SAT 19:00 Sahara with Michael Palin (b0078zpm)
A Line in the Sand

Series in which Michael Palin explores nine fascinating countries and their cultures during a trek across the Sahara Desert.

It is the size of the United States with the population of Norfolk, but first Michael has to get there. Gibraltar is the launching pad, and with a 21-gun salute in honour of the Queen's birthday ringing in his ears, he crosses the Straits to Tangier in Morocco.

It is only after pausing in Fez and Marrakech, and scaling the High Atlas, that Michael enters real desert. This is hard, hot country, controlled by the Polisario Front who have been in confrontation with the Moroccans for over 25 years. But this inhospitable land is softened by the warmth shown by the Sahawari people, who guide Michael south to the Mauritanian border. Here he climbs aboard the 'longest train in the world', breaking his journey at Chinguetti.

There is just time for Michael to defeat the local champion at a game of desert draughts, played with stalks and camel droppings, before he gets literally taken over by the 24th Paris-Dakar Rally and its sole surviving British entrant, Dave Hammond from Cirencester.

SAT 20:00 Snooker: World Championship (m001lcvr)

Day 8: Evening Session

Coverage of the evening session of day eight at the 2023 World Snooker Championship.

SAT 21:00 Lost: Those Who Kill (p0f48j74)
Series 1

Episode 5

Three years on, Louise has moved to Aarhus to make a fresh start, but the past catches up with her when she meets Frederik again. He involves her in a new case in which a disabled woman has been found dead. Frederik thinks she was murdered, and the ensuing investigation seems to suggest that the dead body is a part of a larger pattern.

In Danish with English subtitles.

SAT 21:45 Lost: Those Who Kill (p0f48jst)
Series 1

Episode 6

Louise and Frederik discover a connection between Bjørn and Alberte, who both grew up in the Breidablik commune. Louise visits the commune undercover in order to assist the police in their investigation and quickly notices the charismatic leader, Jon, who has a special relationship with Alberte.

In Danish with English subtitles.

SAT 22:30 Ripping Yarns (b0074s5g)
Series 1

Escape from Stalag Luft 112B

A tale of courage and fortitude behind the lines in the Kaiser's Germany. A British POW's constant escape attempts exasperate his German captors - and his fellow prisoners.

SAT 23:00 Ripping Yarns (b0074s66)
Series 1

Murder at Moorstones Manor

Hugo and Dora drive down to see Mumsie and Dadsie-pie for a long weekend in the country. But their tophole weekend turns out to be longer than they thought.

SAT 23:30 British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves (b07vxlnl)
Documentary celebrating the British sitcom and taking a look at the social and political context from which our favourite sitcoms grew. We enjoy a trip through the comedy archive in the company of the people who made some of the very best British sitcoms. From The Likely Lads to I'm Alan Partridge, we find out the inspiration behind some of the most-loved characters and how they reflect the times they were living in.

Narrated by Rebecca Front, with commentary and insider knowledge from Steve Coogan, Richard Curtis, Beryl Vertue, James Corden, Jack Dee and top writing team Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

SAT 00:30 Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema (m000r6gq)
Series 3

British Comedy

Mark Kermode returns with a third series of his Secrets of Cinema in which he explores the conventions that underpin our favourite movies and examines the techniques film-makers use to keep us coming back for more.

In a revealing look at one of the defining genres of British cinema, Mark argues that comedy films win laughs by tapping into our abiding national preoccupations. We love to root for the underdog or 'little man', a key figure who appears in countless guises. We delight in seeing class and manners satirised and subverted. We’re fascinated by films that mix comedy and crime. We enjoy home-grown pastiches and parodies that take the big beasts of Hollywood down a peg. And then there’s the infamous phenomenon of the British sex comedy...

From side-splitting classics to overlooked gems, Mark shows how making fools of ourselves can make for seriously good cinema.

SAT 01:30 Sahara with Michael Palin (b0078zpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]

SAT 02:30 Measuring Mass: The Last Artefact (m000znw3)
Just outside Paris, inside a hi-tech vault, and encased in three vacuum-sealed bell jars, rests a small metallic cylinder about the diameter of a golf ball.

It may not look like much, but it is one of the most important objects on the planet. It affects nearly every aspect of our lives including the food we eat, the cars we drive, even the medicines we take. It is the kilogramme, the base unit of mass in the International System of Units. This small hunk of metal is the object against which all others are measured. Yet over time, its mass has mysteriously eroded by the weight of an eyelash. A change that, unbeknownst to most, unleashed a crisis with potentially dire consequences.

Measuring Mass: The Last Artefact follows the ensuing high-stakes, two-year race to redefine the weight of the world, and tells the story of one of the most important objects on the planet.


SUN 19:00 Coast (b0844rk2)
Series 8 Reversions

All at Sea 2

The Coast team are all at sea as they head offshore to explore surprising stories.

SUN 19:05 The Queen's Realm (m001ll1f)

An aerial anthology of film, poetry and music with commentary by Sir John Betjeman. A look from the air at England through the seasons of the year. From the cliffs of Cornwall to the Fame Islands, from Castle Howard to Harlow New Town - this is a land of wild uplands and tamed suburbia, of rural solitude and seaside holiday camps, of industrial chimneys and landscaped gardens, of Roman walls, Georgian canals, steam engines and motorways.

For his commentary, Sir John Betjeman has chosen verse from the English poets, ranging from Shakespeare to Philip Larkin.

SUN 20:00 Snooker: World Championship (m001lcvq)

Day 9: Evening Session

Coverage of the evening session of day nine at the 2023 World Snooker Championship.

SUN 21:00 The Alehouse Sessions (m001lcvt)
The exotic musical sound-world of 17th-century London is brought vividly to life by one of the world's most dynamic and virtuosic performing groups - Bjarte Eike and Barokksolistene - plus a cameo appearance by celebrated soprano Mary Bevan.

Beauty, improvisation, melancholy, bawdiness - Purcell, Playford and their European contemporaries bang heads with ballads, ditties, elegies, sea-shanties and folk song. Along with a variety of classical stringed instruments, their own arrangements delight us in a joyful mix of vocals, percussion, harmonium, guitar, charango and storytelling.

Filmed on location in one of London's oldest taverns, The George Inn, Southwark.

SUN 22:00 David Copperfield (p00x9tqm)
Episode 1

First part of the adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel. Starring a young Daniel Radcliffe.

SUN 23:25 The Art Mysteries with Waldemar Januszczak (m000h3dw)
Series 1

Cezanne's Card Players

The Card Players is one of Cezanne’s best-known pictures, but it is also one of his most mysterious. Why did the so-called father of modern art paint two old men hunched over a game of cards? What is the picture trying to tell us?

By exploring Cezanne’s puzzling religious beliefs and his passion for Mary Magdalene, the patron saint of Provence, Waldemar Januszczak uncovers the surprising secrets of a haunting masterpiece.

SUN 23:55 Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Monumental Art (b0bjj23v)
In the summer of 2018, on the Serpentine in London's Hyde Park, world-renowned artist Christo created his first public work of art in the UK. Inspired by ancient Mesopotamian tombs, the Mastaba is constructed from 7,506 painted oil barrels and weighs six hundred tonnes. It is the latest work in a career spanning half a century and stretching across the world. His work to date have included surrounding 11 islands off the Florida coast with pink polypropylene and wrapping Berlin's Reichstag and the Pont Neuf in Paris.

This programme charts the creation of the Mastaba - from the first barrels being put on the water to its final unveiling - and paints a portrait of Christo as he looks back on a life spent making provocative works of art with his wife and partner Jeanne-Claude.

Christo reveals how he funds his projects with a unique business model, and how the long, tortuous and often combative process of gaining permissions and winning people over is part of his artistic
endeavour. He also talks about his escape from the communist east and his early work in 1960s Paris.

A cast of friends, fellow artists, collectors and critics lend their voices to the documentary, including performance artist Marina Abramovic, New Yorker journalist and architectural critic Paul Goldberger, former New York major Michael Bloomberg, writer and art critic Marina Vaizey and architect Sir Norman Foster.

SUN 00:55 Dawn Chorus: The Sounds of Spring (b05ttkx2)
The birdsong of sunrise in all its uninterrupted glory, free from the voiceover and music of traditional television.

With the first glimmers of sunlight, the birds of Britain's woodland, heathland and parkland burst into song. This is an opportunity to sit back and enjoy a portrait of three very different habitats and the natural splendour of their distinctive chorus.

SUN 01:55 The Queen's Realm (m001ll1f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:05 today]

SUN 02:50 The Art Mysteries with Waldemar Januszczak (m000h3dw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:25 today]


MON 19:00 Great Asian Railway Journeys (m000f1tn)
Series 1

Hanoi to Ha Long Bay

Steered by his 1913 Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael continues his thousand-mile journey through what was then French Indochina and is today the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Approaching Hanoi aboard the Unification Railway, Michael passes the famous train street, where the locomotive passes within centimetres of the houses either side of the tracks.

Checking into the capital’s famous Metropole Hotel, built at the time of his guidebook, Michael discovers a bunker where guests sheltered from American bombardment during the Vietnam War. And at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Michael hears about the nationalist leader and his struggle for independence for Vietnam. Egg coffee is a new experience in the Old Quarter and a water puppet show is a hit.

At a former Soviet factory, which once supplied military uniforms to the North Vietnamese army and Viet Cong, Michael discovers a progressive new manufacturer that supplies sportswear to the United States Olympic team. Michael works out with the workers.

The vast container port of Haiphong offers Michael an insight into Vietnam’s future. He ends his journey amid the spectacular limestone islets and turquoise waters of Halong Bay.

MON 19:30 Handmade in Japan (b08v8gxl)
Series 1

Samurai Sword

On the island of Kyushu in Japan, one of the country's last remaining families of Samurai sword makers are continuing a tradition their ancestors began 230 years ago. Working with his brother and son, Shiro Kunimitsu is dedicated to perfecting the art of producing swords of exceptional sharpness and durability. This film follows Shiro and his family as they lovingly craft a sword - a process that takes many months. We discover the importance of the sword in the ancient Samurai code, its enduring spiritual and symbolic power, and the challenges facing the dwindling numbers of sword makers in Japan today.

MON 20:00 Snooker: World Championship (m001lcvj)

Day 10: Evening Session

Coverage of the evening session of day ten at the 2023 World Snooker Championship.

MON 21:00 Flying Scotsman 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. 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.

MON 22:00 The Flying Scotsman: A Rail Romance (b008m6wb)
As it celebrates its 90th birthday, Barbara Flynn narrates the story of the nation's love affair with the Flying Scotsman, the steam locomotive that symbolises all that was great about British engineering.

MON 23:00 Endgame in Ireland (p0f9d0b4)
Series 1

Guns and Government

New Labour brokers a ceasefire that finally brings Sinn Fein and the Ulster Unionists to the negotiating table to form the historic Good Friday Agreement. But despite Tony Blair's decommissioning plans, more than three years after the Agreement, another British Prime Minister faces another Northern Ireland crisis.

From 2001.

MON 00:00 Great Asian Railway Journeys (m000f1tn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]

MON 00:30 Handmade in Japan (b08v8gxl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

MON 01:00 Flying Scotsman from the Footplate (b087k5rf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]

MON 02:00 The Flying Scotsman: A Rail Romance (b008m6wb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]


TUE 19:00 Great Asian Railway Journeys (m000f8qv)
Series 1

Jakarta to Bogor

Michael Portillo’s 2500-mile railway tour of south east Asia reaches its southern most point in Indonesia. His journey crosses the island of Java at the heart of this archipelago nation of 270 million people.

In the heaving capital city of Jakarta, Michael uncovers Indonesia’s Dutch colonial past and its rich history as a port but discovers its future is uncertain. He negotiates the city’s notorious traffic, makes a colourful cycle ride, tries the newly launched MRT metro and dines out on Jakarta’s famous street food. He admires Bogor’s Botanical Gardens, now a centre for research and conservation, and finds they were developed by an Englishman, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, once Governor of Java.

TUE 19:30 Handmade in Japan (p054mclh)
Series 1


The second episode takes us to the remarkable island of Amami Oshima in the southern oceans of Japan, to follow the elaborate handmade production of a traditional Japanese kimono. Over 500 people are involved in producing the island's famous mud-dyed silk, which takes many months.

The film follows the painstaking process of the silk being bound, hand-dyed, woven and finally turned into a kimono by a seamstress. Along the way, we not only discover the history of the kimono tradition, but also the many difficulties facing the kimono industry in modern Japan.

TUE 20:00 Snooker: World Championship (m001lczd)

Day 11: Evening Session

Coverage of the evening session of day 11 at the 2023 World Snooker Championship.

TUE 21:00 The Crucible: 40 Golden Snooker Years (b08nt19b)
Steve Davis goes back to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield to celebrate 40 years of the snooker world championships.

If the walls of this famous regional theatre could talk, they would tell tales of tears, triumphs, occasional debauchery, laughter and top-class sport.

With contributions from snooker legends Dennis Taylor, Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White and super-fans Stephen Fry and Richard Osman.

TUE 22:00 Storyville (m001lczg)
Nelly and Nadine: Ravensbrück, 1944

A Storyville documentary about two women who fall in love in the Ravensbrück concentration camp.

TUE 23:30 Return to Pembrokeshire Farm (b00nk324)
Episode 4

Griff's restoration on the cottage is almost complete, except now there is a problem with the roof on both the mill and the cottage. Meanwhile, George is off to visit one of the last working water mills in Wales to get ideas for the interior of the mill.

TUE 00:00 Colour: The Spectrum of Science (b06nxwld)
Colours of Life

We live in a world ablaze with colour. Rainbows and rainforests, oceans and humanity, earth is the most colourful place we know of. But the colours we see are far more complex and fascinating than they appear. In this series, Dr Helen Czerski uncovers what colour is, how it works, and how it has written the story of our planet - from the colours that transformed a dull ball of rock into a vivid jewel to the colours that life has used to survive and thrive. But the story doesn't end there - there are also the colours that we can't see, the ones that lie beyond the rainbow. Each one has a fascinating story to tell.

The raw, early Earth had plenty of colour, but that was nothing compared with what was going to come next. That canvas was about to be painted with a vast new palette - and the source of those colours was life. Green is the colour of the natural world and yet it's the one colour that plants have evolved not to use.

The huge diversity of human skin tones tells the story of how humanity spread and ultimately conquered the planet. But the true masters of colour turn out to be some of the smallest and most elusive. Helen travels to the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee during the one week in the year when fireflies light up the night sky with their colourful mating display. And she reveals the marine animals that hide from the world by changing the colour of their skin.

TUE 01:00 Horizon (b038p1pm)

Monitor Me

Dr Kevin Fong explores a medical revolution that promises to help us live longer, healthier lives. Inspired by the boom in health-related apps and gadgets, it's all about novel ways we can monitor ourselves around the clock. How we exercise, how we sleep, even how we sit.

Some doctors are now prescribing apps the way they once prescribed pills. Kevin meets the pioneers of this revolution. From the England Rugby 7s team, whose coach knows more about his players' health than a doctor would, to the most monitored man in the world who diagnosed a life threatening disease from his own data, without going to the doctor.

TUE 02:00 Great Asian Railway Journeys (m000f8qv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]

TUE 02:30 Handmade in Japan (p054mclh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]


WED 19:00 Great Asian Railway Journeys (m000f9b9)
Series 1

Jakarta to Borobudur/Kutoarjo

Michael continues his journey across the largest island of the Indonesian archipelago, from the capital, Jakarta. His seven-hour railway journey takes him through rainforests and paddy fields as he heads to the volcanic heart of Java’s Central Province. He visits Java’s most dangerous volcano, Mount Merapi, and learns how over 300 people were killed when it erupted in 2010.

In the nearby village of Bendo, Michael tries his hand at the traditional art of noodle-making. This leg of Michael’s journey ends at the country’s greatest ancient monument, the magnificent Borobudur Temple, where he hears that the world’s largest Buddhist shrine lay hidden under volcanic ash for centuries.

WED 19:30 Handmade in Japan (p054mcvv)
Series 1

Mingei Pottery

The final episode features one of Japan's most famous family of potters - the Hamadas. Shoji Hamada was a major figure in the Mingei folk art movement of the 1920s and '30s and helped turn the town of Mashiko into a major centre of ceramics, famous for its thick and rustic pottery. He also spent time in Britain where he taught renowned St Ives potter Bernard Leach the art of Japanese pottery.

Today, his grandson Tomoo Hamada continues the family tradition and this film follows him at work, painstakingly shaping his pots and firing them in an old-style wood-fuelled kiln. We also hear how Tomoo played a vital role in saving Mashiko as a pottery centre after many of its kilns were destroyed in the 2011 earthquake.

WED 20:00 Snooker: World Championship (m001lczj)

Day 12: Evening Session

Coverage of the evening session of day 12 at the 2023 World Snooker Championship.

WED 21:00 Davis v Taylor: The '85 Black Ball Final (b00s9dg4)
A look back at one of British sport's golden moments - the 1985 World Championship Snooker final. At its peak, over 18 and a half million people sat glued to their sets as Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor battled past midnight to a final and deciding black ball, BBC Two's biggest ever audience.

Colin Murray journeys around the UK filling in the gaps on the first time that he was allowed to see the other side of midnight. Along the way he finds answers to questions such as where did Dennis's 'upside-down glasses' actually come from? What really went on behind those dressing room doors? How did you spread the news in a world without mobile phones? And how different would the lives of the two protagonists have been if the result had been reversed that night?

Featuring contributions from Barry McGuigan, Ted Lowe, Stephen Hendry and Barry Hearn.

WED 22:00 Amongst Women (m001lczl)
Series 1

Episode 3

Michael is infatuated with Nell and begins to defy his father's dominance. Luke's star is rising, Sheila has met her match, and Maggie heads for married life.

WED 22:55 Amongst Women (m001lczn)
Series 1

Episode 4

Sheila's wedding offers a last chance for Luke and Moran to be reconciled. For Moran's daughters, however, his decline reminds them that were never able to leave him. In a bid to help, they organise a family reunion.

WED 23:50 Return to Pembrokeshire Farm (b00npjt1)
Episode 5

It is the day of the festival. The showman's wagon is revealed in all its glory and festivalgoers have a chance to see work in progress. With the cottage and the mill completed, Griff and George reflect on George's first job as an architectural designer.

WED 00:20 The Crucible: 40 Golden Snooker Years (b08nt19b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday]

WED 01:20 Great Asian Railway Journeys (m000f9b9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]

WED 01:50 Handmade in Japan (p054mcvv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]

WED 02:20 Davis v Taylor: The '85 Black Ball Final (b00s9dg4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


THU 19:00 Timeshift (b068fvln)
Series 15

The Trains That Time Forgot: Britain's Lost Railway Journeys

Timeshift journeys back to a lost era of rail travel, when trains had names, character and style. Once the pride of the railway companies that ran them, the named train is now largely consigned to railway history.

Writer and presenter Andrew Martin asks why we once named trains and why we don't do so anymore. He embarks on three railway journeys around Britain, following the routes of three of the most famous named trains - the Flying Scotsman, the Cornish Riviera Express and the Brighton Belle. We reflect on travel during the golden age of railways - when the journey itself was as important as reaching your destination - and compare those same journeys with the passenger experience today.

THU 20:00 Snooker: World Championship (m001ldjp)

Day 13: Evening Session

Coverage of the evening session of day 13 at the 2023 World Snooker Championship.

THU 21:00 Stan & Ollie (m000sdz8)
Once the world's most famous comedy double act, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy reunite for a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. As they set out on their demanding schedule, with their wives back home in the US, Stan is distracted by his attempts to pin down the producer of their proposed comeback film and Ollie tries to heal a rift caused by a perceived professional betrayal.

THU 22:30 The Belles of St Trinian's (m000j4cr)
The unruly schoolgirls of St Trinian's are more interested in men and mischief than homework and hockey. But greater trouble than ever beckons when the arrival at the school of Princess Fatima of Makyad coincides with the return of recently expelled Arabella Fritton, who has the kidnap of a prize racehorse on her mind.

The first film in the classic comedy series.

THU 00:00 David Copperfield (p00x9tqm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Sunday]

THU 01:30 Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Monumental Art (b0bjj23v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:55 on Sunday]

THU 02:30 Timeshift (b068fvln)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


FRI 19:00 Top of the Pops (m001ldnz)
Mark Goodier presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 4 August 1994 and featuring Maxx, Level 42, Ce Ce Peniston, Status Quo, Rozalla, Whitesnake, PJ & Duncan, Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry and Wet Wet Wet.

FRI 19:30 Top of the Pops (m001ldp8)
Simon Mayo presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 10 August 1994 and featuring Red Dragon with Brian & Tony Gold, The Brand New Heavies, The Future Sound of London, Shampoo, DJ Miko, Joe Cocker, Carleen Anderson, Let Loose and Wet Wet Wet.

FRI 20:00 Top of the Pops (b09szqds)
Mike Read and Gary Davies present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 25 April 1985.

FRI 20:30 Top of the Pops (m0007f4k)
Gary Davies and Nicky Campbell present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 28 April 1988 and featuring Pat and Mick, James Brown, Fairground Attraction, Brenda Russell, The Primitives, Luther Vandross, Joyce Sims, Bananarama, Will Downing, S'Express and Scott Fitzgerald.

FRI 21:00 Snooker: World Championship (m001ldpj)

Day 14: Evening Session

Coverage of the evening session of day 14 at the 2023 World Snooker Championship.

FRI 23:00 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.

FRI 00:00 Zappa (m0010rl8)
The first all-access documentary - which was years in the making - about the legendary icon, Frank Zappa. It conveys the scope of his prodigious and varied creative output and the breadth of his extraordinary personal and political life.

The documentary team was granted exclusive access by Frank's wife Gail to a vast collection of unreleased music, movies, incomplete projects, unseen interviews and unheard concert recordings. Much of these were deteriorating and in danger of being lost forever.

FRI 02:05 Top of the Pops (b09szqds)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]

FRI 02:35 Top of the Pops (m0007f4k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]

FRI 03:05 Top of the Pops (m001ldnz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]