TV and Radio highlights: 6 – 13 March 13

By Steve Harnell, 5 March 2015 - 11:19am

Acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company actor Jonathan Slinger plays the lead role in
Nelson in His Own Words 
(Credit: BBC Picture Publicity)

Pick of the week

Nelson in His Own Words
Friday 6 March, 9pm, BBC Two

Apart from being Britain’s greatest naval hero, Horatio Nelson was also a prolific man of letters. Correspondence throughout his life paints a revealing portrait of a complex character, and one that might not be quite tally with how history has ultimately remembered him. A skilful manipulator of public relations to advance his own career, Nelson was careful when praising his rivals – particularly those who directly threatened his own position. Also dealt with here is his love affair with Lady Emma Hamilton, who was also the muse of portrait painter George Romney. This one-hour documentary finds acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company actor Jonathan Slinger playing the man himself. 

Also this week

Who Do You Think You Are?
Monday 9 March, 2pm, Yesterday

We go right back to where it all began here with the very first episode of WDYTYA? featuring Bill Oddie. It’s a difficuly journey, too, and one that delves into Bill’s family’s history of depression and tragedy. Further episodes in the week feature actor Amanda Redman, writer and comedian David Baddiel as well as soprano singer Lesley Garrett.

The Women of World War One 
Tuesday 10 March, 4am, BBC Two

One to hit the ‘record’ button for  – this is on at the rather ungodly hour of 4am. Veteran journo Kate Adie looks at the impact of women’s work on the Home Front during the First World War. There’s lots to get her teeth into, including the first ever female police force, football, as well as women surgeons operating on men. But were these changes long-lasting or just for the duration of the war? 

Suffragettes Forever!
Wednesday 11 March, 8pm, BBC Two

Historian Amanda Vickery brings her fascinating three-part series to a close by investigating how the Edwardian suffragette movement morphed into a quasi-terrorist organisation. Vickery questions what was actually achieved by such means and delves into further political skulduggery of the time aimed at preventing women getting the vote. After looking at the achievements of the movement, Vickery looks at the ascent of Margaret Thatcher and whether her election as Prime Minister signalled the pinnacle of the suffragette movement or whether their struggle remains ongoing today.

Banished
Thursday 12 March, 9pm, BBC Two

One of the big-hitting period dramas in the current BBC schedule, this star-studded show follows the lives of criminals deported to the first penal colony in Australia. After the initial scene-setter, we’re now onto episode two of this six-parter which features Being Human’s Russell Tovey and Green Wing’s Julian Rhind-Tutt.

 

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