TV & Radio

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Simon Schama’s Shakespeare
Pick of the Week
Simon Schama’s Shakespeare
BBC Two
Friday 22nd June, 9.00pm

To understand the work of William Shakespeare, argues Simon Schama, you need to understand the times through which the playwright lived and the way he dramatised his own world. An excellent two-part series begins with the Bard and ideas of Englishness, as seen through the history plays and, in particular, the rotund figure of Sir John Falstaff.

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David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust
BBC Four
Friday 22nd June, 9.00pm

It’s 40 years since David Bowie unleashed his glam rock masterpiece on the world. Narrated by Jarvis Cocker, this documentary charts the recording of the album and considers its continuing influence on our wider culture. Interviewees include Marc Almond and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet fame.

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Museum Secrets
Museum Secrets
Yesterday
Friday 22nd June, 9.00pm

The series about life behind the scenes at some of the world’s great museums returns. First up, it’s off to the Imperial War Museum. Also on Yesterday this week, Who Betrayed The Bomber Boys? (Thursday 28 June, 9.00pm) explores the experiences of those who served with RAF Bomber Command in the Second World War.

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London on Film
London on Film
BBC Four
Monday 25th June, 8.30pm

The series drawing on archive film of the capital continues. The focus here is on the East End. Expect footage of the docks that were once so key to London’s prosperity, the rag trade and the migrants who have made the area their home down the years.

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Is It Worth It?
Is It Worth It?
Radio 2
Monday 25th June, 10.00pm

Taking its title from a line in Shipbuilding, co-written by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer, here’s a documentary that looks back at the writers’ reflective, mournful take on the Falklands War. DJ Annie Nightingale meets musicians, veterans and shipyard workers as she seeks to explain the song’s enduring power.

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The Reith Lectures
The Reith Lectures
Radio 4
Tuesday 26th June, 9.00am

The subject of Niall Ferguson’s second Reith Lecture is The Darwinian Economy. According to the economic historian, we’re in danger of taking the wrong lessons from the global financial crisis. Is regulation, he asks, “the disease of which it purports to be the cure”?

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Turn Back Time: The Family
Turn Back Time: The Family
BBC One
Tuesday 26th June, 9.00pm

In a new living history series, three families recreate life in different eras from the 20th century. Temporarily resident at different houses on the same street in Morecambe, Lancashire, they begin in the highly stratified Edwardian world, with their social status in part decided by the experiences of direct forebears.

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The Secret History of our Streets
The Secret History of our Streets
BBC Two
Wednesday 27th June, 9.00pm

How things change. That’s certainly the lesson of the latest episode of this social history series, which looks at how Portland Road in Notting Hill has changed down the years. Once, this was a poor neighbourhood. Today it’s a road of contrasts: a place of both bankers’ multi-million pound homes and council housing.

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The Strange Case of the Law
The Strange Case of the Law
BBC Four
Wednesday 27th June, 9.00pm

Barrister Harry Potter’s history of the English legal system continues with tales of those who fought tyranny to win rights. Not all of these figures are particularly attractive: former chief justice Edward Coke, who challenged Charles I’s autocratic ways, was by all accounts an unpleasant and arrogant man.

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The House the 50s Built
The House the 50s Built
Channel 4
Thursday 28th June, 9.00pm

Stepping outside the 1950s home, Brendan Walker looks at how developments in science and technology transformed our leisure time. From pesticides that allowed gardens to bloom through to superbikes, new opportunities for fun were the order of the day.

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