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ERA’s Top TV Picks 2nd – 8th March 2019

As spring arrives, so does a new set of brilliant TV broadcasts! We’re bringing you our top picks for teaching and learning for the next week – there’s plenty for history this week, as well as PSHE and biology. There’s something for everyone though, so give it a look!

Saturday 2nd March

  • Concorde: a Supersonic Story 
    BBC 4, 8pm – Recommded for… Engineering and History
    A history of the first commercial airline through the eyes of those who worked on and flew in it. More information is also uncovered about how the project almost never got off the ground.
  • Creed
    ITV, 10:40pm – Recommended for… Film Studies and P.E.
    A great chance to catch a film recommended on some film studies syllabuses, where the retired Rocky Balboa agrees to train Adonis Johnson, the son of his former rival, Apollo Creed.

Sunday 3rd March

  • Ice Age: Return of the Mammoth
    Channel 4, 7:30pm – Recommended for… History and Archaeology
    Biologist Tori Herridge joins genetic engineer, Professor George Church, on a journey to Siberia in search of some well-preserved mammoth DNA. Professor Church discusses his plans to create an elephant-mammoth hybrid should they find the right DNA, but is this a viable idea?
  • Race Across the World
    BBC 2, 9pm – Recommended for… Geography
    Five teams of two race each other across the world in this adventure show. The catch? They aren’t allowed to fly or use modern aides such as smartphones, computers, internet or credit cards.
  • The Secret World of Haute Couture 
    BBC 4, 10:30pm – Recommended for… Fashion Design
    In this one-off documentary, Margy Kinmouth travels to New York, Paris and Los Angeles to try and find out what it takes to succeed in the fashion industry.

Monday 4th March

  • Britain’s Knife Crime Crisis: young, Armed and Dangerous 
    Channel 4, 8pm – Recommended for… PSHE
    Despite greater public awareness, it seems that knife crime is still on the rise, killing over 250 people last year. This episode of Dispatches meets with the families who have lost loved ones to knife crime and a group of young people who themselves carry knives to ask why they feel that this is necessary.
  • Nazi Megastructures: Battle Ready: the Story of Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler 
    National Geographic, 8pm – Recommended for… History
    The latest episode on military hardware built by the Nazis investigates the work of two of Hitler’s most prominent henchmen.
  • A Very British History 
    BBC 4, 9pm – Recommended for… History and Citizenship
    Meera Sodha meets with some Ugandan Asians who, like her parents, were expelled from Uganda in the 1970’s and settled in the UK. She explores their stories and digs into the archives to find out what life was like for them in Britain at that time.
  • Louis Theroux: the Night in Question 
    BBC 2, 9pm – Recommended for… Law and PSHE
    Theroux’s latest documentary sees him visiting a handful of US colleges to talk to some young women whose accusations of sexual assault have not been investigated. At Yale, he also meets up with a young man who claims that he has been falsely accused of sexual assault.
    If you’re looking to find out more about some of the other topics that Theroux has covered, check out our article on his recent exploration of euthanasia.

Tuesday 5th March

  • The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer
    Channel 4, 8pm – Recommended for… Catering
    Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith return to the Bake Off tent, this time with a group of celebrities there to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer. Perfect for catering students looking to find out more about bakes that could take them out of their comfort zone and try something new.
  • Burma with Simon Reeve
    BBC 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Geography and History
    Simon Reeve visits Burma in the wake of the Rohingya refugee crisis, investigating the country’s politics and religion and how the two overlap.
  • London: 2,000 Years of History 
    Channel 5, 9:15pm – Recommended for… History
    This four part series with Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones, and Rob Bell charts the history of the UK capital, all the way back to the days of the Roman Empire. The focus of this week’s episode is Boudica, the warrior queen of the Iceni tribe.

Wednesday 6th March

  • The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick 
    Channel 4, 8pm – Recommended for… Veterinary Sciences and Biology
    This documentary series follows the popular vet as he performs a number of operations on animals. This week, he set out to lengthen and straighten a puppy’s leg and perform hip surgery on a rescue dog. His fellow vet, Dr Laurent Findji, takes a look at an eye infection that could be a part of a more serious condition.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome: the New Cure? 
    Channel 5, 9pm – Recommended for… Biology and Medicine
    Restless leg syndrome is a fairly common neurological condition that gives the sufferer and overwhelming irresistable urge to move their legs. Most cases of this are mild and can be corrected by adopting certain lifestyle changes, but in more severe cases, it can have a big impact on a person’s life. This documentary looks further into the causes of this condition and the fact that doctors think they may have found a way to cure it.
  • Sailors, Ships and Stevedores: the Story of British Docks 
    BBC 4, 11pm – Recommended for… History
    This one-off documentary looks into the transformation of British docks over the years – from important (but often unsanitary) commercial trading points to the cultural centres that we know today.

Thursday 7th March

  • Travelling Blind 
    BBC 2, 8pm – Recommended for… Geography and PSHE
    Amar Latif may have been blind since the age of 18, but he hasn’t let that get in the way of taking part in sports such as skiing and skydiving – he’s unstoppable! In this programme, he takes comedian Sara Pascoe to Turkey, where she discovers more about how important his other senses are to help him ‘see’. She also describes to him some of the more bizzare sights that the country has to offer.
  • WWII: Operation Crossbow 
    BBC 3, 9pm – Recommended for… History
    Did you know that the Allies used 3D photography to help take down the Nazis’ powerful weapons? No, neither did I until I came across this. This looks to be an interesting documentary on the little-known subject which could really enhance a student’s knowledge of attack and defence strategies during the Second World War.
  • Filmworker
    Film4, 11:15pm – Recommended for… Film Studies
    With 2001: A Space Odyssey on the OCR A Level syllabus, this documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant, Leon Vitali, could offer a good insight into the director and how he worked.

Friday 8th March

  • Gardener’s World 
    BBC 2, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Gardening
    Monty Don returns for another series of this popular programme, where he visits beautiful gardens as well as giving tips to those looking to grow and nurture their own, whether they be flower or vegetable.
  • Deutschland 86
    More4, 9pm – Recommended for… History and German
    The follow-up series to Deutschland 83, which we recommended last week, follows our main character Martin (Jonas Ray), three years after the events of the first series.
  • Classic Albums: Amy Winehouse: Back to Black 
    BBC 4, 10pm – Recommended for… Music
    This documentary goes behind the scenes of the making of Amy Winehouse’s second album, Back to Black, including previously unseen footage of recording sessions. It also includes interviews with her friends and fellow musicians as they reveal more about the woman herself and the troubles that she was going through at the time.