Documentary, presented by Lucy Worsley, which uses dramatised testimony to tell the story of a group of working-class women conducting a dangerous campaign for the vote and the attempts by the state to stop them. Lucy explores the actions of these women as their campaign becomes more and more dangerous, and she has access to an amazing range of artefacts, from hunger-striking medals to defused bombs and private letters between the government and the press. The decisive and largely negative role that members of Parliament played is explored, as is that of the police, both in the ways in which the suffragettes’ demonstrations were handled and the covert and sometimes violent tactics that were used against them. As the actions of the suffragettes became increasingly extreme, it would take a world-changing event to stop their campaign in its tracks and allow some form of equality at the ballot box.
The Space Shuttle: Triumph and Tragedy (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 4th June 2018)
Documentary about the iconic spacecraft. NASA engineers reveal how they pushed technology to new limits when they created the Shuttle. Historian Roland White suggests the original intention for the Shuttle was to use it to carry out spying missions. And NASA’s Wayne Hale remembers the Challenger disaster.
Mackintosh: Glasgow’s Neglected Genius (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 5th June 2018)
Documentary in which Glasgow artist Lachlan Goudie examines the life, work and legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s most celebrated architect and designer. The film examines Mackintosh’s iconic buildings, notably the Glasgow School of Art, as well as his own personal story. Little known at home, his work found favour on the continent and he continued to create remarkable pieces of art into his later years despite struggling for work and having to endure real poverty.
Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow (Channel 4/Not HD on Freesat, so like watching in B&W | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 6th June 2018)
In a first for railway restoration, teams of restoration experts from across Britain take four of the most iconic carriages ever to run on the railways and restore them to their former glory. The carriages come from different eras, spanning 100 years of railway travel – ranging from a wooden coach from 1864, on the Isle of Wight, to a royal coach used by Queen Victoria, and a glamorous Pullman dining car from 1960. The show is presented by Peter Snow and Henry Cole. While Peter keeps across the ups and downs of each restoration, Henry explores what it was like to be a passenger during different eras of rail travel. The first episode comes from the stunning Vale of Llangollen in North Wales, where a passionate team of restorers try to bring a dilapidated carriage from 1912 back to life. The carriage was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley – who went on to build The Flying Scotsman.
Secrets of the Chocolate Factory: Inside Cadbury (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 7th June 2018)
Documentary celebrating the history of one of Britain’s iconic institutions. For almost 200 years, Cadbury has been the home of chocolate, making a staggering 350 tonnes of milk chocolate a day. It’s far more than just a factory as from the beginning it set out to build a magical place for its employees. However, it’s not always been a sweet story.
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.