TV & Radio

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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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The Royal History of Pop
The Royal History of Pop
Channel 4
Sunday 10th June, 10.00pm

This hour-long documentary looks back at the 60-year relationship between pop and the royal family, considering the times they came harmoniously together, and the times when pop republicanism threatened to tear the monarchy apart.

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Turner’s Thames
Turner’s Thames
BBC Four
Monday 11th June, 9.00pm

Presenter and art critic Matthew Collings explores how Turner made light the vehicle of feeling in his work, and how he found inspiration for his art in the waters of the river Thames.

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Timeshift: Crime & Punishment – The Story of Capital Punishment
Timeshift: Crime & Punishment – The Story of Capital Punishment
BBC Four
Monday 11th June, 10.00pm

At the beginning of the 19th century you could still be hanged in Britain for offences such as stealing a sheep or shooting a rabbit, and children as young as seven were sent to the gallows. In the penultimate episode of the series, Timeshift raids the archive to trace the story of the ultimate sanction.

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The Secret History of Our Streets
The Secret History Of Our Streets
BBC Two
Wednesday 13th June, 9.00pm

This week, Camberwell Grove is in the spotlight as part of the landmark series that explores how what happened on London’s streets in the last 125 years continues to shape the lives of those who live there now. Through the accounts of residents past and present we find that the street has come full circle – from middle-class prosperity to tight-knit working-class community and back to middle-class affluence again.

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Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones
Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones
BBC One
Thursday 14th June, 8.00pm

In the third of four episodes, the Welsh comedian joins a herd of highland cows and two farmers as they retrace an ancient droving route once trodden by thousands on a 250-mile journey through the Scottish highlands from the Isle of Skye to Falkirk market. On the way, Jones discovers how drovers once risked life and limb to swim their cattle from the Scottish islands to the mainland.

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The House the 50s Built
The House the 50s Built
Channel 4
Thursday 14th June, 9.00pm

Professor Brendan Walker continues his exploration of the inventions that transformed drab post-war Britain into a Technicolor-drenched world of the future, focusing on the living room.

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The Bridges That Built London with Dan Cruickshank
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The Bridges That Built London with Dan Cruickshank
BBC Four
Thursday 14th June, 9.00pm

Dan Cruickshank traces the history of London and the Thames through its bridges. Along the way he unearths stories of bronze-age relics near Vauxhall Bridge, finds out why London Bridge was falling down, and learns of midnight corpses underneath Waterloo Bridge. A search for the oldest span across the river within the city reveals that it does not, in fact, date from the Roman period.

Read more about the series on our website: www.historyextra.com/bridges

The Turing Solution
The Turing Solution
Radio 4
Thursday 14th June, 9.00pm

Matt Parker presents a programme about Alan Turing, a man famous for his role in breaking German codes during the Second World War. But, as we learn, for mathematicians, his greatest work was on the invention of the computer.

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