Sex And The Church
Friday 24th April, 9.00pm
Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch concludes his revealing history of Christian attitudes towards sex, sexuality and gender by looking at the past three centuries. These have been years when secular society has increasingly challenged church teachings on such subjects as homosexuality and the role of women.
1914-18: The Cultural Front
Saturday 25th April, 10.30am
Francine Stock continues her series on how artists and writers responded to the Great War. Also on Radio 4 and dealing with 1914-18, listen out for the returning Tommies (Monday 27th April, 2.15pm) and The Great War Of Words: Peace Before Annihilation? (Tuesday 28th April, 9.00am), in which Michael Portillo discusses pacifism.
Archive On 4: Black Aquarius
Saturday 25th April, 8.00pm
Matthew Sweet looks back at the 1960s and 1970s when occultism and spirituality became hugely popular. Why was there such a craze for exploring astral planes? Was all this connected to the growth of the counter-culture? And are there parallels with the Victorians’ interest in the supernatural?
Pick of the Week…
Gallipoli: When Murdoch Went To War
Saturday 25th April, 8.30pm
In 1915, Rupert Murdoch’s journalist father, Keith, wrote a scathing report on the campaign in the Dardanelles. On a day when those who died in the campaign are being honoured, here’s the story of what happened when the report was circulated in Whitehall. Contributors include Max Hastings, Hew Strachan and, granting a rare interview, Rupert Murdoch.
Sunday 26th April, 11.15am
What was it like to be held as a prisoner of war by Imperial Japanese forces? Were the conditions as awful as we imagine? Presenter Sue MacGregor and historian Sibylla Jane Flower listen in as four veterans recall their experiences.
Himmler: The Decent One – Storyville
Monday 27th April, 9.00pm
SS commander Heinrich Himmler is remembered as one of the architects of the Final Solution, a personification of evil. But as the diaries and letters that form the basis of this feature-length documentary reveal, chillingly, he saw himself as decent and even virtuous.
Heinrich Himmler, February 1939. (Central Press/Getty Images)
The Rape Of Berlin
Tuesday 28th April, 8.00pm
Lucy Ash investigates the mass rapes committed by Soviet troops in Germany at the end of the Second World War, when it’s estimated that in Berlin alone 100,000 women were assaulted. As part of her research, she meets both a Russian veteran and a rape survivor.
24 Hours In The Past
Tuesday 28th April, 9.00pm
For a new living history series, half-a-dozen celebrities, including Colin Jackson and Ann Widdecombe, recreate working class life in the early Victorian era. First up, we’re in a dust yard, and Ruth Goodman is on hand to pass an expert eye over the celebs’ efforts. Presented by Fi Glover.
The Queen’s Big Night Out
Tuesday 28th April, 9.00pm
On VE Day, you might suppose, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret could only look at the celebrations in London from behind the railings at Buckingham Palace. Not at all. As this documentary recounts, the two royals joined the crowds in the capital.
Wednesday 29th April, 8.30pm
Griff Rhys Jones heads for the World Museum in Liverpool, were the collections cover archaeology, ethnology and science. His guests in the penultimate episode of the series are historians Lars Tharp and Janina Ramirez, adventurer Benedict Allen and philosopher Angie Hobbs.