BBC Four Today Tuesday 17 January 2023

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What’s On BBC Four Today Tuesday 17 January 2023

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

19:00
Great British Railway Journeys

S10E04

Michael Portillo journeys from Maltby to Hinckley

19:30
The Joy of Painting

S01E04

Artist Bob Ross paints a majestic snow-covered mountain

20:00
To the Manor Born

S03E04

Marjory resolves to protect a rare bird

Marjory and DeVere are thrilled to discover a rare tropical bird nesting on the estate, but Audrey soon finds the feathered fiend is interfering with her honey business. Comedy, starring Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles and Angela Thorne

20:30
The Mistress

S01E02

Comedy, starring Felicity Kendal

21:00
A History of Britain by Simon Schama

S01E02

The Battle of Hastings

The story of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, which saw King Harold beaten after leading an army worn out from fighting his brother Tostig and a horde of Vikings, to confront William the Conqueror. The Saxon defeat led to 300 years of Norman hegemony and a country plagued by massacre and famine, although the new rulers managed to introduce and keep an inventory of all land and possessions, better known as the Domesday Book

22:00
Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us

S01E02

The story of a murder in the town of Billingham in Teesside in 1989

The stories of murder investigations and their extraordinary consequences, which overturned laws, transformed police interrogation and revolutionised forensic detection. The second episode focuses on the story of the murder of Julie Hogg, a single mother from the small town of Billingham in Teesside. The programme looks back at Julie’s mother Ann’s campaign to challenge the 800-year-old law on Double Jeopardy, after a jury failed to convict Julie’s former boyfriend Billy Dunlop. As this episode traces the twists and turns of Ann’s campaign, the story of other cases that benefited from the legal changes are also explored

23:00
Ancient Worlds

S01E02

Richard Miles explores the collapse of the Bronze Age

Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles examines the collapse of the Bronze Age 3,000 years ago, and how the civilisations of the subsequent Iron Age emerged. He explores the former Phoenician cities of Byblos and Tyre and their technological contributions, including the alphabet and deep-water sailing, before heading to Israel to learn how the Assyrian war machine affected small local powers

00:00
Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents

S01E01

The spy network that protected the queen

Documentary featuring dramatic reconstructions and interviews with historians to examine the network of spymasters and secret agents that helped protect Elizabeth I from assassination, terror and treason for more than 40 years. The first edition reveals how the pope’s declaration of Elizabeth as a heretic 12 years into her reign set England’s Catholics against her, leading the queen to charge William Cecil with the task of stopping assassins getting through, and the huge espionage network he established saw his spies break Catholic conspiracies at home and abroad

01:00
The Joy of Painting

S01E04

Artist Bob Ross paints a majestic snow-covered mountain

01:30
Great British Railway Journeys

S10E04

Michael Portillo journeys from Maltby to Hinckley

02:00
Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us

S01E02

The story of a murder in the town of Billingham in Teesside in 1989

The stories of murder investigations and their extraordinary consequences, which overturned laws, transformed police interrogation and revolutionised forensic detection. The second episode focuses on the story of the murder of Julie Hogg, a single mother from the small town of Billingham in Teesside. The programme looks back at Julie’s mother Ann’s campaign to challenge the 800-year-old law on Double Jeopardy, after a jury failed to convict Julie’s former boyfriend Billy Dunlop. As this episode traces the twists and turns of Ann’s campaign, the story of other cases that benefited from the legal changes are also explored

03:00
A History of Britain by Simon Schama

S01E02

The Battle of Hastings

The story of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, which saw King Harold beaten after leading an army worn out from fighting his brother Tostig and a horde of Vikings, to confront William the Conqueror. The Saxon defeat led to 300 years of Norman hegemony and a country plagued by massacre and famine, although the new rulers managed to introduce and keep an inventory of all land and possessions, better known as the Domesday Book

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