TV and Radio highlights: 11 – 17 April 2014

By Jon Bauckham, 10 April 2014 - 4:05pm

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop looks at how Medieval ideas and values influenced the great figures of the Industrial Revolution  (Credit: BBC)

Pick of the week

Ian Hislop’s Olden Days
Wednesday 16 April, 9.00pm, BBC Two,

In this second instalment of this three-part series, Ian Hislop looks at Britain during the Industrial Revolution and Victorian period, when writers, politicians and artists tried to make sense of what was happening by adopting the values of the Middle Ages. If you missed the first episode, catch it on the BBC iPlayer.

Also this week

Icebound: The Greatest Dog Story Ever Told
Saturday 12 April, 10.40pm, BBC Four

On 28 January 1925, the residents of a remote town in Alaska were suffering from an outbreak of diphtheria. Its only hope was a serum located 674 miles away, but the freezing weather conditions and lack of available technology prevented any immediate assistance. So it was up to 150 dogs and 20 men to transport an antitoxin across the second coldest place on Earth and save an entire community.

Who Do You Think You Are?
Sunday 13 April, 7pm, Watch

The re-run of Who Do You Think You Are?  Series 8 continues on Sunday with an episode featuring Silent Witness star Emilia Fox. Having initially set out to find how far back her family’s acting roots go, she discovers that her great great grandfather Samson became a multi-millionaire in a very different profession. Once you've finished watching, click here to read a full episode guide.

At Home with the Georgians
Monday 14 April, 10.30am, BBC Two

Historian Amanda Vickery investigates how the British desire for a 'perfect' home first began 300 years ago. By looking through the diaries and letters of men and women of the Georgian period, she explains how a residence became crucial to the success or failure of a marriage, and uncovers astonishing realities about the lives of spinsters and bachelors.

Free Thinking
Tuesday 15 April, 10pm, BBC Radio 3

Anne McElvoy hosts the next offering from BBC Radio 3's flagship programme Free Thinking, in which a panel including Amanda Foreman and Jeremy Black ponder the topic of 18th-century monarchy and power.

The Rise of the Nazi Party
Friday 18 April, 9pm, Quest

The final episode of this documentary series looks at the final months of the Second World War and how the world came to deal with the crimes that Hitler and the Nazi regime inflicted. 

Words: Saima Omar

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