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SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER 2021

SAT 19:00 Coast (b01838w1)
Series 5 (Shortened Versions)

Harlech to Criccieth

The imposing castle at Harlech is one of the best preserved in Britain, but Mark Horton discovers how it would have looked radically different and even more terrifying when it was built to subdue the Welsh in the 13th century.

Across the bay, Neil Oliver is at the Welsh's rival castle at Criccieth.


SAT 19:10 The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice with Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver (b06jcxg7)
Episode 2

In episode two, we discover the golden age of the La Tene Celtic warrior and reveal how their world extended as far as central Turkey. But by the middle of the first century BC, the Celts were under threat from an expanding Roman Empire, and the Gallic warrior Vercingetorix would challenge Julius Caesar in an epic battle that would shape the future of Europe.


SAT 20:10 Pole to Pole (p02j8knz)
Russian Steps

Michael experiences life in the latter days of the Soviet Union as he travels from Leningrad to the port of Odessa, mere days before the 1991 coup in Moscow.


SAT 21:00 Paris Police 1900 (p09tqk78)
Series 1

Episode 3

Jouin has fallen in love with a young woman called Jeanne Chauvin, who is a qualified lawyer but cannot practice due to her sex. Instead, she is employed by Maitre Weidmann in the Jewish quarter of La Villette. Jeanne agrees to help the young inspector with the Berger case. In the meantime, Meg entertains Madame Lepine, whose drug habit has come to the attention of Puybaraud.

In French with English subtitles


SAT 22:00 Paris Police 1900 (p09tqkhr)
Series 1

Episode 4

At La Surete, all efforts are being made to solve the Josephine Berger case – the police need to show they have things under control. In the days leading up to the Dreyfus retrial, tensions are running high in the streets of Paris. Against a background of political instability and personal scandal, Lepine makes a blatant display of his might. Meanwhile, Meg is becoming increasingly aware of how dangerous a game she is playing.

In French with English subtitles


SAT 22:55 The Trials of Oscar Pistorius (p08tfp9w)
Series 1

Part 2

A month after Oscar Pistorius shoots dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he is out on bail, living at his uncle Arnold’s compound. A forensics expert hired by his legal team helps him to recreate his version of what happened the night of Reeva’s death.

The Blade Runner, as he was nicknamed, became a worldwide superstar at the Athens Olympics while still a high school teenager finding his way. Pistorius set his sights on an ambitious goal: competing against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics. In a long and contentious battle with track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, he wins the right to compete in the Olympics in 2008. All that becomes a distant memory on 19 August 2013, when he is formally charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on what would have been her 30th birthday. With the prosecution adding gun charges to the original complaint, the evidence reveals that he is a very different young man to the one that the world had come to admire.


SAT 00:15 The Trials of Oscar Pistorius (p08tfp9y)
Series 1

Part 3

When a judge is assigned to the Oscar Pistorius trial, the world watches closely. In this case, a judge - and not a jury - decide the defendant’s fate. The judge, Thokozile Masipa, is a highly respected scholar who grew up in the Soweto Township as a child of Apartheid. Despite the dignity with which she attempts to conduct the trial, no-one can stop it from becoming a televised tabloid circus.

Early news focuses on the holes in the testimonies of witnesses who claim to have heard the gun shots and screams. But as new evidence emerges, those close to Pistorius question his maturity and temper. His singular and at times lonely existence emerges, along with details of his romantic relationships. The trial lays bare his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp, with stormy texts revealing dramatic ups and downs, dictated by Pistorius’s temper.


SAT 01:25 Motherland (p09gv6bk)
Series 3

Episode 3

Mother’s Day leaves Julia feeling ignored while Meg gets spoilt rotten. Amanda endures a passive aggressive lunch with her appalling mother Felicity.


SAT 01:55 Pole to Pole (p02j8knz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:10 today]


SAT 02:45 The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice with Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver (b06jcxg7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:10 today]



SUNDAY 17 OCTOBER 2021

SUN 19:00 BBC Proms (b0940c1p)
2017

Chineke! Orchestra with Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Jeanine De Bique

Katie Derham introduces another unforgettable Prom from the BBC archive. This week she is joined by one of the brightest young stars of classical music, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. They look back on a Prom that made history in 2017 when Chineke! became the first British majority BME symphony orchestra ever to take to the Proms stage. Including music by Dvorak, Handel and Rimsky-Korsakov, and featuring Sheku himself, soprano Jeanine De Bique and conductor Kevin John Edusei, it was a night that broke new boundaries for all involved.


SUN 20:30 Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History (m000n18w)
Broadcasters Lenny Henry and Suzy Klein celebrate black classical composers and musicians across the centuries whose stories and music have been forgotten in a 90-minute special.


SUN 22:00 Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words (m000crzw)
As members of the feuding Capulet and Montague families, Romeo and Juliet should be sworn enemies, but they fall deeply in love and marry in secret. That very day, disastrous circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet's cousin Tybalt, setting off a chain of events that culminate in tragedy. Juliet takes a potion to avoid the love match her parents have set up for her, and Romeo, believing she is dead, poisons himself. When she wakes from her deep sleep, Juliet finds the body of her love and is so distraught that she stabs herself, joining him in death.

Romeo and Juliet is a drama feature film shot on location in Hungary, starring the dancers of the Royal Ballet in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s classic ballet. The film is set to Sergei Prokofiev’s original score for Romeo and Juliet, and is unique in telling this classic story through dance. The score was adapted especially for the film. It was recorded at AIR Studios in Hampstead, London, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, in early 2019. The 85 players were conducted by the renowned Royal Opera House music director Koen Kessels, and the leader was Vasko Vassilev.

Highlighting the essence of MacMillan’s original choreography, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt’s Romeo and Juliet takes viewers into the action with a striking intimacy. Through detailed portrayals by the Royal Ballet dancers, the film is a gripping story about real characters through an audacious experience that is by turn epic and intimate. With the story presented in a groundbreaking new light, the film captures the extraordinary performances that have earned the Royal Ballet the reputation of producing the greatest actor-dancers in the world. Seizing the opportunity to perform scenes with unparalleled subtlety, the dancers’ artistry pays tribute to what is internationally recognised as the zenith of the dance storytelling. Reimagined for the camera by the International Emmy Award winners Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, the film delivers a new realism and reaches a global audience of theatre, dance and film fans alike.


SUN 23:30 Young Ahmed (m0010rj9)
A Belgian teenager sets out to kill his school teacher after adopting an extremist interpretation of the Quran.

In French and Arabic, with English subtitles.


SUN 00:50 The Beauty of Maps (b00s3v0t)
Medieval Maps - Mapping the Medieval Mind

Documentary series charting the visual appeal and historical meaning of maps.

The Hereford Mappa Mundi is the largest intact Medieval wall map in the world and its ambition is breathtaking - to picture all of human knowledge in a single image. The work of a team of artists, the world it portrays is overflowing with life, featuring Classical and Biblical history, contemporary buildings and events, animals and plants from across the globe, and the infamous 'monstrous races' which were believed to inhabit the remotest corners of the Earth.

The Mappa Mundi, meaning 'cloth of the world', has spent most of its long life at Hereford Cathedral, rarely emerging from behind its glass case. The programme represents a rare opportunity to get close to the map and explore its detail, giving a unique insight into the Medieval mind. This is also the first programme to show the map in its original glory, revealing the results of a remarkable year-long project by the Folio Society to restore it using the latest digital technology.

The map has a chequered history. Since its glory days in the 1300s it has languished forgotten in storerooms, been dismissed as a curious 'monstrosity', and controversially almost sold. Only in the last 20 years have scholars and artists realised its true depth and meaning, with the map exerting an extraordinary power over those who come into contact with it. The programme meets some of these individuals, from scholars and map lovers to Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry, whose own work, the Map of Nowhere, is inspired by the Mappa Mundi.


SUN 01:20 The Beauty of Maps (b00s5p6k)
City Maps - Order out of Chaos

Documentary series charting the visual appeal and historical meaning of maps.

The British Library is home to a staggering 4.5 million maps, most of which remain hidden away in its colossal basement, and the programme delves behind the scenes to explore some amazing treasures in more detail. This is the story of three maps, three 'visions' of London over three centuries; visions of beauty that celebrate but also distort the truth. It's the story of how urban maps try to impose order on chaos.

On Sunday 2 September 1660, the Great Fire of London began reducing most of the city to ashes, and among the huge losses were many maps of the city itself. The Morgan Map of 1682 was the first to show the whole of the City of London after the fire. Consisting of sixteen separate sheets, measuring eight feet by five feet, it took six years to complete. Morgan's beautiful map symbolised the hoped-for ideal city.

In 1746 John Rocque produced what was at the time the most detailed map ever made of London. Like Morgan's, Rocque's map is all neo-Classical beauty and clinical precision, but the London it represented had become the opposite. In engravings of the time, such as Night, the artist William Hogarth shows a city boiling with vice and corruption. Stephen Walter's contemporary image, The Island, plays with notions of cartographic order and respectability. His extraordinary London map looks at first glance to be just as precise and ordered as his hero Rocque's but, looking closer, it includes 21st-century markings, such as 'favourite kebab vans' and sites of 'personal heartbreak'.


SUN 01:50 Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History (m000n18w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]



MONDAY 18 OCTOBER 2021

MON 19:00 Great British Railway Journeys (m0002jsz)
Series 10

Larne to Dumfries

Michael Portillo continues his journey from Northern Ireland across the water to Scotland. Leaving from the seaport of Larne he reaches Stranraer and the Mull of Galloway, where in a lighthouse built by railway engineer Robert Stevenson, he discovers a magnificent machine, installed at the turn of the 20th century.

In the Lowland town of Cumnock, canvassers are out in force - it is the cradle of the Labour Party and home of its founder, Keir Hardie. Michael braves enemy territory to discover Hardie’s influence today.

Close to the border with England, Michael arrives in Dumfries, where he seeks out an enchanted land and a boy who would never grow up. Peter Pan and Neverland were the creations of author JM Barrie, who played at Moat Brae as a child. With assistance from Peter, Tinkerbell, and Wendy, Michael helps the Moat Brae trust with the restoration of its garden.


MON 19:30 The Joy of Painting (m0010rk9)
Series 5

Trapper’s Cabin

Hike into the mountains with Bob Ross and stumble upon a cosy well-worn shack amidst the solitude of the wilderness.


MON 20:00 Raiders of the Lost Past with Janina Ramirez (m0008567)
Series 1

The Sutton Hoo Hoard

Janina Ramirez explores the surprise discovery in a Suffolk garden of the Sutton Hoo Hoard – an incredible Anglo-Saxon ship-burial dating from the early 7th century AD and the final resting place of a supremely wealthy warrior-king.

The ship’s ruined burial chamber was packed with treasures: Byzantine silverware, sumptuous gold jewellery, a lavish feasting set and, most famously, an ornate iron helmet.

Now known as Britain’s Tutankhamun, the hoard transformed our understanding of the Dark Ages, revealing that 7th-century Britain was not the primitive place we had imagined, but a world of exquisite craftsmanship, extensive international connections, great halls, glittering treasures and formidable warriors.

The find captured the imagination of a nation on the brink of war, not just as incredible treasure, but as a symbol of pride and identity, and a representation of the Anglo-Saxon culture Britain was about to fight for.

Yet, as Janina discovers, the story of the hoard's survival and discovery is something of a miracle.


MON 21:00 Nature and Us: A History through Art (m0010rkc)
Series 1

Episode 2

James Fox uses art to explore how humans began to try to understand nature for the very first time. From the Song dynasty in China and the Islamic world, through to the Scientific Revolution and the advent of the industrial era, James shows the very different ways in which humans came to both appreciate and understand nature, whilst at the very same time beginning to dominate and control it.

With the advent of landscape painting in medieval China, James discovers that these artworks reflect an attitude of harmony and balance with nature that came from a philosophical belief system known as Daoism. We then meet a Zen Buddhist monk Shunmyo Masuno, who is also an internationally renowned garden designer, and learn that Zen gardens are the means to contemplate the unknowable mysteries of nature. James’s story then moves from East Asia to the cultures of the Islamic world. He examines a brightly coloured chameleon painted by Ustad Mansur in 1612 for the Mughal emperor Jahangir - a combination of artistic flair and close observation in which we see the beauty of the natural world closer than ever before.

James also explores the story of one of the first European botanical artists, an extraordinary woman called Maria Sibylla Merian. Her 1705 collection of images from her travels in Suriname was a milestone in natural history. We encounter Nirupa Rao, a contemporary Indian botanical artist who is breathing new life into this traditional art form, working in the jungles of the Western Ghats. From the analytical to the romantic, James’s story then moves to the wild and awesome paintings of JMW Turner, before exploring the advent of landscape photography in the American west. The photography of Carleton Watkins played a part in creating the first protected landscape in the world - Yosemite National Park.

James reveals the many ways in which art illuminates the extraordinary changes that took place in this millennia-long period. From an East Asian acceptance of the unknowability of nature to the drive to understand, classify and appreciate it, each point of view is an attempt to understand our place in nature.


MON 22:00 Climategate: Science of a Scandal (m000b8p2)
Documentary that reveals the truth behind a notorious incident in 2009, when a growing international consensus on climate change was derailed by one of the biggest scandals in modern science.

For the first time, all the key players recount the events and what really happened during 'Climategate'. Thousands of emails hacked from the world-renowned Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia seemed to suggest that climate scientists had been deliberately manipulating data to exaggerate evidence of climate change, a conspiracy that was the holy grail of climate change deniers.

The battle between the scientists and their critics over climate science and data transparency resulted in a media storm, public misinformation, a criminal investigation, multiple inquiries and death threats. The email controversy has continued to be cited by climate change sceptics - among them President Donald Trump. This documentary provides an insight into the battle over fact and scientific enquiry, and the realities of climate change.


MON 23:00 Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation (b0b09dss)
Series 1

The Loss of Joy

Three-part documentary series examining the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

The first episode focuses on the run-up to Stephen's murder and the police investigation that follows. As the suspects remain free, tip-offs from the community worry Doreen and Neville, Stephen's parents, about why the police are not making arrests.

A visit from Nelson Mandela seems to prompt action, but Stephen's friend Duwayne, also a victim of the attack, gets into difficulty with the police. When the charges against the suspects are dropped, Doreen realises she must take action into her own hands.


MON 00:00 A Stitch in Time (b09p6mxw)
Series 1

Dido

Fusing biography, art and the history of fashion, Amber Butchart explores the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. She looks at Dido Belle, the 18th-century daughter of an enslaved African woman brought up at Kenwood House in London.


MON 00:30 The Beauty of Maps (b00s64f4)
Atlas Maps - Thinking Big

Documentary series charting the visual appeal and historical meaning of maps.

The Dutch Golden Age saw map-making reach a fever pitch of creative and commercial ambition. This was the era of the first ever atlases - elaborate, lavish and beautiful. This was the great age of discovery and marked an unprecedented opportunity for mapmakers, who sought to record and categorise the newly acquired knowledge of the world. Rising above the many mapmakers in this period was Gerard Mercator, inventor of the Mercator projection, who changed mapmaking forever when he published his collection of world maps in 1598 and coined the term 'atlas'.

The programme looks at some of the largest and most elaborate maps ever produced, from the vast maps on the floor of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, to the 24-volume atlas covering just the Netherlands, to the largest atlas in the world, The Klencke Atlas. It was made for Charles II to mark his restoration in 1660. But whilst being one of the British Library's most important items, it is also one of its most fragile, so hardly ever opened. This is a unique opportunity to see inside this enormous and lavish work, and see the world through the eyes of a king.


MON 01:00 Great British Railway Journeys (m0002jsz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


MON 01:30 Nature and Us: A History through Art (m0010rkc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


MON 02:30 Raiders of the Lost Past with Janina Ramirez (m0008567)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]



TUESDAY 19 OCTOBER 2021

TUE 19:00 Great British Railway Journeys (m0002jvp)
Series 10

Glasgow to Cumbrae

Michael Portillo continues his journey through western Scotland by exploring the industrial heartland of Glasgow and its mighty River Clyde before taking the ferry to the island of Cumbrae.

With his early 20th-century Bradshaw’s guide in hand, he is put to work behind the scenes at Glasgow’s circular subway, explores the future of shipbuilding on the Clyde and hears how one woman led a successful mass protest against high rents in the city’s notorious tenements.

On the island of Cumbrae, Michael investigates a forgotten Scottish expedition to the Antarctic and discovers the beauty of intertidal marine life.


TUE 19:30 The Joy of Painting (m0010rkj)
Series 5

Storm on the Horizon

Visit this gusty, sandy beach with Bob Ross and see how the approaching menacing clouds hug the great sea and sky ahead.


TUE 20:00 The Good Life (p02r4s11)
Series 3

I Talk to the Trees

The Goods decide to experiment with talking to their plants to see if they'll grow more. Margo, meanwhile, plans to run for music society president.


TUE 20:30 One Foot in the Grave (p00d6znh)
Series 1

The Valley of Fear

Victor's outing to photograph badgers ends up with him being mugged. Mrs Birkett comes to regret calling at the Meldrews' to collect items for a jumble sale.


TUE 21:00 imagine... (m000ct0t)
2020

Lenny Henry: Young, Gifted and Black

Alan Yentob follows one of our best loved performers as he releases his first autobiography charting his early years in show business. In this revealing and poignant film Sir Lenny Henry meets up with his closest friends, family and colleagues to remember his sudden rise to fame aged 16 on TV talent show, New Faces, which catapulted him from working-class kid from Dudley to one of Britain’s most celebrated black performers. imagine... also explores Lenny’s other early television breakthrough roles on Tiswas and Three Of A Kind as well as five troubling years as the only black performer in The Black & White Minstrel Show. Alongside his early achievements, Lenny Henry also discusses his recent career reinvention as a serious actor of stage and screen and his work as a political activist campaigning for greater diversity in the entertainment and broadcasting industry


TUE 22:15 The Ones (b08xddj3)
Series 1 - 40 Minute Versions

The One Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry showcases brand new stand-up combined with characters reprised from his early career and some new sketches. For the first time in twenty years, Lenny reprises a favourite from his Lenny Henry Show days, pirate radio DJ, Delbert Wilkins. Smooth talking Donovan Bogarde returns still in hot pursuit of Mrs Johnson and new sketches include a Twilight spoof and a send up of Cee Lo Green's Forget You. Lenny is joined by guest appearances from Ronni Ancona, Omid Djalili and Peter Serafinowicz.


TUE 22:55 Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation (b0b09f62)
Series 1

The System

A second police investigation captures shocking surveillance footage of the racism of the gang alleged to have killed Stephen. With help from their lawyer Imran Khan, Doreen and Neville Lawrence launch the first private murder prosecution in 150 years. When it collapses, questions about the failure of the first police investigation mount.

The Daily Mail stages a dramatic intervention. A public inquiry shines an uncomfortable light on the police and leads to some devastating revelations.


TUE 23:55 A Stitch in Time (b09q047h)
Series 1

The Black Prince

Fusing biography, art and the history of fashion, Amber Butchart explores the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. She looks at Edward the Black Prince.


TUE 00:25 The Beauty of Maps (b00s64hx)
Cartoon Maps - Politics and Satire

The series concludes by delving into the world of satirical maps. How did maps take on a new form, not as geographical tools, but as devices for humour, satire or storytelling?

Graphic artist Fred Rose perfectly captured the public mood in 1880 with his general election maps featuring Gladstone and Disraeli, using the maps to comment upon crucial election issues still familiar to us today. Technology was on the satirist's side, with the advent of high-speed printing allowing for larger runs at lower cost. In 1877, when Rose produced his Serio Comic Map of Europe at War, maps began to take on a new direction and form, reflecting a changing world.

Rose's map exploited these possibilities to the full using a combination of creatures and human figures to represent each European nation. The personification of Russia as a grotesque-looking octopus, extending its tentacles around the surrounding nations, perfectly symbolised the threat the country posed to its neighbours.


TUE 00:55 Great British Railway Journeys (m0002jvp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


TUE 01:25 imagine... (m000ct0t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


TUE 02:40 Nature and Us: A History through Art (m0010rkc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]



WEDNESDAY 20 OCTOBER 2021

WED 19:00 Great British Railway Journeys (m0002k0s)
Series 10

Hillhead to Connel Ferry

Armed with his Edwardian Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo falls into line with the University of Glasgow’s Officer Training Corps. Founded in the early 20th century, the Corps flourishes today and Michaels joins students for drill.

From Glasgow, Michael heads west along the Firth of Clyde to Helensburgh, where he discovers a pioneering group of artists known as the Glasgow Boys.

The idyllic West Highland Line takes Michael deep into the Highlands to Inveraray and the ancestral home of the Clan Campbell and the Dukes of Argyll. Here, he discovers an unconventional royal marriage between Queen Victoria’s spirited daughter, Princess Louise, and a commoner, the Marquess of Lorne, later the 9th Duke of Argyll.

Michael’s final stop is Connel Ferry, near Oban, where, on the Achnacloich Estate, he discovers Lily, a pedigree Highland calf. Michael learns how Lily’s herd has been owned continuously by the Nelson family since 1901 and hears how the breed has become an icon of the Highlands.


WED 19:30 The Joy of Painting (m0010rkw)
Series 5

A Perfect Winter Day

Travel to the mountains of the north with Bob Ross and marvel at the sight of a quaint cabin nestled into a lovely winter landscape.


WED 20:00 India: Nature's Wonderland (b06b3klq)
Episode 2

The hidden wonders of India's spectacular natural world are revealed by wildlife expert Liz Bonnin, actress Freida Pinto and mountaineer Jon Gupta.

Experience a village of birds, masks that come alive, the world's greatest mountain range and baby turtles erupting out of the sand.

This is truly a land like no other.


WED 21:00 Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson (m000np5k)
Series 1

Resistance

Samuel L Jackson is joined by journalists Afua Hirsch and Simcha Jacobovici, along with Diving with a Purpose (DWP) – a group of underwater investigators dedicated to restoring their ancestors' lost history. Together, they investigate the individual stories and events that helped bring an end to slavery in the United States.

The slave trade is not just a story of victims, but of the heroes who fought for emancipation, held onto their culture and values and laid the foundations for future generations. The DWP divers explore the cold waters of the Great Lakes to better understand the history of the underground railroad and the freedom boats that helped fugitives flee slavery and cross the water to safety in Canada. Whole families risked the long, perilous journey across the United States, using a network of safe houses, coded messages and supporters to escape the plantations.

Journalist Simcha Jacobovici learns about the legendary Harriet Tubman, one of the most famous enablers on the underground railroad. Simcha also meets historians in South Carolina who reveal the history of black soldiers who served in the Union Army during the Civil War, helping to overturn slavery.

Samuel L Jackson travels to Nashville to hear the Jubilee Singers perform the resistance songs that contained coded messages to help fugitives find safe passage. He also explores the unique cultural legacy enslaved Africans brought to the United States with Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens in Africatown, Alabama.


WED 22:00 Restoring the Earth: The Age of Nature (m0010rky)
Series 1

Changing

We visit Bhutan, Poland, Antarctica, Australia and Indonesia to learn just how much carbon can be stored by nature. By restoring forests, mangroves, seagrass meadows, and most importantly biodiversity, we can help nature draw down the excess carbon from the atmosphere and slow climate change.

From the tropical island of Borneo to the ice sheets of Antarctica, global warming is changing our planet faster than ever before, but we’re also increasing our understanding of the potential for nature to help us manage it.


WED 22:50 Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation (b0b09fnz)
Series 1

Corruption and Conviction

Stephen's killers remain free. The public inquiry leads to a change in the law that means that the suspects can be retried. Questions of racism and corruption swirl around the police.

An unconventional detective, Clive Driscoll, takes on the case and, with the help of advances in forensic science, arrests Gary Dobson and David Norris. As justice seems to be done, revelations that the police spied on the Lawrence family start to surface.


WED 23:50 Great British Railway Journeys (m0002k0s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]


WED 00:20 India: Nature's Wonderland (b06b3klq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


WED 01:20 Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson (m000np5k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today]


WED 02:20 Restoring the Earth: The Age of Nature (m0010rky)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 today]



THURSDAY 21 OCTOBER 2021

THU 19:00 World Track Cycling Championships (m0010rm6)
2021

21/10/2021

Coverage of the 2021 World Track Cycling Championships.


THU 21:00 Poltergeist (b00kyyrb)
Chilling horror. The Freelings are like any other Californian suburban family. But one night their youngest, ten-year-old Carol Ann, hears a voice from inside the television set. At first, there is an invasion of friendly spirits, but then a force of evil threatens to destroy them.


THU 22:50 Halloween (m0010k75)
Serial killer Michael Myers escapes from prison and hunts down Laurie Strode, who narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.


THU 00:30 A Stitch in Time (b09qrf0s)
Series 1

Marie Antoinette

Fusing biography, art and the history of fashion, Amber Butchart explores the lives of historical figures through their clothes. She looks at Marie Antoinette.


THU 01:00 Nature and Us: A History through Art (m0010rkc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday]


THU 02:00 Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words (m000crzw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:00 on Sunday]



FRIDAY 22 OCTOBER 2021

FRI 19:00 ... Sings Stevie Wonder (b07jlzkd)
Compilation celebrating over 50 years of covers of Stevie Wonder's classic songbook filmed at BBC studio shows over the years. Featuring Cilla Black, Jimmy Helms, Dionne Warwick, The Osmonds, India Arie, James Morrison and a storming performance of Ed Sheeran with Jools and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra taking on Master Blaster (Jammin') on Hootenanny. Expect a special emphasis on Wonder's bank of classic ballads which include Isn't She Lovely, Love's in Need of Love Today, For Once in My Life, You Are the Sunshine of My Life and many more.


FRI 20:00 Top of the Pops (m0010rl4)
Tony Dortie and Mark Franklin present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 17 October 1991 and featuring Bryan Adams, Slade, Enya, Lisa Stansfield, U2, Dannii Minogue, Scorpions, Paul Young and Monty Python.


FRI 20:30 Top of the Pops (m0010rl6)
Tony Dortie and Mark Franklin present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 24 October 1991 and featuring Queen, Carter USM, Bryan Adams, 2 Unlimited, Kenny Thomas, Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff, Kiri Te Kanawa, Mariah Carey and Tin Machine.


FRI 21:00 Zappa (m0010rl8)
The first all-access documentary - which was years in the making - about the legendary icon, Frank Zappa. It conveys the scope of his prodigious and varied creative output and the breadth of his extraordinary personal and political life.

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


FRI 23:05 The Old Grey Whistle Test (m0010rlb)
Janis Ian

Bob Harris introduces Janis Ian in concert at the BBC Television Theatre, London, in 1976.


FRI 23:50 Guitar, Drum and Bass (m0001y8k)
Series 1

On Drums... Stewart Copeland!

Stewart Copeland explores the drums as the founding instrument of popular modern music. Beats that travelled from Africa via New Orleans and across the world are the consistent force behind musical evolution.

Stewart plays with some of the most inspiring drummers of the last 50 years, including John Densmore of The Doors, Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Prince’s musical director Sheila E, New Order’s Stephen Morris and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. He goes dancing in New Orleans, builds his own bass drum pedal and checks out hot new bands on Santa Monica beach.


FRI 00:50 Cigar Box Blues - The Makers of a Revolution (m000c7pf)
We meet the passionate makers and players of cigar box guitars. Many of these craftsmen and musicians are from post-industrial British towns, and have created a self-identity through making these unique three-stringed guitars. Born from the blues, their simple, low-cost, ‘no-rules’ approach means anyone can try their hand.

These are the fervent advocates of the ‘cigar box guitar revolution’ who express their love of designing and constructing hand-made instruments, recycled from almost anything. The democratic, pro-recycling, local-production ethos of the movement inspires new recruits, while the emotional connection they feel for their instruments creates a unique and evocative sound that totally transports musicians and audiences alike.

Although the cigar box guitar has a long history in the USA, where it formed part of the culture of traditional blues music, it has only recently become popular with musicians in the UK. This film reveals how just three chords, played on their unique, DIY instruments, handmade from recycled materials, connect them to their truth.


FRI 01:20 Top of the Pops (m0010rl4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today]


FRI 01:50 Top of the Pops (m0010rl6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today]


FRI 02:20 ... Sings Stevie Wonder (b07jlzkd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today]




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

... Sings Stevie Wonder 19:00 FRI (b07jlzkd)

... Sings Stevie Wonder 02:20 FRI (b07jlzkd)

A Stitch in Time 00:00 MON (b09p6mxw)

A Stitch in Time 23:55 TUE (b09q047h)

A Stitch in Time 00:30 THU (b09qrf0s)

BBC Proms 19:00 SUN (b0940c1p)

Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History 20:30 SUN (m000n18w)

Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History 01:50 SUN (m000n18w)

Cigar Box Blues - The Makers of a Revolution 00:50 FRI (m000c7pf)

Climategate: Science of a Scandal 22:00 MON (m000b8p2)

Coast 19:00 SAT (b01838w1)

Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson 21:00 WED (m000np5k)

Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson 01:20 WED (m000np5k)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:00 MON (m0002jsz)

Great British Railway Journeys 01:00 MON (m0002jsz)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:00 TUE (m0002jvp)

Great British Railway Journeys 00:55 TUE (m0002jvp)

Great British Railway Journeys 19:00 WED (m0002k0s)

Great British Railway Journeys 23:50 WED (m0002k0s)

Guitar, Drum and Bass 23:50 FRI (m0001y8k)

Halloween 22:50 THU (m0010k75)

India: Nature's Wonderland 20:00 WED (b06b3klq)

India: Nature's Wonderland 00:20 WED (b06b3klq)

Motherland 01:25 SAT (p09gv6bk)

Nature and Us: A History through Art 21:00 MON (m0010rkc)

Nature and Us: A History through Art 01:30 MON (m0010rkc)

Nature and Us: A History through Art 02:40 TUE (m0010rkc)

Nature and Us: A History through Art 01:00 THU (m0010rkc)

One Foot in the Grave 20:30 TUE (p00d6znh)

Paris Police 1900 21:00 SAT (p09tqk78)

Paris Police 1900 22:00 SAT (p09tqkhr)

Pole to Pole 20:10 SAT (p02j8knz)

Pole to Pole 01:55 SAT (p02j8knz)

Poltergeist 21:00 THU (b00kyyrb)

Raiders of the Lost Past with Janina Ramirez 20:00 MON (m0008567)

Raiders of the Lost Past with Janina Ramirez 02:30 MON (m0008567)

Restoring the Earth: The Age of Nature 22:00 WED (m0010rky)

Restoring the Earth: The Age of Nature 02:20 WED (m0010rky)

Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words 22:00 SUN (m000crzw)

Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words 02:00 THU (m000crzw)

Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation 23:00 MON (b0b09dss)

Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation 22:55 TUE (b0b09f62)

Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation 22:50 WED (b0b09fnz)

The Beauty of Maps 00:50 SUN (b00s3v0t)

The Beauty of Maps 01:20 SUN (b00s5p6k)

The Beauty of Maps 00:30 MON (b00s64f4)

The Beauty of Maps 00:25 TUE (b00s64hx)

The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice with Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver 19:10 SAT (b06jcxg7)

The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice with Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver 02:45 SAT (b06jcxg7)

The Good Life 20:00 TUE (p02r4s11)

The Joy of Painting 19:30 MON (m0010rk9)

The Joy of Painting 19:30 TUE (m0010rkj)

The Joy of Painting 19:30 WED (m0010rkw)

The Old Grey Whistle Test 23:05 FRI (m0010rlb)

The Ones 22:15 TUE (b08xddj3)

The Trials of Oscar Pistorius 22:55 SAT (p08tfp9w)

The Trials of Oscar Pistorius 00:15 SAT (p08tfp9y)

Top of the Pops 20:00 FRI (m0010rl4)

Top of the Pops 20:30 FRI (m0010rl6)

Top of the Pops 01:20 FRI (m0010rl4)

Top of the Pops 01:50 FRI (m0010rl6)

World Track Cycling Championships 19:00 THU (m0010rm6)

Young Ahmed 23:30 SUN (m0010rj9)

Zappa 21:00 FRI (m0010rl8)

imagine... 21:00 TUE (m000ct0t)

imagine... 01:25 TUE (m000ct0t)