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ERA’s Top TV Picks 7th – 13th September 2019

Welcome back to our TV Picks of the Week! History teachers will be especially pleased with this week’s selection of programmes, but there’s plenty of everyone, including resources for photography and psychology.

Saturday 7th September

  • Python at 50: Silly Talks and Holy Grails 
    BBC2, 10pm – Recommended for… Drama and Media Studies
    This one-off documentary goes back through the archives and uncovers some rarely-seen footage of the comedy group, which may be of interest to drama students in particular.

Sunday 8th September

  • 9/11 Programming 
    National Geographic, all day – Recommended for… History
    With the 18th anniversary of the attacks approaching, National Geographic are showing a selection of documentaries surrounding 9/11, some of which might provide a useful insight for teaching about them.
  • Treasure Island with Bear Grylls
    Channel 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Psychology
    After a few series of The Island with Bear Grylls, there is only so much more they could do with the formula. Their solution? Add various cash prizes to the mix. This may sound like basic reality TV (which it is, to be completely honest), but it could also act as an interesting look into the human psyche and how this alters where money is involved.
  • Gareth Thomas v Homophobia: the Legacy 
    BBC2, 10:55pm – Recommended for… PSHE, Sport, and Sociology
    Rugby player Gareth Thomas has faced many homophobic attacks since coming out as gay, and now he’s launching a campaign to hit back against LGBT+ discrimination across all employment sectors as well as tackle the abuse that many LGBT+ people face at football matches. This documentary follows his campaign and what he’s doing to make a difference.
  • Horizon: Goodbye Cassini – Hello Saturn
    BBC4, 11pm – Recommended for… Physics and Astronomy
    This one-off documentary charts the 13-year history of the spacecraft Cassini, whose job was to explore the Saturn system. Unfortunately, it met its demise two years ago, but its discoveries are fascinating.

Monday 9th September

  • Supermarket Sweep
    ITV2, 8pm – Recommended for… Media Studies
    This update of the classic game show sees Rylan Clark-Neal step into Dale Winton’s shoes as host. It may not be particularly educational, but it may interest students investigating reboots of popular TV shows and films and how they are updated for the modern day.
  • Aldi vs Lidl: Supermarket Wars
    Channel 5, 9pm – Recommended for… Business Studies
    The supermarket is the place to be tonight, it seems. This time we’ve got a documentary that looks into the rivalry between the two low-cost supermarkets and how they compete with other, traditionally more upmarket stores.

Tuesday 10th September

  • The Troubles: a Secret History
    BBC4, 8:30pm – Recommended for… History
    The BBC’s latest installment in their programming on the Troubles sees Darragh MacIntyre going over new evidence about the Troubles and talking about how this sheds further light on their events.
  • Suicidal 
    Channel 5, 9:15pm – Recommended for… PSHE and Counselling
    This documentary follows six men as they undergo therapy in London’s Riverside Mental Health Centre, having previously tried to commit suicide. Designed to help break the stigma around male mental health and uncover some of the more common factors that lead to people committing suicide, this programme encourages men to speak up when they’re suffering from ill mental health.
  • How You Can Help Stop Suicide 
    Channel 5, 10:45pm – Recommended for… PSHE and Counselling
    Following up on Suicidal, this short programme shows medical professionals and men who have recovered from attempted suicide giving advice on how you can help both yourself and those around you in the face of suicidal thoughts.

Wednesday 11th September

  • The Big Hospital Experiment 
    BBC2, 9pm – Recommended for… Medicine
    This series follows a number of young people as they begin volunteering in a hospital and learn to deal with the troubling and uplifting day-to-day situations that the staff there go through.

Thursday 12th September

  • Jesy Nelson: “Odd One Out” 
    BBC1, 9pm – Recommended for… PSHE, Sociology, and Media Studies
    It’s easy to think of celebrities as untouchable, but Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson has received a lot of online abuse since appearing on the X-Factor. Here, she talks about the effect that others’ hurtful comments (especially about her looks) have had on her self-esteem and mental health, and speaks out about why putting a stop to cyberbullying is so important in today’s digital age.

Friday 13th September

  • WW2: Hell Under the Sea
    National Geographic, 1pm – Recommended for… History
    This episode of the series investigates the role played by submarines in World War II, which may be of interest to those studying military tactics.