TV & Radio

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The Art Of Monarchy
The Art Of Monarchy
Radio 4
Saturday 24th March, 10.30am

In the penultimate episode of the series exploring British history through objects in the Royal Collection, Will Gompertz turns his attention to empire and the commonwealth. Artefacts under consideration include a shawl given to Princess Elizabeth as a wedding present by Gandhi, a shawl pointedly bearing words that translate as ‘Victory to India’.

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How God Made The English
How God Made The English
BBC Two
Saturday 24th March, 8.00pm

Are the English really as tolerant as they fondly like to believe? Not if you’re answering the question in historical terms, argues Diarmaid MacCulloch. Indeed, he suggests, until comparatively recently the English were among the most intolerant people on Earth.

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Time Team
Time Team
Channel 4
Sunday 25th March, 4.10pm

Tony Robinson and co head for south Wales, and the Roman legionary fortress of Caerleon, which in its heyday stood on the very edge of the empire. Just outside the fort, archaeologists have found signs of a huge structure leading down to the river – what was its purpose?

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Titanic
Titanic
ITV1
Sunday 25th March, 9.00pm

Julian Fellowes’ new four-part drama finds the scriptwriter turning his attention to the sinking of Titanic. Or more specifically to the lives and, for all too many, deaths of passengers and crewmembers aboard the great liner. Downton Abbey meets the disaster flick then, should be fun.

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Angelic Voices: The Choristers Of Salisbury Cathedral
Angelic Voices: The Choristers Of Salisbury Cathedral
BBC Four
Sunday 25th March, 9.00pm

In large part a fly-on-the-wall documentary following the lives of young singers, Angelic Voices also traces the 900-year history of choristers at Salisbury Cathedral. Among other nuggets, we learn that in the 14th century the local lads called to serve were essentially skivvies for the canons and sometimes went hungry.

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The 1952 Show
The 1952 Show
BBC One
Monday 26th March, 9.15am

Marking the Diamond Jubilee, Len Goodman looks back at the decade when Elizabeth Windsor ascended to the throne. In the first of five weekday episodes, Pam Ayres joins the Strictly Come Dancing judge for a spot of reminiscing about the joys of playing out on Second World War bombsites.

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China: Triumph And Turmoil
China: Triumph And Turmoil
Channel 4
Monday 26th March, 8.00pm

China’s rapid growth appears to mark a shift in political influence from west to east. Niall Ferguson concludes his series on China by asking which is more worrying: the idea the country will continue its rise to economic superpower or that it might falter because of its many contradictions?

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Empire
Empire
BBC One
Monday 26th March, 9.00pm

Jeremy Paxman considers the idea of ‘Doing Good’ as it played out during the later imperial era. It’s a tale of how a simple desire to conquer new territory mutated into a mission to improve the world. Along the way Paxman considers the careers of two very different imperial figures, David Livingstone and Cecil Rhodes.

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The Man Who Discovered Egypt
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The Man Who Discovered Egypt
BBC Four
Wednesday 28th March, 9.00pm

Chris Naunton, director of the Egypt Exploration Society, traces the career of Victorian adventurer and archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie. It was Petrie, we learn, who first scientifically surveyed the pyramids. Petrie also worked in Palestine, liked to dig in his underwear, and had some very dubious beliefs linked to race and eugenics.

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Sex And Sensibility: The Allure Of Art Nouveau
Sex And Sensibility: The Allure Of Art Nouveau
BBC Four
Thursday 29th March, 9.00pm

Quip-and-pun-tastic Stephen Smith looks at the influence of Art Nouveau on British design in the early 20th century. Those whose work he considers include illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, whose drawings for Oscar Wilde’s Salome caused an uproar, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and, melding the new style to Arts and Crafts, William Morris.

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