Petroc Trelawny and American soprano Angel Blue present highlights from the second round of the world's leading opera singing competition. St David's Hall welcomes singers from Italy, Mongolia, Belgium and South Korea as well as home favourite Welsh mezzo Sioned Gwyn Davies. Petroc is joined by Cardiff-born soprano Rosemary Joshua and Cardiff Singer regular, vocal coach Mary King who are on hand to provide expert opinion on the evening's performances. The singers are accompanied by the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera conducted by Tomas Hanus.
Singer and comedienne Gracie Fields from Rochdale was the nation's darling. Beginning on the cusp of World War II and at the phenomenal peak of her career, this heart-breaking love story tells of Gracie's relationship with Italian-born Hollywood director Monty Banks and its staggering repercussions.
Another chance to see the 1977 Michael Parkinson interview with Sir John Betjeman and Gracie Fields.
In the late 1830s, the railways arrived in London and linked the capital to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. This was the start of a truly national network - and one of the greatest civil engineering projects in history.
The spread of the railways triggered a mania across Britain. Railway tycoons like Samuel Morton Peto and George Hudson made fortunes as the stock markets boomed around these new developments. Yet the bubble burst in 1847 and shares plummeted. Thousands of ordinary shareholders filled the bankruptcy courts. However as Dan Snow reveals, the legacy of the mania was an incredible rail network for 19th-century Britain and a revolution in the way people lived.
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is arguably the most important album in the mind-blowing career of David Bowie. Released in 1972, it's the record that set the mercurial musician on course to becoming one of the best-known pop stars on the planet. In just over a year, Bowie's messianic Martian invaded the minds of the nation's youth with a killer combination of extraterrestrial rock 'n' roll and outrageous sexuality, all delivered in high-heeled boots, multicoloured dresses and extravagant make-up. In Bowie's own words, Ziggy was 'a cross between Nijinsky and Woolworths', but this unlikely culture clash worked - Ziggy turned Bowie into stardust.
This documentary tells the story of how Bowie arrived at one of the most iconic creations in the history of pop music. The songs, the hairstyles, the fashion and the theatrical stage presentation merged together to turn David Bowie into the biggest craze since the Beatles. Ziggy's instant success gave the impression that he was the perfectly planned pop star. But, as the film reveals, it had been a momentous struggle for David Bowie to hit on just the right formula that would take him to the top.
Narrated by fan Jarvis Cocker, it reveals Bowie's mission to the stars through the musicians and colleagues who helped him in his unwavering quest for fame - a musical voyage that led Bowie to doubt his true identity, eventually forcing the sudden demise of his alien alter ego, Ziggy.
Contributors include Trevor Bolder (bass player, Spiders from Mars), Woody Woodmansey (drummer, Spider from Mars), Mike Garson (Spiders' keyboardist), Suzi Ronson (Mick Ronson's widow, who gave Bowie that haircut), Ken Scott (producer), Elton John (contemporary and fan), Lindsay Kemp (Bowie's mime teacher), Leee Black Childers (worked for Mainman, Bowie's production company), Cherry Vanilla (Bowie's PA/press officer), George Underwood (Bowie's friend), Mick Rock (Ziggy's official photographer), Steve Harley, Marc Almond, Holly Johnson, Peter Hook, Jon Savage, Peter Doggett and Dylan Jones.
400 years of art history in 90 minutes? This film takes an eclectic group of people from all walks of life, including artists, critics and academics, out into the countryside to take a look at how we have depicted our landscape in art, discovering how the genre carried British painting to its highest eminence and won a place in the nation's heart.
From Flemish beginnings in the court of Charles I to the digital thumbstrokes of David Hockney's iPad, the paintings reveal as much about the nation's past as they do the patrons and artists who created them. Famous names sit alongside lesser-known works, covering everything from the refined sensibilities of 18th-century Classicism to the abstract forms of the war-torn 20th century with a bit of love, loss, rivalry and rioting thrown in.
Contributions come from a cast as diverse as the works themselves, including filmmaker Nic Roeg, historian Dan Snow and novelist Will Self, who offer a refreshingly wide range of perspectives on a genre of art which we have made very much our own.
THURSDAY 15 JUNE 2017
THU 19:00 100 Days+ (b08tnnkv)
As President Trump takes office, Katty Kay in Washington and Christian Fraser in London report on the events that are shaping our world.
THU 19:30 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (b08vg0sx)
The search continues for the world's next opera star as five more young singers compete to be become BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Petroc Trelawny and American soprano Angel Blue are at St David's Hall in Cardiff to guide us through the highlights of the performances by singers from England, South Africa, Ukraine, Turkey and the USA. Vocal coach and Cardiff Singer regular Mary King and South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo, who picked up the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Audience Prize in 2007, are on hand to give their views on the performances. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is conducted by Thomas Sondergard.
THU 21:00 Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands (p02n9v33)
The central island of Honshu is home to over 100 million people, and its biggest city, Tokyo, is one of the largest urban metropolises on earth. But it has a wild heart - most of Honshu is mountainous.
This wilderness is home to an astonishing range of wildlife - black bears, monkeys, exquisite fireflies and even cow demons. But all across this island, from the mountains to the edge of the sea, people and nature are drawn together in the most unexpected ways.
THU 22:00 Timeshift (b04z23k9)
Battle for the Himalayas: The Fight to Film Everest
Between the 1920s and the 1960s the world's great powers sent vast military-style expeditions to conquer the peaks of the Himalayas, with Everest at their head. This was a great game played - camera in hand - by Imperial Britain, Nazi Germany and superpower America. As a result, Himalayan mountaineering's most iconic, epic and tragic moments didn't just go down in history, but were caught on film - from the deaths of Mallory and Irvine on Everest in 1924, to Everest's final conquest in 1953 by Hillary and Tensing. Using footage never before seen on British television, this is the story how of how film-makers turned the great peaks into great propaganda.
THU 23:00 The Sky at Night (b08v8ckz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Sunday
THU 23:30 Planet Oil: The Treasure That Conquered the World (b053gf85)
By the early 1950s, a holy trinity of oil, plastics and fertilisers had transformed the planet. But as Professor Iain Stewart reveals, when the oil-producing countries demanded a greater share in profits from the western energy companies, the oil and gas fields of the Middle East became a focus for coup d'etats and military conflict.
In the North Sea, Prof Stewart recalls the race against time to find alternative supplies in the shallow, but turbulent waters both here and in America's Gulf coast.
The offshore discoveries in the 1970s proved to be a game changer. It marked an engineering revolution, the moment when 'difficult' oil and gas (previously unviable sources) could be commercially produced from the ocean depths. It was the moment when Western Europe and the US finally unshackled themselves from their 20th-century energy security nightmare.
THU 00:30 Agnetha: ABBA and After (b02x9zwc)
In this documentary, the BBC have exclusive access to Agnetha Faltskog, 'The Girl with the Golden Hair' as the song goes, celebrating her extraordinary singing career which began in the mid-60s when she was just 15. Within just two years, she was a singing sensation at the top of the charts in Sweden.
Along came husband Bjorn Ulvaeus and the phenomenal band ABBA that engulfed the world in the 70s, featuring Agnetha's touching voice and striking looks. Agnetha lacked confidence on stage as the global demand for the group grew and grew, while being away from her young children caused her great turmoil.
With special behind-the-scenes access to the making of her comeback album, the film follows this reluctant star - the subject of much tabloid speculation since she retreated from the stage post-ABBA - as she returns to recording aged 63. Included in the film is her first meeting with Gary Barlow, who contributes a duet to the new album.
The programme features interviews with Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Gary Barlow, Tony Blackburn, Sir Tim Rice and record producers Peter Nordahl and Jorgen Elofsson.
THU 01:30 ABBA at the BBC (b03lyzpr)
If you fancy an hour's worth of irresistible guilty pleasures from Anni-Frid, Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha, this is the programme for you. ABBA stormed the 1974 Eurovision song contest with their winning entry Waterloo, and this programme charts the meteoric rise of the band with some of their greatest performances at the BBC.
It begins in 1974 with their first Top of the Pops appearance, and we even get to see the band entertaining holidaymakers in Torbay in a 1975 Seaside Special. There are many classic ABBA tunes from the 1979 BBC special ABBA in Switzerland, plus their final BBC appearance on the Late Late Breakfast show in 1982.
This compilation is a must for all fans and includes great archive interviews, promos and performances of some of ABBA's classics including Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, Thank You for the Music, SOS, Fernando, Chiquitita and many more.
THU 02:30 Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands (p02n9v33)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
FRIDAY 16 JUNE 2017
FRI 19:00 World News Today (b08tnnlz)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.
FRI 19:30 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (b08vg0wk)
Petroc Trelawny and Amercian soprano Angel Blue present highlights from the final round of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017. Singers from Armenia, England, Scotland, Uzbekistan and Australia perform arias by composers including Handel, Massenet and Gounod. The winner of this round will join the three previous night's winners in the Grand Final. The international jury will also select a wildcard chosen from across all four rounds to complete the line-up. Providing in-depth analysis of the evening's performances are leading British soprano Joan Rodgers and vocal coach Mary King. The Orchestra of Welsh National Opera is conducted by Tomas Hanus.
FRI 21:00 The Summer of Love: How Hippies Changed the World (b08tr64x)
The second episode explores how the Summer of Love of 1967 set in motion an era of social upheaval that pitted America's youth against its elders and how the American government responded with a series of brutal crackdowns. The hippies failed politically, but their cultural influence changed the world. Everything from the environmental movement to the explosion in alternative health practices to the birth of feminism all grew out of this moment. And most surprising of all, we trace how hippie ideas first imagined on LSD went on to shape the information age itself.
FRI 22:00 Pink Floyd Beginnings 1967-1972 (b0803q78)
Pink Floyd released their first single in 1967, and as their popularity around the world grew, they increasingly travelled outside the UK to perform live shows and make TV appearances. After The Dark Side of the Moon became a global smash, the band concentrated on the creative freedom of live performance, leaving the world of TV behind, but now, after painstaking research, tapes of those early historic appearances have been tracked down and compiled into a fascinating hour of early Pink Floyd.
With frontman Syd Barrett, they perform Astronomy Domine and Jugband Blues, and after Syd's departure, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason can be seen playing a full range of their eclectic material, from out and out pop in It Would Be So Nice, through instrumental improvisations, collaboration with choir and orchestra on Atom Heart Mother and enduring rock material like Wot's... Uh the Deal.
Beginnings 1967-1972 tracks the fascinating gestation of one of the world's most creative and heralded groups in the less well-known period that preceded the triumphs of The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall.
FRI 23:00 Classic Albums (b07ljcxf)
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
This edition of the series celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Brian Wilson's masterpiece, The Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds. Wilson and the surviving members of The Beach Boys - Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks - guide us through the writing and recording of the landmark album that is consistently voted one of the top three most influential albums of all time.
Featuring exclusive interviews, classic archive and rare studio outtakes from the recording sessions, the film tells the story of the creation of the record that cemented The Beach Boys' reputation as a leading force to rival The Beatles, and Brian Wilson as a songwriting genius.
FRI 00:00 Status Quo: Live and Acoustic (b052yq1f)
Throughout Status Quo's six decades of rockin' and double denim, they have notched up 65 hit singles, sold over 100m records worldwide and have spent 415 weeks in the British singles chart, so it's no wonder Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt were awarded OBEs in 2010 for their services to music. And now, in a rare departure from their usual heads-down and boogie approach, they've gone acoustic!
Autumn 2014 saw the release of their 31st studio album and, in a complete departure from their usual rock sound, they transformed many of their legendary songs into acoustic, stripped-down versions. To celebrate this unique enterprise, they then performed many of the songs live at north London's legendary Roundhouse. Sitting down!
This concert features many of their classic tracks including Pictures of Matchstick Men, Down Down, What You're Proposing, Whatever You Want, Marguerita Time, Rockin' All Over the World and many more, performed with a string section, percussion, accordion, backing vocals and a front line of five acoustic guitars. Throughout the show Francis and Rick reminisce about taking this bold step and remind us of some of the stories behind some of their classic songs.
FRI 01:00 The Summer of Love: How Hippies Changed the World (b08tr64x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
FRI 02:00 Pink Floyd Beginnings 1967-1972 (b0803q78)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today
FRI 03:00 Totally 60s Psychedelic Rock at the BBC (b06jp24d)
A compilation from the depths of the BBC archive of the creme de la creme of 1960s British psychedelic rock from programmes such as Colour Me Pop, How It Is, Top of the Pops and Once More with Felix.
Featuring pre-rocker era Status Quo, a rustic-looking Incredible String Band, a youthful Donovan, a suitably eccentric performance from The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, a trippy routine from Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity, a groovy tune from The Moody Blues, a raucous rendition by Joe Cocker of his version of With a Little Help From My Friends and some pre-Wizzard Roy Wood with The Move.
Plus classic performances from the likes of Procol Harum, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and The Who.
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)
100 Days+ 19:00 MON (b08tnnj4)
100 Days+ 19:00 TUE (b08tnnjd)
100 Days+ 19:00 THU (b08tnnkv)
A Day in the Life of Andy Warhol 23:00 TUE (b067fw3w)
ABBA at the BBC 01:30 THU (b03lyzpr)
Agnetha: ABBA and After 00:30 THU (b02x9zwc)
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 19:30 TUE (p04xk69m)
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 19:30 WED (b08vg014)
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 19:30 THU (b08vg0sx)
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 19:30 FRI (b08vg0wk)
BBC News Special 19:00 WED (b08wx8nn)
Britain's Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to the Banned 00:10 SAT (b048wwlk)
Britain's Star Men: Heroes of Astronomy 22:30 SUN (b07xjh6z)
Britain's Star Men: Heroes of Astronomy 02:30 SUN (b07xjh6z)
Britain's Star Men: Heroes of Astronomy 01:20 WED (b07xjh6z)
Cardinal 21:00 SAT (b08d9p35)
Cardinal 21:40 SAT (b08f2zkr)
Classic Albums 23:00 FRI (b07ljcxf)
David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust 00:20 WED (b01k0y0n)
Engineering Giants 01:30 SUN (b01llr67)
Forest, Field & Sky: Art out of Nature 01:00 TUE (b079ckkf)
Francesco's Italy: Top to Toe 23:30 MON (b0079238)
Gracie! 21:00 WED (b00p1p41)
Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 MON (b04ynzz1)
Handmade in Japan 22:00 MON (b08v8gxl)
Handmade in Japan 02:30 MON (b08v8gxl)
Horizon: 40 Years on the Moon 23:30 SUN (b00llgs8)
Horizon 21:00 SUN (b05527mp)
How to Build a Cathedral 02:00 TUE (b00b09rb)
Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands 21:00 THU (p02n9v33)
Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands 02:30 THU (p02n9v33)
Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways 23:20 WED (b01q7brf)
Majesty and Mortar: Britain's Great Palaces 00:30 MON (b046w5c1)
Meat Loaf: In and out of Hell 02:10 SAT (b04xdrrb)
Metal at the BBC 23:40 SAT (b00r600p)
Metal at the BBC 03:10 SAT (b00r600p)
More Dangerous Songs: And the Banned Played On 01:10 SAT (b048wwpz)
Natural World 19:00 SAT (b01ntt8p)
Natural World 22:00 TUE (b01ntt8p)
Nature's Great Events 20:00 SAT (b00j1bhw)
Nature's Great Events 00:30 SUN (b00j1bhw)
Nigel Slater: Life Is Sweets 19:00 SUN (p00y4hd1)
Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines 20:00 MON (p01f51z4)
Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines 01:30 MON (p01f51z4)
Parkinson 22:15 WED (b08v8tg0)
Pink Floyd Beginnings 1967-1972 22:00 FRI (b0803q78)
Pink Floyd Beginnings 1967-1972 02:00 FRI (b0803q78)
Planet Oil: The Treasure That Conquered the World 23:30 THU (b053gf85)
Ryan Gander: The Idea of Japan 21:00 TUE (b08v8jd1)
Ryan Gander: The Idea of Japan 03:00 TUE (b08v8jd1)
Status Quo: Live and Acoustic 00:00 FRI (b052yq1f)
The Art of Japanese Life 21:00 MON (b08v8gxj)
The Art of Japanese Life 03:00 MON (b08v8gxj)
The Magic of Mushrooms 00:00 TUE (b041m6fh)
The Riviera: A History in Pictures 22:30 MON (b01pwtvf)
The Secret Life of the Motorway 20:00 SUN (b007xmdn)
The Sky at Night 22:00 SUN (b08v8ckz)
The Sky at Night 23:00 THU (b08v8ckz)
The Summer of Love: How Hippies Changed the World 21:00 FRI (b08tr64x)
The Summer of Love: How Hippies Changed the World 01:00 FRI (b08tr64x)
This Green and Pleasant Land: The Story of British Landscape Painting 02:20 WED (b01173pk)
Timeshift 22:00 THU (b04z23k9)
Top of the Pops 22:25 SAT (b08t164k)
Top of the Pops 23:05 SAT (b08t16dm)
Totally 60s Psychedelic Rock at the BBC 03:00 FRI (b06jp24d)
World News Today 19:00 FRI (b08tnnlz)