In the fifth episode of the Victorian detective series, H Division is tasked with finding who murdered a pub landlord during a riot on the streets of London. This search leads the team into a difficult investigation into the London Breweries.
This new six-part drama is based on true events during the Second World War in Nazi-occupied Paris, and follows the lives of a group of young rebels who fought the Nazis. This group begins writing and distributing a newspaper called the Resistance, which openly opposes the German occupation of France, despite the threat of persecution.
The Edwardian farming experience comes to an end for historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, in the final episode of the series. The team harvests their oat crop using the latest farming technology from the early 20th century. To mark the end of the Edwardian period, Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse (1982), visits the farm to discuss how the First World War changed the landscape of the countryside.
Walking Through History Channel 4 Saturday 29 August, 8.00pm
Tony Robinson’s walking series on Channel 4 comes to an end this weekend. During his trek through Kintail in the north-west Highlands, Robinson visits the sites of the Jacobite revolts of the early 18th century, and reveals the stories behind these risings.
In the second episode of this new series, Tony Robinson takes two teams of celebrities back to the year 1468 and challenges them to serve two knights preparing for a jousting tournament. The celebrities must mend armour, care for the horses and even deliver their knight’s urine to the physician so it can be tested for diseases. The teams include Keith Allen, Fern Britton, Greg Rutherford, Kirstie Alley and Chris Ramsey.
Louise Minchin, Jermaine Jenas and Fern Britton dress their knight. (Credit: Lis Clucas/Mark Johnson/Channel 4 Press)
Who Were the Greeks? BBC Four Monday 31 August, 8.00pm
Classicist Dr Michael Scott assesses how the ancient Greeks have influenced the modern world, in this documentary on BBC Two. Travelling from Athens to Sicily, Scott reveals how and why Greek democracy, architecture, art and science have fascinated people for thousands of years.
Great Lives: Richard Francis Burton Radio 4 Tuesday 1 September, 4.30pm
In the next instalment of the Great Lives series, author Monica Ali discusses why she regards the author of the Karma Sutra, Sir Richard Francis Burton, as a significant figure in history. Historian Matthew Ward joins Ali to discuss Burton’s life as an explorer, poet, soldier and sexologist.
Canals: The Making of a Nation BBC Four Tuesday 1 September, 8.00pm
Liz McIvor discusses the significance of the network of canals that were created across England in the 19th century. By connecting Lancashire and Yorkshire by canals during the early years of the Industrial Revolution, merchants and engineers were able to move significant amounts of their products across the country with ease.
Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home BBC Four Tuesday 1 September, 9.00pm
Suzannah Lipscomb’s popular Victorian documentary is repeated on BBC Four this week. She reveals how although the 19th century witnessed great developments in technology, the Victorian home was still a dangerous place to live. Lipscomb investigates how one household product threatened the lives of thousands of babies, and discuses how some everyday kitchen appliances were at risk of exploding.
The Ascent of Woman BBC Two Wednesday 2 September, 9.00pm
Dr Amanda Foreman travels across the world to examine the stories of the remarkable women who have influenced thousands of years of history. In the first episode, Foreman explores the lives of women who acquired great power while living in male-dominated societies. These include Enheduanna, who is believed to be the world’s first author, and Hatshepsut, one of ancient Egypt’s most famous queens.