TV and radio highlights: 10-17 March 2017

By Sarah Orme, 8 March 2017 - 3:35pm

Discover the story of Raleigh bikes with rare footage, catch up on the final Who Do You Think You Are? episode of series 13 and learn about 18th century criminals 

Raleigh bikes archive photo

Bicycle designer Alan Oakley stands among Raleigh Chopper bikes at the factory's dispatch centre (Photo: BBC/Testimony Films)

Pick of the week

Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story 
Wednesday 15 March, 9pm, BBC Four

This documentary describes the ups and downs of Raleigh bikes. Founded in the back streets of Nottingham in 1888, Raleigh grew to become the biggest bike manufacturer in the world. There’s personal testimony from former Raleigh workers alongside rare and unseen archive footage.

Also this week

Britain’s Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues 
Saturday 11 March, 7pm, BBC Four

In the first of three episodes, Dr Sam Willis examines Britain’s criminal underworld in the 18th and 19th centuries, kicking off with highwaymen. These men often became romantic folk heroes in their own lifetimes, but Willis wants to find out what they were really like. Were they heroes or villains? 

Who Do You Think You Are? USA 
Wednesday 15 March, 3pm, W

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston explores his paternal line, discovering a pattern of desertion, a man of honour and an unknown aunt.

Who Do You Think You Are? Wednesday, 15 March, 11.45pm, BBC One 
Wednesday 15 March, 11.45pm, BBC One

 Journalist and Chelsea Flower Show presenter Sophie Raworth discovers ancestors who sought religious freedom in America and is thrilled to unearth a family connection to Kew Gardens. Read more about her WDYTYA? episode here. Missed the last episode of the series? Don’t worry, there are still a few opportunities to catch up. Or you can view the episode using iPlayer

Warpaint: The Story of Camouflage 
Thursday 16 March, 1.30pm, BBC Radio 4 Extra

Patrick Wright reveals the work of the artists who pioneered the use of camouflage during the First World War. Solomon J Solomon painted the first British tanks and Norman Wilkinson used dazzle paint to protect ships from torpedoes.

The Last Kingdom
Thursday 16 March, 9pm, BBC2

BBC2’s Saxon drama based on the books of Bernard Cornwell returns. Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Alexander Dreymon), a Saxon raised by Danes, continues his efforts to regain his ancestral lands in Northumberland, but is drawn into the schemes of King Alfred (David Dawson) to unite England.

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