RADIO-LISTS: BBC FOUR
Unofficial Weekly Listings for BBC 4 — supported by bbc.co.uk/programmes/
SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2023
SAT 19:00 What’s Your Thing? (p0f701x7)
Waving at Trucks
Journalist Adam Clarkson uncovers the heartwarming story of Barry May, known across Teesside as the 'A19 Waving Man'.
SAT 19:10 Operation Grand Canyon with Dan Snow (p01m5pjg)
Dan Snow and team take on the rapids of the Grand Canyon in antique wooden boats to rediscover one of the wild west's great adventures of discovery.
SAT 20:10 The Man Who Cycled the Americas (b00rqgh6)
At the beginning of his journey, Mark Beaumont sets off near Anchorage, Alaska, and is treated to an impromptu prayer session with the locals, in a remote burger bar where he is topping up the 6,000 calories he needs each day to keep going.
Further along the road in Alaska, he joins a team of mountaineers to scale Mount McKinley, at 20,320 ft, the highest peak in North America, and the first of two daunting climbs he will undertake on the adventure. One of the coldest mountains on earth, McKinley has a fearsome reputation, having claimed 100 lives.
Mark also faces a variety of different dangers, from black bears at the roadside, huge RVs driven by ageing American holidaymakers to a forest fire which stops him in his tracks.
SAT 21:00 Scrublands (p0gnmm2g)
At teenager Allen's wake, Martin learns that the boy was not as innocent as first portrayed, with Robbie telling him he was persuaded by Byron Swift to drop minor drug charges against him. Martin is given reason to believe that Sgt Piccini could be right in thinking that her investigation is being thwarted from above.
SAT 21:50 Scrublands (p0gnmmcc)
Martin believes he has found the link between the shooting victims and asks for Robbie’s help in accessing the case files. A further clue implicates one of the victims as being behind the murder of the missing couple, and young Jamie admits he has been keeping a horrible secret from everybody.
SAT 22:40 Three Faces (m001swt5)
Actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught when she comes across a young girl's video plea for help after her family prevents her from taking up her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to the film-maker Jafar Panahi to help her with the young girl's troubles. They travel by car to the rural, Azeri-speaking north west of Iran, where they encounter the charming and generous folk of the girl's mountain village. But Behnaz and Jafar also discover that old traditions die hard.
SAT 00:20 Yes, Minister (b0074rl4)
Satirical political sitcom. Jim Hacker takes part in a television interview on local civil defence - but his interrogator is extremely tenacious.
SAT 00:50 Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (b007890t)
Men as Women
Classic sitcom featuring Frank Spencer - a well-meaning, enthusiastic, one-man disaster area. Frank's grandad arrives from Australia to find his grandson in drag.
SAT 01:25 Operation Grand Canyon with Dan Snow (p01m5pjg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:10 today
SAT 02:25 The Man Who Cycled the Americas (b00rqgh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:10 today
SAT 03:15 This Cultural Life (m001lmjq)
John Wilson talks to award-wining author Margaret Atwood about the experiences that shaped her writing.
SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2023
SUN 19:00 BBC Proms (m000l3s7)
Joining Beethoven Unleashed, a year-long, BBC-wide marathon marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, a BBC Grand Virtual Orchestra made up of over 300 BBC musicians perform Beethoveniana by composer Iain Farrington, a brand new reworking of Beethoven’s nine symphonies commissioned by the BBC Proms to celebrate the opening of the 2020 Proms season.
Farrington describes his work as 'taking Beethoven's music and putting it in a musical washing machine to see which colours run'. Director Toby Amies brings the music to life in this film, premiering exclusively on BBC Four, Choreographed by Cameron McMillan, starring dancers Emma Farnell-Watson and Joshua Smith together in their own lockdown bubble.
SUN 19:10 Soprano Sundays (m001swvv)
The Callas Conversations: Part One
Maria Callas, Greek opera singer and one of the world's outstanding sopranos, is interviewed in her Paris apartment by Lord Harewood.
SUN 20:00 Soprano Sundays (m001sww2)
The Return of Maria Callas
Maria Callas sang in London for the first time in over eight years, and BBC cameras were in the Royal Festival Hall, London, for the occasion. She shares the programme with distinguished Sicilian tenor Giuseppe di Stefano, and they are accompanied by Ivor Newton on the piano.
SUN 20:55 Soprano Sundays (m001sww8)
The Callas Conversations: Part Two
In the second of two programmes, Maria Callas, the great soprano, talks to Lord Harewood about her approach to the major roles of her repertoire.
SUN 21:40 Soprano Sundays (m000qphk)
Maria by Callas
Documentary film that tells the life story of legendary Greek-American opera singer Maria Callas, completely in her own words. Tom Volf’s account, which took four years of painstaking research to assemble, includes performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs.
Maria by Callas reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman, who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.
SUN 23:35 Mark Lawson Talks To... (m001tk35)
Mark Lawson talks to AS Byatt after her Man Booker Prize nomination for her novel The Children's Book. Byatt talks about her passion for literature and how she has managed to combine family life with the solitary world of a writer.
SUN 00:35 Arena (m0019dwz)
Bette Davis: The Benevolent Volcano
Ian Holm narrates this documentary, originally broadcast in 1983, about Hollywood star Bette Davis. Spanning her life and career from the 1920s to the 1980s, on stage and on screen, the programme includes an interview with the actress herself.
SUN 01:20 Arena (m001swwh)
Armistead Maupin Is a Man I Dreamt Up
Writer Armistead Maupin tells the story behind his Tales of the City novels, introduces some of the San Franciscans who provided the inspiration for his characters and explores the areas of San Francisco where the novels are set.
SUN 02:20 Doctor Who (1963-1996) (m001snnz)
The Daleks in Colour
It’s time to encounter the Daleks once again, but this time in a way you’ve never seen them before. Originally transmitted in December 1963 to February 1964, the seven original episodes of the first Dalek story have received a cosmic makeover, dazzlingly colourised and weaved together into a 75-minute blockbuster. With brand new sound and a brand new score created by Mark Ayres, The Daleks has been gloriously updated, whilst ensuring the original story remains as thrilling as it was in 1963.
MONDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2023
MON 19:00 Great British Railway Journeys (m000d2gj)
Elgin to Loch Ness
Michael Portillo is in the Scottish Highlands on the last leg of his rail journey through 1930s Britain. He begins in Elgin's port, the coastal town of Lossiemouth, where James Ramsay MacDonald, the Labour Party's first prime minister was born. Michael meets his granddaughter to visit the family home and discovers what shaped his politics.
On the outskirts of Lossiemouth, Michael finds a remote boarding school established in the 1930s and famous today both for its unusual ideas and its royal former pupils. He hears how the school's founder fled Nazi Germany and joins its fully-working fire service, manned entirely by pupils, for training.
Michael's last stop is the city of Inverness, where first he uncovers the work of female photographer MEM Donaldson. She documented a Highland way of life that was rapidly disappearing at the time of his guide.
Michael's journey ends at one of the most notorious bodies of water in the world, Loch Ness. He joins the Deep Scan research team as they scour the deep for signs of the elusive monster.
MON 19:30 Winter Walks (m0012290)
The snow-covered hillsides of Ribblesdale are the setting for Alastair Campbell’s Winter Walk through the Yorkshire Dales. Fog and snow don’t deter the political veteran as he makes his way through the county he was born and raised in. Starting at a waterfall above the market town of Settle, Alastair descends into town, meeting local residents who are also out braving the weather. Twisted trees and drystone walls line his route. The steep hillsides and dramatic views remind Alastair of the humbling power of nature.
Talking about his mental health, Alastair describes the comfort he draws from being out in a landscape and how time in this space can help him focus on what’s really important in life.
MON 20:00 Simon Schama's Power of Art (b0079496)
Mark Rothko believed that tradition was all used up, that figurative art no longer had what it took to connect us, viscerally, to the human tragedy. Only a completely new visual language of strong feeling could wake us from moral stupor. So he set himself - and New York - a test.
MON 21:00 Art That Made Us (p0bvgvtm)
Rise of the Cities
The 19th century saw a decisive shift in power from the countryside to the cities. With the industrial revolution transforming the British Isles, a divide opened up between the urban and the rural, forcing artists to respond to the upheaval to lives and the landscape. Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson reflects on the inspiration of JMW Turner, arguably the first environmental artist, and we encounter Penry Williams’s attempt to capture the beauty of industry with paintings like Cyfarthfa Ironworks Interior at Night.
Some artists attempt to capture the poverty and squalor caused by the rapid urbanisation around them. Actress Maxine Peake reads from Elizabeth Gaskell’s campaigning novel North and South, architect Fiona Sinclair assesses Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s architecture for the people of Glasgow, and artist Jeremy Deller explores William Morris’s drive to bring nature back into Victorian homes through his hand-crafted wallpaper designs.
As art becomes appropriated by commerce in the late 19th century, some artists fight back with new individuality and flair. Writer and drag performer Amrou Al-Kadhi explores the meaning and inspiration of Oscar Wilde’s writing, and artist Shani Rhys James reflects on the quiet anger that simmers underneath Walter Sickert’s Camden Town Nudes, an unflinching vision of the grimy realities of working-class lives at the turn of the 20th century.
MON 22:00 Israel and the Arabs - Elusive Peace (m001swsb)
Eyewitness to History: Norma Percy
As today’s headlines continue to be dominated by the latest news from Israel and Gaza, award-winning film-maker Norma Percy looks back on her 2005 series Elusive Peace, sharing memories of her encounters with key players like Bill Clinton, Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat as she explored the story behind the efforts to end the conflict made around the start of the new millennium. Norma also talks about her experiences securing rare interviews with those behind some of the suicide bombings that destroyed lives and also the chances of peace.
MON 22:15 Israel and the Arabs - Elusive Peace (p0glcmc1)
What happened behind closed doors at the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David in 2000 - and the reasons why the talks reached an impasse.
MON 23:15 Israel and the Arabs - Elusive Peace (p0glcnhz)
US Secretary of State Colin Powell tries to make peace between Israel and Palestine, but his efforts are derailed by his own hard-line colleagues and Yasser Arafat. Made in 2005.
MON 00:15 Israel and the Arabs - Elusive Peace (p0glcpbn)
The war in Iraq forces President Bush to court Arab allies. He needs to push Israel's prime minister Ariel Sharon back toward peace - but Sharon moves the goalposts. Made in 2005.
MON 01:15 Great British Railway Journeys (m000d2gj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
MON 01:45 Winter Walks (m0012290)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
MON 02:15 This Cultural Life (m001s715)
Judi Dench: Shakespeare Special
Dame Judi Dench talks to John Wilson about her biggest cultural influence: William Shakespeare.
MON 02:45 Art That Made Us (p0bvgvtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2023
TUE 19:00 Great British Railway Journeys (m000dbpg)
St Ives to St Day
Michael Portillo boards the Great Western Railway at the Cornish seaside resort of St Ives. Steered by his 1930s Bradshaw’s Guide, this week he explores the West Country between the wars.
In Britain's first studio pottery, Michael attempts a decorative wax technique and feels the heat of the firing kiln. He discovers a Cornish fisherman, who, although he began painting only in his seventies, inspired established artists from the capital.
Along the Cornish Riviera at Hayle, Michael joins a family on holiday in a railway carriage called Harvey. From Redruth, Michael makes his way to the former mining village of St Day, where Feast Day celebrations are in full flow.
TUE 19:30 Winter Walks (m00122hp)
Reverend Kate Bottley
The Rev Kate Bottley takes in the historic ruins and snow-dusted landscape of Wensleydale and Coverdale on her Winter Walk. Kate sets off on her walk as the sun rises over the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey. With a 360-degree camera in her hand, she walks along the banks of the River Cover and into the dale of the same name. Passing through woodland she meets local residents who are out braving the chilly conditions.
As she walks, Kate reflects on her faith and relationships. Her journey ends at Middleham Castle, the ruined fortress that was a childhood home of Richard III.
TUE 20:00 Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (b00792c9)
King of the Road
Classic 70s sitcom. Frank's local labour exchange puts him to work as a motorbike courier.
TUE 20:40 Yes, Minister (b036dcns)
Skeleton in the Cupboard
A normally efficient local council is late with some paperwork, and Sir Humphrey wants to make an example of them.
TUE 21:10 Berlin 1933 (p0gjkjzt)
As the new year dawns in Berlin, the city is fractured and divided. Street battles intensify, and cracks deepen as the National Socialists have become the strongest party in Germany.
To consolidate power, Hitler aims to eliminate his opponents. When the Reichstag building, Germany’s parliament, goes up in flames, communists are blamed and arrested for arson.
TUE 22:00 HMS Brilliant (m001sws5)
Gladys Takes the Rapp
HMS Brilliant is back at sea and caught up in a courtroom drama as weapons engineer Kevin 'Gladys' Gladman is accused of assaulting a superior officer.
For the rest of the ship it's the last board-and-search patrol in the Adriatic, and spirits soar at the end of seven months' gruelling work.
TUE 22:50 HMS Brilliant (m001sws7)
The crew are close to going home, but not before a change of command in Sardinia and a stop in Gibraltar, where the traditional gruelling race to the top of the Rock takes place.
TUE 23:40 Arena (b0074prh)
Ken Dodd's Happiness
A tribute to Liverpudlian comic Ken Dodd, in which he discusses his career and the influences of his comedy style.
Features film clips of his early performances and footage of him on tour in more recent times.
TUE 00:40 Great British Railway Journeys (m000dbpg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
TUE 01:10 Winter Walks (m00122hp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
TUE 01:40 Berlin 1933 (p0gjkjzt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:10 today
TUE 02:35 Simon Schama's Power of Art (b0079496)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Monday
WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2023
WED 19:00 Great British Railway Journeys (m000dbj2)
Truro to St Mawgan
Michael Portillo is in Cornwall’s county town, Truro, with his 1930s Bradshaw’s Guide. In the surrounding countryside, he finds the historic estate of Trewithen, whose gardens were stocked from China by professional plant hunters commissioned by its owner.
The Atlantic Coast branch line carries Michael north to Newquay, where he discovers a pioneering surfer and braves the waves on a belly board.
In the nearby village of St Mawgan, Michael is introduced to the ancient Cornish sport of 'wrassling', which surged in popularity between the wars as part of a Cornish Celtic revival. Champion wrestler Johnny Platt is standing by to take Michael on.
At Newquay Airport, he hears about the beginnings of passenger air travel to Cornwall as tourism took off during the 1920s and 30s and finds that future flight could be even faster – in space.
WED 19:30 Winter Walks (m00122hx)
Nihal Arthanayake, broadcaster and radio DJ, explores coast and countryside around the Cumbria and Lancashire border, and finds local characters, breathtaking views and moments of serenity along the way. As a recent resident of the north west, Nihal is keen to discover what is on his doorstep. Starting in the coastal town of Arnside and looking out over the mudflats of Morecambe Bay, Nihal heads south with just his 360-degree camera for company.
The quiet and stillness of his walk gives him time to ‘declutter’ his mind and reflect on the importance of solitude. Along the way, Nihal passes Arnside Tower and crosses the border into Lancashire. Views from the top of Arnside Knott and from hidden coves on the Silverdale coast showcase the beauty of this corner of the country, and give Nihal fresh perspectives on his work and relationships.
WED 20:00 Earth from Space (p072n7v7)
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.
WED 21:00 Brian Cox's Adventures in Space and Time (m000x9v4)
What Is Time?
Brian explores a simple question that is causing a big stir today: what is time? Modern science shows it to be far stranger than we think. He recalls some highlights from his TV series that touch upon different aspects of this physics conundrum: from a mindboggling encounter with Doctor Who, to breaking the sound barrier in a Eurofighter in order to see two sunsets in one day, to witnessing one of the oldest animal life cycles on earth on a remote beach in Costa Rica. He also explores Chankillo, the oldest and best-preserved astronomical observatory in the Americas.
WED 22:00 Making Out (p0g2yykr)
Pauline harbours suspicions about Frankie's nocturnal activities, so the gang from New Lyne Electronics set off in disguise to shadow him. Jill adjusts to life without a husband by dating Gavin.
WED 22:50 Making Out (p0g30821)
If it's not last night's vindaloo, what's giving Queenie a belly ache?
WED 23:40 Making Out (p0g30xf8)
What are Klepto and Simon doing on a scouts outing to Blackpool? There are strange encounters at the seaside for the girls of New Lyne Electronics.
WED 00:30 Making Out (p0g313qp)
Jill makes her mind up, while Bernie and the girls try to scupper Norma's best-laid plans.
WED 01:20 Great British Railway Journeys (m000dbj2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
WED 01:50 Winter Walks (m00122hx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
WED 02:20 Brian Cox's Adventures in Space and Time (m000x9v4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 today
THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2023
THU 19:00 Great British Railway Journeys (m000dbdg)
Bodmin to Totnes
Clutching his 1930s Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo reaches Bodmin en route to Totnes as he explores the West Country from St Ives to Salisbury Plain.
Out on the rugged moor, Michael hears how the celebrated author Daphne du Maurier captivated readers between the wars with her tales of smuggling at the Jamaica Inn.
In Devon, Michael takes the plunge at Plymouth’s beautiful art deco Tinside Lido. At Ivybridge, he boards a vehicle like no other to cross the causeway to Burgh Island, where a 1930s playboy built a splendid art deco party palace.
One stop further on the line, Michael arrives in Totnes, at the medieval Dartington Hall, which at the time of his guidebook became a haven for artists seeking refuge from the dictatorships of Europe. Michael discovers the wealthy couple who owned the estate drew many musicians and controversial choreographers to it. The spirit of modern dance is hard to resist.
THU 19:30 Eric Sykes: One of the Great Troupers (m001lspg)
Eric Sykes gives a tongue-in-cheek account of his follies and fortunes as an actor, gag writer and comedian in a long and successful career in the theatre, on radio and television. He pays tribute to his friends in showbusiness and in particular to Hattie Jacques, Richard Wattis and the team of his long-running Sykes series. With special guests Eddie Lester, John Evans and Tony Hayes.
THU 20:15 Double Indemnity (m001t3vl)
During a routine house call to renew a car insurance plan, salesman Walter Neff meets the sultry Phyllis Dietrichson, and together, they hatch a plan to get rid of her husband and claim on a double indemnity policy. Classic film noir thriller from Billy Wilder.
THU 22:00 Arena (m001sx2n)
Billy, How Did You Do It? - Part 1
Billy Wilder discusses his career with German film-maker Volker Schlondorff. From Marlene Dietrich to Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart to Gary Cooper, Wilder directed the film industry's greatest legends.
Normally a private man, here he reminisces about his early years in Hollywood with fellow emigres Fritz Lang and his mentor, Ernst Lubitsch, and describes working with Dietrich on his emotional return to postwar Berlin.
THU 23:00 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (b0074sgv)
Powell and Pressburger's classic British epic about the life and loves of a reactionary army officer, Clive Candy VC, told episodically in flashback.
From his dashing career in the Boer War of 1902, the film follows Candy through marriage during the First World War to the Blitz of 1943, when he searches London for his lost youth and loves.
The film was considered bad propaganda during World War II, and Winston Churchill personally banned its export.
THU 01:35 An Adventure in Space and Time (p01kqt9x)
A special one-off drama that travels back to 1963 to see how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen. Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry's glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama. Allied with a team of unusual but brilliant people, they went on to create the longest running science fiction series ever made.
Followed by William Hartnell: The Original, a five-minute documentary looking at how William Hartnell shaped the Doctor and his legacy. Featuring rare archive footage and new interviews with many who worked with him, including Carole Ann Ford, Peter Purves and Waris Hussein, as well as Matt Smith, Peter Davison and Hartnell's granddaughter Jessica Carney.
THU 03:00 Earth from Space (p072n7v7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Wednesday
FRIDAY 01 DECEMBER 2023
FRI 19:00 Top of the Pops (m001sx1h)
LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
Mark Goodier presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 29 June 1995 and featuring Clock, Jamiroquai, Duran Duran featuring Melle Mel and Grandmaster Flash & The Furious, All-4-One, Edwyn Collins, Menswear, The Outhere Brothers, The Ramones, Robson & Jerome and Foo Fighters.
FRI 19:30 Top of the Pops (m001sx1m)
Wendy Lloyd presents the pop music chart programme, first broadcast on 6 July 1995 and featuring Diana King, Shaggy feat. Rayvon, EMF with Reeves & Mortimer, D:Ream, Amy Grant, PJ Harvey, The Outhere Brothers and Heavy Stereo.
FRI 20:00 Top of the Pops (b07g8r7s)
David 'Kid' Jensen presents the pop chart show, first broadcast on 3rd December 1981. Includes appearances from Bad Manners, Soft Cell, Duran Duran, Fun Boy Three, Godley & Creme, The Human League, Julio Iglesias and Zoo.
FRI 20:30 Top of the Pops (b04smtrr)
Peter Powell presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 29 November 1979 and featuring performances from The Gibson Brothers, The Police, The Tourists, Pink Floyd, Blondie, Thin Lizzy, Rose Royce, The Skids, Status Quo and Dr Hook and dance sequences by Legs & Co.
FRI 21:00 Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over (m001jw6h)
A look at the real Dionne Warwick, the artist behind timeless hits such as What the World Needs Now, Say a Little Prayer and Don’t Make Me Over. Behind the iconic music is a strong woman whose fierce determination not only brought her worldwide success but also a voice she used to fight for humanitarian causes.
Featuring heartfelt contributions and interviews from Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach, Bill Clinton, Cissy Houston, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Barry Gibb, Gloria Estefan, Olivia Newton-John, Elton John and Warwick herself.
FRI 22:30 Dionne Warwick at the BBC (m000q5lk)
A retrospective marking the 80th birthday in 2020 of legendary singer Dionne Warwick that looks back at her very best performances over the years at the BBC.
From her collaborations in the 1960s with Burt Bacharach and Hal David on classics like Walk On By and I’ll Never Fall In Love Again through to 80s hits like Heartbreaker, composed by the Bee Gees, this is a collection of songs that remind us of a voice and a talent that made songwriters want to work with Dionne, and audiences fall in love with her, all over the world.
FRI 00:00 Fern Britton Meets... (b01pkhnh)
Fern Britton meets Dionne Warwick, who released her first solo single in 1962 and is still performing today, a music legend who can count Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles among her fans.
Dionne talks to Fern about her career and life, including her trailblazing battle against racism, the death of her cousin Whitney Houston and her enduring faith. 'I thank God every day,' she says.
Contributors include Barry Manilow, legendary composer Burt Bacharach and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.
FRI 01:00 Sounds of the 70s 2 (b01jk1b8)
Soul: Keep On Keeping On
Imported American soul was big news in the UK in the 1970s. Before the Brits developed their own brand of soul, American performers were here demonstrating how it was done and being appreciated by all and sundry. The series continues with classic performances from the kings and queens of soul, including Aretha Franklin, Billy Preston, The Tams, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, The Stylistics, Gil Scott-Heron and The Jacksons.
FRI 01:30 Top of the Pops (b07g8r7s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 today
FRI 02:00 Top of the Pops (b04smtrr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:30 today
FRI 02:30 Top of the Pops (m001sx1h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 today
FRI 03:00 Top of the Pops (m001sx1m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:30 today
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)
An Adventure in Space and Time 01:35 THU (p01kqt9x)
Arena 00:35 SUN (m0019dwz)
Arena 01:20 SUN (m001swwh)
Arena 23:40 TUE (b0074prh)
Arena 22:00 THU (m001sx2n)
Art That Made Us 21:00 MON (p0bvgvtm)
Art That Made Us 02:45 MON (p0bvgvtm)
BBC Proms 19:00 SUN (m000l3s7)
Berlin 1933 21:10 TUE (p0gjkjzt)
Berlin 1933 01:40 TUE (p0gjkjzt)
Brian Cox's Adventures in Space and Time 21:00 WED (m000x9v4)
Brian Cox's Adventures in Space and Time 02:20 WED (m000x9v4)
Dionne Warwick at the BBC 22:30 FRI (m000q5lk)
Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over 21:00 FRI (m001jw6h)
Doctor Who (1963-1996) 02:20 SUN (m001snnz)
Double Indemnity 20:15 THU (m001t3vl)
Earth from Space 20:00 WED (p072n7v7)
Earth from Space 03:00 THU (p072n7v7)
Eric Sykes: One of the Great Troupers 19:30 THU (m001lspg)
Fern Britton Meets... 00:00 FRI (b01pkhnh)
Great British Railway Journeys 19:00 MON (m000d2gj)
Great British Railway Journeys 01:15 MON (m000d2gj)
Great British Railway Journeys 19:00 TUE (m000dbpg)
Great British Railway Journeys 00:40 TUE (m000dbpg)
Great British Railway Journeys 19:00 WED (m000dbj2)
Great British Railway Journeys 01:20 WED (m000dbj2)
Great British Railway Journeys 19:00 THU (m000dbdg)
HMS Brilliant 22:00 TUE (m001sws5)
HMS Brilliant 22:50 TUE (m001sws7)
Israel and the Arabs - Elusive Peace 22:00 MON (m001swsb)
Israel and the Arabs - Elusive Peace 22:15 MON (p0glcmc1)
Israel and the Arabs - Elusive Peace 23:15 MON (p0glcnhz)
Israel and the Arabs - Elusive Peace 00:15 MON (p0glcpbn)
Making Out 22:00 WED (p0g2yykr)
Making Out 22:50 WED (p0g30821)
Making Out 23:40 WED (p0g30xf8)
Making Out 00:30 WED (p0g313qp)
Mark Lawson Talks To... 23:35 SUN (m001tk35)
Operation Grand Canyon with Dan Snow 19:10 SAT (p01m5pjg)
Operation Grand Canyon with Dan Snow 01:25 SAT (p01m5pjg)
Scrublands 21:00 SAT (p0gnmm2g)
Scrublands 21:50 SAT (p0gnmmcc)
Simon Schama's Power of Art 20:00 MON (b0079496)
Simon Schama's Power of Art 02:35 TUE (b0079496)
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em 00:50 SAT (b007890t)
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em 20:00 TUE (b00792c9)
Soprano Sundays 19:10 SUN (m001swvv)
Soprano Sundays 20:00 SUN (m001sww2)
Soprano Sundays 20:55 SUN (m001sww8)
Soprano Sundays 21:40 SUN (m000qphk)
Sounds of the 70s 2 01:00 FRI (b01jk1b8)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 23:00 THU (b0074sgv)
The Man Who Cycled the Americas 20:10 SAT (b00rqgh6)
The Man Who Cycled the Americas 02:25 SAT (b00rqgh6)
This Cultural Life 03:15 SAT (m001lmjq)
This Cultural Life 02:15 MON (m001s715)
Three Faces 22:40 SAT (m001swt5)
Top of the Pops 19:00 FRI (m001sx1h)
Top of the Pops 19:30 FRI (m001sx1m)
Top of the Pops 20:00 FRI (b07g8r7s)
Top of the Pops 20:30 FRI (b04smtrr)
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