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ERA’s Top TV Picks 8th – 14th May 2021

Welcome back to our TV Picks of the Week! There’s a wonderfully even spread of programmes coming this week which cover all manner of subjects from Sport to Medicine.

Saturday 8th May

  • When We Were Kings
    BBC2, 10pm – Recommended for… Sport, History, and Politics
    On 30 October 1974, perhaps the most famous heavyweight championship boxing match of all time took place in Kinshasa, Zaire – the “Rumble in the Jungle” between champion George Foreman and challenger Muhammad Ali. In historical footage and new interviews, this documentary explores the relationship between African-Americans and the African continent during the Black Power era in terms of both popular culture and international politics, including the brutality of then-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

Sunday 9th May

  • Our Wild Adventures: Africa
    BBC2, 8pm – Recommended for… Geography
    The BBC’s favourite wildlife presenters take a trip through the natural history archives, sharing some of their most memorable animal encounters across Africa.
  • The Windermere Children: in Their Own Words
    BBC4, 9pm – Recommended for… History
    Documentary about the pioneering project, in 1945, to rehabilitate child survivors of the Holocaust on the shores of Lake Windermere.
  • Horizon: Cosmic Dawn – the Real Moment of Creation
    BBC4, 10:30pm – Recommended for… Physics and Religious Studies
    Forget the big bang. The real moment of creation was the cosmic dawn – the moment of first light. This is the scientific version of the story of Genesis.

Monday 10th May

  • Between the Covers
    BBC2, 7:30pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    Sara is joined by comedians Mel Giedroyc and Griff Rhys Jones, Strictly’s reigning champion Oti Mabuse and presenter Rick Edwards. They will all be sharing their favourite books, as well as reviewing this week’s two book club picks.

Tuesday 11th May

  • Hospital
    BBC2, 9pm – Recommended for… Medicine
    Hospital tells the story of the NHS in unprecedented times – a year spent reacting to the pandemic, which has left nearly five million people waiting for treatment in England alone. In determining who to treat first, doctors are forced to take incredibly difficult decisions as they battle to save lives and fight for patients to have the treatment they desperately need.
  • The Money Maker
    Channel 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Business Studies and Catering
    Entrepreneur Eric Collins visits The Sussex Kitchen in the grip of the Covid pandemic, where CEO Alex risks going bankrupt. Can Eric convince social media sceptic Alex to go online and save the business?
  • Double Cross: the True Story of the D-Day Spies
    BBC4, 9pm – Recommended for… History
    Writer and presenter Ben Macintyre reveals the gripping true story of the double agents who helped to make D-day a success, a triumph for espionage, deceit and twisted thinking.

Wednesday 12th May

  • Trevor McDonald and Charlene White: Had George Floyd Changed Britain?
    ITV, 9pm – Recommended for… Sociology, Politics, and History
    Trevor and Charlene explore the impact of George Floyd’s death on the UK in terms of activism, education and politics and what this reveals about our country’s deep-rooted racism.
  • Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause
    Channel 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Biology and Medicine
    Davina was 44 and felt like she was losing it – hot flushes, depression, mental fog. Now she tells her menopause story, busting midlife taboos from sex to hormone treatment.
  • Blitz: the Bombs that Changed Britain
    BBC4, 9pm – Recommended for… History
    Series examining the effects of individual bombs that fell during the Blitz, from their initial impact on individual lives right through to their consequences for World War Two and the present day.

Thursday 13th May

  • The Imitation Game
    Film4, 6:45pm – Recommended for… History and Computer Science
    Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this dramatisation of the code-breaking work of Alan Turing during the Second World War.
  • Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop and Power
    BBC1, 9pm – Recommended for… Music, PSHE, and Sociology
    Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock explores racism across the music industry and confronts her own experiences as the only black member of the band.

Friday 14th May

  • Unreported World: Dying for Democracy
    Channel 4, 7:30pm – Recommended for… Journalism and Politics
    A Burmese filmmaker’s on the front line in Myanmar as protestors defy the military junta’s coup. As pressure to release political prisoners grows, so does the bloody crackdown.
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