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ERA’s Top TV Picks 13th – 19th April 2019

Welcome back to our list of TV recommendations for teaching and learning! Grab your binoculars and lace up your dance shoes, because there’s plenty of scientific and musical broadcasting coming your way this week!

Saturday 13th April

  • Sister Act
    Film4, 4:45pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies and Music
    This may not be the most reliable way of teaching about Christianity, but this fun film with Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith about a lounge singer who takes refuge in a convent can provide a solid basis on a handful of Christian values.
  • Windsor Castle: Love, War and Celebration 
    Channel 5, 7:05pm – Recommended for… History
    The royal family is always splashed all over the news these days, but what do we know about the history of the Windsors? This documentary aims to explain it, using Windsor Castle as the foundation of its findings.
  • The Massacre That Shook the Empire 
    Channel 4, 9pm – Recommended for… History
    You may have seen that Amritsar 1919: Remembering a British Massacre was one of our radio picks from last week, but if you’re looking for a more visual representation of the Jallianwala Bagh and its ramifications, then this programme  with Sathnam Sanghera might be just what you’re looking for.

Sunday 14th April

  • The Sky at Night: Marsquake! 
    BBC4, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Physics and Astronomy
    Not only does this programme have a great name, but its focus is also fascinating. NASA’s latest mission to Mars revealed that it occasionally suffers earthquake-like tremors, aptly names marsquakes. They’re hoping that this find will help them discover more about the formation of the red planet, and that is the quest that this report follows.
  • Cold War, Hot Jets 
    BBC4, 10:30pm – Recommended for… History, Business, and Engineering
    Historian James Holland explores how jet planes helped the British economy recover after World War II, and why they were in such high demand during the Cold War.

Monday 15th April

  • Travel Man: 48 Hours in Athens
    Channel 4, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Geography
    Dawn French joins Richard Ayoade on his trip to Athens and discover more about its culture and history.
  • Ghosts 
    BBC1, 9:30pm – Recommended for… History
    Fans of Horrible Histories will be delighted to hear that the writers have returned with a new series about a couple who move into a new house, only to be haunted by the ghosts of its former inhabitants! It should be great for learning about different time periods, but be aware that this is on after the watershed, so it’s probably best to keep it away from younger students.
  • The Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home 
    BBC4, 10pm – Recommended for… History and Science
    The time of the Tudors was one where things began to change. For example, there were more foreign imports and scientific advances – but not all of them were safe. Here, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb explores the deadlier side to the Tudor home.

Tuesday 16th April

  • Your Home Made Perfect
    BBC2, 8pm – Recommended for… Art & Design, Architecture, and Computer Science
    We’ve all seen plenty of home makeover shows before – most people are thrilled with the results, but others are clearly disappointed (even if they try to hide it). Well, this show changes the game, and the homeowners can first see their competing designers’ plans for their house using virtual reality software.
  • White School, Brown School 
    Channel 4, 9pm – Recommended for… PSHE
    This programme sees a handful of secondary school pupils from different ethnic-majority schools spend time in schools in which they are in the minority. The aim is to help the students better understand other cultures and values.

Wednesday 17th April

  • Kolkata with Sue Perkins
    BBC4, 8pm – Recommended for… Geography and History
    Sue Perkins explores the streets of Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta) to find out more about its constantly evolving social climate.
  • Julius Caesar Revealed
    BBC4, 9pm – Recommended for… Ancient History
    Mary Beard returns to try and find out more about who Julius Caesar really was, digging deeper into records of his reign and challenging existing myths surrounding him.
  • Earth from Space 
    BBC1, 9pm – Recommended for… Physics and Astronomy
    Chiwetel Ejiofor narrates this stunning documentary that explores the Earth from cameras set in space, on the ground and in the air. Never-before-seen footage of emperor penguins, elephants, and seals are shot, as the different cameras allow the crew access to areas that would otherwise be incredibly difficult to reach.
  • Inside John Lewis: Profits and Problems
    Channel 5, 9pm – Recommended for… Business Studies
    With the recent collapse of departments stores such as Debenhams, this programme highlighting the ins and outs of its competitor, John Lewis, is interestingly timed. Here, we explore how the store was founded and how it continues to run as the crew take a look inside its store on Oxford Street.
  • Eddie the Eagle
    Film4, 9pm – Recommended for… P.E.
    When you think of British athleticism, Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards might not be the first name that comes to mind. However, as the person who got Britain back into Olympic ski jumping in 1988, this underdog left a legacy. Here, he is played by Taron Egerton (Kingsman: the Secret Service), as we follow his journey to the Olympics with his coach, Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman).
  • The Normans
    BBC4, 10pm – Recommended for… History
    A great addition to anyone studying this period in British history, Professor Robert Bartlett explores the ambition and expansion of the Norman empire and their effects on this country even today.

Thursday 18th April

  • Climate Change: the Facts
    BBC1, 9pm – Recommended for… Geography and Geology
    With our planet on the brink of collapse, Sir David Attenborough returns to our screens to highlight the main issues that are feeding into the global warming crisis. He warns us of the dangers, but also provides some useful information on what can be done to stop it, as well as showcasing the efforts of activists such as Greta Thunberg, whose strikes have inspired many more across the world.

Friday 19th April

  • Puss in Boots
    CBeebies, 9am – Recommended for… Dance and English
    No, this is not the Dreamworks Shrek spin-off. Rather, its a production of the tale by the Northern Ballet, presented by Maddie Moate and Danny Sebastian. Perfect for inspiring young dancers!
  • British Made with John Prescott
    Channel 5, 8pm – Recommended for… Catering
    Prescott goes behind the scenes in the production of some classic British products, starting this week at Lea & Perrins Worcestershire and Soreen’s malt loaf factories.
  • BBC Young Dancer 2019 
    BBC4, 8pm – Recommended for… Dance
    More dancing today as this year’s search for Britain’s best dancer between the ages of 16 and 21 kicks off. There are four category heats before everyone comes together, and this week is the turn of South Asian dancing. Gauri Sharma Tripathi, Seeta Patel, and Jonzi D are the judges that will send the winner on to the next round.