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ERA’s Top TV Picks 27th April – 3rd May 2019

Welcome back to our recommendations for TV broadcasts coming your way in the next week! There’s a lot of great stuff for PSHE here this week, but there’s something to benefit everyone – from journalism to art history.

Saturday 27th April

  • London Marathon: My Reason to Run
    BBC1, 1:15pm – Recommended for… P.E. and PSHE
    With the London Marathon taking place on Sunday, presenter Gabby Logan talks to participants about their reasons for entering.
  • Sri Lanka: Elephant Island
    BBC4, 7pm – Recommended for… Geography and Biology
    Martyn Colbeck visits Sri Lanka to find out more about a sub-species of elephant that only lives on the island.
  • Inside Jaguar: a Supercar Reborn
    Channel 4, 8pm – Recommended for… Engineering and Art & Design
    For those at all interested in car design or manufacturing, then this is a must. Here, Mark Evans witnesses the Jaguar XKSS, of which only fifteen were ever made, being rebuilt from scratch.
  • 2001: a Space Odyssey
    BBC2, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Film Studies
    A popular choice for film studies, this gives students a chance to catch Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic outside of the classroom.

Sunday 28th April

  • Hostile Planet
    National Geographic, 9pm – Recommended for… Geography and Biology
    Bear Grylls presents this new series focusing on wildlife in various environments. The series kicks off here with Grylls discovering more about what life is like for animals living in the mountains.

Monday 29th April

  • Shipwrecks: Britain’s Sunken History
    BBC4, 8pm – Recommended for… History
    Dr Sam Willis tells the tales about shipwrecks that have taken place around Britain over the years, beginning with the infamous Mary Rose.
  • The Curry House Kid
    Channel 4, 10pm – Recommended for… Dance, Religious Studies, and PSHE
    World-famous dancer and choreographer Akram Khan explores his British-Bangladeshi heritage and through dance. If dance isn’t your thing though, that’s fine, because this is just the end product of the documentary. The rest sees him visiting the curry houses of his childhood, meeting with the owners and talking frankly about the racism faced by them and so many other immigrants from across the UK.
  • Sincerely, F Scott Fitzgerald: a Culture Show Special
    BBC4, 10:10pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    In this one-off programme, author Jay McInerney explores the life of The Great Gatsby‘s author, using letters written by the man himself to uncover more information. Perfect for gathering background knowledge for exams!

Tuesday 30th April

  • Surgeons: at the Edge of Life 
    BBC2, 9pm – Recommended for… Medicine and Biology
    This week’s episode could be really useful for those looking to go into pediatrics as the camera follows surgeons at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
  • In Sight of Home: the Iolaire 
    BBC4, 9pm – Recommended for… History
    This one-off documentary investigates the tragic story of the the HMY Iolaire, a ship transporting 250 naval officers home after World War I, which sank just off the coast of Scotland.

Wednesday 1st May

  • Sign Zone
    BBC2, 8pm – Recommended for… Counselling
    This programme spotlights a remote counselling service which aims to help deaf people access mental health services.
  • Forensics: the Real CSI
    BBC2, 9pm – Recommended for… Criminology
    Let’s be honest, we’ve all seen enough detective programmes that we may consider ourselves knowledgeable when it comes to investigating a crime scene. However, how like the media representation of crime scene investigation is the reality? That’s what this programme exposes, following real life investigators in the UK as they go about their work.

Thursday 2nd May

  • NHS: Violence on the Frontline – Tonight 
    ITV, 7:30pm – Recommended for… PSHE
    There are always a lot of posters warning people not to act violently towards staff members in hospitals, but unfortunately, not everyone adheres to it. This edition of Tonight investigates this rise in violence and the effect that it has on both staff and patients alike.
  • Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure
    BBC1, 8pm – Recommended for… Music, Medicine, and PSHE
    Line of Duty‘s Vicky McClure works with the University of Nottingham on a study to see the effect that music can have on people of various ages with dementia. After noticing her late grandmother’s reaction to music, she brings together a group of these people to form a choir.
  • When I Grow Up
    Channel 4, 8pm – Recommended for… PSHE
    This one should be quite entertaining. It sees a handful of primary school-aged children as they spend time doing adult jobs, sometimes with surprising results – this week, a pair of kids go and work with Hello! magazine for a week. The aim is to get them to consider different career paths and gain some more self-esteem.
  • Da Vinci: the Lost Treasure 
    BBC4, 9pm – Recommended for… Art History
    In the first of two programmes on BBC4 tonight to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death, presenter Fiona Bruce travels to cities across Europe to find out more about the life and works of the artist.
  • Art on the BBC: the Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci
    BBC4, 10pm – Recommended for… Art History
    In this sceond programme, Dr Janina Ramirez explores how Da Vinci has been portrayed through programmes in the BBC archives.

Friday 3rd May

  • Unreported World 
    Channel 4, 7:30pm – Recommended for… Journalism
    This edition of the show sees reporter Sahar Zand traveling to Nicaragua, where freedom of press is on the precipice of becoming nonexistent under Ortega’s presidency. Here, she finds out more about how the press operate in Nicaragua, as well as investigating how reporters opposing Ortega and his government have been met with violence.