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SATURDAY 26 JUNE 2021

SAT 19:00 A Year in the Wild (b01lvh65)
Cairngorms

The harsh beauty and surprising wildlife of Scotland's Cairngorms National Park through the eyes of the people who know it best.

The Cairngorms is Britain's largest and wildest National Park. A land of Arctic extremes in the heart of the Scottish highlands. Its granite mountains and ancient pine forests are home to some of our rarest and most spectacular animals, including golden eagles, ptarmigan, capercaillie, red deer and crested tits. This lyrical and thought-provoking film reveals the inner secrets of this wild landscape over a year through the eyes of individuals who know and love the Cairngorms: a mountain guide, an artist, a salmon ghillie, a gamekeeper and a nature writer.


SAT 20:00 Michael Palin's New Europe (b0085b0s)
Journey's End

Michael Palin explores former Iron Curtain countries. High in the Tatra mountains of Slovakia, Michael learns how to make sausages before heading off to Turba's mime school in Brno. In the spa town of Karlovy Vary, he has a mud bath with Miss World, followed by a pedalo ride in Prague.

Entering the former East Germany in Dresden, he learns from a student that despite Germany's unification there is still a wall inside people's heads, before ending his trip on the Baltic island of Rugen.


SAT 21:00 Glastonbury (m000xh32)
2021

Best of Glastonbury 2003

Highlights of the standout performances from the 2003 Glastonbury Festival


SAT 22:00 Glastonbury (m000xh34)
2021

Iggy and the Stooges at Glastonbury 2007

Iggy and the Stooges' legendary performance on the Other Stage at 2007's Glastonbury, which took audience participation at the festival to another level.


SAT 23:00 Glastonbury (b08wwp0s)
2021

Best of Glastonbury 2017

Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe introduce highlights from the 2017 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, including a reminder of some of the big performances, stories and moments from the weekend's events.


SAT 01:05 The Killing (b0185nq6)
Series 2

Episode 7

Having been taken off the case, Lund continues to chase the perpetrator but finds herself in danger. Justice Minister Thomas Buch faces the consequences of his predecessor's desperate actions and decides to go out on a limb in response - when a journalist steps forward to reveal a macabre, and thus unknown, fact relating to the suppressed military investigation. Raben is tracking his wife's movements and Special Branch, in turn, is tracking Raben's.


SAT 02:05 The Killing (b0185nq8)
Series 2

Episode 8

Raben is in critical condition after being shot, but the accusations he made prior to his shooting leave Brix and Lund in doubt over the neutrality of officers within their own ranks. Buch's attack on the minister of defence is decisively refuted and it looks like the prime minister's demands in light of this new debacle might finally wear down Buch's determination. Will the young, tenacious minister admit defeat and throw in the towel? Meanwhile, the focus of the investigation shifts once again and Brix goes out on a limb to take a risky decision.



SUNDAY 27 JUNE 2021

SUN 19:00 Discovering... (m0002k5f)
Series 1

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (1945) is one of the most frequently performed works of any British composer. It has introduced and enlivened the interest of whole generations of children in the instruments of the orchestra, in thrilling style. It is, however, much more than an instruction manual for youngsters. Now a classic of the concert hall, it is frequently performed to children and adults alike.

Katie Derham presents a detailed analysis of the composition, and the story behind its creation, before it is performed in full by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with guest conductor Moritz Gnann in Cardiff’s Hoddinott Hall.

Orchestra members explain to Katie how Britten drew on the past for themes and techniques, and reapplied them in a twentieth-century context to show off each instrument in captivating fashion. Through interviews and archive Katie learns how the piece was commissioned for a Ministry of Education film during a post-war Britain filled with the optimism and promise of building a new world that would provide high culture for all - a central tenet of Britten’s own approach; to write music that is ‘useful, and to the living’.

The film demonstrates how Britten takes the orchestra apart, allowing each instrument its own variation on Henry Purcell’s theme of 250 years earlier. Through the performance we see how the 13 variations get to the essence of each instrument’s characteristics, showing each section of the orchestra at its individual best.


SUN 20:00 Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession (b00s77pc)
Spirit of the Age

In a series about the extraordinary stories behind maps, Professor Jerry Brotton shows how maps can reveal the fears, obsessions and prejudices of their age.

Religious passion inspires beautiful medieval maps of the world, showing the way to heaven, the pilgrims' route to Jerusalem and monstrous children who eat their parents. But by the Victorian era society is obsessed with race, poverty and disease. Royal cartographer James Wyld's world map awards each country a mark from one to five, depending on how 'civilised' he deems each nation to be. And a map made to help Jewish immigrants in the East End inadvertently fuels anti-semitism.

'Map wars' break out in the 1970s when left-wing journalist Arno Peters claims that the world map shown in most atlases was a lie that short-changed the developing world. In Zurich, Brotton talks to Google Earth about the cutting edge of cartography and at Worldmapper he sees how social problems such as infant mortality and HIV are strikingly portrayed on computer-generated maps that bend the world out of shape and reflect the spirit of our age.


SUN 21:00 World War II: Behind Closed Doors (b00fpxmx)
Episode 2

Joseph Stalin was a tyrant responsible for the death of millions - yet he was also a vital ally of Britain and America during the Second World War.

How was it possible for Churchill and Roosevelt to deal with one tyrant, Joseph Stalin, in order to help beat another - Adolf Hitler? That's one of the key questions at the heart of this six-part landmark history series for BBC2.

The series uses dramatic reconstructions based on extensive fresh research in Russian and Western archives, and extraordinary testimony from witnesses of the time, including former Soviet secret policemen who have not spoken before on camera.

This second episode focuses on the secret history of Stalin's dealings with Churchill and the West in the wake of the German invasion of the Soviet Union.


SUN 22:00 Glastonbury (m000xh3n)
2021

Fela Kuti at Glastonbury 1984

Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti performs at the 1984 Glastonbury Festival.


SUN 23:15 Glastonbury (m000xh3q)
2021

I Am a Mutoid: A Glastonbury Hero

Documentary that tells the extraordinary journey of Joe Rush, Glastonbury’s 'waste alchemist' artist and the Mutoid Waste Company, his underground travelling art and party collective of wild, subversive performers, musicians and artists.

I Am a Mutoid offers a wealth of unseen archive from the Glastonbury Festival, the warehouse party scene, and art installations from London to Berlin.


SUN 00:20 Handmade in Japan (p054mclh)
Series 1

Kimono

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 five hundred people are involved in producing the island's famous mud-dyed silk which takes many months to produce. 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.


SUN 00:50 Discovering... (m0002k5f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


SUN 01:50 Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession (b00s77pc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


SUN 02:50 A Year in the Wild (b01lvh65)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]



MONDAY 28 JUNE 2021

MON 19:00 The Joy of Painting (m000lwf1)
Series 3

Distant Hills

Far, far away rests a mountain nestled in misty clouds and foothills. Bob Ross creates a scene using soft, brilliant colours.


MON 19:30 The Cruise (m000xh4p)
Double or Quits

Classic docusoap with Jane McDonald. A couple, who have run away to sea, work to try to save money for a new home, while a professional gambler plans to take the casino by storm.


MON 20:00 Art of Persia (m000k48g)
Series 1

Episode 1

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 imagine... (b0bng10n)
2018

Hockney, The Queen and the Royal Peculiar

It has been the site of royal weddings, funerals and nearly every British coronation since 1066, Westminster Abbey is also known as a Royal Peculiar - a church controlled not by a bishop but by the monarch herself. Crowned there in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II is the world's longest-reigning monarch and in 2018 Westminster Abbey commissioned a historic new work – a towering stained-glass window – to commemorate 65 years of her reign.

The artist behind it is David Hockney - who famously refused a knighthood and declined an invitation to paint the Queen's portrait because he was too busy painting landscapes in Yorkshire. Adopting an art form over 1,000 years old is yet another surprising move from an artist whose career has continually defied expectation. With unique access, imagine... follows the whole process from design to installation.


MON 22:05 Face to Face (m000xh4r)
David Hockney

In an interview first broadcast in 1996, artist David Hockney talks to Jeremy Isaacs about painting, designing for the opera and his growing deafness.


MON 22:45 Bob Ross: The Happy Painter (m000l41j)
Documentary that takes a behind-the-scenes look at American painter Bob Ross’s journey from humble beginnings to pop culture icon, charting how one local TV commercial evolved into a viral phenomenon that continues to inspire millions around the world.

The film reveals the public and private sides of Bob Ross through accounts from close friends and family, childhood photographs and rare archive footage. Interviewees recount his gentle, mild-mannered demeanour and unwavering dedication to wildlife, as well as disclosing little-known facts about such things as his hair, which was naturally straight, and his fascination with fast cars.


MON 23:45 Motherland (p05j1k3t)
Series 1

Episode 1

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.


MON 00:15 Motherland (p05j36kl)
Series 1

Episode 2

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.


MON 00:45 Motherland (p05j376v)
Series 1

Episode 3

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.


MON 01:15 Motherland (p05j39b9)
Series 1

Episode 4

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.


MON 01:40 Motherland (p05j39xn)
Series 1

Episode 5

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.


MON 02:10 Motherland (p05j3br1)
Series 1

Episode 6

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.


MON 02:40 imagine... (b0bng10n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]



TUESDAY 29 JUNE 2021

TUE 19:00 The Joy of Painting (m000m2dl)
Series 3

Covered Bridge

Enjoy this Bob Ross scene that includes luxurious green foliage and an old weathered trestle-bridge placed lovingly amongst all the beauty.


TUE 19:30 The Cruise (m000xh51)
Stormin' Norman

Professional gambler Norman crosses swords with the ship's casino, while casino workers Dale and Mary embark on a perilous jet-skiing trip in Jamaica. Jane is still seeking that elusive standing ovation.


TUE 20:00 Yes, Minister (b00784q2)
Series 3

Equal Opportunities

Sitcom about a British government minister and the manipulative civil service advisers who surround him. Jim wants to see more women in higher posts.


TUE 20:30 The Good Life (p00bz916)
Series 1

Plough Your Own Furrow

Classic sitcom. Tom Good decides that commuting is no life for a thinking man. His solution is unique in Surbiton but embarrassing to the neighbours.


TUE 21:00 Hemingway (m000xh55)
Series 1

Episode 1

Ernest Hemingway is considered to be of the great American writers, with his work remaining influential around the world. This documentary series paints an intimate picture of Hemingway the writer, whilst also penetrating the myths surrounding him to reveal a deeply troubled, controversial and ultimately tragic figure.

The series combines a close study of the biographical events of the author’s life, with excerpts from his writings and the controversies in both his personal life and work. It features readings by actors including Jeff Daniels, Meryl Streep, Keri Russell and Patricia Clarkson alongside interviews with acclaimed writers and biographers including Edna O’Brien, Tobias Wolff, Abraham Verghese and Mary Dearborn.

In the first episode, Ernest Hemingway enjoys an idyllic childhood in Oak Park, Illinois. Yearning for adventure, he volunteers for the Red Cross during World War I. After the war, Hemingway marries Hadley Richardson, moves to Paris and begins his life as a writer.


TUE 21:50 Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure (p00xb6vx)
Episode 1

Michael Palin follows Ernest Hemingway's footsteps across Europe, Africa and America. He starts in Spain for Pamplona's bull run, Valencia's bullfighting and a Kenyan safari.


TUE 22:40 Philly DA: Breaking the Law (p09ljbmx)
Series 1

An Eye for an Eye

Krasner campaigned on a historic pledge to end capital punishment in Philadelphia. That promise is put to the test when a police sergeant, Robert Wilson III, is murdered while trying to protect citizens during a robbery.

Family members and the police demand the death penalty for the men who killed him, challenging Larry, who remains firm in his vow to end the execution of prisoners.


TUE 23:35 Art of America (b017j25v)
Modern Dreams

In the second part of his fascinating journey exploring American art, Andrew Graham-Dixon gets under the skin of the modern American metropolis. Starting his journey at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, which he describes as a pioneering early skyscraper, Andrew discovers how the ambitions of visionary artists and architects helped America remove itself from the shadow of Europe and become the most advanced civilisation on earth.

Andrew travels to downtown Manhattan to explore the grimy world of early 20th-century painters John Sloan and George Bellows, and visits Stockbridge in Massachusetts to find out how the world of Norman Rockwell is not as sentimental as it first seems. In Chicago, he explores the visionary mind of architect Louis Sullivan and travels to the decaying outskirts of the city to see the underside of the American dream.

He uncovers the impact the Great Depression had on artists such as Edward Hopper and Arshile Gorky, and finds out how this struggle inspired America's first internationally acclaimed art movement - Abstract Expressionism. He pays a pilgrimage to Jackson Pollock's perfectly preserved studio in Long Island to discover the secrets of his unique drip technique, before flying across America to take in one of modern art's most moving experiences, Mark Rothko's chapel in Houston, Texas.


TUE 00:35 Motherland (p09gv90z)
Series 3

Episode 4

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.


TUE 01:05 Motherland (p07mvqj6)
Series 2

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.


TUE 01:35 Motherland (p07mvr9b)
Series 2

Soft Opening

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.


TUE 02:05 Motherland (p07mvrqr)
Series 2

Mother's Load

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?


TUE 02:35 Motherland (p07mvsgm)
Series 2

The Purge

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.


TUE 03:05 Motherland (p07mvszc)
Series 2

Le Weekend

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.



WEDNESDAY 30 JUNE 2021

WED 19:00 The Joy of Painting (m000m2dg)
Series 3

Quiet Inlet

Sneak away into the sounds of quiet waters, velvety green shrubs and distant foothills. Bob Ross creates a scene of perfect relaxation.


WED 19:30 The Cruise (m000xh71)
Break a Leg

Lead dancer Philip has had a fall, so Jack steps in from the chorus. Jane visits a medium, while Dale and Mary buy roller blades.


WED 20:00 The Horizon Guide to AI (b0bhwhw3)
The BBC's Horizon programme began in 1964, and since then has produced films looking at computer technology and the emergence of 'artificial intelligence'.

Our dreams always begin with ideology and optimism, only for this optimism to be replaced with suspicion that AI machines will take over. However, as the Horizon archive shows, throughout each decade once we have learnt to live with the new emerging technology of the time, the pattern begins again. We become once more optimistic, before becoming fearful of it. The dream for decades had been for a computer with AI to be embedded within a humanoid robot, but just as scientists began to perfect machines with these qualities, something happened nobody expected.

Today, AI systems power our daily lives through smart technology. We are currently experiencing a level of fear about the power of AI, but will we enter the next decade optimistic about all that AI can deliver - or fearful of its ability to control vast areas of our lives?


WED 21:00 The Joy of AI (b0bhwhw1)
Professor Jim Al-Khalili looks at how we have created machines that can simulate, augment, and even outperform the human mind - and why we shouldn't let this spook us.

He reveals the story of the pursuit of AI, the emergence of machine learning and the recent breakthroughs brought about by artificial neural networks. He shows how AI is not only changing our world but also challenging our very ideas of intelligence and consciousness.

Along the way, we'll investigate spam filters, meet a cutting-edge chatbot, look at why a few altered pixels makes a computer think it's looking at a trombone rather than a dog and talk to Demis Hassabis, who heads DeepMind and whose stated mission is to 'solve intelligence, and then use that to solve everything else'. Stephen Hawking remarked 'AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilisation. Or the worst'.

Jim argues that AI is a potent new tool that should enhance our lives, not replace us.


WED 22:00 Storyville (m000xh73)
Petite Fille

Petite Fille (Little Girl) is a moving and sensitive portrait of a young French girl called Sasha, who was assigned male at birth. This poignant and emotional documentary follows the shy seven-year-old and her parents over the course of a year, documenting her progress with delicate intimacy. As her family come to terms with her gender dysmorphia, we witness how Sasha is affected by the societal norms that make it far from easy for her to experience childhood in the same way as most of her peers.

All Sasha wants is to be herself. To be able to wear what she wants to school, to bring friends home and to play with her dolls. But to her family’s distress, there are battles they must face for Sasha to find acceptance.

Award-winning film-maker Sébastien Lifshitz captures Sasha’s story with a non-judgmental, insightful and subtle eye, including truly moving moments of joy as well as the many challenges she and family must face together.


WED 23:25 Prejudice and Pride: The People's History of LGBTQ Britain (p0578x02)
Series 1

Episode 1

Every so often the world changes beyond your wildest dreams. In 1967, the Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised homosexuality, offering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people the opportunity to start living openly for the first time.

Presented by Stephen K Amos and Susan Calman, this unique series features LGBTQ people from across the UK as they share the objects that have helped define their lives during 50 transformative years.

In episode one, these crowdsourced treasures range from a rare collection of the first openly gay magazine (featuring a virtually unknown young singer called David Bowie) to letters from worried parents trying to understand their newly 'out' daughters and sons.

Over 20 incredible years, 1967-1987, we meet the fearless revolutionaries of the Gay Liberation Front, a transgender pioneer who almost caused a strike and a woman who faced losing her children when she came out as a lesbian. By the early 1980s, LGBTQ people were starting to build a community, which would be tested to the limit when Aids loomed.

This is the story of ordinary people in extraordinary times - told through their cherished possessions - charting the joys and heartbreaks of just being true to yourself.

Prejudice and Pride: The People's History of LGBTQ Britain is part of Gay Britannia, a season of programming produced in 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.


WED 00:25 Prejudice and Pride: The People's History of LGBTQ Britain (b08zn99q)
Series 1

Episode 2

Every so often the world changes beyond your wildest dreams. In 1967 the Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised homosexuality, offering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people the opportunity to start living openly for the first time.

Presented by Stephen K Amos and Susan Calman, this unique series features LGBTQ people from across the UK as they share the objects that helped define their lives during 50 transformative years.

In episode two, these crowdsourced artefacts include a copy of the controversial schoolbook Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin, naval discharge papers and even a pair of Ugg boots.

We meet the nun-impersonating freedom fighters the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the writer behind TV's steamiest lesbian kiss and a Muslim man who set up an LGBT support group for Southeast Asians.

Ranging from 1987 to 2017, this was an era when public acceptance of homosexuality overtook the government's - a time when many celebrities came out and stood up for LGBTQ rights. But it is also the story of ordinary people in extraordinary times - told through their treasured possessions - charting the joys and heartbreaks of just being true to yourself.

Prejudice and Pride: The People's History of LGBTQ Britain is part of Gay Britannia, a season of programming produced in 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.


WED 01:25 The Joy of Painting (m000m2dg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


WED 01:55 The Cruise (m000xh71)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]


WED 02:25 Motherland (p07mvtbr)
Series 2

Good Job

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.


WED 02:55 Art of Persia (m000k48g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Monday]



THURSDAY 01 JULY 2021

THU 19:00 The Joy of Painting (m000m2f4)
Series 3

Night Light

In this dark, breathtaking scene, Bob Ross creates an almost calm night with waves crashing against rocks and a protective lighthouse.


THU 19:30 The Cruise (m000xnyf)
Dancing with Dolphins

Classic docusoap with singer Jane McDonald. While Jack gets ready to take on injured Philip's demanding dance role, he and Michele still find time to commune with a school of dolphins in Mexico.


THU 20:00 The Lady Vanishes (p00szx2w)
Beautiful and wealthy young socialite Iris Carr is used to being at the heart of her social group, but when her friends' raucous and unsociable behaviour escalates whilst on holiday in the Balkans, she resolves to seek out some tranquillity and travel home alone. But her expectations of peace are short-lived when, at the railway station, Iris wavers in the scorching heat and constant jostle of passengers, fainting suddenly on the platform. She wakes in time to be rushed onto the train, but with a pounding head and a feeling of being almost in a dream. Whilst in this malaise she is comforted by an older English lady called Miss Froy, but when Iris falls asleep, she awakes to find Miss Froy has gone and her fellow passengers are denying she ever existed.

With only the friendship of handsome English traveller Max Hare for support, Iris will have to rely on a strength of character she never knew she had. She has to battle doubt and overcome danger as she strives to solve the mystery of why the lady vanished.


THU 21:25 Casablanca (m000mmc2)
Classic romantic drama. Rick's Cafe is a centre for criminals, refugees, resistance fighters and Nazis. Its cynical owner takes risks for no-one - until the arrival of Ilsa.


THU 23:05 Hemingway (m000xh55)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday]


THU 23:55 Philly DA: Breaking the Law (p09ljbmx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:40 on Tuesday]


THU 00:50 The Joy of Painting (m000m2f4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


THU 01:20 The Cruise (m000xnyf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today]


THU 01:50 The Lady Vanishes (p00szx2w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]



FRIDAY 02 JULY 2021

FRI 19:00 Sounds of the Sixties (b0074qbf)
Original Series

1964-66: The Beat Room

Things get cool and serious in the archive rock show as it highlights the BBC's cutting-edge pop programme The Beat Room amongst others, with great performances from John Lee Hooker, The Pretty Things and Tom Jones.


FRI 19:30 Island at the BBC (b00kvd3b)
Compilation of performances from the BBC archives of top Island Records artists, including Cat Stevens's Father and Son, Roxy Music's Do the Strand and Stir It Up by Bob Marley and The Wailers, plus tracks from Steel Pulse, U2, PJ Harvey, Baaba Maal and Amy Winehouse.


FRI 20:30 Top of the Pops (m000xh7c)
Bruno Brookes presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 28 March 1991 and featuring Dannii Minogue, James and Chesney Hawkes.


FRI 21:00 Top of the Pops (m000xh7f)
Gary Davies presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 4 April 1991 and featuring Inspiral Carpets, N-Joi and Chesney Hawkes.


FRI 21:30 Canadian Hits at the BBC (m000xh7h)
It’s time to Canuck n’ Roll as we celebrate Canada Day with a trip through the best of the BBC’s music archives, exploring some of that great nation’s finest music stars. It’s a collection encompassing song-writing legends like Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang and Leonard Cohen, with added pop perfection in the shape of Justin Bieber and Avril Lavigne. You Oughta Know, we’ve also got Alanis Morisette, Arcade Fire, Nickelback and Bryan Adams, and with some added Celine Dion, Michael Buble and Shania Twain, the one thing you won’t be saying is: “That Don’t Impress Me Much.”


FRI 22:30 BBC Four Sessions (b008yw99)
k.d. lang

Series of unique concerts featuring musicians from around the world at St Luke's in London. Canadian country singer and four-times Grammy Award winner k.d. lang performs together with a 30-strong strings section from the BBC Concert Orchestra. The set features songs from across her 25-year career, including her biggest hit Constant Craving, covers of Neil Young and Leonard Cohen songs, and material from her 2008 album Watershed.


FRI 23:30 Buble at the BBC (b081vcx0)
Claudia Winkleman meets Michael Buble in this entertainment spectacular. Michael performs classic tracks including Cry Me a River and Feeling Good alongside songs from his brand new album, including Nobody but Me.

Michael also goes undercover as a sales assistant at a London department store to surprise a few unsuspecting fans.


FRI 00:30 In Concert (b00z2nc2)
Gordon Lightfoot

A classic concert by Gordon Lightfoot from 1972, accompanied by Red Shea and Richard Haynes. They perform songs including Summer Side of Life, Saturday Clothes, That's What You Get For Loving Me, Affair on 8th Avenue, If I Could Read Your Mind, Steel Rail Blues, Ten Degrees and Getting Colder, Early Morning Rain, Me and Bobby McGee, Minstrel of the Dawn and Canadian Pacific Trilogy.


FRI 01:35 Top of the Pops (m000xh7c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


FRI 02:05 Top of the Pops (m000xh7f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


FRI 02:35 Canadian Hits at the BBC (m000xh7h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:30 today]




LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)

A Year in the Wild 19:00 SAT (b01lvh65)

A Year in the Wild 02:50 SUN (b01lvh65)

Art of America 23:35 TUE (b017j25v)

Art of Persia 20:00 MON (m000k48g)

Art of Persia 02:55 WED (m000k48g)

BBC Four Sessions 22:30 FRI (b008yw99)

Bob Ross: The Happy Painter 22:45 MON (m000l41j)

Buble at the BBC 23:30 FRI (b081vcx0)

Canadian Hits at the BBC 21:30 FRI (m000xh7h)

Canadian Hits at the BBC 02:35 FRI (m000xh7h)

Casablanca 21:25 THU (m000mmc2)

Discovering... 19:00 SUN (m0002k5f)

Discovering... 00:50 SUN (m0002k5f)

Face to Face 22:05 MON (m000xh4r)

Glastonbury 21:00 SAT (m000xh32)

Glastonbury 22:00 SAT (m000xh34)

Glastonbury 23:00 SAT (b08wwp0s)

Glastonbury 22:00 SUN (m000xh3n)

Glastonbury 23:15 SUN (m000xh3q)

Handmade in Japan 00:20 SUN (p054mclh)

Hemingway 21:00 TUE (m000xh55)

Hemingway 23:05 THU (m000xh55)

In Concert 00:30 FRI (b00z2nc2)

Island at the BBC 19:30 FRI (b00kvd3b)

Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession 20:00 SUN (b00s77pc)

Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession 01:50 SUN (b00s77pc)

Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure 21:50 TUE (p00xb6vx)

Michael Palin's New Europe 20:00 SAT (b0085b0s)

Motherland 23:45 MON (p05j1k3t)

Motherland 00:15 MON (p05j36kl)

Motherland 00:45 MON (p05j376v)

Motherland 01:15 MON (p05j39b9)

Motherland 01:40 MON (p05j39xn)

Motherland 02:10 MON (p05j3br1)

Motherland 00:35 TUE (p09gv90z)

Motherland 01:05 TUE (p07mvqj6)

Motherland 01:35 TUE (p07mvr9b)

Motherland 02:05 TUE (p07mvrqr)

Motherland 02:35 TUE (p07mvsgm)

Motherland 03:05 TUE (p07mvszc)

Motherland 02:25 WED (p07mvtbr)

Philly DA: Breaking the Law 22:40 TUE (p09ljbmx)

Philly DA: Breaking the Law 23:55 THU (p09ljbmx)

Prejudice and Pride: The People's History of LGBTQ Britain 23:25 WED (p0578x02)

Prejudice and Pride: The People's History of LGBTQ Britain 00:25 WED (b08zn99q)

Sounds of the Sixties 19:00 FRI (b0074qbf)

Storyville 22:00 WED (m000xh73)

The Cruise 19:30 MON (m000xh4p)

The Cruise 19:30 TUE (m000xh51)

The Cruise 19:30 WED (m000xh71)

The Cruise 01:55 WED (m000xh71)

The Cruise 19:30 THU (m000xnyf)

The Cruise 01:20 THU (m000xnyf)

The Good Life 20:30 TUE (p00bz916)

The Horizon Guide to AI 20:00 WED (b0bhwhw3)

The Joy of AI 21:00 WED (b0bhwhw1)

The Joy of Painting 19:00 MON (m000lwf1)

The Joy of Painting 19:00 TUE (m000m2dl)

The Joy of Painting 19:00 WED (m000m2dg)

The Joy of Painting 01:25 WED (m000m2dg)

The Joy of Painting 19:00 THU (m000m2f4)

The Joy of Painting 00:50 THU (m000m2f4)

The Killing 01:05 SAT (b0185nq6)

The Killing 02:05 SAT (b0185nq8)

The Lady Vanishes 20:00 THU (p00szx2w)

The Lady Vanishes 01:50 THU (p00szx2w)

Top of the Pops 20:30 FRI (m000xh7c)

Top of the Pops 21:00 FRI (m000xh7f)

Top of the Pops 01:35 FRI (m000xh7c)

Top of the Pops 02:05 FRI (m000xh7f)

World War II: Behind Closed Doors 21:00 SUN (b00fpxmx)

Yes, Minister 20:00 TUE (b00784q2)

imagine... 21:00 MON (b0bng10n)

imagine... 02:40 MON (b0bng10n)