History TV and radio: what’s on next week (17-23 February 2018)

Can't decide which shows to watch or listen to next week? Here are 8 programmes you won't want to miss...

Troy: Fall of a City. (BBC/Wild Mercury Productions)

Troy: Fall of a City. (BBC/Wild Mercury Productions)

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Byzantium Unearthed

BBC Radio 4 Extra

Saturday 17 February, 7.30am

Using the latest archaeological evidence, historian Bettany Hughes explores the forgotten empire of Byzantium and the people who ruled it. In episode one, Bettany takes a look at some of the treasures unearthed in the empire’s capital Constantinople (modern-day Instanbul).

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Pick of the week

Troy: Fall of a City

BBC One

Saturday 17 February, 9.10pm

When a young herdsman called Paris falls in love with the queen of Sparta, he sparks a chain of events that threatens to bring the Trojan empire to its knees. Directed by David Farr (The Night Manager), this new eight-part drama charts the story of the fall of Troy from the perspective of a family at the heart of the siege.

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Back in Time for Tea

BBC Two

Sunday 18 February, 5pm

Episode three of the new living history series sees the Ellis family travel back in time to the 1960s. The family experience everything from the mill to the mine, The Beatles to Thatcher, as well as the culinary delights of the ‘curry capital’ of the UK.

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Back in Time for Tea. (BBC/Wall to Wall/Duncan Stingemore)
Back in Time for Tea. (BBC/Wall to Wall/Duncan Stingemore)

The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man

Channel 4

Sunday 18 February, 8pm

This one-off documentary follows a team of scientists as they work on one of the most ambitious ancient DNA projects to date: recreating the face of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton ‘Cheddar Man’.

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British Socialism: The Grand Tour

BBC Radio 4

Monday 19 February, 1.34pm

Following on from her previous documentaries on British conservatism and liberalism, Anne McElvoy turns her attention to the history of British socialism. In Monday’s episode, she explores the life and beliefs of Welsh textile manufacturer Robert Owen, one of the founders of utopian socialism and the cooperative movement.

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The History of the Future: The Oracle of Delphi

BBC Radio 4 Extra

Monday 19 February, 2.15pm

In this new ten-part series, Juliet Gardiner investigates how cultures of the past viewed the future. She starts by looking at the Oracle of Delphi – an Ancient Greek priestess who reportedly spoke for the god Apollo and answered questions about the future.

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Elizabeth: Our Queen

Channel 5

Tuesday 20 February, 9pm

Episode three of Channel 5’s new series exploring the life of Elizabeth II looks at how the young queen tried to make the monarchy more approachable, featuring an interview with her former press secretary William Heseltine.

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In Our Time: Rosalind Franklin

BBC Radio 4

Thursday 22 February, 9am

On the latest episode of In Our Time, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the achievements of Rosalind Franklin, the pioneering British scientist who is perhaps best known for her contributions to the discovery of DNA.

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