Sunday 20th March, 9pm
This week brings us the third and final installment of Julian Fellowes’ glossy adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s 19th-century novel, starring Tom Hollander, Rebecca Front and Ian McShane. With an upcoming wedding and a disastrous dinner party ahead, it promises to be a dramatic finale.
Book of the Week: But You Did Not Come Back
Monday 21st March, 9.45am
Radio 4’s latest Book of the Week is the brutally honest memoir of Holocaust survivor Marceline Loridan-Ivens. It recounts her deportation to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as a teenager in 1944. The 15-part series continues on weekdays at 9.45am.
Incarnations: India in 50 lives
Monday 21st March, 1.45pm
Professor Sunil Khilnani’s biographical history of India examines the controversial life and career of the nation’s first female prime minister, Indira Gandhi. Khilnani raises questions about her relationship to the development of democracy and examines the enduring legacies of her rule. Other figures featured in Incarnations this week include filmmaker Satyajit Ray and prime minister Charan Singh.
You can read an interview with Professor Sunil Khilnani, ‘India: a land of contradictions’ here.
Art of Scandinavia
Monday 21st March, 9pm
In the second episode of his series exploring Scandinavian history through art, Andrew Graham-Dixon examines Denmark. He traces the nation’s transformation into one of the cultural trendsetters of northern Europe and takes a look at the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen.
Witness: Fidel Castro takes Havana
Tuesday 22nd March, 12.04pm
Witness reflects on key moments in world history, from the perspective of people who were there. In this episode, Carlos Alzugaray, who was a teenager in Havana when Castro’s forces seized control of the city, recounts a decisive moment in the 1959 Cuban revolution.
Other episodes this week examine the poisoning of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko in 2004 and the death of Jan Palach, a student who set himself alight to protest the crushing of the Prague spring in 1969.
Inside Obama’s White House
Tuesday 22nd March, 9pm
The insightful documentary series continues to examine the legacy of Obama’s term in office. Featuring interviews with the president and his inner circle, this episode looks at Obama’s struggle to introduce an affordable and accessible American healthcare system, later dubbed ‘Obamacare’.
Setting the Past Free
Thursday 24th March, 11.30am
Mark Lawson tackles the divisive story of Rudolf Kastner, a Jewish lawyer and journalist who negotiated with Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi leader responsible for the deportation and extermination of Jews during the Second World War. Lawson examines the ways in which Kastner continues to be remembered as both a hero and a traitor. You can catch up with first part of Setting the Past Free on BBC Radio iPlayer.
Pick of the Week
The Secret History of My Family: The Salford Scuttlers
Thursday 24th March, 8pm
The Secret History of My Family takes a new approach to genealogy, in which living descendants recount the true stories of families ‘forgotten by history’. In this episode, the descendants of rival gang leaders in 1880s Salford uncover tales of street battles, lawbreaking and press hysteria.
The Secret History of My Family: The Salford Scuttlers. (Matt James)
Digging for Britain
Thursday 24th March, 9pm
This installment of Digging for Britain turns its eye towards the latest archaeological finds in the north of Britain. Metal detectorists unearth a hoard of Viking treasure, and Professor Alice Roberts and her team investigate a graveyard of Iron Age warriors found under a new housing estate.
Digging for Britain. (BBC/360 Production)
The Easter Rising 1916
Friday 25th March, 11am
A hundred years on from the Easter Rising, when Irish nationalists seized control of Dublin, historian Heather Jones reassesses the conflict in the light of new archive evidence. In this episode she asks how the rebellion impacted on Anglo-Irish relations and questions how it should be commemorated.
You can read Heather Jones’ article on the Easter Rising, ‘When Ireland went to war’ in the March issue of BBC History Magazine, currently on sale.