TV and radio highlights: 17-23 February 2017

By Jon Bauckham, 16 February 2017 - 7:00pm

Casualty star Sunetra Sarker reconnects with her Bengali roots in the penultimate episode of WDYTYA? series 13, while there's a chance to watch the 2015 film adaptation of Testament of Youth

Sunetra Sarker

Don't miss Sunetra Sarker's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on Wednesday 22 February (Photo: BBC)

Pick of the week

Who Do You Think You Are?
Wednesday 22 February, 8pm, BBC One

In the penultimate episode of the series, Scouse-born Casualty star Sunetra Sarker leaves Blighty to reconnect with her Bengali heritage. Travelling from the busy streets of Kolkata to a rural village in Bangladesh, it’s an emotionally charged journey, showcasing stories of pioneering literary figures, political activists and ordinary people whose lives were torn apart by conflict. Make sure you head to the TV Series section of our website for exclusive unseen footage and research guides after the episode airs.

Also this week

Testament of Youth
Saturday 18 February, 9pm, BBC Two

On Saturday evening there’s a chance to catch the 2015 film adaptation of Vera Brittain’s classic memoir Testament of Youth on BBC Two. Starring Swedish actress Alicia Vikander in the lead role, it’s an incredibly moving tale of love and loss, offering a vivid insight into the role of women during the First World War and the sacrifices that so many made.

Reel History of Britain
Monday 20 February, 7.30pm, BBC Four

Melvyn Bragg takes his mobile cinema across the border to Glasgow, where he sets out to discover what life was like for the city’s shipyard workers during the 1930s. Along the way he meets up with historian (and regular Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine contributor) Anthony Burton, who reveals how the collapse of the industry affected local communities.

The Railways That Built Britain with Chris Tarrant
Monday 20 February, 9pm, Channel 5

In the second episode of the series, Chris Tarrant examines the role of the nation’s railways during the First and Second World Wars. From transporting troops to evacuating millions of children, Tarrant reveals how Britain managed to steam ahead against all odds.

The Essay: The Other Auld Alliance
Monday 20 February, 10.45pm, BBC Radio 3

Scotland’s age-old relationship with France is common knowledge, but less well known is the country’s historic connection to Germany and the cluster of European countries that preceded it. In this new documentary series, Stuart Kelly examines the origins of the ‘Other Auld Alliance’, and the impact it has had on literature, education and philosophy through time.

Further Back in Time for Dinner
Tuesday 21 February, 8pm, BBC Two

After the high jinks of the 1920s and the surprising optimism of the 1930s, this week the Robshaws get a taster of what life was like for Britons during the Second World War. With Fred safely evacuated to the countryside, the remaining family members trade the dining room for an Anderson shelter, where they tuck into a wholesome Woolton pie and understand the importance of sticking together when times get tough.

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