Restaurant critic Giles Coren and comedian Sue Perkins experience the food culture of years gone by. Tonight, they grab their ration books for one week and chomp their way through the food of 1940s World War II Britain. During blackouts and air raids they eat spam and dried egg, have some GIs round for tea and see what Churchill was eating in his Cabinet War Rooms.
In the final episode, Giles and Sue travel back to the early days of the Roman Empire. Living in a splendid villa, Senator Giles dons a toga while Vestal Virgin Sue dresses in tunics and keeps the fires of Rome burning.
This time around, Giles and Sue discover the culinary delights of the bright young things in the 1920s. Chef for the week is food writer Allegra McEvedy, providing aspic-inspired cookery. 'It' girl Sue gets a real bob and Giles dresses in the dandyish fashions of the period.
From iconic cultural contributions, to life-saving game-changers in science and medicine, France has been a major contributor in shaping our modern world. France gave us tools that allowed us to explore unimaginable places and helped perfect the finer things in life. We all owe France a toast to the wonderful world we live in. To celebrate these great contributions, we're going to run a thought experiment and strip them all away, leaving the world in crisis.
Albert Lin travels to the famous Machu Picchu, where LiDAR technology reveals evidence of an even older civilisation's involvement.
In this episode, we explore the changing role of the Windsors' relationship to the Commonwealth and the political upheaval in the world during the 60s and 70s. Former colonies move to independence, often bringing violence. Tours to these parts of the world are under threat and the British and other former colonial powers struggle to come to terms with a new world order and diminished power.