TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (8–14 July 2017)

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

Secrets of China’s Forbidden City. (Channel 4)
Secrets of China’s Forbidden City. (Channel 4)
 
Museum of the Year 
BBC Two 
Saturday 8 July, 9.30pm
 
Where will you be visiting this summer? This celebration of Britain’s museums may help as Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, visits establishments in the running to be named Museum of the Year. These include Tate Modern, Lapworth Museum of Geology and The Hepworth Wakefield. 
 
 
Sunday Feature: Literary Pursuits 
Radio 3
Sunday 9 July, 6.45pm
 
EM Forster wrote Maurice, a book about homosexual love, in 1913. It wouldn’t be published until 1971, after the author’s death. Biographer Wendy Moffat is among those discussing the story behind a novel that circulated as a secret manuscript among literary luminaries such as Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon and Christopher Isherwood.
 
 
Secrets of China’s Forbidden City 
Channel 4
Sunday 9 July, 8.00pm
 
The world’s largest palace, the Forbidden City was home to China’s emperors for six centuries. This documentary draws on recent research into life at the complex. Could it have withstood earthquakes? Was a marble staircase brought in via an ice road?
 
 
Poldark 
BBC One 
Sunday 9 July, 9.00pm
 
The third series reaches its midpoint and Ross sets out for France in order to rescue Dwight. There’s more period drama in the penultimate episode of Ripper Street (BBC Two, Monday 10 July, 9.30pm), which finds Jackson and Long Susan on the hunt for Nathaniel.
 
 
Poldark. (BBC/Mammoth Screen/Robert Viglasky)
 
Epidemic: When Britain Fought Aids 
Channel 4
Sunday 9 July, 10.00pm
 
In the early 1980s, gay men in Britain began to fall prey to a mysterious illness. Paul O’Grady and Jean Paul Gaultier are among those looking back at the arrival of Aids in the country, and reactions to it.
 
 
Epidemic: When Britain Fought Aids. (Channel 4)
 
The Reith Lectures 2017 
Radio 4
Tuesday 11 July, 9.00am
 
Hilary Mantel’s final lecture looks at how fiction changes when adapted for stage or screen. If written well, she says, fiction doesn’t betray history but enhances it. Adaptation isn’t about compromises, Mantel argues, but is an act of creation in itself. 
 
 
Making History 
Radio 4
Tuesday 11 July, 3.30pm
 
The historical magazine series continues with another selection of intriguing stories. With the help of the National Archives, cook and blogger Jack Monroe looks back at 1917, to hear tales of a year when submarine warfare threatened food supplies. Presented by Helen Castor. 
 
 
The Long View 
Radio 4
Thursday 13 July, 9.00am
 
The series in which Jonathan Freedland looks at the present through the prism of the past returns. He begins by considering Labour’s success in attracting young people to the party. With this in mind, expect at least one chorus of, “Ohhhhh, Jeremy Corbyn!”
 
 
Who Do You Think You Are? 
BBC One 
Thursday 13 July, 9.00pm
 
Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood is the latest celebrity to uncover his family history. This involves the dancer and chorographer returning to his native Australia, where he traces the story of a great-great-great grandfather caught up in a gold rush. 
 
 
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC/Wall to Wall/Jessie Potts)
 
Decoding Disaster: A Timewatch Guide 
BBC Four
Thursday 13 July, 9.00pm
 
Professor Danielle George looks back through 50 years of BBC archives to see how natural disasters have been interpreted and reinterpreted over time. Also watch out for Atlantis: The Evidence (10.00pm), presented by a tsunami-chasing Bettany Hughes.
 
 
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