Titanic with Len Goodman
Friday 6th April, 8.30pm
Strictly Come Dancing judge and former Harland and Wolff worker Len Goodman travels to Belfast to discover how eight men helped build Titanic, sailed on her, and finally died when she sank. Back in London, Goodman meets the great nephew of Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, a man who boarded a lifeboat with his wife, which left the sinking ship only half full.
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Brick by Brick: Rebuilding Our Past
Friday 6th April, 9.00pm
In the first of three episodes, architectural historian Dan Cruickshank and architectural designer Charlie Luxton unearth the stories behind historic buildings saved from destruction by being dismantled and rebuilt in new locations. This week, the duo follows the reconstruction of one of Britain's earliest aviation buildings: Claude Grahame-White's watchtower – once the nerve centre of the vast aircraft factory built to supply warplanes for the First World War.
Plantagenet: Henry V – True Believers
Saturday 7th April, 9.00pm
The first part of the final series of Mike Walker’s drama, inspired by Holinshed’s Chronicles, tells the story of Henry V, a man viewed by many as an inspirational leader of men, but who, in this series, is constantly outsmarted by his French wife, Catherine.
Sunday 8th April, 9.00pm
It’s episode three of the ITV drama and Titanic is sinking fast. This week, we meet Italian stoker Mario Sandrini, who quickly falls for cabin steward Annie Desmond. Meanwhile, the scramble for lifeboats continues as steerage passengers find themselves locked below deck, unable to escape.
Sunday 8th April, 10.00pm
In a documentary that traces the representation and interpretation of the crucifix – from illustrations on fourth-century tombs to contemporary portrayals – controversial anatomist Gunther von Hagens reveals his latest creation, a crucifix made of bones and blood vessels from donor bodies. Von Hagen’s work, which was six years in the making, was eventually mounted on a wooden cross cut from a tree felled near his home in Germany.
Monday 9th April, 5.00pm
The new series of the popular children’s history programme kicks off with Dick Whittington, who pitches a movie about his life. Elsewhere, German bomber pilots find an unfortunate use for a tourist guidebook to Britain, and the Bronze Age is officially unveiled.
The Psychiatrist and the Deputy Fuhrer
Monday 9th April, 8.00pm
Historian Daniel Pick uses never before seen documents to uncover the story of British psychiatrist Henry Dick, the man who examined Nazi deputy fuhrer Rudolf Hess after his capture in 1941. Dick’s mission: to see what he could find out about the senior Nazi's thinking – without revealing he was a psychiatrist.
Plastic: How It Works
Monday 9th April, 9.00pm
Professor Mark Miodownik explores how laboratory-made plastics shaped the modern world and brought luxury to the masses. The next generation of plastics, he believes, will take inspiration from nature. Failures explored include explosive attempts to make a plastic replacement for ivory billiard balls.
Rory McGrath's Pub Dig
Tuesday 10th April, 8.00pm
This week, Rory and Paul head to the Ye Olde Smugglers Inne in East Sussex, a 16th-century pub that was once was the home of Stanton Collins, leader of the famous Alfriston gang of smugglers.
The Story of the Turban
Thursday 12th April, 11.20pm
Anita Rani charts the history of the turban from its roots in Moghul India, through the battlefields of Europe, to last year’s protests over wearers being asked to remove the head-dress during airport security checks.
Brick By Brick: Rebuilding Our Past
Friday 13th April, 9.00pm
Charlie Luxton helps to refurbish one of the world’s oldest surviving frying ranges as the architectural history series follows the construction of a fully working coal-fired Edwardian fish’n’chip shop at Beamish Museum. Meantime, Dan Cruickshank explores the surprising history of Britain’s national dish.