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The World's Most Beautiful Eggs (Finished)

BBC Four - Monday 9th December 2019 - 23:00

The Genius of Carl Faberge. Stephen Smith explores the extraordinary life and work of virtuoso jeweller Carl Faberge.

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The Art of Japanese Life

BBC Four - Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 00:00

3/3. James Fox looks at the clean minimalism of the Japanese home, which has been exported around the world, from modernist architecture to lifestyle stores like Muji. [S,AD]

The Art of Japanese Life TV Guide

Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream

BBC Four - Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 01:00

3/3. While the Habsburgs headed for extinction, Vienna blossomed, as the theories of Freud and the sensuality of the secession artists like Klimt and Schiele ushered in the modern age. [S,AD]

Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream TV Guide

Lucy Worsley's Christmas Carol Odyssey

BBC Four - Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 02:00

Lucy Worsley reveals the surprising stories behind our favourite Christmas carols. [S,AD]

Lucy Worsley's Christmas Carol Odyssey TV Guide

The World's Most Beautiful Eggs

BBC Four - Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 03:00

The Genius of Carl Faberge. Stephen Smith explores the extraordinary life and work of virtuoso jeweller Carl Faberge.

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Beyond 100 Days

BBC Four - Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 19:00

Katty Kay in Washington and Christian Fraser in London report on the events that are shaping the world.

Beyond 100 Days TV Guide

Christmas University Challenge

BBC Four - Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 19:30

2/10. Two teams of graduates compete for a place in the semi-finals. Playing on the Westminster team are Danny Wallace and Sophie Scott.

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Secret Life of Farm Animals

BBC Four - Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 20:00

3/3. Series about farm animals. It is harvest season and the focus is on pigs. We look at pigs' ability to deceive and test how intelligent they are with some puzzles.

Secret Life of Farm Animals TV Guide

Wild Weather with Richard Hammond

BBC Four - Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 21:00

3/3. Richard Hammond investigates the crucial role temperature plays in all weather. He builds a dust storm to discover how Saharan sand reaches the UK. [S,AD]

Wild Weather with Richard Hammond TV Guide

Rome Unpacked

BBC Four - Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 22:00

2/2. Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli continue exploring Rome. In search of its Papal, Renaissance and Baroque history, they discover that it is visible all around them. [S,AD]

Rome Unpacked TV Guide

Looking for Rembrandt

BBC Four - Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 23:00

2/3. As Rembrandt paints his most iconic work, The Night Watch, his wife Saskia lies dying. Her death begins a ten-year decline in Rembrandt's output. [S,AD]

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Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific with James Fox

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 00:00

Documentary series. James Fox tells the story of Australia's indigenous culture, the oldest continuous culture anywhere in the world.

Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific with James Fox TV Guide

The Road to Palmyra

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 01:00

Documentary which follows historian Dan Cruickshank and photographer Don McCullin into war-torn Syria on a mission to document the cultural destruction wrought by Islamic State. [S,AD]

The Road to Palmyra TV Guide

Revolution and Romance: Musical...

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 02:00

...Masters of the 19th Century. 3/3. Suzy Klein examines how the music of the 19th century was able to flourish through economic and social change, as well as a technological revolution. [S,AD]

Revolution and Romance: Musical... TV Guide

Secret Life of Farm Animals

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 03:00

3/3. Series about farm animals. It is harvest season and the focus is on pigs. We look at pigs' ability to deceive and test how intelligent they are with some puzzles.

Secret Life of Farm Animals TV Guide

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Beyond 100 Days

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 19:00

Katty Kay in Washington and Christian Fraser in London report on the events that are shaping the world.

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Christmas University Challenge

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 19:30

3/10. A team from Pembroke College, Cambridge, with Rick Edwards and Cath Bishop, faces King's College, London, with Anita Anand.

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Hidden Killers of the Post-War Home

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 20:00

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb explores the time when British people embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity. However, there were also unexpected dangers lurking. [S,AD]

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Digging for Britain

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 21:00

4/4. The team are on an archaeological hunt of our more recent past as they follow the search for artefacts from World War II. [S,AD]

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Vic & Bob's Big Night Out

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 22:00

3/4. Vic presents Bob with a striking new wig, and Vic reveals his secret to beatboxing. Contains some strong language. [S,AD]

Vic & Bob's Big Night Out TV Guide

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 22:30

5/6. Paul fishes at the Bridge Pool near Christchurch in Dorset, hoping to catch sea trout. Contains some strong language. [S,AD]

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Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 23:00

6/6. Paul and Bob try and catch a legendary pike and write a eulogy for each other. Contains some strong language. [S,AD]

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing TV Guide

Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise

BBC Four - Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 23:30

2/3. Documentary exploring the paradise of Thailand. In central Thailand's forests, plains and city streets, nature finds a way of living alongside people. [S,AD]

Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise TV Guide

Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific with James Fox

BBC Four - Thursday 12th December 2019 - 00:30

Documentary series. In his exploration of the collision of the West and Pacific culture, James Fox explores how the West has created a vision of Polynesia as paradise.

Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific with James Fox TV Guide

The High Art of the Low Countries

BBC Four - Thursday 12th December 2019 - 01:30

Andrew Graham-Dixon examines how a period of economic boom driven by a burgeoning and secular middle class led to the Dutch golden age of the 17th century.

The High Art of the Low Countries TV Guide

Digging for Britain

BBC Four - Thursday 12th December 2019 - 02:30

4/4. The team are on an archaeological hunt of our more recent past as they follow the search for artefacts from World War II. [S,AD,SL]

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Beyond 100 Days

BBC Four - Thursday 12th December 2019 - 19:00

Katty Kay in Washington and Christian Fraser in London report on the events that are shaping the world.

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Christmas University Challenge

BBC Four - Thursday 12th December 2019 - 19:30

4/10. In the Exeter team are Paul Jackson and Jon Kay. They face Birmingham University, featuring comedian Chris Addison and actor Nigel Lindsay.

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Wonders of the Solar System

BBC Four - Thursday 12th December 2019 - 20:00

5/5. Professor Brian Cox explores how the search for aliens in the solar system has followed the search for water. He looks at Jupiter's moon Europa - a dazzling ball of ice. [S,AD]

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The Joy of (Train) Sets: The Model Railway Story

BBC Four - Thursday 12th December 2019 - 21:00

7/10. The Model Railway Story: How the British have always been in love with model railways.

The Joy of (Train) Sets: The Model Railway Story TV Guide

The Secret Story of Stuff:...

BBC Four - Thursday 12th December 2019 - 22:00

...Materials of the Modern Age. Designer Zoe Laughlin explores the materials that shape the world around us.

The Secret Story of Stuff:... TV Guide

Wild West - America's Great Frontier

BBC Four - Thursday 12th December 2019 - 23:00

America's High Country is the land of grizzly bears and giant trees, of frigid winters and scorching summers, of tough ranchers and gold-rush fever. [S,AD]

Wild West - America's Great Frontier TV Guide

Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific with James Fox

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 00:00

Documentary series. James Fox explores how New Zealand's indigenous Maori people resisted colonisation and marginalisation and maintained their distinctive culture.

Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific with James Fox TV Guide

Handmade in the Pacific: Pou

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 01:00

Documentary series. With chainsaws, adzes, and over 30 different chisels, Maori carver Logan Okiwi Shipgood crafts a 6ft tall 'pou' statue from native New Zealand timber.

Handmade in the Pacific: Pou TV Guide

Handmade in the Pacific: Kapa

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 01:30

For artist Dalani Tanahy, the painstaking process of creating 'kapa' - cloth made from tree bark - symbolises the resurgence of indigenous Hawaiian pride and identity.

Handmade in the Pacific: Kapa TV Guide

Ovid: The Poet and the Emperor

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 02:00

Michael Wood goes in search of the Roman poet Ovid. Metamorphoses made him a superstar but then came scandal and exile. His story is told in his own words, by Simon Russell Beale.

Ovid: The Poet and the Emperor TV Guide

Wonders of the Solar System

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 03:00

5/5. Professor Brian Cox explores how the search for aliens in the solar system has followed the search for water. He looks at Jupiter's moon Europa - a dazzling ball of ice. [S,AD,SL]

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Sounds of the 70s - Disco

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 19:00

7/10. Featuring classic performances from the disco era, including The Jacksons, Sylvester, George McCrae, Sister Sledge, and McFadden and Whitehead.

Sounds of the 70s - Disco TV Guide

Christmas University Challenge

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 19:30

5/10. The St Catherine's College, Oxford team, with Michael Billington, fights it out against Peterhouse, Cambridge.

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Barbra Streisand: Becoming an Icon 1942 - 1984

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 20:00

A look at Barbra Streisand's rise to stardom and the remarkable achievements of her early career.

Barbra Streisand: Becoming an Icon 1942 - 1984 TV Guide

TOTP 1988

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 21:00

Gary Davies and Mark Goodier present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 15 December 1988 and featuring Bon Jovi, Petula Clark, U2, New Order, The Four Tops, Erasure and Cliff Richard.

TOTP 1988 TV Guide

Country Music by Ken Burns

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 21:30

7/9. The 1970s and early 1980s were a vibrant era in country music that saw Dolly Parton find mainstream success and Hank Williams Jr emerge from his famous father's shadow.

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Country Music by Ken Burns

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 22:20

8/9. Bluegrass retained a strong core of avid fans during the 1970s, while in Austin, Texas, Willie Nelson discovered a new music scene where hippies and rednecks seemed to get along.

Country Music by Ken Burns TV Guide

Sisters in Country: Dolly, Linda and Emmylou

BBC Four - Friday 13th December 2019 - 23:15

How the three country singers ended up uniting as close harmony singers on the Trio album.

Sisters in Country: Dolly, Linda and Emmylou TV Guide

Ultimate Cover Versions at the BBC

BBC Four - Saturday 14th December 2019 - 00:15

Smash hits from 60 years of great cover versions in performance from the BBC TV archive, featuring Alexandra Burke, The Moody Blues, Soft Cell, Mariah Carey, UB40 and many more.

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BROS: After the Screaming Stops

BBC Four - Saturday 14th December 2019 - 01:15

A raw and emotional look at the aftermath of fame. Contains very strong language. [2018]

BROS: After the Screaming Stops TV Guide

Tunes for Tyrants: Music and Power with Suzy Klein

BBC Four - Saturday 14th December 2019 - 02:45

3/3. Suzy Klein explores the fascinating use, abuse and manipulation of music in World War II. [S,AD]

Tunes for Tyrants: Music and Power with Suzy Klein TV Guide

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TOTP Christmas

BBC Four - Saturday 14th December 2019 - 19:00

Mark Radcliffe digs deep into the Top of the Pops archives to bring some festive performances from the likes of Slade, The Pogues, Elton John, Take That, Coldplay and Abba.

TOTP Christmas TV Guide

What We Were Watching: Christmas 1988

BBC Four - Saturday 14th December 2019 - 20:10

Looking back to 1988, Grace Dent explores both how TV changes over the festive season and how the nation's viewing habits have changed between then and 2018.

What We Were Watching: Christmas 1988 TV Guide

The Sinner

BBC Four - Saturday 14th December 2019 - 21:10

7/8. Julian has gone missing from the foster home. Harry is convinced he has been abducted. When police search Mosswood, Vera is adamant that she is not responsible. Contains some strong language.

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The Sinner

BBC Four - Saturday 14th December 2019 - 21:50

8/8. Harry learns that a man was arguing with Marin outside the Five Nations motel. Contains some strong language and some scenes of a sexual nature.

The Sinner TV Guide

The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse

BBC Four - Saturday 14th December 2019 - 22:35

The extraordinary story of comedian Bob Monkhouse's life and career, told through the vast private archive of films, TV shows, letters and memorabilia that he left behind.

The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse TV Guide

Dido: Radio 2 in Concert

BBC Four - Sunday 15th December 2019 - 00:05

Dido performs an intimate BBC Radio 2 in Concert at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios.

Dido: Radio 2 in Concert TV Guide

Peaky Blinders

BBC Four - Sunday 15th December 2019 - 01:05

1/6. When a crate of guns disappears, Thomas sees an opportunity to move up in the world. Contains strong language and some violent scenes. [S,AD]

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Peaky Blinders

BBC Four - Sunday 15th December 2019 - 02:00

2/6. Inspector Campbell carries out a vicious raid in search of the stolen guns. Contains strong language and some violent scenes. [S,AD]

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Peaky Blinders

BBC Four - Sunday 15th December 2019 - 03:00

3/6. Thomas Shelby plans to go to Cheltenham races to get closer to Billy Kimber. Contains some strong language and some violent scenes. [S,AD]

Peaky Blinders TV Guide

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The Women's Football Show

BBC Four - Sunday 15th December 2019 - 19:00

Kelly Somers presents WSL highlights of Man City v Brighton and Everton v Arsenal.

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Secrets of Skin

BBC Four - Sunday 15th December 2019 - 19:30

1/6. Professor Ben Garrod explores the evolution of the body's largest organ, skin, starting with how the same basic structure has allowed vertebrates to conquer every corner of the planet.

Secrets of Skin TV Guide

Wonders of the Great Barrier...

BBC Four - Sunday 15th December 2019 - 20:00

...Reef with Iolo Williams. Iolo Williams dives on the Great Barrier Reef searching for signs of hope it can survive.

Wonders of the Great Barrier... TV Guide

Ireland with Simon Reeve

BBC Four - Sunday 15th December 2019 - 21:00

2/2. Simon Reeve travels around Ireland. Starting at the spectacular Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, Simon travels down the east coast, ending in the Wicklow Mountains. [S,AD]

Ireland with Simon Reeve TV Guide

Norman Wisdom: His Story

BBC Four - Sunday 15th December 2019 - 22:00

Documentary telling the life story of Norman Wisdom, from street urchin to knight of the realm, through interviews with his children, and actors and directors who worked with him.

Norman Wisdom: His Story TV Guide

Northern Ballet's Victoria

BBC Four - Sunday 15th December 2019 - 23:00

Wife, mother, lover, empress. The extraordinary story of Queen Victoria, brought to life by Northern Ballet and choreographed by Cathy Marston.

Northern Ballet's Victoria TV Guide

Peaky Blinders

BBC Four - Monday 16th December 2019 - 00:55

4/6. Thomas Shelby's war with the Lee family of gypsies escalates. Contains some strong language. [S,AD]

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Peaky Blinders

BBC Four - Monday 16th December 2019 - 01:55

5/6. Thomas Shelby has to deal with an IRA chief who wants to avenge his cousin's death. Contains some strong language, some sexual content and some violence. [S,AD]

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Peaky Blinders

BBC Four - Monday 16th December 2019 - 02:55

6/6. Thomas Shelby prepares to take on Billy Kimber but secrets divide his family. Contains some strong language, sexual content and some violence. [S,AD]

Peaky Blinders TV Guide

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Christmas University Challenge

BBC Four - Monday 16th December 2019 - 19:00

6/10. Sheffield University, with Lord David Blunkett and Paul Mason, face Manchester University, with David Aaronovitch and Matt Allwright.

Christmas University Challenge TV Guide

Secrets of Skin

BBC Four - Monday 16th December 2019 - 19:30

2/6. Professor Ben Garrod explores how adaptations on and in the skin allow birds to fly, sharks to be built for speed and sugar gliders to take to the air.

Secrets of Skin TV Guide

Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire

BBC Four - Monday 16th December 2019 - 20:00

5/10. Documentary. A look at Iceland through the eyes of the animals and people that have made this wild island home. The constant volcanic threat boils over in this explosive year. [S,AD]

Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire TV Guide

Toy Empire: The British Force...

BBC Four - Monday 16th December 2019 - 21:00

...Behind Star Wars Toys. Superfan David Whiteley celebrates how an unassuming band of designers and factory workers in Leicestershire created the toys which were to define a generation. [S,AD]

Toy Empire: The British Force... TV Guide

The Galaxy Britain Built: The...

BBC Four - Monday 16th December 2019 - 21:30

...British Force Behind Star Wars. Superfan David Whiteley celebrates the unsung British heroes behind the first film in the Star Wars' franchise, 1977's Star Wars. [S,AD]

The Galaxy Britain Built: The... TV Guide

Score: Cinema's Greatest Soundtracks

BBC Four - Monday 16th December 2019 - 23:00

An insider's guide to the creative challenges and secrecy of the world's most international music genre, the film score. [2016]

Score: Cinema's Greatest Soundtracks TV Guide