BBC Four Listings

BBC Four

BBC Four TV Guide

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Saturday, December 20 2014
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    • 57 mins ago
      Icebound: The Greatest Dog Story Ever Told

      Documentary recalling events of January 28, 1925, when dog sleds played a significant role in transporting a diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska, following an outbreak in the town. The programme reveals how, because of the freezing weather and undeveloped aviation technology, this ancient means of transport - consisting of more than 20 men and at least 150 dogs, including the canine icon Balto - managed to save an entire community from disease and death

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      Inspector MontalbanoSeason 7 Episode 3: Track of Sand

      The detective awakes one morning to find the carcass of a horse on the beach below his house, and soon after a woman walks into Vigata police station to report the abduction of her racehorse. His investigation leads him to delve into the elegant world of horse racing, via illegal betting rackets organised by the Mafia. Italian crime drama, starring Luca Zingaretti, Cesare Bocci and Peppino Mazzotta

    • 5:40pm
      Old Grey Whistle Test: 70s Gold

      Archive performances from the BBC music series, featuring Elton John, David Bowie, Captain Beefheart, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Curtis Mayfield, New York Dolls, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Brinsley Schwarz, Gil Scott-Heron, Blondie, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Jam, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, Cher and Greg Allman, Argent, Steppenwolf, Lindisfarne, Dr Feelgood and Johnny Winter

    • 7:10pm
      Kings of Rock 'n' Roll

      Celebration of the musical icons of the 1950s, including Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and of course, the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley. Featuring some of the more scandalous tales of the era, from Jerry Lee Lewis' marriage to his 13-year-old cousin to the original sexually explicit lyrics of Little Richard's hit Tutti Frutti. Featuring archive footage of the performers and contributions from celebrities including Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, Jack White, Jools Holland, Hank Marvin, John Waters and Minnie Driver, who reveal how the songs of the era have inspired them

    • 8:10pm
      Rock 'n' Roll Britannia

      A look back at the beginnings of British rock 'n' roll, when acts such as the Shadows and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates helped to lay the foundations of an enduring musical culture. Including the current line-up of the Quarrymen - forerunners of the Beatles - performing Rock Island Line, and contributions by Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde, Joe Brown and Bruce Welch

    • 9:15pm
      The Fight for Saturday Night

      Former media executive Michael Grade tells a tale of skulduggery and dirty dealings as he explores how TV shows battle to win the crown for the best ratings on a Saturday night, looking at the many ways some of the most popular programmes attract viewers

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