Katty Kay in Washington and Christian Fraser in London report on the events that are shaping the world.
The Uyghur community in north west China have been making atlas silk for thousands of years. Mattursun Islam and his family are continuing the tradition, using a combination of handmade techniques and mechanised looms. From designing the patterns to colouring, dyeing and weaving the thread, this film follows each stage in absorbing detail. We also get an engaging glimpse into how their family and working life are closely connected. With rival companies often copying his designs, Mattursan is proud of his reputation. But he and his wife also enjoy a good-natured rivalry over who really runs things.
Anita Rani is joined by internationally renowned potter Keith Brymer Jones and Arts & Crafts expert and dealer Patch Rogers as the six 21st-century crafters are faced with a new challenge as they restore their home for the month, room by room.
This week the crafters are returning to nature as they not only restore the master bedroom to all its Arts & Crafts glory - but also take part in some fresh water swimming and an authentic Victorian picnic. Using original tools and techniques they are set to craft from scratch an Arts & Crafts double bed and bed spread, a bed side clock and plaster wall decoration and all in just a week - all the while eating, working and living within the philosophies first outlined by the likes of John Ruskin and William Morris. Will their 1890s communal life help them to better understand the depth and scale of the Arts & Crafts movement both as a power for artistic and social change?
But a week into the experience and the highs and lows of living and working together as a creative commune are beginning to take its toll and the some of the crafters are beginning to crack as creative tensions start to show.
Eilidh Barbour introduces live coverage as defending champions England play their final game of the 2020 SheBelieves Cup against tournament debutants Spain, in Frisco, Texas.
England have won five of the previous 12 meetings between the sides compared to Spain’s two, with five matches drawn. Phil Neville’s team were 2-1 victors when the nations last met ahead of the 2019 World Cup, courtesy of goals from Beth Mead and Ellen White.
Spain reached the round of 16 in last year’s World Cup, where they were eliminated by eventual winners, USA.
Simon explores Spain's golden age under Philip II through to the Spanish Civil War and dictatorship under Franco, from which Spain has emerged as a modern democratic monarchy.
Alastair Sooke explores the extraordinary afterlife of the Greek masterpieces that changed the course of western culture. Succeeding centuries have found in ancient Greek art inspiration for their own ideals and ambitions. Filming in Italy, Germany, France and Britain, Alastair's investigation includes The Venus of Knidos, the first naked woman in western art, the bronze horses of St Mark's in Venice which became a pawn in an imperial game and the naked discus thrower, the Discobolus, personally bought by Adolf Hitler and used by him as a symbol of Aryan supremacy.
Anni Albers enrolled in 1922 at the legendary Bauhaus school with hopes of becoming a painter. However, its founder feared that too many women might damage his new school’s reputation so Anni and the majority of female applicants were swiftly funnelled into the weaving class and workshop.
This film documents Anni’s rise and the turbulent final years of the Bauhaus when Anni was forced to flee Germany due to her Jewish heritage and start a new life in America. She went on to become the undisputed leader in her field, but while her husband Josef Albers’ paintings saw him become one of the world’s most famous living artists, Anni’s textiles were always side-lined as a feminine craft. She has since been recognised as a great artist.
THURSDAY 12 MARCH 2020
THU 19:00 Beyond 100 Days (m000g6ly)
Katty Kay in Washington and Christian Fraser in London report on the events that are shaping the world.
THU 19:30 The Wonder of Animals (b04dq5tb)
At first sight, penguins seem ill-suited to their environment - rotund abdomens, stubby little legs and stiff wings appear to make the going tough. But in fact it is these very traits that enable this bird to thrive.
Chris explores details of the penguin's anatomy, using new scientific research to reveal how its legs, wings and body shape have allowed it to conquer an extraordinary range of habitats, from deep forests to tropical waters, bustling cities and even the toughest place on the planet - Antarctica.
THU 20:00 Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History (b03knrvm)
Home Waters to High Seas
Shipwrecks are the nightmare we have forgotten - the price Britain paid for ruling the waves from an island surrounded by treacherous rocks. The result is a coastline that is home to the world's highest concentration of sunken ships. But shipwrecks also changed the course of British history, helped shape our national character and drove innovations in seafaring technology, as well as gripping our imagination.
In this three-part series, maritime historian Dr Sam Willis looks at how and why the shipwreck came to loom so large. He begins with the embarrassing story of the top-heavy Mary Rose, the freak wrecking of the Spanish Armada and the terrifying real-life disasters at sea that inspired two of the greatest of all castaway tales - Shakespeare's The Tempest and Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
THU 21:00 Can Science Make Me Perfect? with Alice Roberts (b0b6q3qy)
Anatomist Alice Roberts embarks on an audacious scientific stunt - to rebuild her own body from scratch, editing out errors left behind by evolution; to create the perfect body. With the help of one of the world's best virtual sculptors, Scott Eaton, and top SFX model maker Sangeet Prabhaker, Alice creates a life-size model of the perfect human body, to be revealed in front of 150 people at London's Science Museum.
Through natural selection, animals have evolved incredible biological designs, from supersharp senses to superpowered limbs. Alice is on a hunt to find the very best designs the natural world has to offer and use them to fix the flaws in our own human anatomy.
By meeting leading medical and animal experts, Alice finds out what the body's biggest problems are, and how amazing adaptations in the rest of the animal kingdom could provide inspiration for her perfect body. Using incredible CGI to morph her existing body into new forms, she demonstrates how rethinking our bodies could overcome millennia of natural selection.
Finally, in an epic reveal, Alice unveils the life-sized model of her perfect self in the Science Museum. There, in front of an audience, Alice meets the 'perfect human' version of herself for the first time.
Ambitious, audacious and packed with cutting-edge science, Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts challenges everything you thought you knew about the perfect body.
THU 22:30 Horizon (b07fys2y)
Why Are We Getting So Fat?
Over 62 per cent of adults in the UK are currently overweight or obese and this figure is set to rise. A common attitude is that obese people should be ashamed - it is their fault, they have no will power and if they could just 'eat less and exercise more', the problem would soon be solved. Yet, despite millions of pounds being spent on this simple message, the UK is getting fatter every year.
Cambridge geneticist Dr Giles Yeo believes that for many obese people, simply eating less is a lot harder than you might think - and he is taking a road trip around the UK and America to uncover why. He meets the real people behind some of the more shocking newspaper headlines and, through their stories, reveals surprising truths which dispel commonly held myths about obesity. He gains access to scientists and doctors trialling cutting-edge techniques to tackle the crisis - from a 'miracle' hormone injection to a transfusion of faecal matter, and even learns a thing or two about his own size and relationship with food.
THU 23:30 An Art Lovers' Guide (b09yndw6)
In the first of a series of city adventures, Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke head to Lisbon, rapidly becoming one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations.
Winding through the city’s cobbled streets, from its steep hills to the picturesque shore line, the cultural riches they encounter reveal the city's fascinating history.
From a spectacular monument, to the maritime globetrotting of Portugal’s ‘golden age and the work of a photographer documenting the city's large African population, they discover a complex history of former glories and a darker, slave-trading past.
Their journey also uncovers the impact of twentieth century dictatorship on the city's artistic and cultural life, through the work of contemporary artists Paula Rego and Joana Vasconcelos.
And they discover how the city's location on the west coast of Europe, looking out to the Atlantic, has shaped the cosmopolitan spirit of the city: in one of the city's Fado clubs, Alastair and Nina enjoy the popular Portugese folk music, whose beautiful melodies celebrate a yearning for home, once sung by sailors dreaming of their return.
THU 00:30 Our Classical Century (b0bs6xv8)
1918 - 1936
Our Classical Century brings together the greatest moments in classical music in Britain over the last 100 years in a four-part series that celebrates moments of extraordinary music ambition and excellence, deep emotion and of great pleasure, and the artists who have brought audiences this music. Over the course of the series, viewers see and hear how, over the past one hundred years, classical music has shown dazzling virtuosity and innovation, and how music provided a unifying soundtrack to the times when national identity and destiny was at stake.
Presented by Suzy Klein and Sir Lenny Henry, this first programme captures the profound influence of the First World War on our classical music - how it affected a generation of musicians and composers and how the music they created became a crucial part of the nation’s sense of identity. From the martial might of Mars in Gustav Holst’s The Planets to the pastoral beauty of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ much-loved The Lark Ascending, this film tells the story of the music which brought together the United Kingdom.
Suzy and Lenny reveal the phenomenal popularity of the musical extravaganza Hiawatha by the now relatively unknown Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and examine the enduring impact of the American Jazz Age with George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. They also look at how Hubert Parry’s wartime composition to William Blake’s poem Jerusalem became the anthem of the Suffragette movement and at how the opening of Glyndebourne saw the start of a new chapter for opera in Britain.
THU 01:30 Love and Betrayal in India: The White Mughal (p02z8109)
Historian and author William Dalrymple travels to the Deccan Plains of India to trace the romantic love affair between a British diplomat and a young Muslim princess. James Achilles Kirkpatrick was the British East India Company resident at the court of Hyderabad when he risked everything, converting to Islam and, sources suggest, even becoming a double agent, to marry Khair un Nissa 'Most Excellent among Women.'
Pursuing this compelling story of seduction and betrayal through the archives across both continents, Dalrymple unearths a world almost entirely unexplored by history. Kirkpatrick's behaviour might appear to breach the conventional boundaries of empire, but it was not unique. At the turn of the 18th century, one in three British men in India, known as white mughals, lived with Indian women, wore local dress and adopted Indian ways, much to the embarrassment of successive colonial administrations. To protect them from growing disapproval their mixed race children were sent back to England for their education and were ultimately absorbed into Victorian society.
Dalrymple tells the story of the Kirkpatricks and their children through the art and architecture of the time - from the classic Georgian portraiture of George Chinnery and Thomas Hickey to the fantastical Deccani miniatures of Venkatchellam and Tajully Ali Shah. And in this melding of influences, he asks why Christian and Islamic cultures cannot be at one again when once they made great marriages and produced such outstanding art.
THU 02:30 Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History (b03knrvm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today
FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020
FRI 19:00 World News Today (m000g6lg)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
The news programme for audiences who want more depth to their daily coverage. With a focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa.
FRI 19:30 Top of the Pops (m000g6lj)
Andy Crane and Jenny Powell present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 4 May 1989 and featuring Edelweiss, Midnight Oil, Debbie Gibson, Bon Jovi, Roxette, Kylie Minogue, Poison, Live Report, Bangles and Chaka Khan.
FRI 20:00 Queens of Soul (b05nhjsx)
The sisters are truly doing it for themselves in this celebration of the legendary female singers whose raw emotional vocal styles touched the hearts of followers worldwide. Featuring the effortless sounds of Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight, Randy Crawford, Angie Stone, Mary J Blige and Beyonce, to name a few.
The Queens of Soul presents the critically acclaimed and influential female singers who, decade by decade, changed the world one note at a time.
FRI 21:00 Top of the Pops (m000g6ll)
Bruno Brookes presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 11 May 1989 and featuring Swing Out Sister, Chaka Khan, Yazz, Queen, Hue and Cry, Natalie Cole, Stevie Nicks, London Boys, Kylie Minogue and Stefan Dennis.
FRI 21:30 Metal Britannia (b00r600m)
Nigel Planer narrates a documentary which traces the origins and development of British heavy metal from its humble beginnings in the industrialised Midlands to its proud international triumph.
In the late 60s a number of British bands were forging a new kind of sound. Known as hard rock, it was loud, tough, energetic and sometimes dark in outlook. They didn't know it, but Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and, most significantly, Black Sabbath were defining what first became heavy rock and then eventually heavy metal.
Inspired by blues rock, progressive rock, classical music and high energy American rock, they synthesised the sound that would inspire bands like Judas Priest to take metal even further during the 70s.
By the 80s its originators had fallen foul of punk rock, creative stasis or drug and alcohol abuse. But a new wave of British heavy metal was ready to take up the crusade. With the success of bands like Iron Maiden, it went global.
Contributors include Lemmy from Motorhead, Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan from Deep Purple, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden and Saxon's Biff Byford.
FRI 23:00 Slipknot Unmasked: All Out Life (m000g6ln)
A unique and fascinating insight into the career and controversies of one of the most successful and contentious heavy metal bands of all time: Slipknot. The film combines new interviews, backstage access and an exclusive live session from the nine-piece group, performing six career-defining tracks at the legendary Maida Vale Studios in front of an intimate audience.
The six tracks, one from each of the band’s albums, transport the group, acknowledged by many as one of the most extreme live acts ever, from their usual arena-sized shows to a uniquely intimate and intense setting. The film highlights the group’s phenomenal 25-year career, revealing how one of the most relentless and intense-sounding groups ever have struggled with drink, drugs, depression and the death of a band member, topped the charts, outsold their peers and picked up a Grammy along the way, whilst staying as bold, fearless and exhilarating as ever.
FRI 00:00 Guitar, Drum and Bass (m0002700)
On Guitar... Lenny Kaye!
Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith’s guitarist, explains how the quest for new guitar sounds has driven the history of popular music, from Les Paul’s first guitar to Bo Diddley’s tremolo, Duane Eddy’s whammy bar, Keith Richards’s fuzz pedal, The Who’s feedback, The Byrds’ 12-string, Hendrix’s wah-wah pedal, Uli Roth and Van Halen’s shredding, The Edge’s digital delay, Ry Cooder’s slide, and KT Tunstall and Ed Sheeran’s looper pedals. With Duane Eddy, Roger McGuinn, The Edge, Bonnie Raitt, Seasick Steve, KT Tunstall, Joe Bonamassa, Uli Roth, Vernon Reid, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, The Runaways’ Lita Ford and producer Shel Talmy.
FRI 01:00 Showbands: How Ireland Learned to Party (m00038lv)
Ardal O'Hanlon looks at what started the showband era in Ireland, the people involved, and how it came to an end in the 1980s.
FRI 02:00 Contagion: The BBC Four Pandemic (p059y0p1)
The government rates the global outbreak of a deadly flu virus as a major threat to the UK. It could happen at any time. To predict the impact of the next pandemic more accurately than ever before, new data is needed - and lots of it. Dr Hannah Fry is on the case.
She sets out to recruit the nation to download the BBC Pandemic app in a ground-breaking experiment to help plan for when the next deadly virus comes to the UK. How quickly will it spread? How many could it kill? What can we do about it? The BBC Four Pandemic experiment will find out.
Hannah masterminds the experiment and adopts the role of Patient Zero by walking the streets of Haslemere in Surrey to launch the outbreak. Meanwhile, emergency physician Dr Javid Abdelmoneim finds out why flu is still such a danger to society a century after Spanish flu killed up to 100 million people worldwide. He meets researchers trying to discover what makes some people more contagious than others and visits a factory that will produce vaccine when the next pandemic flu virus emerges.
Armed with the information he gathers and the results of the BBC Four Pandemic experiment, Hannah and Javid make a shocking revelation.
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)
6 Music Festival 23:40 SAT (m000g6m4)
6 Music Festival 23:30 SUN (m000g6ls)
A Victorian Scandal: The Rudest Book in Britain 00:25 TUE (m0005prc)
Age of the Image 21:00 MON (m000g6mj)
Age of the Image 02:30 MON (m000g6mj)
An Art Lovers' Guide 23:30 THU (b09yndw6)
Anni Albers: A Life in Thread 01:30 WED (m0007vft)
Armada: 12 Days to Save England 22:25 TUE (b05yxltf)
Art of France 23:30 MON (b08f1bw0)
Beyond 100 Days 19:00 MON (m000g6mg)
Beyond 100 Days 19:00 TUE (m000g6mb)
Beyond 100 Days 19:00 WED (m000g6m6)
Beyond 100 Days 19:00 THU (m000g6ly)
Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain with Simon Sebag Montefiore 23:30 WED (b06ssjfk)
Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary 20:30 SUN (b06wdzd1)
Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues 00:30 MON (b06rfl46)
Can Science Make Me Perfect? with Alice Roberts 21:00 THU (b0b6q3qy)
Clive James 21:55 SAT (m000g6m0)
Clive James 22:50 SAT (m000g6m2)
Contagion: The BBC Four Pandemic 02:00 FRI (p059y0p1)
Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot 01:15 SUN (b0868lnk)
Dynasties 20:00 MON (p06mvpsw)
Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage 19:30 MON (b00csp3w)
Gareth Edwards’ Great Welsh Adventure 19:30 TUE (m0009hyp)
Genius of the Ancient World 01:55 TUE (b066d0v5)
Guitar, Drum and Bass 00:00 FRI (m0002700)
Handmade on the Silk Road 19:30 WED (b079cgml)
Handmade on the Silk Road 02:00 WED (b079cgml)
Hidden 21:00 SAT (m000g2tk)
Horizon 22:30 THU (b07fys2y)
Ian Hislop's Olden Days 21:00 TUE (b040rqjm)
Ian Hislop's Olden Days 02:55 TUE (b040rqjm)
Inside the Medieval Mind 23:25 TUE (b00b6w6m)
Kiri Te Kanawa at the BBC 02:15 SUN (b08h918x)
Lost Sitcoms 22:00 TUE (b07tczcn)
Love and Betrayal in India: The White Mughal 01:30 THU (p02z8109)
Metal Britannia 21:30 FRI (b00r600m)
Our Classical Century 00:30 THU (b0bs6xv8)
Queens of Soul 20:00 FRI (b05nhjsx)
Rick Stein's Long Weekends 19:00 SAT (b082wf36)
Rick Stein's Long Weekends 02:30 SAT (b082wf36)
Rude Britannia 01:30 MON (b00sss1g)
Sex, Chips & Poetry: 50 Years of the Mersey Sound 00:55 TUE (b097bl8c)
SheBelieves Cup 19:10 SUN (m000g6lq)
SheBelieves Cup 21:00 WED (m000g6m8)
Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History 20:00 THU (b03knrvm)
Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History 02:30 THU (b03knrvm)
Showbands: How Ireland Learned to Party 01:00 FRI (m00038lv)
Slipknot Unmasked: All Out Life 23:00 FRI (m000g6ln)
South Pacific 20:00 SAT (b00kwdqr)
South Pacific 01:30 SAT (b00kwdqr)
Storyville 21:30 SUN (m000b8nd)
Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley 22:00 MON (b0b5y4zg)
The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts 20:00 WED (b0c06nv7)
The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts 02:30 WED (b0c06nv7)
The Wonder of Animals 19:30 THU (b04dq5tb)
Timeshift 20:00 TUE (b06jnzjx)
Top of the Pops 00:25 SAT (m000fzly)
Top of the Pops 01:00 SAT (m000fzm0)
Top of the Pops 19:30 FRI (m000g6lj)
Top of the Pops 21:00 FRI (m000g6ll)
Treasures of Ancient Greece 00:30 WED (b05rj5xj)
Unsung Heroines: Danielle de Niese on the Lost World of Female Composers 00:15 SUN (b0b6znwz)
What Do Artists Do All Day? 23:00 SUN (b07l57yy)
Wild 19:00 SUN (b0078yps)
World News Today 19:00 FRI (m000g6lg)