TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (26 August-1 September 2017)

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

World's Busiest Cities. (BBC)
World's Busiest Cities. (BBC)
 
The Cultural Front
Radio 4
Saturday 26 August, 10.30am
 
In her final show this year considering the cultural fallout from 1914-18, Francine Stock tackles such subjects as the cross-dressing theatre troupes that entertained troops, gender roles during the conflict more generally, and the idea of the war hero. Plus listen out for weekday drama Home Front (Radio 4, 12.04pm), set exactly 100 years ago in Folkestone.
 
 
 
Festival Tales: Edinburgh At 70 
BBC Two 
Saturday 26 August, 9.00pm
 
In 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival was born as a “bond of reunion in a disintegrated world”, a way to help heal the wounds of 1939-45. In a one-off documentary, Jack Whitehall celebrates the festival’s history and its cultural importance. Contributors include Sir Ian McKellen, Shappi Khorsandi, Stephen Fry, Claire Bloom and Michael Palin.
 
 
 
Victoria 
ITV 
Sunday 27 August, 9.05pm
 
Series two of the historical drama and new mother Victoria (Jenna Coleman) is impatient to be back at work. Meantime, husband Albert (Tom Hughes), a man still struggling to find a role for himself, tries to prevent his wife hearing bad news from Afghanistan. 
 
 
 
Streets Apart: A History Of Social Housing 
Radio 4
Monday 28 August, 1.45pm
 
Over 10 weekday episodes, Lynsey Hanley tells the story of social housing in Britain. She begins with the Grenfell Tower disaster and asks why we don’t have decent housing for all. Should we see the tragedy as at least in part the result of a flawed approach that has created a marginalised class living on isolated estates?
 
 
 
Enlightenment After Dark 
Radio 4
Monday 28 August, 11.30pm
 
In a five-part weekday series, Alan Little hosts discussions in the spirit of the Scottish Enlightenment, held in places associated with the movement. In the first programme, Rutger Bregman and Mona Siddiqui join Little to talk about ideas of utopia in the Professor’s Room of the Botanic Cottage at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
 
 
 

Pick of the week

Awesome Beauty: The Art Of Industrial Britain 
BBC Four
Tuesday 29 August, 9.00pm
 
Forget pastoral scenes and the Hay Wain, Lachlan Goudie thinks we should instead celebrate Britain’s industrial heritage. In an alternative journey through British art history, the painter celebrates works by the likes of JMW Turner, Graham Sutherland and photographer Maurice Broomfield.
 
 
Awesome Beauty: The Art Of Industrial Britain. (BBC/OFTV/Jim Peterson/Bridgeman)
 
 
Aleks In Wonderland: The Story Of The Internet 
Radio 4
Wednesday 30 August, 9.00am
 
Aleks Krotoski concludes her history of the internet by investigating whether we can control its dark side. And if it is possible, should we rely on technological fixes or take a more political approach to regulate the governance of such a crucial communications medium?
 
 
 
World’s Busiest Cities 
BBC Two 
Wednesday 30 August, 8.00pm
 
A series charting life in some of the world’s most populous urban areas begins in Hong Kong. While this isn’t wholly a history show, Dan Snow is amongst the presenters and offers a historian’s perspective on the former British colony.  
 
 
 
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America 
BBC Four 
Wednesday 30 August, 9.00pm
 
Architect Jonathan Adams travels across the US to see some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most influential buildings, including Fallingwater and New York’s Guggenheim Museum. Adams also explores Wright’s radical Welsh roots, which he argues gave Wright a love of nature, a capacity for hard work and a willingness to challenge conventional thinking.
 
 
 
Who Do You Think You Are? 
BBC One
Thursday 31 August, 8.00pm
 
Actor and filmmaker Noel Clarke heads for the Caribbean as he traces his family history. It’s a journey that takes him first to Trinidad and then to the small island of Carriacou, where he learns about a remarkable ancestor who was born into slavery. 
 
 
 
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC/Wall to Wall/Noel Clarke)
 
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