Saturday 25 June, 8.30pm
The swashbuckling romp continues with Athos and co. finding themselves responsible for the future of the British monarchy. In this week’s other French historical drama Versailles (BBC Two, Wednesday 29 June, 9.30pm), Philippe makes a heroic return from the front.
Messages Home: Lost Films of the British Army
Sunday 26 June, 8.00pm
Those serving in Burma, India and Sri Lanka during the Second World War had little chance of leave at home. Instead, in a bid to raise morale, the army gave servicemen the opportunity to film messages to be sent back to Britain. This moving documentary shows some of these ‘Calling Blighty’ films sent to soldiers’ relatives.
Voices of the First World War
Monday 27 June, 1.45pm
Dan Snow introduces more archive recordings of those involved in the First World War. In the first of five weekday episodes, we hear French soldiers’ accounts of Verdun. Later in the week, veterans of the battle of Jutland, conscientious objectors and those who fought at the Somme share their memories.
One Day in Entebbe
Tuesday 28 June, 8.00pm
On 4 July 1976, 200 Israeli commandoes went to the aid of Israeli and Jewish passengers aboard a hijacked Air France flight that had landed in Uganda. Jonathan Freedland looks back at a remarkable rescue and how it shaped the current Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.
Born on the Same Day
Tuesday 28 June, 9.00pm
The series about people who share a birthday concludes with a trio born on 26 September 1939: plasterer turned actor Ricky Tomlinson, midwife Julia Allison, who championed home births during the 1970s, and bookmaking entrepreneur Vic Young, whose early ambition was to be a jockey.
Ricky Tomlinson in Born on the Same Day. (Channel 4/Rory Mulvey)
Inside Porton Down: Britain’s Secret Weapons Research Facility
Tuesday 28 June, 9.00pm
Michael Mosley is granted rare access to Britain’s most secretive military base, which marks its centenary this year. There’s much here about current work at the base, but also about the facility’s history, including the testing of anthrax as a potential weapon and controversies around human experiments.
All the Way
Wednesday 29 June, 9.00pm
Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame stars as Lyndon B Johnson in a feature-length adaptation of a Broadway play that begins in the raw aftermath of the assassination of John F Kennedy. At the drama’s heart lies the struggle to pass civil rights legislation.
All the Way – Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B Johnson. (Sky Atlantic/2016 Home Box Office, Inc. All Rights Reserved)
Thursday 30 June, 2.15pm
Jonathan Ruffle’s drama about life on the front 100 years ago reaches the eve of the battle of the Somme. Central character Micky Bliss is training signallers, but he’s missed a tiny detail. Also today, listen out for The Now Show 1916 (Radio 4, 11.00pm), which finds Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis indulging in some retro satire.
Pick of the week
Battle of the Somme 100: the Vigil
Thursday 30 June, 7.30pm
On 1 July 1916, the battle of the Somme began. Huw Edwards, in Thiepval, France, and Kirsty Young, in London, present live coverage of vigil services being held to mark the centenary. At Westminster Abbey, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will lead the nation’s remembrance.
Genius of the Modern World: Freud
Thursday 30 June, 9.00pm
Bettany Hughes traces the life of the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. His influence pervades our culture through ideas such as the Freudian slip. Hughes’ approach is respectful yet critical as she considers, for example, how Freud’s own childhood played into his theories.