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Saturday 7 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Athletics - Diamond League Doha Highlights

Gabby Logan introduces highlights from the opening competition of the 2016 Diamond League in Doha.

Packed with some of the biggest names in athletics, this year’s series consists of 14 meetings across the globe.

A stellar field in Qatar’s capital city is headlined by the flying Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers in the 100m – she will go head-to-head with Allyson Felix, who is reigning Olympic champion over 200m.

Other star names to watch out for include the USA’s Olympic hurdle champion and world record-holder, Aries Merritt, who is back in action just eight months after undergoing a kidney transplant, and London 2012 triple jump gold medallist Christian Taylor. Qatari home favourite Mutaz Essa Barshim and Britain’s Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz will compete in the high jump.

Rugby League - Challenge Cup Sixth Round - Castleford v Salford

Mark Chapman presents live coverage from one of the stand-out ties from this season’s Rugby League Challenge Cup Sixth round.

Dave Woods will be providing commentary.

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show

Michael McIntyre’s brand new Saturday night entertainment show continues. There is music from Years and Years, comedy from Rob Beckett and an astonishing acrobatic performance from one of Cirque du Soleil.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli plays Michael’s favourite game 'Send To All', which sees Michael sending a text to Bruno’s phone book. This week’s Unexpected Star is a handyman, who gets the shock of his life when his ambition is realised on the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane stage.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Attenborough's Passion Projects: A Blank On The Map

The first of four special films showcasing past projects selected and introduced by Sir David Attenborough, as he looks back on some career highlights. First transmitted in 1971, ‘A Blank on the Map’ is a unique record of a remarkable overland expedition into the heart of unknown territory in New Guinea to make contact with a previously unknown tribe, the Biami.

The film follows David as he accompanies the Assistant District Commissioner and a team of over 100 men as they battle through previously unexplored jungle – the ‘blank on the map’. As the expedition spends several weeks mapping the forest, they encounter unusual wildlife, such as tree kangaroos, the exotic goura pigeons, and an emerald green tree python – but finding its people is the ultimate challenge.

In a specially shot introduction, David recalls key moments from the journey and the magical encounter with the group of tribal people that eventually takes place, and gives a unique insight into what was to be one of the most adventurous trips of his life.

Attenborough's Passion Projects: The Lost Gods Of Easter Island

The second of four films selected and introduced by Sir David Attenborough from his back catalogue, as he looks back on some career highlights. Shown in 2000, The Lost Gods Of Easter Island sees David Attenborough embark on a personal quest to uncover the history of a strange wooden figurine carving that turned up in an auction room in New York during the 1980s - identified as originating from Easter Island.

Impressed by the carving's power and presence, David began an investigation to trace its origins. Taking him on a global journey from Russia to Australia, from England back to the Pacific, he delves into the history of Easter Island and, along the way, tells the story of a forgotten civilization from one of the most remote places on Earth.

In a newly shot introduction, David explores how collecting objects, one of his great passions as a naturalist, has led to making some of his most personal films - including the Easter island carving - and also a giant egg from Madagascar.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

What Do Artists Do All Day? Katie Paterson

Katie Paterson’s new public artwork, Hollow, will be made out of 10,000 samples of different tree species and unveiled in Bristol in early May. This film follows Katie over a ten-month period as she assembles the wood collection and creates the artwork.

Sourced from all around the world, her samples include one of the oldest trees in the world; a tree that survived a nuclear blast and many trees that are now extinct. Katie's quest to collect tree samples takes her to an arboretum in Scotland and the national wood collection at Kew, to create an artwork designed to inspire wonder at the evolution of trees through time and the fragility of life on our planet.

BBC Young Musician 2016 - Semi-Final

The Semi-Final of BBC Young Musician 2016, the UK’s leading contest for young classical musicians.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill and trumpeter Alison Balsom, the winners of the five Category Finals (Strings, Percussion, Woodwind, Keyboard and Brass) perform again, all hoping to become one of the three young musicians to go through to the final. The semi-final was recorded at the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. The final of BBC Young Musician will take place on 15 May 2016 at the Barbican, London, and will be broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3.

Violinist and former BBC Young Musician Nicola Benedetti continues in her role as Ambassador in 2016, mentoring the three finalists in the run-up to the final.

Following its successful launch in 2014, the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award returns in 2016, running alongside the established classical music format and comprising two audition stages followed by a final. The final will be broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 13 May.

Sunday 8 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

British Academy Television Awards 2016

The British Academy Television Awards takes place at the iconic Royal Festival Hall, on Sunday 8 May, with Graham Norton returning as host for the evening. It’s a battle of the dramas as Wolf Hall leads with four nominations, while This is England ’90, trails closely behind with three nominations.

Sheridan Smith and Ben Whishaw, who both previously won their Leading Actor and Actress awards in 2013 for Mrs Biggs and The Hollow Crown: Richard II respectively, are both nominated again this year for the same categories, while Idris Elba and Mark Rylance face off again, having both been nominated in the same category in the film awards.

Sir Ian McKellen and singer Adele receive their first Bafta television nomination, along with all four Supporting Actress nominees; Chanel Cresswell, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Lesley Manville and Michelle Gomez.

Singer-songwriter Elle King will grace the red carpet before the ceremony begins to perform her hit single Ex’s & Oh’s, marking a first for the Bafta Television Awards.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Rowing - European Championships

John Inverdale presents coverage of the finals at the European Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, Germany.

Great Britain topped the medal table last year with 10 medals, including six golds, and with the Olympics on the horizon, the team will be looking to lay down a marker ahead of Rio. The all-conquering Olympic women’s pair champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning lead a 51-strong British team, which includes four-time Olympic medallist Katherine Grainger.

Equestrian - Badminton Horse Trials

Clare Balding presents coverage of the world-famous Badminton Horse Trials.

This year’s event features one of the strongest ever fields, and the competition draws to a close today with the enthralling show jumping stage.

British stars competing include former world champion Zara Tindall with her London Olympic horse High Kingdom, London 2012 silver medallists Tina Cook and Nicola Wilson, and previous winners Pippa Funnell and Oliver Townend.

With Olympic places still up for grabs, it’s a chance for British hopefuls to impress and earn a ticket to Rio. The strong international challenge is led by Germany’s double Olympic champion Michael Jung.

Rugby League - Challenge Cup 6th Round - St Helens v Hull FC

Live coverage from this season’s Rugby League Challenge Cup Sixth round.

Mark Chapman will be presenting the programme with Dave Woods on commentary duties.

Burma’s Secret Jungle War with Joe Simpson

In this two-part series renowned mountaineer Joe Simpson, who told his story of near-death in the Andes in Touching The Void, travels to Myanmar (formerly Burma) to retrace the steps of his father Ian, who served with the Chindits - special forces who fought a guerilla war behind Japanese lines in 1944.

Accompanied by explorer Ed Stafford, the first man to walk the length of the Amazon, and using the secret diary his father wrote, Joe experiences the challenging jungle conditions which made this one of the toughest campaigns of WWII.

Half-way through his journey events in modern-day Myanmar threaten to derail Joe’s plans. Granted special permission to travel in a part of Myanmar closed to tourists, Joe suddenly finds that the first free elections since 1990 are triggering hostilities that could thwart his 30 year-old dream of re-connecting with his father’s experiences - and give him unexpected insights into modern life in a little-known country.

Hillsborough

Hillsborough is an in-depth, moving account of Britain’s worst sporting disaster, in which 96 men, women and children were killed, hundreds injured and thousands traumatised.

Beginning with that fateful day, April 15 1989, the film details the horror of the tragedy, told through the experiences of those directly involved: fans, survivors, family members and police officers - many speak publicly for the first time.

The two-hour film features never-before-seen footage and captures the crush on the terraces. It recounts the 27-year campaign for answers fought on behalf of the 96 who died, right up to and including the inquest verdict.

The film is directed by Daniel Gordon for VeryMuchSo Productions in association with Executive Producer John Battsek’s Passion Pictures.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Stupid Man Smart Phone

Russell Kane is crossing into the deadly Arctic Circle, travelling as far north as he can go - desperate for a cheeky peek at the legendary and beautiful Northern Lights. His mission partners are YouTube’s beguiling wife and wife team - Rose and Rosie.

Completely bereft of any survival skills or knowledge of the local customs or language, they’re wandering the frozen wilds with just their mobile phone in the hope that it will prevent them freezing to death. But can the phone help them reach remotest Norway in order to get the best seats to view the hauntingly beautiful aurora borealis (Northern Lights)?

To triumph they’ll need to squeeze every megabit out of their phones. They’ll refer to online experts for assistance, and their social media followers for help. But for Russell, it will be hard to separate the good advice from the offensive - and somewhat ignorant - trolling!

They’ll summon the full power of the internet to video call a sexy gun-toting survivalist for fire-starting advice, and beg their followers to identify the edible berries from the deadly. Their biggest challenge comes when their sat nav takes them to what seems to be the home of a family of serial killers. Has their phone sent them down the wrong path, or is the freezing cold getting to them? Can the internet conquer dog-sledding, indigestion-inducing reindeer blood pancakes, and the world’s smelliest food - or should it just stick to helping us put up shelves and leave it at that?

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

The Silk Road

In the second episode, Sam travels west to the Central Asian countries of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

It’s a part of the Silk Road and of human history that we often overlook, and yet it was the place of major innovations, big historical characters and a people - The Sogdians - whose role was pivotal to the success of the Silk Road.

Here, he meets the last survivors of the race that once traded from the Mediterranean to the China Sea. Travelling to the Silk Road’s most iconic cities, Samarkand and Bukara, Sam reveals how they were built by armies of captive craftsmen for one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever seen - Timur (also known as Tamerlane). From here, Sam follows the flow of goods back towards the markets of the West, showing how their trading culture sparked cultural, technical and artistic revolutions all along the Silk Road, and goes back to school – to learn where modern mathematics and astronomy were born.

Monday 9 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Invictus Games 2016: Monday Part 1

Gabby Logan and Ade Adepitan get BBC One’s week-long coverage of the 2016 Invictus Games up and running, live from Orlando, Florida.

There are highlights of the opening ceremony, including Prince Harry and Michelle Obama, performances from James Blunt and the choir formed for Invictus Games: Gareth Malone’s Invictus Choir.  Other celebrities attending include Morgan Freeman. 

BBC One is the exclusive UK broadcast partner for the 2016 Invictus Games which will air on the channel each weeknight from Monday 9 - Friday 13 May.

Pictured: Ade Adepitan, JJ Chalmers, Gabby Logan, Rachael Latham, Daraine Mulvihill

Invictus Games 2016: Monday Part 2

In the second part of Monday’s coverage live from The Invictus Games in Orlando, the sporting action gets underway, introduced by Gabby Logan and Ade Adepitan.

Paralympian Jon-Allan Butterworth has highlights of the cycling, plus ex-Royal Marine JJ Chalmers discovers how the teams of 14 countries are finding living together.

BBC One is the exclusive UK broadcast partner for the 2016 Invictus Games which will air on the channel each weeknight from Monday 9 - Friday 13 May.

Pictured: JJ Chalmers, Gabby Logan, Rachael Latham, Ade Adepitan, Daraine Mulvihill

I Want My Wife Back

Bex agrees to meet Murray for dinner, where he plans to re-propose. The evening gets off to a bad start when Murray’s friend Grant (Kenneth Collard) loses the ring he was supposed to bring.

Things go from bad to worse when Murray see’s Julian at the restaurant. He tries to cancel the table but he’s too late. Murray and Bex are clearly pleased to see each other, but Murray is interrupted every time he tries to re-propose. To make things worse, while Murray is distracted, Julian invites Bex on a date despite Murray’s best efforts to discourage him.

Grant finally appears with the ring and Murray suggests he and Bex get back to their evening. Things begin to look up for Murray until he finds out Bex has been offered a job in Birmingham, and Grant gets into a fight with Julian. Murray tries to help his friend but ends up knocking Julian unconscious. Despite the evening having not gone to plan, Murray decides to re-propose to Bex anyway, but what will her answer be?

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Upstart Crow: Star Crossed Lovers

A new comedy starring David Mitchell as a fictional William Shakespeare. The premise: the life and times of Will as he starts to make a name for himself in London, whilst also trying to balance life as a husband and father for his family in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Upstart Crow focuses on both Will’s family and professional life and includes the surprising stories of where many of his ideas came from. Also featured are his wife Anne, his extended family, his servant Bottom, his friends Kate and Marlowe, his theatrical troupe and his rival Robert Greene.

Episode one sees Will struggle to find inspiration for Romeo while having to deal with an angry actor, a very annoying house-guest and his family’s not terribly helpful script suggestions.

Upstart Crow stars Harry Enfield as Will’s dad, John Shakespeare; Paula Wilcox as Will’s mum, Mary Arden; Liza Tarbuck as Anne Hathaway; Helen Monks as Will’s daughter Susannah; Gemma Whelan as Kate; Mark Heap as Sir Robert Greene, Will’s nemesis; Steve Speirs as Burbage; Tim Downie as Marlowe; Dominic Coleman as Kempleton; Spencer Jones as a member of Burbage’s company; and Rob Rouse as Bottom.

Upstart Crow is part of the BBC’s Shakespeare Festival 2016.

 

 

CBEEBIES

CBEEBIES

Teletubbies

Little ones can say ‘eh-oh’ to Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po once more as they return for another set of joyful capers in brand new episodes of Teletubbies from 9 May.

The Teletubbies live in a world full of fun, love and laughter in the rolling green hills of Teletubbyland. Playing, dancing and singing in their modern, subterranean Home Dome, the Teletubbies are joined by a colourful cast of characters including hoover-like pet the Noo-noo, the Tiddlytubbies, the caring voice trumpets, the temperamental Tubby Toast machine and the whirling, twirling Tubby Custard Ride.

There’s custard chaos on Monday when the Tubby Custard Ride careers crazily out of Home Dome with the Teletubbies on board and gives Teletubbyland a coating of custard; on Tuesday the Teletubbies and the Tiddlytubbies have a game of 'Tallest, Shortest'; Wednesday’s episode sees Laa-Laa and Po rolling down a hill after a ball; there’s high-kicking fun on Thursday when the Teletubbies do conga dances over the hills then conga into Home Dome to answer the Tubby Phone; and on Friday the Teletubbies play a fun waving game with the Tiddlytubbies and then enjoy watching children waving as they set off on a boat trip.

Relaunched in Autumn 2015, this global television icon has been refreshed for a new generation of children, and features the voices of Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Daniel Rigby, Fearne Cotton and Antonia Thomas.

Tuesday 10 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Invictus Games 2016

Gabby Logan, Daráine Mulvihill and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson bring highlights of the morning’s track and field events at the Invictus Games live from Orlando, Florida.

Also in the programme, ex-Royal Marine JJ Chalmers meets a remarkable powerlifter and Rachael Latham reports on the rowing and archery. Plus, Gabby hears the stories of some inspiring military wives.

BBC One is the exclusive UK broadcast partner for the 2016 Invictus Games which will air on the channel each weeknight from Monday 9 - Friday 13 May.

Pictured: Ade Adepitan, JJ Chalmers, Gabby Logan, Rachael Latham, Daraine Mulvihill

In The Club

After walking away from her high-flying career with her ex-husband Ray, Roanna is struggling to find a new job. With money running out and the rented cottage falling apart around them, the reality of her choices starts to become all too real for her and she reluctantly turns to Ray for help.

Worried what Simon will say, she tries to keep it a secret, but she’s already got more than one skeleton in her closet and it’s only a matter of time before they all come spilling out. Rick’s release date is finally here and an anxious Diane prepares to welcome him home. But after he’s been away for so long, will he still have a place in a home that’s used to being without him?

Vicky tries to juggle baby Ben and her full time job, but when she gets caught up in work, things goes terribly wrong with disastrous consequences for Vicky.

Meanwhile Jasmin and Dev have to make the biggest decision of their lives.

Pictured: Roanna (Hermione Norris), Simon (Luke Thompson) Emma (Victoria Carling) Jonathan Lambert (Neil Pearson)

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Old School With The Hairy Bikers

The Hairy Bikers have a big new challenge. They are taking two, often marginalised groups in society - pensioners and teenagers - and pairing them up to see if 12 unlikely couples spending time together as equals can transform lives.

The pensioners have their frailties and issues, including bereavements, loneliness and scepticism about the ‘youth of today’ to contend with. Whilst the teens are struggling with chequered academic records, bullying and low self-esteem, with the added pressure of life-changing exams ahead. The ambitious hope is that these strange bedfellows can push each other in new ways - and in the process improve their health, wellbeing and cognitive skills.

In this first episode, Si and Dave meet head teacher Niall McWilliams and pupils from the Oxford Academy near the deprived Blackbird Lees estate. They set out to search for willing senior participants for the intergenerational experiment.

We meet Jacub, 13, who is paired with 70 year-old former kitchen-fitter Clive. Jacub has ADHD and is struggling to cope with his dad’s suicide eight years ago. Clive’s youngest son died ten years ago from a drug overdose. Their initial meetings go well - but will Clive be able to help Jacub manage his disruptive behaviour?

Meanwhile, 13 year-old Tawne - who suffers bullying both in school and online - is partnered with 65 year-old former nurse Judy, who was also a victim of bullying, to help try and boost her self-esteem. We also meet 16 year-old Robbie whose mum has Multiple Sclerosis, which means Robbie often misses school in order to care for her and his younger sisters. He is partnered with 62 year-old ex-supermarket manager Rick who has lived alone for ten years.

And, with a shared love of boxing, at first 16 year-old Wez gets on well with his partner 71 year-old Dave - but when Dave casts doubt on boxing as a career option, their partnership looks like it might already be on the ropes.

With partnerships on the line, will the 50-year gulf between the generations prove a bridge too far?

Notes
Old School with the Hairy Bikers is produced in partnership with The Open University. The Open University (OU) has a 42 year partnership with the BBC and has moved from late-night lectures in the 1970s to co-producing prime-time series such as The Ascent of Woman, The Bottom Line, The Hunt, and Life Story. In 2013/14, BBC/OU co-productions were viewed by 220m people in the UK encouraging over 600,000 visitors to the free online learning platform, OpenLearn. The partnership forms part of the OU mission of widening access and participation in education for individuals and societies around the world. Further information from The Open University.

It is part of the BBC’s volunteering season Do Something Great. From this Spring the BBC hopes to inspire people to step up and get stuck in – sharing a little of their energy and enthusiasm with good causes, not just for the benefit others but for the rewards they can reap themselves. Across BBC Television and Radio there will be uplifting and heart-warming programmes with presenters and communities alike showing how great things are already being done across the UK, and encouraging participation.
Hairy Bikers' Si King said: “What we want to do with Old School is to bring our teens and old folk together to form partnerships and help each other grow, together. Hopefully it could make the world and our local communities a better place.”
Hairy Bikers' Dave Myers said: “We want to use the power of BBC telly to make a difference – to spur people into action. We’ll do our best and give it a go – it’s worth it!”

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Eurovision 2016 - Semi Final 1

The Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals make their debut on BBC Four this year, the home of music on TV in the UK.

In semi-final one, the first group of countries will compete for a place in Saturday’s Grand Final.

The 18 countries competing are: Finland, Greece, Moldova, Hungary, Croatia, The Netherlands, Armenia, San Marino, Russia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Austria, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Iceland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Malta.

Mel Giedroyc and Scott Mills will provide commentary live from The Globe Arena in Stockholm.

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Later... LIVE with Jools Holland

Joining Jools on the fourth show of this current run will be...

The man Noel Gallagher calls Captain Rock, former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft, returning to the show as he prepares to release his fourth solo album, These People, which follows 2010’s brief band outing, RPA and the United Nations of Sound.

There’s a solo visit from Sir Elton John, borrowing Jools’ piano to perform numbers from his 32nd album, Wonderful Crazy Night.

Leeds’ finest, Corinne Bailey Rae, who made her debut on Later back in 2005, previews her third album and her first in six years, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, produced here and in LA, and introducing her new band featuring husband and co-producer Steve Brown.

San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet have been going well over 40 years and continue to be perhaps the foremost interpreters of contemporary classical and new music; here they drop in from a British tour to share their stunning arrangement of Blues legend Geeshie Wiley’s 'Last Kind Words'.

London’s Bloc Party have reinvented themselves with fifth album (and first in four years) Hymns, drawing on dance rhythms and using gospel vocal settings driven by their new rhythm section to sound both melancholic and ecstatic all at once.

Finally, introducing Austin’s maverick singer-songwriter and bandleader Shakey Graves – real name Alejandro Rose-Garcia - who’s just finished a sell-out European tour and drops in to share some of his mercurial, maverick songs and his spontaneous showmanship.

Artists who appeared in the show in 2015 include The Weeknd, Wolf Alice, Alessia Cara, Miguel, Blur, Ezra Furman, Father John Misty, Sleater Kinney, Tobias Jesso Jr, Songhoy Blues, My Morning Jacket, Duran Duran, Dakhabraka, Roisin Murphy, Guy Garvey, Caravan Palace, John Grant, Skepta, Soak and many more.

The Later... website features a host of archive performances bbc.co.uk/later

For updates, follow @BBCLater

Director: Janet Fraser Crook

Series Producer: Alison Howe

Executive Producer: Mark Cooper

Wednesday 11 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Invictus Games 2016

Gabby Logan and Ade Adepitan have all the action from the swimming pool, live on day three of the coverage of the Invictus Games.

Former Paralympian Martine Wright has highlights of the sitting volleyball and wheelchair rugby fanatic Steve Brown reveals the line-up for the celebrity exhibition match. Plus philanthropist Ken Fisher reveals why he wanted to bring the Games to the US.

BBC One is the exclusive UK broadcast partner for the 2016 Invictus Games which will air on the channel each weeknight from Monday 9 - Friday 13 May.

Pictured: JJ Chalmers, Gabby Logan, Rachael Latham, Ade Adepitan, Daraine Mulvihill

Nature’s Epic Journeys

Nature’s Epic Journeys follows three iconic animals on three of the world’s most breathtaking wildlife adventures. Each must overcome immense obstacles, from challenging terrain to hungry predators and sheer physical exhaustion.

In the first episode, Liz Bonnin joins a thousand elephants - from magnificent bulls to vulnerable orphans - as they come together in a crucial annual gathering in Northern Kenya.

The elephants face deadly threats from both predators and poachers. Liz leads a team of scientists and film-makers and uses cutting-edge satellite tracking technology to follow individual elephants day by day, to uncover how they cope with their daily challenges and make the most of this unique and short-lived gathering.

The team capture surprising new behaviour and witness first-hand how elephant society is responding to a world changed by poaching, including the remarkable way that young elephants are coping with the loss of their parents.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Cunk On Shakespeare

Comedy from Charlie Brooker starring Philomena Cunk, the witless commentator from Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe. Philomena knows absolutely nothing about Shakespeare, but that won’t stop her attempting to present a ground-breaking documentary about him.

Fresh from her triumphs on Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, investigating Time ("It’ll always be an unknowable mystery, like how phones work") Winston Churchill ("Imagine how good his tweets would have been"), and Donald Trump ("There’s this amazing stuff on his head; it’s not hair, it’s like a sort of furry gas"), Philomena Cunk has finally been given her own show - about William Shakespeare.

Cunk will leave no stone unturned as she gets to the bottom of the Bard: visiting his birthplace, exploring The Globe, studying priceless artefacts, and interviewing literally six different experts, including renowned actor Simon Russell Beale, Educating Yorkshire teacher Matthew Burton, and top Shakespearean scholar Professor Stanley Wells.

Shorter than Hamlet, funnier than King Lear, and easier to spell than Cymbeline, Cunk On Shakespeare is absolutely the last word in Shakespeare documentaries.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Handmade On The Silk Road

The second episode, The Woodcarver, is set in Khiva, Uzbekistan. This ancient walled city is one of the oldest centres of wood carving in central Asia. Shavkat Jumanijozov, pictured, has been working with wood in the city for over 30 years, producing superbly carved doors, chests and wooden pillars that are displayed and sold all over the world.

Trained by the grandson of a famous 19th century carver, Shavkat is a proud master of his craft and oversees a team of brothers, sons and nephews, passing on his expertise to the next generation.

In an absorbing portrait of a master carver at work, we follow the creation of an impressive two metre wooden column, from the first cuts into the wood, to its carving, sanding, shaping and varnishing. Along the way, Shavkat explains to us how he hand built his own hotel and also trained over 30 local apprentices in the art of woodcarving.

Thursday 12 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Invictus Games 2016

Gabby Logan and Daráine Mulvihill are live from Orlando on day four of the Invictus Games coverage.

Jayant Mistry has highlights of the morning’s wheelchair tennis and Steve Brown reports on all the wheelchair rugby action, including the celebrity exhibition match. Plus the stars of the closing ceremony pop in to the studio for a chat as rehearsals get underway.

BBC One is the exclusive UK broadcast partner for the 2016 Invictus Games which will air on the channel each weeknight from Monday 9 - Friday 13 May.

Pictured: Ade Adepitan, JJ Chalmers, Gabby Logan, Rachael Latham, Daraine Mulvihill

Gareth's Invictus Choir

Gareth Malone's Invictus Choir of wounded ex-service men and women have survived their first public performance at the Invictus Launch in London. Now with just four weeks to go before they sing at the Opening Ceremony in Orlando, Florida in front of an audience of thousands, including Prince Harry and Michelle Obama, Gareth brings his choir together to Somerset House, London, for their next rehearsal.

Gareth has decided he wants them to write their own lyrics for a brand new song. Some struggled with learning the lyrics last time - will they be able to cope with this challenge?

The song-writing process challenges the choir to dig deep into their experiences of injury or illness and the different stages of recovery they are each in. Gareth struggles with his own emotions after hearing one of the choir's own experience of war and Gareth wonders if he, Gareth, is mature enough to cope with this whole mission.

Next Gareth brings the choir back to London to St Martin In The Fields to sing them the finished song. It's a key moment as the choir hear the lyrics of their own stories. Once the choir is happy with the song Gareth decides to show the lyrics to a special industry friend.

Throughout it all, Gareth is desperate to find out how to help them release their emotions when singing. For one member of the choir, Gemma, the experience is life-changing. Gareth worries that some choir members are struggling to cope with the process and if they will be able to perform in front of such a large audience. To help with this, Gareth takes them on an outing to an unusual venue for a choir!

Before they set off to the US Gareth calls the choir to a recording studio and finally, the choir set off to the US. It's their big moment - will they be able to perform one final duty?

 

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Peaky Blinders

On the orders of the secretive Economic League, Tommy goes to London to meet the wildly eccentric and volatile Duke Leon. He soon discovers the extreme lengths his new paymasters are willing to go to in their quest for power.

In Birmingham, John’s temper gets the better of him, and a personal dispute with the Italians threatens to explode into a devastating war.

As Tommy struggles to regain control of the situation, he finds out how extensive his new enemy’s hold on the Peaky Blinders is.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Eurovision 2016 - Semi Final 2

The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will feature 18 different acts taking to the stage in the hope of securing a place in Saturday’s Grand Final.

Competing this evening are : Latvia, Poland, Switzerland, Israel, Belarus, Serbia, Ireland, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Lithuania, Australia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ukraine, Norway, Georgia, Albania and Belgium.

Viewers in the United Kingdom are able to vote in this semi-final once all of the acts have performed.

Tonight’s semi-final will also feature a pre-recorded appearance from UK entry Joe and Jake, performing their song ‘You’re Not Alone’.

Mel Giedroyc and Scott Mills will provide commentary live from The Globe Arena in Stockholm.

Friday 13 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Invictus Games 2016

In the final day of coverage, live from Orlando, Gabby Logan and Daráine Mulvihill catch up with Ade Adepitan on the highlights of the wheelchair basketball.

Plus, Eddie Butler and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson introduce the closing ceremony concert which will include some very special guests.

BBC One is the exclusive UK broadcast partner for the 2016 Invictus Games which will air on the channel each weeknight from Monday 9 - Friday 13 May.

Pictured: JJ Chalmers, Gabby Logan, Rachael Latham, Ade Adepitan, Daraine Mulvihill

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Mum

Brand new comedy from Bafta Award winning writer of Him and Her, Mum is a subtle family sitcom seen through the eyes of Cathy (Lesley Manville) following year in her life as she moves on from the death of her husband. Starting with the family gathering for the funeral in January and ending on New Year’s Eve, the story unfolds through the major and minor events of a year. It’s the story of a woman finding who she is again and maybe, if she could only see it, finding love second time around.

Episode One - January
It’s the morning of Cathy’s husband’s funeral and her family gather at the house to wait for the funeral cars. Battling her brother's partner and meeting her son's new and over-enthusiastic girlfriend Kelly, Cathy prepares herself for a day of great emotion with help from her friend Michael.

Nick Baker’s Wild West

The steep-sided river valleys of Devon and Cornwall are perhaps the South West's most distinctive habitats, and home to some of the UK's rarest animals. Nick finds out how these plunging wooded cleaves have, over the centuries, made intensive farming almost impossible and so allowed insects and the birds that feed on them to thrive.

Nick starts at the early summer home of one of our rarest and most attractive butterflies – the high brown fritillary - at Dart Valley Nature Reserve on Dartmoor. We get the first ever hi-definition close up shots of this stunning creature, and butterfly expert Nick finds out just how hard it is to create the right breeding ground for this threatened insect.

His tour continues at Millook, an ancient woodland in North Cornwall that has the Millook Water - a small brook - running through it. The steep-sided valley walls have oaks abounding in rare lichens. Meadows threading through the woods are home to marbled whites - one of his favourite butterflies. Nick hears from Woodland Trust warden Malcolm Allen, on his fears about the possible future impact of ash die-back on this nationally significant nature reserve.

Nick then visits Marsland on the North Devon/Cornwall borders. This reserve is thought by many to be the most attractive in the West Country. It features a river that meanders through meadows made perfect for the rare pearl bordered fritillary butterfly, past ponds thrumming with dragonflies, and ending with stunning open cliff views.

The Food Detectives

In the penultimate episode, Alice carries out an experiment to test the claim that chilies can help people lose weight.

In a revealing scientific study, a volunteer is placed in a sealed chamber: one eats a meal containing chili, and one without. Over the course of nine hours their metabolic rates are carefully monitored to reveal if eating chili really can help burn calories.

Tom travels to Dunoon on the West Coast of Scotland to help a viewer with another kitchen fail - how to cook the perfect steak. And in another reveal of his professional trade secrets, Tom demonstrates how to make perfect silky-smooth gravy every time.

Sean sets out to pick apart the nutritional labels on food packaging. Although designed to help us make healthy choices at a glance, they may also cause confusion. Sean investigates why this system - intended to help us choose healthy food - can often be misleading.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

BBC Young Musician 2016 Jazz Award - Final

The final of the BBC Young Musician 2016 Jazz Award, recorded at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. Presented by Josie D’Arby and Joe Stilgoe

The finalists, all aged between 15-21 years old, are: Alexandra Ridout (trumpet), Tom Ridout (saxophone and recorder), Tom Smith (saxophone), Noah Stoneman (piano) and Elliott Sansom (piano). They perform together with the Gwilym Simcock Trio and are judged by Tim Garland, Gwyneth Herbert, Zoe Rahman, Byron Wallen and the Chair of the Jury, Julian Joseph.

The BBC Young Musician Jazz Award was launched in 2014, running alongside the established classical music format and comprising two audition stages followed by a final.

Now in its 38th year, BBC Young Musician is a part of the BBC’s ongoing commitment to supporting and providing a platform for new and emerging talent. Since its first outing in 1978 the competition has established an enviable reputation for finding outstanding new talent.

The Final of BBC Young Musician 2016 will be broadcast on Sunday 15 May on BBC Four.

CBBC

CBBC

Matilda And The Ramsay Bunch

In episode 2, Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch get a surprise visit from the Cookie Monster!

If there’s a guy who knows how to make cookies it’s this guy, so Matilda gets his help and they set to work making a giant chocolate-chip treat.

The Ramsay Bunch have planned a drive-in movie night in the back garden, and as darkness falls they set to work. Along with their friend Cruz Beckham they build the outdoor screen, whilst Matilda cooks margherita and pepperoni pizza with a rainbow salad. As well as cooking, Matilda makes a prank film and the whole family fall for her tricks, even dad Gordon – gotcha!

Scream Street - Nightmare On Scream Street

Resus can’t get a good night’s sleep - he keeps having nightmares. Luke and Cleo decide to take Resus to Eefa’s to try and find a solution to his problem.

Thanks to the Scream Street Web, Resus gets hold of a ‘Sweet Dreams Bear’ and tries it out that evening. The next day, everything is going great for Resus - he’s even asked to headline in concert with Brain Drain. In reality, the Negatives haven’t been able to wake Resus for 24 hours - his perfect world is in his dreams!

Eefa researches into the Sweet Dream Bear and discovers that the bear is evil and will try to trap Resus in his dream. The only way for Luke and Cleo to wake him is to join him - they need to get Resus to destroy the bear in his dream, but why would he want to when he’s having the best time ever?! Resus’s parents discover the label on the bear: "Do not attempt to enter another person’s dream, if you cannot wake them you will be trapped forever"!

Scream Street is voiced by Tyger Drew Honey, Tala Gouveia, Rasmus Hardiker, John Thomson, Debra Stephenson, Claire Skinner and Jim Howick.

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