SATURDAY 27 JANUARY 2024
SAT 19:00 James May's Big Trouble in Model Britain (m00030wh)
Two-part documentary, introduced and narrated by model train enthusiast James May, that follows a year inside Hornby Hobbies - an iconic British toymaker on the brink of collapse. But this is no ordinary business series - this is a series about model train and plane obsessives, both inside and outside the company, all of whom desperately need the company to survive.
In episode one, we join Hornby as they face their biggest crisis in a generation. The company has lost £30M in the past five years and sales across all three of their major brands - Scalextric, Airfix and Hornby Railways - are down.
A new boss, Lyndon Davies, has been appointed to turn the company’s dismal fortunes around and he has brought back some company veterans to help in the fight for survival.
Simon Kohler, known affectionately as ‘Mr Hornby’ has been brought back after a four-year absence. He assesses the decline of his beloved company and attempts to reconnect with Hornby’s dissatisfied customer base and retailers.
Meanwhile, in a bid to revitalise Airfix, Lyndon tasks a master amateur model builder, Jim Bren, with the biggest build of his model-making life – the largest reconstruction of the Hellcat plane ever attempted by the company.
We get the opportunity to delve into the highly secretive world of the company’s design and development process. We meet Ken, head of the audio research laboratory, as he struggles to find the perfect cat sound, as well as other veterans like head of archives Peter, who has some very strong words on how he feels the company has been managed.
We also meet the people whose pastimes are at stake, such as the members of the Double O Gauge Association. We follow them as they prepare for one of the biggest events in the model railway enthusiast’s diary – The Great Electric Train Show in Milton Keynes – where their fictitious village of Batcombe is ready for its unveiling to the public.
SAT 20:00 Arctic with Bruce Parry (b00ydbl9)
Bruce travels to the far north of Canada to live with the Caribou people and witness their annual spring hunt. The Gwitchin tribe has hunted migrating caribou in the Arctic wilderness for thousands of years, but this tradition is now under threat from oil exploration.
Bruce then heads south to the tar sands of Alberta, home to the second largest oil reserves in the world, to discover how native people cope when the oil industry moves into their territory.
SAT 21:00 Señorita 89 (m001tklr)
Jocy is released from prison and discovers the dangerous world of La Madrina, realising that people consider her a saint. Isabel breaks ties with Canalvisa and goes to work at MexTV, offering to be Raul's wife and help him reach the presidency.
SAT 21:50 Señorita 89 (m001tklt)
Isabel and Raul publicly announce their politically tinted engagement. Jocy is reborn as a popular queen who defies the established order and challenges Isabel to a popular vote to determine who the true queen is.
SAT 22:35 Parkinson (m001vvtx)
Judi Dench, Peter Kay, Charlotte Uhlenbroek and Will Young
Michael Parkinson talks to Dame Judi Dench, comedian Peter Kay and zoologist and TV presenter Charlotte Uhlenbroek. With music from Will Young.
SAT 23:35 Talking Pictures (b04grt22)
Sylvia Syms presents rarely seen footage from the BBC archives that explores the life and career of one of Britain's best-loved actors, Dame Judi Dench.
SAT 00:15 To the Manor Born (b0078629)
Stately sitcom. DeVere moves his multinational grocery business to the manor and crosses swords with Audrey over a fireplace.
SAT 00:40 Yes, Prime Minister (b0074rsm)
Sir Humphrey has skilfully moved Dorothy Wainwright, the PM's political advisor, out of her office. She insists on moving back and tells Jim that he is letting Humphrey become too dominant.
SAT 01:10 James May's Big Trouble in Model Britain (m00030wh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
SAT 02:10 Arctic with Bruce Parry (b00ydbl9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today
SUNDAY 28 JANUARY 2024
SUN 19:00 Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer (b087vhpv)
The Wildest Winter
Patrick follows the grizzly bears that are taking a risk with the weather by leaving their winter dens early. Hungry wolves are struggling to bring down their elk prey in the unusually shallow snow. And for great grey owls, it is the iciness of the snow that is hampering their hunts.
Yellowstone's winter is always one of the most brutal on the planet. But 2016 saw weather records broken, and the wildlife was forced to adapt to survive. Kate Humble gets to grips with the science behind this remarkable season, from understanding the importance of the snowpack's structure as the melt begins to uncovering why Yellowstone's unique geology poses problems for some grazers' teeth.
SUN 20:00 BBC Proms (b069gbrw)
Friday Night at the Proms: Leonard Bernstein - Stage and Screen
A Proms programme celebrating the legendary composer, conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein. The John Wilson Orchestra is joined by the Maida Vale singers and vocalists Louise Dearman and Julian Ovenden to perform a selection of Bernstein's biggest hits from the likes of West Side Story, On the Waterfront, Candide and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
SUN 22:00 ... Sings Musicals (b019jshd)
A delve into the BBC archives for an eclectic mix of performances from musicals from the 60s to the present. Featuring the likes of Ella Fitzgerald singing Mack the Knife from the Threepenny Opera, Captain Sensible performing a classic from South Pacific, Jeff Beck going down the yellow brick road of Oz, Jay Z taking on Annie, and all points in between.
SUN 23:00 imagine... (b09wwtxf)
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Memories
Andrew Lloyd Webber has reigned over musical theatre for nearly five decades and delighted millions worldwide with hit shows like Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love and, most recently, School of Rock the Musical.
To mark his 70th year, Lloyd Webber has written an autobiography - Unmasked, a candid and confessional account of his early life and career up to the opening of Phantom. In this imagine special, Alan Yentob talks to Andrew about the book, his bohemian childhood and the memories he has chosen to reveal.
SUN 00:30 Katherine Jenkins - Intimate Romantic (b00g8h7z)
Katherine Jenkins presents a collection of her favourite songs within the striking setting of Margam Park house and gardens. From her evergreen hit Time to Say Goodbye to Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You, this intimate concert is not to be missed. Her special guests are Classic Brit Award winners Blake.
SUN 01:30 ... Sings Musicals (b019jshd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today
SUN 02:30 Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer (b087vhpv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
MONDAY 29 JANUARY 2024
MON 19:00 Planet Earth II (p048sflc)
Remote islands offer sanctuary for some of the planet's strangest and rarest creatures. The rare pygmy three-toed sloth enjoys a peaceful existence on an idyllic Caribbean island, while nesting albatross thrive in predator-free isolation.
But island life always comes at a cost. On the Galapagos Islands, young marine iguana must escape an onslaught of deadly racer snakes the moment they hatch from the sand. On the sub-Antarctic island of Zavodovski, life gets more extreme still. Every day, one and a half million penguins risk being battered against the rocks by fierce waves as they try to get on and off the island.
MON 20:00 Art of Persia (m000k48g)
Since Ayatollah Khomeini brought revolution to Iran in 1979, the country has become a byword for radical Islam. Western documentary teams are seldom given access, but broadcaster and journalist Samira Ahmed has been given a rare opportunity to discover Iran’s rich, colourful culture and extraordinary history.
In this first episode, Samira journeys to places rarely seen by western audiences to reveal how the Persian Empire was born, the mysterious writing of its early people and how Iran’s powerful kings built a vast empire that became the envy of the ancient world.
MON 21:00 Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime (p0535lq5)
Celebrating Billy Connolly's seventy-fifth 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.
MON 22:00 Arena (m001vvvj)
Byrne About Byrne
In this diverse and inventive autobiography, painter and author John Byrne travels from his youth, through his art school years to the period of his stage and TV plays, and on to his death, sometime in the future.
With him is Robbie Coltrane as himself and as a shamus invented by Byrne, who discovers there are as many aspects to the author as there are actors playing him.
MON 22:55 What Do Artists Do All Day? (b0392hqq)
This documentary offers a snapshot of the life of artist and writer John Byrne as he completes a large mural for the dome of the King's Theatre in Edinburgh. The film follows Byrne from the intimacy of his Edinburgh home and studio - with a wealth of anecdotes and memories - to the theatre, where he oversees the completion of his latest work.
Born and brought up in Paisley, John Byrne now lives in Edinburgh; the cameras follow him as he cycles and walks its streets, meeting people and reflecting on the buzz of the festival city.
MON 23:25 Du Fu: China's Greatest Poet (m000h3dq)
Sir Ian McKellen reads the poetry, Michael Wood traces the journey on the ground. Together they conjure up the extraordinary life, times and words of China’s greatest poet, Du Fu.
From the Yellow River to the Yangtze Gorges, and down to the forested hills of Hunan, Michael Wood travels in the footsteps of China’s most-loved poet. Born in 712, the age of Beowulf in Britain, Du Fu lived through the violent fall of China’s brilliant Tang dynasty. As rebel armies sacked the capital, and floods and famine wrecked the country, he was forced to flee, taking his family on the roads as refugees.
But out of these events he produced what Harvard’s Stephen Owen calls ‘the greatest poems in the Chinese language’, words that ever since have been seen as an expression of what it means to be Chinese. ‘There is Dante, there’s Shakespeare, and there’s Du Fu,’ says Owen. ‘These poets create the very standard by which great poetry is judged.' But though in the east Du Fu is an immortal, in the west, even today, few have even heard of him.
In this film, the first to ever be made about Du Fu in the west, Michael follows his tracks by road, train and riverboat. Along the way, he meets ordinary people, dancers and musicians, who help to tell the amazing story of a poet whose words have resonated through the centuries, describing the experiences of ordinary people caught up in war, corruption, famine and natural disasters. ‘I am one of the privileged. If my life is so bitter, then how much worse is the life of the common people?'
In China, poets have always been seen as the trusted chroniclers of the people’s hearts and the nation’s history. And for the Chinese, Du Fu is 'more than a poet,' says Wood. 'For generations he has been the guardian of the moral conscience of the nation.'
MON 00:25 Brotherhood: The Inner Life of Monks (m000tpzb)
The monks of Mount St Bernard Abbey, a community of 25 men, more than half of whom are over 80 years old, are opening the first Trappist brewery in the UK. For their historic, countercultural lifestyle to survive, the venture must succeed.
In the meantime, as the monks reflect on spirituality, ageing and the end of life, the number of burials in the abbey graveyard continues to grow.
MON 01:25 Planet Earth II (p048sflc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
MON 02:25 Art of Persia (m000k48g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today
TUESDAY 30 JANUARY 2024
TUE 19:00 Planet Earth II (b08397lq)
The great mountain ranges are some of the planet's most spectacular landscapes, but they are unforgiving places to live in, and only a few animals have what it takes to live at extreme altitude. Mountain animals are amongst the most elusive in the world, and this film provides unique and intimate glimpses into their secretive lives.
Witness the moment four snow leopards come together when a mother and cub become trapped between two rival males. Join grizzly bears as they dance against trees to rub off their winter fur and soar with golden eagles hunting amongst Europe's snow-capped peaks.
TUE 20:00 To the Manor Born (b007862s)
The Summer Hunt Ball
The summer ball for the local hunt is coming up, but with the change in ownership at Grantleigh, there's some confusion over who should arrange the event of the season.
TUE 20:30 Yes, Prime Minister (b0074rtb)
A Real Partnership
Classic political sitcom. The government runs into a financial crisis just as MPs are due for a pay rise.
TUE 21:00 England's Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey (b09m5rpg)
Jane has been installed in the Tower of London by a powerful cabal of men in the royal court. They want to keep the Catholic Mary Tudor from power. Meanwhile, Mary has assembled an army and is ready to fight back.
Led by the manipulative Duke of Northumberland, Jane's forces have assembled close to Mary's castle at Framlingham. Poised on the brink of battle, the two sides are evenly matched and the outcome hangs by a thread. When a key supporter of Jane's defects to Mary's side, taking with him thousands of followers, the balance tips. The Duke of Northumberland is thrown into confusion and the country holds its breath to see what will happen next.
On the final day of Jane's nine-day reign, the men who placed her on the throne abandon her and switch sides to join Mary. Their ringleader is Jane's own uncle, the Earl of Arundel.
Jane and her father, the Duke of Suffolk, are prisoners in the Tower as Mary enters London in triumph.
Jane is put on trial, but at first her life is spared. It is only when Jane's father joins a second rebellion that Mary takes action. She decrees that Jane, her husband and her father should be executed.
Helen Castor discovers that despite her reign lasting only nine days, Jane did leave a legacy - when Elizabeth I finally inherits the throne the lessons she learned from observing Jane's struggles help her to rule for 44 years. And, crucially, that Jane opened the door for a woman to rule England in her own right.
TUE 22:00 Storyville (m001vvvc)
Beyond Utopia: Escape from North Korea
A suspenseful, immersive look at the lengths to which people will go to gain freedom. The film follows various individuals as they attempt to flee North Korea, one of the most oppressive places on earth and a land they grew up believing was a paradise.
At the film’s core are a mother desperate to reunite with the child she was forced to leave behind; a family of five - including small children and an elderly grandmother - embarking on a treacherous journey across the Yalu River and into the hostile mountains of China; and a South Korean Christian pastor on a mission to help them.
Leaving their homeland is fraught with danger - severe punishment if caught and possibly even execution - as well as potential exploitation by unscrupulous brokers. Family members who remain behind may also face retribution. Yet these individuals are driven to take the risk.
Gripping, visceral and urgent, Madeleine Gavin’s film embeds the viewer with these family members as they attempt their perilous escape, palpably conveying life-or-death stakes.
TUE 23:50 The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts (b0by3gfy)
In this landmark living history series, a late 1800s Victorian arts and crafts commune in the Welsh hills has been painstakingly brought back to life as a group of 21st-century crafters move in to experience the highs and lows of living and working together as a creative commune. Over their month-long stay they are set to renovate four of the key rooms in the house.
In the first episode Anita Rani is joined by internationally renowned potter Keith Brymer Jones and arts and crafts expert and dealer Patch Rogers, as the six crafters are faced with the challenge of breathing life back into the Victorian parlour. Using original Victorian tools and techniques, they create arts and crafts objects including a Sussex chair, CR Ashbee bowl and William Morris-inspired wallpaper - all from scratch and all in a week.
All the while, they are also 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 and Crafts movement, both as a power for artistic and social change? Will the arts and crafts life make them better crafters and reconnect them creatively to what they love?
TUE 00:50 Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime (p0535lq5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday
TUE 01:50 Planet Earth II (b08397lq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
TUE 02:50 England's Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey (b09m5rpg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2024
WED 19:00 Planet Earth II (b083wt7z)
Jungles provide the richest habitats on the planet - mysterious worlds of high drama where extraordinary animals attempt to survive in the most competitive place on earth. Flooded forests are home to caiman-hunting jaguars and strange dolphins that swim amongst the tree tops, while in the dense underworld, ninja frogs fight off wasps and flying dragons soar between trees. Acrobatic indri leap through the forests of Madagascar, while the jungle night conceals strange fungi and glow-in-the-dark creatures never filmed before.
WED 20:00 Wild (b0078yps)
West Coast Otters
A charming portrait of two otters, a mother and daughter who are inseparable, living on the idyllic west coast of Scotland. With the young cub never more than a few feet from her mum, a very special relationship is intimately observed as the cub grows up, learning how to fish and fend for herself. As the cub faces the dangers of her first Scottish winter, Mum has to work hard to make sure that both survive.
WED 20:10 Timeshift (b03p7jh9)
Hurricanes and Heatwaves: The Highs and Lows of British Weather
A glorious national obsession is explored in this archive-rich look at the evolution of the weather forecast from print via radio to TV and beyond - and at the changing weather itself. It shows how the Met Office and the BBC have always used the latest technology to bring the holy grail of accurate forecasting that much closer - even if the odd messenger like TV weatherman Michael Fish has been shot along the way.
Yet as hand-drawn maps have been replaced by weather apps, the bigger drama of global warming has been playing itself out as if to prove that we were right all along to obsess about the weather. Featuring a very special rendition of the shipping forecast by a Cornish fishermen's choir.
WED 21:10 Timewatch (b0078w1y)
The Killer Wave of 1607
on 20 January 1607, a massive wave devastated the counties of the Bristol Channel. It came without warning, sweeping all before it. The flooding stretched inland as far as the Glastonbury Tor. Two hundred square miles of Somerset, Devon, Glamorganshire and Monmouthshire were inundated. Up to 2,000 people died. Yet for 400 years, the killer wave of 1607 has been forgotten. Timewatch relives the terror and the human tragedy of 1607 and follows the research of two scientists who are increasingly convinced that the wave was not simply a freak storm but a tsunami.
WED 22:00 Waris Hussein Remembers... A Passage to India (m001vvx4)
In 1965, a young Waris Hussein was perhaps the only experienced Indian director working in British television and was horrified when he discovered that the BBC was planning a TV adaptation of EM Forster’s A Passage to India without him at the helm. As luck would have it, a twist of fate meant he did end up in the director’s chair. Waris shares fond memories of his experiences, describing the filming challenges involved in portraying a true sense of India, recalling what it was like working with a stellar cast that included the likes of Dame Sybil Thorndike, Cyril Cusak and Virginia McKenna, and outlining the pressure to do full justice to one of the great novels of the 20th century.
WED 22:20 Play of the Month (m001vvxc)
A Passage to India
A rare chance to see Santha Rama Rau's acclaimed 1965 Play of the Month adaptation of EM Forster's novel.
Featuring a distinguished cast, the film is a classic exploration of the cultural gap and mutual distrust between the British and Indian communities.
Adela Quested, an emotionally unstable young English woman, is brought to India by her prospective mother-in-law, Mrs Moore. There, they are befriended by Dr Aziz.
WED 00:10 Planet Earth II (b083wt7z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
WED 01:10 Timeshift (b03p7jh9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:10 today
WED 02:10 Señorita 89 (p0d65zhl)
A party is in full swing on the night before the grand finale of the beauty pageant when a body falls from a terrace and into the path of a woman called Elena.
WED 02:55 Señorita 89 (p0d661zc)
Jocelyn learns that her sister has disappeared. The press takes interest, and Nora recruits Dolores, Ángeles and Jocelyn to sneak into a movie set in a cabin in the woods.
THURSDAY 01 FEBRUARY 2024
THU 19:00 Planet Earth II (b084ftll)
The world's deserts are lands of extremes that force animals to come up with ingenious ways of coping with hostile conditions, giving rise to the most incredible survival stories on earth.
A pride of desert lions are so hungry they risk hunting a giraffe several times their size, while male sandgrouse fly 120 miles each day to the nearest waterhole and dice with death to collect water for their chicks.
Filmed for the first time, a tiny bat does battle with one of the world's deadliest scorpions, and in Madagascar, a locust swarm of biblical proportions is seen as never before.
THU 20:00 The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) (b03ttcq8)
Oscar-winning adaptation of the famous true story. German-occupied Amsterdam, 1942. Young teen Anne details how, to escape escalating persecution of Jews, the Franks take refuge with another family in a cramped attic hidden above a small business. The restrictions soon produce friction between the occupants as the war drags on.
THU 22:45 Pride and Prejudice (1940) (b00vp0zm)
Period drama based on Jane Austen's classic novel about the five husband-hunting Bennet sisters and the impact of the handsome but apparently aloof Mr Darcy on the spirited Elizabeth. Though attracted to Darcy, Elizabeth - the second of the Bennet daughters - is repelled by his cold manner and by rumours of the man's cruelty towards one of his friends.
THU 00:40 Timewatch (b0078w1y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:10 on Wednesday
THU 01:30 Señorita 89 (p0d6rdc8)
The girls try to keep up appearances. They stick to their version of what happened, corroborated by all those involved in the night's events. But the Hidalgos become suspicious.
THU 02:20 Señorita 89 (p0d6rfk7)
Raúl intimidates the girls while Elena hides the tape in Hidalgo's office, Isabel vies for Iriarte's sponsorship, and Jocelyn tries to get to her sister.
FRIDAY 02 FEBRUARY 2024
FRI 19:00 Top of the Pops (m001vvzc)
Lisa I'Anson presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 10 August 1995 and featuring Mary Kiani, Ash, TLC, Julian Cope, Tina Arena, Suggs, Madonna, Boyzone, Take That and Felix.
FRI 19:30 Top of the Pops (m001vvzf)
Wendy Lloyd presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 10 August 1995 and featuring Moist, The Original, Shiva, Deuce, Guru Feat. Chaka Khan, Björk, JX, Oasis, Take That, Blur.
FRI 20:00 Top of the Pops (b08bqdzj)
John Peel and David Jensen introduce the latest hits from the pop charts, first broadcast on 3 February 1983. Featuring Haysi Fantayzee, Indeep, Tears For Fears, U2 and Men at Work.
FRI 20:30 Top of the Pops (b01qchgs)
Tony Blackburn introduces the weekly pop chart programme featuring performances from Scott Fitzgerald & Yvonne Keeley, Brotherhood of Man, Smokie, Darts, Sweet, Rose Royce, Rod Stewart, Althea & Donna and Legs & Co.
FRI 21:00 Carole King and Her Songs at the BBC (m001l5ch)
She was just 17 when she wrote the pop classic Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - a calling card that over the years Carole King has delivered on time and time again. The most successful female singer-songwriter of all time, and one of modern music’s standout geniuses, Carole’s catalogue of hits, many written with her songwriting partner and first husband Gerry Goffin for both herself and some of pop and rock’s biggest stars, is second to none.
This celebration of the best of Carole King features a collection of irresistible performances from her and a range of other great artists, taken from a selection of BBC shows from over the decades.
FRI 22:00 Carole King: Home Again - Live in Central Park (m001l5ck)
On Saturday May 26, 1973, before more than 100,000 fans on the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York City, singer-songwriter Carole King, at the undeniable top of her game, enjoyed a humbling homecoming a mere 14 miles from the house in Brooklyn where she grew up. The historic event highlighted the earth-moving power she had unleashed with her watershed Tapestry (already being touted as one of the highest selling albums in history a mere two years after its release), all the way through her soon-to-be released song-cycle album Fantasy, (her fourth consecutive album to land in Billboard’s Top Ten). Carole King’s performance that day was, according to Jack Nicholson, one of only two current events “proper” to be seen at in public.
Carole King Home Again is a previously unseen concert recording and a stunning document of one of the greatest contributors to the American songbook. Professionally filmed on 16mm film, this concert is presented with a new scan and full restoration, and in its entirety the visual tableaux of the concert absolutely shines. Kicking off the show solo by expressing gratitude that a threatening storm had held off, the first portion of the performance highlights recent songs that were nigh-canonical at this point, from Beautiful to Smackwater Jack to It’s Too Late. Carole’s deft piano and voice accompaniment is both enrapturing and riveting.
Later joined by her 11 piece band, all bedecked in customized St. Louis Blues hockey jerseys, the second half of the gig is resplendent and lush, highlighting the bulk of the songs from Fantasy, and overall, the epitome of a crack band gelling on the material and connecting with the audience. Closing out the evening with You’ve Got a Friend, dedicated to dear friend James Taylor, the overall feeling conveyed here is simple: joy.
FRI 23:25 Carole King: Natural Woman (m0014kjs)
Documentary telling, in her own words, the story of Carole King's upbringing in Brooklyn and the subsequent success that she had as half of husband-and-wife songwriting team Goffin and King for Aldon Music on Broadway.
It was during this era in the early 1960s that they created a string of pop hits such as Take Good Care of My Baby for Bobby Vee, The Locomotion for Little Eva and Will You Love Me Tomorrow for the Shirelles, which became the first number one hit by a black American girl group. They also wrote the era-defining Up on the Roof for the Drifters and the magnificent Natural Woman for Aretha Franklin.
By 1970 Carole was divorced from songwriting partner Gerry Goffin and had moved to Los Angeles. It was here that she created her classic solo album Tapestry, packed with delightful tunes but also, for the first time, her own lyrics, very much sung from the heart. The album included It's Too Late, I Feel the Earth Move and You've Got a Friend and held the record for the most weeks at number one by a solo female artist for nearly 20 years. It became a trusted part of everyone's record collection and has sold over 25 million copies to date.
The film features some wonderful unseen material and home movies, and narrates her life as an acclaimed singer-songwriter. To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by over 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles.
More recently, in 2013, Carole was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress for her songwriting, whilst in 2014 Broadway production Beautiful, which tells her life story during the Goffin and King era, has received rave reviews. And in 2015, Carole was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, celebrating her lifetime artistic achievements.
Nowadays Carole King would see herself as an environmental activist as much as a songwriter, and she is to be found constantly lobbying congress in defence of the wildlife and ecosystems of her beloved Idaho.
FRI 00:15 In Concert (b0074sq9)
Vintage footage of the singer-songwriter performing her songs I Feel the Earth Move, (You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman, So Far Away, It's Too Late, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and Up on the Roof for a BBC live studio performance in 1971. James Taylor guests on guitar.
FRI 00:45 Top of the Pops (b08bqdzj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today
FRI 01:20 Top of the Pops (b01qchgs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today
FRI 01:50 Top of the Pops (m001vvzc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
FRI 02:20 Señorita 89 (p0d6rj9l)
Valenzuela's widow appears on television, asking for help. A famous band visit La Encantada and choose five girls for their video. Jocelyn runs away to find her sister.
FRI 03:05 Señorita 89 (p0d6rr11)
The girls who tried to escape by going to the party with Nando are caught, Jocelyn and Dolores are taken to Concepción, and Antonio tells Ángeles he wants to help them.