TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (25 November-1 December 2017)

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

Digging for Britain. (Image Credit: BBC/360Production)

Digging for Britain. (Image Credit: BBC/360Production)

Sacred River 
Radio 3
Sunday 26 November, 9.00am
Art historian Neil MacGregor introduces a six-hour “slow radio” celebration of the spirituality that people find in music. It’s a show linked to MacGregor’s Living With The Gods (Radio 4, weekdays, 9.45am), which concludes this week and, on Tuesday, includes an episode about religious objects in post-revolutionary societies, such as the USSR.
Howards End 
Sunday 26 November, 9.00pm
The handsome adaptation of EM Forster’s study of class and money continues with an episode that finds Henry proposing to Margaret. Also this week, there’s the rather more visceral period drama of Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, Wednesday 29 November, BBC Two), where Tommy Shelby visits union leader Jessie Eden.

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

Pick of the week

Naples ‘44
BBC Four 
Sunday 26 November, 11.00pm
During the Second World War, travel writer Norman Lewis worked for British Intelligence in Italy. In a film that makes use of evocative archive footage, Benedict Cumberbatch reads from the diaries Lewis kept, a record of a city devastated by conflict. Plus how Naples returned to life.
Radio 4
Monday 27 November, 8.00pm
The historical investigative series continues with an episode about Radio Caledonia, a Nazi station designed to disseminate defeatist propaganda. Professor Jo Fox of Durham University looks at lost transcripts and asks why station presenter Donald Grant was spared the death penalty.
Private Lives Of The Monarchs 
Monday 27 November, 9.00pm
The series about royals and their personal travails continues. Tracy Borman’s subject this week is George III, the ‘mad’ monarch who suffered with mental illness, and his relationship with his son, the profligate Prince Regent. The two, to say the least, didn’t see eye to eye.
The Long View 
Radio 4
Tuesday 28 November, 9.00am
In the series looking at the present through the prism of the past, Jonathan Freedland’s jumping-off point this week is alleged state interference in foreign elections. What do British efforts to influence the 1940 American election have to tell us here?
Wallis: The Queen That Never Was 
Channel 5
Wednesday 29 November, 8.00pm
Wallis Simpson is usually shown as a cold and calculating woman. This docu-drama, which draws on diaries and private letters, suggests we should think again, and that she was at least in part a victim of the abdication crisis and Edward VIII’s obsession with her.  
Wallis: The Queen That Never Was. (© Channel 5)
Digging For Britain 
BBC Four 
Wednesday 29 November, 9.00pm
Alice Roberts reports on archaeological work in the east of England. Expect tales of Britain’s biggest Roman tablet hoard and dives to an 18th-century wreck in the English Channel. Followed by the bittersweet final series of Detectorists (10.00pm). 
Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain 
BBC Two 
Thursday 30 November, 9.00pm
The series looking at the effects of individual bombs heads for Hull and a night in 1941 when a bomb flattened a pair of houses on the city’s Sixth Avenue. The explosion, we learn, profoundly affected the lives of two families.
Eight Days That Made Rome: The Downfall Of Nero 
Channel 5
Friday 1 December, 9.00pm
Nero will forever be known as the man who fiddled while Rome burnt. But was the emperor entirely the monster he’s so often portrayed as? Bettany Hughes considers Nero’s life through the lens of the June day in AD 68 when he committed suicide.
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