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SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2014

SAT 19:00 Hidcote: A Garden for All Seasons (b011s3pw)
Documentary telling the story of Hidcote - the most influential English garden of the 20th century - and Lawrence Johnston, the enigmatic genius behind it. Hidcote was the first garden ever taken on by the National Trust, who spent 3.5 million pounds in a major programme of restoration. This included researching Johnston's original vision, which in turn uncovered the compelling story of how Johnston created such an iconic garden.

Until recently, little was known about the secretive and self-taught Johnston. He kept few, if any, records on Hidcote's construction, but current head gardener Glyn Jones made it a personal mission to discover as much about the man as possible to reveal how, in the early 20th century, Johnston set about creating a garden that has inspired designers all over the world.


SAT 20:00 Horizon (b00vv0w8)
2010-2011

Asteroids - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Famed for their ability to inflict Armageddon from outer space, asteroids are now revealing the secrets of how they are responsible for both life and death on our planet.

Armed with an array of powerful telescopes, scientists are finding up to 3,000 new asteroids every night. And some are heading our way.

But astronomers have discovered that it's not the giant rocks that are the greatest danger - it's the small asteroids that pose a more immediate threat to Earth.

Researchers have explained the photon propulsion that send these rocks across space, and have discovered that some asteroids are carrying a mysterious cargo of frost and ice across the solar system that could have helped start life on Earth.


SAT 21:00 The Code (b04lpzrv)
Series 1

Episode 1

When reporter Ned Banks is alerted to a strange accident in the outback involving a couple of Aboriginal teens, he unwittingly involves his brother Jesse - a computer genius who has Asperger's. After Ned and Jesse publish a video of the accident they face the full weight of a political machine desperate to keep the truth off the front pages.


SAT 21:55 The Code (b04ly31z)
Series 1

Episode 2

As Ned investigates the truck accident in the remote town of Lindara, his brother Jesse comes face to face with the 'extraordinary' new powers of the law and finds himself in a living nightmare.


SAT 22:55 Britain's Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to the Banned (b048wwlk)
From My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock to God Save the Queen, this is the story of ten records from the 1930s to the present day that have been banned by the BBC. The reasons why these songs were censored reveals the changing controversies around youth culture over the last 75 years, with Bing Crosby and the Munchkins among the unlikely names to have met the wrath of the BBC.

With contributions from Carrie Grant, Paul Morley, Stuart Maconie, Glen Matlock, Mike Read and John Robb.


SAT 23:55 More Dangerous Songs: And the Banned Played On (b048wwpz)
Compilation of songs previously banned by the BBC, including Lola by The Kinks, Jackie by Scott Walker and We Don't Need This Fascist Groove Thang by Heaven 17.


SAT 00:55 Top of the Pops (b04kzw1j)
Weekly pop chart programme presented by David Jensen with performances from XTC, Blondie, Matumbi, Buggles, Sad Cafe, Squeeze, the Jags and the Police and dance sequences by Legs & Co.


SAT 01:30 Horizon (b00vv0w8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


SAT 02:30 Hidcote: A Garden for All Seasons (b011s3pw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]



SUNDAY 12 OCTOBER 2014

SUN 19:00 Crossing England in a Punt: River of Dreams (p00y6r6q)
From the Staffordshire hills to the Humber estuary, spirited explorer Tom Fort embarks on a 170-mile journey down Britain's third-longest river, the Trent. Beginning on foot, he soon transfers to his own custom-built punt, the Trent Otter, and rows many miles downstream. Along the way he encounters the power stations that generate much of the nation's electricity, veterans of the catastrophic floods of 1947, the 19th-century brewers of Burton and a Bronze Age boatman who once made a life along the river.


SUN 20:00 Rome: A History of the Eternal City (b01p65l8)
City of the Sacred

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


SUN 21:00 Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams (b0229pbp)
Documentary presented by Professor Simon Schaffer which charts the amazing and untold story of automata - extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life.

The film brings the past to life in vivid detail as we see how and why these masterpieces were built. Travelling around Europe, Simon uncovers the history of these machines and shows us some of the most spectacular examples, from an entire working automaton city to a small boy who can be programmed to write and even a device that can play chess. All the machines Simon visits show a level of technical sophistication and ambition that still amazes today.

As well as the automata, Simon explains in great detail the world in which they were made - the hardship of the workers who built them, their role in global trade and the industrial revolution and the eccentric designers who dreamt them up. Finally, Simon reveals that these long-forgotten marriages of art and engineering are actually the ancestors of many of our most-loved modern technologies, from recorded music to the cinema and much of the digital world.


SUN 22:00 The Sky at Night (b04lpvzv)
Ice Giants

The vast frozen worlds of Uranus and Neptune are the most enigmatic and mysterious planets in the solar system. From the most powerful winds ever recorded to their exotic atmospheres, what makes these planets so unique? Chris Lintott and Maggie Aderin-Pocock reveal the latest images of the ice giants, while award-winning astro-photographer Damian Peach shares his tips for capturing these jewels of the night sky.


SUN 22:30 Elles (b01s0zsf)
Well-off Parisian journalist Anne is investigating the lives of two student prostitutes for a magazine article. What begins as a routine assignment quickly turns personal, as Anne is drawn into the lives of these fiercely independent young women and forced to confront her own physical needs and desires.

In French with English subtitles.


SUN 00:05 imagine... (b03gln7r)
Winter 2013

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'

In just four years, Jimi Hendrix revolutionised the music scene with his transcendent sound and explosive stage presence. A peacock, poet and perfectionist, he was a true original, who restlessly pushed his musical gifts to their extremes.

imagine... tells the story of how this shy, former private in the 101st Airborne became the greatest rock guitarist of all time, using never-before-seen performance footage, home movies and family letters.

With contributions from the Hendrix family, Sir Paul McCartney and former band mates Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, imagine... presents an in-depth look at Hendrix's life and career that was tragically cut short at just 27-years-old in 1970.


SUN 01:35 Great Guitar Riffs at the BBC (b049mtxy)
Compilation of BBC performances featuring some of the best axe men and women in rock 'n' roll, from Hendrix to The Kinks, Cream to AC/DC, The Smiths to Rage Against the Machine and Radiohead to Foo Fighters. Whether it is The Shadows playing FBI on Crackerjack, Jeff Beck with The Yardbirds, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream's Sunshine of Your Love from their final gig, Pixies on the Late Show, AC/DC on Top of the Pops or Fools Gold from The Stone Roses, this compilation is a celebration of rock 'n' roll guitar complete with riffs, fingerstylin', wah-wah pedals and Marshall amps.


SUN 02:35 Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams (b0229pbp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



MONDAY 13 OCTOBER 2014

MON 19:00 World News Today (b04lcksz)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


MON 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys (b00q2q87)
Series 1

Carlisle to Glasgow

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

Michael's second epic journey takes him north, from Preston to Scotland, on one of the first railways to cross the border. On this fourth leg, he meets the wild clansmen of Carlisle, the Border Reivers, witnesses a wedding in Gretna Green and visits a secret World War I munitions factory.


MON 20:00 Horizon (b00rgg31)
2009-2010

Is Everything We Know About The Universe Wrong?

There's something very odd going on in space - something that shouldn't be possible. It is as though vast swathes of the universe are being hoovered up by a vast and unseen celestial vacuum cleaner.

Sasha Kaslinsky, the scientist who discovered the phenomenon, is understandably nervous: 'It left us quite unsettled and jittery' he says, 'because this is not something we planned to find'. The accidental discovery of what is ominously being called 'dark flow' not only has implications for the destinies of large numbers of galaxies - it also means that large numbers of scientists might have to find a new way of understanding the universe.

Dark flow is the latest in a long line of phenomena that have threatened to rewrite the textbooks. Does it herald a new era of understanding, or does it simply mean that everything we know about the universe is wrong?


MON 21:00 Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race (b04lcxms)
When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon in 1969, America went down in popular history as the winner of the space race. However, the real pioneers of space exploration were the Soviet cosmonauts.

This remarkable feature-length documentary combines rare and unseen archive footage with interviews with the surviving cosmonauts to tell the fascinating and at times terrifying story of how the Russians led us into the space age. A particular highlight is Alexei Leonov, the man who performed the first spacewalk, explaining how he found himself trapped outside his spacecraft 500 miles above the Earth. Scary stuff.


MON 22:30 The Spaceman of Afghanistan (b04ltcgk)
In 1988 the first and only Afghan astronaut, Ahad Momand, went into space. He spent a week on the Russian space station Mir and was welcomed back a hero. But civil war tore his country apart and Ahad fled with his family to Germany. A quarter of a century later, with his country still suffering violence, Ahad now wants to revisit his historic space mission. He travels first to Moscow, where he relives the joys and dangers of his flight, before returning to Afghanistan hoping to inspire a new generation of Afghans by telling his story once more.


MON 23:30 Detectorists (b04kzw1l)
Series 1

Episode 2

Lance and Andy haven't told anyone that they are hot on the trail of the holy grail of metal detecting - the final resting place of King Sexred of the East Saxons. But members of the rival detecting club already seem to know all about it. Who is the mole?


MON 00:00 Ancient Apocalypse (b0074m64)
Mystery of the Minoans

A look at how the Minoan civilisation, situated on the Mediterranean island of Crete, was wiped out 3,500 years ago by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions since the Ice Age on the nearby island of Thira. 21st century science reveals the horror the volcano unleashed.


MON 00:50 Horizon (b00rgg31)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


MON 01:50 Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race (b04lcxms)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



TUESDAY 14 OCTOBER 2014

TUE 19:00 World News Today (b04lckt4)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


TUE 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys (b00q2qt0)
Series 1

Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy

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

Michael's second epic journey takes him north, from Preston to Scotland, on one of the first railways to cross the border. On this fifth leg, he makes apple juice in the Clyde Valley orchards, pays a thrilling visit to the top of the Forth Rail Bridge and relives his childhood memories in his grandparents' home town of Kirkcaldy.


TUE 20:00 Great British Railway Journeys (b00qbnbw)
Series 1

Swindon to Bristol

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

Michael's journey takes him along the Brunel's Great Western Railway from Swindon to Penzance. He finds out about free holiday trains for the GWR workers in Swindon, samples the spa in Bath and tries his hand at glass blowing in Bristol.


TUE 20:30 World War I at Home (b045gjnt)
Whose Side Are You On?

Historian Professor Jean Seaton uncovers the story of industrial conflict in Devon during World War One.


TUE 21:00 Moon (b01js1rs)
Psychological thriller about a lone lunar miner counting down the days until he is reunited with his family. With only a robot for company, he starts to show signs of cabin fever. Then a moon buggy accident sets in motion a terrifying string of surreal experiences that suggest things aboard the base are not what they seem.


TUE 22:30 Do We Really Need the Moon? (b00yb5jp)
The moon is such a familiar presence in the sky that most of us take it for granted. But what if it wasn't where it is now? How would that affect life on Earth?

Space scientist and lunar fanatic Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock explores our intimate relationship with the moon. Besides orchestrating the tides, the moon dictates the length of a day, the rhythm of the seasons and the very stability of our planet.

Yet the moon is always on the move. In the past, it was closer to the Earth and in the future it will be farther away. That it is now perfectly placed to sustain life is pure luck, a cosmic coincidence. Using computer graphics to summon up great tides and set the Earth spinning on its side, Aderin-Pocock implores us to look at the Moon afresh: to see it not as an inert rock, but as a key player in the story of our planet, past, present and future.


TUE 23:30 Being Neil Armstrong (b00lkvln)
It has been said that 10,000 years from now only one name will still be remembered, that of Neil Armstrong. But in the four decades since he first set foot on the moon, Armstrong has become increasingly reclusive.

Andrew Smith, author of the best-selling book Moondust, journeys across America to try and discover the real Neil Armstrong. He tracks down the people who knew Armstrong, from his closest childhood friend to fellow astronauts and Houston technicians, and even the barber who sold his hair, in a wry and sideways look at the reluctant hero of the greatest event of the 20th century.


TUE 00:30 Voyager: To the Final Frontier (b01nj48v)
This is the story of the most extraordinary journey in human exploration, the Voyager space mission. In 1977 two unmanned spacecraft were launched by NASA, heading for distant worlds. It would be the first time any man-made object would ever visit the farthest planets of the solar system - Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus. On the way the Voyagers would be bombarded by space dust, fried by radiation and discover many of the remarkable wonders of the solar system.

Now, at the end of 2012, 35 years and 11 billion miles later, they are leaving the area of the sun's influence. As they journey out into the galaxy beyond they carry a message from Earth, a golden record bolted to the side of each craft describing our civilisation in case of discovery by another. This is the definitive account of the most intrepid explorers in Earth's history.


TUE 01:30 World War I at Home (b045gjnt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


TUE 02:00 Britain on Film (b03b8s51)
Series 2

The Home Front

Archive-based series on British life in the 1960s continues with an episode devoted to some of the most monumental challenges of the post-war period - how to tackle desperate housing shortages, rebuild shattered cities and meet the rising expectations of an increasingly affluent and consumerist nation. As these films show, 1960s Britain embraced ambitious solutions by building high-rise homes in our cities and New Towns in the country.


TUE 02:30 The Spaceman of Afghanistan (b04ltcgk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:30 on Monday]



WEDNESDAY 15 OCTOBER 2014

WED 19:00 World News Today (b04lcktd)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


WED 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys (b00qbnd5)
Series 1

Yatton to Weston Super Mare

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

His journey takes him along the Brunel's Great Western Railway from Swindon to Penzance. This time, Michael samples local Cheddar strawberries, explores Cheddar Gorge and the famous caves, and visits one of the oldest piers in the country at Weston Super Mare.


WED 20:00 What Do Artists Do All Day? (b03gtgk9)
Akram Khan

Akram Khan is one of the UK's most exciting and experimental dancers and this film follows him to Seville for a collaboration with celebrated flamenco dancer Israel Galvan.

Both are renowned for bringing a contemporary twist to their own dance traditions and here we see them in the early stages of developing a new work together.

As they each learn from their different styles, Akram reflects on the rigorous routine behind his work, the challenges of collaborating with other artists and his desire to make contemporary dance more inclusive.

With the completed work, TOROBAKA, receiving its UK premiere at Sadler's Wells in November 2014, this film offers a revealing glimpse into the process behind its creation.


WED 20:30 The Wonder of Animals (b04lcyzw)
Bats

Bats have colonised remote corners of the planet to become one of most widespread mammals on earth. Chris Packham explores their incredible anatomy, physiology and senses to understand what enables them to thrive in some surprising places.

Tiny hairs on their wings give them a detailed air-flow map during flight, heat sensors on the nose of vampire bats means they can sense the most blood-rich areas of a prey's body and iron oxide particles in the bat brain may act as a compass allowing them to find the most direct route back to the roost.


WED 21:00 Storyville (b04lcyzy)
Particle Fever: The Hunt for the Higgs Boson

Documentary which follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. Filmed over seven years, it is an emotionally charged journey with scientists attempting to push the edge of human innovation.

For the first time, a documentary gives viewers a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries join forces in pursuit of a single goal - to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the big bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter.

Directed by a physicist-turned-filmmaker and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (The Godfather trilogy), Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the human stories behind this epic machine.


WED 22:35 Horizon (b00nslc4)
2009-2010

Who Is Afraid of a Big Black Hole?

Black holes are one of the most destructive forces in the universe, capable of tearing a planet apart and swallowing an entire star. Yet scientists now believe they could hold the key to answering the ultimate question: what was there before the big bang?

The trouble is that researching black holes is next to impossible. They are by definition invisible and there is no scientific theory able to explain them. Horizon meets the astronomers and theoretical physicists who, despite these obvious obstacles, are attempting to image a black hole for the very first time and get ever closer to unlocking its mysteries. It is a story that goes into the heart of a black hole and to the very edge of what is thought to be known about the universe.


WED 23:35 Space Shuttle: The Final Mission (b012x69w)
In the last month of the space shuttle programme, Kevin Fong is granted extraordinary access to the astronauts and ground crew as they prepare for their final mission. He is in mission control as the astronauts go through their final launch simulation, and he flies with the last shuttle commander as he undertakes his last practice landing flight. Kevin also gains privileged access to the shuttle itself, visiting the launchpad in the company of the astronaut who will guide the final flight from mission control.

Kevin's journey takes him to the heart of Nasa when, after 30 years of shuttle missions, they finally draw the curtain. As well as meeting the final astronauts, Kevin follows the specialist teams of men and women whose job it is to make sure the shuttle and its crew are as safe as they can possibly be.

After experiencing the launch and being in mission control during the final mission, Kevin will be there on the tarmac at the Kennedy Space Centre when Atlantis returns from space for the last time, marking the end of an era in manned space flight.


WED 00:35 The Wonder of Animals (b04lcyzw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


WED 01:05 Britain on Film (b036f8nw)
Series 2

Messing About in Boats

Throughout the 1960s, the short film series Look at Life captured almost every aspect of British society and culture, but its producers had a special fascination for one aspect in particular - our inordinate fondness for boats. This episode examines the films that documented a period that saw a raft of British sailors seeking endurance world records; boatmen and women striving to halt the decline of our rivers and canals; and high tension on the high seas, as disputes over fishing rights prompted the government to send gunboats to escort our trawlers.


WED 01:35 What Do Artists Do All Day? (b03gtgk9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


WED 02:05 Storyville (b04lcyzy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



THURSDAY 16 OCTOBER 2014

THU 19:00 World News Today (b04lcktk)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


THU 19:30 The Sky at Night (b04lpvzv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Sunday]


THU 20:00 Majesty and Mortar: Britain's Great Palaces (b047pdzg)
Inventing a National Style

Dan Cruickshank charts the arrival of a new style of palace that borrowed from ancient Rome and beyond, as the kings and queens of Britain demanded that architecture proclaim their right to rule, and even their divinity. From London's Banqueting House to the birth of Buckingham Palace via Kensington, Kew and a new wing at Hampton Court, the palace became like a bejewelled casket to house the monarch. But disaster was around the corner and Britain learned that a palace could transform into a prison overnight.


THU 21:00 How the Wild West Was Won with Ray Mears (b044z1k0)
Great Plains

Ray Mears explores how 500,000 square miles of flat, treeless grassland was the setting for some of the Wild West's most dramatic stories of Plains Indians, wagon trains, homesteaders and cattle drives.

Ray joins the Blackfeet Indian Nation as they demonstrate bareback riding skills before a ritual buffalo hunt and sacrifice, and learns how their ancestors were dependent upon the buffalo for their survival. He follows in the wagon ruts of the early pioneers along the Oregon Trail and hitches a ride on a prairie schooner with wagon master Kim Merchant. He discovers the stories of the early homesteaders who lived in sod-houses and farmed the wild grassland around them.

At a cattle auction in Dodge City he explores the story of the railways, cow-towns and the buffalo massacre. His journey across the Great Plains ends at Moore Ranch where he joins a long-horn cattle drive and learns about the life and myth of one of the Wild West's most iconic figures, the cowboy.


THU 22:00 Detectorists (b04ld1jd)
Series 1

Episode 3

Club president Terry is keen to help Lance and Andy search the bottom paddock at Bishop's Farm, but only because he's convinced that's where Larry Bishop has buried his missing wife. Meanwhile, Lance is determined to get his ex along to hear him play at the local pub's folk music night.


THU 22:30 Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race (b04lcxms)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]


THU 00:00 The Sky at Night (b04lpvzv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Sunday]


THU 00:30 Majesty and Mortar: Britain's Great Palaces (b047pdzg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


THU 01:30 Detectorists (b04ld1jd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


THU 02:00 World War I at Home (b045gjnt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 on Tuesday]


THU 02:30 How the Wild West Was Won with Ray Mears (b044z1k0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER 2014

FRI 19:00 World News Today (b04lcktq)
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.


FRI 19:30 Concerto at the BBC Proms (b01k031g)
Mendelssohn Violin

Another chance to hear a live performance from the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall of one of the most popular and frequently performed violin concertos of all time, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, recorded at the first night of the BBC Proms in 2005. Exciting and versatile violin soloist Janine Jansen performs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor, Sir Roger Norrington.


FRI 20:00 John Ogdon: Living with Genius (b045q1py)
Profile of Britain's greatest ever classical pianist and of one of the most successful musical partnerships of the last 50 years, that of John Ogdon and his wife Brenda Lucas Ogdon. For the first time, Brenda and her children Richard and Annabel tell the personal story of John Ogdon - the husband, father and genius.

This is a story of their lives together, one that covers their rollercoaster ride from extraordinary and deserved success to tragic adversity and despair. Featuring unique archive and contemporary performance as well as candid interviews with those who knew him best, this incredible tale is a moving account of their professional partnership.

A fascinating reflection on the power of the art form itself, gained from a lifetime of living, breathing, teaching and performing.


FRI 21:00 Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO (b01n3yf4)
Documentary which gets to the heart of who Jeff Lynne is and how he has had such a tremendous musical influence on our world. The story is told by the British artist himself and such distinguished collaborators and friends of Jeff as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Barbara Orbison and Eric Idle.

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


FRI 22:00 Jeff Lynne's ELO at Hyde Park (b04ltd74)
On a sunny day in September 2014, Jeff Lynne, head honcho of 70s hit-making band ELO took to the stage in London's Hyde Park and, with the help of his backing band and the strings of the BBC Concert Orchestra, brought to a close Radio 2's Live in Hyde Park annual festival. After an absence from the live stage for 28 years, this headline set by Jeff Lynne's ELO was a much-anticipated and talked-about event, and he did not disappoint.

In front of 50,000 people, Lynne delivered a rousing and crowd-pleasing string of the Electric Light Orchestra's chart-topping hits, including Livin' Thing, Sweet Talkin' Woman, Don't Bring Me Down, Mr Blue Sky, and Roll Over Beethoven. And there was also a special treat, Jeff's touching tribute to his band buddies from the ultimate supergroup of all time, the Traveling Wilburys, with his performance of their 1988 hit Handle With Care.

All in all, a memorable night and a fantastic return to the live arena for Mr Jeff Lynne's ELO!


FRI 23:25 Robert Plant: By Myself (b00vy78w)
Documentary in which Robert Plant discusses his musical journey from Stourbridge, the British blues boom, superstardom with Led Zeppelin in the 70s to 2010's Band of Joy album. He also looks at his work with the Honeydrippers and North African musicians, his reunion with Jimmy Page and his pairing with Alison Krauss.


FRI 00:25 Glastonbury (b048sflv)
2014

Robert Plant

A performance by singer, songwriter and former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant on the Pyramid Stage in 2014.

As the heavens open on the Saturday afternoon at Worthy Farm, Robert and his band the Sensational Space Shifters deliver a rousing and crowd-pleasing set full of current Plant tunes and some classic Led Zeppelin numbers thrown in for good measure.


FRI 01:35 Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO (b01n3yf4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 02:35 Jeff Lynne's ELO at Hyde Park (b04ltd74)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]




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

Ancient Apocalypse 00:00 MON (b0074m64)

Being Neil Armstrong 23:30 TUE (b00lkvln)

Britain on Film 02:00 TUE (b03b8s51)

Britain on Film 01:05 WED (b036f8nw)

Britain's Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to the Banned 22:55 SAT (b048wwlk)

Concerto at the BBC Proms 19:30 FRI (b01k031g)

Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race 21:00 MON (b04lcxms)

Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race 01:50 MON (b04lcxms)

Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race 22:30 THU (b04lcxms)

Crossing England in a Punt: River of Dreams 19:00 SUN (p00y6r6q)

Detectorists 23:30 MON (b04kzw1l)

Detectorists 22:00 THU (b04ld1jd)

Detectorists 01:30 THU (b04ld1jd)

Do We Really Need the Moon? 22:30 TUE (b00yb5jp)

Elles 22:30 SUN (b01s0zsf)

Glastonbury 00:25 FRI (b048sflv)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 MON (b00q2q87)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 TUE (b00q2qt0)

Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 TUE (b00qbnbw)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 WED (b00qbnd5)

Great Guitar Riffs at the BBC 01:35 SUN (b049mtxy)

Hidcote: A Garden for All Seasons 19:00 SAT (b011s3pw)

Hidcote: A Garden for All Seasons 02:30 SAT (b011s3pw)

Horizon 20:00 SAT (b00vv0w8)

Horizon 01:30 SAT (b00vv0w8)

Horizon 20:00 MON (b00rgg31)

Horizon 00:50 MON (b00rgg31)

Horizon 22:35 WED (b00nslc4)

How the Wild West Was Won with Ray Mears 21:00 THU (b044z1k0)

How the Wild West Was Won with Ray Mears 02:30 THU (b044z1k0)

Jeff Lynne's ELO at Hyde Park 22:00 FRI (b04ltd74)

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John Ogdon: Living with Genius 20:00 FRI (b045q1py)

Majesty and Mortar: Britain's Great Palaces 20:00 THU (b047pdzg)

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Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams 21:00 SUN (b0229pbp)

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Moon 21:00 TUE (b01js1rs)

More Dangerous Songs: And the Banned Played On 23:55 SAT (b048wwpz)

Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO 21:00 FRI (b01n3yf4)

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Robert Plant: By Myself 23:25 FRI (b00vy78w)

Rome: A History of the Eternal City 20:00 SUN (b01p65l8)

Space Shuttle: The Final Mission 23:35 WED (b012x69w)

Storyville 21:00 WED (b04lcyzy)

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The Code 21:00 SAT (b04lpzrv)

The Code 21:55 SAT (b04ly31z)

The Sky at Night 22:00 SUN (b04lpvzv)

The Sky at Night 19:30 THU (b04lpvzv)

The Sky at Night 00:00 THU (b04lpvzv)

The Spaceman of Afghanistan 22:30 MON (b04ltcgk)

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The Wonder of Animals 20:30 WED (b04lcyzw)

The Wonder of Animals 00:35 WED (b04lcyzw)

Top of the Pops 00:55 SAT (b04kzw1j)

Voyager: To the Final Frontier 00:30 TUE (b01nj48v)

What Do Artists Do All Day? 20:00 WED (b03gtgk9)

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World News Today 19:00 MON (b04lcksz)

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World War I at Home 20:30 TUE (b045gjnt)

World War I at Home 01:30 TUE (b045gjnt)

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