Adventurer Paul Rose continues his exploration of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, arguably Britain's least well-known national walking trail. The 79-mile trail starts at the Humber Estuary and ends at the Yorkshire seaside resort of Filey. In this episode, Paul takes to the skies to get a unique view of this stretch of chalk downland and gets a special invitation to a military base that's been keeping the country safe since the start of the Second World War.
Fred looks at the key role that was played by steam power in the extraordinary expansion of industrial Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, and at the continued use of huge stationary steam engines in mills, collieries and steelworks until well into the 20th century.
Patagonia invites you into a rarely seen South American wilderness, home to surprising creatures who survive in environments that range from the mighty Andes Mountains to Cape Horn.
From the Andes peaks, we follow the path of the relentless wind, sweeping east through Patagonia's dry desert. We discover a weird world of maras - giant guinea pigs - and desert-dwelling penguins, and witness the first faltering steps of baby guanacos - Patagonia's very own camels. People live here too - brave souls who have taken on this arid world and carved out a home.
Professor Alice Roberts explores this year’s most exciting archaeological finds from the east of Britain. Every new discovery was filmed by the archaeologists themselves, giving us an unprecedented view of each excavation as it happens.
In this episode, we join a team in Suffolk as they uncover an ancient lost monument as old as Stonehenge. We travel a little further east than usual to a WWI battlefield in France to explore one of Britain’s earliest and most disastrous tank battles, and then return to Suffolk as archaeologists try to make sense of some disturbing Roman burial practices. Also, one lucky metal detectorist chances upon a coin hoard that gives us insight into the effect the English civil war had on the lives of ordinary people.
Our roving archaeologist Raksha Dave goes behind the scenes at an archaeological lab in Brighton and follows an investigation into a lost
When Robert Mugabe was ousted by his own party, Zimbabwe’s new leaders promised a democratic presidential election – the first since the start of Mugabe’s rule almost 40 years earlier. Against a backdrop of economic crisis, food shortages and political violence, the stakes could not be higher.
Working to defeat the ruling party, which has controlled Zimbabwe since independence, is the young and charismatic Nelson Chamisa, who has been compared to a young Nelson Mandela. The campaign will set the course for the future of the country. After decades of corrupt elites using any means necessary to retain power, can a free, fair and transparent election truly be possible?
With this sequel to her widely acclaimed 2014 documentary Democrats, which followed the political battle to establish Zimbabwe’s first democratic constitution, Camilla Nielsson brings viewers into the heart of an epic struggle for power.
The final leg of Ade Adepitan’s epic tour of Africa sees him travelling from the beaches of Mozambique, through South Africa, before ending his entire trip in Zimbabwe.
He begins on the golden sand beaches of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago, one of Africa’s highlights. At Paradise Island, he finds an abandoned hotel, a visual reminder of Mozambique’s recent history - this place was once a high-end tourist destination, but 25 years of colonial and then civil war put a stop to development. But the local wildlife has benefited from the fact that so few tourists now come here, and Ade is able to snorkel with one of the world’s most elusive sea creatures - a dugong.
Since the wars, Mozambique has struggled to develop, and Ade meets someone for whom life is especially hard – a wheelchair user like himself. In a country where disability is viewed with fear and superstition – and believed by many to be contagious – even catching a bus proves impossible for Castigo. The best thing in his life is exactly the same thing that turned Ade’s life around - wheelchair basketball - and Ade can’t help getting carried away in a game. Along the coast, at one of Mozambique’s largest ports, Ade finds out that China is investing a huge amount in Mozambique – and elsewhere across Africa. The money often comes with strings attached, but a poor country like Mozambique needs financial help, which has to come from somewhere.
Ade’s next stop is South Africa. The country is famous for its wildlife but Ade hears how Chinese influence is having a dramatic impact here – the country’s rhino population has been decimated by poachers, driven by a demand for rhino horn in Chinese medicine. Ade follows rangers with a surprising way of tackling the problem - by cutting off the rhino horn themselves, they hope to deter poachers.
Ade travels to Johannesburg to see how the country is faring 25 years after apartheid ended. On a tour of the city, he is upset to discover that although the black population now have voting rights, they are living in an economic form of apartheid, with 25% unemployed and many squatting on whatever land they can find. In an emotional scene, Ade visits a squatted piece of land, moments after the police have destroyed people’s houses, to hear claims that Mandela’s legacy has been forgotten. Land reform is the big political issue here today, with many calling for a redistribution of land from rich white farmers to the black population.
The final stop on Ade’s African adventure is Zimbabwe – where land reform has already happened, with disastrous results. Ade finds a country still struggling economically. His first stop is the Kariba dam, and a hair-raising boat ride on the vast and stunning Lake Kariba. Ade finds that locals are worried about the stability of the Kariba dam and work has begun to stabilize undermined foundations. The worrying decay of this crucial dam is a sign of how much this country suffered under the rule of Robert Mugabe.
As Ade has seen so often on his trip around Africa, Zimbabwe is a country that should be rich. It has huge quantities of gold – enough, in theory, for the entire population to be a millionaire. But there isn’t the infrastructure of investment to get at it - in a country dogged by poverty and corruption. But the departure of dictator Robert Mugabe brought a new optimism, and Ade meets gold miners who are willing to risk daily exposure to toxic mercury for every scrap of gold they can get and an entrepreneur who believes the industry can be transformed. Despite the return of violence and repression in Zimbabwe, Ade ends his journey on a high, visiting a remote hut that has been turned into the set of a music video. He joins UK indie musician Shingai Shoniwa as she shoots the video for her forthcoming debut single, Coming Home, in a country that she believes is on the up, and deserves a fresh chance.
THURSDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2022
THU 19:00 River Walks (b0bty0gp)
Blind adventurer Amar Latif takes us on a route along one of Yorkshire’s most stunning river valleys. He abseils into a hidden gorge, canoes across a reservoir, and meets the local llamas while following a riverside trail along the Nidd.
Grab your boots and join adventurer Amar Latif as he takes us on a journey along one of Yorkshire’s most surprising rivers. As a blind man with a passion for outdoor adventure, Amar discover how the stunning landscape along the River Nidd has been shaped, while abseiling into a hidden canyon, discovering the remains of an abandoned village, canoeing over Bradford’s water supply and meeting the local llamas.
Amar’s 13-mile route takes in the most stunning parts of this unique river valley. It’s the place where mysterious gorges have been carved out over thousands of years, where villages have been left abandoned after huge civil engineering projects, and where the farms of the future are taking hold in the landscape. It is packed with intriguing history, stunning nature and incredible views.
We hear how Amar was introduced to outdoor adventure after he became blind when he was 18. Climbing Yorkshire’s Three Peaks was his first major challenge so the scenery of North Yorkshire still means the world to him.
His journey starts at Scar House Reservoir, where the source of the Nidd rises dramatically behind the dam wall. He starts his journey by canoe with a local instructor, paddling across the reservoir – before he explores the remains of a mysterious vanishing village that was once home to 1,250 people. With impressive archive pictures, he discovers how it housed families working on the revolutionary reservoir project which now provides most of Bradford’s water supply. Remains include the projection booth of a stunning 600-seat cinema.
Amar’s journey then continues down the Nidd valley – where the landscape is rapidly changing. Farmer Martyn Brown has turned his back on sheep and crops, and spent this year planting 10,000 trees on his 970-acre farm by the Nidd. He is part of a movement to revolutionise the way farms connect with nature. Amar meets him to investigate how this farm is transforming the fortunes of the local wildlife – and also helps out with a spot of dry stone walling to stop the sheep nibbling the new trees.
Walking with his guide, Amar then heads up and over the moor before descending to the dramatic How Stean Gorge. On the way, there is a brief stop at Middlesmoor where he explains how blind people can still enjoy stunning views like this.
Putting on his wetsuit, Amar then takes on a spectacular limestone ravine carved out over thousands of years by the power of the river. With instructor Tony Liddy, he abseils 45 feet into the gorge below. With specialist waterproof cameras, they explore a hidden area of incredible beauty and examine the natural rock formations and how the gorge came to be.
Continuing downstream, with stunning aerials and idyllic filming, Amar and his guide continue to Pateley Bridge – stopping to help catch wild brown trout on the river.
Amar then heads to what is officially the oldest sweet shop in England. Tasting the old classics, operating the vintage confectionary machines and talking all things sweet with its charismatic owner, Amar revels in the nostalgia that brings so many visitors to this beautiful village.
His journey then continues down the river valley – as the autumn leaves line the path as the river widens. His journey concludes by meeting a remarkable farmer’s wife. After going to buy a horse and coming home with a llama ten years ago, Suzanne Benson is the proud owner of a llama trekking farm in the beautiful countryside beside the River Nidd. Suzanne takes Amar on a llama trek, where he reflects on how he was in Peru when he last came across one, and wonders if a llama would make for a good guide dog replacement. They finish with a scenic trek overlooking this unique part of the Yorkshire Dales.
With high quality drone filming, stunning helicopter aerials, shots under the surface of the river itself and bespoke craft filming, this is a high quality film showcasing one of the most impressive but rarely visited parts of Yorkshire – all fronted by a witty, engaging and dynamic new presenter.
THU 19:30 Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam (b0078l7l)
Steaming Down the Road
Fred traces the development of steam power. He looks at early experiments in its use for road transport, and at the development of the traction engine.
THU 20:00 Fort Apache (b0077zzm)
The first of John Ford's cavalry trilogy, in which a commanding officer, bitter at his demotion after the Civil War, takes his resentment out on the men of Fort Apache, a remote outpost in the Arizona desert.
He is determined to tighten up discipline but eventually shows his ignorance of American Indian behaviour when he leads his troops into a deadly confrontation.
THU 22:05 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (b007894r)
In the second in John Ford's cavalry trilogy, a US cavalry officer suffers a setback on his last mission and is 'retired' before he can take further action. To avert a full-scale war, he decides to act alone.
THU 23:45 Britain's Lost Masterpieces (m001494m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Monday
THU 00:45 Handmade (b05tpw1j)
As part of BBC Four Goes Slow, this programme follows the forging of a steel knife. From the slow stoking of the fire to the hammering, welding and etching of the metal, the film is an absorbing portrait of the complex processes behind the making of the knife.
Forged in a spectacular industrial space, bladesmith Owen Bush uses a combination of modern and traditional techniques, some of which date to ancient times.
The most time-consuming element of the process is the shaping and blending of a sandwich of steels into a blade which, after polishing, is placed in a bath of acids, revealing an intricate pattern - a technique used by the Vikings and Saxons.
The bold style of the film-making, making use of long, static shots and with no music or commentary, allows the viewer to simply enjoy watching the painstaking and highly skilled craftsmanship.
THU 01:15 River Walks (b0bty0gp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
THU 01:45 Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam (b0078l7l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
THU 02:15 The Secret Life of the Motorway (b007xmbm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday
FRIDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2022
FRI 19:00 Peggy Lee Entertains (m001499v)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
American jazz singer Peggy Lee performs some of her most popular songs.
FRI 19:45 Top of the Pops (b08skpzg)
1984 - Big Hits
Celebrating the big hits from a big year in British pop. The big hitters in this compilation are performed by the likes of The Smiths, Duran Duran, Sade, The Weather Girls, Wham! and Bronski Beat, to name a few.
Further stellar appearances come from the TOTP debuts of iconic Americans Madonna, Miami Sound Machine and Cyndi Lauper, who runs riot in the studio.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood celebrate their 1984 chart dominance with one of their celebrated renditions of Two Tribes, while we couldn't let you forget a little ditty from Black Lace - you'll be singing this for days... you have been warned!
FRI 20:00 Top of the Pops (m001499y)
Mark Franklin and Femi Oke present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 23 April 1992 and featuring EMF, Curtis Stigers, Iron Maiden, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Michael Jackson and Right Said Fred.
FRI 20:30 Top of the Pops (m00149b0)
Tony Dortie and Claudia Simon present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 30 April 1992 and featuring Marc Almond, En Vogue, SL2, The Sisters of Mercy, Michael Jackson, The Cure and Right Said Fred.
FRI 21:00 Love Songs at the BBC: A Valentine's Day Special (b00ymh70)
It's a time for guilty pleasures, for courtship, for declarations of love, for looking someone in the eye and whispering sweet nothings, accompanied by a compilation of some of the greatest and squishiest love songs from the likes of Celine Dion, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, Jason and Kylie, 10cc and Lionel Richie, all from the Top of the Pops era. If Hot Chocolate and Chaka Khan don't get the temperatures rising, then nothing will.
FRI 22:00 Barry White in Concert 1975 (b0074pvz)
Barry White live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1975.
FRI 22:50 Classic Albums (m000f8xc)
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair
Documentary that explores the creation of the second album by Tears for Fears. Songs from the Big Chair took the gothic synth-pop foundations of the band and combined them with arena-ready anthems, leading to critical acclaim and three international hit singles, Mothers Talk, Shout and Everybody Wants to Rule the World.
This documentary, made with the full cooperation of the band, explores how the album was recorded and how the band left their indelible imprint on new wave music.
FRI 23:50 Nile Rodgers: How to Make It in the Music Business (b097xsp9)
Nile Rodgers reveals how he became the go-to producer of the 80s, creating signature sounds for some of the world's biggest stars: Diana Ross, Carly Simon, David Bowie, Madonna and Duran Duran.
The first artist Nile worked with was Diana Ross. The album they created, Diana, became the biggest-selling studio album of her career and spawned three international hit singles. In the film, Nile explains how they came up with the songs.
Nile and Carly Simon reveal the working process that led to the song Why, which flopped in America. Nile explains why and is candid about what you do when failure comes knocking.
When Nile met David Bowie, neither could have known how much it would change both their lives. After a number of critically received albums, Bowie was looking to do something different and asked Nile for an album of hits - and that is what Nile gave him; Let's Dance became Bowie's biggest-selling album. In an intimate mini-masterclass, Nile explains how the song Let's Dance developed from Bowie's initial idea into a global hit.
The album Nile produced for Madonna was Like a Virgin. We learn about how his deal was structured with her record company, and how this gave Nile one of the biggest paydays of his career.
Duran Duran's third album contained a song they felt hadn't realised its full potential - The Reflex. Nile used a recently bought Synclavier and gave the song and the band an entirely new sound. Nile and Nick Rhodes explain how the record was made.
FRI 00:50 Top of the Pops (m001499y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today
FRI 01:20 Top of the Pops (m00149b0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today
FRI 01:50 Peggy Lee Entertains (m001499v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
FRI 02:40 Love Songs at the BBC: A Valentine's Day Special (b00ymh70)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
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Africa with Ade Adepitan 00:00 SUN (m0002fcf)
Africa with Ade Adepitan 00:00 MON (m0002jl2)
Africa with Ade Adepitan 00:00 TUE (m0002p4d)
Africa with Ade Adepitan 23:35 WED (m0002tdd)
Around the World in 80 Days 20:10 SAT (b0078959)
Around the World in 80 Days 02:05 SAT (b0078959)
Barry White in Concert 1975 22:00 FRI (b0074pvz)
Britain's Lost Masterpieces 21:00 MON (m001494m)
Britain's Lost Masterpieces 03:00 MON (m001494m)
Britain's Lost Masterpieces 23:45 THU (m001494m)
Canal Boat Diaries 19:00 MON (m000bpkr)
Canal Boat Diaries 01:00 MON (m000bpkr)
Castles: Britain's Fortified History 19:10 SAT (b04tt2f9)
Castles: Britain's Fortified History 02:55 SAT (b04tt2f9)
Classic Albums 22:50 FRI (m000f8xc)
Classic British Cars: Made in Coventry 22:00 TUE (m000w6sp)
Classic British Cars: Made in Coventry 02:30 TUE (m000w6sp)
Dames of Classic Drama at the BBC 20:00 SUN (b06nxrv3)
Dames of Classic Drama at the BBC 01:30 SUN (b06nxrv3)
Digging for Britain 21:00 WED (m0001jg7)
Digging for Britain 02:35 WED (m0001jg7)
Elmina's Kitchen 21:30 SUN (m0014962)
Fort Apache 20:00 THU (b0077zzm)
Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam 19:30 MON (b0078kym)
Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam 01:30 MON (b0078kym)
Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam 19:30 TUE (b03lzh78)
Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam 02:00 TUE (b03lzh78)
Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam 19:30 WED (b0078l4s)
Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam 01:05 WED (b0078l4s)
Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam 19:30 THU (b0078l7l)
Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam 01:45 THU (b0078l7l)
Handmade 01:00 TUE (b05tpx1l)
Handmade 00:45 THU (b05tpw1j)
Keeping Up Appearances 00:10 SAT (b0077kb8)
Keeping Up Appearances 20:00 TUE (b007b7yc)
Love Songs at the BBC: A Valentine's Day Special 21:00 FRI (b00ymh70)
Love Songs at the BBC: A Valentine's Day Special 02:40 FRI (b00ymh70)
Metalworks! 22:00 MON (b01fhmhp)
Metalworks! 23:00 MON (b01hdhpy)
Metalworks! 23:00 TUE (b01hr877)
Nile Rodgers: How to Make It in the Music Business 23:50 FRI (b097xsp9)
Parkinson: The Interviews 23:00 SAT (b01gkj72)
Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise 20:00 WED (b06fnkr7)
Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise 01:35 WED (b06fnkr7)
Peggy Lee Entertains 19:00 FRI (m001499v)
Peggy Lee Entertains 01:50 FRI (m001499v)
Perfect Pianists at the BBC 19:00 SUN (b0729r6r)
Perfect Pianists at the BBC 03:00 SUN (b0729r6r)
Persian Lessons 21:00 SAT (m001494x)
River Walks 19:00 THU (b0bty0gp)
River Walks 01:15 THU (b0bty0gp)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 22:05 THU (b007894r)
Storyville 00:40 SAT (b091gw89)
Storyville 22:00 WED (m001498x)
The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution 20:00 MON (b013cqpz)
The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution 02:00 MON (b013cqpz)
The Secret Life of the Motorway 21:00 TUE (b007xmbm)
The Secret Life of the Motorway 02:15 THU (b007xmbm)
This Cultural Life 21:00 SUN (m0014960)
This Cultural Life 02:30 SUN (m0014960)
Top of the Pops 19:45 FRI (b08skpzg)
Top of the Pops 20:00 FRI (m001499y)
Top of the Pops 20:30 FRI (m00149b0)
Top of the Pops 00:50 FRI (m001499y)
Top of the Pops 01:20 FRI (m00149b0)
Upstream 01:00 SUN (m0008z3c)
Wild 19:00 SAT (b008nkvk)
Yes, Prime Minister 23:40 SAT (b0074qvc)
Yes, Prime Minister 20:30 TUE (b0074rsm)
Yorkshire Wolds Way 19:00 TUE (b088nwg0)
Yorkshire Wolds Way 01:30 TUE (b088nwg0)
Yorkshire Wolds Way 19:00 WED (b08bbmyb)
Yorkshire Wolds Way 00:35 WED (b08bbmyb)
imagine... 23:00 SUN (m000ljpv)