TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (16–22 October 2015)

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

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Peter Snow Returns To The Future
Radio 4
Friday 16th October, 1.45pm

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Continuing his weekday series celebrating the 30th anniversary of Back To The Future, Peter Snow invites more guests to visit the past and what lies ahead. On Monday, that means naturalist Chris Packham witnessing the extinction of the dodo in 1662 – and the species’ resurrection in a rogue DNA lab in 2017.

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Great Continental Railway Journeys
BBC Two
Friday 16th October, 9.00pm

He’s back on the rails. Still clutching his 1913 Bradshaw’s Guide, the former MP begins his latest series of journeys with a trip from Sofia to Istanbul. Along the way, Portillo sees a Roman amphitheatre that’s still in use today and drives a train along part of the old Orient Express route.

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China: Treasures Of The Jade Empire
Channel 4
Sunday 18th October, 8.00pm

The Secret History strand turns its attention to the tombs of the emperors of China’s Han dynasty. As revealed by a complex dating from the second century BC, it’s a tale of grave robbers, mummies and miniature figures, both human and animal.

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The Celts: Blood, Iron And Sacrifice With Alice Roberts And Neil Oliver
BBC Two
Monday 19th October, 9.00pm

The presenters conclude an excellent series with the tale of how the Romans invaded these shores – not an easy task considering Britain’s tribes were powerful, well equipped militarily, and rich in resources. Boudicca, leader of the Celts’ last stand against the Romans, figures prominently.

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Witch Hunt: A Century Of Murder
Channel 5
Tuesday 20th October, 9.00pm

For the conclusion of her two-part documentary on the witch-hunts of 400 years ago, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb focuses on Matthew Hopkins. A puritan active during the civil war era, he sent more than 100 victims to the gallows and gave himself the title of Witchfinder General.

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Read more – Suzannah Lipscomb’s brief history of witches

Timeshift: The People’s Liners: Britain’s Lost Pleasure Fleets
BBC Four
Tuesday 20th October, 9.00pm

Steamers were once a common sight on the rivers and coastal waters around Britain, and a trip on one of the vessels was a holiday highlight. Timeshift affectionately remembers craft that offered some of the trappings of a cruise, but without the expense.

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Drama: Tommies
Radio 4
Wednesday 21st October, 2.15pm

The military drama series set a century ago returns, with recurring character Mickey Bliss, a signalman with the Lahore Division of the British Indian Army, having been promoted. Going back to the front line as an officer, he arrives to find the Allies still where they were when the battle of Loos began a month previously.

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The Face Of Britain By Simon Schama
BBC Two
Wednesday 21st October, 9.00pm

The art historian turns his attention to great love portraits. His subject isn’t just romantic love. A section on Gainsborough’s painting of his daughters, shown chasing a butterfly, is both fascinating and moving, as Schama decodes an image that conveys joy in being a parent, but also fragility and loss.

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Pick of the Week…

The Last Kingdom
BBC Two
Thursday 22nd October, 9.00pm

Based on Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories, here’s a drama that promises thrills and, unlike Game of Thrones, some actual history. We begin in ninth-century Northumbria where warrior king Uhtred (Matthew Macfadyen) faces attack by the Danes. Can he repel the Viking invaders?

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A Very British Romance With Lucy Worsley
BBC Four
Thursday 22nd October, 9.00pm

Concluding her romp through the history of British romance, Lucy Worsley considers the 20th century. Thanks, among other cultural landmarks, to the gloom of the cinema and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, we can expect raciness – but also the candyfloss fiction of Barbara Cartland.

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