The Impressionists: Painting And Revolution
Saturday 30th July, 8.00pm
Waldemar Januszcak turns his attention to the people who were the subjects of Impressionist paintings. His particular focus is Edgar Degas, who captured extraordinary images of the ballet dancers at the Paris Opera. He also considers the work of three female artists, Morisot, Bracquemond and Cassatt.
Russia: The Wild East
Monday 1st August, 3.45pm
Martin Sixsmith’s history of Russia arrives at the early years of the Cold War. Weekday programmes this week begin in the late 1940s, when Stalin faced rumbles of discontent in the countries annexed by the USSR in the wake of the Second World War. There’s the usual omnibus show on Friday (9.00pm).
Monday 1st August, 8.00pm
The ever-excellent series that draws on rarely seen and recently unearthed archive material returns. Presenter Mike Thomson’s first subject is the run-up to Zimbabwean independence. Did Britain play a key role in thwarting assassination attempts against Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe?
Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words
Monday 1st August, 9.00pm
Following on Great Writers: In Their Own Words, here’s a series that gathers together archive clips of 20th-century intellectuals. Highlights include psychologist Carl Jung discussing his troubled relationship with Sigmund Freud, recorded for Panorama. The likes of cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead, behaviourist BF Skinner and paediatrician Benjamin Spock also feature.
Tuesday 2nd August, 8.00pm
Caroline Quentin and the team follow efforts to restore Calverton Manor, parts of which date from the 14th century. Finding that a main beam holding up the house has been destroyed by woodworm is just one of the problems owners David and Jeanette encounter. Followed by The Hour (9.00pm), the drama set in a 1950s TV newsroom.
Pick of the Week
Timeshift: All The Fun Of The Fair
Tuesday 2nd August, 9.00pm
A documentary full of evocative archive footage traces the development of funfairs from the 19th century through to the present day, an era of nostalgia for ‘classic’ attractions. Expect tales of Victorian freak shows, steam-powered rides and, closer to the present day, why rock’n’roll was “made for the fairground”.
Voices From The Old Bailey
Wednesday 3rd August, 9.00am
Amanda Vickery takes another look at cases from the Old Bailey archives. This week her subject is “sexual subcultures”, and we hear about a milkman caught up in a raid on a gay brothel, a blackmail case and a cross-dresser, ‘Princess Seraphina’.
In Living Memory
Wednesday 3rd August, 11.00am
The series that revisits recent historical events returns. First up, Jolyon Jenkins marks the 50th anniversary of the evacuation of the Atlantic island and British overseas territory, Tristan da Cunha, in 1961, when a volcanic eruption forced the inhabitants to flee their remote home.
The Highlands On Film
Wednesday 3rd August, 8.30pm
The Britain Through A Lens strand heads north to the land of lochs, mountains and islands to see how the inhabitants of the Highlands once lived. There’s much on the lives of crofters, while the sometimes grainy footage includes a whisky advertisement dating from 1898.
Towns With Nicholas Crane
Thursday 4th August, 9.00pm
This week, the geographer heads for the bracing coast of the North Sea and Scarborough in North Yorkshire. Here, he learns about the town’s Viking history, its heyday as a health spa and resort, and sees its present-day efforts to reinvent itself.