TV and radio: what to tune into next week (19–25th February 2016)

Can't decide which programmes to watch or listen to next week? Here are 10 you won't want to miss...

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives. (BBC/Sheetal Mallar)
 
The Lost City Of The Pharaohs 
Channel 5
Friday 19th February, 8.00pm
 
Kicking off a double-bill devoted to Egyptology, here’s a documentary that follows archaeologists using cutting-edge techniques to try to discover the location of Pi-Ramesse, an eight-square-mile settlement built by Ramesses II. Followed by King Tut’s Tomb: The Hidden Chamber (9.00pm), which looks at archaeologist Dr Nicholas Reeves’ ideas on why we may be close to finding Nefertiti’s tomb. 
 
 
 
The Seventies 
Sky Arts 
Friday 19th February, 9.00pm
 
A six-part series examining US history in the era of Watergate, the oil crisis and disco. It begins with a look at how television changed through the decade. Those with satellite TV may also want to check out David Baddiel On The Silk Road (Discovery, Sunday 21st February, 9.00pm), which finds the comedian exploring the world’s most famous trade route.
 
 
 

Pick of the Week…

 
Kipling’s Indian Adventure 
BBC Two
Saturday 20th February, 9.15pm
 
In 1882, 16-year-old Rudyard Kipling set sail from Tilbury to the land of his birth, India. How did the next few years shape the young writer’s life? Patrick Hennessey follows in Kipling’s footsteps and profiles an adventurer and rebel who did so much to shape how, even today, we see India. 
 
 
 
Dickensian 
BBC One 
Sunday 21st February, 6.25pm
 
Tony Jordan’s costume drama based on characters from the novels of Charles Dickens concludes with a 50-minute episode centred on the wedding day of Amelia Havisham (Tuppence Middleton). As anyone who has read Great Expectations will testify, this likely isn’t going to end well…
 
 
 

Tuppence Middleton as Amelia Havisham in Dickensian. (BBC/Red Planet Pictures/Todd Anthony)
 
Storyville: The Black Panthers
BBC Four 
Sunday 21st February, 9.00pm
 
Beyoncé’s recent Super Bowl appearance has led to an upsurge in interest in the Black Panthers. It’s an apposite time, then, for Stanley Nelson’s excellent feature-length documentary tracing the history of the radical US civil rights group to receive its TV premiere. 
 
 
 
Incarnations: India In 50 Lives 
Radio 4
Monday 22nd February, 1.45pm
 
The weekday series tracing India’s history through some of its most notable figures returns with another 25 episodes. Professor Sunil Khilnani’s first subject is Lala Deen Dayal, who in 1885 became court photographer to the hugely wealthy sixth Nizam of Hyderabad.
 
 
 
The Renaissance Unchained 
BBC Four
Monday 22nd February, 9.00pm
 
For episode two of his revisionist take on the Renaissance, Waldemar Januszczak focuses on Italy. The influence of the classical world is often emphasised in appreciations of Giotto and those who followed, but Januszczak is more interested in how the work of Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael was meant to inspire religious devotion.  
 
 

Renaissance Unchained. (BBC/ZCZ Films/Owen Scurfield)
 
Verdun – The Sacred Wound 
Radio 4
Wednesday 24th February, 11.00am
 
Professor David Reynolds concludes his history of the battle of Verdun (February–December 1916) and its aftermath. Why did this attritional meeting between French and German forces do so much to shape both countries? Reynolds also looks at how a battle associated with French national remembrance took on new symbolism amidst efforts to rebuild Europe post-1945.
 
 
 
The Story Of China 
BBC Two 
Thursday 25th February, 9.00pm
 
Michael Wood concludes his epic series by considering how violent revolutions – including the Taiping and Boxer rebellions – are key to understanding modern China. As well as following in Mao’s Long March footsteps, Wood meets a survivor of the Japanese massacre in Nanjing in 1937.
 
 
Read Michael Wood's 'The Six Ages of China' here.
 
World War Two: A Timewatch Guide 
BBC Four
Thursday 25th February, 9.00pm
 
Military historian Saul David takes a trawl through the BBC archives to see how our view of the Second World War has changed over the past 70 years. Essentially a clips show, yes, but there are some truly remarkable clips here.   
 
 
 
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