Unnatural Histories was a series with a message, and in the case of one of the episodes it even seemed to have some subliminal messaging going on (and perhaps the other two and we just didn't spot it). The basic premise was that the series was looking at three great "wildernesses" which have been made national parks and investigating whether or not it's really true that these are the last great spaces untouched by the hand of man.
Dan Snow's History of Congo
Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve
I've decided to change the way I'm writing about TV programmes, because we've increased the amount of TV we're watching (to try not to run out of space on the PVR) and it's been taking a lot of time to write long posts about each programme. So instead I'm going to do a post a week of mini-reviews of what we watched, and perhaps every now & then a longer post about something that particularly catches my attention.
The fourth episode of Andrew Marr's History of the World was mostly about the European Renaissance - but not about what happened during it. Instead it was about what happened in the rest of the world that made it possible for Europe to go from being a cultural backwater to a vibrant civilisation with pretensions towards becoming one of the dominant cultures of the world. We did open with the Vikings, tho, who were a little shoehorned into the theme (but you can't really miss them out).