Another instalment of this snapshot of life seen through the eyes of children. Originally broadcast in the late '60s, the themes, fear, joys and reflections are as valid now as they were then.
One moment Miss Froy was sitting there, on the train, London-bound from Tyrol. The next she had vanished. Some passengers claim she was never there, but Iris is certain she saw her. Was it her imagination?
With the help of a team of experts and the latest in 3D scanning technology, Alexander Armstrong, along with Dr Michael Scott, explores the hidden underground treasures that made Rome the powerhouse of the ancient world. In his favourite city, he uncovers a lost subterranean world that helped build and run the world's first metropolis and its empire.
From the secret underground world of the Colosseum to the aqueducts and sewers that supplied and cleansed it, and from the mysterious cults that sustained it spiritually to the final resting places of Rome's dead, Xander discovers the underground networks that serviced the remarkable world above.
Special seasonal episode of the award-winning comedy about metal detectorists Andy and Lance. With his Anglo-Saxon treasure on display at the museum and the reward money finally on its way, Lance hasn't even found so much as a ring-pull in months. Russell thinks he knows why - it's the Curse of the Gold.
To mark the 40th anniversary of Bohemian Rhapsody, this documentary digs deep into archive to tell the story of Queen as it follows their journey from a struggling band gigging at pubs and colleges to the moment they captured the UK's hearts and minds with what was to become one of - if not the - greatest song of all time.
Queen's formative years have never been explored in such detail. With a wealth of unseen interviews, recently unearthed rushes of Queen's first ever video and outtakes from the recording sessions of Bohemian Rhapsody itself, this is the unique story of early Queen, told by the band themselves.
This documentary completes the final part of the trilogy alongside Days of Our Lives and Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender.
It's simple. It's real. It's raw. It's what happened.
Penelope Keith uncovers the secrets behind some of the BBC's greatest artists and programmes as she delves into the corporation's written archives.
Dr James Fox tells the story of New York in 1951, where the world we know today was born. This was the year when Jackson Pollock brought a new dynamism to American painting, when the dazzling jazz style known as bebop hit its stride and when Jack Kerouac defined the Beat Generation with his book On the Road. It was where a young Marlon Brando took cinema by storm, a dapper Brit named David Ogilvy reinvented advertising and modern television arrived with the triumphant debut of a show called I Love Lucy.
Long before the Beatles there was British rock 'n' roll. Between 1956 and 1960 British youth created a unique copy of a distant and scarce American original whilst most parents, professional jazz men and even the BBC did their level best to snuff it out.
From its first faltering steps as a facsimile of Bill Haley's swing style to the sophistication of self-penned landmarks such as Shakin' All Over and The Sound of Fury, this is the story of how the likes of Lord Rockingham's XI, Vince Taylor and Cliff Richard and The Shadows laid the foundations for an enduring 50-year culture of rock 'n' roll.
Now well into their seventies, the flame still burns strong in the hearts of the original young ones. Featuring Sir Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Bruce Welch, Cherry Wainer and The Quarrymen.
THURSDAY 24 DECEMBER 2015
THU 19:00 ... Sings Disney Songs (b018jpk4)
The BBC takes on the Mouse in a brilliant and sometimes baffling medley of styles and eras blending everything from light entertainment to children's TV, celebrating interpretations of Disney tunes over the last 40 years. The Bare Necessities, When You Wish upon a Star and Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah are standout highlights, with more recent pop hits from Celine Dion and Elton John bringing us up to date. Clips come from archive shows including Shirley Bassey, It's Lulu, Top of the Pops, Blue Peter, Brubeck and Louis Armstrong's Show of the Week.
THU 20:00 All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride (b06t3psw)
In a Slow TV Christmas special, BBC Four rigs a traditional reindeer sleigh with a fixed camera for a magical journey across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Following the path of an ancient postal route, the ride captures the traditional world of the Sami people who are indigenous to northern Scandinavia and for whom reindeer herding remains a way of life.
Filmed in Karasjok, Norway - 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle - this journey takes us through breathtaking scenery not normally glimpsed by anyone other than the Sami. Deliberately unhurried, the rhythmic pace of the reindeer guides us along an epic two-hour trip that takes us over undulating snowy hills, through birch forests, across a frozen lake and past traditional Sami settlements.
Facts about the reindeer, natural history, Sami culture and the Arctic climate are delivered by graphics and archive stills embedded into the passing landscape. With no commentary, music or presenter - just the crunching of snow and the soft tinkle of a reindeer bell - this hypnotic sleigh ride is an enchanting experience to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.
THU 22:00 Top of the Pops (b008ptfg)
Noel Edmonds presents a special Top of the Pops from 1978, with Darts, Abba, Boney M, Brotherhood of Man, Father Abraham, Bee Gees, Brian and Michael, Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, Wings, Showaddywaddy, Rose Royce, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta and Legs and Co.
THU 23:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007894q)
A Special Christmas Edition
Bob and Thelma are determined to enjoy the Christmas festivities to the full. Terry passes his driving test and drives Bob and Thelma to a Christmas party as their minicab driver, and waits for them outside. Inevitably, Terry creates a problem or two for Bob which starts the season off on quite the wrong foot.
THU 23:45 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.
THU 00:45 Top of the Pops (b04wh10g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Monday
THU 01:45 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007894q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 today
THU 02:35 Carols from King's (b04w80ny)
1954: A Festival of Lessons and Carols
Over 60 years ago, the BBC broadcast the first Carols from King's live from the world-famous chapel of the Cambridge university college. The transmission took place at eight o'clock on the evening of December 23rd, sandwiched between the news and an edition of Sportsview in which Brian Johnston reported on England's ultimately successful Ashes tour.
But the 44-minute recital was also recorded and has now been digitally remastered to offer today's audience a unique glimpse into the beginnings of this Christmas institution. Led by the organist and director of music Boris Ord, the concert opens with the now traditional solo of Once in Royal David's City and includes In Dulce Jubilo and While Shepherds Watched, before the equally familiar closing anthem of O Come All Ye Faithful.
THU 03:20 Some People with Jokes (b04w80p3)
Some Santas with Jokes
Father Christmases from across Britain take time out of their busy schedules to share their favourite jokes and get the whole nation going 'ho-ho-ho!'.
FRIDAY 25 DECEMBER 2015
FRI 19:00 The Quizeum (b06ssj6l)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
The final episode in this series has a suitably festive theme. Griff Rhys Jones and his teams of experts - historians Janina Ramirez, Kate Williams and Hallie Rubenhold and ceramics expert Lars Tharp - visit the V&A Museum of Childhood. Originally founded as a museum for the East End area of London, today it houses the largest collection of childhood objects in the UK and will provide a seasonal challenge for Griff and his guests.
FRI 19:30 Carlos Acosta's Carmen: The Farewell Performance (b06t3qkz)
The Royal Ballet's new production of Carmen from the legendary dancer Carlos Acosta, as he makes his retirement from classical dance.
Based on Bizet's much-loved opera, the ballet tells the tale of the sultry Carmen and her seduction of the soldier Don José, whom she eventually betrays in the arms of the handsome toreador Escamillo.
It is a night to remember - after almost 20 years with the company, Acosta is making his final performance on the main stage at Covent Garden.
Presented from the Royal Opera House by Darcey Bussell.
FRI 20:45 The Titfield Thunderbolt (b03mv97b)
Ealing comedy about a group of villagers and their battle to preserve the local railway line by running it themselves, an enterprise that goes well until they are sabotaged in a midnight raid by the rival bus company. Undaunted, they wheel out the Thunderbolt, an ancient exhibit in the village museum. Now all that remains is to put on a satisfactory run for the stickler of a government inspector.
FRI 22:05 Top of the Pops (b06t3ql3)
Tony Blackburn and Noel Edmonds present the Christmas pop charts, originally broadcast in 1975. Featuring performances from Pilot, Ralph McTell, Mud, 10cc, David Essex, Johnny Nash, Guys & Dolls, the Tymes, Tammy Wynette, the Bay City Rollers, Telly Savalas, Art Garfunkel, the Stylistics and CCS, plus a dance performance from Pan's People.
FRI 22:55 Top of the Pops (b04wh10g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Monday
FRI 00:00 Detectorists (b06tdq5d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Wednesday
FRI 00:30 The Joy of the Single (b01nzchs)
Do you remember buying your first single? Where you bought it? What it was? The thrill of playing it for the first time? What it sounded like? How it maybe changed your life? Lots of us do. Lots of us still have that single somewhere in a dusty box in the attic, along with other treasured memorabilia of an adolescence lost in music and romance. The attic of our youth.
The Joy of the Single is a documentary packed with startling memories, vivid images and penetrating insights into the power of pop and rock's first and most abiding artefact - the seven-inch, vinyl 45-rpm record, a small, perfectly formed object that seems to miraculously contain the hopes, fears, sounds and experiences of our different generations - all within the spiralling groove etched on its shiny black surface, labelled and gift-wrapped by an industry also in its thrall.
In the confident hands of a star-studded cast, the film spins a tale of obsession, addiction, dedication and desire. The viewer is invited on a journey of celebration from the 1950s rock 'n' roll generation to the download kids of today, taking in classic singles from all manner of artists in each decade - from the smell of vinyl to the delights of the record label, from the importance of the record shop to the bittersweet brevity of the song itself, from stacking singles on a Dansette spindle to dropping the needle and thrilling to the intro.
Featuring contributions from Noddy Holder, Jack White, Richard Hawley, Suzi Quatro, Holly Johnson, Jimmy Webb, Pete Waterman, Norah Jones, Mike Batt, Graham Gouldman, Miranda Sawyer, Norman Cook, Trevor Horn, Neil Sedaka, Paul Morley, Rob Davies, Lavinia Greenlaw, Brian Wilson and Mike Love.
FRI 01:30 Top of the Pops (b01ppl1x)
A Christmas Cracker
A selection of hit Christmas songs from yesteryear.
FRI 01:40 Top of the Pops (b06t3ql3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:05 today
FRI 02:30 Carlos Acosta's Carmen: The Farewell Performance (b06t3qkz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)
... Sings Disney Songs 19:00 THU (b018jpk4)
10 Things You Didn't Know About... 23:00 SAT (b008s99l)
10 Things You Didn't Know About... 00:00 SAT (b008pr87)
10 Things You Didn't Know About... 22:00 TUE (b008vrwk)
50s Britannia 01:30 WED (b01sgbw2)
All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride 20:00 THU (b06t3psw)
BBC: The Secret Files 23:30 WED (b06455ch)
Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain with Simon Sebag Montefiore 19:00 SUN (b06s5x0t)
Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain with Simon Sebag Montefiore 21:00 TUE (b06ssjfk)
Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain with Simon Sebag Montefiore 02:40 TUE (b06ssjfk)
Blue Peter 20:10 MON (b01hz6n0)
Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities 01:00 MON (b04f83xq)
Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities 01:40 TUE (b04fmg8j)
Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities 00:30 WED (b04gbdww)
Britain's Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to the Banned 23:45 THU (b048wwlk)
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live from the River Tour 1980 23:55 SUN (b06t3kpx)
Bruce Springsteen: The Ties That Bind 23:00 SUN (b06s71sv)
Carlos Acosta's Carmen: The Farewell Performance 19:30 FRI (b06t3qkz)
Carlos Acosta's Carmen: The Farewell Performance 02:30 FRI (b06t3qkz)
Carols from King's 02:35 THU (b04w80ny)
Children Talking 19:00 MON (b06tq9s5)
Children Talking 19:00 TUE (b06tqbky)
Children Talking 19:00 WED (b06tqd7l)
Cilla at the BBC 00:00 MON (b067543w)
Detectorists 22:00 WED (b06tdq5d)
Detectorists 02:30 WED (b06tdq5d)
Detectorists 00:00 FRI (b06tdq5d)
Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World 19:00 SAT (b00qlmcq)
From Andy Pandy to Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children's Television 21:00 MON (b06t3mhm)
From Andy Pandy to Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children's Television 03:00 MON (b06t3mhm)
Grange Hill 20:35 MON (b06th2c8)
Horizon 01:00 SAT (b05527mp)
Ian Hislop Goes off the Rails 02:00 SAT (b00drtpj)
John Craven's Newsround 20:00 MON (b06t3mhj)
London to Brighton Side by Side 19:30 MON (b00f2zxt)
Mumbai High: The Musical 23:00 MON (p02z82jn)
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark 21:00 SUN (b0446mwz)
Play School 19:35 MON (b06t3mhg)
Queen: From Rags to Rhapsody 22:30 WED (b06s76l4)
Rome's Invisible City 21:00 WED (b05xxl4t)
Rome's Invisible City 03:00 WED (b05xxl4t)
Secret Knowledge 22:30 SUN (b05wps6k)
Some People with Jokes 03:20 THU (b04w80p3)
Swarm: Nature's Incredible Invasions 20:00 TUE (b00gq43y)
Swarm: Nature's Incredible Invasions 00:40 TUE (b00gq43y)
Tales of Winter: The Art of Snow and Ice 01:55 SUN (b01q6qj6)
The Bridge 21:00 SAT (b06ppkv0)
The Bridge 22:00 SAT (b06pq3wf)
The Fir Tree 19:30 TUE (b03mv09c)
The Fisherman's Apprentice with Monty Halls 02:00 MON (b01fnhv9)
The Golden Age of Steam Railways 20:00 SAT (b01pdsy6)
The Golden Age of Steam Railways 03:00 SAT (b01pdsy6)
The Joy of the Single 00:30 FRI (b01nzchs)
The Lady Vanishes 19:30 WED (b0078kyh)
The Quizeum 19:00 FRI (b06ssj6l)
The Third Man 23:00 TUE (b0074qmr)
The Titfield Thunderbolt 20:45 FRI (b03mv97b)
Top of the Pops 22:00 MON (b04wh10g)
Top of the Pops 22:00 THU (b008ptfg)
Top of the Pops 00:45 THU (b04wh10g)
Top of the Pops 22:05 FRI (b06t3ql3)
Top of the Pops 22:55 FRI (b04wh10g)
Top of the Pops 01:30 FRI (b01ppl1x)
Top of the Pops 01:40 FRI (b06t3ql3)
Westminster Abbey 20:00 SUN (b01p694q)
Westminster Abbey 00:55 SUN (b01p694q)
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 23:00 THU (b007894q)
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 01:45 THU (b007894q)