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