TV and Radio highlights: 10-16 July 2015

By Guest, 8 July 2015 - 11:54am

Historian David Olusoga examines the often-overlooked side to the abolition of slavery: the compensation paid to owners, on BBC Two this Tuesday (Credit: BBC/Jon Sayers)

Pick of the week

Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners
Wednesday 15 July, 9pm, BBC Two

In the first half of a new two-part documentary, historian David Olusoga discovers the surprising range of people who kept slaves, including clergymen and shopkeepers. In a moment often celebrated today, Britain abolished slavery in 1834. But, upon examining the archives of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners, Olusoga reveals how the government actually handed out compensation equal to £17bn in today’s money – while slaves didn’t get a penny. In this episode, Olusoga travels to Barbados and Jamaica, tracing the roots of Britain’s slave economy and looking through an infamous slave owner’s diaries.

Also this week

The Battle of Britain
Saturday 11 July, 9.30pm, BBC Two

Actor Ewan McGregor and his brother Colin, an RAF pilot, retell the story of the Second World War air battle that proved decisive in Britain’s efforts in taking on the Nazi Luftwaffe.

Museum Secrets
Sunday 12 July, 11pm, Yesterday

A visit is paid to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, home to a collection of seafaring treasures, including Nelson's jacket from the Battle of Trafalgar. The museum, filled with reminders of conflicts at sea, invites visitors to trace the origins of British sea power.

Who Do You Think You Are?
Monday 13 July, 2pm, Yesterday

In this classic episode from 2004, opera singer Lesley Garrett examines her incredible family history, finding tales of mining, music and medicinal mishaps.

Antiques Roadshow
Monday 13 July, 5.15pm, BBC Four

Fiona Bruce and the team look at items including an HMS Victory relic and a curious device that once created explosions in Dartmouth, South Devon.

Making History
Tuesday 14 July, 3pm, BBC Radio 4

Helen Castor and guests discuss the latest historical research in the series that explores ordinary people’s links with the past.

Who Do You Think You Are? USA
Tuesday 14 July, 9pm, Watch

Frasier and Cheers star Kelsey Grammer explores his roots on his grandmother’s side. In this latest episode from across the Atlantic, the actor finds a woman haunted by demons and family members who put everything at risk to travel the Oregon Trail.

Britain and the Sea
Tuesday 14 July, 9pm, BBC Four

TV presenter David Dimbleby sails around the British coastline, exploring different aspects of the country’s maritime history and how it inspired art and literature. In this episode, he visits Devon and Cornwall, stopping off at locations including the childhood home of writer Daphne du Maurier.

Words: Zaki Dogliani

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