As President Trump takes office, Christian Fraser in Westminster and Michelle Fleury in Washington report on the events that are shaping our world.
Martha Kearney walks in the footsteps of a 19th-century artist and geologist who spent his life charting the landscape, people and buildings of Ireland. She retraces the journey of George Victor Du Noyer, whose 35-year odyssey left a unique record of how Ireland looked during a period of great change.
In her final journey, Martha hits the spiritual trail, starting with the Blasket Islands off the coast of Kerry. In the Dingle Peninsula, Du Noyer discovered clochans - stone beehive huts. Martha heads north on a spiritual trail, taking in the islands of the Fermanagh Lakelands - White Island, Boa Island and the renowned Station Island.
We all love a good quiz. So here's a question - when did ordinary contestants turn into the pro-quizzers of today? Giving the answers are Victoria Coren Mitchell, Judith Keppel, Chris Tarrant, Mark Labbett, Nicholas Parsons and many more. Narrated by Ben Miller.
Dan Cruickshank follows in the footsteps of John Stow and John Strype, two of London's greatest chroniclers, to explore one of the most dramatic centuries in the history of London.
The 17th century saw London plunged into a series of devastating disasters. The Civil War, a murderous plague and the destruction that was the great fire should have seen the small medieval city all but destroyed. Yet somehow, London not only survived but emerged as one of the wealthiest and most influential cities in Europe.
Using two remarkable surveys written at either end of this momentous century, Dan discovers how a unique combination of innovation, ambition and sheer spirit of enterprise saw Londoners thrive. His journey reveals the twists and turns of a century that laid the foundations of one of the most important cities on the planet.
Following the recent death of musician Brian Pern and in a change to the scheduled programme, award-winning film-maker Rhys Thomas OBE presents an exclusive, cobbled-together tribute to the star with whoever he could get hold of at short notice. Including friends, lovers, fans and his dentist.
As further tribute to Brian Pern who died last month, Brian Pern Night continues with Brian Pern at the BBC, featuring some of the musician's greatest Top of the Pops performances with some poorly written captions underneath.
Professor Alice Roberts with the very best in British archaeology 2016 - filmed by the archaeologists themselves, straight from the trenches, so you can see each exciting discovery as it happens. The teams then bring their best finds - from skeletons to treasure - back to the Digging for Britain lab, to examine them with Alice and reveal how they are changing the story of Britain.
Finds include: new revelations from 'Britain's Pompeii' - the 3,000-year-old perfectly preserved village in Cambridgeshire - including how our Bronze Age ancestors designed their homes, and their kitchens packed with food and equipment; the theatre where Shakespeare premiered Romeo and Juliet and Henry V, complete with sound effect props and evidence that Shakespeare's original audience was much rowdier than you might expect; evidence that we may have finally found the location of the Battle of Barnet, the famous Wars of the Roses site where Edward IV defeated Warwick the Kingmaker in a bloody battle that would eventually bring the Tudor dynasty to England's throne.
Classicist Dr Michael Scott uncovers the strange, alien world of the ancient Greeks, exploring the lives of the people who gave us democracy, architecture, philosophy, language, literature and sport.
Travelling across Greece today, Michael visits ancient cities and battlefields, great ruins and wild countryside, all in his search to uncover how the ancient Greeks thought and lived. What he finds is that ancient Greece was a seething tornado of strange, unsettling and downright outrageous customs and beliefs, inhabited by a people who could be as brutal as they were brilliant.
As the Industrial Revolution promised more and more inexplicable wonders of the modern world, Gothic art and literature became both backward and forward looking. In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley warned of the dangers of how science could get out of control, while Sir Giles Gilbert Scott used Gothic architecture to memorialise Prince Albert as a medieval hero. Meanwhile, poets indulged in hallucinatory drugs to reach new Gothic heights. Where would it all end?
THURSDAY 30 MARCH 2017
THU 19:00 100 Days (b08kgjfh)
As President Trump takes office, Christian Fraser in London and Michelle Fleury in Washington report on the events that are shaping our world.
THU 19:30 Top of the Pops (b08kvpvx)
Richard Skinner and Tommy Vance present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 30 June 1983. Featuring Shalamar, Nick Heyward, Irene Cara, Paul Young, Tom Robinson, Bucks Fizz and Rod Stewart.
THU 20:00 Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? (b00lc71z)
In the 1530s, King Henry VIII was at a crossroads. In his desperation for a new wife and an heir he had broken with Rome, divorced Catherine of Aragon and married Anne Boleyn. Isolated and vulnerable, he needed a powerful new image as head of church and state.
In the second of a two-part documentary, architectural historian Jonathan Foyle looks for clues in the king's art to glimpse what was going on inside his head as he faced his darkest days.
THU 21:00 The Golden Age of Steam Railways (b01pdsy6)
For more than 100 years steam trains ran Britain, but when steam started to disappear in the 1950s bands of volunteers got together to save some of the tracks and the steam engines that ran on them. Some of these enthusiasts filmed their exploits and the home movies they shot tell the story of how they did it, and how they helped people to reconnect to a world of steam most thought had been lost forever.
THU 22:00 Flying Scotsman: Sounds from the Footplate (b087k5rf)
Another chance to enjoy the view from the driving seat of the world's most famous steam locomotive as Flying Scotsman travels the length of the Severn Valley Railway.
Special 'cab cameras' and microphones capture all the action from the footplate - this time without commentary. Viewers can appreciate the evocative sound of steam transportation as this magnificent engine attracts crowds from far and wide.
Veteran driver Roger Norfolk and fireman Ryan Green guide Scotsman on the leisurely journey through the countryside of the English midlands, from Bridgnorth in Shropshire to Kidderminster in Worcestershire. Hundreds of enthusiasts also watch and wave from platforms, bridges and surrounding fields.
THU 23:00 Natural World (b00wwbm4)
Butterflies: A Very British Obsession
Wildlife documentary featuring the fascinating lives of Britain's beautiful butterflies filmed in exquisite detail, and also a celebration of their enduring appeal to the British people. Butterfly-costumed carnival-goers dance at Notting Hill, street artist Nick Walker uses their image to brighten bare city walls, burlesque dancer Vicky Butterfly recreates butterfly dances, and women reveal their butterfly tattoos at Britain's biggest tattoo convention.
Britain's butterflies have never been so threatened, three-quarters are in decline - but do they still have a message for us? A search for butterflies leads to some of the most beautiful parts of Britain. It opens up the intriguing possibility that a passion for butterflies could help us preserve the landscapes that we love.
THU 00:00 Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues (b06rfl46)
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THU 01:00 Top of the Pops (b08kvpvx)
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THU 01:35 Storyville (b01nyz3p)
From the Sea to the Land Beyond: Britain's Coast on Film
Made from over 100 years of BFI archive footage, From the Sea to the Land Beyond offers a poetic meditation on Britain's unique coastline and the role it plays in our lives. With a soundtrack specially created by Brighton-based band British Sea Power, award-winning director Penny Woolcock's film offers moving testimony to our relationship to the coast - during wartime, on our holidays and as a hive of activity during the industrial age.
THU 02:50 Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? (b00lc71z)
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FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017
FRI 19:00 World News Today (b08kgjfn)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.
FRI 19:30 Top of the Pops (b08kvpwj)
John Peel and David Jensen present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 7 July 1983. Featuring Roman Holliday, Freeez, The Cure, Funk Masters and Jimmy the Hoover.
FRI 20:00 BBC Young Dancer (b08kgywv)
The series continues with the ballet final as five more hopefuls compete for the category title at The Lowry in Salford. Presented by Anita Rani, the competition is open to dancers aged 16-21 across four categories - ballet, contemporary, street dance and South Asian dance.
Judging the final is a panel of leading dance experts - Deborah Bull, former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, Matz Skoog, former artistic director of English National Ballet, and Shobana Jeyasingh, critically acclaimed choreographer and founder of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance company.
For one of the dancers a place in the grand final awaits, with the opportunity to dance on the main stage at Sadler's Wells.
The finalists are: Ryan Felix, Jade Wallace, Rhys Antoni Yeomans, Uyu Hiromoto and Oscar Ward.
FRI 21:00 Top of the Pops (b00zwrn5)
1964 to 1975 - Big Hits
1964 saw the birth of a very British institution. Spanning over four decades, Top of the Pops has produced many classic moments in pop culture.
Digging deep within the darkest depths of the BBC's archive, this compilation offers some memorable performances from 1964 through to 1975 from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Status Quo, Procol Harum, Stevie Wonder, Queen and The Kinks, and opens the vintage vaults to rare performances from Stealers Wheel, Julie Driscoll, Peter Sarstedt and The Seekers.
So sit back and witness once again where music met television.
FRI 22:30 Top of the Pops (b018zv8d)
1977 - Big Hits
The celebration of Top of the Pops 1977 continues with a selection of outstanding complete archive performances from Britain's silver jubilee year. 1977 was dominated by funk and punk, with Heatwave's Boogie Nights and The Stranglers' No More Heroes in the top ten. Classic top of the charts hits included Baccara's Yes Sir, I Can Boogie and Angelo by Brotherhood of Man. Some of the enduring heroes to take to the stage that year were David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Queen and Elvis Costello, with rare studio performances from The Jacksons and Bob Marley & The Wailers.
FRI 23:30 Top of the Pops (b01pkjy6)
The Story of 1978
In 1978, Top of the Pops began to turn the credibility corner. As the only major pop show on television, Top of the Pops had enjoyed a unique position in the nation's hearts since the 1960s - the nation's teenagers who were now fed up with the show's predominantly light entertainment blend still tuned in every week in the hope of seeing one of the new young outfits thrown up by punk, new wave and disco. In 1978 it seemed the kids' time had come again for the first time since glam rock. Yet the biggest-selling singles of 1978 were by the likes of Boney M, John Travolta & Olivia Newton John, Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees and Abba.
Punk never quite fitted in with the mainstream - it had been treated with disdain by Top of the Pops and largely ignored by the show. Britain's teenagers had to endure the all-round family entertainment on offer when all they wanted was teenage kicks. Along came a generation of young post-punk and new wave bands armed with guitar and bass, ready to storm the Top of the Pops stage - from The Undertones, The Buzzcocks, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Skids and Ian Dury and the Blockheads to The Boomtown Rats, Elvis Costello, The Jam and Squeeze - some weeks teenagers would get to see one of their bands, very rarely they got two, but there they were on primetime TV.
With contributions from The Boomtown Rats, Squeeze, Boney M, Sham 69, Brian & Michael, The Barron Knights, Mike Read, Kid Jensen, Kathryn Flett, Richard Jobson, Ian Gittins and Legs & Co.
FRI 00:20 Top of the Pops (b01pmbdy)
1978 - Big Hits
A pick 'n' mix of Top of the Pops classics from 1978, when in-yer-face punk and new wave rebellion co-existed with MOR suburban pop, disco fever, soul balladry, reggae and prog rock, and when two mega-successful movie soundtracks in the shape of Grease and Saturday Night Fever squared up on the dancefloor. Featuring shouty Sham 69, the cool rebellion of Ian Dury, Elvis Costello and Blondie, the media-savvy clowning of The Boomtown Rats, Kate Bush's debut with Wuthering Heights, alongside Brotherhood of Man's perky Figaro, Dan Hill's sentimental Sometimes When We Touch and the high camp of Boney M's Rasputin. Bob Marley shares chart space with 10cc's Dreadlock Holiday, and ELO and Manfred Mann's Earth Band keep on rockin'.
FRI 01:20 Top of the Pops (b08kvpwj)
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FRI 02:00 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 03:00 Top of the Pops (b018zv8d)
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100 Days 19:00 MON (b08kgjdw)
100 Days 19:00 TUE (b08kgjf1)
100 Days 19:00 WED (b08kgjf6)
100 Days 19:00 THU (b08kgjfh)
1066: A Year to Conquer England 20:00 TUE (b08h7zsb)
1066: A Year to Conquer England 01:00 WED (b08h7zsb)
6 Music Festival 21:00 SUN (b08kvtrw)
Alan Johnson: The Post Office and Me 00:00 TUE (b06g5g5f)
BBC Young Dancer 20:00 FRI (b08kgywv)
Big in America: British Hits in the USA 03:20 SAT (b01bywsr)
Blondie's New York... and the Making of Parallel Lines 02:30 SAT (b04fmgkb)
Blondie: One Way or Another 00:15 SAT (b0074thn)
Brian Pern 22:00 WED (b08kz93t)
Brian Pern 22:40 WED (b08l35nb)
Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues 19:00 SAT (b06rfl46)
Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues 00:00 THU (b06rfl46)
Crash and Burn 21:00 MON (b08jqfqx)
Crash and Burn 03:00 WED (b08jqfqx)
Digging for Britain 23:00 WED (b0864zvq)
Flying Scotsman: Sounds from the Footplate 22:00 THU (b087k5rf)
Follow the Money 21:00 SAT (b08g8953)
Follow the Money 22:00 SAT (b08h49ly)
Gravity and Me: The Force That Shapes Our Lives 21:00 TUE (b08kgv7f)
Gravity and Me: The Force That Shapes Our Lives 02:00 TUE (b08kgv7f)
Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney 19:30 MON (b05n8tlg)
Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney 19:30 TUE (b05nyhq4)
Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney 19:30 WED (b05q19lj)
Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? 20:00 THU (b00lc71z)
Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? 02:50 THU (b00lc71z)
Horizon 01:20 MON (b03wcchn)
How Quizzing Got Cool: TV's Brains of Britain 20:00 WED (b084fs6s)
How to Get Ahead 02:30 SUN (b03yfwk1)
Inside Porton Down: Britain's Secret Weapons Research Facility 00:20 MON (b07hx40t)
London: A Tale of Two Cities with Dan Cruickshank 21:00 WED (p00r36lv)
Natural World 23:00 THU (b00wwbm4)
Oceans 23:20 MON (b00fzbf7)
POP! The Science of Bubbles 01:00 TUE (b01rtdy6)
Racing Legends 20:00 MON (b04zr46v)
Revolution and Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th Century 19:00 SUN (b07g9q4w)
Sounds of the Eighties 04:20 SAT (b0074sll)
Storyville 22:00 MON (b08kgtbv)
Storyville 02:20 MON (b08kgtbv)
Storyville 01:35 THU (b01nyz3p)
Stunning Soloists at the BBC 20:00 SUN (b08kgqy0)
Tank Men 01:00 SUN (b07tbzgx)
Television's Opening Night: How the Box Was Born 22:30 TUE (b0817s4g)
The Art of Gothic: Britain's Midnight Hour 02:00 WED (b04n1mrb)
The Century That Wrote Itself 01:30 SUN (b01rxpdn)
The Golden Age of Steam Railways 21:00 THU (b01pdsy6)
The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse 22:30 SUN (b00x9b7w)
Timewatch 20:00 SAT (b00fg9hw)
Timewatch 00:00 SUN (b00fg9hw)
Top of the Pops 23:00 SAT (b08k50f2)
Top of the Pops 23:40 SAT (b08k52y1)
Top of the Pops 19:30 THU (b08kvpvx)
Top of the Pops 01:00 THU (b08kvpvx)
Top of the Pops 19:30 FRI (b08kvpwj)
Top of the Pops 21:00 FRI (b00zwrn5)
Top of the Pops 22:30 FRI (b018zv8d)
Top of the Pops 23:30 FRI (b01pkjy6)
Top of the Pops 00:20 FRI (b01pmbdy)
Top of the Pops 01:20 FRI (b08kvpwj)
Top of the Pops 02:00 FRI (b03mpphw)
Top of the Pops 03:00 FRI (b018zv8d)
Who Were the Greeks? 00:00 WED (b036b0yl)
World News Today 19:00 FRI (b08kgjfn)