TV & radio: what to tune into next week (18–24 February 2017)

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

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And The Academy Award Goes To… 
Radio 4
Saturday 18 February, 10.30am

It’s Oscars season, which also means it’s time for the return of the documentary series that looks at the stories behind movies that have taken the Best Picture gong. In the first of three episodes, Paul Gambaccini begins by celebrating Joseph L Mankiewicz’s Broadway drama, All About Eve, the first film to be nominated in 14 categories.

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Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands 
BBC Two 
Saturday 18 February, 8.00pm

Paul Murton embarks on another island-hopping odyssey, exploring a cluster of islands in the Outer Hebrides. He begins on Berneray, where Prince Charles sampled crafting life in the 1980s. Murton also takes in Grimsay, Kirkibost and a deserted whisky island, Pabbay.

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Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands. (BBC Scotland/Timeline Films)

Pick of the week

SS-GB 
BBC One
Sunday 19 February, 9.00pm

Based on Len Deighton’s novel, here’s a drama that imagines London occupied by German forces in 1941. It’s a city that still needs coppers, which puts detective Doug Archer (Sam Riley) in a delicate position – tricky when his new Nazi masters grow interested in a murder investigation. 

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The English Fix 
Radio 4
Monday 20 February, 11.00am

Concluding his series on English identity, Patrick Wright looks back at 1973, the year Britain joined the EEC. It’s an event he shows through the prism of life in Kent, where locals were alarmed at the sudden appearance of juggernauts on small roads in the Garden of England.

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SAS: Rogue Warriors
BBC Two 
Monday 20 February, 9.00pm

Ben Macintyre’s account of the early years of the SAS concludes with an episode that looks at its operations in Europe. It’s a tale that encompasses the Allied invasion of Sicily, new leadership following David Stirling’s imprisonment in Colditz and witnessing the nightmare that was Belsen concentration camp.

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The Essay: The Other Auld Alliance 
Radio 3
Monday 20 February, 10.45pm

The “Auld Alliance” between Scotland and France lingers in folk memory. But what about connections between Scotland and Germany? Over five weeknight episodes, writer and critic Stuart Kelly explores moments when the two nations’ histories have intersected. His subjects include the career of Wlla Muir, who translated many German-language writers into English, including Kafka.

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Further Back in Time For Dinner. (BBC/Wall to Wall/Duncan Stingemore)

Further Back in Time for Dinner 
BBC Two 
Tuesday 21 February, 8.00pm

The living history series concludes with the Robshaws journeying through the 1940s. As you might expect, the diet is basic once rationing kicks in, with dishes including such delights as powdered egg, nettles and imitation brawn. Plus lindy hopping and the temptations of black market food.

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The Royal House of Windsor 
Channel 4
Wednesday 22 February, 9.00pm

When the first world war, broke out, Queen Elizabeth’s forbears had the family name Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. One quick name change later, and George V and his kin were Windsors. This six-part series, drawing on new research and interviews withthe Queen’s extended family, traces the history of Britain’s royals through the 20th century.

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Roots 
BBC Four 
Wednesday 22 February, 9.00pm

Episode three of the powerful drama based on Alex Haley’s bestseller, and we meet Kizzy’s son by slave owner Tom Lea. Thanks to his skill in training birds for cockfighting, he’s a young man who acquires a nickname, Chicken George. 

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Madame Tussaud: A Legend in Wax 
BBC Four
Thursday 23 February, 9.00pm

Madame Tussaud’s is one of London’s most famous tourist destinations. Less well known is that it takes its name from a single mother and entrepreneur who made her way to England from the UK. A profile that draws on Tussaud’s memoirs, letters and papers. 

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