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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.