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It’s cov­ered else­where in th­ese pages (see fea­ture on page 34), but it would be re­miss not to flag up

Civil­i­sa­tions (BBC Two, March), the nine-part up­date of the clas­sic 1969 art his­tory se­ries. This time around, the fo­cus is global rather than just the west, and the pre­sen­ters are Si­mon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olu­soga.

On BBC Ra­dio 4, forth­com­ing episodes of Cost­ing the Earth in­clude ‘He­roes of the Reef’ ( Tues­day 27 Fe­bru­ary), fo­cus­ing on Char­lie Veron, a sci­en­tist who has been div­ing on the Great Bar­rier Reef for half a cen­tury. Why were his warn­ings in the 1980s about ris­ing sea tem­per­a­tures and coral bleach­ing ig­nored? On Thurs­day 1 March, the ever-ex­cel­lent In Our Time finds Melvyn Bragg and guests turn­ing their at­ten­tion to mil­i­tary strategist Sun Tzu of The Art of War fame.

Over on BBC Ra­dio 3, Sun­day Fea­ture: Blind, Black and Blue (Sun­day 11 March), made en­tirely by a vis­ually im­paired team, looks at why blind mu­si­cians were so key in the blues tra­di­tion of the Amer­i­can South, from the 1920s on­wards. Gary O’Donoghue presents. Mean­while, The Mu­sic of Time (BBC World Ser­vice, Satur­day 3 March) sees Chris Hard­ing chart­ing the his­tory of Ja­pan’s em­brace of jazz and other forms of western mu­sic.

Among the high­lights on Yes­ter­day, there’s a wel­come re­peat for the fas­ci­nat­ing Full Steam Ahead ( Tues­day 13 March), in which Ruth Goodman, Alex Lang­lands and Pe­ter Ginn ex­plore how the Vic­to­rian rail­ways did so much to cre­ate mod­ern Bri­tain.

Re­vis­it­ing the golden age of the rail­ways in Full Steam Ahead

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