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ERA’s Top TV Picks 27th Oct-2nd Nov 2018

Welcome to our weekly round-up of some of the best TV broadcasts for teaching coming your way this week! This week there are some great shows on the past and the future with a range of historical and scientific programmes that are sure to inspire learners.

Saturday 27th October

Sunday 28th October

  • Inside Harrods: The World’s Most Famous Department Store
    Channel 5, 7pm – Recommended for… Retail Skills
    This brand-new documentary takes a look into the long and sometimes bizarre history of the massive retail store.
  • Hitler’s Holocaust Railways with Chris Tarrant
    Channel 5, 9pm – Recommended for… History
    In the first episode of this series discussing the importance of railways to Hitler’s plans, Tarrant begins his journey at Nuremburg.

Monday 29th October

  • Venus Uncovered: Ancient Goddess of Love
    BBC 4,  11pm – Recommended for… Ancient History, Art and Design, and History of Art
    In this one-off documentary, Bettany Hughes delves deeper into the goddess’ symbolism and roots.

Tuesday 30th October

  • The Fires that Foretold Grenfell
    BBC 2, 9pm – Recommended for… PSHE, History, and Construction
    More than a year after the devastating Grenfell Tower fire, this Open University documentary looks into a series of disturbingly similar incidents that had occurred well before this tragedy struck.

Wednesday 31st October

  •  The Secret Story of Stuff: Materials of the Modern Age
    BBC 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Chemistry, Biology, and Construction
    Engineer and designer Zoe Laughlin seeks out innovation and evolution in materials that could change the world of science and construction forever.

Thursday 1st November

  • The First
    Channel 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Physics
    This new sci-fi drama is set to follow the first mission to Mars, from the perspective of an astronaut that was left behind.
  • 100 Days to Victory
    BBC 2, 8pm – Recommended for… History
    The second part of this World War I documentary takes a look at how the war ended and which tactics were employed to make it a success.
    The first episode is available here on BBC iPlayer.
  • 12 Years a Slave
    Film4, 10:45pm – Recommended for… Film studies, History, and Sociology
    This film adaptation of Solomon Northup’s memoir of being a free man sold into slavery provides a heartbreaking insight into the American slave trade of the 19th Century. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o.

Friday 2nd November

  • Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain
    Channel 5, 9pm – Recommended for… History
    In the first of his new social history series, Michael Portillo visits and abandoned military hospital in Aldershot to find out more about the work of their surgeons.