BBC Four Today Saturday 21 January 2023

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What’s On BBC Four Today Saturday 21 January 2023

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

19:00
Arctic with Bruce Parry

S01E02

The explorer learns about the importance of hunting to Inuit communities

The explorer travels to Qaanaaq, an Inuit town in the far north of Greenland, where he learns some of the skills that have enabled the native people to survive amid the harsh wilderness, including dog-sled driving and extracting water from sea ice. Hunting also remains a key part of life for the community, with supermarket prices for some staple foods set at 50 per cent more than in mainland Europe – but Bruce discovers the impact of global warming could lead to this traditional way of life dying out entirely

20:00
Sicily: Wonder of the Mediterranean

S01E01

Part one of two. Michael Scott traces the history of Sicily

Part one of two. Michael Scott traces the history of Sicily, from the first arrival of ancient Greek settlers 3,000 years ago to the arrival of the Byzantine Empire. He begins his journey on the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, and discovers how the Greeks began to settle on Sicily’s east coast – planting their olives and vines and building great city states that soon came to rival even Athens itself

21:00
Mystery Road: Origin

S03E05

Anousha has a suspicion about the old killing

The gang’s true motive is revealed, but Jay alienates his colleagues. Lawyer Anousha harbours a suspicion about the old killing. Prequel to the Australian crime drama, starring Mark Coles Smith

21:55
Mystery Road: Origin

S03E06

Jay gets in harm’s way at a violent showdown

Jay gets in harm’s way at a violent showdown, but Mary is even more at risk when she learns that the name of a witness has been withheld. Prequel to the Australian crime drama, starring Mark Coles Smith

22:50
Early Doors

S01E05

Joan and Eddie celebrate their anniversary

Eddie celebrates his wedding anniversary at the pub with Joan, but his mother-in-law is causing him concern, so Tommy offers some words of wisdom – or so he thinks. Meanwhile, Duffy ropes Joe into an extramarital deception

23:20
Early Doors

S01E06

Melanie meets her real father

Ken and the regulars prepare for a trip to York races, while Melanie meets her real father. Tommy causes uproar when he gets out his wallet and buys a round, and the mystery of the cigarette end in the urinal is finally solved

23:50
To the Manor Born

S03E04

Marjory resolves to protect a rare bird. First shown in 1981

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. First shown in 1981

00:20
The Many Faces of June Whitfield

Comedy actress June Whitfield tells the story of her career

Comedy actress June Whitfield tells the story of her showbusiness career, including her early days in the West End working with Noel Coward and her ill-fated Broadway debut. She also discusses her comedy performances on radio and TV, including her on-screen relationship with Terry Scott

01:20
Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the Border

The comedian takes a 2,000-mile musical road trip along the US-Mexico border

Against the backdrop of President Trump’s planned construction of a wall between the two countries, the comedian takes a 2,000-mile musical road trip along the US-Mexico border. He explores how romance and reality play out musically, where third-world Mexico meets first-world USA on `the broken road to the American Dream”

02:35
Arctic with Bruce Parry

S01E02

The explorer learns about the importance of hunting to Inuit communities

The explorer travels to Qaanaaq, an Inuit town in the far north of Greenland, where he learns some of the skills that have enabled the native people to survive amid the harsh wilderness, including dog-sled driving and extracting water from sea ice. Hunting also remains a key part of life for the community, with supermarket prices for some staple foods set at 50 per cent more than in mainland Europe – but Bruce discovers the impact of global warming could lead to this traditional way of life dying out entirely

03:35
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