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Tony Robinson and co get a rare chance to dig at an army firing range in Somerset where, 150 years ago, a series of Roman mosaics was discovered. However, as bad weather threatens to halt proceedings, the excavation doesn’t as planned.
Sheila Hancock is drawn to the immediacy of watercolours, once used to capture scenes much in the way we might now use photography. Tying in with a new exhibition at Tate Britain, she traces the history of the medium, both via famous artists, notably JMW Turner, and lesser-known figures such as Lady Charlotte Canning.
Scripted by Andrew Davies from Winifred Holtby’s novel, Auntie’s new costume drama tells a multi-stranded story of rural Yorkshire in the 1930s. At its heart lies proto-feminist headteacher Sarah Burton (Anna Maxwell Martin), who returns north after living in London. David Morrissey stars as the local bigwig Robert Carne, who’s suspicious of Burton’s new-fangled ideas.
Tristram Hunt returns to front another series of the show that looks at how notions hatched in Britain spread around the world in unexpected ways. He begins with the work of Robert Malthus on population and the way it’s helped shaped Indian history in different eras.
Adam Nicolson traces the creation, 400 years ago, of a translation supposed to heal religious strife in the realm. Instead, civil war eventually followed. Preceded by The Beauty of Books (8.30pm), which this week looks at illustrated books, including Alice In Wonderland.
During World War Two, the British knew former Spanish farmer Juan Pujol as Garbo, such was the double agent’s acting ability. As this Storyville documentary explores, it was an ability that was to prove key to the success of the D-Day landings.
Chris Ledgard heads to New York to look at the origins of zero-tolerance policing. Can a fall in the Big Apple’s murder rate in the 1990s be linked to the approach, or do we need to look at the way city authorities tackled such humdrum problems as litter, broken windows and graffiti?
Neil Oliver explores what he dubs the ‘Age of Cosmology’, the Neolithic era when our ancestors built such vast monuments as Stonehenge. There’s life on a more domestic scale too, as Oliver sees evidence of day-to-day life preserved in the stone houses of Skara Brae.
What's the truth behind the Oscar-nominated The King's Speech? A documentary that explores the relationship between King George VI and his speech therapist, Lionel Logue. The documentary also looks at the role of Queen Elizabeth in helping George overcome his disability.
As the seemingly inexorable rise of China continues, how many of us really understand the country’s history? Thought so... Step forward Melvyn Bragg and erudite guests, who this week discuss the Taiping Rebellion, an 1850 revolt that led to civil war and around 20 million deaths.
Kate Humble goes in search of the origins of nutmeg and cloves. Expect an Indonesian travelogue and tales of the spices’ role in the beginnings of Britain’s North American empire. Over on Channel 4, the lads get set for the final push to complete the villa in Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day (9.00pm).