TV & Radio

TV and radio listings will be updated every Friday

The Last of the International Brigaders
The Last of the International Brigaders
Radio 4
Saturday 26th February, 8.00pm

Using archive footage and interviews, historian Richard Baxell investigates the work of the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War – a body of volunteers who travelled from around the globe to fight fascism.

Faulks on Fiction
Faulks on Fiction
BBC Two
Saturday 26th February, 9.30pm

In this the last in the series, author Sebastian Faulks looks at the evolution of the characterisation of the villain in British novels over the past 300 years – from Lovelace in Samuel Richardson's Clarissa, to Barbara in Zoe Heller's Notes on a Scandal.

Time Team
Time Team
Channel 4
Sunday 27th February, 5.25pm

This week, Tony Robinson and crew investigate a German anti-aircraft battery built during the Nazis' five-year occupation of Jersey and uncover a shocking story of slave labour and starvation.

The Beauty of Books
The Beauty Of Books
BBC Four
Monday 28th February, 8.30pm

The final part of a series that has examined books as works of art. This week’s offering looks at the emergence of paperback cover design in the 20th century, as well as the advent of electronic readers and their effect on the humble paperback.

Horizon: Are We Still Evolving?
Horizon: Are We Still Evolving?
BBC Two
Tuesday 1st March, 9.00pm

By following clues left by ancient human remains and examining the physiology of people living in some of the most inhospitable parts of the planet, Alice Roberts investigates whether advances in technology and medicine have allowed mankind to break free from the process of evolution. But what does the future hold for homo sapiens?

The Boat that Guy Built
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The Boat that Guy Built
BBC One
Wednesday 2nd March, 7.30pm

In the first of a new series, motorcycle racer Guy Martin uses inventions of the Industrial Revolution to renovate a neglected narrowboat, beginning with building a blast furnace to cast an iron pot to boil water. A visit to the Wedgwood factory teaches him how to create traditional mugs so he can enjoy a nice cup of tea.

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Mud, Sweat and Tractors: The Story of Agriculture
BBC Four
Wednesday 2nd March, 7.30pm

A series that looks at the production of fruit and vegetables in Britain over the years. This week, archive material shows how propagation techniques revolutionised strawberry growing in the 1960s. Meanwhile, two Jersey tomato growers explain how their industry was transformed by the commercial glasshouse.

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Time to Remember
BBC Four
Wednesday 2nd March, 8.30pm

Using archive footage of theatres, music halls and cinemas from the 1920s and 30s combined with narrated reminiscences, Lesley Sharp aims to shed light on the entertainment industry of the early 20th century. Footage includes reels of Charles Laughton applying his own stage make-up and chorus line auditions.

A History of Ancient Britain
A History of Ancient Britain
BBC Two
Wednesday 2nd March, 9.00pm

In the last of the series, Neil Oliver travels to the southwest of Ireland to find the first copper to be mined beyond mainland Europe, and handles the possessions of the Amesbury Archer, the earliest copper and gold ever found in Britain.

Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession
Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession
BBC Four
Thursday 3rd March, 8.00pm

Professor Jerry Brotton examines how maps have reflected, and often inspired, contemporary politics and belief. Brotton studies medieval religious cartography on maps showing pilgrims the routes to Jerusalem or heaven, Victorian illustrations of the world and looks at the modern mapping of social problems, including infant mortality and HIV.