TV & radio: what to tune into next week (10–16 June 2016)

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

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Archive On 4: The Bomb That Made Manchester?
Radio 4
Saturday 11th June, 8.00pm
 
In June 1996, the IRA bombed Manchester city centre. Nearly 200 people were injured, yet it’s been argued the attack had a positive effect too – acting as a catalyst for the city’s recent regeneration. Is there any truth in this? Michael Symmons Roberts looks back at the event and its aftermath. 
 
 
The Musketeers 
BBC One
Saturday 11th June, 8.30pm
 
The swashbuckling adventure series continues and things are bad in Paris, a city on the verge of starvation. Cue a dastardly attempt to frame refugees for grain theft. D’Artagnan’s temper lands him in trouble and a spirited young woman, Sylvie, attracts Athos’s attention. Postponed from last week.  
 
 
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The Musketeers. (BBC/Dusan Martincek)
 
Our Queen: 90 Musical Years
Radio 2
Sunday 12th June, 7pm
 
As the nation celebrates the Queen’s 90th birthday over the weekend, here’s a show that offers a slightly unusual take on Elizabeth Windsor. Presented by royal correspondent Eve Pollard, it focuses on the music the Queen loves. Expect military bands, pipes, songs from the musicals, George Formby and Vera Lynn.
 
 
Private Lives of the Tudors 
Yesterday
Tuesday 14th June, 7.00pm
 
Tracy Borman turns her attention to Henry VIII and his life at court. Among other nuggets, we learn that 1536 was not only noteworthy for Henry violently dispensing with Anne Boleyn and marrying Jane Seymour. It was also the year when the monarch had a bad accident while jousting, an event that arguably had a lasting impact on him.
 
 
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The Private Lives of the Tudors. (Yesterday/UKTV)
 
Born on the Same Day 
Channel 4
Tuesday 14th June, 9.00pm
 
Here’s an intriguing way to view recent social history: trace the lives of three people who share a birthday. In the first episode, explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, first-generation UK immigrant Ewart Rennalls and foster mother Francis Chorlton – all born on 7 March 1944 – look back at their experiences. 
 
 
Revolution and Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th Century 
BBC Four
Tuesday 14th June, 9.00pm
 
Suzy Klein’s musical history series concludes at the cusp of the 20th century. This was an era when the likes of Claude Debussy were looking to the east for inspiration and rebelling against Romanticism. Klein also looks at how technology changed the musical landscape of the late 20th century.
 
 
Science Stories 
Radio 4
Wednesday 15th June, 9.00pm
 
In 1940, Charles Drew, an African-American doctor, was the driving force behind a medical project called Plasma for Britain, which saved many lives in the UK. However, when a similar project was introduced in the US, the authorities insisted the blood be racially segregated and Drew resigned. Naomi Alderman explores a key period in the history of blood transfusion.
 
 
Versailles 
BBC Two 
Wednesday 15th June, 9.30pm
 
The opulent drama about life in the court of Louis XIV finds those forced to travel to Versailles unhappy about the dangerous route to the palace. Elsewhere, a rich African prince receives a chilly reception. Followed by Inside Versailles (10.25pm), in which Professor Kate Williams and Greg Jenner focus on tensions between Louis and his nobles.
 
 
In Our Time 
Radio 4
Thursday 16th June, 9.00am/9.30pm 
 
Melvyn Bragg and expert guests discuss what’s been dubbed the ‘Bronze Age Collapse’. Beginning around 1200 BC, it saw the dominant civilisations around the Aegean, eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia suddenly destroyed. What exactly happened and how did events play out? 
 

 

Pick of the week

 
Genius of the Modern World: Marx
BBC Four
Thursday 16th June, 9.00pm
 
Kicking off a series about thinkers who shaped the 20th century, Bettany Hughes profiles the author of Das Kapital, Karl Marx. It’s a portrait of a revolutionary who rebelled against his affluent Prussian roots and lived much of his life on the run. His big ideas didn’t gain traction until after his death – just 11 people attended his funeral.
 
 
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