TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (30 September - 6 October 2017)

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

Reformation: Europe’s Holy War. (Image Credit: BBC)
Reformation: Europe’s Holy War. (Image Credit: BBC)
Britain’s Ancient Tracks With Tony Robinson 
Channel 4
Saturday 30 September, 7.00pm
Another week, another tramp for Tony Robinson as he explores the earthworks of Offa’s Dyke, along the way visiting a spot reputed to be the resting place of King Arthur. Followed by World War Two’s Great Escapes: The Freedom Trails (Channel 4, 8.00pm), in which Monty Hall retraces a route taken by SAS soldiers in northern Italy.
Stop All The Clocks: WH Auden In An Age Of Anxiety 
Saturday 30 September, 9.00pm
Launching a poetry season, director Adam Low considers why Auden’s work resonates so much today. Cornwall’s Native Poet: Charles Causley (BBC Four, Sunday 1 October, 9.00pm) profiles a versifier who lived in Launceston all his life. Sex, Chips And Poetry: 50 Years Of The Mersey Sound (BBC Four, 9.00pm, Tuesday 3 October) looks at Roger McGough and co.
Napoleon: The Egyptian Campaign 
Sunday 1 October, 8.00pm & 9.00pm
In 1798, a French armada left Toulon for Egypt. A young general, Napoleon Bonaparte, was among those setting sail. This two-part docudrama looks back at a military campaign that lasted until 1801 and, via the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, was crucial in the birth of Egyptology.
The Last Post 
Sunday 1 October, 9.00pm
The latest drama from Peter Moffat (The Village) is set in the 1960s in Aden, and deals with the end of the colonial era. Over on ITV, Victoria (9.00pm) finds the monarch hearing news of the famine in Ireland. Should her government be doing more to help alleviate her people’s suffering? Victoria certainly thinks so. 
The Last Post. (Image Credit: BBC/Bonafide Films/Coco van Oppens)
Tunes For Tyrants: Music And Power With Suzy Klein 
BBC Four 
Monday 2 October, 9.00pm
Throughout the 20th century, those in power sought to harness music to political ends. In a three-part series, Suzy Klein looks back at how this helped shape history. She begins with the Bolshevik revolution, the cabarets of 1920s Berlin and Kurt Weil’s Threepenny Opera. 
The Vietnam War 
BBC Four
Monday 2 October, 10.00pm & 10.55pm
As the epic series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick continues, we head back to south-east Asia in 1964. With South Vietnam in chaos, President Johnson takes the fateful decision to escalate America’s involvement in the region. The second episode covers 1966-67, years when an anti-war movement began to coalesce in the US.
It’s Just A Joke, Comrade: 100 Years Of Russian Satire 
Radio 4
Tuesday 3 October, 11.30am
The Soviet era is hardly associated with belly laughs. Yet, argues comedian Viv Groskop in a two-part series, comedy about the revolution still exerts a powerful influence in modern Russia. Expect talk of Bolshevik satire, gags about Lenin, and dissident humour that influenced comedians in London and New York.
The Documentary: Che Today 
BBC World Service
Tuesday 3 October, 1.30pm
It’s 50 years since Che Guevara, aged just 39, was executed in Bolivia. Marking the anniversary, Will Grant asks: what would the revolutionary have made of contemporary Cuba? To help him answer this question, Grant meets Guevara’s children and friends. 
Tunes for Tyrants. (Image Credit: BBC/Wingspan)

Pick of the week 

Reformation: Europe’s Holy War
Tuesday 3 October, 9.00pm
Back on our screens for the first time in a while, David Starkey explores how the Protestant Reformation transformed Europe. It’s a tale of how ideas in Martin Luther’s 95 Theses began to spread across the continent 500 years ago and, in England, ultimately helped pave the way for Henry VIII’s break from Rome.
Who Do You Think You Are? 
Wednesday 4 October, 8.00pm
The current series of the celebrity genealogy show concludes with Ruby Wax tracing her family history. As someone raised in a deeply dysfunctional household, the comedian especially wants to know if the past offers any clues as to why she herself has suffered with mental illness. 
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