Hans Litten Vs Adolf Hitler: To Stop A Tyrant
Saturday 27th August, 8.00pm
A companion piece to the BBC’s recent drama about the 1931 courtroom encounter between Litten and Hitler, To Stop A Tyrant traces the idealistic lawyer’s life. It also provides context to his story, showing how the Nazis in the guise of the SA used intimidation and violence as they struggled to take control of “Red Berlin”.
Archive On Four: When The Eyes Of The World Were On The Clyde
Saturday 27th August, 8.00pm
In 1971, workers at Upper Clyde Shipbuilders took on Edward Heath’s government. As journalist John Lloyd remembers, they did it not by striking but through a ‘work-in’. Expect similar themes of class strife to run through The Reunion (Radio 4, Sunday 28 August, 11.15am), which looks back at 1982 TV drama Boys From The Blackstuff.
David Jason’s Greatest Escapes
Sunday 28th August, 8.00pm
Longtime prisoner of war movie fan David Jason salutes the brave souls who refused to accept captivity after being captured in the Second World War. The actor meets some of those who escaped and finds out what it would have been like to heave yourself through a tunnel as part of The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III.
Head To Head
Monday 29th August, 9.30am
The series revisiting historical debates concludes with a 1960 encounter between Denis Healey and French politician Maurice Schumann, who discussed Britain’s place in Europe. Listen out today too for The Peace Corps Writers (Radio 4, 11.00am), which hears from those who have been the USA’s “missionaries of democracy”.
Pick of the Week
Elegance & Decadence: The Age Of The Regency
Monday 29th August, 9.00pm
Dr Lucy Worsley hosts a three-part series exploring how British society changed between 1811 and 1820. Her focus in the first documentary is on the luxury-loving and rather ridiculous Prince of Wales, a man who fought “a personal war against Napoleon through interior decoration”.
Hidden Paintings Of The North West
Tuesday 30th August, 7.30pm
First shown on BBC One North West, Paul McGann visits Liverpool and Manchester to see art dating from the Second World War. He’s especially drawn to the work of Albert Richards, a paratrooper who later became an official war artist and died aged just 25 when he drove into a minefield.
What’s Eating The Museum?
Wednesday 31st August, 11.00am
Insects are eating museums. Or more precisely, destructive insects, finding our warming climate and cosily heated institutions increasingly congenial, pose a huge risk to collections held in Britain’s museums. Chris Ledgard hears from worried conservators, and learns what can be done to control the beetles and moths whose larvae can chomp through valuable collections.
National Treasures Live
Wednesday 31st August, 7.30pm
The history magazine show continues with Dan Snow and Sian Williams exploring the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire. Also today, Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One, 9.00pm) features actor Larry Lamb, who wants to know more about the family of his mother, who was adopted in the 1920s.
9/11: The Firemen’s Story
Wednesday 31st August, 9.00pm
With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaching, the schedules are filling up with programmes remembering the attacks. Among this week’s offerings, here’s a documentary that pays tribute to the 343 firefighters who died in New York. Featuring interviews with survivors and the families of those who lost loved ones.
The Story Of British Pathé
Thursday 1st September, 9.00pm
The series drawing on the archives of the newsreel company looks at its “cinemamagazines”. These were aimed at women. As well as featuring reports on fashion and movie stars, this side of the company’s output also offered practical advice on running the home.
Wogan On Wodehouse
Friday 2nd September, 9.00pm
Terry Wogan offers a portrait of comic author Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, creator of Jeeves and Wooster. Those paying tribute include Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley and novelist Hanif Kureishi. A documentary that doesn’t shy clear of the central controversy in Wodehouse’s life: his Nazi-commissioned wartime broadcasts.