TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (10–16 June 2017)

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

The Reith Lecture 2017. (Image Credit: BBC/Richard Ansett)
The Reith Lecture 2017. (Image Credit: BBC/Richard Ansett)
 
 
Archive On 4: Dictators On The Couch
Radio 4
Saturday 10 June, 8.00pm
 
For decades, using expertise developed watching the Nazis, the CIA has employed psychologists to draw up profiles of foreign leaders. What do they reveal? Psychoanalyst Daniel Pick explores the files to meet, among others, Nikita Khrushchev the “uninhibited ham actor” and Saddam Hussein, “not psychotic” but nevertheless a man with “a strong paranoid orientation”.
 
 
 
Poldark
BBC One
Sunday 11 June, 9.00pm
 
It’s back for a third series. We return to Cornwall in 1794 to find Ross (Aidan Turner) trying to rebuild his marriage to Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson). Meantime, Elizabeth Warleggan (Heida Reed) is heavily pregnant and there are new arrivals in the west.
 
 

Poldark. (Image Credit: Mammoth Screen / BBC)

 
 
Royal Murder Mysteries
Yesterday
Monday 12 June, 8.00pm
 
A new series looking afresh at, as the title suggests, the deaths of those with seriously blue blood begins with the murder of Josslyn Hay, 22nd Earl of Erroll. George V’s grandson was shot in Kenya in 1941, a case that caused a sensation at the time. Why was the only suspect acquitted?
 
 
 
The Art Of Japanese Life
BBC Four
Monday 12 June, 9.00pm
 
In the first instalment of a three-part series on Japanese culture, Dr James Fox considers the relationship between art and nature in the country. On Tuesday 13 June, Ryan Gander: The Idea Of Japan (BBC Four, 9.00pm), the British artist explores Japanese visual culture through its most enduring symbols, including Godzilla.
 
 

Ryan Gander: The Idea Of Japan. (Image Credit: BBC/Sundog Pictures/Sam Anthony)

 

Pick of the week

The Reith Lectures 2017
Radio 4
Tuesday 13 June, 9.00am
 
In the first of five lectures looking at the role of history in our culture, Hilary Mantel considers how art can bring the dead back to life. She begins with the story of her own great-grandmother. “We sense the dead have a vital force still,” Mantel says. “They have something to tell us, something we need to understand.”
 
 
 
Making History
Radio 4
Tuesday 13 June, 3.30pm
 
The history magazine show offers another set of intriguing stories from the past. First and foremost, that means strange marks on bones uncovered by archaeologists at the deserted medieval village at Wharram Percy. Did the locals mutilate bodies to stop disruptive souls from disturbing the living? Presented by Helen Castor.
 
 
 
In Our Time
Radio 4
Thursday 15 June, 9.00am
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the US People’s Party. This was a populist-agrarian political movement that, in the 1890s, temporarily became a major force in American politics, a reaction to hard times for farmers. Plus was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) partly an allegory of the movement’s leaders and ideas?
 
 

Britain’s Greatest Invention (Image Credit: BBC/Thoroughly Modern Media/Gareth Prescott)

 
 
Britain’s Greatest Invention
BBC Two
Thursday 15 June, 8.30pm
 
Live from the Science Museum in London, Dr Hannah Fry and Ant Anstead consider which British invention should be considered the most important. The likes of Giles Coren, Angela Rippon and Len Goodman are on hand to reveal the histories behind key innovations.
 
 
 

Versailles. (Image Credit: © Tibo & Anouchka, Capa Drama, ZodiakFiction & Docs, Incendo, Canal+)

 
 
Versailles
BBC Two
Friday 16 June, 9.00pm
 
It’s the penultimate episode of the historical drama and we find Louis XIV doubting his divinity. Elsewhere, Madame de Montespan hopes a dark ritual may help to restore her status. Followed by Inside Versailles, in which Professor Kate Williams and Greg Jenner examine the practice of witchcraft in the 17th century.
 
 
 
The Summer Of Love: How Hippies Changed The World
BBC Four
Friday 16 June, 9.00pm
 
Responding to the hippy movement, the American government responded with a series of brutal crackdowns. However, as the second episode in the two-part documentary on 1967 reveals, the hippies’ ideas can be linked to the modern environmental movement, feminism and central tenets of the information age. 
 
 
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