The Secret History of Yoga
Friday 17th June, 11.00am
UN International Yoga Day is approaching. (No, we didn’t know either.) Marking the event, Mukti Jain Campion explores the roots of modern yoga practice. She reveals a multicultural history that takes in European ideas about ‘the body beautiful’ and Indian nationalism.
Drama: Graham Greene – The Power and the Glory
Sunday 19th June, 3.00pm
Stephen Rea stars as a bottle-battling ‘whiskey priest’ on the run from the anti-Catholic authorities in this two-part adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel set in 1930s Mexico. Also listen out for the penultimate episode in the current run of Tommies (Radio 4, Thursday 23rd July, 2.15pm), set a century ago in the Somme valley.
Sunday Feature: An Explosion of Geraniums – The International Surrealist Exhibition of 1936
Sunday 19th June, 6.45pm
In a documentary rich in archive material, Ian McMillan looks back at the remarkable events that took place 80 years ago at the New Burlington Galleries in London, when surrealism made its way to the UK. Among the highlights, we learn how Salvador Dali, dressed a deep-sea diving suit, almost suffocated while delivering a lecture.
Monday 20th June, 9.00pm
As the swashbuckling romp continues, there’s trouble in Paris when King Louis’ estranged brother, the treacherous Gaston, returns to the city. And if that doesn’t sound like sufficient court intrigue to keep you going for the week, look out for Versailles (BBC Two, Wednesday 22nd June, 9.00pm). This week sees Philippe find success as a soldier, much to his brother’s chagrin.
The Musketeers. (BBC/Dusan Martincek)
Private Lives of the Tudors
Tuesday 21st June, 7.00pm
Tracy Borman turns her attention to Elizabeth I. She examines life at the Elizabethan court, charting the queen’s relationships with her attendants, attitudes towards other women and tooth-rotting fondness for sugar.
Born on the Same Day
Tuesday 21st June, 9.00pm
The series comparing and contrasting the lives of those who share a birthday continues with a trio born on 19 September 1949: model Twiggy, Sylvia Swain, a campaigner against hate crimes and Anne Smith, who uncovered a family secret. It’s a documentary that says much about recent social history.
Pick of the week
Lucy Worsley: Mozart’s London Odyssey
Tuesday 21st June, 9.00pm
The historian looks back at 1764, when the eight-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrived in Georgian England. While the prodigy and his family encountered difficulties, it was in London that Mozart’s talents as a composer first began to emerge.
In Our Time
Thursday 23rd June, 9.00am/9.30pm
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss William Blake’s Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience, first published in 1789. Drawing on street ballads and children’s rhymes of the era, Blake’s verse contrasted the optimism of early childhood with the more cynical outlook of adulthood.
Mighty Real – McAlmont Sings Sylvester
Thursday 23rd June, 11.30am
Vocalist David McAlmont profiles fellow singer Sylvester James (1947–88), who co-penned one of the disco era’s key anthems, You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), first released in 1978. It’s the tale of a pioneer whose story touches on US civil rights movements, music business politics and the terrible effects of Aids.
Genius of the Modern World: Nietzsche
Thursday 23rd June, 9.00pm
In the second of three documentaries about thinkers who shaped the 20th century, Bettany Hughes traces the life of Frederick Nietzsche. Hughes reveals how the German philosopher’s work was twisted to serve the ends of Nazism, whose worldview he would have loathed.