Michael Portillo continues his rail tour of Britain’s industrial northwest, steered by his early nineteenth century Bradshaw’s guide.
In Blackburn, he catches a rare glimpse of Edwardian life on celluloid and marvels at how factory workers and schoolchildren alike were drawn to seek fame on film.
Continuing east to Nelson, Michael braves the enemy camp to have a pint of tea with the socialist working classes in Britain’s last Clarion House. Way out of his comfort zone, he is heartened by their warm welcome.
Taking his rail campaign south, Michael reaches a magnificently renovated mid-19th century Manchester Victoria station, from where he heads to the Manchester Art Gallery to investigate reports of an outrage in 1913.
Michael discovers the former home, now a museum and women’s centre, of the radical family that advocated such outrages, the Pankhursts. He hears from the curator what motivated Emmeline and her daughters, Christabel and Sylvia and learns how they made themselves heard.
Step into a Bob Ross oval classic and be inspired by the gorgeous browns and oranges of undoubtedly the most beautiful season of all.
This intimate journey into the heart of Brazil concludes. A fierce drought ensues, culminating in huge and ferocious fires. The capuchin monkeys, giant otters, coatis and jaguars are proving their extreme survival skills, while looking for mates and racing to breed to ensure that the next generation are born just as the good times arrive again.
Samuel L Jackson traces his ancestry to Gabon, visiting the coastal area of Loango National Park to see from where his enslaved ancestors were shipped in their millions to the Americas. But he wants to do more than tell the story of the enslaved who survived. The transatlantic slave trade existed for well over 400 years, involving more than 45,000 voyages from dozens of outposts along the African coast. Over 2 million Africans died en route, and up to 1,000 slave ships ended up as wrecks, with only a handful ever having been identified. Jackson teams up with a group of underwater investigators who view the ocean floor as a graveyard and a crime scene. They dive the English Channel to find the 350-year-old wreck of an unidentified slave ship and discover its secrets. This is the oldest slave ship ever discovered, and deep on the dark ocean floor the divers make a remarkable find.
Visiting Bikini Atoll, Panama, Norway, Mozambique and China, we discover the extent of nature’s resilience and how ecosystems devastated by human impact can be revived, how human prosperity is dependent on the natural world and how when working within nature’s limits, resources can be maintained for future generations.
Everything around us - from the tiniest insect on Earth to the most distant stars of the cosmos - exists somewhere on a vast scale from cold to hot. In this series, physicist Dr Helen Czerski explores the extraordinary science of temperature. She unlocks the extremes of the temperature scale, from absolute zero to searing heat of stars - and reveals how temperature works, how deep its influence on our lives is, and why it's the hidden force that has shaped our planet and the entire universe.
In episode one, Helen ventures to the bottom of the temperature scale, revealing how cold has shaped the world around us and why frozen doesn't mean what you might think. She meets the scientists pushing temperature to the very limits of cold, where the normal laws of physics break down and a new world of scientific possibility begins. The extraordinary behaviour of matter at temperatures close to absolute zero is driving the advance of technology, from superconductors to quantum computing.
Physicist Dr Helen Czerski explores the narrow band of temperature that has led to life on Earth. She reveals how life began in a dramatic place where hot meets cold, and how every single living creature on Earth depends on temperature for its survival. She uncovers the extraordinary natural engineering that animals have evolved to keep their bodies at the right temperature. And she witnesses the remarkable surgery that's using temperature to push the human body to the very brink of life.
THURSDAY 07 OCTOBER 2021
THU 19:00 Great British Railway Journeys (m0002fmn)
Manchester to Elsecar
Armed with his early 20th-century Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo continues his journey from Warrington to the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent.
In Manchester, at the magnificent Heaton Park, Michael discovers one of the first open-air concerts was held here in 1909 by an opera fan, William Grimshaw, who entertained 40,000 people to the music of opera superstar Enrico Caruso on a gramophone.
In Oldham, Michael discovers the battle fought by one of Britain’s most distinguished statesmen to be elected as the town’s member of Parliament. And he uncovers the rough tactics of the election campaign.
In Edale, in the beautiful Peak District, Michael joins ramblers in walking country. He learns that, at the time of his guide, landowners did not countenance intrusion and he hears how a Sheffield socialist spearheaded a mass trespassing revolt to open up the countryside to working people.
Michael picks up the trail of King George V and Queen Mary, who visited the vast and Yorkshire estate of Wentworth Woodhouse in 1913. Home to one of the wealthiest dynasties in Britain, the Earls Fitzwilliam, their fortune was built on coal. Michael discovers a carefully planned royal charm offensive designed to win the affection and trust of the working classes at a time of severe industrial unrest.
Michael follows the royal party’s footsteps to Lord Fitzwilliam’s mining village and colliery, where the family’s private railway line, which later connected the estate’s iron and coal works, still runs. Michael takes a trip and is permitted to operate the locomotive.
THU 19:30 The Joy of Painting (m0010b2w)
An interesting way to frame two pictures! Bob Ross paints a mountain landscape as it moves from luscious summer to beautiful winter on one canvas.
THU 20:00 A House Through Time (m00041qb)
In the first episode, David Olusoga pays his first visit to the house. It is a Georgian end-of-terrace property on Ravensworth Terrace, in Newcastle upon Tyne’s gritty West End. The current owners of the house, Damian and Suzi, know little of their home’s history, but with its grand fireplaces and lofty proportions, the house offers a tantalising glimpse into the past.
Tracing the house’s early history, David discovers the original deeds revealing that the house was built by local developer William Mather and completed around 1824. Its first long-term resident was local lawyer and family man William Stoker. Searching the records for evidence of William Stoker, David is surprised to discover that he is named in an 1835 report in the local newspaper. The article tells of a theft from the house in which two teenage boys have stolen a pair of umbrellas, ‘the property of Mr William Stoker’. In today’s terms, this would be a trivial offence, but knowing how harsh the penalties were in the 19th century, even for petty crimes, David is keen to know more. Exploring the boys’ background David discovers the motive for the crime: poverty. The pair were ‘without visible means of subsistence’ and had exchanged the umbrellas for ‘two shillings and a piece of bread’.
David then meets historian Gaynor Halliday, who reveals that William Stoker actively pursued the case to trial. It was he who would have organised their arrest, found witnesses and brought them to court. The case papers reveal that the boys were found guilty and sentenced to seven years’ transportation to Australia.
As the boys were travelling to Australia, Stoker was working his way up the ranks of Newcastle society. He was elected to the post of town coroner, investigating suspicious deaths – drownings, industrial accidents and suicides. His first case is to investigate a man who has ‘drunk himself to death’. But there is a surprising twist to the story. David discovers that Stoker himself is a drinker. His death certificate reveals that he dies from chronic alcoholism aged 54.
The next resident David discovers is Joshua Alder, who moves into Ravensworth Terrace in 1841. Having recently sold his business as a cheesemonger, he has moved into the house with his sister Mary. But as David discovers, Joshua isn’t planning a life of leisure. The sale of his business is funding a new career as a scientist. He is a member of Newcastle’s renowned Literary and Philosophical Society, giving lectures, writing books about natural history, and rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest scientists of the age. David travels to the Northumberland coast to meet marine biologist Professor Peter Davis, sailing out to sea to observe the marine life that Joshua studied. But Joshua’s new life depends on the practical support of his sister. As design historian Deborah Sugg Ryan explains, it is Mary Alder who would have ensured the smooth running of the house while Joshua continued his scientific work.
And Joshua would soon rely on her even more. The devastating financial crash of 1857 brings down the local bank, taking Joshua’s savings with it. Now penniless, he and Mary are forced to leave Ravensworth Terrace, and move into a smaller house nearby, where Mary is the householder, supporting her brother financially. But this is not the end of Joshua’s story. David discovers that his friends in the scientific community lobby the Government on his behalf. Joshua is awarded a Civil List pension, saving him from penury and allowing him to continue his studies until his death in 1867.
The next residents of Ravensworth Terrace are well-to-do newly-wed couple Nicholas and Mary Sarah Hardcastle. Nicholas is a doctor recently appointed medical officer to the local workhouse, treating the poorest people in Newcastle society. David meets expert Caroline Rance to find out more. Caroline reveals that soon after his arrival, Hardcastle was caught up in a neglect scandal. A group of his patients, young girls suffering from the skin disease scabies, were discovered to be locked in a tiny room without access to proper sanitation. Hardcastle is investigated but cleared of any misconduct. He continues working at the workhouse and takes on an additional role as surgeon to the local gaol. The family move to a grand house in the centre of Newcastle where they have four children. But tragedy strikes when their daughter contracts scarlet fever and loses her hearing as a result.
Then some years later, Hardcastle is engulfed in a second scandal. An epidemic sweeps through the workhouse again - this time scarlet fever, the same disease that affected Hardcastle’s own daughter. After just nine days, nearly 200 people are affected, and two have died. Fearing the epidemic will spread beyond the workhouse walls, the authorities launch an inquiry where workhouse nurses accuse Hardcastle of neglecting his patients. This time Hardcastle is found guilty, and he is forced to resign from his post.
THU 21:00 The Babadook (p08t685m)
Single mother Amelia struggles to raise her demanding six-year-old son Samuel alongside working shifts in an old people’s home. The kid’s behavioural problems stem from a fear of lurking monsters, against which he prepares weapons, which does not go down well at his school. Bedtimes are difficult, and Samuel usually ends up sleeping in Amelia’s bed, with disturbed nights the result.
With his seventh birthday looming - also the anniversary of his father’s death - the discovery of a strange pop-up book titled Mister Babadook on his bookshelf unleashes a sinister presence in the house.
THU 22:30 Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema (b0bfp4h7)
Mark Kermode continues his fresh and very personal look at the art of cinema by examining the techniques and conventions behind classic film genres, uncovering the ingredients that keep audiences coming back for more.
Mark turns to horror and shows how film-makers have devilishly deployed a range of cinematic tricks to exploit our deepest, darkest and most elemental fears. He explores the recurring elements of horror, including the journey, the jump scare, the scary place, the monster and the chase. He reveals how they have been refined and reinvented in films as diverse as the silent classic The Phantom of the Opera, low-budget cult shockers The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Evil Dead, and Oscar-winners The Silence of the Lambs and Get Out. Mark analyses the importance of archetypal figures such as the clown, the savant and the 'final girl'. And of course, he celebrates his beloved Exorcist films by examining two unforgettable but very different shock moments in The Exorcist and The Exorcist III.
Ultimately, Mark argues, horror is the most cinematic of genres, because no other kind of film deploys images and sound to such powerful and primal effect.
THU 23:30 Hitchcock's Shower Scene: 78/52 (b09w3w9v)
Alfred Hitchcock's shocking murder scene in Psycho changed the course of world cinema. It took a week to film, one quarter of the film's entire production schedule, and the scene required 78 set-ups and 52 cuts to achieve.
Director Alexandre O Philippe's gripping documentary takes an unprecedented look at Hitchcock's infamous and iconic shower scene and its enduring legacy.
THU 00:55 Great British Railway Journeys (m0002fmn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
THU 01:25 Wild Brazil (p01nplv1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Wednesday
THU 02:25 A House Through Time (m00041qb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today
FRIDAY 08 OCTOBER 2021
FRI 19:00 Irish Rock at the BBC (b0556qc9)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
A whistle-stop tour of rock from over the water, taking in some of the finest Irish rock offerings from the early 70s to the present day, as captured on a variety of BBC shows from The Old Grey Whistle Test and Top of the Pops to Later... with Jools Holland.
Kicking off with Thin Lizzy's 1973 debut hit Whiskey in the Jar, the programme traces Irish rock's unfolding lineage. Performances from guitar maestro Rory Gallagher, Celtic rock godfathers Horslips and John Peel favourites The Undertones feature alongside rivals Stiff Little Fingers, with their Top of the Pops performance of Nobody's Hero, followed by post-punk U2's 1981 debut UK performance of I Will Follow from The Old Grey Whistle Test.
Then there is Sinead O'Connor's debut single performance of Mandinka, and The Pogues play the Ewan MacColl classic Dirty Old Town from 1986. Into the 90s, there is The Frank and Walters and Therapy? on Top of the Pops, along with early performances on Later... with Jools Holland from Ash and The Divine Comedy.
There is rockabilly with Imelda May's debut hit Johnny Got a Boom Boom, and then more recently Cavan's The Strypes and Hozier, whose Take Me to Church completes this hit-driven tour through Irish rock.
FRI 20:00 Top of the Pops (m0010b3k)
Nicky Campbell present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 19 September 1991 and featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Utah Saints, Prince and The New Power Generation, Bryan Adams, Erasure and Ned's Atomic Dustbin.
FRI 20:30 Top of the Pops (m0010b3m)
Gary Davies present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 26 September 1991 and featuring Scorpions, Rozalla, R.E.M., Tina Turner, Bizarre Inc, Marc Almond, Sabrina Johnston, Bryan Adams and Bros.
FRI 21:00 Citizens of Boomtown: The Story of The Boomtown Rats (m000jjr5)
With guests including Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Dave Stewart, Jools Holland, David Mallet and Sting, as well as music writers, photographers and historians, this film explores the musical and social legacy of Ireland’s first rock superstars The Boomtown Rats, who changed their own lives, helped to change Ireland and, with Bob Geldof’s Live Aid, changed the world.
In this entertaining, dramatic and absorbing film, director Billy McGrath digs deep into the band’s history and remarkable songbook and highlights the key moments of its huge success and subsequent fall in 1985. And after over 30 years, why did the band regroup in 2013?
FRI 22:30 Sight and Sound in Concert (b03czdtl)
The Boomtown Rats
Pete Drummond introduces a 1984 concert by The Boomtown Rats from Goldiggers in Chippenham.
FRI 23:30 The Old Grey Whistle Test (m0010b3p)
Dr. Hook in Concert
Bob Harris presents a concert special from the BBC Television Theatre in Shepherd's Bush, first broadcast on 25 November 1975, featuring the zany antics of Dr. Hook.
FRI 00:10 Irish Rock at the BBC (b0556qc9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
FRI 01:10 Top of the Pops (m0010b3k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today
FRI 01:40 Top of the Pops (m0010b3m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today
FRI 02:10 Citizens of Boomtown: The Story of The Boomtown Rats (m000jjr5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)
A House Through Time 20:00 THU (m00041qb)
A House Through Time 02:25 THU (m00041qb)
A Timewatch Guide 23:40 MON (b06z59g7)
Brazil with Michael Palin 20:00 SAT (b01qyq0f)
Brazil with Michael Palin 01:35 SAT (b01qyq0f)
Citizens of Boomtown: The Story of The Boomtown Rats 21:00 FRI (m000jjr5)
Citizens of Boomtown: The Story of The Boomtown Rats 02:10 FRI (m000jjr5)
Classic Cellists at the BBC 19:00 SUN (b084nscd)
Classic Cellists at the BBC 03:00 SUN (b084nscd)
Dawn French Live: 30 Million Minutes 21:50 TUE (b086knj2)
Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson 21:00 WED (m000ngdy)
Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson 01:25 WED (m000ngdy)
French and Saunders 21:00 TUE (b09kkt1t)
French and Saunders 02:15 TUE (b09kkt1t)
From Ice to Fire: The Incredible Science of Temperature 22:55 WED (b09rzqp3)
From Ice to Fire: The Incredible Science of Temperature 23:55 WED (b09sc7yj)
Great British Railway Journeys 19:00 MON (b09p3blm)
Great British Railway Journeys 19:00 TUE (m0002fg7)
Great British Railway Journeys 01:45 TUE (m0002fg7)
Great British Railway Journeys 19:00 WED (m0002fl0)
Great British Railway Journeys 00:55 WED (m0002fl0)
Great British Railway Journeys 19:00 THU (m0002fmn)
Great British Railway Journeys 00:55 THU (m0002fmn)
Hitchcock's Shower Scene: 78/52 23:30 THU (b09w3w9v)
How to Get Ahead 00:05 SAT (b03xsgwk)
How to Get Ahead 00:00 SUN (b03yfwk1)
How to Get Ahead 00:40 MON (b03z08mx)
Irish Rock at the BBC 19:00 FRI (b0556qc9)
Irish Rock at the BBC 00:10 FRI (b0556qc9)
Jacqueline du Pre: A Gift beyond Words 20:00 SUN (b09bdyfz)
Jacqueline du Pre: A Gift beyond Words 02:00 SUN (b09bdyfz)
Listening through the Lens: The Christopher Nupen Films 21:00 SUN (m00109wm)
Madame Tussaud: A Legend in Wax 21:00 MON (b08cgm56)
Madame Tussaud: A Legend in Wax 01:40 MON (b08cgm56)
Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema 22:30 THU (b0bfp4h7)
Motherland 01:05 SAT (m000w173)
One Foot in the Grave 20:30 TUE (b007blqq)
Restoring the Earth: The Age of Nature 22:00 WED (m0010b33)
Restoring the Earth: The Age of Nature 02:25 WED (m0010b33)
Secret Knowledge 22:00 MON (b04h8kpt)
Secrets of the Museum 20:00 MON (m000g1rv)
Secrets of the Museum 02:40 MON (m000g1rv)
Sight and Sound in Concert 22:30 FRI (b03czdtl)
Some People with Jokes 23:45 TUE (p00w07vc)
Some People with Jokes 00:15 TUE (p00w080m)
Storyville 22:40 SAT (m000kxl0)
The Babadook 21:00 THU (p08t685m)
The Beauty of Diagrams 01:00 SUN (b00vl3h1)
The Beauty of Diagrams 01:30 SUN (b00w57gr)
The Beauty of Diagrams 00:45 TUE (b00wbn7y)
The Beauty of Diagrams 01:15 TUE (b00wvd9x)
The Good Life 20:00 TUE (p02qyh1h)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 MON (m00109yh)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 TUE (m00109yc)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 WED (m0010b30)
The Joy of Painting 19:30 THU (m0010b2w)
The Old Grey Whistle Test 23:30 FRI (m0010b3p)
The Truth 21:00 SAT (m00109x3)
Top of the Pops 20:00 FRI (m0010b3k)
Top of the Pops 20:30 FRI (m0010b3m)
Top of the Pops 01:10 FRI (m0010b3k)
Top of the Pops 01:40 FRI (m0010b3m)
Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream 19:00 SAT (b08651j3)
Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream 02:35 SAT (b08651j3)
We Want the Light: Jews and German Music 22:30 SUN (m00109wp)
Wild Brazil 20:00 WED (p01nplv1)
Wild Brazil 01:25 THU (p01nplv1)
imagine... 22:30 MON (b06r97c4)