From the history of Rome to the mystery of black holes, there’s plenty to attract curious minds in the coming week on Freeview.
Friday 19 October at 9pm
As this series demonstrates, engineers really do make the seemingly impossible possible. The first episode focuses on HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s new aircraft carrier, which has four acres of territory – that’s definitely ship shape!
Rome: A History of the Eternal City
Monday 22 October at 8pm
Historian Simon Sebag Montefiore dons his Panama hat once more for an exploration of the glory that was Rome. In the first episode, he explains the importance of worship, which was ever-present in ancient Rome, from the grand temple of the Pantheon to the not-so-grand underground sewers.
Inside the Tower of London
Tuesday 23 October at 9:15pm
This new series takes us behind the scenes at London’s 900 year-old castle. The famous Beefeaters are in the spotlight for the first episode. There’s also a look at the tower’s history, taking in the reign of William the Conqueror and the story of the princes in the tower.
Black Hole Apocalypse
PBS America (Freeview Channel 94)
Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 October at 7:50pm
In an out-of-this world documentary, astrophysicist Janna Levin explores the frontiers of black hole science, examining what the phenomenon says about the nature of space, time and gravity. Now that’s what we call deep (space).
And on-demand has some great documentaries too:
A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad
How did a mild-mannered eye doctor become the ruthless president who ordered chemical attacks on his own people? This absorbing series explores the rise of the Assad dynasty and looks at Syria’s prospects for the future.
With the centenary of the end of World War I coming up, this timely series has members of the Emmerdale cast following the stories of ordinary Yorkshire people whose lives were changed by history.