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Network TV BBC Week 34: Wednesday 24 August 2011

Wednesday 24 August 2011

National Treasures Live Ep 3/5

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 24 August
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE
Dan Snow and Sian Williams continue to bring history to life
Dan Snow and Sian Williams continue to bring history to life

Dan Snow and Sian Williams continue to bring history to life – live to the nation's living rooms. This week, the team are in Stratford-upon-Avon at an archaeological dig at Shakespeare's home.

This is an impressive dig excavating the foundations of the New Place, a grand townhouse that Shakespeare bought and lived in for the last six years of his life. Dan and Sian get their hands dirty as they bury a time capsule, intended as a gift for the archaeologists of the future.

In a lively mix of film reports, a team of reporters and the nation's favourite celebrities reveal some of the country's most mysterious, surprising and compelling stories. Tonight, Ruby Wax explores the history of psychiatry and learns whether the first Victorian asylums were the hotbeds of sadism and cruelty that gothic tradition suggests.

National Treasures Live is part of BBC Learning's Hands On History. Details are available at


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Village SOS

Wednesday 24 August
8.00-9.00pm BBC ONE

Its historic square may date back to the Roman era, but fewer and fewer people are marching to visit the Lincolnshire town of Caistor, which has lost many of its amenities in recent years.

Now, with Village SOS, the tide of visitors may be turning, thanks to a six-figure grant from the Big Lottery Fund and an imaginative scheme to change a disused chapel into an arts and heritage centre.

Helping the community project along is village champion Charlotte Hastings, who is swapping a glamorous lifestyle – she used to market London Fashion Week – for the rural town, which can't even boast a decent cappuccino.

But, as presenter Sarah Beeny finds out, Charlotte's frenetic London pace and drive could leave some ardent supporters out in the cold. Some parts of the scheme may have to be squeezed – but will personal loss be the community's gain?


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BBC TWO Wednesday 24 August 2011

Seven Wonders Of The Buddhist World

Wednesday 24 August
9.00-10.15pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 12 August)

In this fascinating documentary, historian Bettany Hughes travels to the Seven Wonders Of The Buddhist World and offers a unique insight into one of the most ancient belief systems still practised today.

Buddhism began 2,500 years ago when one man had an amazing internal revelation underneath a Peepul tree in India. Today it is practised by over 350 million people worldwide, with numbers continuing to grow year on year.

In an attempt to gain a better understanding of the different beliefs of practice that form the core of the Buddhist philosophy, and investigate how Buddhism started and where it travelled too, Hughes visits some of the most spectacular monuments built by Buddhists across the globe.

Her journey begins at the Mahabodhi Temple, India where Buddhism was born; here Hughes examines the foundations of the belief system – the three jewels.

At Nepal's Boudhanath Stupa she looks deeper into the concept of Dharma – the teaching of the Buddha, and at the Temple of the Tooth in Sri Lanka Hughes explores karma, the idea that our intentional acts will be mirrored in the future.

At Wat Pho Temple in Thailand, Hughes explores samsara, the endless cycle of birth and death that Buddhists seek to end by achieving enlightenment, before travelling to Angkor Wat, Cambodia to learn more about the practise of mediation.

In Hong Kong Hughes visits the Giant Buddha and looks more closely at Zen, before arriving at the final wonder, the Hsi Lai temple in Los Angeles to discover more about the ultimate goal for all Buddhists – nirvana.


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