TV & radio: what to tune into next week (11-17 March 2017)

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

The Last Kingdom. (BBC/Carnival/Steffan Hill)
The Last Kingdom. (BBC/Carnival/Steffan Hill)
Archive On 4: The Mind In The Media 
Radio 4
Saturday 11 March, 8.00pm
 
Author Nathan Filer, who became a psychiatric nurse in 1999, considers how representations of mental health in both fiction and the news have changed over the years. It’s a story of increasing understanding – in the 1980s, notes Alastair Campbell, editors weren’t interested in running pieces on depression – but one where many myths still prevail.
 
 
Call The Midwife 
BBC One
Sunday 12 March, 8.00pm
 
We’re at series finale time in Poplar as Sister Julienne oversees the opening of a family-planning clinic. Oh, and there’s a wedding too. Rather different in tone, SS-GB (BBC One, 9.00pm) finds Archer caught up in a battle between Kellermann and Huth, and contemplating whether to help free the king.
 
 


Call the Midwife. (BBC/Neal Street Productions/Sophie Mutevelian)

 
Britain In Focus: A Photographic History 
BBC Four
Monday 13 March, 9.00pm
 
Eamonn McCabe’s series about snaps and snappers focuses on the first half of the 20th century, and especially how photographers reacted to the conflict’s great events, including the two world wars and the Great Depression. On Thursday 16 March, Smile! The Nation’s Family Album (BBC Four, 9.00pm) puts a social history spin on family photos. 
 
The Long View 
Radio 4
Tuesday 14 March, 9.00am
 
The series looking at the present through the prism of the past returns. First up, Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland considers parallels and differences between Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the US-Mexican border and the 2,500-mile Great Hedge of India, built in the 19th century to help the British regulate trade in India.
 
1066: A Year To Conquer England 
BBC Two 
Tuesday 14 March, 9.00pm
 
Dan Snow concludes his three-part series on 1066 and all that. Tonight, this means the tale of how Harold, having defeated the Vikings at Stamford Brook, then had to head 300 miles south to meet William’s invaders, an encounter that reshaped British and European history. Juliet Stevenson narrates.
 
 


1066: A Year To Conquer England. (BBC)

 
Mutiny 
Channel 4
Tuesday 14 March, 9.00pm
 
Episode three of the series recreating Captain William Bligh’s epic journey of survival finds the crew facing a 1,600-mile passage through the treacherous waters of the Coral Sea. When their tiny boat is becalmed, cabin fever sets in. Might this, ironically enough, lead to mutiny?
 
 
Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story 
BBC Four
Wednesday 15 March, 8.00pm
 
Founded in Nottingham in 1888, Raleigh grew to become the biggest bicycle manufacturer in the world. This documentary, which will make those of a certain age deeply nostalgic for Choppers, traces the company’s story through a mix of archive footage and interviews. 
 
Find out more here and you can listen to TV producer Steve Humphries chatting about Pedalling Dreams on our history podcast here.
 

Pick of the week

The Last Kingdom 
BBC Two
Thursday 16th March, 9.00pm
 
The adventure series based on Bernard Cornwell’s novels of ninth-century England returns. As before, the tension between Uhtred, an Anglo-Saxon raised as a Dane, and King Alfred lies at the centre of the action. We rejoin Uhtred heading north to avenge his father’s death and to try to recapture control of his family lands.
 
Tony Robinson: Coast To Coast 
Channel 5
Friday 17 March, 8.00pm
 
Tony Robinson explores the religious and industrial heritage along northern England’s Coast to Coast route. The former Time Team presenter starts out in Cumbria, where he learns why the village of St Bees has an outsized church, discovers the origins of the scotch egg and visits a slate mine.
 
 


Rich Hall's Countrier Than You. (BBC/Open Mike)

 
Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You 
BBC Four
Friday 17 March, 9.00pm
 
The comedian explores the early origins of country music. As well as seeing rustic studios central to the music’s development, he traces how Austin and Nashville each gave rise to distinctive country sub-genres. The acerbic tone never hides Hall’s clear love of the music he’s chronicling.
 
 
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