TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (21–27 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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Ripper Street
BBC One
Friday 21 August, 9.00pm

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The Victorian detective series reaches the halfway mark this week. In episode four, Detective Inspector Drake is tasked with finding his old friend Edmund Reid, who mysteriously disappeared after the sudden death of Horace Buckley. Meanwhile, H Division must find a young girl who broke out of Buckley’s prison and could be in danger in the East End of London.

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Edwardian Farm
BBC Two
Saturday 22 August, 7.40pm

Archaeologists Peter Ginn and Alex Langlands, and historian Ruth Goodman, are faced with the challenge of recreating Morwellham Quay farm in the Edwardian period. In this episode, Alex goes back to school to experience what it was like to be an Edwardian student, while Ruth is taught how to make a woolen bathing suit before heading to the seaside.

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The Talisman: The Great Scott
Radio 4
Saturday 22 August, 9.00pm

The finale of the modern day adaption of Sir Walter Scott’s 19th-century novel The Talisman (1825) airs this weekend. Jonathan Myerson has recreated the final days of the Third Crusades by setting it in 2011 in the midst of an anti-capitalist protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral. Just as troops became frustrated by the hot and uncomfortable living conditions outside Jerusalem in Scott’s novel, this modern version follows how the camping protestors became aggravated as winter began to set in.

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A Short History of Ukrainians in Britain
Radio 4
Monday 24 August, 8.00pm

Oliver Bullough explores the history of Ukrainian immigrants who moved to Britain after the Second World War. During the second half of the 20th century, as they established new communities in Britain, these families were determined to maintain as much of their culture as possible by playing music, founding churches and retaining the use of their language.

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Making History
Radio 4
Tuesday 25 August, 3.00pm

This episode of Making History broadcasts a recording of Historians’ Question Time from the Chalke Valley History Festival, which took place in June. Helen Castor is joined by Dan Jones, Jessie Childs, Claire Tomalin and Justin Champion to answer a range of history-related questions.

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Nell Gwyns Playlist
Radio 4
Tuesday 25 August, 3.30pm

Before she caught the eye of Charles II, ‘pretty witty Nell’ Gwyn was one of London’s most famous actresses. In this episode, musician David Owen Norris visits the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where Nell performed on numerous occasions, and relives the music of the Restoration age.

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Ade Adepitan on George Washington Williams
Radio 4
Tuesday 25 August, 4.30pm

After fighting in the American Civil War, George Washington Williams wrote the first account of the history of African-Americans. In this broadcast, paralympian Ade Adepitan and lecturer Dr David Brown discuss the remarkable life of Williams. They reveal how he uncovered the harsh treatment Africans faced while under Belgian rule in the colonies.

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A Day in the Life of Andy Warhol
BBC Four
Tuesday 25 August, 9.00pm

Stephen Smith explores the daily routine of renowned pop art artist Andy Warhol, in this new documentary on BBC Four. Through interviews with Warhol’s lover, John Giorno, and using recreations of telephone conversations with his friend Brigid Berlin, Smith reveals the typical goings on in the life of one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. This week’s Radio 4 Fifteen Minutes drama also looks at the later years of Warhol’s career, on Monday 24 August at 2.15pm.

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Gerard Malanga and Stephen Smith. (Credit: BBC/David Shulman)

Pick of the Week

A Brief History of Graffiti
BBC Four
Wednesday 26 August, 9.00pm

Dr Richard Clay reveals the remarkable history of graffiti, in this BBC Four documentary. For more than 30,000 years, people have scribbled, painted and scratched their words and drawings across a number of surfaces. The prehistoric graffiti that adorns caves in Burgundy, and the words of Soviet troops found on the German Reichstag, are just some of the examples Dr Clay uses to discuss how people have left their physical mark on history.

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Who Do You Think You Are?
BBC One
Thursday 27 August, 9.00pm

Actor Derek Jacobi is the latest celebrity to delve into his family’s past. Jacobi discovers that his mother’s side has a remarkable tie with a prominent French Huguenot who was forced to flee from the Wars of Religion in France, and also had connections with English royalty.

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Sir Derek Jacobi traces his family’s past in this week’s episode. (Credit: BBC/Wall To Wall Media Limited/Stephen Perry)