Scotland’s Stephen Maguire, winner of June’s Tour Championship, plays the concluding session of his match, with the final place in the second round at stake. On table two, eight frames are played in a round-of-16 encounter.
Lying on the remote north west coast of England is one of the most secret places in the country - Sellafield, the most controversial nuclear facility in Britain. Now, Sellafield are letting nuclear physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalili and the television cameras in to discover the real story. Inside, Jim encounters some of the most dangerous substances on earth, reveals the nature of radiation and even attempts to split the atom. He sees inside a nuclear reactor, glimpses one of the rarest elements in the world - radioactive plutonium - and even subjects living tissue to deadly radiation. Ultimately, the film reveals Britain's attempts - past, present and future - to harness the almost limitless power of the atom.
A fully dramatised reconstruction of the story of the first atomic bomb deployed in an act of war.
Interviews with both the aircrew who dropped the bomb and the survivors, special visual effects and archive all bring to life the fateful mission of the Enola Gay and the devastating impact of the bomb on the people of Hiroshima.
The bombing of Hiroshima showed the appalling destructive power of the atomic bomb. Mark Cousins's bold documentary looks at death in the atomic age, but life too. Using only archive film and a new musical score by the band Mogwai, the film shows us an impressionistic kaleidoscope of our nuclear times - protest marches, Cold War sabre-rattling, Chernobyl and Fukishima - but also the sublime beauty of the atomic world, and how x-rays and MRI scans have improved human lives. The nuclear age has been a nightmare, but dreamlike too.
Adam Rutherford begins his series investigating the close relationship between discoveries in anatomy and the works of art that illustrate them by looking at the work of the 2nd-century Roman anatomist Claudius Galen and the artist and part-time dissector Leonardo da Vinci.
In 1537, the 23-year-old Andreas Vesalius became the most famous anatomist in Europe. He went on to produce the first complete account of the human body and how to dissect it, his drawings setting the gold standard for anatomical art for centuries to come and earning him the title of 'the founder of modern anatomy'. Adam Rutherford tells his story.
The name of 17th-century violin maker Antonio Stradivari - or Stradivarius as he is usually known - is one that sends shivers down the spine of music lovers the world over. During his lifetime Stradivari made over 1,000 instruments, about 650 of which still survive. Their sound is legendary and for any violinist the opportunity to play one is a great privilege.
Clemency Burton-Hill indulges in her lifelong passion for the instrument as she explores the mysterious life and lasting influence of Stradivari - through four special violins on display at this summer's Stradivarius exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. She is joined by 2002 Young Musician of the Year winner Jennifer Pike to put some of the violins in the exhibition through their paces.
THURSDAY 06 AUGUST 2020
THU 19:00 Snooker: World Championship (m000lj5n)
Day 7: Evening Session
Live action from the Crucible to decide the first player through to the quarter-finals.
THU 21:00 Emma (b00nks3z)
What was intended as a day of fun turns into a day of agony for everyone on the Box Hill excursion.
Things come to a head when, egged on by Frank, Emma behaves badly, insulting Miss Bates. She is berated by Knightley, and realises that her behaviour was shameful. She tries to repair things with Jane and Miss Bates, but Jane will not see her - although Miss Bates tells her that Jane has accepted a job as a governess, and cried all night.
Meanwhile, Knightley goes to stay with his brother in London, and will be away for a while. When Frank's controlling aunt dies, the Westons expect him to propose to Emma - but his actions set in motion a chain of events that both shock Emma and make her realise something that has been in plain sight all along.
THU 22:00 What We Did on Our Holiday (b061sk00)
When Doug and Abi travel to Scotland for a birthday celebration, they have to try to hide the fact from their family that they are going through a divorce.
THU 23:30 Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime (p0535lq5)
Celebrating Billy Connolly's 75th birthday and 50 years in the business, three Scottish artists - John Byrne, Jack Vettriano and Rachel MacLean - each create a new portrait of the Big Yin. As he sits with each artist, Billy talks about his remarkable life and career, which has taken him from musician and pioneering stand-up to Hollywood star and national treasure.
THU 00:30 Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection (b09qrbvd)
Andrew Graham-Dixon explores how royal collecting has changed since the days of Queen Victoria. This is a story of the British monarchy's remarkable survival, while elsewhere the crown heads of Europe crumbled in the face of world wars and revolutions. But it is also an age when women took charge of royal collecting; from Victoria to Elizabeth II, queens and queen consorts have used art to steady the ship of monarchy during this uncertain age.
It's one of the curiosities of the Royal Collection that as the monarchy's power diminished, so too did the objects they collected. Gone were epic canvases, instead came objects of exquisite, delicate and intimate beauty. Andrew marvels at a selection of the royal family's collection of Faberge jewellery - one of the greatest in the world - that includes the Mosaic Egg from 1914. So taken were Edward VII and his wife Queen Alexandria with the works of Peter Carl Faberge, that the jeweller opened a London shop to service the demands of royal clientele.
And then there's Queen Mary's Dolls' House - presented to George V's queen to thank her for her steadfastness during the first world war, the Dolls' House is an astonishing artistic collaboration by over 1,500 people and companies, replete with books containing new stories by authors like Arthur Conan Doyle, tiny champagne bottles filled with real champagne and even mini shotguns that can be broken, loaded and fired. More than just a dolls' house, this is a three-dimensional archive of a vanished artistic age.
The Collection reveals fresh insights into these remarkable women, in particular HM the Queen Mother, who loved art and collected with flair. At Clarence House, Andrew discovers a surprising collection of contemporary British art that she assembled in the 1930s and 1940s, including works by Walter Sickert, LS Lowry, Paul Nash and Augustus John. Andrew traces her greatest commission, a series of 26 paintings of Windsor Castle by John Piper, painted during the Second World War. With Windsor at risk of being bombed, Piper created an eerie dreamscape filled with black skies and foreboding.
Andrew also brings royal collecting up to date. From the outset Elizabeth II's priorities had been focused on preserving and displaying the Collection, and Andrew shows how one of the key events in its recent history - the Windsor Castle fire - was an unlikely catalyst in the reform of the Collection's care. Concluding his exploration, Andrew meets HRH the Prince of Wales to view two of his recent commissions, powerful portraits of veterans of the Battle of Britain and the D-Day landings, and to discuss the continued importance of this remarkable collection.
THU 01:30 Secret Knowledge (b03d6b1j)
The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard
In 1912, workmen demolishing a building in London's Cheapside district made an extraordinary discovery - a dazzling hoard of nearly 500 Elizabethan and Jacobean jewels. For the first time since its discovery, all the pieces from this priceless treasure trove were on display at the Museum of London in an exhibition in October 2013.
With exclusive close-up access to the fabulous collection, award-winning jewellery designer Shaun Leane goes behind the scenes during the run-up to the exhibition to uncover some of the secrets of the hoard. Who did the jewels belong to? Why were they buried? And why were they never retrieved?
As Shaun uncovers a world of astonishing skill and glittering beauty, he also reveals a darker story of forgery, intrigue and even murder.
THU 02:00 Secret Knowledge (b03z08mv)
Hogarth - One Man and His Pug
To mark 250 years since William Hogarth's death, ceramics expert and self-confessed Hogarth fanatic Lars Tharp is determined to solve a mystery that has consumed his personal and professional life - the case of Hogarth's lost pug.
In this unique shaggy dog story, Tharp explains Hogarth's obsession with this most characterful of breeds and the pivotal role it played in his life and his work. A canine odyssey that only examines one of his most iconic works of art, but leads us into a world of satire, salaciousness and secrets. From harlots and rakes to the shadowy machinations of the freemasons, Tharp's ultimate goal is to lead an appeal to the nation to help him recover a rare piece of long-lost Hogarth memorabilia - a precious terracotta sculpture of his beloved pet pug.
For Tharp, this is the perfect moment in which to pay tribute to a man whom he regards as our greatest and most influential artist - and what better way to explore a man famed for his wit and humour than on the trail of his most iconic and idiosyncratic four-legged companion.
THU 02:30 Great Asian Railway Journeys (m000h9x8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Monday
FRIDAY 07 AUGUST 2020
FRI 19:00 Snooker: World Championship (m000lj5s)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
Day 8: Evening Session
The third session of a second-round, best-of-25 frame encounter. A place in the quarter-finals beckons for the winner.
FRI 21:00 Everything - The Real Thing Story (m000lj5v)
The Real Thing were four working-class boys from one of Liverpool’s toughest neighbourhoods, who became Britain’s most enduring soul and funk act ever. With a string of hits, they dominated the international charts throughout the 1970s with iconic songs like You to Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Can You Feel the Force.
But the group’s meteoric success was also tempered with personal tragedy, drug addiction and racial prejudice. They were – and still are – The Real Thing – and this is their incredible true story.
FRI 22:30 Beats, Bass & Bars – The Story of Grime (b0bmq2tq)
Presented by Rodney P, the 'Godfather of British rap', who has been making hip hop with a British accent since the 1980s, this one hour film celebrates the extraordinary story of how Grime rose from the council estates of a few streets in East London to become the most important British musical movement since punk.
Through personal encounters with key pioneers from the last four decades of British black music, Rodney discovers that the success of Grime rests upon the original styles and contributions of previous generations of artists and learns that Grime can only be truly understood when viewed as part of a broader social narrative and ever-evolving musical culture that goes back to the 1980s.
As the first generation of British born black youth came of age in the 1970s and ‘80s, the natural medium for their artistic expression was the sound system culture brought over from Jamaica by their parents and grandparents. The first major breakthrough in the evolution of a homegrown sound came in the 1980s when young reggae MCs started telling their stories in a blend of patois and cockney, reflecting the mixed multicultural environments of the British inner cities they grew up in.
By the time Rodney became a rapper in the mid 1980s the new sound of the streets was American hip hop. Nowadays it would be unthinkable for a Grime artist to adopt an American twang but back then when Rodney’s crew London Posse started rapping in their own south London accents it was a breakthrough, establishing another plank of Grime. In the early 90s, reggae toasting, British accents and sped up hip hop beats came together for the first uniquely British black music genre - Jungle. And as the decade wore on another new sound – UK Garage reflected the aspiration and optimism of Blair’s cool Britannia. But the feel good party music of UKG was never a platform for stories of struggle and hardship, and for the new generation of kids growing up on the grim council estates of east London a harder sound was needed. Made on phones in bedroom studios a new sparser and more aggressive sound emerged. Spread via the networks of illegal pirate radio stations and promoted by underground DVDs in the pre-YouTube era, London at the turn of the millennium saw the arrival of a new grimier sound where tracks were built for MC crews to rhyme over. At first no one knew what to call it but Grime had been born.
Almost 20 years on from those first beginnings, Grime how dominates the charts and the awards ceremonies, and even influences politics. Some of its biggest names are now international celebrities and many of them remain independent, signed to their own labels and controlling their own careers. Grime is now not just a genre, it’s a way of life and, built on the foundations laid down by black British artists over the decades, it represents a defiant spirit and an independent attitude that is here to stay.
FRI 23:30 BBC Proms (b065yp93)
1Xtra Grime Symphony
Following 2013's Urban Classic Prom, BBC Radio 1Xtra joins the BBC Proms in a high-octane Late Night celebration of the thriving urban music scene, from hip-hop to grime. Rappers Wretch 32, Stormzy and Krept & Konan join presenters MistaJam and Sian Anderson on stage to set the Royal Albert Hall dancing to new remixes that blend classical and urban styles, with a little help from Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest.
FRI 00:50 The Defiant Ones (m0002k6p)
In this episode, Dr Dre talks about recording his debut solo LP, The Chronic, with Death Row Records, a post-NWA label he created with Suge Knight, the D.O.C. and Dick Griffey.
Blown away by Dre’s singular talent, Jimmy discusses cutting a deal with Death Row for Interscope to become the label’s distributor. The Chronic became a huge hit and spawned even bigger LPs from Dre’s protege Snoop Dogg and new Death Row signee Tupac Shakur.
The programme explores the hostility that was mounting across America towards the misunderstood violent influence of rap music. Interscope and Time Warner (which owned 25% of the company) found themselves in the crosshairs of an angry political mainstream. And Jimmy talks about resisting overtures to sell Interscope’s stake in Death Row.
Series directed by Allen Hughes.
A Silverback 5150 production in association with Alcon Television Group for HBO.
Acquired by BBC Music for BBC Four.
FRI 01:30 Guitar Heroes at the BBC (b00dzzv2)
Concentrating on the 1970s (1969 to 1981 to be exact) and ransacking a host of BBC shows from The Old Grey Whistle Test to Sight & Sound, this compilation is designed to release the air guitarist in everyone, combining great electric guitarists like Carlos Santana, Mark Knopfler, The Edge and Peter Green with acoustic masters like John Martyn, Pentangle and Paco Pena.
FRI 02:25 Beats, Bass & Bars – The Story of Grime (b0bmq2tq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:30 today
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)
Alex Higgins: The People's Champion 21:00 SUN (b00tmzfb)
Aretha Franklin: Respect 22:45 SAT (b0bht4g1)
Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection 00:30 THU (b09qrbvd)
BBC Proms 19:00 SUN (b0940c1p)
BBC Proms 23:30 FRI (b065yp93)
Beats, Bass & Bars – The Story of Grime 22:30 FRI (b0bmq2tq)
Beats, Bass & Bars – The Story of Grime 02:25 FRI (b0bmq2tq)
Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime 23:30 THU (p0535lq5)
Britain's Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield 21:00 WED (b065x080)
Britain's Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield 02:10 WED (b065x080)
Canal Boat Diaries 20:30 SUN (m000bpkr)
Chas & Dave: Last Orders 22:00 SUN (b01nkdsv)
EastEnders 2008 01:30 SUN (b00bbybh)
EastEnders 2008 02:00 SUN (b00bbzbs)
EastEnders 2008 02:30 SUN (b00bbzkt)
EastEnders 2008 03:00 SUN (b00bbzhc)
Emma 21:00 THU (b00nks3z)
Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley 21:00 TUE (b06wrgzw)
Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley 02:45 TUE (b06wrgzw)
Everything - The Real Thing Story 21:00 FRI (m000lj5v)
Games Britannia 23:00 MON (b00phmrs)
Gershwin's Summertime: The Song that Conquered the World 02:15 SAT (b017nf05)
Gospel according to Mica – The Story of Gospel Music in Six Songs 23:15 SAT (m000l9tk)
Great Asian Railway Journeys 22:00 MON (m000h9x8)
Great Asian Railway Journeys 02:30 THU (m000h9x8)
Guitar Heroes at the BBC 01:30 FRI (b00dzzv2)
Hiroshima 22:00 WED (m000lj4b)
Ibiza: The Silent Movie 23:55 SUN (m000777b)
Mahalia Jackson in Concert 00:15 SAT (m000lj46)
Romancing the Stone: The Golden Ages of British Sculpture 01:25 MON (b00ydp2y)
Secret Knowledge 01:40 WED (b0376h9w)
Secret Knowledge 01:30 THU (b03d6b1j)
Secret Knowledge 02:00 THU (b03z08mv)
Snooker: World Championship 19:00 SAT (m000lj40)
Snooker: World Championship 19:00 MON (m000lj4d)
Snooker: World Championship 19:00 TUE (m000lj5q)
Snooker: World Championship 19:00 WED (m000lj48)
Snooker: World Championship 19:00 THU (m000lj5n)
Snooker: World Championship 19:00 FRI (m000lj5s)
Storyville 00:00 MON (b09c1rch)
Storyville 23:30 WED (b065y1dx)
TOTP2 00:50 SAT (b05y09mh)
Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise 21:00 MON (b088pcls)
Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise 02:25 MON (b088pcls)
The Beauty of Anatomy 00:40 WED (b04dq8kl)
The Beauty of Anatomy 01:10 WED (b04dzrtr)
The Defiant Ones 00:50 FRI (m0002k6p)
The Last Wave 21:00 SAT (m000lj42)
The Last Wave 21:55 SAT (m000lj44)
The Last Wave 23:00 TUE (m000lj42)
The Last Wave 23:55 TUE (m000lj44)
The Riviera: A History in Pictures 00:45 TUE (b01pwtvf)
Top of the Pops 01:15 SAT (m000l9th)
Treasures of Ancient Rome 22:00 TUE (b01msf6r)
Treasures of Ancient Rome 01:45 TUE (b01msf6r)
What We Did on Our Holiday 22:00 THU (b061sk00)
What We Were Watching 22:55 SUN (m000l9vc)