TV & radio: what to tune into next week (18-24 March 2017)

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

Britain At War: Imperial War Museums At 100. (BBC)
To The Ends Of The Earth: Lost Worlds, New Worlds 
Radio 4
Saturday 18 March, 10.30am
 
Alex Clark looks back at the ‘golden age’ of adventure novels, and the work of such writers as Henry Rider Haggard, Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle. Also listen out for Drama: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (Radio 4, Sunday 19 March, 3.00pm), a new two-part adaptation of Verne’s classic tale. 
 
 

Pick of the week

Britain At War: Imperial War Museums At 100 
BBC Two 
Saturday 18 March, 7.30pm
 
In a documentary marking a century since the establishment of the Imperial War Museum, celebrity ‘advocates’ reflect on the stories behind ten objects held in the institution’s collections. Presented by Falklands veteran Simon Weston CBE, with contributions from the likes of artist Steve McQueen, comedian Al Murray and explorer Bear Grylls.
 
 
Archive On 4: Torrey Canyon And The Toxic Tides 
Radio 4
Saturday 18 March, 8.00pm
 
As an 11-year-old in 1967, radio producer Julian May witnessed the sinking of the oil tanker Torrey Canyon, which struck the Seven Stones, a reef between the Scilly Isles and Land’s End. Half a century later, he looks back at an ecological disaster that polluted Cornwall and Brittany, and considers its longer-term impact. You can also listen to May discussing the Torrey Canyon disaster in our latest podcast, available here.
 
 

Dame Vera Lynn: Happy 100th Birthday. (BBC/Captive Minds/Liz Mills)
 
Dame Vera Lynn: Happy 100th Birthday 
BBC Two 
Saturday 18 March, 9.00pm
 
The “Forces’ Sweetheart” reaches her personal centenary this month. To celebrate, with the help of daughter Virginia and family archives, she reflects on a remarkable life. Those paying tribute to a singer forever associated with the Blitz spirit and such hits as We’ll Meet Again include Paul McCartney and Tim Rice.
 
 
SS-GB 
BBC One 
Sunday 19 March, 9.00pm
 
The alternate history drama concludes with Archer and Harry getting set to smuggle the king out of London. Things don’t go according to plan. It’s a series that’s not been wholly successful, but atmospheric and blessed with strong performances, notably from lead Sam Riley.
 
 

SS-GB. (BBC/Sid Gentle Films Ltd/Laurie Sparham)
 
Britain In Focus: A Photographic History 
BBC Four 
Monday 20 March, 9.00pm
 
The final episode of Eamonn McCabe’s history of British photography begins with the vibrant postcards of John Hinde. This sets the major theme for a documentary that considers how different snappers, including John Bulmer and Martin Parr, have used colour in their work.
 
 
The Free Thinking Essay 
Radio 3
Monday 20 March, 10.45pm
 
For the first of 10 weeknight talks recorded for Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival, Seb Falk discusses the lives of monks at Tynemouth priory in the 14th century. Other lectures this week from New Generation Thinkers, academics encouraged to take to the radio, deal with such subjects as Alexander the Great’s lost city and the Biafran war (1967-70). 
 
 
The Long View 
Radio 4
Tuesday 21 March, 9.00am
 
Jonathan Freedland considers the issue of fake news targeted at Muslims through the prism of events in Norwich in 1144, when the murder of an eight-year-old boy was portrayed as a Jewish conspiracy. In Radio 4’s 9.00am slot on Thursday 23rd March, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the battle Of Salamis (480BC) for In Our Time.
 
 
Mutiny 
Channel 4
Tuesday 21 March, 9.00pm
 
The extreme living history series continues with the exhausted crew navigating their way through the Great Barrier Reef. One wrong manoeuvre and it’s coral up the keel. Also this week on Channel 4, The Royal House Of Windsor (Wednesday 22 March, 9.00pm) focuses on Princess Diana.
 
 

The Last Kingdom. (BBC/Carnival/Des Wille)
 
The Last Kingdom 
BBC Two
Thursday 23 March, 9.00pm
 
Episode two of the historical drama and, when spies infiltrate the Cumbraland army, Uhtred has to rely on his troops for protection. Elsewhere, Hild considers exchanging her life as a nun for that of a warrior, and Guthred’s efforts to emulate canny Alfred’s conciliatory tactics aren’t a success.
 
 
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