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

Can't decide what programmes to watch or listen to? Here we round up the history TV and radio shows you won't want to miss

BBC/Richard Ansett

Germany: Memories Of A Nation
Radio 4
Friday 10 October, 9.45am

It could be wurst… The weekday series continues with Neil MacGregor discussing two mainstays of the German diet: beer and sausages. Other soon-to-air shows find the director of the British Museum reflecting on whether we should consider Charlemagne to be a French or German ruler, and the rise and fall of the Hanseatic League.

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Archive On 4: 1964 – The Revolution That Nearly Wasn’t
Radio 4
Saturday 11 October, 8.00pm

Elinor Goodman looks back 50 years to October 1964, when Harold Wilson and the Labour Party were widely expected to secure a comfortable election victory over the Conservatives, led by prime minister Alec Douglas-Home. So why did Wilson manage to muster only the narrowest of majorities?

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Guy Martin’s Spitfire
Channel 4
Sunday 12 October, 7.30pm

The speed fanatic joins a two-year project to restore a Mk I Spitfire shot down over France in May 1940. Martin traces the remarkable life of its pilot, George Stephenson, and also explores the engineering that made the plane such an effective fighter.

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Sacred Rivers With Simon Reeve
Sunday 12 October, 9.00pm

The adventurer makes his way down the Gangees, a waterway that’s becoming heavily polluted as a result of India’s economic boom. If all that travelling sounds too exhausting for a Sunday night, there’s always Downton Abbey over on ITV (9.15pm), where Rose’s father has shocking news to impart.

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Cosmonauts: How Russia Won The Space Race
BBC Four
Monday 13 October, 9.00pm

Rich with archive footage, here’s a documentary that charts how the Soviet Union helped to pioneer space exploration. Followed by The Spaceman Of Afghanistan (10.30pm), which tells the story of Abdul Ahad Momand, who became the first, and so far only, Afghan to go into space, 25 years ago.

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The Sixties
Tuesday 14 October, 9.00pm

The series looking at one of America’s most turbulent decades continues with the story of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Also new this week on Yesterday, Ancient Black Ops (Wednesday 15th October, 10.00pm) explores the history of Viking beserkers.

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Pick of the week...

Swallowed By The Sea – Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City
Wednesday 15 October, 9.00pm

As the title here suggests, Heracleion, which lay at the mouth of the Nile, was once a wealthy port. So what happened to cause it to be lost beneath the waves? A documentary that traces archaeological work undertaken since the city , located close to Alexandria, was rediscovered, in 2000.

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In Our Time
Radio 4
Thursday 16 October, 9.00am

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936). Dubbed the poet of the British Empire, Kipling was born in India, wrote Kim and If…, and was the first British recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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The Great Fire
Thursday 16 October, 9.00pm

A new four-part drama starring Andrew Buchan as Pudding Lane baker Thomas Farriner takes us back to 1666 and a day when the city went up in flames. Over on BBC Two, Tommy Shelby spots an opportunity to move up in the world in Peaky Blinders (9.00pm).

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