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ERA’s Top TV Picks 30th November – 6th December 2019

Welcome back to our TV Picks of the Week! There’s a wide variety of programmes available this week, including subjects such as economics and art history.

Saturday 30th November

  • The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man 
    Channel 4, 7pm – Recommended for… Archaeology and Biology
    Scientists analyse the DNA of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton and then two of the world’s most acclaimed palaeontological model-maker use this analysis to re-create a face.


  • Seamus Heaney: the Music of What Happens 
    BBC2, 9:45pm –  Recommended for… English Literature
    Friends and family of the Irish poet Seamus Heaney share memories of their lives together and discuss some of the experiences that inspired some of his finest work

Sunday 1st December

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    ITV, 4:40pm – Recommended for… English and Film Studies
    Final episode of this much loved classic fantasy.
  • Buried Secrets of the bible: the Parting of the Red Sea 
    National Geographic, 8pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies and Physics
    Scientist Albert Lin investigates the story of The Parting of the Red sea

  • Gauguin: a Dangerous Life 
    BBC4, 9pm – Recommended for… Art & Design and Art History
    The life story of the controversial artist Paul Gauguin including contributions from his descendants and reading of his own words by actor Dominic West.
  • Charles I: Downfall of a King
    BBC4, 10pm – Recommended for… History
    A chance to catch all three episodes of this series charting the downfall of Charles I, presented by historian Lisa Hilton/li>

Monday 2nd December

  • Growing Up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids 
    Channel 4, 10pm – Recommended for… PSHE
    This edition of Dispatches investigates the reality behind the shocking statistics on child poverty in the UK
  • Facing Franco’s Crimes: the Silence of Others – Storyville
    BBC4, 10pm – Recommended for… Spanish and History
    This film follows the six-year struggle of a group of surviving victims of Spain’s Dictator as they fight to convince the Spanish Government to overturn a decades long “pact of forgetting”

Tuesday 3rd December

  • Takaya: Lone Wolf
    BBC4, 9pm – Recommended for… Zoology and Geography
    Tender film following wildlife photographer Cheryl Alexander’s 7-year study of a lone wolf surviving and ingeniously adapting to life on a Canadian island.
  • Koko: the Gorilla Who Talks to People 
    BBC4, 10pm – Recommended for… Zoology and Biology
    The incredible story of Koko the gorilla, taught to ‘talk’ to humans via sign language.

Wednesday 4th December

  • Britain’s Great Pension Crisis with Michael Buerk
    Channel 5, 9:15pm – Recommended for… Economics and PSHE
    An alarming two-part investigation into the growing pensions crisis faced by the UK.

Thursday 5th December

  • Horizon: the Wildest Weather in the Universe
    BBC4, 10pm – Recommended for… Geography and Physics
    A repeat of a 2016 Horizon programme exploring the latest developments in extra-terrestrial meteorology.

Friday 6th December

  • China’s Vision of the Future 
    National Geographic, 7pm – Recommended for… Physics and Computer Science
    An interesting look at how industrial development in China has reached a turning point as the concept of ‘green growth’ takes root.