TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (18-24 November 2017)

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

Howards End. (Image Credit: BBC/Playground Television UK Limited 2017/Laurie Spa

Howards End. (Image Credit: BBC/Playground Television UK Limited 2017/Laurie Sparham)

 
Drama: Stamboul Train 
Radio 4
Saturday 18 November, 2.30pm
 
The first of two Graham Greene dramatisations on Radio 4 this week is a thriller set aboard the Orient Express and which deals in part with the 1930s rise of anti-Semitism. Drama: A Burnt-out Case (Sunday 19 November, 3.00pm) is the first episode in a two-part adaptation of Greene’s novel about an architect searching for solitude in the Congo.
 
 
 
The White Princess 
Drama 
Saturday 18 November, 9.00pm & 10.20pm
 
In a sequel to The White Queen and again adapted from the work of Philippa Gregory, here’s a drama that charts the marriage between Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. In the first two episodes, Henry’s kingdom is still fractious in the wake of Bosworth.  
 
 
Digging for Britain. (Image Credit: BBC/360Production)
 
 
Guy Martin’s WWI Tank 
Channel 4
Sunday 19 November, 8.00pm
 
The mechanic pays tribute to the tanks of the first world war by attempting to build a replica. He gives himself just five months to complete the task, but has the help of JCB and the Norfolk Tank Museum in completing his task. Plus Martin takes his tank-driving test.
 
 
 
Howards End 
BBC One
Sunday 19 November, 9.00pm
 
Episode two in the adaptation of EM Forster’s novel finds the Schlegels given a moving date. On Wednesday 22 November, there’s period drama of a rather different kind as a vendetta forces the Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 9.00pm) to return to the grimy streets of Small Heath.
 
 
 
Document 
Radio 4
Monday 20 November, 8.00pm
 
The series exploring the past through historical documents returns. The first of three episodes focuses on a secret slush fund under the control of the head of MI6 in the 1950s. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera tries to learn more: what did the money make possible?
 
 
 
Private Lives Of The Monarchs 
Yesterday 
Monday 20 November, 9.00pm
 
In a new series looking at royal life behind closed doors, Tracy Borman considers the domestic habits of Queen Victoria. The monarch was, we learn, fond of chewing gum laced with cocaine. Plus, Victoria’s fractious relationship with her louche son, Bertie. 
 
 
 
The Long View 
Radio 4
Tuesday 21 November, 9.00am
 
Presented by Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, the show looking at the present through the prism of the past returns. His first subject is minority governments, and in particular comparisons and contrasts between Theresa May’s administration, and that of Liberal Lord Roseberry between 1894 and 1895.
 
 
 
Digging For Britain 
BBC Four
Wednesday 22 November, 9.00pm
 
The series rounding up recent archaeological work returns, with Dr Alice Roberts reporting on work at a Viking settlement and the discovery of a horde of gold in Staffordshire. Followed, by – what else? – the second episode in the final series of The Detectorists (10.00pm).
 
 
 

Pick of the week

Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain 
BBC Two
Thursday 23 November, 9.00pm
 
During the Blitz, the Nazis dropped 450,000 bombs on Britain. This new series narrows the focus to just four bombs, considering their effects. The first episode takes us back to the first night of the Blitz and how a bomb that fell on the East End didn’t go off, yet led to hundreds of deaths.
 
 


Blitz: The Bombs that Changed Britain. (Image Credit: BBC/Wall to Wall/Richard Ranken)

 

Eight Days That Made Rome: Boudica's Revenge 
Channel 5
Friday 24 November, 9.00pm
 
Continuing the series on key events in Roman history, Bettany Hughes looks at what happened after troops abused and humiliated a Queen of the Iceni tribe – Boudica. Followed by The Garden Of Eden: Revealed (10.00pm), which puts forward the idea of links between Gobekli Tepe site in Turkey and the story of Eden. 
 
 
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