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TER­RIFIC his­tory se­ries When the Moors Ruled in Europe ( Sun­day, 10pm, ABC) con­cludes with English his­to­rian Bet­tany Hughes ex­am­in­ing the com­pelling his­tory of the rise and fall of Is­lam in the West. Hughes looks at what the Chris­tians sought to hide and de­stroy, de­bunk­ing the ar­cane im­age of the Moor as a dark- skinned, di­a­bol­i­cal en­emy, and demon­strates how Mus­lims left an in­tel­lec­tual legacy that in­cludes the idea of ro­man­tic love, math­e­mat­ics, de­odor­ant and erec­tion creams. Hot Docs: The An­gel Mak­ers ( Tues­day, 11.05pm, SBS) is Astrid Bussink’s ob­ser­va­tional por­trait of the women of Nagyrev in rural Hun­gary, who be­tween 1914 and 1929 poi­soned an es­ti­mated 300 peo­ple with the so- called fly­pa­per method. It is a fas­ci­nat­ing tale of life and death, and the eter­nal strug­gle be­tween man and wo­man. Just as ir­re­sistible is Ver­sailles Sto­ries: Mar­ket­ing MarieAn­toinette ( Fri­day, 7.30pm, SBS), the story of the drive to re­fur­bish Marie- An­toinette’s cher­ished private quar­ters in the Petit Tri­anon, where she en­ter­tained lav­ishly. Ver­sailles’ pres­i­dent, charis­matic Chris­tine Al­banel, is de­ter­mined to trans­form the run- down es­tate into a big at­trac­tion and her team is go­ing to re- cre­ate the French queen’s fra­grance as a fundraiser. Catch part two of As It Hap­pened: Six Days in June ( Fri­day, 8.30pm, SBS), a look at Is­rael’s vic­tory in the Six Day War in 1967.

Graeme Blun­dell

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