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SAT 19:00 Great Barrier Reef (b019851n)
Nature's Miracle

Three-part series exploring Australia's Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world and the largest living structure on our planet.

Monty Halls explores its full 2,000-kilometre length, from the wild outer reefs of the Coral Sea to the tangled mangrove and steaming rainforest on the shoreline, from large mountainous islands to tiny coral cays barely above sea level, from the dark depths of the abyss beyond the reef to colourful coral gardens of the shallows.

Along the way, he experiences the reef at its most dangerous and its most intriguing, and visits areas that have rarely been filmed, from the greatest wildlife shipwreck on earth to the mysterious seafloor of the lagoon, where freakish animals lurk under every rock.

The first film explores the complex structure of the coral reef itself and the wildlife that lives on it. So vast it is visible from space, the reef is actually built by tiny animals in partnership with microscopic plants. It is a place full of surprises that is always changing, responding to the rhythms of weather, tide, sun and moon.

Within this magical and intensely crowded world, this episode reveals how the amazing reef creatures compete and cooperate - from deadly fish-hunting snails to sharks that can walk on land, fighting corals and parrot fish that spin sleeping bags every night.

Remote cameras, cutting-edge underwater macro and digital time-lapse photography have captured many sequences which have never been filmed before, providing completely fresh perspectives on this extraordinary natural wonder.

SAT 20:00 Lost Kingdoms of South America (b01qbz9k)
Lands of Gold

Through the mountains and jungles of Colombia, archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper goes in search of the truth behind one of the greatest stories ever told - the legend of El Dorado. His journey takes him from Bogota to the Caribbean coast, through territories once dominated by two cultures, the Muisca and the Tairona, who flourished for centuries before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. Dr Cooper reveals forgotten peoples who valued gold in a way the western world still struggles to understand, travelling to an astonishing lost city and meeting the last survivors of an ancient civilisation.

SAT 21:00 Salamander (b01qfmff)
Series 1

Episode 7

Knowing that he was the intended victim of the car bomb which killed his wife, Gerardi follows the only lead he has - Karin Rasenberg who, now reconciled with her husband, prepares for his swearing in as Minister of the Interior.

In Flemish and French with English subtitles.

SAT 21:45 Salamander (b01qlkdc)
Series 1

Episode 8

Wolfs, the man behind the Jonkhere bank raid, instructs Klaus to send out envelopes of incriminating evidence to more members of Salamander, leading to resignation, disappearance and suicide, which threatens the stability of Belgium.

In Flemish and French with English subtitles.

SAT 22:35 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.

SAT 23:35 Legends (b00vv0zz)
Roll over Beethoven - The Chess Records Saga

Chicago's Chess Records was one of the greatest labels of the post-war era, ranking alongside other mighty independents like Atlantic, Stax and Sun. From 1950 till its demise at the end of the 60s, Chess released a myriad of electric blues, rock 'n' roll and soul classics that helped change the landscape of black and white popular music.

Chess was the label that gave the world such sonic adventurers as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf and Etta James. In this documentary to mark the label's 60th anniversary, the likes of Jimmy Page, Mick Hucknall, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Paul Jones and Little Steven, as well as those attached to the label such as founder's son Marshall Chess, pay tribute to its extraordinary music and influence.

The film reveals how two Polish immigrants, Leonard and Phil Chess, forged friendships with black musicians in late 1940s Chicago, shrewdly building a speciality blues label into a huge independent worth millions by the end of the 1960s. Full of vivid period detail, it places the Chess story within a wider social and historical context - as well as being about some of the greatest music ever recorded, it is, inevitably, about race in America during these tumultuous times.

SAT 00:40 Top of the Pops (b03wryq4)
Mike Read presents another edition of the weekly pop chart show, including performances from the Skids, Thin Lizzy, Chic and David Essex. With dance sequences by Legs & Co.

SAT 01:15 Sounds of the 70s 2 (b01hz75h)
Guilty Pleasures - Love Will Keep Us Together

An unashamed celebration of the instantly recognisable classics from the decade of love. A half hour of 'Our Tune' anthems and the soundtrack to many a love affair and wedding party, including performances from The Carpenters, Bread, Charles Aznavour, John Denver, 10cc, Bellamy Brothers, Exile, Captain and Tennille, and Dr Hook.

SAT 01:45 Lost Kingdoms of South America (b01qbz9k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

SAT 02:45 Great Barrier Reef (b019851n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


SUN 19:00 Timeshift (b00x7c3z)
Series 10

The Golden Age of Coach Travel

Documentary which takes a glorious journey back to the 1950s, when the coach was king. From its early origins in the charabanc, the coach had always been the people's form of transport. Cheaper and more flexible than the train, it allowed those who had travelled little further than their own villages and towns a first heady taste of exploration and freedom. It was a safe capsule on wheels from which to venture out into a wider world.

The distinctive livery of the different coach companies was part of a now-lost world, when whole communities crammed into coach after coach en route to pleasure spots like Blackpool, Margate and Torquay. With singsongs, toilet stops and the obligatory pub halt, it didn't matter how long it took to get there because the journey was all part of the adventure.

SUN 20:00 The Fairytale Castles of King Ludwig II with Dan Cruickshank (b036f9vc)
Ludwig II of Bavaria, more commonly known by his nicknames the Swan King or the Dream King, is a legendary figure - the handsome boy-king, loved by his people, betrayed by his cabinet and found dead in tragic and mysterious circumstances. He spent his life in pursuit of the ideal of beauty, an ideal that found expression in three of the most extraordinary, ornate architectural schemes imaginable - the castle of Neuschwanstein and the palaces of Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee. Today, these three buildings are among Germany's biggest tourist attractions.

In this documentary, Dan Cruickshank explores the rich aesthetic of Ludwig II - from the mock-medievalism of Neuschwanstein, the iconic fairytale castle that became the inspiration for the one in Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty, to the rich Baroque splendour of Herrenchiemsee, Ludwig's answer to Versailles. Dan argues that Ludwig's castles are more than flamboyant kitsch and are, in fact, the key to unravelling the eternal enigma of Ludwig II.

SUN 21:00 Timewatch (b00jcgpm)

Captain Cook: The Man Behind the Legend

In the late 18th century, Captain James Cook led three great voyages of discovery which pushed the borders of the British Empire to the ends of the earth. In just over a decade, his ability as a navigator and chartmaker would add one-third to the map of the known world. For many he was the greatest explorer in history, but for others he was a ruthless conqueror.

While the exploits of Captain Cook are well documented, much less is known about James Cook the man. Presenter Vanessa Collingridge sets out on her own voyage of discovery - travelling in his footsteps to uncover the forces that drove him to success, and ultimately to his own death.

SUN 22:00 Barbara (b01rhxvl)
In East Germany in 1980, as punishment for filing a request to move to West Germany, Barbara has been forced by the Stasi to leave her prestigious job in Berlin and move to a small hospital in a rural backwater. Monitored constantly by the Stasi, Barbara makes plans for her escape and trusts no-one. She believes her kindly boss Reiser to be a Stasi informant, but the two form a bond as they treat a young woman admitted to the hospital with meningitis, and Barbara begins to reassess her priorities.

SUN 23:40 Timeshift (b00x7c3z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]

SUN 00:40 Hello Quo (b03hy6vp)
You don't sell 128 million albums worldwide without putting in the graft and Status Quo are, quite possibly, the hardest-working band in Britain. Alan G Parker's documentary Hello Quo, specially re-edited for the BBC, recounts the band's epic story from the beginning - when south London schoolmates Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster formed their first band with big ambitions of rock 'n' roll domination, quickly adding drummer John Coghlan and guitarist Rick Parfitt.

The film tells the story of Quo's hits from their unusually psychedelic early hit, Pictures of Matchstick Men, followed by a run through their classics from Down Down to Whatever You Want.

The band laughs off the constant ribbing about only using three chords and the film explores how Quo's heads-down boogie defined UK rock in the early 70s. Fender Stratocaster in hand, Quo have stood their ground and never shifted, but they have managed to adapt to scoring pop hits over five decades.

The original members of the 'frantic four' tell their story of a life in rock 'n' roll, alongside interviews from some prominent Quo fans, such as Paul Weller, whose first gig was the Quo at Guildford Civic Hall, to Brian May, who waxes lyrically about the opening riff to Pictures of Matchstick Men, while even Sir Cliff plays homage to the denim-clad rockers.

SUN 02:00 TOTP2 (b03j113z)
Status Quo

TOTP2 pays homage to eternal rockers Status Quo. From their first hit, the band has had 46 years of being perhaps the hardest working band in Britain with over 128 million record sales to boot. TOTP2 has gathered some of Quo's finest Top of the Pops performances - there's 106 of them, from their first TOTP appearance in 1968 with the psychedelic Pictures of Matchstick Men, to their last in 2005 with The Party Ain't Over Yet.

The Quo has gone on to outlive Top of the Pops and this compilation charts their success with many of their greatest hits including Rockin' All Over the World, Whatever You Want, Mystery Song and Living on an Island. Don your double denim and prepare to get Down Down!

SUN 02:45 Timewatch (b00jcgpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


MON 19:00 World News Today (b03x1t13)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

MON 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys (b01bqktm)
Series 3

Goes to Ireland - Bray to Dublin

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

All this week he crosses the Irish sea to discover the rich railway history of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, following the unfurling 19th century expansion of the tracks from Dublin to Londonderry.

Today Michael observes the amazing engineering feat involved in building the railway along Dublin's treacherous East coast, explores 19th century crime and punishment in a Victorian jail, and finds out how the lions of Dublin Zoo changed the fortunes of the railways.

MON 20:00 Horizon (b00vdkmj)

What Happened Before the Big Bang?

They are the biggest questions that science can possibly ask: where did everything in our universe come from? How did it all begin? For nearly a hundred years, we thought we had the answer - a big bang some 14 billion years ago.

But now some scientists believe that was not really the beginning. Our universe may have had a life before this violent moment of creation.

Horizon takes the ultimate trip into the unknown to explore a dizzying world of cosmic bounces, rips and multiple universes, and finds out what happened before the big bang.

MON 21:00 Animals Through the Night: Sleepover at the Zoo (b03x3yff)
In a never-before-attempted sleep experiment, Bristol Zoo has been rigged with cameras and sensors and Liz Bonnin and sleep expert Bryson Voirin stay up all night to see what the animals get up to when they think no-one is watching. From red pandas and lions to meerkats and tapirs, for the first time a whole range of animal sleep behaviours is compared and contrasted across the course of a single night.

The programme delves into the extraordinary world of animal sleep, looking at not only what science has already discovered, but the questions which remain to be answered. From dolphins, which have come up with ingenious solutions to allow them to sleep while swimming, through to ants that have developed complex behavioural patterns which ensure that the colony sleeps undisturbed, to meerkats, who keep an ear open for danger during sleep, and flamingos, which arrange themselves in order to keep a wary eye out for night-time predators.

MON 22:30 Storyville (b03x3yfk)
The Village that Fought Back: Five Broken Cameras

Oscar-nominated film compiled from the video diary of a Palestinian farmer who documents unrest in his West Bank village. Emad Burnat starts filming with his first camera following the birth of his fourth son. At the same time in his village of Bil'in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers begin to resist this decision.

Over several years Burnat films this non-violent struggle against the Israeli army - which is led by two of his best friends - literally from his own point of view. Soon, these events begin to impact his own life. Bulldozers knocking down olive trees, the loss of life and night raids scare his family. His friends, brothers and even himself are either shot or arrested. One camera after another used to document these events is shot or smashed.

Burnat collaborates with Israeli director Guy Davidi to produce this powerful and moving documentary of resistance life on a frontline.

MON 00:00 The Fantastical World of Hormones with Professor John Wass (b03wctdg)
Hormones shape each and every one of us, affecting almost every aspect of our lives - our height, our weight, our appetites, how we grow and reproduce, and even how we behave and feel.

This documentary tells the wonderful and often weird story of how hormones were discovered.

Presenter John Wass, one the country's leading experts on hormones, relates some amazing stories - how as recently as the 19th century boys were castrated to keep their pure soprano voice, how juices were extracted from testicles in the hope they would rejuvenate old men and how true medical heroes like Frederick Banting discovered a way to make insulin, thus saving the lives of countless diabetes sufferers.

And hormones remain at the cutting edge of medicine as we try and deal with modern scourges like obesity.

MON 01:00 Brushing up on... (b03wsn6r)
Series 2

Miniature Britain

Danny Baker embarks on a Lilliputian odyssey through all things titchy - from model trains to pint-sized cows via the mecca of the miniature, the model village.

MON 01:30 The Brits Who Built the Modern World (b03wctxm)
The Politics of Power

Series looking at how an exceptional generation of British architects, led by Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, conquered the globe with their high-tech vision.

The final episode focuses on the period from the late 90s to the present day, when they were at the peak of their success - building iconic landmarks across Britain and the world - but also faced some of the biggest controversies of their careers. Rogers reveals what went wrong with the Millennium Dome, Foster recalls the wobbles of London's Millennium Bridge and Michael Hopkins explains how his new parliamentary building, Portcullis House, became the most expensive office block in Britain.

Also featured are the stories behind some of Britain's most popular modern architecture - Nicholas Grimshaw's Eden Project and Foster's 'Gherkin' - and a look at this generation's success overseas, including Terry Farrell's success in China.

MON 02:30 Animals Through the Night: Sleepover at the Zoo (b03x3yff)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


TUE 19:00 World News Today (b03x1t18)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

TUE 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys (b01bqn5v)
Series 3

Goes to Ireland - Enfield to Drogheda

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

He crosses the Irish Sea to discover the rich railway history of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, following the unfurling 19th century expansion of the tracks from Dublin to Londonderry.

Michael explores the extensive railway network within the Bog of Allen, discovers the Victorian secrets behind the amazing Boyne Viaduct, and travels underground, into the vast Irish Zinc mines.

TUE 20:00 Weird Nature (b0078h7z)
Devious Defences

Series exploring bizarre behaviour in the animal kingdom looks at creatures that employ camouflage, armour and other methods to ward off predators. Discover skunks that handstand, crabs that dress up and fish that are slime monsters. Meet an armadillo that can roll into an impregnable ball, owls and frogs that puff themselves up and a cobra that spits venom. There are fish that can copy a chequered board, octopus that shape-shift and creatures that can turn inside out. There are even birds that use projectile vomit or repulsive missiles and creatures that turn playing dead into a performance to die for. Using new filming techniques and some extraordinary special FX, this is nature as never seen before.

TUE 20:30 Secrets of Bones (b03x3zfs)
Into the Air

Ben Garrod finds out how the skeleton has allowed vertebrates to do the most remarkable thing of all - take to the air. He discovers why the humble pigeon is such an exceptional flier, uncovers bony secrets as to how the albatross makes mammoth migrations and finds out why some birds have dense bones. Finally, he reveals which surprising flier is his 'ultimate'.

TUE 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.

TUE 22:45 The First World War (b01rp9t7)
Global War

Germany gambled that Britain might risk everything to protect her empire, even victory on the Western Front. So, to divert British resources, maverick German commanders led the British a dance across the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. They became legends in Germany and Britain - men like Admiral Graf von Spee, who inflicted Britain's greatest naval defeat for 250 years.

The global war sucked in Africans, Chinese and Indians to serve in France. Meanwhile, the war in Africa exploited its people and left behind a wasteland, but sowed the seeds of self-determination.

TUE 23:35 Timewatch (b00jcgpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Sunday]

TUE 00:35 Timeshift (b00x7c3z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Sunday]

TUE 01:35 Weird Nature (b0078h7z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

TUE 02:05 Secrets of Bones (b03x3zfs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

TUE 02:35 Horizon (b01rk1xc)
Mend Me: A Horizon Guide to Transplants

Transplant surgery has now reached incredible heights, from achieving full face transplants to growing organs in the lab. This Horizon Guide looks back at the extraordinary odds doctors and patients have had to overcome to achieve these amazing breakthroughs.

What we now take for granted has been a hard won struggle, both for the patients who were willing to gamble their lives and the doctors who faced ethical and medical dilemmas in the name of progress. Michael Mosley looks through the Horizon archive, identifying the key turning points for transplant surgery to explore how far science can go in its bid to prolong life.


WED 19:00 World News Today (b03x1t1f)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

WED 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys (b01bqn8y)
Series 3

Goes to Ireland - Dundalk to Portadown

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

He crosses the Irish Sea to discover the rich railway history of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, following the unfurling 19th century expansion of the tracks from Dublin to Londonderry.

Michael explores the Victorians' fascination with antiquity, by visiting the amazing Cromlech stones of Dundalk. He reaches for the stars at the Armagh Observatory and travels in style along the steam railway of Downpatrick.

WED 20:00 Bombay Railway (b007t30p)

Documentary about Bombay's vast suburban rail network, which serves six-and-a-half million commuters every day. As Bombay's population swells by tens of thousands each week, the railway and the people whose lives revolve around it struggle to cope with the pressure and the peaktime 'super-dense crush load'. From the train driver to the illegal hawker and the homeless shoe-shine boy, each has a story to tell about this remarkable railway system, often described as the lifeline of India.

WED 21:00 Dancing in the Blitz: How World War II Made British Ballet (p01s4z2h)
David Bintley, director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, explores how the Second World War was the making of British ballet and how fundamental the years of hardship and adversity were in getting the British public to embrace ballet. Bintley shows how the then Sadler's Wells Ballet Company, led by Ninette de Valois and featuring a star-studded generation of British dancers and choreographers including Margot Fonteyn and Frederick Ashton, was forged during the Second World War.

It's the story of how de Valois and her small company of dancers took what was essentially a foreign art form and made it British despite the falling bombs, the rationing and the call-up. Plus it is the story of how Britain, as a nation, fell in love with ballet.

Using rare and previously unseen footage and interviews with dance icons such as Dame Gillian Lynne and Dame Beryl Grey, Bintley shows how the Sadler's Wells Ballet company survived an encounter with Nazi forces in Holland, dancing whilst the bombs were falling in the Blitz, rationing and a punishing touring schedule to bring ballet to the British people as an antidote to the austerity the country faced to emerge, postwar, as the Royal Ballet.

WED 22:00 Great Barrier Reef (b019851n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]

WED 23:00 Parks and Recreation (b03x42mv)
Series 3

Harvest Festival

With the fate of her entire department hingeing on the success of the Harvest Festival, Leslie deals with last-minute problems with a Wamapoke tribal leader, who threatens to put a curse on the event. April is upset with Andy, while Ann gets romantic advice from an unlikely source.

WED 23:20 Parks and Recreation (b03x42mx)
Series 3


Leslie takes the whole department camping in order to brainstorm new ideas. Andy attempts a romantic gesture for April, while Ann gets nervous when Chris returns to Pawnee as the new city manager.

WED 23:45 Lost Kingdoms of South America (b01qbz9k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Saturday]

WED 00:40 Bombay Railway (b007t30p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

WED 01:45 The Golden Age of Canals (b01173hf)
Most people thought that when the working traffic on canals faded away after the war, it would be the end of their story. But they were wrong. A few diehard enthusiasts and boat owners campaigned, lobbied and dug, sometimes with their bare hands, to keep the network of narrow canals open.

Some of these enthusiasts filmed their campaigns and their home movies tell the story of how, in the teeth of much political opposition, they saved the inland waterways for the nation and, more than 200 years after they were first built, created a second golden age of the canals.

Stan Offley, an IWA activist from Ellesmere Port, filmed his boating trips around the wide canals in the 40s, 50s and 60s in 16mm colour. But equally charming is the film made by Ed Frangleton, with help from Harry Arnold, of a hostel boat holiday on the Llangollen Canal in 1961. There are the films shot by ex-working boatman Ike Argent from his home in Nottinghamshire and looked after by his son Barry.

There is astonishing film of the last days of working boats, some shot by John Pyper when he spent time with the Beecheys in the 60s, film taken by Keith Christie of the last days of the cut around the BCN, and the films made by Keith and his mate Tony Gregory of their attempts to keep working the canals through their carrying company, Midland Canal Transport.

There is film of key restorations, the Stourbridge 16 being talked about with great wit and affection by one of the leading activists in that watershed of restorations in the mid-60s, David Tomlinson, and John Maynard's beautiful films of the restoration of the Huddersfield, 'the impossible restoration', shot over two decades.

All these and more are in the programme alongside the people who made the films and some of the stars of them. Together they tell the story of how, in the years after 1945, a few people fought the government like David fought Goliath to keep canals open and restore ones that had become defunct, and won against all the odds.

WED 02:45 Dancing in the Blitz: How World War II Made British Ballet (p01s4z2h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


THU 19:00 World News Today (b03x1t1l)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

THU 19:30 Top of the Pops (b03xcbrp)
Kid Jensen presents another edition of the weekly pop chart show, including performances from Inner Circle, Elvis Costello, the Buzzcocks, Dennis Brown, the Late Show, the Real Thing, Cliff Richard, the Dooleys, Motorhead and the Leyton Buzzards. With dance sequences by Legs & Co.

THU 20:00 Ever Decreasing Circles (b036d6lp)
Series 2


Martin is left to look after the house when Ann goes into hospital. He's adamant he can cope on his own, but as it turns out, Ann was right to fret about the state of their home.

THU 20:30 Brushing up on... (b03x46dv)
Series 2

British Statues

Danny Baker delves through the archives to look at statues. Featuring Winston Churchill, Emmeline Pankhurst, John Noakes and King Kong.

THU 21:00 The Bermuda Triangle: Beneath the Waves (b007c68n)
Professor Bruce Denardo attempts to prove whether there is any truth behind the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, where many ships and planes have disappeared in mysterious circumstances. New investigation techniques reveal the truth behind the infamous disappearance of Flight 19. Graham Hawkes is also able to reveal, by using a state-of-the-art submarine, how five wrecks mysteriously wound up 730 feet down in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle.

THU 22:00 Animals Through the Night: Sleepover at the Zoo (b03x3yff)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]

THU 23:30 Horizon (b00vdkmj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Monday]

THU 00:30 Top of the Pops (b03xcbrp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

THU 01:10 The Fairytale Castles of King Ludwig II with Dan Cruickshank (b036f9vc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Sunday]

THU 02:10 Ever Decreasing Circles (b036d6lp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

THU 02:40 The Bermuda Triangle: Beneath the Waves (b007c68n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 19:00 World News Today (b03x1t1r)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

FRI 19:30 ArtWorks Scotland (b01p9d4t)
Peter Darrell: Scotland's Dance Pioneer

Peter Darrell was already a successful and ground-breaking choreographer when he became the first artistic director of Scottish Ballet in 1969. He laid the foundations for the company's current success and created a catalogue of ballets that deserve reviving.

To coincide with the 25th anniversary of his death at the age of just 58, this film explores what made Darrell's work so innovative and influential with the help of dancer/choreographer Michael Clark, whom he mentored, and Matthew Bourne, who is widely considered to be the UK's most successful contemporary choreographer. Especially for the programme, Scottish Ballet restages an extract from Darrell's ballet Cheri.

FRI 20:00 Fonteyn '59: Sleeping Beauty (p01s6vn9)
Darcey Bussell introduces edited highlights of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty, created especially for television by producer/director Margaret Dale in 1959 and featuring the then stars of the Royal Ballet, Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes. This rarely seen film gives viewers a glimpse of an authentic 1950s style of ballet, transporting them back to the living rooms of post-war Britain. The performance features footage previously feared lost, but now able to be seen for the first time since the original broadcast over 50 years ago. This recently rediscovered archive includes the 'lost kiss' - the awakening of Sleeping Beauty by a kiss from her handsome prince.

FRI 21:00 Storyville (b03x3vb9)
Muscle Shoals: The Greatest Recording Studio in the World

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals in Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River', as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time.

At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming poverty and tragedy, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals's magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.

FRI 22:50 Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 (b01nwfxs)
Documentary chronicling our ever-changing love affair with the British singles chart on the occasion of its sixtieth anniversary. From the first NME chart in 1952, via Pick and Top of the Pops to home-taping the Radio One chart show and beyond, we have measured out our lives to a wonderful churn of pop driven, unbeknownst to us, by a clandestine world of music biz hustle. Featuring contributions by 60 years of BBC chart custodians from David Jacobs to Reggie Yates, chart fans Grace Dent and Pete Paphides and music biz veterans Jon Webster and Rob Dickins.

FRI 00:20 BBC One Sessions (b007cj5l)
Paul Simon

The legendary American singer-songwriter with his six-piece band in an intimate concert from LSO St Luke's in London's Shoreditch. Simon plays songs from throughout his solo career and his 60s heyday with Simon and Garfunkel including You Can Call Me Al, The Only Living Boy in New York, The Boxer and Still Crazy After All These Years, alongside songs from his gold-selling album, Surprise. The band sing jawdropping harmonies, play everything from penny whistle to baritone sax and accordion while Simon sings, plays guitar and conducts the band in front of 250 fans.

FRI 01:10 Guitar Heroes at the BBC (b00lk48h)
Part II

A celebration of Seventies-era axe-men, acoustic virtuosos and thumping riff merchants, in a compilation of guitar-heavy performances from the BBC TV archives.

Guitar gods including Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Peter Green and Johnny Winter are joined by, among others, flamenco maestro Manitas De Plata, bottleneck bluesman Ry Cooder and straight-up rockers AC/DC and Thin Lizzy.

Everything from Fleetwood Mac's ambient masterpiece Albatross to hits like The Jam's In The City and Free's All Right Now feature along with lesser-known gems like Maid in Heaven by Be Bop Deluxe and Nils Lofgren's Keith Don't Go.

The tracks were recorded in the heyday of BBC shows such as The Old Grey Whistle Test, Top of the Pops and Rock Goes to College.

FRI 02:10 Storyville (b03x3vb9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)

Animals Through the Night: Sleepover at the Zoo 21:00 MON (b03x3yff)

Animals Through the Night: Sleepover at the Zoo 02:30 MON (b03x3yff)

Animals Through the Night: Sleepover at the Zoo 22:00 THU (b03x3yff)

ArtWorks Scotland 19:30 FRI (b01p9d4t)

BBC One Sessions 00:20 FRI (b007cj5l)

Barbara 22:00 SUN (b01rhxvl)

Billy Elliot 21:00 TUE (b007wv29)

Bombay Railway 20:00 WED (b007t30p)

Bombay Railway 00:40 WED (b007t30p)

Brushing up on... 01:00 MON (b03wsn6r)

Brushing up on... 20:30 THU (b03x46dv)

Dancing in the Blitz: How World War II Made British Ballet 21:00 WED (p01s4z2h)

Dancing in the Blitz: How World War II Made British Ballet 02:45 WED (p01s4z2h)

Ever Decreasing Circles 20:00 THU (b036d6lp)

Ever Decreasing Circles 02:10 THU (b036d6lp)

Fonteyn '59: Sleeping Beauty 20:00 FRI (p01s6vn9)

Great Barrier Reef 19:00 SAT (b019851n)

Great Barrier Reef 02:45 SAT (b019851n)

Great Barrier Reef 22:00 WED (b019851n)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 MON (b01bqktm)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 TUE (b01bqn5v)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 WED (b01bqn8y)

Guitar Heroes at the BBC 01:10 FRI (b00lk48h)

Hello Quo 00:40 SUN (b03hy6vp)

Horizon 20:00 MON (b00vdkmj)

Horizon 02:35 TUE (b01rk1xc)

Horizon 23:30 THU (b00vdkmj)

Legends 23:35 SAT (b00vv0zz)

Lost Kingdoms of South America 20:00 SAT (b01qbz9k)

Lost Kingdoms of South America 01:45 SAT (b01qbz9k)

Lost Kingdoms of South America 23:45 WED (b01qbz9k)

Parks and Recreation 23:00 WED (b03x42mv)

Parks and Recreation 23:20 WED (b03x42mx)

Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 22:50 FRI (b01nwfxs)

Salamander 21:00 SAT (b01qfmff)

Salamander 21:45 SAT (b01qlkdc)

Secrets of Bones 20:30 TUE (b03x3zfs)

Secrets of Bones 02:05 TUE (b03x3zfs)

Sounds of the 70s 2 01:15 SAT (b01hz75h)

Storyville 22:30 MON (b03x3yfk)

Storyville 21:00 FRI (b03x3vb9)

Storyville 02:10 FRI (b03x3vb9)

TOTP2 02:00 SUN (b03j113z)

The Bermuda Triangle: Beneath the Waves 21:00 THU (b007c68n)

The Bermuda Triangle: Beneath the Waves 02:40 THU (b007c68n)

The Brits Who Built the Modern World 01:30 MON (b03wctxm)

The Fairytale Castles of King Ludwig II with Dan Cruickshank 20:00 SUN (b036f9vc)

The Fairytale Castles of King Ludwig II with Dan Cruickshank 01:10 THU (b036f9vc)

The Fantastical World of Hormones with Professor John Wass 00:00 MON (b03wctdg)

The First World War 22:45 TUE (b01rp9t7)

The Golden Age of Canals 01:45 WED (b01173hf)

Timeshift 19:00 SUN (b00x7c3z)

Timeshift 23:40 SUN (b00x7c3z)

Timeshift 00:35 TUE (b00x7c3z)

Timewatch 21:00 SUN (b00jcgpm)

Timewatch 02:45 SUN (b00jcgpm)

Timewatch 23:35 TUE (b00jcgpm)

Top of the Pops 00:40 SAT (b03wryq4)

Top of the Pops 19:30 THU (b03xcbrp)

Top of the Pops 00:30 THU (b03xcbrp)

Weird Nature 20:00 TUE (b0078h7z)

Weird Nature 01:35 TUE (b0078h7z)

What's Going On: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye 22:35 SAT (b0074rql)

World News Today 19:00 MON (b03x1t13)

World News Today 19:00 TUE (b03x1t18)

World News Today 19:00 WED (b03x1t1f)

World News Today 19:00 THU (b03x1t1l)

World News Today 19:00 FRI (b03x1t1r)