TV & Radio

TV and radio listings will be updated every Friday

Honest Doubt: The History Of An Epic Struggle
Honest Doubt: The History Of An Epic Struggle
Radio 4
Friday 1st June (All day)

Taking Paul Gaugin’s painting Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? As his starting point, Richard Holloway, the former Bishop of Edinburgh, considers the relationship between faith and doubt over the past 3,000 years. Friday’s evening show is the omnibus edition of a series that runs to 20 episodes (1.45pm, weekdays).

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The Great British Story: A People’s History
The Great British Story: A People’s History
BBC Two
Friday 1st June, 9.00pm

The second episode of Michael Wood’s chronicle deals with the aftermath of the Dark Ages. It was a time when Britain’s national identities began to form. It was also an era when raiders who would later become colonists, the Vikings, threatened these isles.

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Punk Britannia
Punk Britannia
BBC Four
Friday 1st June, 9.00pm

Thirty-five years after the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen was banned, the latest Britannia offering revisits the filth and the fury. The first of three documentaries covers the early part of the 1970s when, a necessary precursor to punk, pub rockers such as the magnificent Dr Feelgood stripped rock’n’roll back to its basics.

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How To Paint A Queen: A Culture Show Special
How To Paint A Queen: A Culture Show Special
BBC Two
Saturday 2nd June, 8.20pm

Lest it’s escaped your attention, the diamond jubilee weekend is upon us. Check the schedules for coverage of the pageantry. Meantime, art critic Alastair Sooke’s spin on the event involves looking at depictions of different monarchs, including Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I and Victoria, and exploring what they reveal about attitudes to women and power.

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The Real Chariots of Fire
The Real Chariots of Fire
ITV1
Saturday 2nd June, 9.00pm

Nigel Havers, who played Lord Andrew Lindsay in Hugh Hudson’s Oscar-winning drama, looks back at the true-life stories of athletes Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell. Also tonight, 7/7: One Day In London (BBC Two, 9.00pm) remembers the terrible events on the morning after the capital won the race to host this year’s Olympics.

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Things We Forgot To Remember
Things We Forgot To Remember
Radio 4
Monday 4th June, 8.00pm

The Marshall Plan, which poured American money into Europe in part to create a bulwark against communism, helped rebuild the continent in the wake of the Second World War. Michael Portillo explores how different things might have been had the Morgenthau Plan, which aimed to turn Germany into a 'pastoral' region, been adopted.

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Surviving Progress
Surviving Progress
BBC Four
Monday 4th June, 10.00pm

Part of the Storyville strand, here’s a documentary that builds on historian Ronald Wright’s book A Short History of Progress. Wright’s central idea is that ‘progress’ is often a prelude to societal collapse, particularly dangerous at a time when we’re all essentially part of a huge global society.

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Harlots, Housewives and Heroines: A 17th-century History for Girls
Harlots, Housewives and Heroines: A 17th-century History for Girls
BBC Four
Tuesday 5th June, 9.00pm

Dr Lucy Worsley’s series concludes with a consideration of women at work and play during the Restoration era. This was a time when new opportunities opened up, particularly in the theatre where women were at last allowed to tread the boards. Enter Nell Gwyn.

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The Secret History Of Our Streets
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The Secret History Of Our Streets
BBC Two
Wednesday 6th June, 9.00pm

How have London’s streets changed since 19th-century philanthropist Charles Booth charted their social conditions? Filmmaker Joseph Bullman’s new series focuses on six streets that tell wider stories. He begins with Deptford High Street, now rather shabby but once a prosperous shopping area. Much of this decline, the film contends, is down to slum clearances that destroyed long-established communities.

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Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones
Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones
BBC One
Thursday 7th June, 8.00pm

The comedian signs on as a deckhand aboard a traditional Thames sailing barge as it travels from Essex to London’s docks. It’s a way to explore how these boats once helped supply the capital by bringing in vital supplies. Root vegetables, we learn, were used as ballast.

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The House The 50s Built
The House the 50s Built
Channel 4
Thursday 7th June, 9.00pm

The 1950s was an era when austerity gave way to consumerism in the UK. Engineer Professor Brendan Walker looks at how this changed how we lived in the domestic sphere. He begins in the kitchen, where new-fangled fridges, food processors and fitted kitchens were the order of the day.

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The Great British Story: A People’s History
The Great British Story: A People’s History
BBC Two
Friday 8th June, 9.00pm

This week’s episode sees Michael Wood explore how the Normans consolidated their power by building castles all over England, as the historian returns to the community big dig at Long Melford to find out what life was like for the Anglo-Saxon peasantry in the decades after 1066. Elsewhere, the programme investigates the medieval beginnings of trade and industry in Bristol, Wales and the Black Country.

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Punk Britannia
Punk Britannia
BBC Four
Friday 8th June, 9.00pm

Covering the period between 1976–78, when punk emerged from the London underground scene and the Sex Pistols swore on prime time television, this week’s programme covers the moral outrage that ensued as punk well and truly arrived into the national consciousness.

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