Culture Vulture: our guide to the week’s entertainment

Tuesday 22 February 2022

Today is a good day for those who, like me, have an interest in industrial history and science. I want to highlight three programmes.

Fred Dibnah’s Made in Britain: the road to steel city BBc4 7.30pm

The former steeplejack visits a forge in Sheffield.

Rigs Of Nigg BBC4 9pm

The story of how over 5,000 workers came together in the Cromarty Firth during the 70s to create structures previously thought to be unbuidable and to withstand elements considered unsurvivable.

The secret Science of sewage BBC4 10pm

How renewable resources and undiscovered life are being found in sewage.

Wednesday 23 February 2022

Sex Revolutions: The Right to Pleasure Sky Arts 12am (1/2)

An exploration of the effect of the sexual revolution on society from the 1950s to the 2000s, from contraception, feminism and LGBT isssues to censorship and sexual eductation.

Thursday 24 February 2022

The Big Freeze: Winter ’63 Channel 5 9pm

The Big Freeze began on December 24, 1962, when a belt of rain over northern Scotland turned to snow and it continued for 10 weeks leading to the coldest recorded winter since 1739. Temperatures dipped to such extremes that rivers and even stretches of the sea froze. In Braemar, the temperature fell to -22.2C on January 18, 1963. Joanna Lumley recalls being snowed in a boarding school in Kent for Pete Waterman John Craven and Gloria Hunniford are among the celebrities sharing their memories.

The Third Man (1949) BBC4 8pm

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Friday 25 February 2022

Inside culture with Mary Beard: Women on top (1/5) BBC2 7.30pm

Mary Beard explores how thousands of years of stories and images stereotyping women have shaped our thinking and what this means for women who are in positions of power today.

And on Netflix

Vikings Valhalla season one is available from Friday 25 February. It’s a spinoff of the hit Netflix show Vikings. A hundred years have passed and a new generation of legendary heroes arises to forge its own destiny — and make history.

Selected by Pat Harrington with assistance from Henry Falconer

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