TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (17–22 April 2015)

Can't decide what programmes to watch or listen to? Here are 10 you won't want to miss...

Secrets Of Great British Castles
Channel 5
Friday 17th April, 8.00pm

Dan Jones charts the history of Warwick Castle to discover tales of betrayal, murder and financial hard times. Also this week on Channel 5, The Last Days Of Charles I (Thursday 23rd April, 8.00pm) revisits the events that led to the Stuart monarch being executed.

Find out more here.


Sex And The Church
Friday 17th April, 9.00pm

Professor Diarmaid McCulloch outlines how, 1,000 years ago, the church began to take control of marriage, which had previously been a civil institution. He also looks at the way the church increasingly tried to control sexual behaviour during the medieval era.

Find out more here.

To read Diarmaid MacCulloch's article, 'Christianity’s rocky relationship with sex', click here. 

(BBC/Jane Mayes)


Pick of the Week...

1914-18: The Cultural Front
Radio 4
Saturday 18th April, 10.30am

The series exploring the role of culture in the Great War returns. First up, Francine Stock considers the impact of new technologies such as the telephone, cinema and, terrifyingly for those who feared being bombed, the zeppelin on society. This was also the era, we learn, when ragtime made its way to Europe. 

Find out more here. 


Sunday 19th April, 9.00pm

The penultimate episode of Auntie’s hit drama finds Francis blaming Ross for aiding Verity to elope with Andrew Blamey. Over on Channel 4, Indian Summers (9.00pm) concludes with Ralph having to decide whether Ramu should hang for a crime of which the British official knows he’s innocent.

Find out more here.


Election Snapshots
Radio 4
Monday 20th April, 12.04pm

A new weekday series looks at the stories behind famous photographs associated with General Elections, including (in Wednesday’s episode) the famous 1997 shot of Cherie Blair answering the door at 10 Downing Street. For the first documentary, photographer Martin Argles and historian Peter Hennessy look over a 1945 image of Winston Churchill.

Find out more here.


Drama: My Dear Bessie
Radio 4
Monday 20th April, 2.15pm

Discovered in 2008, the Second World War letters between soldier Chris Barker and Bessie Moore, a Morse code interpreter, chart a love affair as it blooms. Here, the correspondence is brought to life in a radio play adapted by Sara Davies, and which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey.

Find out more here.


Medieval Dead
Monday 20th April, 8.00pm

The forensic archaeology series heads north to investigate a skeleton dubbed the Warrior of Janakkala, discovered in Finland in 2013 and thought to date from the 12th century. Also on Yesterday, new series Secrets Of The Bible (Wednesday 22nd April, 9.00pm) looks anew at familiar tales from scripture. 

Find out more here.


Back In Time For Dinner
Tuesday 21st April, 8.00pm

The living history series changes focus somewhat and looks ahead: how might our culinary culture change over the next 50 years? Plus the time-travelling Robshaws reflect on what they’ve learnt from participating in the series. Presented by Giles Coren and Polly Russell.

Find out more here.

To listen to our podcast interview with food writer Mary Gwynn about how our mealtime tastes have changed over the past 70 years, click here.

To read our interview with the show’s food historian, click here.


The Quizeum
BBC Four
Wednesday 22nd April, 8.30pm

The entertaining panel show heads for the Museum of London, an institution devoted to the capital’s history from the Roman era up to the present day. This week, Griff Rhys Jones’ guests are Lars Tharp, Suzannah Lipscomb, Hallie Rubenhold and Dan Snow.

Find out more here.


Treasures Of Ancient Greece
BBC Four
Wednesday 22nd April, 9.00pm

Alastair Sooke concludes his series on Greek art by looking at the long afterlife of five different masterpieces. Expect learned discussion of the Venus of Knidos, the first naked woman in western art, and the Discobolus, purchased by Adolf Hitler in 1938 as a symbol of Aryan supremacy.

Find out more here.

(BBC/Laura Buchan)

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