ALSO LOOK OUT FOR…
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