TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (31 October–6 November)

Can't decide what programmes to watch or listen to? Here we round up the history TV and radio shows you won't want to miss

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World War II in Colour
Channel 5
Friday 31 October, 7.00pm

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The series that brings colour to rare and unseen Second World War footage continues with an episode exploring the diminishing power of German forces in the east.

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Secrets from the Sky
ITV
Friday 31 October, 8.00pm

Ben Robinson and historian Bettany Hughes visit Stonehenge to see if their bird’s eye view of the stones can shed new light on what the monument was built for. We see that the stones are just a tiny part of a huge, ancient religious site that is the product of thousands of years of worship, celebration and remembrance of the dead.

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Rome: The World’s First Superpower
Channel 5
Friday 31 October, 8.00pm

In the second episode of the series, actor Larry Lamb reveals how the Roman Empire established itself as a seemingly invincible city state and the dominant power in the Mediterranean. Lamb discovers how Romeʼs expansion brought it into conflict with another great power – the Carthaginians.

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Restoring England’s heritage
BBC Two
Saturday 1 November, 7.00pm

Historian Tom Holland visits three sites on the English Heritage ‘at-risk’ register in the south of England fighting for survival: a hospital built in memory of an explorer killed by an elephant; the location of the earliest iron industry in the country, and a Portsmouth theatre with an unexpected connection to Ayers Rock in Australia.

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Walking Through History
Channel 4
Saturday 1 November, 8.00pm

In the second episode of the new series, Tony Robinson walks across three of Scotland’s sporting estates. First he traces the steps of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who visited the Cairngorms for a holiday in 1844, before traversing the Killiecrankie Pass, where the Jacobites won the Battle of Killiecrankie. He ends his trek at Balmoral.

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Frankenstein and the Vampyre – A Dark and Stormy Night
BBC Two
Saturday 1 November, 9.00pm

An exploration of one of the most significant moments in gothic history – the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together in Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories: the night when Frankenstein and the modern vampire were born. To find out more about Frankenstein, and who could have influenced the author’s vision of the story, tune into The Secret Life of Books (Sunday, BBC Four, 8.30pm)

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WWI’s Forgotten Heroes: Secret History
Channel 4
Sunday 2 November, 7pm

Former Royal Marines commando Arthur Williams explore the experiences of nearly two million British soldiers who suffered life-changing injuries and disabilities during the First World War, and were largely forgotten or ignored after the conflict.

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Voices Of The First World War
Radio 4
Monday 3 November, 1.45pm

The major new series narrated by Dan Snow continues with an exploration of the morale of men serving in the First World War in 1914 – from the relationship between officers and their troops, to their activities during rest periods. Tune in at the same time each weekday for the following episodes.

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Pick of the Week…

The Passing Bells
BBC One
Monday 3 November, 7.00pm

An epic new drama being shown over five nights, in which the First World War unfolds through the eyes of two ordinary young men who enlist in a war they expect will be over within months. Penned by Tony Jordan (of EastEnders, Hustle and Life on Mars) and starring Patrick Gibson and Jack Lowden, it looks set to be a hit.

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