8:00 pm – Ashes to Ashes
8:55 pm – Fake or Fortune
4/8 – Degas: Proving The Pose
Danseuse Bleue et Contrebasses, with an apparent signature by Edgar Degas. It had been bought as a Degas in 1948 with an outline provevance going back to the artists studio. Scientific analysis of the paint confirmed that it was consistent with the 1890s. Research confirmed the provenance and the painting was accepted as an authentic Degas and added to the catalogue raisonne.
4/15 – Thanet Coast Or Isle of Wright?
Three paintings attributed to J. M. W. Turner, The Beacon Light, Off Margate and Margate Jetty in the collection of the National Museum of Wales. These had been donated by two sisters – Gwendoline Davies and Margaret Davies. In the 1950s, they had been judged to be fake, but as a result of the programme’s research, are now accepted as genuine.
4/22 – Van Dyck: What Lies Beneath
A portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria, as St Catherine attributed to Anthony van Dyck, belonging to Mould. This was shown to be an incomplete portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria (wife of Charles I) which had later been enlarged and over painted.
9:55 – Secrets of the Dead
4/8 – The Silver Pharaoh
The royal tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes I is one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Egyptian treasures – even more remarkable than that of Tutankhamen. So why hasn’t the world heard about it? What mysteries does it contain? And what does it reveal about ancient Egypt?
4/15 – Blackbeard’s Lost Ship
Edward Teach, alias Blackbeard, was the most notorious pirate of his day. A marine archaeology team believes they have found his sunken flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, off the North Carolina coast. The remains of the shipwreck are helping solve the most enduring mystery surrounding the infamous pirate captain – did he accidentally run his ship aground, or was it a deliberate plot to betray his crew and cheat them out of their share of the plunder?
4/22 – Michelangelo Revealed
More than five centuries ago, Michelangelo Buonarroti was the darling of the Catholic Church. But five centuries later, new finds from art historian Antonio Forcellino revealed a darker side to the master artisan.