Britain’s Greatest Generation
Friday 15th May, 9.00pm
Between 1940 and 1942, Britons from all walks of life came together in a common cause: to fight fascism. The second episode of the series featuring the testimony of those who lived through the second world war gathers accounts of the battle of Britain and life on the convoys needed to keep the nation supplied.
Churchill And Me
Friday 15th May, 9.00pm
Hugh Dennis was a toddler when he witnessed a fly-past of military aircraft marking Winston Churchill’s funeral, 50 years ago. It’s a memory that’s still vivid and the starting point for a documentary in which the comedian explores what Britain’s wartime leader means to people today.
Pick of the Week…
Saturday 16th May, 9.00pm & 10.00pm
A new Scandinavian series that’s not a police procedural or a political drama? Yes, indeed. Instead, 1864 is a big-budget family saga set against the backdrop of the Second Schleswig War, which pitted Danish troops against the forces of Prussia and the Austrian Empire.
Incarnations: India In 50 Lives
Monday 18th May, 1.45pm
The weekday series profiling key figures from Indian history continues. Professor Sunil Khilnani’s subjects this week include medical pioneer Charaka, mathematician and astronomer Aryabhata, and Rajaraja, the 10th-century Chola dynasty monarch who created an empire.
Can’t Pay Won’t Pay
Monday 18th May, 8.00pm
From peasants hiding fellow villagers to avoid paying the poll tax to the rise of so-called shell companies in the 1970s, Paul Lewis looks back at the ways in which people have tried to avoid paying tax. Underpinning his investigation are some intriguing questions: in particular, what does history tell us about what constitutes a fair rate of tax?
The Origins Of War
Tuesday 19th May, 11.00am
Humans have long fought wars, but how deeply rooted is our seeming need to kill members of our own species? Geoff Watts looks at a question that might once have been the preserve of philosophers and historians, but is now, he learns, being argued over fiercely by anthropologists and biologists.
24 Hours In The Past
Tuesday 19th May, 9.00pm
The six celebrities conclude their journey back to the 19th century in the workhouse. Here, they have to graft and there are no rewards on offer, only punishments for any transgressions of the rules. Presented by Fi Glover and Ruth Goodman.
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A Short History Of Ukrainians In Britain
Wednesday 20th May, 11.00am
Until recent tensions with Russia boiled over, few Britons knew much about the Ukraine. Yet, as writer Oliver Bullough discovers, the UK has long been home to Ukrainian communities, which have deep roots in a previous attempt to break free of Moscow’s influence.
Britain’s Deadliest Rail Disaster: Quintinshill
Thursday 21st May, 9.00pm
Neil Oliver marks the centenary of a 1915 railway accident that claimed an estimated 226 lives, when a troop train and a local passenger service collided near Gretna. Why did the tragedy occur, and just why were there so many casualties?