Look back at nation's history
The Great British Story: A People's History BBC2, 9pm
THE 14th century was a tumultuous one in British history. There was the Black Death, the Peasants' Revolt, and the first recorded incident of a tap-dancing performance by Bruce Forsyth.
Delving into the records, historian Michael Wood, right, tracks the plague from Little Cornard, in Suffolk, to Abergavenny, in the Welsh borders, and from St Andrews to Dublin.
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In the aftermath of the Black Death, with more than half the population dead, British work patterns changed. Women entered the workforce as brewsters and shopkeepers and an early Page 3 model was empowered to bring out her own turnip-based perfume.
The Peasants' Revolt, led by Wat Tyler, no relation to ITV football commentator Martin, was defeated but the revolt was a major hurdle in overcoming serfdom in medieval England.
Indeed, the next century saw the rise of a new middle-class and Wood visits the oldest primary school in Britain, dating from 1437, to see how education played a big part in changing the fortunes of ordinary people, although even then many were saying A-levels were too easy.
Moving on, letters from a Norfolk village give us a medieval woman's take on love, marriage, and men. Basically you're looking at a 15th century Dear Deirdre.
Finally, in Lavenham Wood, a man who knows how to live, crawls down a Tudor sewer for some hopefully not too hands-on history and sees how the Big Society was launched at the beginning of our modern world.