BBC Four Today Wednesday 18 January 2023

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What’s On BBC Four Today Wednesday 18 January 2023

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

19:00
Great British Railway Journeys

S10E05

How a radical reformer made his mark on Birmingham

Armed with his Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo reaches Birmingham and discovers how a radical reformer made his mark on the `city of a thousand trades”. At Highbury Hall, he finds Joseph Chamberlain’s mansion home and hears how he established a political dynasty including a prime minister and a foreign secretary. Next stop is Cradley Heath, once one of five chain-making towns in the West Midlands. At the centre of Britain’s ceramic industry in Stoke-on-Trent, Michael visits Wedgwood, established by `Queen’s Potter” Josiah Wedgwood in 1759 and visited in 1913 by King George V and Queen Mary

19:30
The Joy of Painting

S01E05

A scene depicting a cloudy sky above crashing waves

20:00
Michael Palin’s New Europe

S01E02

Travels in Bulgaria and Turkey

The presenter joins the mystical White Brotherhood sect in Bulgaria’s Rila Mountains and travels to Sofia, where he meets a transvestite singer who has become an unlikely Balkan superstar. He then heads to the Asian side of Istanbul, where he learns belly dancing and discovers how many people in the country now consider themselves to be European. Michael also marvels at a camel-wrestling festival and visits a converted rock monastery

21:00
The Beginning and End of the Universe

S01E01

Professor Jim Al-Khalili unravels the cosmic mystery of science’s creation story

Professor Jim Al-Khalili unravels the cosmic mystery of science’s creation story, recreating key experiments to tackle the greatest question in science, beginning with how the universe came into being

22:00
Ken Loach: This Cultural Life

The film director discusses his influences and inspirations

22:30
Up the Junction: The Wednesday Play

Drama, starring Carol White

A well-to-do girl leaves her parents and comfortable home in fashionable Chelsea to sample life in working-class Battersea, but is not prepared for the culture shock awaiting her. Drama, starring Carol White, Geraldine Sherman and Vickery Turner. Directed by Ken Loach

23:40
Michael Palin’s New Europe

S01E02

Travels in Bulgaria and Turkey

The presenter joins the mystical White Brotherhood sect in Bulgaria’s Rila Mountains and travels to Sofia, where he meets a transvestite singer who has become an unlikely Balkan superstar. He then heads to the Asian side of Istanbul, where he learns belly dancing and discovers how many people in the country now consider themselves to be European. Michael also marvels at a camel-wrestling festival and visits a converted rock monastery

00:40
The Beginning and End of the Universe

S01E01

Professor Jim Al-Khalili unravels the cosmic mystery of science’s creation story

Professor Jim Al-Khalili unravels the cosmic mystery of science’s creation story, recreating key experiments to tackle the greatest question in science, beginning with how the universe came into being

01:40
Great British Railway Journeys

S10E05

How a radical reformer made his mark on Birmingham

Armed with his Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo reaches Birmingham and discovers how a radical reformer made his mark on the `city of a thousand trades”. At Highbury Hall, he finds Joseph Chamberlain’s mansion home and hears how he established a political dynasty including a prime minister and a foreign secretary. Next stop is Cradley Heath, once one of five chain-making towns in the West Midlands. At the centre of Britain’s ceramic industry in Stoke-on-Trent, Michael visits Wedgwood, established by `Queen’s Potter” Josiah Wedgwood in 1759 and visited in 1913 by King George V and Queen Mary

02:10
The Joy of Painting

S01E05

A scene depicting a cloudy sky above crashing waves

02:40
Britain’s Lost Masterpieces

S03E03

Bendor Grosvenor believes a portrait once attributed to Rubens may in fact be a painting by Anthony Van Dyck

Petworth House in West Sussex is one of the great baroque treasure houses of England, and there Bendor Grosvenor finds two paintings that he feels warrant investigation. A portrait of a Lady from Genoa, that was once attributed to Rubens but Grosvenor is convinced is by Anthony Van Dyck, and a portrait of a young cardinal `in the style of” Titian, which Bendor believes may be by Titian himself. If this turned out to be the case it would be his greatest discovery so far

03:40
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