Bob Ross paints a fast-flowing little waterfall happily running through lush, green, meadow grass in the evening light.
Spring has well and truly sprung and the hives are going from strength to strength, but that brings with it a problem of its own - the swarm. As the colonies become overcrowded, the bees become likely to depart in a swarm with the queen, leaving just a few behind to rear a new queen. It's a natural process, but for the beekeeper it can be a disaster, leaving the hive all but empty with little prospect of a harvest of honey.
Martha discovers methods to control the swarms, including clipping the wings of the queen, but she also meets a natural beekeeper for whom wing clipping is horrifying. When one of her hives swarms, Martha's neighbours leap to the rescue and she harvests the first honey of the year.
Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective. Earth’s surface is covered in weird and wonderful patterns. The Australian outback is covered in pale spots, the work of wombats; a clearing in the endless green canopy of the Congo rainforest has been created by an incredible elephant gathering; and the twists and turns of the Amazon make a home for rehabilitated manatees. This is our home, as we’ve never seen it before.
Professor Brian Cox continues his exploration of the solar system with a visit to a planet that dwarfs all the others: Jupiter. Its enormous size gives it a great power that it has used to manipulate the other planets - a power both for good and bad that it wields to this day.
Jupiter is not only the biggest but also the oldest planet in the solar system. It alone witnessed the birth of the Sun and ever since its immense gravity has shaped the destiny of the other worlds. Soon after its birth, its orbit shifted inwards bringing it ever closer to the sun. As it moved, it created chaos in the the region of space that would become the asteroid belt, ensuring that no planet could form here, only a tiny failed planet Ceres, which remains today.
As it continued into the inner solar system, Jupiter used its power to throw raw material needed to form planets into the Sun, stunting the growth of Mars, a planet that might otherwise have grown as large as Earth. Indeed, Jupiter would have obliterated every last rocky world on its journey into the Sun, if a tussle with another giant - Saturn - had not brought it back from the brink.
Today Jupiter’s great mass continues to be felt. Its gravity torments its moon Io, creating the most volcanically active body in the solar system. And through the vice-like grip it exerts over the asteroid belt, Jupiter’s influence extends as far as Earth – where it retains the power to change the course of life on our planet. And where, as Brian reveals, it might even have created the conditions for humanity to inherit the Earth.
French sci-fi drama series. At the forest edge, Jeanne seeks the stranger. Meanwhile, approaching Mars, Alex’s state of mind causes concern. In French with English subtitles.
French sci-fi drama series. A suspicious death reported four years earlier lays the groundwork for major revelations beneath the Martian surface. In French with English subtitles.
French sci-fi drama series. Meyer recalls initial conflicts with his daughter, while Komarov lets Jeanne learn more of her true purpose, and a portal opens. In French with English subtitles.
James May always wanted to be an astronaut. Now, 40 years after the first Apollo landings, he gets a chance to fly to the edge of space in a U2 spy plane. But first he has to undergo three gruelling days of training with the US Air Force and learn to use a space suit to stay alive in air so thin it can kill in an instant. He discovers that during the flight there are only two people higher than him, and they are both real astronauts on the International Space Station.
Amanda’s PTA charity FUNraiser is doubling up as her birthday celebration, meaning everyone is dragged into a big event.
Mixing sponsored cycling with Anne’s lethal cocktails results in a night of high drama and big revelations. Julia is ready to call time on her marriage to Paul and run off with builder Garry; Liz is thrown by the arrival of an unexpected visitor; and Meg rides high on her cancer all clear.
Meanwhile, Kevin’s attempts to clear the air with Amanda just make everything worse, and a put-upon Anne finally loses her rag.
THURSDAY 05 AUGUST 2021
THU 19:00 The Joy of Painting (m000n18j)
In a brilliant scene drawn from the south west of the USA, Bob Ross portrays a unique view of nature, with clear blue skies, dry mountains and a graceful river.
THU 19:30 The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney (p01t6pjf)
Martha enjoys the English countryside at its best, offers her honey to the public at a village fair and finally succeeds in harvesting the true wildflower honey she set out to achieve.
At the height of summer the owners of the meadow have invited the public to an open day to celebrate this unique bit of countryside. The pressure is on Martha to get the honey ready in time. With such a late spring the meadow flowers are late opening and the bees are still foraging on a neighbouring farmer's crops when the day arrives.
Martha visits Cornwall's Tregothnan Estate to discover the secret of the highly-prized manuka honey and returns to Suffolk with plans for a final harvest of wildflower honey. By now the meadow is in its prime. When Martha sends her honey to be tested it is proved to be true wildflower honey. It only remains to prepare the bees for the winter and reflect on a rewarding and fascinating season of beekeeping.
THU 20:00 BBC Proms (m000yh1n)
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla Conducts the CBSO
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla returns to the BBC Proms to conduct the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring Brahms’s beloved Third Symphony as its lyrical centrepiece.
Two British works complete the programme: a London premiere from composer Thomas Adès, celebrating his 50th birthday in 2021, and a Proms premiere from the prodigiously talented but neglected composer Ruth Gipps, born 100 years ago.
Petroc Trelawny presents a night of musical delight and discovery from the Royal Albert Hall.
THU 22:00 The Go-Between (b06cwkf5)
One of the most influential British novels of the 20th century, The Go-Between is a story of forbidden love, Edwardian strictures, betrayal and tragic naivety.
Told from the perspective of Leo Colston, a callow 12-year-old middle-class boy, the story starts when he is invited by upper-class school friend Marcus Maudsley to stay at his elegant family home for the blazing hot summer of 1900. Leo is instantly enthralled by Marcus's family, and most especially his beautiful and wilful older sister Marian. When Marcus is taken ill, Leo is left to his own devices, but finds himself alone and adrift in a world of alien social mores and adult concerns.
Gauche and anxious to please, Leo is slowly and unwittingly drawn into a web of deceit as Marian pursues an illicit and passionate affair with tenant farmer Ted Burgess, a man of much inferior social position whom she can never marry. Marian and Ted befriend the lonely and easily influenced Leo and use him to carry secret messages between them. Leo quickly grows friendly with Ted and worships Marian with a mixture of innocent love and incipient sexuality he barely understands. Only when he meets Hugh Trimingham, the kind, war-wounded aristocrat to whom Marian is promised, does Leo start to question his role as intermediary.
As Leo's 13th birthday approaches, Marian's moods fluctuate and the summer heat becomes more oppressive. Wholly unable to comprehend the true implications of the adult emotions seething around him, Leo sets in motion a chain of events that ultimately prove the catalyst for a shocking tragedy that will haunt him forever.
THU 23:30 Pride and Prejudice (m000yh1q)
The Bennet family of Longbourn are delighted to learn of the occupancy of nearby Netherfield Park by Charles Bingley, a wealthy young bachelor. Bingley develops an interest in Jane, the eldest of the five unmarried Bennet girls, but her sister Elizabeth is far from impressed by Bingley's haughty companion Mr Darcy.
THU 01:30 Motherland (m000w173)
As a nit pandemic sweeps the school, Julia finds herself accused of triggering a second wave. Ostracised by the other mums, Julia needs to find a way back into their good books, so she throws a nit treatment party that brings everyone’s drama (and headlice) into her home.
The party reveals that Anne has some big news, Meg is facing a crisis and Kevin has committed a terrible crime of passion. As Amanda super-spreads the gossip, Liz waits for news about a career move – will she beat that 17-year-old to a job in the local shoe shop?
THU 02:00 The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney (p01t6pjf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
THU 02:30 Horizon (b037y0zf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:35 on Sunday
FRIDAY 06 AUGUST 2021
FRI 19:00 BBC Proms (m000yhby)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
Saint-Saëns and Brahms’s Fourth Symphony
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales present a concert featuring composers who found inspiration in music that came before them.
Musical echoes resonate in a programme featuring Brahms’ Fourth Symphony and a string arrangement of Purcell’s timeless masterpiece, Dido’s Lament, as well as a performance of Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto by Guy Johnston.
Join Suzy Klein and her guest, double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, for an evening that also celebrates the world premiere of a new piece by Elizabeth Ogonek and the 150th birthday of the Royal Albert Hall.
FRI 21:00 Top of the Pops (m000yhc0)
Jakki Brambles present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 13 June 1991 and featuring Sonia, All About Eve and Lenny Kravitz.
FRI 21:30 Top of the Pops (m000yhc2)
Nicky Campbell presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 20 June 1991 and featuring Rebel MC, Kenny Thomas and Bette Midler.
FRI 22:00 Jazz Legends in Their Own Words (b044yqv1)
A journey into the BBC archives unearthing glorious performances and candid interviews from the golden age of jazz. Featuring some of the greatest names in American music, including the godfather of New Orleans jazz Louis Armstrong, the King of Swing Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald.
FRI 23:00 Louis Armstrong in Concert (m000yhc4)
First broadcast on the centenary of his birth, legendary jazz trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong in performance.
FRI 23:55 Jazz Horns Gold (b01sg8fl)
Jazz Horns Gold blows its own trumpet (and saxophone and nose flute) with a cool array of BBC archive from the jazz vaults.
Legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz and Rahsaan Roland Kirk play boldly alongside new stars who emerged in the 80s like Wynton Marsalis and the young jazz disciples of the 21st century such as Joshua Redman and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Not forgetting the Brits including Acker Bilk, John Dankworth, Courtney Pine and John Surman and the late, lamented Andy Hamilton. Archive sources include Jazz 625, the Late Show, Later with Jools Holland and Crackerjack.
Blow man blow!
FRI 00:55 Singer-Songwriters at the BBC (b015j8g7)
The celebration of the singing songwriting troubadours of the 1960s and 70s continues with a further trawl through the BBC archives for timeless and classic performances.
Tom Paxton starts proceedings with a rare black and white performance of his classic song The Last Thing on My Mind filmed in 1964. Also making an appearance is the 'fifth Beatle', Harry Nilsson, with a performance from his BBC concert in 1972. Other gems from this year include Canadian Gordon Lightfoot, songwriting duo Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan as Stealers Wheel and the most popular acoustic act of the 1970s, the gentle, bespectacled John Denver.
From the Basil Brush Show in 1973, Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance make a surprise appearance. Californian Beach Boy Bruce Johnston offers a sublime version of Disney Girls, and Joan Armatrading injects a bit of brio on the Old Grey Whistle Test. Rounding it all off is six-time Grammy winner Billy Joel.
FRI 01:55 Top of the Pops (m000yhc0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
FRI 02:25 Top of the Pops (m000yhc2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:30 today
FRI 02:55 Jazz Legends in Their Own Words (b044yqv1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)
An Art Lovers' Guide 20:00 MON (b0b0g5cj)
An Art Lovers' Guide 02:10 MON (b0b0g5cj)
Archaeology: A Secret History 19:00 SAT (p0109jny)
Archaeology: A Secret History 02:15 SAT (p0109jny)
Armando's Tale of Charles Dickens 23:20 TUE (b0195pt7)
BBC Proms 20:30 SUN (m000yj8m)
BBC Proms 20:00 THU (m000yh1n)
BBC Proms 19:00 FRI (m000yhby)
Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA 23:40 MON (b0b618m6)
Coast 20:00 SAT (b081ywv3)
Coast 01:15 SAT (b081ywv3)
Earth from Space 20:00 WED (p072n7v7)
Earth from Space 01:40 WED (p072n7v7)
Fabric of Britain 00:50 TUE (b03bgrvf)
Handmade on the Silk Road 00:35 SUN (b079cgml)
Handmade on the Silk Road 01:05 SUN (b079zyb8)
Handmade on the Silk Road 00:20 TUE (b07blsjw)
Holst: The Planets with Professor Brian Cox 19:00 SUN (m0005prm)
Holst: The Planets with Professor Brian Cox 02:05 SUN (m0005prm)
Horizon 23:35 SUN (b037y0zf)
Horizon 02:30 THU (b037y0zf)
How to Be a Surrealist with Philippa Perry 22:40 MON (b08l6qd8)
Inspector Montalbano 21:00 SAT (m000ng77)
James May at the Edge of Space 23:10 WED (b00lc5ph)
Jazz Horns Gold 23:55 FRI (b01sg8fl)
Jazz Legends in Their Own Words 22:00 FRI (b044yqv1)
Jazz Legends in Their Own Words 02:55 FRI (b044yqv1)
Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist 21:00 MON (b09j0lp9)
Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist 01:10 MON (b09j0lp9)
Louis Armstrong in Concert 23:00 FRI (m000yhc4)
Missions 22:00 WED (p09mz5tg)
Missions 22:25 WED (p09mz82v)
Missions 22:45 WED (p09mzrty)
Motherland 00:40 WED (p09gvb8k)
Motherland 01:30 THU (m000w173)
Naples '44 22:00 TUE (b09gvjc2)
Omnibus 22:00 MON (p02t9jbw)
Pride and Prejudice 23:30 THU (m000yh1q)
Singer-Songwriters at the BBC 00:55 FRI (b015j8g7)
Storyville 22:50 SAT (b0b7jnkm)
The Go-Between 22:00 THU (b06cwkf5)
The Good Life 20:30 TUE (b007818c)
The Joy of Mozart 22:35 SUN (b04yrj6n)
The Joy of Painting 19:00 MON (m000mts5)
The Joy of Painting 19:00 TUE (m000n1b9)
The Joy of Painting 19:00 WED (m000n1b3)
The Joy of Painting 19:00 THU (m000n18j)
The Planets 21:00 WED (p06qj30b)
The Planets 02:40 WED (p06qj30b)
The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney 19:30 MON (p01t6p8s)
The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney 00:40 MON (p01t6p8s)
The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney 19:30 TUE (p01t6p94)
The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney 01:50 TUE (p01t6p94)
The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney 19:30 WED (p01t6pgg)
The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney 01:10 WED (p01t6pgg)
The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney 19:30 THU (p01t6pjf)
The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney 02:00 THU (p01t6pjf)
Top of the Pops 21:00 FRI (m000yhc0)
Top of the Pops 21:30 FRI (m000yhc2)
Top of the Pops 01:55 FRI (m000yhc0)
Top of the Pops 02:25 FRI (m000yhc2)
Turtle, Eagle, Cheetah: A Slow Odyssey 00:15 SAT (m0001kx4)
Turtle, Eagle, Cheetah: A Slow Odyssey 00:45 SAT (m0001kwx)
Turtle, Eagle, Cheetah: A Slow Odyssey 01:35 SUN (m0001kxf)
Write Around the World with Richard E Grant 21:00 TUE (p09nlf5g)
Write Around the World with Richard E Grant 02:20 TUE (p09nlf5g)
Write Around the World with Richard E Grant 23:40 WED (p09nlf5g)
Yes, Minister 20:00 TUE (b0074rm8)