Tuesday 6th January, 4.30pm
Philippa Langley, secretary of the Scottish Branch of the Richard III Society and a key figure in organising the excavation of what proved to be Richard’s final resting place, speaks up for a monarch whose reputation could certainly do with some defending. Biographer Annette Carson offers an expert’s perspective, Matthew Parris hosts.
Wednesday 7th January, 9.00pm
A new series focusing on historical re-enactors kicks off with those who spend their spare time recreating life during wartime, mid-17th century style. More specifically, we’re invited to look on as members of the English Civil War Society recreate a 1642 encounter in Marlborough.
Secrets of the Egyptian Pyramids
Thursday 8th January, 8.00pm
A team of scientists and historians led by structural engineer Steve Burrows uses the latest 3D laser-scanning technology to survey the tombs of the pharaohs, including the Great Pyramid at Giza. Hosted by Dallas Campbell of Bang Goes The Theory fame.
Pick of the week…
The Inca: Masters Of The Clouds
Thursday 8th January, 9.00pm
In a superb two-part documentary, the British Museum’s Dr Jago Cooper reassesses the achievements of the Inca Empire. Beginning at Macchu Picchu in Peru, he first considers the empire’s origins and its expansion – achieved often not through force but forceful persuasion.