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9:00pm Saturday 1 December on BBC FOUR

The kidnapper continues to insist that he’s seeking to recover a debt.

If Sarah Lund is to save Emilie’s life, it will be up to her to find out what the debt is and how it should be repaid. Following a request for Robert Zeuthen’s life in exhange for Emile’s, police set out to organise the exchange.

Meanwhile, the integrity of a few high ranking politicians is called into question, as Prime Minister Kamper takes a dramatic decision.

Cast include Sofie Gr�b�l as Sarah Lund, Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Mathias Borch and Morten Suurballe Lennart Brix

In Danish with English subtitles.

Ep 5/10

10:00pm Tuesday 27 November on BBC FOUR

740 Park Avenue – an exclusive apartment building in Manhattan – is currently home to more billionaires than any other building in the United States. Less than five miles to the north is another Park Avenue in the South Bronx, where almost 40 per cent live in poverty and life prospects are less promising for those stuck at the bottom of the American pile.

As international attention focuses on the US elections, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney looks at inequality in the US through the prism of these two, near-adjacent places, to ask if America is still the land of opportunity.

“There’s always been a gap between the wealthiest in our society and everyone else, but in the last 30 years something changed: that gap became the Grand Canyon,” says filmmaker Alex Gibney. Through the story of the two Park Avenues, Gibney argues that the extreme wealth of a few has been used to impose their ideas on the rest of America. By focusing on the residents of 740 Park, he asks questions about the influence of CEOs in Washington in return for tax policies that favour the ultra-rich. What chances do those at the bottom of the ladder have for upward mobility? Can someone who starts life on Park Avenue in the South Bronx end up living on Park Avenue in Manhattan?

Through archive and interviews with academics, political scientists, psychologists, former lobbyists, and even a former doorman at 740 Park, Gibney’s film is a polemical look at the socio-economic political landscape of contemporary USA.

A BBC Storyville film, produced in partnership with The Open University, Park Avenue will screen as part of Why Poverty? – when the BBC and the OU, in conjunction with more than 70 broadcasters around the world, will host a debate about contemporary poverty.

9:00pm Sunday 25 November on BBC FOUR

Give Us The Money takes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at 30 years of Bob Geldof and Bono’s campaign against poverty.

Their work has made them icons of aid, and even garnered them Nobel Peace Prize nominations, but what impact has it really had on Africa? Through archive footage and candid new interviews with key players, including Bob Geldof, Bono and Bill Gates, the film re-examines three decades of unprecedented campaigns, and scrutinises the effectiveness of celebrity-led activism.

Nearly 30 years ago, two young pop singers set out to challenge the world. Their aim: to use their celebrity status to end poverty in Africa. After Bob Geldof instigated a chart-topping charity single and staged one of the biggest rock concerts ever seen, Bono and Geldof joined forces and went on to build a multi-million-dollar lobbying organisation. Along the way, they hijacked the Brits, enlisted IT billionaires, fashion models and academics, won over the wiliest of politicians, lobbied world leaders and put the politics of poverty firmly on the international agenda. They raised vast sums for charity and persuaded western powers to dramatically reduce third world debt.

But did they really help make poverty history in Africa? What impact has their work really had on economic growth and poverty reduction? And if they haven’t made poverty history, has their campaign at least been responsible for a big step forward?

A BBC Storyville film, produced in partnership with The Open University, Give Us The Money will screen as part of Why Poverty? – when the BBC and the OU, in conjunction with more than 70 broadcasters around the world, will host a debate about contemporary poverty.

10:00pm Saturday 24 November on BBC FOUR

Another failed attempt to capture their man leaves Borch and Lund with a dilemma.

Should they obey the perpetrator’s instructions, or take action in spite of his directives, thereby risking Emilie’s life? Further links to an old unresolved police case continue to emerge, shedding new light on the investigation while marring the Prime Minister’s political life.

Cast include Sofie Gr�b�l as Sarah Lund, Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Mathias Borch and Morten Suurballe Lennart Brix

In Danish with English subtitles.

Ep 4/10

9:00pm Saturday 24 November on BBC FOUR

Following the dramatic murder of public prosecutor Peter Schultz, it becomes clear that Emilie Zeuthen’s kidnapper will stop at nothing to recover his debt.

But police remain clueless about the perpetrator’s motives. Sarah Lund and Mathias Borch try to cooperate on the case, while Lund makes a surprise reconciliatory visit to her son Mark. The Prime Minister’s team try to limit his public involvement in the affair of the kidnapping, but yet more troubling information emerges which will make it difficult to focus on the election campaign.

Cast include Sofie Gr�b�l as Sarah Lund, Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Mathias Borch and Morten Suurballe Lennart Brix

In Danish with English subtitles.

Ep 3/10

10:00pm Saturday 17 November on BBC FOUR

The third and last season of Danish hit series The Killing sees Inspector Sarah Lund back for one last case.

Following the kidnapping of Robert Zeuthen’s daughter Emilie, Copenhagen Police put their every effort into tracking down the perpetrator and finding the little girl. Meanwhile, the kidnapping has quickly become a hot potato in the election campaign and Prime Minister Kamper must deal with the fallout.

In Danish with English subtitles.

Ep 2/10

9:00pm Saturday 17 November on BBC FOUR

The third and last season of Danish hit series The Killing sees Inspector Sarah Lund back for one last case.

Denmark is the midst of a fiercely contested election race, set against the backdrop of the financial crisis.

With 10 days to go to the election, Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Lund prepares to celebrate her 25th year in the police and looks forward to the prospect of a new job in the force. But her relative peace is shattered when unidentified body parts are found at Copenhagen dock only hours before a scheduled visit by the Prime Minister.

Cast include Sofie Gr�b�l as Sarah Lund, Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Mathias Borch and Morten Suurballe Lennart Brix

In Danish with English subtitles.

Ep 1/10

9:25pm Friday 16 November on BBC FOUR

As the British singles chart celebrates its 60th anniversary, BBC Four will be broadcasting a special documentary that will take a unique look back at the secret history of the top ten.

Since 1952 – the year the NME invented the British singles chart – we have mapped out our lives to the free ebb and flow of charting pop. We have ritualised and shared the experience of the charts on radio and on TV. Whether sitting around the television set with the entire family discussing an edition of Top Of The Pops in the seventies or taping Dr Fox or Mark Goodier in the secrecy of our bedrooms, our experience of the charts was a part of growing up. You couldn’t ignore them – at the very least they were a topic of conversation in everyday life.

For their part, the charts, as the ultimate expression of the consumer, have said more about British popular culture than the history books would care to admit. The charts show that the spirit of the age is sometimes better represented by the really tacky than the profound.

From the record industry’s involvement, to illegal downloading and the effect this had on the sale of singles, to the 2006 surge in online music buying, the documentary will provide a fascinating insight into the secret history of the top ten.

BBC broadcasters including David Jacobs, Pete Murray, Bob Harris, Paul Gambaccini and Reggie Yates, alongside pop legends like Sir Cliff Richard, pop fans and chart enthusiasts like Grace Dent and music biz insiders like Jon Webster and Rob Dickins contribute to the programme.

7:30pm Friday 26 October on BBC FOUR

Suzy Klein presents the last of six programmes showcasing the best young pianists from around the world, as they reach the climactic final stages of The Leeds International Piano Competition.

Suzy looks back over five weeks of compelling performances from one of the strongest concerto finals in the competition’s history, before introducing the remaining competitor: 25-year-old American Andrew Tyson. His choice of Rachmaninov’s achingly romantic but technically demanding third piano concerto promises to bring the final to a triumphant conclusion.

Expert guests Tom Poster and Noriko Ogawa offer their expert analysis on all the performances and pick their own favourites. Competition founder Dame Fanny Waterman makes the long-awaited announcement of this year’s first-prize winner.

Piano Season on the BBC

This Autumn, Saturday 15 September until Tuesday 6 November, the BBC will be dedicating a suite of programmes to the music, history and beauty of one of the world’s most iconic instruments, the piano. The season will explore the piano’s wide-ranging influence from the 1700s to the present day, as well as delve into the lives of the people behind the piano and the music created for it.

Leeds International Piano Competition

BBC television’s association with the Leeds International Piano Competition dates back more than 40 years. This year, BBC television will again be providing extensive coverage of the Finals of ‘The Leeds’ with a six-part series on BBC Four presented by Suzy KleinThe series begins on Friday 21 September at 7.30pm and will take viewers behind the scenes to see how ‘The Leeds’ works and discover why the competition continues to draw the very best young talent from around the world.

7:30pm Friday 19 October on BBC FOUR

Suzy Klein presents the fifth of six programmes showcasing talented young pianists from around the world as they reach the climactic final stages of The Leeds International Piano Competition.

At the final of The Leeds International Piano Competition 2012, two competitors opted to perform Beethoven’s popular Piano Concerto No. 5, The Emperor, at this year’s final. In today’s programme, there is an opportunity to see the second performance of the concerto by Italian Federico Colli, aged 24. Suzy is joined by her regular guests, renowned pianists Noriko Ogawa and Tom Poster, who provide opinion and expert analysis on the performance. Also in the programme, Suzy looks back over five decades of The Leeds International Piano Competition, whose winners have been propelled onto the world stage.

Presenter/Suzy Klein

Leeds International Piano Competition

BBC television’s association with the Leeds International Piano Competition dates back more than 40 years. This year, BBC television will again be providing extensive coverage of the Finals of ‘The Leeds’ with a six-part series on BBC FOUR presented by Suzy Klein. The series began on Friday 21 September and will take viewers behind the scenes to see how The Leeds works, and discover why the competition continues to draw the very best young talent from around the world.

Piano Season on the BBC

This Autumn, Saturday 15 September until Tuesday 6 November, the BBC will be dedicating a suite of programmes to the music, history and beauty of one of the world’s most iconic instruments, the piano. The season will explore the piano’s wide-ranging influence from the 1700s to the present day, as well as delve into the lives of the people behind the piano and the music created for it.

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