TV & Radio

TV and radio listings will be updated every Friday

The Great British Story: A People’s History
The Great British Story: A People’s History
BBC Two
Friday 15th June, 9.00pm

Prior to going on hiatus until later in the summer, Michael Wood’s excellent series charts events in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Black Death arrives in England, bringing great hardship, yet in the aftermath of death and disease a new middle class begins to emerge.

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Punk Britannia
Punk Britannia
BBC Four
Friday 15th June, 9.00pm

In 1978, punk’s DIY spirit unleashed a new generation of bands. The likes of Gang of Four, Scritti Politti and the Pop Group made spiky, radical music, as the final part of Punk Britannia explores. Also listen out for A Punk Tale Of Two Cities (6Music, Sunday 17 June, 8.00pm), which considers punk’s roots in London and New York.

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Honest Doubt: The History Of An Epic Struggle
Honest Doubt: The History Of An Epic Struggle
Radio 4
Friday 15th June, 9.00pm

The latest omnibus edition of the series exploring the tension between doubt and faith down the centuries covers such subjects as the romantic poets and the work of Darwin. The series continues to its conclusion next week (weekdays, 1.45pm). Also on Radio 4, The New Elizabethans (weekdays, 12.45pm) continues, with profiles of Francis Crick and Doris Lessing.

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Habana: The Children of the Spanish Civil War
Habana: The Children of the Spanish Civil War
Radio 4
Monday 18th June, 11.00am

In May 1937, 4,000 children were evacuated from Bilbao because of the Spanish Civil War. Many never returned home because no relatives living could be found. Also today, listen out for the last episode in the current series of Things We Forgot To Remember (8.00pm, Radio 4), which tells how the Allies gained crucial information on German night fighters.

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London on Film
London on Film
BBC Four
Monday 18th June, 8.30pm

Part of a season of shows on the capital, here’s a three-part documentary series that gathers together archive material. First up, scenes from the West End. Also this week on BBC Four, Joely Richardson On Shakespeare’s Women: Shakespeare Uncovered (Tuesday 19th June, 8.30pm) finds the actor discussing female characters in Twelfth Night and As You Like It.

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The Reith Lectures
The Reith Lectures
Radio 4
Tuesday 19th June, 9.00am

Niall Ferguson gives the first of four lectures on the different institutions that shape our lives. In The Human Hive, the economic historian considers constitutions, a talk keyed off by a less-than-snappy piece of graffito in Libya: “We want a constitutional role and for the president to have less authority and the four-year presidential term should not be extended.”

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Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones
Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones
BBC One
Wednesday 20th June, 7.00pm

Another week, another traipse. This time around the comedian follows the pilgrimage route from Holywell to St Davids. Expect foraging, walking barefoot and crossing fast-flowing rivers as Griff Rhys Jones and fellow travellers try to get in a medieval penitence mindset.

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The Secret History of Our Streets
The Secret History of Our Streets
BBC Two
Wednesday 20th June, 9.00pm

Back in the Victorian era, philanthropist Charles Booth thought North London’s Caledonian Road to be a grim place. Despite such ominous local landmarks as Pentonville Prison, residents think somewhat differently and have fought to hold their community together down the years.

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The Strange Case of the Law
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The Strange Case of the Law
BBC Four
Wednesday 20th June, 9.00pm

In an excellent new series, barrister and former prison chaplain Harry Potter traces the history of the English justice system. The first of three episodes begins in the Anglo-Saxon era and ends with the beginning of the jury system in the wake of Magna Carta.

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The House the 50s Built
The House the 50s Built
Channel 4
Thursday 21st June, 9.00pm

Brendan Walker looks back at the invention of the teenager as we now know him/her. The 1950s was a crucial time here, he argues, because such delights as transistor radios, 45rpm singles and hairspray enabled the young to turn their bedrooms into havens for adult-unfriendly rebellion.

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