In 1978, Nottingham Forest full back Viv Anderson became the first black player to win a full cap for England. Four decades on, former player Clark Carlisle considers how black players dealt with racism, directed at them both from the terraces and within the dressing room.
Amanda Vickery and Tom Service tell the story of the friendship between Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. The two composers, we learn, took walking trips together in the country and shared a range of influences that gave their music an “Englishness”. Featuring music from the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The first episode in a three-part adaptation of Patrick O’Brian’s historical naval novel finds Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr Stephen Maturin forced to abandon ship in the South Atlantic. It’s a prelude to becoming prisoners of war in Boston. Starring David Robb and Richard Dillane.
The excellent John Le Carré adaptation, which atmospherically conjures up the Europe of the Cold War, continues with Charlie (Florence Pugh) being contacted by Michel’s team. This requires her to put on the performance of her life, as a terrorist moll.
For anyone struggling to understand how North Korea became such a brutal dictatorship, here’s a primer. This four-part series begins in the years after the Second World War, when Korea was divided after the defeat of Japan and Kim Il-sung ascended to power.
Ben Wright looks back at the parliamentary vote that paved the way for Britain to join the European Economic Community, held after six days of debate. Prime minister Edward Heath celebrated by playing Bach on his clavichord and Harold Macmillan lit a bonfire of celebration on the cliffs of Dover. Not everyone was quite so pleased…
What do you do when you find some pieces of a First World War vintage aircraft flown by your grandfather? If you’re David Bremner, you embark on a 14-year odyssey to recreate the plane, a Bristol Scout, as this documentary recounts.
First broadcast on Radio Devon, here’s a play penned by John Nettles of Bergerac fame. He’s long been a fan of Elizabeth’s one-time favourite, and here he charts both the explorer-courtier’s rise, and his spectacular fall. Repeated at 3pm and 3am.
During the Second World War, 25,000 Americans volunteered to become Women Airforce Service Pilots. This documentary traces their contribution to the war effort, which came abruptly to an end at the end of 1944 when their service was abruptly and unceremoniously disbanded.
Michael Buerk and John Sergeant team up to take to the high seas in search of (gentle) adventure. More a travelogue than a history series in truth, but the first episode in a four-part series finds the duo visiting a craft involved in a famous rescue mission.