The Day The Refugees Came
Sunday 13th March, 1.30pm
In 1992, at the height of the Balkan war, Malcolm McCormack, the postmaster of Wincanton, Somerset, watched images of civilians being taken into Serbian camps. He resolved to help and, along with a local GP and parish priest, rescued a group of refugees from war-torn Bosnia. Michael Palin looks back at a remarkable mercy mission.
Sunday 13th March, 9.00pm
The glossy drama set during the final years of British rule in India returns. It’s 1935: three years have passed since events in the first series and a terrorist attack puts Aafrin Dalal under suspicion. Starring Julie Walters, Nikesh Patel and Henry Lloyd-Hughes.
Cynthia (Julie Walters) and Aafrin (Nikesh Patel) in ‘Indian Summers’. (Credit Channel 4)
15 Minute Drama: Charlotte Brontë In Babylon
Monday 14th March, 10.45am & 7.45pm
Over the course of her career Charlotte Brontë made several trips from Yorkshire to London. Here, Charlotte Cory’s five-part weekday drama looks back at these visits to the big smoke, beginning with a trip made by Charlotte and her sister, Anne, following an accusation of deceit by the publisher of Jane Eyre.
Art Of Scandinavia
Monday 14th March, 9.00pm
Andrew Graham-Dixon presents a new three-part series exploring the history of Scandinavia via its artworks. He begins in Norway with a documentary that takes in Norse mythology, romantic nationalists and one of the world’s most instantly recognisable paintings, ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch.
(Credit BBC/Mike Garner)
Inside Obama’s White House
Tuesday 15th March, 9.00pm
A four-part series on the presidency of Barack Obama begins with the days of hope that followed his election victory. Obama was immediately confronted by huge problems: an economic crisis, difficulties around closing Guantanamo and opposition to making an international deal over climate change.
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Brendan O’Carroll: My Family At War
Wednesday 16th March, 9.00pm
The creator of Mrs Brown’s Boys may not seem the most obvious person to be fronting a documentary on the 1916 Easter rising in Ireland. Yet members of O’Carroll’s family were prominent nationalists, giving a personal dimension to his retelling of the extraordinary few days when 1,600 rebels took over the centre of Dublin.
(Credit BBC/Brendan O’Carroll)
In Our Time
Thursday 17th March, 9.00am
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the early years of Europe’s oldest psychiatric hospital. St Mary of Bethlehem was located outside Bishopsgate and it was a place that, noted the lord mayor of London in 1450, housed “many men that be fallen out of their wit”. The hospital found lasting fame under the name of Bedlam.
Setting The Past Free
Thursday 17th March, 11.30am
In a two-part documentary Mark Lawson looks at different retellings of the story of Rudolf Kastner. A Hungarian lawyer, Kastner negotiated with Albert Eichmann to save Jewish lives, but did he effectively send others to their deaths by doing this? Film director Ken Loach is among those offering his perspective.
The Secret History of My Family
Thursday 17th March, 8.00pm
The second episode of the social history and genealogy series begins with the story of two Victorian mothers, Lavinia and Florence, who were brought together by domestic violence. One needed to feed her six children, one hailed from a lavish country home. How did their meeting help to shape the lives of their descendants?
Digging For Britain
Thursday 17th March, 9.00pm
Professor Alice Roberts follows a year of British archaeology, charting some of the most exciting archaeological finds in the east of Britain. Expect tales of a mass grave and divers searching the Thames for evidence of a 17th-century tragedy, plus a metal detectorist makes a hugely important find.