Ray’s History Radio & TV Picks.      No.12.          22 April 2015. 

The Last Days of Charles I

Channel 5: Thu 23 April 2015, 20.00 – 21.00. 3/6.  http://www.channel5.com/shows/the-last-days-of/episodes


The Plantagenets

BBC 4: Thu 23 April 2015, 23.00 – 00.00. An English Empire, 2/3.  Repeat series.

Robert Bartlett continues the story of the Plantagenets, who expand their power across the British Isles

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zdm4b  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042yyhx/episodes/guide


Secrets of Great British Castles

Channel 5: Fri 24 April 2015, 20.00 -21.00. 4/6. Caernarfon Castle in Snowdonia

Historian Dan Jones http://www.channel5.com/shows/secrets-of-great-british-castles/episodes


Sex and the Church

BBC 2:  Fri 24 April 2015, 21.00 – 22.00. 3/3. Christianity v the West:

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how the offical Christian Church and Western society have moved apart on issues of sex and gender over the last 300 years.. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05s7w9f


World War One Remembered: Gallipoli

BBC1:  Sat 25 April 2015, 10.10 – 12.05.

Her Majesty the Queen leads tributes from the cenotaph memorial in London in a service to commemorate those who died in the Battle of Gallipoli. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05sz6cp


World War One Remembered: Gallipoli – Highlights

BBC 2:  Sat 25 April 2015, 17.30 – 18.30.

Highlights of the cenotaph memorial servicehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05sz6s4


Gallipoli: When Murdoch Went to War

BBC 2:  Sat 25 April 2015, 20.30 – 21.30

‘My father shook up the establishment’, claims Rupert Murdoch in this hour-long special that tells the true story behind the Gallipoli letter written in September 1915 by a young Australian journalist – Keith Murdoch.



1914-1918: The Cultural Front

BBC Radio 4: Sat 25 April 2015, 10.30-11.00. 2/3.A Cubist War:

In episode 2 of The Cultural Front, Francine Stock explores a fragmented world through the prism of the art it created.. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05rk5tj


The Blast of War

BBC Radio 4 Extra: Sat 25 April 2015, 13.00 – 14.10. Combined episodes of radio drama by Michael SymmonsRoberts; British soldier fighting in Afghanistan is sent on a time-travelling journey of atonement; Helmand, GallipoliWaterloo, Agincourt. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qy2s/episodes/guide


In Their Own Write: Notes from the Congress of Vienna

BBC Radio 3: Sun 26 April 2015, 18.45 – 19.30

200 years ago the crowned heads of Europe and their top ministers met in Vienna to redraw the map of Europe and restore the status quo before Napoleon and the French Revolution. Michael Goldfarb tells the story using the diaries and memoirs of those who attended and the music they danced to.



BBC4:  Sun 26 April 2015, 21.30 – 23.15

2012 period drama film, based on the real-life story of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, his film-maker son Jean and their shared muse Andree Heuschling: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03lzmqx


Vive l’Empereur!

BBC Radio 4: Mon 27 April 2015, 11.00 – 11.30

As thousands of men and horses gear up to recreate the Battle of Waterloo for its bicentenary in June, Max Cotton goes inside the world of Napoleonic re-enactment. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05rnx7p


Tommies27 April 1915

BBC Radio 4: Mon 27 April 2015, 14.15  15.00. 1/5 

Based on unit war diaries and eye-witness accounts, each drama traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago. Under the constant threat of gas attack in the village of La Brique just north of Ypres, BEF signalers are trying to work out why the enemy is always one step ahead. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03thc6p

Previous episode from 1914 (2014)  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l902x/broadcasts/2015/04


Book at Bedtime: The History of the Peloponnesian War 

BBC Radio 4: Mon 27 – Fri 1 May 2015, 22.45 – 23.00. Five daily episodes.

Ancient Greek historian Thucydides’ spellbinding first-hand account chronicles the devastating 27-year-long war between Athens and Sparta during the 5th century BC. Abridge and translated by Tom Holland. Read by David Horovitchhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05s2pbm


Medieval Dead: The Fortress of Montesegur

Yesterday: Mon 27 April 2015, 20.00 – 21.00. Series 2 | Episode 6

The 1244 massacre of hundreds of Cathars in France. http://yesterday.uktv.co.uk/shows/medieval-dead/


The Great War of Words: Peace Before Annihilation?

BBC Radio 4: Tue 28 April 2015, 9.00 – 9.45, rpt 21.30 – 22.00

Michael Portillo explores the possibilities for peace & protest during the Great War. The war that engulfed the world in the summer of 1914 laid bare the failure of European politicians to negotiate their way out of crisis. 



24 Hours in the Past

BBC1:  Tue 28 April 2015, 21.00 – 22.00. 1/ 4

New series where six celebrities travel back in time to Victorian Britain, spending four days in four different 19th-century workplaces. Their first 24 hours lands them in the filth and grime of the city dump – the dustyard