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Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World | ITV 24 March 2022

Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World | ITV 24

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“I’m on an adventure to three of the world’s greatest cities. They are constantly evolving and I want to experience the real essence of them.” Joanna Lumley

The nation’s favourite travel companion, Dame Joanna Lumley, is on an adventure to three of the world’s greatest cities, Berlin, Paris and Rome, for this brand-new ITV documentary series.

Joanna will be heading off the beaten track to explore and capture the secret delights of these magnificent destinations, to learn more about their history and cultural traditions and revel in the eclectic hustle and bustle of the people that give each city such a unique identity. From the quirky to the downright eccentric, Joanna’s ambition is to get under the skin of these great capitals and to explore their lesser-known gems.

From going behind the scenes at the Moulin Rouge to touring Berlin on the back of a motorbike with an all-girl Biker group, Joanna will immerse herself with the rich and powerful, the alternative and bizarre as well as the less fortunate.

Bringing her trademark curiosity, humour and genuine sense of wonder, Joanna will capture a side of these cities that she’s never encountered before, whilst also showing them in all their epic glory.

Episode 2: Rome

In episode two, Joanna continues her travels to Rome, a city like no other on earth. She zips into the city on the back of a Vespa to get her first glimpse of the beauty that awaits.

The Pantheon and Trevi Fountain are the first sites ticked off the list. Joanna says: “It’s very charming and because of the film ‘Three Coins in a Fountain’, people always throw coins into the fountain and it meant that if you throw a coin in, you would come back to Rome. I’d empty my bank of coins and come and live in Rome!”

Joanna considers Rome’s history and how it became a playground for glitzy film stars. She meets one of the city’s most famous Paparazzi to hear tales of fights with Mick Jagger, the allure of Katharine Hepburn and how one of the photos he took could have singlehandedly paid for a new house!

Before dawn, Joanna heads to the Vatican Museum for a 5.15am date with the gatekeeper responsible for a total of 2791 keys. He reveals the secret hiding place of the only key to the Sistine Chapel itself and together they unlock miles of corridors filled with exquisite treasures, leading to the Sistine Chapel.

Admiring the breath-taking artwork, Joanna says “I remember reading that when Michelangelo was painting this, he got so tired and he said, I’m a useless painter, I’m wrecking it…He was just a genius, he had no idea! I will never forget this. Being alone in The Sistine Chapel.”

Joanna has a quick lesson from a master of pizza-making and after perfecting her dough, she enjoys their creation for lunch; a square pizza made using chickpea paste, radish and lashings of Italian honey.

After being unable to resist a visit to The Colosseum, which is over 2000 years old and still dominates the city, Joanna is reminded of some of the city’s darker history. She heads to The Opera House to meet the cast of a new operatic production of Julius Caesar, just days before its world premiere.

This prompts Joanna to visit the very spot where the most famous assassination in history took place. Accompanied by an archaeologist, Joanna says: “It is so exciting to be allowed inside somewhere no one is allowed to go at the moment. Nobody comes down here. Nobody. Can you imagine the scene? 23 stabs, the killing of Julius Caesar. It is extraordinary to be here.”

The site is in desperate need of renovation and it’s now the trend for private businesses to fund Rome’s restoration. The famous Jewellers Bulgari is funding plans for this site’s refurbishment.

Joanna visits the jeweller’s flagship store and is shown some of the great treasures that they have bought back from famous stars, including a necklace worn by Elizabeth Taylor when she met Queen Elizabeth, worth more than $12 million. Along with items worn by Hollywood legend Gina Lollobrigida, now aged 94, who Joanna gets to meet.

Finally, Joanna travels to the outskirts of town to an abandoned factory that has become a very unusual art gallery. And she tracks down a very special little church tucked away in the back streets of the city…

March 24 @ 21:00
21:00 — 22:00 (1h)

ITV

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The Black Death: Lucy Worsley Investigates | BBC Two 31 May 2022

The Black Death: Lucy Worsley Investigates | BBC Two 31
Series 1 Episode 2

For centuries it was uncertain what caused the pestilence of 1348, until a vast plague pit was uncovered in Smithfield, London in the 1980s. The find revealed the bones of hundreds of victims of the 14th century pandemic.

Now stored in the basement of the Museum of London, Lucy learns how DNA extracted from the skeletons enabled scientists to finally identify a bacteria called Yersinia Pestis – a pathogen to which the mediaeval population had no immunity.

In little more than a year, almost half the population had been wiped out by the Black Death. Lucy investigates what this sudden loss of life meant for the church, landowners and for the those who survived.

Exploring the social structure of mediaeval England, made up largely of rural peasants indentured to landowners, Lucy discovers a rare and remarkable set of documents: the Court Rolls of the Suffolk village of Walsham the Willows, providing a perfect microcosm of life across the country before, during and after the pandemic.

Lucy discovers how, despite the unfolding apocalypse, rather than shaking people’s belief in God, it entrenched their faith. Many went on devotional pilgrimages to sacred sites like Canterbury Cathedral.

Despite the devastation, the plague propagated a shake-up of the status quo. Workers were in short supply and could demand higher wages, shifting the balance of power. Women occupied professions and roles that were previously closed to them and acquired an independence and status that would previously have been impossible.

May 31 @ 21:00
21:00 — 22:00 (1h)

BBC Two

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Guy Garvey: From the Vaults 1981 | Sky Arts 3 June 2022

Guy Garvey: From the Vaults 1981 | Sky Arts 3
Series 3 Episode 4

Clips in this episode all come from 1981 – a year of significant breakthroughs and TV debuts as New Order, Depeche Mode and Soft Cell appear on screen for the first time in some rare and unseen footage. It was also the year in which the charts were ruled by Planet Pop, as children’s TV brings us classic hits from Adam and the Ants, Kirsty MacColl, Kim Wilde and Toyah. There’s a Stiff Records connection between featured artists Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Madness, The Belle Stars and Dave Edmunds with The Stray Cats, while mod revivalists Secret Affair perform their final charting single on Get It Together. Guy also takes a look at interviews from The Human League’s Philip Oakey, as well as Simon Le Bon and John Taylor from Duran Duran.

June 3 @ 20:00
20:00 — 21:00 (1h)

Sky Arts

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Live Heineken Champions Cup Rugby – Final : La Rochelle v Leinster | Channel 4 28 May 4:15pm

Junior Bake Off | Channel 4 28 January 5:00pm
The Heineken Champions Cup reaches its climax with live coverage of the Final at the iconic Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. Lee McKenzie presents as French side La Rochelle take on Irish giants Leinster. La Rochelle are playing in their second final in a row, having finished as runners-up last season to Toulouse. Coach and Munster legend Ronan O’Gara will have an extra impetus to get one over on his old enemy from his playing days. But four-time winners Leinster will be keen to go level with Toulouse and claim a joint-record fifth Champions Cup title. Lee is joined by Springboks legend Bryan Habana and former England captain Dylan Hartley. Ed Jackson is on reporting duties, with Miles Harrison, Nolli Waterman and Jamie Heaslip in the commentary box. Exec Prod: Cerith Williams; Prod: Gethin Hughes; Prod Co: Sunset+Vine Cymru

May 28 @ 16:15
16:15 — 19:15 (3h)

Channel 4

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