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Tony Robinson and the crew head to Suffolk to investigate what Henham Hall, a Tudor home reputedly burnt down by a butler, might have looked like. There’s an archaeology theme to Nazi Temple Of Doom (National Geographic, 8.00pm) too, a documentary focusing on Nazi pseudo-religion and a gold cauldron located at the bottom of Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria.
The Poplar midwives return for a second series of adventures, kicking off with an episode that touches on both physical and mental abuse. Sunday night, it seems, is now costume night, what with Blandings (BBC One, 6.30pm), Ripper Street (BBC One, 9.00pm) and Mr Selfridge (9.00pm, ITV1) also showing.
Another week, another train odyssey for Michael Portillo. This week, he heads north from Stirling, striking out towards John o’Groats. Along the way he hears tales of how Queen Victoria liked to hide from her subjects, and of the robbers who targeted Victorian whisky trains.
The series drawing on Rank newsreel footage turns its attention to the cold war. Cue evocatively scary images of Vulcan bombers and a CND rally in Trafalgar Square, plus film of life behind the iron curtain, in East Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and the USSR.
Dr Jago Cooper is again in the high Andes as the superb series on ancient South American civilisations continues. His focus is on the Tiwanaku people, whose empire had its roots on the shore of Lake Titicaca, and was built on cooperation rather than conquest as it spread across the altiplano in what’s now Bolivia.
The weekday series profiling men and women who lived in the years between AD 550 and AD 1066 returns. First up, Nobel-winning writer Seamus Heaney discusses the Beowulf bard, in addition to the wider significance of the figure of the court poet, or 'scop' as he was known in old English.
The historian turns his attention to getting about the country in the 1830s. It was the decade when the railways arrived in London, linking the capital to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. A national network was born and many made fortunes on the stock market from the new transport system. Then, in 1847, the bubble burst…
The Downton Abbey creator explores the history of some of Britain’s grandest houses. He begins with Burghley House in Lincolnshire, home for 500 years to the descendents of Sir William Cecil. The tales he discovers include the story of the ‘Cottage Countess’, a farmer’s daughter who married the Marquess of Exeter.
The series on recent history returns with the tale of Lymeswold cheese. Sent into the world amidst much ballyhoo in 1982, the first new British cheese in 200 years was initially popular with punters. As Jolyon Jenkins explores, with the help of those who were there, this success didn’t last.
In a new four-part series, Michael Mosley explores how British inventors helped to build and shape the modern world. His first subject is power. Cue a celebration of the steam engine, the electrical generator and the steam turbine. Professor Mark Miodownik and Dr Cassie Newland offer expert perspectives.