BBC Four Today Tuesday 24 January 2023

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What’s On BBC Four Today Tuesday 24 January 2023

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

19:00
Great British Railway Journeys

S10E08

Michael Portillo visits Stranraer and the Mull of Galloway

Michael Portillo continues his journey from Northern Ireland across the water to Scotland. Leaving from the seaport of Larne, he reaches Stranraer and the Mull of Galloway, where in a lighthouse built by railway engineer Robert Stevenson he discovers a magnificent machine, installed at the turn of the 20th century

19:30
The Joy of Painting

S01E08

Bob Ross paints a mountain view through a window

20:00
To the Manor Born

S03E05

Audrey pretends to be DeVere’s wife. First shown in 1981

Richard tries to clinch a lucrative cosmetics deal with a glamorous French businesswoman, but when she propositions him, he lies that he has a wife. Now all he has to do is persuade Audrey to pose as Mrs DeVere for the weekend. Comedy, starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles, with an appearance by Rula Lenska. First shown in 1981

20:30
The Mistress

S01E03

Comedy, starring Felicity Kendal

21:00
A History of Britain by Simon Schama

S01E03

The story of Henry II

The story of Henry II, who built one of the greatest empires in the medieval world, only to see it torn down by members of his own family. Infamous for inciting the murder of Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket, Henry has rarely been recognised for his achievements, which included the laying of the foundations for today’s legal system

22:00
Three Minutes: A Lengthening – Storyville

A glimpse into the lives of the people of a small Polish village in 1938

Innovative documentary which takes a three-minute home movie from 1938, featuring the only moving pictures of the inhabitants of Nasielsk in Poland before the Holocaust, and re-edits the footage to create a film that lasts more than an hour

23:10
The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu

The literary tradition of the city in Mali

Aminatta Forna presents a documentary examining the literary tradition of Timbuktu in Mali, where hundreds of thousands of manuscripts have come to light in recent years. From the 13th to the 16th centuries, the city was a renowned seat of learning, and its black African scholars were revered throughout the Islamic world

00:10
What’s Wrong with Our Weather? Horizon

S50E12

An investigation into why the British weather appears to have become more extreme

Physicist Helen Czerski and meteorologist John Hammond investigate why the British weather appears to have become more extreme and if it has anything to do with climate change. They examine the impact of the jet stream’s strange behaviour, revealing what is causing it, and attempt to find out if severe winters are going to become more common

01:10
Hope Street

S02E09

A fishing trip goes horribly wrong when a boat’s engine explodes

Finn is away receiving treatment for his PTSD, so Concepta takes his place on a fishing trip with Shay and Barry. Their pleasure cruise goes horribly wrong, however, when the engine of their boat explodes, leaving one of the crew seriously injured.

01:55
Great British Railway Journeys

S10E08

Michael Portillo visits Stranraer and the Mull of Galloway

Michael Portillo continues his journey from Northern Ireland across the water to Scotland. Leaving from the seaport of Larne, he reaches Stranraer and the Mull of Galloway, where in a lighthouse built by railway engineer Robert Stevenson he discovers a magnificent machine, installed at the turn of the 20th century

02:25
The Joy of Painting

S01E08

Bob Ross paints a mountain view through a window

02:55
A History of Britain by Simon Schama

S01E03

The story of Henry II

The story of Henry II, who built one of the greatest empires in the medieval world, only to see it torn down by members of his own family. Infamous for inciting the murder of Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket, Henry has rarely been recognised for his achievements, which included the laying of the foundations for today’s legal system

03:50
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