Impressive skies, misty waters and snowy mountains – completed by Bob Ross using just his specially designed painting knife!
American painter Bob Ross offers soothing words of encouragement to viewers and painting hobbyists in an enormously popular series that has captivated audiences worldwide since 1982. Ross is a cult figure, with nearly two million Facebook followers and 3,000 instructors globally. His soothing, nurturing personality is therapy for the weary, and his respect for nature and wildlife helps heighten environmental awareness.
Across the series, Ross demonstrates his unique painting technique, which eliminates the need for each layer of paint to dry. In real time, he creates tranquil scenes taken from nature, including his trademark ‘happy’ clouds, cascading waterfalls, snow-covered forests, serene lakes and distant mountain summits.
Many of Bob’s faithful viewers are not painters at all. They are relaxing and unwinding with Bob’s gentle manner and encouraging words, captivated by the magic taking place on the canvas.
Paul Rose explores the Jurassic Coast, taking a walk through some two hundred million years of the earth's history. He uncovers prehistoric treasures in Charmouth and greets hatching signets at Abbotsbury Swannery.
Sitcom. Jim is given responsibility for developing a national transport policy.
Sitcom. To practice self-sufficiency successfully, every resource must be utilised - even animal dung - so Tom decides to build a generator.
Reeling from his split with Martha, Hemingway attaches himself to the US Army as it moves through Normandy and liberates Paris.
After the war, he tries to start a new life with Mary Welsh, but is beset by personal tragedies and professional mishaps. He publishes The Old Man and the Sea.
Ernest Hemingway wins the Nobel Prize in Literature, but eventually is overcome by addiction, physical trauma and depression.
In World War I, an American serving as an ambulance driver in Italy falls in love with a nurse in this adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel.
Julia moves out of her comfort zone when she reluctantly invites the entire class to her daughter's birthday party. With her mum still refusing to help out she relies on Liz's party hacks and Kevin's entertaining skills. She organises events for a living anyway, so this will be a breeze.
A school fundraiser is not Julia's idea of an evening out but somehow she finds herself heavily involved in order to impress a former colleague and new mum crush. Kevin has a battle with the cloakroom and despite Anne's protests, Liz takes care of the bar.
A pool party ruins Julia's plans before an important event at work. When an attractive man leaves his wallet in the newsagents, Liz takes it in the hopes of returning it and securing a date. And a new dad on the scene who has a history with Amanda puts Kevin's nose out of joint.
While Paul is away, he has the perfect solution to aid Julia: he sends his parents to help. Luckily, Kevin has a huge fondness for the elderly and assists Julia in her in-laws' wrangling. Meanwhile, Amanda has a clear-out and reluctantly gives Liz her old coat, which seems to have an effect on our Liz.
Anne's new car propels her into the limelight as the mums try to get in on her new car pool. Kevin finds himself in the new role of confidant as Amanda shares a deep secret. And Liz and Julia's friendship is under fire as Liz realises she is just a 'mum' friend.
Julia's childcare problems are solved after she finds the perfect nanny, but her friendship with Liz is strained. Amanda is keeping a low profile after Kevin blurted out her secret. Liz visits Lee's new partner to give her some advice. The school caretaker is in hospital, but the mums have lost their ringleader, and there's nobody to organise a card.
WEDNESDAY 28 JULY 2021
WED 19:00 The Joy of Painting (m000mttt)
Bob Ross paints a tiny waterfall tucked beside a glassy lake, surrounded by snowy majestic peaks and distant evergreens.
WED 19:30 Pubs, Ponds and Power: The Story of the Village (b0bsrqfw)
Archaeologist Ben Robinson unlocks the ancient roots of the Northumberland village of Warkworth. With the help of locals, he discovers clues that point back almost 1,000 years to the Norman conquest when the invaders laid the foundations of a planned community, still visible to this day.
WED 20:00 Earth from Space (p072n7qd)
A New Perspective
Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective. Satellites follow an elephant family struggling through drought, reveal previously unknown emperor penguin colonies from the colour of their poo, and discover mysterious ice rings that could put seal pups in danger. Using cameras on the ground, in the air and in space, Earth from Space follows nature’s greatest spectacles, weather events and dramatic seasonal changes. This is our home, as we’ve never seen it before.
WED 21:00 The Planets (p06qj2qg)
The Two Sisters - Earth and Mars
Early in the story of the planets, there was a beautiful water world, an oasis of hope in a sterile universe. But this was not Earth - this was the young Mars. Professor Brian Cox continues his tour of the solar system revealing that it was once home to not one, but two blue planets.
For millions of years, Mars enjoyed oceans blanketed by a thick atmosphere and a temperate climate. Whilst at the same moment Earth was a far less favourable habitat. Our planet was toxic to life today, her atmosphere choked with carbon dioxide and her oceans, acidic.
And both planets were about to face another trial. As they reached the end of their adolescence, a solar system wide cataclysm threatened them both. Called the Late Heavy Bombardment, this event saw asteroids rain down on every inch of the planets for tens of millions of years, resurfacing vast areas of both worlds. But as the dust settled, both sister worlds emerged – ripe with the conditions for life to begin.
But deep inside the molten metal in Mars’s core was rapidly cooling. And in time the planet’s protective magnetic field would fail, causing Mars’ atmosphere to be slowly stripped away by the solar wind. As temperatures plummeted, Mars’s surface froze. Her oceans gone – for a while volcanic activity occasionally melts the ice, creating the largest waterfalls the solar system has ever seen.
Today, Mars is an arid desert world that long ago had the same potential as Earth. Which begs a big question: did life get a start on both worlds? In search of the answer, plans are afoot to take humans to the red planet - so perhaps one day soon we will become the Martians.
WED 22:00 Missions (p09mz0cd)
Five years on, and apparently far from Mars, Jeanne reaches out from her primal forest life, connecting with mission survivor Simon.
In French and English with English subtitles.
WED 22:25 Missions (p09mz0s7)
Two new recruits prepare for lift-off, joined by some familiar faces under stress because of the secrets they have kept to themselves. In French and English with English subtitles.
WED 22:50 Missions (p09mz173)
French sci-fi drama series. Change is challenging for both Jeanne in the forest and Simon in space as they each make uncomfortable connections. In French and English with English subtitles.
WED 23:15 K-Pop Idols: Inside the Hit Factory (m0009m8g)
The K-Pop phenomenon is shaking up the pop world. For the first time ever, there is a serious challenge to the west’s domination of the global music industry. Leading the way is the biggest boy band in the world, BTS. But how has this happened?
Music journalist James Ballardie travels to South Korea to uncover the secrets behind this worldwide success story and to find out how, in just 20 short years, the music industry in the country came from obscurity to become a major player on the world stage.
In the summer of 2019, BTS played two sold-out performance at the UK’s most icon venue, Wembley Stadium. Their catchy pop songs, bombastic beats, good looks and natty dance moves have captivated young pop fans worldwide, and sent them to the top of the charts in the US and beyond.
To try and understand this latest pop explosion, James heads to Seoul and goes inside the K-pop industry. He meets Soo-Man Lee, the Svengali-like figure who has helped shape Korean pop music for over 30 years and still drives giant K-Pop company SM entertainment’s vision today. He also catches up with some of the songwriters, producers, music video makers and the idols themselves, from the biggest names in the business to the newcomers. Among them are members of EXO, NCT 127, SHINee and WayV, all bands with millions of fans around the world. They are all part of a new star-studded supergroup, SuperM. Their success in Asia will be guaranteed, but can they replicate BTS’s global achievements? James meets SuperM as they prepare to be launched on the world.
WED 00:15 Motherland (p09gv90z)
It’s time for the Year 6 school trip, and Julia, Liz and Meg find themselves on the coach journey from hell with humourless school secretary Mrs Lamb and clueless teaching assistant Ms Vaughn.
It all kicks off when a boy banned for bad behaviour is allowed on the coach along with his mother Ashley, and Liz decides to play the hero.
Meanwhile, Kevin takes his driving test, and Amanda pivots her lifestyle brand Hygge Tygge online. She manages to persuade Kevin to help pack up the shop - with unimaginable consequences.
WED 00:45 Motherland (p07mvqj6)
No Mum Left Behind
As a new school year begins, a new mum at the school gates attracts the attention of Julia, Liz and Kevin. Amanda has all the gossip and tells them Meg is a high-flying businesswoman with five kids and a sexy silver-fox husband.
Meanwhile, Julia is struggling to keep her head above water at work when she is offered the choice of promotion or redundancy. When Meg invites the gang for drinks, they go along against Julia’s better judgement and the evening takes a surprising turn, leading Julia to make a big decision.
WED 01:15 Motherland (p07mvr9b)
Having resigned from her job in PR, Julia tries to adapt to life as a freelancer and reluctantly agrees to help Amanda launch her new shop even though she believes it is nothing but a vanity project. The soft opening is a success but a careless online post threatens to destroy her good work.
Meanwhile, Liz rails against the gentrification of the area and the loss of her beloved kebab shop and Kevin reveals he has written an unusual children’s book, which he wants Amanda to sell in her shop.
WED 01:45 Motherland (p07mvrqr)
Julia finds that working from home is impossible due to all the tasks she has to do for her family. Meg tells her this is her 'mother’s load' - all the things that no-one else will do but that need to be done to keep the home running. Julia removes herself to the cafe to work but even there finds that it is not that easy to get her work done. A possible solution presents itself when she shares a table with a fellow freelancer, but is Julia taking advantage of him?
WED 02:15 The Planets (p06qj2qg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
THURSDAY 29 JULY 2021
THU 19:00 The Joy of Painting (m000mttm)
A crisp blue sky and lake embrace soft rolling hills and leafy trees. Bob Ross also recreates the stillness of evening perfectly on black canvas.
THU 19:30 Pubs, Ponds and Power: The Story of the Village (b0bsrqky)
The story of Cromford. A picturesque Derbyshire village at the heart of famous industrialist Sir Richard Arkwright's mechanised cotton mills and a textile revolution. Presenter and archaeologist Ben Robinson discovers it wasn't just an industrial revolution. Cromford became a new kind of village, built to service the enterprise of this powerful man.
THU 20:00 Brideshead Revisited (b014f32p)
Film adaptation of the novel by Evelyn Waugh. In the early spring of 1944 Charles Ryder, a disillusioned army Captain, arrives at Brideshead Castle, the new Brigade Headquarters. It is a place he knows well and he is transported back in time to 1922 and his first meeting with Sebastian Flyte, the younger son of Lord Marchmain. Charles Ryder proceeds to tell in flashback the story of his association with the castle and the doomed aristocratic Flyte family.
THU 22:05 Face to Face (p04qj22k)
John Freeman faced a difficult subject in Evelyn Waugh when he interviewed him in 1960. Waugh, author of Brideshead Revisited, was in characteristically obstructive frame of mind. The result is a rare glimpse into the life and temperament of one of the greatest novelists of this century.
THU 22:35 I Capture the Castle (b0078tqk)
Romantic film drama set in 1930s England. Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain and her eccentric family struggle to live in a crumbling English castle. Adapted from the novel by Dodie Smith.
THU 00:20 Motherland (p07mvsgm)
Kevin reluctantly agrees to host a last-minute Halloween party despite the fact that he’s had no time to prepare. Meanwhile at the school gates the mums are all talking about a celebrity who has moved into the neighbourhood - Lee Mead from Holby.
As this is Julia’s favourite programme she is determined to meet him and decides to take all the kids trick or treating hoping that they will find his house. Liz tags along as she has been stood up by a date and Anne is in attendance trying to make sure that the kids are safe. However by the time they reach Kevin’s one of the kids is missing - Amanda’s little boy Manus. Despite the fact that the happy teatime trick or treat atmosphere has now turned violent and terrifying Liz, Kevin and Julia must venture back out into the streets to search for him through terrifying hordes of teenage zombies and mutant nuns.
THU 00:50 Motherland (p07mvszc)
The gang are delighted when Kevin books a cottage for them to spend half term holidays in the countryside with all their kids. But it is not as nice as the pictures online, and Kevin seems to have miscalculated the number of bedrooms.
When it transpires that Julia has failed to bring any booze, the atmosphere takes a turn for the worse. All hopes rest on Kevin’s plan to cook an event meal by roasting a whole pig in a pit he has dug in the garden. As the long night wears on, tempers begin to fray. Meanwhile, Liz catches the eye of a handsome shepherd.
THU 01:20 Motherland (p07mvtbr)
Julia struggles to abide by the rules and clashes with Mrs Lamb as she attends her first ever school sports day. Apparently it's no longer acceptable to cheer for individual kids, and you can only offer generic support like 'good job'. Over at the Kidiverse soft play centre, Kevin is devastated that an important work presentation means he will miss the dads' race. Liz worries that her new boyfriend is blanking her. And Anne discovers something that leads to a nasty surprise for Amanda.
THU 01:50 Pubs, Ponds and Power: The Story of the Village (b0bsrqky)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
THU 02:25 Hemingway (p09lp564)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:50 on Tuesday
FRIDAY 30 JULY 2021
FRI 19:00 Gregory Porter's Popular Voices (b09gvqj9)
Gregory examines how early 20th-century blues growlers like Bessie Smith paved the way for the rhyme and flow of hip-hop, how truth became a quest of rock 'n' roll's greatest poets from Woody Guthrie to Gil Scott-Heron, from Lou Reed to Suzanne Vega, and why great popular voices, including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Kurt Cobain, don't have to be technically perfect to resonate so deeply and stir our souls. With Dave Grohl, Suzanne Vega and KRS-One.
FRI 20:00 Top of the Pops (m000y8wv)
Gary Davies presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 23 May 1991 and featuring T'Pau, Simple Minds and Deacon Blue.
FRI 20:30 Top of the Pops (m000y8wx)
Mark Goodier presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 6 June 1991 and featuring Northside, Madonna and Marillion.
FRI 21:05 BBC Proms (m000y8wz)
First Night of the Proms: Part 2
Katie Derham presents from the Royal Albert Hall, as the opening concert of the 2021 Proms season continues in front of a live audience. Conductor Dalia Stasevska and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Sibelius’s thrilling Second Symphony. They are joined by soloists including soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn and tenor Allan Clayton for the world premiere of When Soft Voices Die, a poignant piece for our times by Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan.
FRI 22:15 Mark Ronson: From the Heart (m0009dg5)
Mark Ronson is undoubtedly one of the biggest music producers in the world.
The phenomenal success of Shallow and A Star is Born with Lady Gaga and the awards that then followed including a Grammy, a golden globe and an Oscar have cemented Mark's status as a global hitmaker.
His biggest hit to date is of course, Uptown Funk, which is one of the most watched YouTube clips of all time. He has received numerous awards including seven Grammys, two Brits, a Golden Globe and that Oscar!
Mark has worked with some of the biggest names in music including amongst others Lady Gaga, Queens of the Stone Age, Q-Tip, Duran Duran, Miley Cyrus, Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse.
Back to Black is the seminal album from the supremely talented late Amy Winehouse, which saw her break out as an original and unique star and Mark as a hugely talented producer.
We talk to Mark's family and friends and get exclusive look into previously unseen archive and personal family photographs. We follow Mark in London, Los Angeles and New York at work and at home. Mark tells us how he came into music, growing up in a musical family. We find out his musical influences and how he started as a hip-hop DJ in New York in the early 90s. He discusses the projects that worked and the ones that didn't.
Mark opens up about his broken marriage and how this album Late Night Feelings, on which he worked with a plethora of female talent including the incredible Yebba, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, and Lykke Li.
The programme features interviews from Lady Gaga, Q-Tip, Boy George, Simon Le Bon, Josh Homme, Quincy Jones and Bradley Cooper.
FRI 23:30 Electric Proms (m000y8x1)
Mark Ronson performs reworked tracks from his album Version, backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and featuring a line-up of special guests including Lily Allen, Sean Lennon and Terry Hall.
FRI 00:30 Singer-Songwriters at the BBC (b015f5c8)
The celebration of the singing songwriting troubadours of the 1960s and 70s continues with a further trawl through the BBC archives for timeless and classic performances.
Don McLean performs his huge hit American Pie from 1972 and Tim Buckley provides some sublime sounds with a rendition of his song Happy Time. Also making an appearance is the long-lamented John Martyn, folk queen Sandy Denny and, in a duet with Joe Egan as Stealers Wheel, the late Gerry Rafferty. Stealers Wheel chum and one-time collaborator Rab Noakes also makes a contribution to this compilation.
Leonard Cohen and Julie Felix present a unique collaboration and performance of Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye, and there's an unforgettable performance of Case of You by Joni Mitchell. No celebration of this genre would be complete without contributions from songwriting heavyweights such as Elton John, Paul Simon, Loudon Wainwright III and Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens.
FRI 01:30 Top of the Pops (m000y8wv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today
FRI 02:00 Top of the Pops (m000y8wx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today
FRI 02:30 Gregory Porter's Popular Voices (b09gvqj9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today