TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (26 June–2 July 2015)

Can't decide what programmes to watch or listen to? Here are 10 you won't want to miss...

The Saboteurs: Series 1 Episode 2

Arthur Ashe: More Than A Champion
BBC Two
Friday 26th June, 9.00pm

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This year marks 40 years since Arthur Ashe defeated Jimmy Connors to win the Wimbledon title. But how did a boy who grew up in the era of segregation come to be a tennis champion who made seven grand slam final appearances? A documentary that charts a remarkable life and a tragically early death.

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The Saboteurs
More4
Friday 26th June, 9.00pm

The drama charting the Allies’ efforts to stop the Nazi atomic programme continues. The second episode dramatises the famous meeting when it’s said –accounts of the encounter differ – that Danish physicist Niels Bohr tried to persuade Werner Heisenberg to stop working on the bomb.

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The War That Changed the World: USA And Isolationism
BBC World Service
Saturday 27th June, 6.05pm

A series that’s seen the BBC World Service and the British Council host debates around the world to explore the legacy of 1914–18 concludes in the US Library of Congress. Here, former George W Bush advisor David Frum offers his thoughts on how the first world war still influences US foreign policy. Jonathan Dimbleby chairs.

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Archive On 4: A Brief History of Shame
Radio 4
Saturday 27th June, 8.00pm

American satirist Joe Queenan follows up his shows on anger, irony and blame by focusing on, as the title gives away, shame. As we hear from those who have been publicly humiliated, and the archive material here takes in Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods and John Prescott among others, there’s also much on the art of the apology.

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Drama: The Stuarts
Radio 4
Monday 29th June, 3.00pm

Mike Walker’s terrific chronicle of the Stuart dynasty returns with the story of the marriage between William of Orange and Mary, daughter of James II of England and VII of Scotland. It was a union designed to cement an Anglo-Dutch alliance against Louis XIV of France.

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Scotland’s War At Sea
BBC Four
Monday 29th June, 9.00pm

In a two-part documentary first shown north of the border, David Hayman explores Scotland’s key role in the naval campaigns of the first world war. He begins by visiting the Orkney Islands and the natural harbour of Scapa Flow, base for the British fleet.

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The Beat Women
Radio 4
Tuesday 30th June, 4.00pm

While Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S Burroughs are household names (at least in well-read households), the names of the women who were central to the Beat Generation are far less familiar. Laura Barton puts the case for writers such as Joyce Johnson, Hettie Jones and Anne Waldman.

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Pick of the Week…

Dan Cruickshank’s Civilisation Under Attack
BBC Four
Tuesday 30th June, 9.00pm

Why is Islamic State seemingly so intent on destroying ancient architectural sites in the territory it controls? Dan Cruickshank investigates, and also asks if there’s anything that can be done to prevent the ideologically driven vandalism that, for instance, saw IS militants hammering at Assyrian reliefs in Nimrud.

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Open Country
Radio 4
Thursday 2nd July, 3.00pm

The Landmark Trust, a charity that rescues endangered historic buildings, turns 50 this year. To celebrate, sculptor Sir Antony Gormley has been commissioned to create works at five locations. As the series about the British landscape returns, Gormley discusses why we need to reconnect with the nation’s industrial heritage.

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Catching History’s Criminals: The Forensics Story
BBC Four
Thursday 2nd July, 9.00pm

Gabriel Weston’s series about the history of forensics concludes with the writer and surgeon focusing on murder weapons, and why precisely the evidence they offer is so vital. She also explains why arsenic was the poison of choice in the 19th century for those up to no good.

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(Credit: BBC/Tom Hayward)