BBC Four Today Saturday 7 January 2023

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What’s On BBC Four Today Saturday 7 January 2023

A full run down of everything airing on BBC Four today.

19:00
Raiders of the Lost Past with Janina Ramirez

S01E03

The discovery of a lost civilisation in Mexico, now known as the Olmecs

Dr Janina Ramirez heads to Mexico, where, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, American husband-and-wife explorer team Matthew and Marion Stirling were lured into the jungle by the legend of a colossal stone head. They found the head – and a lot more than they bargained for – because it turned out to be the first clue in a trail that led to the discovery of a lost civilisation, now known as the Olmecs

20:00
Write Around the World with Richard E Grant

S01E03

The actor visits Andalucia in southern Spain

The actor’s literary journey takes him to Andalucia in southern Spain. He finds out about the ancient city of Granada, helped by the writings of poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, visits the mountain town of Ronda, much-loved by the great American writer Ernest Hemingway, and follows Laurie Lee’s footsteps from his travelogue. In the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains he meets drummer-turned-writer Chris Stewart, who shows Richard where he wrote the first in his bestselling series chronicling his experiences of relocating to rural Spain

21:00
Mystery Road: Origin

S01E01

Prequel to the Australian crime drama

21:55
Mystery Road: Origin

S01E02

Confronting neo-Nazis is almost as challenging as attending a social event for Jay

22:55
Early Doors

S01E01

First episode of the comedy set in a Manchester pub

First episode of the comedy series set in a Manchester pub, starring Craig Cash. There is trouble in store for landlord Ken when the police pay a visit, home help Winnie reveals she is dreading her holiday to Scarborough and punters are few and far between for a planned day trip

23:25
Early Doors

S01E02

Liam plans a surprise for Melanie

Liam plans a surprise for Melanie’s forthcoming birthday, Nana reminisces about her first love and Charlie Taylor’s funeral disappoints Old Tommy. Meanwhile, Sheila Crabtree is shocked to find staff at the hospital have no knowledge of her husband. Comedy, starring Craig Cash

23:55
To the Manor Born

S03E02

Audrey organises a protest rally

Audrey leads locals in a rally against the proposed closure of the village’s railway station, while DeVere harbours plans to build a new supermarket on the site. Comedy, guest starring Richard Thorp

00:25
Sykes

S03E06

Hattie practises first aid skills

Hattie practises first aid skills on her brother, leaving him bandaged up to the hilt – and unable to get to the shops to make the final payment on his motorcycle. Vintage comedy, starring Hattie Jacques, Eric Sykes and Richard Wattis

00:55
Shackleton’s Cabin

The restoration of the ship’s cabin in which Ernest Shackleton died

On January 5, 1922, Co Kildare-born Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton died of a heart attack in his cabin aboard the Quest. One of the dockers removed Shackleton’s cabin and it served as his family’s garden shed for over 70 years before being donated to the Shackleton Museum in Athy. This documentary follows Sven Habermann as he restores the cabin io its original state, and also reveals previously unseen archive material that brings viewers deep into the world of Shackleton’s fearless adventures

01:45
Wild China

S01E06

Environmental concerns on the country’s eastern seaboard

The series concludes with a visit to the country’s eastern seaboard to investigate how the Chinese government is managing environmental concerns while meeting the ever-expanding needs of the population. Among the region’s diverse locales lie futuristic cities, seaweed-thatched villages and rugged wetlands that are home to some of the world’s rarest animal species

02:50
Raiders of the Lost Past with Janina Ramirez

S01E03

The discovery of a lost civilisation in Mexico, now known as the Olmecs

Dr Janina Ramirez heads to Mexico, where, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, American husband-and-wife explorer team Matthew and Marion Stirling were lured into the jungle by the legend of a colossal stone head. They found the head – and a lot more than they bargained for – because it turned out to be the first clue in a trail that led to the discovery of a lost civilisation, now known as the Olmecs

03:50
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