Lee Thompson on Twitter has speculated the reason they've dropped down to 1 a week is because The Story of 1990 can't be finished yet because of the lockdown.
No slight on you, but is there anything that doesn't lead to a theory about these bloody repeats?!
Judging by some people on the internet you'd assume BBC4 have got some ginormous spreadsheet covering the next five years or so. I find that incredibly hard to believe, they're making it up as they go along half the time. Especially as at the moment they're not certain what they're showing next week. The fact is that at the moment 7-9pm on BBC4 is being used for programmes of educational intent as part of the Beeb's educational push (the 8pm show on Friday certainly is) and everything on BBC4 that's normally on at that time has to get out of the way.
Presumably at some point they might add a second screening after 9pm to get back on track but at the moment they're just trying to keep broadcasting. The 1990 doc isn't on until June and at the current time any broadcaster is surely just working week by week.
You only have to look back at previous years, when sometimes they've got to Christmas in mid-November and at other times they've had to cram in umpteen in December to get it finished by the end of the year, to realise there's no logic with these repeats, and trying to find any will drive you mad. Pops rates well for BBC4 but they are repeats and I'm sure the channel have higher priorities to think about.
There's one episode a week for two weeks (which is all we have confirmed schedules for at the moment) and people are trying to come up with theories about it. They're certainly thinking more about it than BBC4 are, I'm sure. It's the same as when there's an edit and then people try and suggest there's any kind of BBC policy and not just the whim of the particular episode of that particular episode.
Sorry to go off on one. That Michael Jackson video was bloody stupid, wasn't it? Couldn't even hear the record!