TV and Radio highlights: 17–23 January 2014

By Jon Bauckham, 16 January 2014 - 3:39pm

Credit: BBC

Pick of the week

Hidden Histories: Britain's Oldest Family Businesses
Wednesday 22 January, 9pm, BBC Four

In the second episode of this new series, Fiona Toye (above) explores the 300-year history of her husband’s regalia and insignia-making family business, which even has the Queen on its list of clients. Now chief executive, Fiona faces the challenge of modernising the company and bringing it into the 21st century.

Also this week

Who Do You Think You Are?
Various times throughout the week, Yesterday

You can catch some of your favourite Who Do You Think You Are? episodes on Yesterday this week.

David Suchet discovers his 3x great grandfather’s connection to the sea (Thursday 16 January, 9pm), Jodie Kidd searches for information about her mysterious great grandfather Sir Rowland Hodge (Friday 17 January, 9pm), while Rory Bremner looks back at his father’s career during the Second World War (Tuesday 21 January, 9pm).

For a full schedule of repeats, head over to the Radio Times website.

Nelson's Caribbean Hell-Hole
Sunday 19 January, 11.20pm, BBC Four

As a mass grave of British soldiers is discovered in Antigua, historian Sam Willis investigates our murky imperial legacy and why 18th-century sailors were killed by their pints of rum.

Great British Railway Journeys
Monday 20 January, 6.30pm, BBC Two

The next leg of Michael Portillo’s journey sees the former politician travel from Southampton to Wolverhampton, learning how to set a table on a luxury liner and finding out more about a pitched battle between the people of Basingstoke and the Salvation Army.

Who Do You Think You Are? USA
Monday 20 January, 11.20pm, BBC One

Texan singer Kelly Clarkson follows the trail of her 3x great grandfather, discovering how he ended up at the notorious Andersonville prisoner of war camp during the American Civil War. The show is broadcast at 11.35pm in Northern Ireland and 12am in Wales.

The Long View
Tuesday 21 January, 9am, BBC Radio 4

Jonathan Freedland takes a look at the past behind the present with this episode of The Long View, where he discusses a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that suggests the number of working families in poverty in the UK has surpassed those without employment. He also reflects on 18th-century inflation and the introduction of the Speenhamland system to support farm labourers.

London on Film
Thursday 23 January, 8.30pm, BBC Four

This three-part documentary explores how the bright lights of London have inspired generations of filmmakers. Featuring rich archive footage, the first instalment focuses on showbusiness and rioting in the West End.

Words: Marése O'Sullivan

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