D-Day: The Last Heroes
Saturday 4 June, 8.00pm
As we approach the anniversary of the D-Day landings, historian Dan Snow pieces together the dramatic events of June 1944. Surviving veterans recount their experiences, sharing stories of espionage, inventive tactics and meticulous planning.
Saturday 4 June, 20.30pm
The musketeers’ riotous adventures through 17th-century France continue. With starving mouths to feed, executions to prevent and refugees to rescue, D’Artagnan and his friends must once again come to Paris’ rescue.
12 Years a Slave
Saturday 4 June, 9.00pm
Based on the real-life memoir of Solomon Northup, Steve McQueen’s historical drama tells the story of a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery in 19th-century America. The Oscar-winning film follows Northup’s bitter struggle to escape enslavement and make it back to his family alive.
75: Not Out
Sunday 5 June, 7.00pm
A look back on Britain’s first-ever nationwide referendum, when the public voted on membership of the European Economic Community (ECC) in 1975. Angela Rippon reflects on key moments of the referendum, including Thatcher’s union-flag jumper and the heated Panorama debate between Tony Benn and Roy Jenkins.
The Unseen – A History of the Invisible
Monday 6 June, 12.04pm
Philip Ball investigates the curious relationship between science and magic. The series begins with a look at how Isaac Newton’s groundbreaking scientific theories were informed by his belief in the occult. Also this week: the invention of the microscope and the physicists making real-life invisibility cloaks.
Storm Troupers: the Fight to Forecast the Weather
Monday 6 June, 9.00pm
In the last of the series, Alok Jha picks up his history of weather forecasting in the aftermath of the Second World War. He brings us up-to-date with a look at how the science of weather has been transformed into a multi-million dollar industry.
Romance and Revolution: Musical Masters of the 19th Century
Tuesday 7 June, 9.00pm
Suzy Klein continues her foray into 19th-century musical history with an examination of how music acted as a rallying cry for revolution. She also looks at the ways in which the work of composers such as Chopin, Wagner and Verdi proved a powerful force for expressing nationalism in an age of uncertainty.
Romance and Revolution: Musical Masters of the 19th century. (BBC/Blakeway Productions)
Wednesday 8 June, 9.00pm
Scandal and intrigue at Louis XIV’s royal court deepen as the notorious French drama continues. Feeling the need to preserve his reputation and reassert his authority, the king turns to harsh measures to keep his courtiers in line.
Versailles. (Canal +/BBC)
Natural Histories: Fly
Tuesday 7 June, 11.00am
The radio series examining how humans have understood the animals around us returns with a much-maligned specimen: the fly. Brett Westwood brings together a range of experts from across science and the arts to reflect on our changing cultural understandings of the species, from houseflies to blue bottles.
Thursday 9 June, 9.00pm
The latest series of Steven Knight’s gangster drama comes to a conclusion. Tommy Shelby faces ever-more dangerous decisions as he sets his sights on committing the Blinders’ biggest crime to date.