TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (16-22 September 2017)

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

World’s Busiest Cities. (Image Credit: BBC)
 
 
WWII’s Great Escapes: The Freedom Trails 
Channel 4
Saturday 16 September, 8.00pm
 
In the first episode of a new series, former marine Monty Halls explores the routes taken by prisoners of war trying to escape Nazi-held territory. He begins in Slovenia, travelling through thick forest and across snowy mountains to revisit one of the most successful mass escapes of the Second World War.
 
 
 
 
Fake Or Fortune? 
BBC One
Sunday 17 September, 8.00pm
 
Artist Nicky Phillips is curious about a painting that hangs in Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire. Acquired by Phillips’ great-grandfather, Sir Laurence in the 1930s, its provenance has long been a matter of controversy. Could it be the work of Pierre-August Renoir? Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce investigate.
 
 
 
Victoria 
ITV 
Sunday 17 September, 9.00pm
 
In which Victoria (Jenna Coleman) gives birth to a healthy boy. This can only be good news, but the depressed monarch finds it difficult to bond with the young Prince of Wales. Elsewhere, Albert (Tom Hughes) receives bad news from Coburg. 
 
 

Victoria. (ITV)
 
 
Join The Dots 
Radio 4
Monday 18 September, 1.45pm
 
Over five weekday episodes, Janet Ellis explores the history of the dot. She begins with its first recorded medical use, circa 1000 AD, when it was used to describe the head of a boil. Also expect to learn more than you realised you needed to know about polka dots, Morse code and punctuation.
 
 
 

Pick of the week

The Frontline Prince 
Radio 4
Monday 18 September, 8.00pm
 
Edward VIII was deeply affected by his experiences in the First World War, which he called “a most rotten war unless you are actually fighting”. As Heather Jones explores with the help of new research from the Royal Archives, the remark reflected his frustration at being prevented from serving as a combat officer, unlike other European royals.
 
 
 
Upstart Crow 
BBC Two
Monday 18 September, 8.30pm
 
The past catches up with Will Shakespeare in the latest episode of Ben Elton’s comedy. More specifically, the playwright has an uninvited guest when his former schoolmaster comes to visit. Also this week, series one of Quacks (BBC Two, Tuesday 19 September, 10.00pm) concludes with an episode that finds Caroline asking William to run away with her.
 
 
Upstart Crow. (Image Credit: BBC/Des Willie)
 
 
Letters From Baghdad  
BBC Four
Monday 18 September, 9.00pm
 
In a documentary that received an arthouse release earlier this year, an unseen Tilda Swinton reads from the letters of Gertrude Stein. Meantime, alongside archive footage, actors speak to camera in the guise of Stein’s contemporaries. It’s all a way to bring the explorer and archaeologist back to life while also considering her role in the creation of Iraq.  
 
 
 
A Choral History Of Britain 
Radio 4
Wednesday 20 September, 9.00am
 
Roderick Williams presents a four-part series looking at how singing together is central to the human experience. While normally a solo singer, baritone Williams starts by joining a huge chorus performing Mahler’s Second Symphony, a way to “feel the air vibrate”. 
 
 
 
World’s Busiest Cities 
BBC Two 
Wednesday 20 September, 8.00pm
 
The team heads for Delhi, home to 26 million souls. In India’s capital, Dan Snow traces how the city, which once lay at the heart of the Mughal Empire, came to be the jewel in the crown of the British Raj and, latterly, the capital of the world’s largest democracy.
 
 
 
In Our Time 
Radio 4
Thursday 21 September, 9.00am
 
The learned discussion series returns for a new series, beginning with Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative. An unashamedly highbrow show, but also one where Melvyn Bragg chivvies his academic guests along and gets them to share their specialist knowledge in a clear, straightforward manner. 
 
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