TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (6-12 January)

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

England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life And Death Of Lady Jane Grey. (BBC.DSP)
 
 
Book Of The Week: Auntie’s War 
Radio 4
Monday 8 January, 9.45am
 
Over five weekday episodes, Edward Stourton reads from his own account of the role of the BBC during the Second World War. His subjects include General de Gaulle’s rallying of the French from London, George Orwell’s work for Auntie and the establishment of the corporation’s War Reporting Unit.
 
 
 
Great British Railway Journeys 
BBC Two 
Monday 8 January, 6.30pm
 
This week, Michael Portillo makes his way from south Wales to Cornwall. Along the way, he hears about the 1911 national rail strike, visits the Royal Mint in Llantrisant and visits a cinema in the seaside town of Clevedon, Somerset, a picture house that can trace its history back to 1912.
 
 
Great British Railway Journeys. (BBC/ Boundless)
 
 
13 Hours That Saved Britain 
PBS America
Monday 8 January, 7.50pm
 
Just a reminder that PBS America is now available to view via Freeview and frequently has excellent history documentaries, including this offering about the Battle of Britain. Followed by The Teacher Who Defied Hitler, which charts how a Berlin couple opened a school for Jewish children – in 1934. 
 
 
 
The Cameron Years 
Radio 4
Monday 8 January, 8.00pm
 
How did the man who wanted his party to “stop banging on about Europe” come to hold the referendum that resulted in Brexit? In a new three-part series, Steve Richards tells the story of the former prime minister’s years in power – journalism as a second draft of history, perhaps.
 
 
 
My Astonishing Self: Gabriel Byrne On George Bernard Shaw 
BBC Four 
Monday 8 January, 9.00pm
 
Gabriel Byrne profiles George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright who made his home in London, from where he launched his ideas on the world via the stage. Shaw was, thinks Byrne, “a literary anarchist”, and the actor traces how the writer rose from poverty in Dublin to international recognition.
 
 
My Astonishing Self: Gabriel Byrne On George Bernard Shaw. (BBC NI)
 
 
The Forum 
BBC World Service
Tuesday 9 January, 9.05am 
 
A ruthless political climber or a genuine friend to the dispossessed? Rajan Datar and learned guests discuss the remarkable life and times of Eva Perón. Following a similar format, In Our Time (Radio 4, Thursday 11th January, 9.00am) finds Melvyn Bragg and guests discussing the 1565 siege of Malta, when the Mediterranean island held off an Ottoman attack.
 
 
 
Making History 
Radio 4
Tuesday 9 January, 3.30pm
 
In the latest instalment of the history magazine show, Hester Cant looks at the history of acid attacks on the streets of London. Plus Iszi Lawrence tells the story of how the suffragettes learnt ju-jitsu, a way to defend themselves at a time when their campaigning could put them in harm’s way.
 
 
 

Pick of the week

England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life And Death Of Lady Jane Grey 
BBC Four 
Tuesday 9 January, 9.00pm
 
Over three episodes shown on successive evenings, Helen Castor traces the life of Lady Jane Grey, the first woman to be proclaimed queen of England. The series begins with the final days of Edward VI’s reign, when the boy king cut his half-sister Mary from the line of succession in favour of his cousin.
 
 
England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life And Death Of Lady Jane Grey. (BBC.DSP)
 
 
The Ideas That Make Us 
Radio 4
Wednesday 10 January, 9.30am
 
Bettany Hughes presents the series looking at core concepts in philosophy. Her subject in the first of five episodes is character, and her exploration of the subject takes in an ancient Greek palace, a stage, a political think tank and a prison kitchen.   
 
 
 
A House Through Time 
BBC Two
Thursday 11 January, 9.00pm
 
The second episode of the series telling the stories of the residents of 62 Falkner Street, Liverpool begins in the 1850s. The latter part of the 19th century, explains host David Olusoga, saw the house’s inhabitants live through a time of immense change.
 
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