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Kirsty Young concludes her series on British working life with the years from 1995 to the present day. It’s a tale of all of us working longer hours and of sometimes desperate attempts by managers to make their employees adopt corporate values.
The British have traditionally been rather wary of referendums down the years. Nevertheless, we’re about to vote over whether to introduce the alternative vote (AV) in general elections, a cue for Shaun Ley to look back at previous referendums down the years.
The historically dubious drama-cum-romp reaches its final episode with the king confronting his own mortality. Cue the ghosts of his wives dropping by to say hello and Holbein getting out his paintbrushes to capture the monarch at his most corpulent.
Niall Ferguson turns his attention to consumerism. It’s a Western invention that’s been adopted by countries elsewhere, so that high streets and shopping malls around the globe have become increasingly homogenous. But will consumer culture one day permeate the Islamic world?
Alan Yentob concludes his two-part profile of the Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy. It’s a portrait of a man growing turning his back on success in the wake of a mid-life crisis. In the process, the increasingly ascetic Tolstoy became a thorn in the side of the tsarist regime.
Dan Snow’s latest series finds the historian considering how we’ve dealt with waste down the years. First up, Snow travels back to medieval London, where he tries out muck-raking and delves in the guts of a recently slaughtered pig.
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With a slight tweak to the series title, Neil Oliver continues his history of ancient Britain. He picks up the story in 1000 BC and the end of the Bronze Age, a time of social crisis and sudden climate change, a prelude to a new era – of iron.
A two-part adaptation of John Braine’s classic novel stars Matthew McNulty as Joe Lampton, a clever working-class lad trying to make good in post-World War Two Yorkshire. But as he clambers up the social ladder, he leaves a trail of destruction in his wake.
Greg Kinnear stars as John F Kennedy and Katie Holmes plays Jackie in a drama that tells the story of the political dynasty. In the first episode, expect some scene-stealing from Tom Wilkinson as the family patriarch, the monstrous Joe Kennedy Senior. The series will be shown on BBC Two later in the year.
Here’s an epic new series that tells the story of the second half of the 20th century in Britain through hour-long sound collages that draw on the BBC archives. We begin in 1951, the year of the Festival of Britain and Jackie Brenston’s ‘Rocket 88’, often said to be the first true rock’n’roll record.