Culture Vulture: our guide to the week’s entertainment

Monday, 22 November 2021

Sky Showcase 9 pm Royal Bastards. The rise of the Tudors in three docudramas this being the first.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Channel 5 10 pm Doomsday Volcano: The Next Pompeii explores the history and science behind a supervolcano hidden several miles beneath Yellowstone National Park in the US and assesses the possible dangers. Just when you thought climate change was all you had to worry about!

BBC4 10:30 pm The Mayflower Pilgrims: Behind the myth is a documentary exploring the Pilgrims’ journey west across the Atlantic in the 17th century. Celebrated each year at Thanksgiving, the event has become shrouded in myth.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

PBS America 6:45 pm The Pilgrims. More programming scheduled around Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims’ narrative has been shrouded in myth, embedded in the US in Thanksgiving Day feasts, football, and parades. Who were the men and women who constituted this multifarious band of English Protestants? The Pilgrims chronicles the deep history, origins, and critical first decade of the first permanent English colony in New England.

Also on Thursday on Sky Documentaries at 9 pm is Wirecard: A €1 Billion Lie lifts the lid on the scandal surrounding financial payment firm Wirecard.

Looking ahead a little further from the 1st to the 31st of December 2021 Scottish Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre so why not let them and Tchaikovsky’s score transport you to a land of dreams?

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