TV and Radio highlights: 21 – 27 November 2014

By Steve Harnell, 20 November 2014 - 12:16pm

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World War II Air Crash Detectives takes a look back into how thousands of soldiers died through air accidents and training crashes in the conflict (Credit: Alamy)

Pick of the week

World War II Air Crash Detectives
Monday 24 November, 9pm, Yesterday

The first in a new series investigates how thousands of soldiers died during the Second World War through air accidents and training crashes. Garth Barnard, a lifelong flying enthusiast, begins by trying to uncover what happened onboard a B-25 Mitchell Bomber that crashed in Virginia in 1943, killing five people. His focus throughout is on remembering those who died while not engaged in direct combat, believing that such individuals have just as much right to be remembered as those who were killed in action. 

Also this week

Who Do You Think You Are? 
Friday 21 November, 7pm, Yesterday

Whether you missed them the first time around or just want to see the programme again, here's another chance to see classic WDYTYA? episodes. First, actor and impressionist Alistair McGowan travels to India to discover his family’s role in the British Empire (21 November) and then Bill Oddie, the inaugural WDYTYA? celebrity learns about his mother’s schizophrenia (22 November, 5pm). Actress Amanda Redman uncovers surprising revelations about her grandfather and Protestant heritage (22 November, 6pm) and Nicky Campbell learns more about his adoptive parents in an adoption special (24 November, 7pm), before comedian Vic Reeves investigates his family’s history of domestic service and his grandfather’s possible bigamy (25 November, 7pm). On Wednesday, watch the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, learn about his Turkish ancestry and find out whether his half-French grandmother was descended from blue blood as she claimed, (26 November, 7pm). The next day, follow American chat show host Jerry Springer as he explores the tragic deaths of his grandmothers during the Holocaust (27 November, 7pm) and then watch actress Una Stubbs learn about the grandparents she has never met, (27 November, 10pm). 

Tony Robinson’s World War One
Saturday 22 November, 9pm, Discovery Channel

Tony Robinson gains an unparalleled perspective of the First World War from 3D photographs (22 November) and then uses rare stereoscopic images to reveal some of the unprecedented technologies that made the Battle of the Somme and the war as a whole even bloodier, (23 November, 8pm). 

Who Do You Think You Are? USA
Monday 24 November, 8pm, Watch

Discover the ancestral stories of celebrities in the American version of WDYTYA?. The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons explores his father’s family tree, learning more about the 1850’s yellow fever outbreak in New Orleans and unearthing a Parisian ancestor with royal connections

Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance
Monday 24 November, 9pm, BBC Four

This BBC series continues with Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman and historian Lucy Worsley moving on to explore how the faster and more liberating styles of the 19th century changed the way Britain danced. 

Great War Diaries
Tuesday 25 November, 9pm, Yesterday

The First World War and the people who were affected by it are brought to life through dramatic reconstructions of their letters and journals. Featuring the experiences of a wide range of individuals from an Austrian soldier being transported to Siberia to a schoolgirl drawn into a brief romance with a young airman, the documentary addresses the trauma faced by all those involved

Nigel Slater’s Icing on the Cake
Thursday 27 November, 9pm, BBC Four

History and cookery all rolled into one. Follow food writer Nigel Slater as he explores the origins of cake in Britain. Find out why buns were once banned and how Elizabethan cooks made their cakes rise. Looking to the future, Slater also examines the popularity of the cupcake and the modern-day bakers who are trying to revolutionise the concept of the cake. 

The Genealogy Radio Show
Every Thursday, 4pm, 94.8FM or online at

Tune in to Cork-based genealogist Lorna Moloney’s radio show focusing on Irish genealogy. Listen to interviews with famous names in the field and hear lots of tips to help you discover more about your own ancestry. 

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