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Matt Smith of Doctor Who fame stars as Christopher Isherwood in a drama adapted from the writer’s autobiography. The focus is firmly on Isherwood’s formative experiences in Berlin in the 1930s. Look out too for Omnibus: Christopher Isherwood – A Born Foreigner (BBC Four, 11.00pm), which dates from 1969 and features an interview with the author.
Census time is almost upon us. In a special episode of the genealogy show, Sally Magnusson and genealogist Nick Barratt chart the history of a single street, Fox Lane in Leyland, through census records. Plus how making the census available online has helped family history enthusiasts.
Tony Robinson and co visit Groby Old Hall in Leicestershire. The house was once home to Elizabeth Woodville, queen consort of Edward IV. Novelist Phillipa Gregory helps the team tell the story of the Greys, once one of Britain’s most powerful families.
Why did the USA become a superpower while potentially richer lands in South America struggled to develop? Niall Ferguson argues that we need to understand differing attitudes to property rights if we’re to explain this apparent conundrum. A programme that contrasts two revolutionaries: Simón Bolívar and George Washington.
In the summer of 1918, with Russia in turmoil, Lenin was shot in an assassination attempt. The Russians have long claimed the British were involved in a plot to bring down the Bolshevik regime. Might the Russians have a case? Mike Thomson investigates.
Did the ancient Israelites believe in only one God as the Bible claims? With the help of texts that date back to the 14th century BC, Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou considers the idea that the Israelites may have been polytheists. Also, did they worship Asherah, wife of the Canaanite god El?
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen looks at the Aesthetic movement, which had its roots in a reaction against the mass-produced goods on view at the 1851 Great Exhibition. This in turn had a huge effect on middle-class homes, as our forebears began to take an interest in surrounding themselves with craftsmanship and art.
Kirsty Young considers the way we worked between 1980 and 1995. This was the era of Thatcherism, when self-reliance was the order of the day. It was also a time when many traditional industries collapsed and management gained the upper hand over unions.
Showing as part of BBC Four’s Modern Love Season, which explores love and sexuality in 20th-century literature, here’s a two-part drama based on DH Lawrence’s The Rainbow and Women In Love. Rosamund Pike and Rachael Stirling star as sisters Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen, independent women throwing themselves into life.
In 1956, Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann entered British footballing folklore when he played on through a broken neck in the FA Cup final. A documentary that tells the remarkable life story of a German sportsman who first came to the UK as a PoW.