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ERA’s Top TV Picks 6th – 12th April 2019

Welcome back to this our TV Picks of the Week! Those interested in archaeology are in for a treat this week, though we’ve got everything from physics to politics covered.

Saturday 6th April

  • Snow White and the Huntsman
    Film4, 6:25pm – Recommended for… English and Film Studies
    A retelling of the Grimm brothers’ classic fairytale starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth.
  • Unstoppable: Sean Scully and the Art of Everything
    BBC 1, 9pm – Recommended for… Art & Design
    This documentary follows painter Sean Scully as he travels to exhibitions across the world and opens up about his life.

Sunday 7th April

  • The Boat Races
    BBC 1, 1:20pm – Recommended for… P.E.
    The competition returns, with 46-year-old Olympic champion James Cracknell becoming the oldest person ever to compete in it.
  • Our Classical Century
    BBC 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Music, Film Studies
    Presenters Suzy Klein and Joan Bakewell explore how classical music in film has led to a rise in its popularity. they also look into how this music has helped shape popular music culture.

Monday 8th April

  • When the Immigrants Leave: Dispatches
    Channel 4, 9pm – Recommended for… PSHE and Politics
    There are many politicians who will gladly stand up and say that immigrants are at the same time ‘stealing our jobs’ and ‘taking advantage of the benefits system’. Yet with Brexit on the horizon, less immigrants are coming the UK, and the impact is already proving devastating. Dispatches investigates.
  • Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath 
    BBC 4, 9pm – Recommended for… History and Archaeology
    Stonehenge has puzzled many historians and archaeologists for a long time, but with new technology at their disposal, a group of scientists believe that they can finally unlock the secrets of the precious site.
  • A House Through Time
    BBC 2, 9pm – Recommended for… History and Forensics
    Historian David Olusoga is at the helm of this new series, as he visits properties across Britain in an attempt to uncover the secrets that lurk in their past. This episode sees him visit a terraced house in Newcastle, which contains a past of theft and alcoholism.
  • Life After Lock-Up
    Channel 4, 10pm – Recommended for… Policing and PSHE
    This intriguing documentary follows the stories of recently-released convicts as they try and reintegrate themselves into the outside world. Some find it easier than others to slip back into their old lives, but for one of the convicts, jailed for murder, things prove a little more challenging.

Tuesday 9th April

  • Secrets of Bones
    BBC 4, 7:30pm – Recommended for… Biology and Archaeology
    How much of a role did our bones play in the colonisation of the planet? This is the question that evolutionary historian Ben Garrod sets out to explore in this six-part documentary.
  • Hard to Please OAPs
    ITV, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Sociology
    It may not seem like the first choice for an educational programme, but this series following older celebrities getting to grips with new technologies might be a really good way to teach about the generation gap in modern society.
  • Surgeons: at the Edge of Life
    BBC2, 9pm – Recommended for… Medicine
    If you’re squeamish, it’s probably best to avoid this one. In this episode, Dr Ismail Ughratdar, a neurosurgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, performs brain surgery on a patient who must be awake in order for him to successfully remove a brain tumour.
  • Looking for Rembrandt
    BBC 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Art History
    An exploration of the life of the Dutch artist, through what would have been his own eyes.
  • The Day the Dinosaurs Died
    BBC 4, 10pm – Recommended for… Biology, Physics, and Archaeology
    Ben Garrod returns to our screens for the second time tonight as he visits the Gulf of Mexico. There some scientists believe they have found the site that the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs landed, and are drilling down to try and find hard evidence.

Wednesday 10th April

  • Supermarket Secrets
    BBC 1, 8pm – Recommended for… Catering
    Greg Wallace just can’t seem to stay away from the world of mass food production, can he? In this episode of the three-part series, he is joined by Nickki Fox as they find out more about how Tesco are trying to produce vegan products that taste like meat, and what Asda are doing to make their tomatoes taste so sweet.
  • The Sky at Night Guides: Stars
    BBC 4, 8pm  – Recommended for… Physics and Astronomy
    Professor Chris Lintott digs through the Sky at Night archives to recap on a lot of the information that they have uncovered about stars over the years and their importance in our life.
  • My F-ing Tourette’s Family
    Channel 4, 10pm – Recommended for… Medicine, Nursing, and PSHE
    This one-off documentary follows a family from Oxfordshire, whose two sons both have Tourette’s Syndrome. They explain what it’s like to help their sons, nine and thirteen, navigate life with a condition that is often misunderstood.
  • Horizon: Who Is Afraid of a Big Black Hole?
    BBC 4, 11:30pm – Recommended for… Physics
    Being such a deadly force, it is understandably difficult to study black holes. However, a group of physicists are currently attempting to map a black hole, and this documentary follows their progress.

Thursday 11th April

  • Egypt’s Lost Cities 
    BBC 4, 10pm – Recommended for… Ancient History
    Presenters Dallas Campbell and Liz Bonnin travel to Egypt, where they meet Dr Sarah Parcak, in the hopes of uncovering hidden cities, pyramids, and temples lurking underneath its sands.

Friday 12th April

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    Film4, 9pm – Recommended for… English, Film Studies, P.E., and Politics
    This second installment in the Hunger Games franchise sees Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) return to the arena to fight against more experienced competitors. As well as being an ideal tool for those teaching about the novel (you can check out our guide to using film adaptations in the classroom, should you wish), it also explores the political and social facets of a dystopian world.
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