Monday, 8.30pm, History Early one morning in August 1535, a young woman rowed down the Thames River to retrieve a head left rotting on a pole on London Bridge. It was a highly risky thing to do, but Margaret More was determined to rescue the remains of her father, the greatest intellectual of Tudor England — Thomas More. Found guilty of treason by Henry VIII, More is one of the greatest names in British history but Margaret, his elder daughter, was also extraordinary. Growing up in a home filled with intellectual stimulus, she began to read at the age of three; her first book was Aesop’s Fables. She went on to change the history of education and the cultural life of a nation by encouraging a system that reflected real human experience through the classics, poetry, history and languages. Boys and girls of all social ranks began going to school. This fascinating BBC production is narrated by Cambridge University lecturer Helen Castor. married six times he’d have been a good judge. That aside, the Pulitzer prize-winning author, who died aged 84 in 2007, led the kind of amazing life that provides any program maker with a wealth of material to work with. For starters, he was only 16 when he went to Harvard University to study aeronautical engineering. After graduating in 1943, he joined the US Army and served in The Philippines — as a cook. The experience inspired the novel The Naked and the Dead. During his lifetime he wrote more than 60 books, many of them controversial, such as his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe who he reckoned was murdered by FBI and CIA agents. He also found time to father eight children. This wonderful documentary, directed by Joseph Mantegna, features fresh archival footage and interviews with the people who knew this working-class hero best, including Muhammad Ali.