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Three decades after it was dismantled, a medieval building that once stood on the quayside at Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire is rebuilt at St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff. In the final episode of the architectural history series, Charlie Luxton helps reconstruct the vaulted house, while Dan Cruickshank traces its history.
David Owen Norris explores what tunes Shakespeare might have chosen had he owned an MP3 player. Also listen out for The Reunion (Radio 4, Sunday 22nd April, 11.15am), about the rebuilding of the Globe; The Essay: Shakespeare’s Restless World (Radio 4, weekdays from Monday 23rd April, 1.45pm); and Shakespeare And Love (Radio 3, weekdays from Monday 23rd April, 10.45pm).
Paul Rose presents a profile of Ernest Shackleton’s second-in-command, whose ashes were recently rediscovered and buried next to his leader on South Georgia. Also recalling exploration’s golden age, new series World’s Toughest Expeditions With James Cracknell (9.00pm, Discovery) begins with the ex-rower following in the footsteps of Colonel Percy Fawcett, who in 1925 disappeared in the Amazon.
In July 2009, metal detectorist Terry Herbert found Anglo-Saxon treasure valued at £3 million in a Staffordshire field. This Time Team special offers an update on the latest research on the hoard, which was saved for the nation by Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham Museums.
Dominic Sandbrook focuses on 1973 and 74. These were nervy times thanks to the oil price hike, inflation and the three-day week. It was also an era when the sexual revolution reached the mainstream, and Noddy Holder and Slade bellowed Merry Christmas Everybody to cheer up the nation.
In a new series, American Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro offers his take on the Bard during the first decade of James VI and I’s reign. These were nervy years, not least because the English weren’t too sure what to make of their Stuart king. According to Shapiro, this atmosphere fed strongly into such plays as Measure For Measure.
“Togas up, trousers down…” It can only be Professor Mary Beard visiting a communal toilet as her series on life in ancient Rome continues. Her focus this time around is largely on Rome as a high-rise city where many spent much of their time out on the streets, if only to avoid their squalid and cramped apartments.
Concluding her series on the role of women in religion down the centuries, Bettany Hughes looks at five figures from the Dark Ages. These include Theodora, a former prostitute who ruled over an empire, and St Hilda, a key figure in the history of Christianity in England.
Abdul Karim was one of Queen Victoria’s closest confidants in her later life. However, as this documentary explores, many were scandalised that an Indian Muslim should become such a favourite, to the point where his position at the heart of the British court threatened to destabilise the empire itself.
Melvyn Bragg and learned guests discuss the 1485 battle of Bosworth Field. Fought between the forces of Richard III, the last English king to be killed in battle, and the future Henry VII, it was the encounter that effectively brought the Wars of the Roses to a bloodstained conclusion.