TV and Radio highlights: 6 – 12 June 2014

By Jon Bauckham, 5 June 2014 - 4:12pm

Men of the 84th Field Company, Royal Engineers struggle ashore on Queen sector of Sword Beach on D-Day (Photo: Alamy)

Pick of the week

D-Day: The Heroes Return
Friday 6 June, 9.15am, BBC One

Huw Edwards presents a day of live programmes to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, including coverage of a service at Sword Beach where world leaders and veterans will pay their respects to the thousands of Allied troops who lost their lives in the campaign. After a short break at 12.45pm, the commemorations will continue at 1.30pm on BBC One, with highlights of the day broadcast at 8pm on BBC Two.

Also this week

Who Do You Think You Are?
Friday 6 June, 12pm, Yesterday

In a repeat of one of the most exciting episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? to date, Larry Lamb traces the biological parents of his adopted mother and finds them to have been quite a pair. The EastEnder also uncovers his grandfather’s mysterious fairground roots.

Britain at Sea
Friday 6 June, 9pm, BBC Radio 4

Admiral Alan West tells the story of the Royal Navy throughout the course of the 20th century. Friday’s first instalment focuses on the period 1900-39, looking at how military technology developed and the role that the Battle of Jutland played in shaping the outcome of the First World War.

The Unmaking of the English Working Class
Monday 9 June, 8pm, BBC Radio 4

Revisiting EP Thompson’s seminal 1963 book The Making of the English Working Class, historian Jon Lawrence asks whether a ‘proud working class’ still exists and if our society today is closer to a classless society than ever before.

Clydebuilt: The Ships that Made the Commonwealth
Thursday 12 June, 8pm, BBC Four

Presented by David Hayman, the third episode of this series looks at the story of the Robert E Lee – a paddle steamer which played an important role during the American Civil War. However, its origins were in Glasgow, having been constructed at one of the famous shipyards of the Clyde. If you’ve been enjoying the series, then you might like to listen to our May podcast, in which industrial historian Anthony Burton discusses the legacy of the iconic Scottish industry.

If I Don't Come Home: Letters from D-Day
Thursday 12 June, 10.35pm, ITV

In this moving programme, a cast of actors read out the final farewells of four men who were involved in the D-Day invasion. Addressed to either their wives or parents back in Blighty, the letters offer a unique insight into the true feelings of the average serviceman during the Second World War, and the sheer courage that was required to fight. An accompanying e-book published by ITV, featuring the letter written by Alastair Bannerman, is available priced £1.49 from Amazon

Words: Beth Middleton and Jon Bauckham

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