Friday 8th July, 9.00pm
In the next double episode of the American drama, Jack’s marriage to Jackie is on the rocks after his infidelity and the loss of the couple’s newborn baby, and the Soviet Union has placed nuclear missiles on the island of Cuba, putting Jack under pressure to attack Cuba to remove the threat.
The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Revolution
Saturday 9th July, 2.30pm
Richard E Grant, Sally Hawkins and David Reed tell the epic story of the French Revolution – including the execution of the king, the collapse of monarchy and the slaughter of thousands at the guillotine – in just one hour, with jokes. The story is told through a supposed conversation that may have taken place between Robespierre (Grant) and Marie-Therese (Hawkins) while the latter was incarcerated.
Vincent Van Gogh: Painted with Words
Saturday 9th July, 7.40pm
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, of Sherlock Holmes fame, and featuring a script sourced word-for-word from letters written by Van Gogh himself, here’s a drama-documentary that portrays the artist as a sophisticated, civilised but tormented man.
The Perfect Suit
Saturday 9th July, 8.00pm
Alastair Sooke takes a look at the so-called ‘uniform of the city’, the gentleman’s suit, which has evolved from working man's Sunday best to the casual wear of royalty over the last century.
Saturday 9th July, 9.00pm
Arthur travels with Guinevere to see her dying father while his sister, Morgan, continues to draw support as people flock to Castle Pendragon to have their disputes legislated.
Horrible Histories With Stephen Fry
Sunday 10th July, 6.05pm
This week’s episode sees Emperor Elagabalus host an epidosde of Roman Come Dine With Me, while some Roundheads and Cavaliers take part in Historical Wife Swap.
Pick of the Week
The Life of Muhammad
Monday 11th July, 9.00pm
This new three-part series, presented by Rageh Omaar, charts the life of Muhammad, messenger and final prophet of God to billions of Muslims across the world. Beginning in Muhammad's birthplace of Mecca, Omaar examines the Arabia Muhammed would have known, as well as aspects of his life, such as his first marriage and the revelations that changed his life and the lives of those around him.
The Night Watch
Tuesday 12th July, 9.00pm
Set in 1940s London during the thick of the Blitz, this adaptation of Sarah Waters' best-selling novel, The Night Watch, follows the lives, loves and losses of four Londoners linked by their wartime experiences.
Perfume: The Smell of the Future
Tuesday 12th July, 9.00pm
This week’s episode looks at how the fragrance industry that used to cater to the tastes of London, Paris and New York has changed over the years. Although Britain has moved on from the oriental fragrances enjoyed by Queen Victoria there is, as we see, still a market for them in the Gulf States.
History Cold Case
Thursday 14th July, 9.00pm
Professor Sue Black and team investigate 17 skeletons discovered in a dry well shaft in Norwich city centre and thought to date back to the 13th century. Is this a case of medieval murder?