Ray’s History Radio and TV Picks. No.19. 10 June 2015.

Castles: Britain’s Fortified History

BBC Four: Thu 11 June 2015, 20.00 -21.00. 3/3: Defence of the Realm.

Sam Willis charts how castles came under threat from cannon during the Wars of the Roses, and how some were transformed into palaces during the Tudor era: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04v85sy

 Tales of Irish Castles.

Yesterday: Thu 11 June 2015, 21.00-22.00. New Series, Episode 2.

Simon Delaney examines the key knioghts whose influence and power helped alter the landscape of Ireland. http://yesterday.uktv.co.uk/tales-irish-castles/article/about-tales-irish-castles/

Conspiracy: The Death of Hitler

Channel 5: Fri 12 June 2015, 20.00-21.00. New series 1/6

Exploring surprising theories that seek to undermine what we are told is ‘history’ but which may not be true. In the first episode, did Hitler really die in 1945? http://www.channel5.com/shows/conspiracy/episodes/nazi

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

BBC 1: Sun14 June 2015, 21.00 – 22.00. 5/7: Arabella

Jonathan Strange’s remarkable magic helps England win the Battle of Waterloo, after which Strange returns home hoping for a peaceful new life: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05zq7yx

The BBC at War.

BBC 2: Sun 14 June 2015, 21.00 – 22.00. 1/2: The War of Words.

The first of two programmes which show how the BBC fought not only Hitler but also the British government to become the institution it is today. Jonathan Dimbleby reveals how in 1939 the BBC prepared for the first broadcast war:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05zqtkn

Drama on 3: Napoleon Rising

BBC Radio 3: Sun 14 June 2015, 22.00 – 00.00. Repeat of part of Radio 3’s 2012 Napoleon season.

An epic drama charting Napoleon Bonaparte’s meteoric rise in the early years of the French revolution, set against his tumultuous relationship with Josephine. Written by Anthony Burgess but never performed in his lifetime and now adapted for radio by Anjum Malik.http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p2q2c

Napoleon: the Man and the Myths.

BBC Radio 4: Mon 15 – Fri June 2015, 13.45- 14.00. New daily 5 part series:

Historian Andrew Roberts presents a series, recorded partly on location in Paris, which dispels some myths about Napoleon Bonaparte. Programme & episode details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05zzlb4

The Essay: Napoleon and Me.  .

BBC Radio 3: Mon 15 to Wed 17 June 2015, 22.45 – 23.00. First 3 of 5 episodes.

1/ Julia Blackburn tells an extraordinary tale of sleuthing for the ghost of Napoleon on St Helena, his last island and his final unsought home. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p2qpb

2/ Andrea Stuart, biographer of Napoleon’s first wife, Josephine, explores what it is like to write about one of the most misunderstood women in history. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p2sjn

3/ Adam Nicolson recalls his teenage years when his father was writing about Napoleon. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p2sjq

Waterloo: the Ball at Brussels. Radio drama by Mike Walker.

BBC Radio 4: Wed 17 June 2015, 14.15- 15.00.

Two days before the Battle of Waterloo, the Duchess of Richmond decides to give a grand ball. Against all seeming common sense, the Duke of Wellington agrees. Mike Walker’s new play, based on historical fact, delves into the hearts and minds of the Ball’s participants to give a vivid portrait of those about to embark on one of the most famous battles in history. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05y0p8v

Napoleon

BBC 2:  Wed 17 June 2015, 21.30- 22.30. 2/3

1805: Napoleon, now Emperor of the French and King of Italy, is at the height of his power.  British historian Andrew Roberts visits the battlefield of Austerlitz, one of his greatest military victories. Roberts also examines the compromises the dictator was forced to make to maintain his global power.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05zq7xf