Can't decide which shows to watch or listen to next week? Here are 10 programmes you won't want to miss...
To The Ends Of The Earth: Lost Worlds, New Worlds
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.