TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (14–21 August 2015)

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

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VJ Day 70: The Nation Remembers
10.30am & 1.00pm
Saturday 15th August, BBC One

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Kirsty Young presents coverage of commemorations marking 70 years since the end of the second world war, starting with a service from St-Martins-in-the-Field in Trafalgar Square attended by the Queen. There’s a highlights package on Sunday 16 August (5.30pm, BBC Two).

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Punt PI
Radio 4
Saturday 15th August, 10.30am

In 2000, thieves stole a Cézanne masterpiece, a painting of Auvers-sur-Oise, from Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. It’s never been recovered. Steve Punt looks anew at the crime. On Thursday 20th August, in Decoding The Masterworks (Radio 4, 11.30am), Dr Janina Ramirez discusses a painting happily still located at the Ashmolean, Paolo Uccello’s The Hunt In The Forest (1470).

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The Scandalous Lady W
BBC Two
Monday 17th August, 9.00pm

Natalie Dormer stars as Seymour, Lady Worsley, who in 1781 ran off with her lover, George Bisset (Aneurin Bernard). What followed was a court case that scandalised society, as this 90-minute drama relates. Shaun Evans stars as Seymour’s husband, the voyeuristic Sir Richard Worsley.

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Andrew Marr On Churchill: Blood, Sweat And Oil Paint
BBC Four
Monday 17th August, 9.00pm

Winston Churchill was a keen amateur painter and, contends Andrew Marr, his hobby helped shape his public career in sometimes surprising ways. Marr also paints and the healing power of art, which the journalist says helped him recover from a stroke, is a recurring theme here.

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Making History
Radio 4
Tuesday 18th August, 3.00pm

The magazine show continues with an episode that, among other subjects, looks at responses to Britain’s housing crisis in the 1920s and the significance of facial hair in the Roman era. Also today, listen out for Great Lives (Radio 4, 4.30pm), in which former Conservative leader Michael Howard speaks up for Elizabeth I.

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Three Pounds In My Pocket
Radio 4
Wednesday 19th August, 11.00am

The series charting the experiences of those who left the Indian subcontinent for the UK concludes with an episode in which pioneers talk with their children. Among the topics being discussed: does the act of migration always mean loss? Presented by Kavita Puri.

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Horizon: First Britons
BBC Two
Wednesday 19th August, 8.00pm

What was life like for the earliest native Britons? The science strand explores the latest archaeological discoveries, which have yielded results to challenge the idea that our ancestors lived a brutal existence as hunter-gatherers. Rather, our forebears were clever, adaptable and adept at managing the lands they relied upon for sustenance.

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Professor Martin Bell holding a photograph of a 6,000-year-old footprint of a hunter-gatherer from the Severn Estuary. (Credit: BBC/Giles Harrison)

Genius Of The Ancient World
BBC Four
Wednesday 19th August, 9.00pm

Bettany Hughes profiles the Chinese philosopher, whose ideas were in great part about promoting harmony and the whole business of getting along with our fellow humans. The influence of Confucius, Hughes discovers, has endured through China’s turbulent history, even when challenged, notably during Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

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Pick of the Week…

Building The Ancient City: Athens and Rome
BBC Two
Thursday 20th August, 8.00pm

In a two-part series, Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill considers how, more than two millennia ago, the Athenians and Romans made their cities work. He begins with Athens, the first city in the world to be controlled by its citizens rather than a monarch. Featuring an appearance by one Boris Johnson.

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Who Do You Think You Are?
BBC One
Thursday 20th August, 9.00pm

Jane Seymour is the latest celebrity to trace her family history. The shadow of the Holocaust hangs over the research, as the actor learns about the lives of her Jewish great-aunts, Jadwiga and Michaela, and the women’s struggles to escape the Nazis.

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Actress Jane Seymour delves into her family’s past in this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (Credit: BBC/Wall To Wall Media Limited/Stephen Perry)