Cold Case: The Body in the Bog 22:45 MON (b03js0gf)
ABBA at the BBC 01:50 WED (b03lyzpr)
Arena 23:00 WED (b0074prh)
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 21:00 WED (b037k3nl)
Diamonds are Forever: The Don Black Songbook 19:30 FRI (b03mppht)
Diamonds are Forever: The Don Black Songbook 02:30 FRI (b03mppht)
Endeavour: Everest 22:00 SAT (b03nh3mz)
Endeavour: Everest 22:45 SUN (b03nh545)
Endeavour: Everest 21:50 MON (b03mp9gp)
Horizon 19:00 SAT (b02xcvhw)
Horizon 02:50 SAT (b02xcvhw)
John Denver at Wembley Arena 01:45 TUE (b03jgq83)
Kind Hearts and Coronets 20:00 TUE (b01sjsx1)
Krakatoa Revealed 21:00 MON (b00791fm)
Krakatoa Revealed 00:00 WED (b00791fm)
Mary Poppins 19:30 THU (b007bs5v)
Michael Grade's Stars of the Musical Theatre 21:45 THU (b03kk0s0)
Michael Grade's Stars of the Musical Theatre 01:45 THU (b03kk0s0)
NASA: Triumph and Tragedy 23:35 SUN (b00lg2xb)
NASA: Triumph and Tragedy 23:45 MON (b00lk0jq)
New Year's Day Concert 19:00 WED (b03mpjmf)
Old Jews Telling Jokes 23:45 THU (b01777fr)
Old Jews Telling Jokes 00:15 THU (b017j5jw)
Queen Live In Budapest: Hungarian Rhapsody 22:45 SAT (b01pp0zp)
Rome's Lost Empire 21:45 TUE (b01pc063)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 20:00 SAT (b03mv59j)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 01:50 SAT (b03mv59j)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 20:00 SUN (b03nc7sk)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 01:35 SUN (b03nc7sk)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 20:00 MON (b03nc9mx)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 01:50 MON (b03nc9mx)
Scott of the Antarctic 21:00 SUN (b06jf91c)
Secret Voices of Hollywood 22:45 THU (b03bxrxj)
Sir John Tavener Remembered 19:00 TUE (b03mv978)
Snow Babies 19:00 SUN (p0118wxq)
Some People with Jokes 23:15 TUE (b037nhbc)
Some People with Jokes 23:45 TUE (b0381cf1)
Some People with Jokes 00:15 TUE (b037c5yn)
Some People with Jokes 00:45 TUE (p00w07vc)
Some People with Jokes 01:15 TUE (p00w080m)
Sounds of the 70s 2 00:20 SAT (b01jk1b8)
Sounds of the 70s 2 02:25 TUE (b01jv6sd)
The Bermuda Triangle: Beneath the Waves 21:00 SAT (b007c68n)
The Bridge 02:35 SUN (b01hdbtd)
The Bridge 02:50 MON (b01hr5s3)
The Bridge 02:55 TUE (b01hr5s5)
The Bridge 02:50 WED (b01j0nkg)
The Bridge 02:45 THU (b039s9lc)
The Code of Life: Great Scientists in their Own Words 19:00 MON (b03mpdtq)
The High Art of the Low Countries 00:50 SAT (b01rsfgd)
The High Art of the Low Countries 00:35 SUN (b01rtf47)
The High Art of the Low Countries 00:45 MON (b01rxpy1)
The Joy of ABBA 00:50 WED (b03lyzpp)
The Many Faces of... 00:45 THU (b018nvwc)
The Old Grey Whistle Test 23:00 FRI (b014vzy3)
Top of the Pops 21:00 FRI (b03mpphw)
Top of the Pops 22:00 FRI (b03mpphy)
Top of the Pops 00:30 FRI (b03mpphw)
Top of the Pops 01:30 FRI (b03mpphy)
World News Today 19:00 THU (b03mpltv)
World News Today 19:00 FRI (b03mpphr)