Nottingham vicar Kate Bottley, who first sprang to national prominence on Gogglebox, explores the life of the Bible’s most notorious villain, Judas Iscariot. Why did he betray Christ? And why do we find him it so hard to grant him forgiveness?
Heather Jones concludes her exploration of the fateful few days a century ago when Irish nationalists rose against British rule. Also this week, listen out for Sunday Feature: The Women Who Staged The Rising (Radio 3, Sunday 27th March, 6.45pm), which considers the role of theatre in politicising women who fought in the Easter Rising.
Broadcaster Martha Kearney, novelist Helen Oyeyemi and journalist Lucy Mangan celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth by exploring the author’s life and times – and those of her siblings, Emily and Anne. On Sunday 27th March, The Brontës At The BBC (BBC Four, 8.00pm) looks at how the sisters’ work has been interpreted down the years.
According to Professor Jerry Brotton, there was far more contact between Elizabethan England and the Islamic world than we often appreciate. Over five weekday episodes, Derek Jacobi reads from Brotton’s new book, which reveals Elizabeth herself as a woman fascinated with the Orient.
Andrew Graham-Dixon’s northern odyssey concludes in Sweden. The home of IKEA has a tradition of innovative furniture design that stretches back to the early 20th century, we learn. But has the country delivered on a mission to bring civilised living to the masses? Plus the roots of ‘Scandi-noir.’
Liam Neeson narrates a feature-length documentary telling the story of the Easter Rising. It draws together archival narratives from those who took part and contributions from experts, and also assesses the rebellion’s cost, both at the time and in the years that have followed.
Hans Frank was Hitler’s lawyer and indicted for war crimes at Nuremburg. Otto von Wächter was governor of Galicia (now part of Ukraine) and escaped punishment. What do their sons make of their respective fathers’ actions? Human rights lawyer Philippe Sands brings together Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter for a sombre journey into the past.
In 1964, the West German government agreed to set up a fund of 11m deutschmarks (£1m) to compensate British victims of Nazi persecution who had spent time in “concentration camps or similar institutions.” As the Foreign Office files of those who came forward are made public, Martha Kearney tells some of their stories.
The concluding episode of the excellent genealogy and social history series begins with an Edwardian mother accused of a terrible crime against her own child. A theme that runs through the documentary is how our modern-day preoccupation with benefits ‘dependency’ is an echo of the past.
Alice Roberts tells the stories behind some of Ireland’s most precious historical artefacts. Expect to get close up to Bronze Age jewellery, the beautifully illustrated Waterford Charter Roll created in 1373, and a doeskin gauntlet that bears the impression of William of Orange’s fingers.