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The Impressionists: Painting And Revolution
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The Impressionists: Painting And Revolution
BBC Two
Saturday 16th July, 8.00pm

Forget about the Impressionists as painters of chocolate box pictures. They were, argues Waldemar Januszczak, revolutionaries. He begins a four-part series on the movement by looking anew at Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Frédéric Bazille.

Archive On 4: Meeting Myself Coming Back
Archive On 4: Meeting Myself Coming Back
Radio 4
Saturday 16th July, 8.00pm

Feminist, writer and academic Germaine Greer looks back on her life and career in the company of John Wilson. Also this week on Radio 4, listen out for Russia: The Wild East (weekdays, 3.45pm), in which Martin Sixsmith traces the history of the USSR under Stalin.

Tony Robinson Down Under
Tony Robinson Down Under
History
Saturday 16th July, 10.00pm

The Time Team presenter traces the post-transportation history of immigration to Australia, in great part a tale of institutionalised racism. Robinson also considers the impact of Vietnamese ‘boat people’, 100,000 of whom arrived in the 1970s and 1980s, on the country.

The Life of Muhammad
The Life of Muhammad
BBC Two
Monday 18th July, 9.00pm

Rageh Omaar continues his life of the prophet. This week, the journalist, aided by Islamic scholars, charts a perilous journey from Mecca to Jerusalem, discovers how the Constitution of Medina was drafted, and traces Muhammad’s eight-year war with the Meccan tribes.

British Masters
British Masters
BBC Four
Monday 18th July, 9.00pm

James Fox focuses on British painters who came to prominence between the two world wars. In the wake of the carnage of the Western Front and with the era of empire ending, national confidence was at a low ebb. In different ways, the work of artists such as John Nash, Stanley Spencer and John Piper reflected this uncertainty.

Restoration Home
Restoration Home
BBC Two
Tuesday 19th July, 8.00pm

The Grand Designs-goes-historical series arrives at Stoke Hall in Calver, Derbyshire. It’s a magnificent but crumbling 30-room mansion. Can childhood sweethearts Steve (a self-made millionaire) and Natalie halt the building’s decline and save its Georgian décor? Presented by Caroline Quentin.

 

The Hour
The Hour
BBC Two
Tuesday 19th July, 9.00pm

In a much-trailed drama that’s been likened to a Brit take on Mad Men, we’re taken behind the scenes of a 1950s broadcast newsroom. The series begins in 1956, as BBC reporters Bel Rowley and Freddie Lyon see the chance to be involved in a soon-to-be-launched current affairs show.

Britain Through A Lens – The Documentary Film Mob
Britain Through A Lens – The Documentary Film Mob
BBC Four
Tuesday 19th July, 9.00pm

Between 1929 and 1945, the gentlemen socialists of the British Documentary Movement famously charted the nation’s day-to-day life. Kicking off a short season that draws on archive footage, here’s a salute to their work, which encompassed such famous films as Night Mail.

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Bristol On Film
BBC Four
Wednesday 20th July, 8.30pm

Continuing the archive season, this portrait of Bristol features some memorable images, especially the workmen clambering around on the Clifton Suspension Bridge without harnesses or, it seems, a care in the world. Followed by Regional TV: Life Through A Local Lens (9.00pm), which follows the rise of regional broadcasting in the 1950s and 1960s.

History Cold Case
History Cold Case
BBC Two
Thursday 21st July, 9.00pm

Sue Black and her team investigate a female skeleton dating from around AD 100. It was found buried along with the remains of three babies. Are the remains Roman or Celtic? And what do they tell us about our forebears’ attitudes to childbirth and pregnancy? Last in the series.