2/6. The Company That Built a Country. As Ray continues his epic journey across land, and by canoe, he tells the story of how the British fur trade opened up Canada - the Hudson's Bay Company became one of the world's most successful businesses. He discovers how those early traders were pioneers who laid the foundations of modern Canada, and demonstrates bushcraft skills. See choice, page 68. Shown on Sunday at 8pm THE BEST TV FORAGER BLOG: radiotimes.com/tv-forager
2/4. Plasticine. The Top Gear co-host appeals to the British public to help him create a garden using just one component - Plasticine - which is then entered into this year's Chelsea Flower Show. While the event's guests Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley are impressed by James's efforts, the judges take a dim view of his creation, and he is forced to take matters into his own hands to get his hard work recognised.
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4/6. Who's Afraid of a Big Black Hole? Black holes are considered to be among some of the most destructive forces in the universe, capable of swallowing stars and tearing planets apart. However, they are difficult to study as, by definition, they are invisible. This documentary examines the work of astronomers and theoretical physicists who are trying to map a black hole, in the hope of discovering whether they are the key to solving the mystery of what existed before the Big Bang. Director/Producer Stephen Cooter
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8/10. The host is joined by American rockers Foo Fighters, and rapper Jay-Z performs tracks from his latest work Blueprint 3. Sting plays a song from his new winter-themed album, Norah Jones showcases numbers from The Fall, Canadian composer Erik Mongrain displays his lap-tapping style, and Oxford-based Stornoway make their debut appearance. An extended version is on Friday at 11.35pm.
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
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2/8. As the Glasgow School of Art celebrates its centenary, Lauren Laverne is on hand to tell its story. Art critic Matthew Collings looks at an exhibition of Van Gogh's letters, while Andrew Graham-Dixon reviews a National Gallery exhibition of Spanish religious art. Actor and Motown fan Martin Freeman interviews his idol, iconic soul star Smokey Robinson, and there's a look at Halloween movies.
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