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Lucy Worsley webchat – your questions answered on Jane Austen, chastity belts and Arsène Wenger

The television historian answered your questions about presenting from a bathtub, her posh accent and dancing with Len Goodman

2.06pm BST

Thanks for the questions. And I see some of you have already read my book Jane Austen At Home. You are people with taste and intelligence, and I salute you. The rest of you, you know what to do.

Watch out for our BBC2 documentary on Saturday night - Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors at 9pm. I've heard there is some football on, but you don't want to watch that.

2.05pm BST

badflower asks:

Given Hampton Court’s reputation for restless spirits, have you ever had a paranormal experience there – or anywhere else?

I have given people paranormal experiences at Hampton Court. Our curators office has a back door that opens on to a room called "the Haunted Gallery". Sometimes when we pop out, it freaks people out.
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Sunday's best TV: Louis Theroux – Savile; Hunting The Nazi Gold Train

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In the wake of Yewtree, Theroux reconsiders his own experiences with Jimmy Savile. Plus: Dan Snow goes in search of treasures plundered by the Nazis

7.30pm, Channel 4

Guy Martin targets the 25-year-old speed record for a human-powered boat. Attempting to pedal at an average speed of 21mph for 100m, he enlists a duo of Olympians: cyclist Chris Hoy for fitness tips, and sailor Ben Ainslie, who demonstrates hydrofoil tech used in the America’s Cup yachts. Will Martin’s own carbon-fibre catamaran and canoe fitted with a giant aeroplane propeller bag the record? Jonathan Wright

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Tuesday’s best TV: Wolf Creek, New York: America's Busiest City

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There’s campfire carnage in the explosive Aussie slasher spinoff, plus a treat for Yankophiles as the BBC gets under the skin of the Big Apple

Over three nights, this programme invites a team comprising historian Dan Snow, presenter and Paralympian Ade Adepitan, journalist Anita Rani and car bloke Ant Anstead to get under the skin of New York, to see how it works. Tonight, they broadcast from Grand Central Station. As they discover, all across the city, the real business isn’t on show, but going on under the surface. Not the event TV they no doubt hoped for, but not boring either. John Robinson

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Monday’s best TV: The Vikings Uncovered; Marcella; James May: The Reassembler

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There’s compelling evidence for a Viking presence in North America, a new suspense drama from the creator of The Bridge and James May tinkering away with a lawnmower to compelling effect. Plus the best movies and sports action

As if to prove that we are living in a fantastical future replete with spectacular job titles, space archaeologist Dr Sarah Parcak employs satellite images of Earth to develop accurate imagery of otherwise long-lost historic settlements. Using this technology, Parcak joins historian Dan Snow and a team of experts who go to extraordinary lengths to prove (or disprove) claims first made in Viking sagas that their settlers explored locations as far-flung as North America some 1,200 years ago – centuries before Christopher Columbus. Mark Gibbings-Jones

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‘Did the empire do any good?’ British TV is revising India’s history. Again | Amit Chaudhuri

From Dan Snow to Sue Perkins, presenters are adopting a tone of gentle indulgence towards the era. The old days are upon us

In the early 1980s India, Britain’s defunct empire, underwent a “zombie-like revival”, as Salman Rushdie described it in his exasperated essay Outside the Whale. Raj nostalgia pervaded film projects such as Octopussy, Gandhi and The Jewel in the Crown. Above them, Rushdie wrote, “hung the fantasy that the British empire represented something ‘noble’ or ‘great’ about Britain; that it was, in spite of all its flaws and meannesses and bigotries, fundamentally glamorous.”

Related: The best exotic nostalgia boom: why colonial style is back

Related: Narendra Modi endorses Britain paying damages to India for colonial rule

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World’s Busiest Railway 2015; Muslim Drag Queens – review: 'I'm worried for your safety'

Last night’s TV featured some remarkable risk-taking, from the Indian commuters running the risk of Mumbai’s suburban railyway, to the drag queens taking to the stage in a burka and niqab, then stripping them off

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus – or just Cst if you don’t trust yourself to remember that extra h – was the subject of the first night of World’s Busiest Railway 2015 (BBC2), part of the Beeb’s India season. Treble-hosted by Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Robert Llewellyn with what sometimes appeared to be heavily caffeinated enthusiasm, this was a whistle-stop tour through some very impressive numbers.

Cst plays host to 1,500 trains a day. Each of these trains carries up to 5,000 people. The incredible throughput relies on some inventive practicalities – there are no ticket barriers, and passengers can “double discharge” on to platforms either side of the train – and some alarming safety compromises:
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Strictly Come Dancing's next contestant will be revealed on tonight's One Show

The Wanted's Jay McGuiness has only just been announced for Strictly Come Dancing but we won't have to wait long to find out who will be joining him.

The show's communications manager Chris McCluskey has revealed that the next star for this year's show will be unveiled tonight (August 24) on BBC One's The One Show.

Let's have another one! Next @bbcstrictly celeb will be confirmed Tonight on The One Show - from 7pm on @BBCOne http://t.co/TOv31XJAn4

— Chris McCluskey (@chris_maccc) August 24, 2015

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 lineup rumours: Which celebrities could take part this year?

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 winner: We rank the celebrities' chances of topping BBC One's dance-off

Alex Jones is joined by guest presenter Richard Blackwood on tonight's show, which airs for half an hour from 7pm. Sanjeev Bhaskar, Dan Snow and Anita Rani are on the sofa.

McGuiness was the tenth celebrity to join 2015's series,
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Goodness Gracious Me cast reuniting in one-off special to celebrate India

The cast of Goodness Gracious Me are reuniting for a one-off BBC Two special to celebrate Indian culture.

After the success of their 2014 comeback special, the cast announced plans for another reunion earlier this year - with Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nina Wadia and Kulvinder Ghir all confirmed to return.

The reunion fits in with the BBC's announcement of a major season of programmes to celebrate Indian culture across all of its channels.

As part of this season of programming, Sue Perkins will front an hour-long show about the city of Kolkata on BBC One.

She said: "At the start of this journey, there were two things I knew about Kolkata: The Black Hole and Mother Theresa. It was a privilege to experience life beyond the clichés and to witness the vibrancy, chaos and multi-culturalism of Bengal first hand."

Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Robert Llewellyn will present the World's
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Armada: 12 Days To Save England review – a fascinating account of an epic event

Dan Snow single-handedly saves England from the pesky Spanish. Plus a smashing documentary in Demolition: The Wrecking Crew

Summer, 1588, and England faces an overwhelming threat. We’re on the verge of invasion: this is Armada: 12 Days To Save England (BBC2, Sunday). Dan Snow strolls purposefully and Englishly along Albion’s white cliffs. It looks like he’s going to see those cheeky Spaniards off himself, hold a big manly hand up over the Channel and say: no way Jose. Or no way Felipe II, who was in charge at the time over there, when Elizabeth the Never Dunnit was on the throne here.

You can see what got Philip’s goatee about England; we were basically the Somalia of the day in terms of piracy, helped ourselves to anything that took our fancy, and rewarded our pirates with knighthoods. Plus Elizabeth had turned Phillip down years earlier, after making him
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The Mary Rose: A Timewatch Guide now on FilmOn

The Mary Rose: A Timewatch Guide now on FilmOn
Take a trip back in time to when the Mary Rose was still sailing the seas in the BBC television special “The Mary Rose: A Timewatch Guide.” The television program is available on FilmOn. “The Mary Rose: A Timewatch Guide” follows the search and excavation for the British maritime ship, the Mary Rose. The special also shows how much the project added to underwater archaeology as we know it. Here’s more about the special. “Historian Dan Snow explores the greatest maritime archaeology project in British history – the Mary Rose. Using 40 years of BBC archive footage Dan charts how the Mary Rose was discovered, excavated and eventually raised, and [ Read More ]

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EastEnders' Anita Dobson to play Queen Elizabeth I in BBC documentary

Anita Dobson has been cast as Queen Elizabeth I in a documentary for BBC Two.

The EastEnders actress will play the historical figure in reconstructions of her intimate life.

The documentary, currently known as Armada, will air on BBC Two this spring.

Historian Dan Snow will front the three-part programme with a selection of experts, while CGI will also play a role.

Dobson is famous for playing Angie Watts in EastEnders, and has also appeared in New Tricks, Casualty and Red Dwarf.

She also took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2009.

Dobson said: "Elizabeth I is a gift of a role, and one I've always hoped I'd get the opportunity to play.

"It's been a real honour to work with the BBC History team to recreate these pivotal moments in history, and playing a queen was one of the most enjoyable times I've had!"
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August 12th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Motel Hell, Proxy, The Toxic Avenger

For the second week of August, horror fans can look forward to a fun array of titles arriving on DVD and Blu-ray this week, including the Troma classic The Toxic Avenger, the cult classic Motel Hell from Scream Factory and the recent indie horror film Proxy.

Also arriving this week are the latest animated Batman feature, A Haunted House 2, a few more indie slasher films, including Crawl or Die and Bunnyman Massacre, as well as the long-awaited re-release of Santa Sangre on DVD from Severin Films.

Spotlight Titles:

Motel Hell Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray & DVD Combo)

You really are what you eat with Farmer Vincent’s smoked meat in this creepy horror yarn that ’packs a punch that goes way beyond mere terror’ (Boxoffice). Vincent’s popular products contain a special ingredient that the psychotic farmer and his sister would literally kill to keep a secret! Starring
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Horror Film The Quiet Ones Will Jolt You

Horror Film The Quiet Ones Will Jolt You
To the extent that horror film The Quiet Ones is at all notable, it's largely thanks to the work of sound supervisor Dan Snow and his team of audio technicians.

Whether it's the sound of a champagne bottle being uncorked, or of bodies slammed into walls by unseen forces, it's the audio crew's handiwork that gives Quiet Ones, directed by John Pogue, its occasional jolts.

Very loosely based on a true story, the film is largely set in a sprawling, dilapidated, isolated British country estate, which is where professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) moves Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke), his troubled young mental patient, after his research funding is pulled. With a Noble Prize as his goal, he's trying to prove that the havoc wrought by the evil spirit supposedly h...
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Murder on the Victorian Railway; Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline – TV review

There were some nice moments in this docu-drama about a man killed on a train, but there has been rather a lot about railways on our screens recently

Maybe British Rail was offering a Groupon deal to anyone working in TV. Or a bunch of commissioning editors on a management "Think the Unthinkable" business class away-day collectively channelled railways. If not, I can only assume dozens of documentary film-makers woke up on the same day with the same idea. How else do you explain why the TV schedules have been Od-ing with trains over the past few weeks? We've had Dan Snow shouting about the history of the railway in Britain. We've had yet more of Michael Portillo's whimsical train journeys – though it is possible these might have been repeats; it's rather hard to tell. We've even had the history of model railways. And we are currently stuck in
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Is BBC's Martin Davidson honest? Make no bones about it | Media Monkey

A bunch of bananas to BBC history and business commissioning editor Martin Davidson for his disarming honesty. At a BBC2 dinner in London on Tuesday night to unveil the channel's new history programmes a lot of the talk was about Channel 4's documentary about the discovery of the skeleton of Richard III, which drew 3.7 million viewers the previous evening. Martin kicked off his speech to hacks about "giving history back to the storytellers" by saying he felt he had to unburden himself of something. "I was the one who turned down the Richard III car park programme," he admitted. D'oh! Presenter Dan Snow applauded him for his honesty. Even when Martin went on to add that he may have missed a trick when he once saw a Japanese business programme, not thinking that it would later go on to become the hit show that is Dragons' Den. Still at
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