Something for the weekend: The Musketeers and the Staffordshire Hoard

Sunday evening television is looking good for fans of historic fiction, with The Musketeers and Mr Selfridge going head to head. Or would you prefer a trip to the museum this weekend?


The Musketeers (Sunday, 9.00, BBC One) are still swashing their buckles. Athos, Aramis, Porthos and d’Artagnan are sent to Le Havre to escort a notorious merchant trader and explorer, Bonnaire (James Callis), to Paris to pay for breaking France’s trade treaty. When Bonnaire’s enemies attack, a simple task quickly becomes a fight for survival.


War looms in the third episode of Mr Selfridge (Sunday, 9.00, ITV) and some of Harry Selfridge’s (Jeremy Piven) American friends start fleeing the country. Harry makes the decision to stay in order to look after his business, and his wife Rose (Frances O’Connor) joins him. But plans are ruined when the announcement comes that Britain is at war with Germany.

So what takes your fancy: 16th-century Paris or 20th-century London? Let us know what you pick.

Birmingham Museum

If you’re looking to get out of the house, there are plenty of exhibitions and events around the country.

This weekend is the last opportunity until March to see the Staffordshire Hoard at Birmingham Museum. It will be closed to the public after Sunday 2 February until 15 March for conservation work. So take this opportunity to see this vast collection of gold and silver from seventh-century Britain.

From the kingdom of Mercia, the Hoard is made up of over 1,500 pieces, and was found in a farmer’s field in 2009.

Entry is free. Go to the Birmingham Museum website for more information.

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

Brutal Exposure: the Congo is a collection of photographs taken by missionary Alice Seeley Harris documents the brutal and violent history of the Congo under the control of Leopold II of Belgium in the 20th century.


Entry is free but parental guidance is required, as some of the images might be distressing. Brutal Exposure runs until 7 September.