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This thread is for reminders only, and out-dated posts will be removed from time to time.

To comment on Programmes, please find a thread elsewhere, or start a new one. Thanks - rynner


This is just a suggestion, but perhaps this thread would be more useful if reminders were posted no more than say 48 hours before the progs are aired. Too many reminders at a time tend to swamp the most pressing ones! (This is why I try to keep this thread pruned regularly.)

[Emp edit: I'm going to try and keep this thread running so it can deal with things a week in advance so posts will be editted into one single entry for each day.]
 

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The Uncanny on BBC R4 Listen Again:

It's that sense of unease or disquiet at the heart of ghost fiction and horror writing, the stuff of bad dreams when the familiar is suddenly strange, a feeling of a place being unsettlingly out of place. The uncanny is everywhere.

So why is it that the familiar, or that which is closest to home, can be so much more frightening to us than the truly exotic or unknown? Freud's extraordinary essay The Uncanny, from 1919, is like nothing else he wrote. It's a translation of the German 'un-heimlich' meaning 'not homely' or 'a feeling of not being at home'. But the term itself is strange. In German its meaning can shift so 'uncanny/un-heimlich' can be read, eerily, as 'homely but not at home' - a disquieting ambiguity.

Freud tries to unravel that sense of the 'uncanny' that he sees everywhere in popular art and culture: in the fiction of Poe and E.T.A. Hoffman, in life-like puppets and mannequins which for a second we think are real, in doppelgangers and doubles, in the strange feeling of getting lost in a familiar place.

He was arguably onto something. The uncanny really is discernible everywhere in fiction, film and art - from Mary Shelly to Asimov, from Invasion of the Body Snatchers to the Chapman Brothers. This atmospheric
programme explores the power of the Uncanny in our culture - in all its strange, unsettling manifestations.

Presented by Hugh Haughton. Contributors include author A.S. Byatt, artists the Chapman Brothers, writer and actor Mark Gatiss and psychotherapist Adam Phillips.
 

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The Da Vinci Code: The True Story
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Series 5, Episode 5

Today on Channel 5 from 8:00pm to 9:00pm

The film of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, about the two thousand-year-old battle between a mysterious secret society and the orthodox church, enthralled and enraged in equal measure. Is there any truth to this sensational story? This documentary investigates whether or not there was an intimate relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene and also visits the ancient, carved Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, which featured prominently in director Ron Howard's box office hit.
 

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Interview with John Waters here for the next few days:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g2yfr

Always a great guest, so erudite and funny, and unafraid to chat about the stranger aspects of people. NSFW, mind you. Looking forward to his book, but I wish he'd make another film before he retires.
 

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SATURDAY NIGHT

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor
BBC1 South West
Episode 52
Today on BBC1 South West from 7:50pm to 9:05pm

Sci-fi drama. The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London's National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor's own dangerous past comes back to haunt him. With Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Coleman, and Billie Piper.

Doctor Who will be broadcast simultaneously around the world!
The episode, The Day of the Doctor, will be broadcast in more than 90 countries at the same time as it airs on BBC One on Saturday night.
"This event means it is a worldwide show not simply a British phenomenon," Moffat said.

The episode will also be screened in 3D in more than 1,500 cinemas across the world, including Australia, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25009889
Then (UK only)...

Comet of the Century: A Horizon Special
BBC2
Today on BBC2 from 9:15pm to 10:15pm

Comet ISON could well be the brightest and most spectacular comet for a generation. It should appear above the eastern horizon from December 2013 as a glorious streak across the sky. ISON has been travelling towards the sun for ten thousand years and will make only one orbit through its corona before disappearing off into the outer solar system. But as well as providing a great spectacle, ISON's tail of vapourised gas and water, hundreds of millions of kilometres long, will give insights into some of the greatest mysteries of science; it will help explain the origins of the solar system, whether earth's water was delivered on comets and even whether we are alone in the universe.

What a night!
 

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This is on tomorrow (Tuesday) and will be on Listen Again afterwards.
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I Saw a Ghost

Episode 1 of 4

28 minutes

First broadcast: Tuesday 17 December 2013

Shared Experience is a new series. Fi Glover and guests sit round a kitchen table to share strange tales that turn out to be unexpectedly common.

In the first programme Fi talks to people who've seen a ghost. Fi's guests have come from different places, with different backgrounds; they live very different lives.

But they have one experience they all share - the day they saw a ghost and what happened to them after. In Britain, strange tales are more common than you think.
 

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This is a must see for fans of the Strange Folk thread:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03n322v

A 1974 documentary in which Dave Allen meets a variety of eccentrics, including a man who lives in a box on wheels, a cowboy vicar and a man who pretends to fly a Lancaster bomber in his garage.
It was mentioned in last year's excellent Dave Allen documentary (also repeated tonight, at nine) as the most popular doc on British TV for years afterwards. Looks fascinating. Tonight at eleven on BBC2.
 

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gncxx said:
This is a must see for fans of the Strange Folk thread:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03n322v

A 1974 documentary in which Dave Allen meets a variety of eccentrics, including a man who lives in a box on wheels, a cowboy vicar and a man who pretends to fly a Lancaster bomber in his garage.
It was mentioned in last year's excellent Dave Allen documentary (also repeated tonight, at nine) as the most popular doc on British TV for years afterwards. Looks fascinating. Tonight at eleven on BBC2.
A 'man who lives in a box on wheels'. Like a caravan, right?
 

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Watching it now. The bloke in the box is 74 years old, well, he was in 1974, he'd be 114 now. :lol:

Of course, even if he dropped dead the minute Allen walked away he still outlived him. :(
 
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Watching Tony Robinson march or tramp across the English landscape, Stonehenge: Walking Through History on More4. From Avebury to Stonehenge, via Long Kennet and Silbury, to crop circles, including short interview with self avowed circle maker.
 

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The 1957 film 'The Abominable Snowman' is now playing on the BBC I player.
 

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Watching it now. The bloke in the box is 74 years old, well, he was in 1974, he'd be 114 now. :lol:

Of course, even if he dropped dead the minute Allen walked away he still outlived him. :(
It's a bit sobering to think all the eccentrics featured and Allen are dead by now. Maybe not the WW2 bomber guy (who looked like Bruce Lacey, but might not have been him). Great to see Ivor interviewed by Dave, a meeting of unique minds, there.
 
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gncxx said:
escargot1 said:
Watching it now. The bloke in the box is 74 years old, well, he was in 1974, he'd be 114 now. :lol:

Of course, even if he dropped dead the minute Allen walked away he still outlived him. :(
It's a bit sobering to think all the eccentrics featured and Allen are dead by now. Maybe not the WW2 bomber guy (who looked like Bruce Lacey, but might not have been him). Great to see Ivor interviewed by Dave, a meeting of unique minds, there.
I think it was Bruce Lacey.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Lacey

Apparently, Lacey even made a version of Sleepy Valley with the Alberts.

http://youtu.be/h2Qvlw8x0QM :lol:
 

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Thanks, I thought he looked familiar. And he's still alive, too.
 

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Anyone up for some "female masking" tonight..?

Secrets of the Living Dolls

A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at the secretive world of female masking, where men transform themselves into dolls by squeezing into elaborate rubber second skins

This eye-opening documentary delves into the secretive world of 'female masking', where men transform themselves into dolls by squeezing into a second skin.

Female maskers, also known as 'dolls', are a hidden community of ordinary family men who lead extraordinary double lives, dressing up in elaborate rubber suits as they strive to become their own ideal fantasy woman. There are thousands of female maskers all over the world, but most have kept their secret behind closed doors.

This documentary enters this private world, meeting the men coming to terms with what has, for many, become an all-consuming hobby, spending thousands of hours and hundreds of pounds creating their alter-egos.
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/secr ... ving-dolls
 

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This Archive Hour on William S. Burroughs' centenary is really very good:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03v9p0x

Presented by Iggy Pop, whose Lust for Life is based on the writer's text. Also very racy, especially for 8 o'clock on a Saturday night ("He came, then I came...") so beware selecting who you listen to it with. Available till next Saturday.
 

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A surprise on Channel 5 last night, an actual interesting programme, this one about what they called Hercules the Human Bear (which nobody called him when he was alive). You might remember him as a fixture on news magazine shows and even films back in the 1970s and 80s, especially when he escaped for a few weeks in Scotland. Anyway, his owners obviously have a huge archive of footage of Herc and it made for a very entertaining doc, although the narration was a bit over the top.

It'll be on the 5 On Demand service, or seek it out on one of their other channels for the inevitable repeat.
 

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A surprise on Channel 5 last night, an actual interesting programme, this one about what they called Hercules the Human Bear (which nobody called him when he was alive).

It'll be on the 5 On Demand service, or seek it out on one of their other channels for the inevitable repeat.
It's on 5 today (Sat) at 1130 am -1230 pm.
 

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Channel 5 repeat a lot of their UFO docs, but apparently this is a new one, tonight at 9pm.

Secret History of UFOs

From military reports and radar readings, to pilot accounts and eyewitness testimonies, sightings of unidentified flying objects have captured the public's fascination for decades. Despite hundreds of photos and videos of purported UFOs, we still have no scientific proof we're being visited by extra-terrestrials. Do UFO sightings deserve scientific study, or are they merely the creation of our own imaginations?
http://www.channel5.com/shows/secret-history-of-ufos
 
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This starts tonight on More4 and is, apparently, a new series, though I'm not sure why it's been relegated to More4 if so....

Treasures Decoded: Documentary using state-of-the-art forensic science to shed new light on ancient mysteries.

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/prog ... es-decoded
Thanks for that, I hadn't noticed it.
 
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