Archive on 4: Inner Voices – The Burton Diaries
Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 21st March, 8am (repeated at 3pm)
Through several periods of his life, most notably during his ‘superstar years’, Richard Burton kept a diary. Some 25 years ago, shortly after Burton’s death, Melvyn Bragg was given access to the diaries to write his definitive biography of Burton, Rich. Now, to mark the publication of the complete diaries, Bragg presents an Archive on 4 that examines Burton’s life through broadcast interviews and the previously inaccessible lens of his diaries.
Richard III: The Princes in the Tower
Saturday 21st March, 9pm
It’s one of history’s most hotly debated mysteries: did Richard III really kill his nephews so he could be king? Here, days before Richard’s reinterment in Leicester, a cast of experts including David Starkey and Philippa Gregory endeavour to finally uncover the truth.
Richard III: The Return of the King
Sunday 22nd March, 5.10pm
Since the discovery of his remains in 2012, Richard III has rarely been out of the history headlines. On Sunday, his remains arrive at Leicester Cathedral ahead of his reinterment on Thursday, and in this Channel 4 programme experts discuss his place in history.
Ross celebrates the opening of Wheal Leisure as rumours spread of a scandalous relationship between him and Demelza. Meanwhile, Francis and Elizabeth celebrate the birth of their new son, and Ross must fight to save his friend Jim, sparring in court with Reverend Halse.
In the penultimate episode in the series Harry takes a gamble with the biggest flash sale in the store’s history, while Nancy finds it difficult to keep their engagement a secret from Gus. Loxley manipulates the board into making a decisive move against Mr Selfridge. Also tonight, Indian Summers (Channel 4, 9pm).
Portillo’s State Secrets BBC Two Monday 23rd March, 6.30pm
In this new series, Michael Portillo unearths previously classified documents about Britain’s past at the National Archives at Kew. Highlights include the secret files of Britain’s last hangman, and private letters sent to Sherlock Holmes. The series continues on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Back In Time For Dinner
Tuesday 24th March, 8pm
In the second episode of the series, the Robshaws and their home are transported to the space-age 60s, with a gleaming fitted kitchen and the arrival of a host of new tastes and flavours. The family samples culinary treats of the decade, from the first spaghetti bolognese to Chinese restaurants, as well as their very first TV dinner. Also starring Hairy Biker Dave Myers.
Lucie Skeaping on Thomas Ravenscroft Radio 3 Wednesday 25th March, 10.45pm
Radio 3 presenter Lucie Skeaping celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired her: the Elizabethan Thomas Ravenscroft, a contemporary of Shakespeare who wrote songs that became incredibly popular.