TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (7-13 October 2017)

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

Russia 1917 - Countdown to Revolution (Image Credit: BBC/Oxford Film and Televis

Russia 1917 - Countdown to Revolution (Image Credit: BBC/Oxford Film and Television)

 
Britain’s Ancient Tracks With Tony Robinson 
Channel 4
Saturday 7 October, 7.00pm
 
Journey three of four and Tony Robinson makes his way along the Portway Roman road in the Peak District, where his stops include a visit to DH Lawrence’s mountain retreat. Followed by World War Two’s Great Escapes: The Freedom Trails (8.00pm) in which Monty Halls treks in the Pyrenees, which offered a route out of occupied France. 
 
 
 
Britain Afloat 
BBC Two 
Saturday 7 October, 8.00pm
 
Episode two of Mary-Ann Ochota’s series on Britain’s boats, and how they’ve shaped our lives, finds the broadcaster and anthropologist taking to the water in coracle. It’s a simple craft, we learn, that may have been in use in Britain for as long as 40,000 years.
 
 
 
Archive On 4: Who’s Looking At You? 
Radio 4
Saturday 7 October, 8.00pm
 
In an age where digital devices offer companies and governments numerous opportunities to snoop, Nick Harkaway thinks we need to talk about surveillance – urgently. Taking the work of George Orwell as one of his starting points, the novelist trawls through the archives to discover how watchers have used technology down the years. 
 
 
 
Sunday Feature: John Tusa’s Opera Journey 
Radio 3
Sunday 8 October, 6.45pm
 
As part of the BBC’s ongoing opera season, John Tusa revisits the provincial German towns of Kiel, Essen and Hannover. Here, as a 19-year-old national serviceman, the future journalist and arts administrator first discovered opera in 1955. More than six decades later, will he still findthe same commitment to the form? 
 
 
 

The Last Post. (Image Credit: BBC/Bonafide Films/Coco van Oppens)
 
 
The Last Post 
BBC One 
Sunday 8 October, 9.00pm
 
Episode two of Peter Moffat’s drama and the Royal Military Police in Aden help target local insurgents, a dangerous and bloody business. Over on ITV in Victoria (9.00pm), the young monarch and Albert escape London for the Highlands and a holiday from royal duties.
 
 
 
15-Minute Drama: Ten Days That Shook The World 
Radio 4
Monday 9 October, 9.45am & 7.45pm
 
As part of Radio 4’s programming to mark the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution, here’s a 10-part weekday adaptation of American journalist John Reed’s first-hand account. Among other highlights in the season, Revolution In Ideas (8.00pm) finds Justin Champion and contributors looking at the revolution as a creative, intellectually explosive moment that reshaped western thinking. 
 
 
 
Tunes For Tyrants: Music And Power With Suzy Klein 
BBC Four 
Monday 9 October, 9.00pm
 
The presenter focuses on the use of music by totalitarian regimes in the 1930s. It’s a story she tells largely through the lives of three composers, Richard Strauss, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev. What was it like to produce music at the behest of Hitler or Stalin? Plus why did Hitler so love Wagner?
 
 
 
The Vietnam War 
BBC Four 
Monday 9 October, 10.00pm & 10.55pm
 
The latest double bill in the epic series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick covers the year from July 1967 to June 1968. It’s a tale of the authorities in Hanoi planning and then enacting a series of attacks, the Tet offensive. Meantime, in the USA, Lyndon B Johnson decides not to run for re-election. 
 
 


Tunes for Tyrants. (Image Credit: BBC/Wingspan)

Pick of the week

Russia 1917: Countdown To Revolution 
BBC Two 
Tuesday 10 October, 9.00pm
 
How did Lenin, Trotsky andStalin emerge from near obscurity to take control of Russia and transform it into a Communist state? This one-off documentary, featuring contributions from China Miéville, Martin Amis and Helen Rappaport among others, rattles through events in the months leading up to the revolution. 
 
 
 
Concorde: A Supersonic Story 
BBC Four
Tuesday 10 October, 9.00pm
The Aerospace Bristol museum is soon to open in Filton in the north of the city. Its centrepiece will be Concorde 216, the final Concorde to be built and the last to fly, more than a good enough excuse for this documentary first shown on BBC One West, which charts the history of the British-French supersonic jetliner.  
 
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