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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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Tennis: Wimbledon | BBC One 2 July 12:20pm

Tennis: Wimbledon | BBC One 2 July 12:20pm
Sue Barker and guests keep an eye out for shock upsets and heroic third-round encounters, as the tournament ends its first week with third round singles matches.

Coverage continues throughout the week on BBC One and BBC Two.

July 2 @ 12:20
12:20 — 17:00 (4h 40′)

BBC One

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Rochelle Humes: Interior Designer in the Making | W 4 July 2022

Rochelle Humes: Interior Designer in the Making | W 4
With an eye for detail, a short course in interior design and bags of enthusiasm, Rochelle Humes, entrepreneur, TV presenter, former pop star and mum of three, creates inspirational spaces for deserving families who are all out of ideas.

Rochelle visits each family to see the problem spaces for herself before getting to work on creating designs, changing layouts and choosing colour schemes for her new clients, supported by friend and mentor, interior designer Sally O’Connor.

Episode 4

Helen & Matt: Rochelle designs a master bedroom for Helen & Matt from Milton Keynes. Helen’s cancer diagnosis had kept her bed-bound, but now recovered, Helen is keen to leave all the bad memories behind.

July 4 @ 20:00
20:00 — 21:00 (1h)

W

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Freedom : 50 Years Of Pride | Channel 4 2 July 2022

Freedom : 50 Years Of Pride | Channel 4 2
The inspiring and important story of five decades of LGBTQ+ activism, told by the people who were there. This year marks the 50th anniversary of UK Pride. In this feature-length documentary, made in collaboration with Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry, and playwright Joe Robertson and the BFI, Channel 4 looks back at the origins and development of a remarkable movement. With contributions from people with a close relationship to Pride from across the decades – including Olly Alexander, Bimini, Lady Phyll, Sir Ian McKellen, Holly Johnson, Peter Tatchell, Cat Burns, MNEK, Tom Robinson, and Lucia Blayke – it weaves interview testimony and archive material with a series of specially-shot performances at London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern. By turn heart-warming, mischievous, funny, shocking, and moving, this film explores the battles fought and the shifts in attitudes that have characterised queer activism over the last half-century; and explores the ways in which these changes have been influenced by and reflected at Pride. It tells some remarkable personal stories of courage, love, support, anger and determination that have defined 50 years of UK Pride. Part protest, part party, part performance, Pride has been and remains a vital, political, celebratory part of the ongoing battle for LGBTQ+ human rights. Exec Prods: Stephen Daldry, Joe Robertson, Alexander Leith, Simon George, Danielle Peck; Dirs: Peter Sweasey, Kim Maddever, Grace Chapman; Prod Co: BBC Studios

July 2 @ 20:00
20:00 — 21:30 (1h 30′)

Channel 4

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