TV and radio highlights: 27 January – 2 February 2017

By Deputy Editor, 26 January 2017 - 3:35pm

Actor and comedian Greg Davies searches for his Welsh forebears in Who Do You Think You Are?, while Further Back in Time for Dinner sees a modern family tuck into some Edwardian cuisine

Greg Davies

Greg Davies uncovers Welsh heritage in his upcoming episode Who Do You Think You Are?, broadcast on Wednesday 1 February

Pick of the week

Who Do You Think You Are?
Wednesday 1 February, 8pm, BBC One

Last week’s wonderful forage into Sir Ian McKellen’s family history may have left you feeling a little melancholy, despite its uplifting finale. In a change of pace this week, we see Greg Davies go back to his Welsh roots. He sets out to solve the mystery surrounding the identity of his Welsh grandmother’s father and discovers a less-than-upstanding member of the community – something Greg is mightily unimpressed by – whose life was characterised by tragedy and scandal. He also uncovers a smattering of royal heritage.

Also this week

George III: The Genius of the Mad King
Monday 30 January, 9pm, BBC Two

This programme lifts the lid on the real lives and events behind the enduring story of Britain’s mad king. Robert Hardman gains extensive access to the Royal Archives and remarkably, after 200 years under lock and key, the personal papers of one of England’s most notorious monarchs. They reveal that behind the ‘madness’ lay a staunch patron of the arts and sciences, would-be world traveller and a man with a keen sense of duty.

Further Back in Time for Dinner
Tuesday 31 January, 8pm, BBC Two

An ordinary family travels back in time to various points in history in this series to see how the food we eat has both changed and transformed the way we live. This week the Robshaws go back to the 1910s. They happily tuck into five-course dinners at the start of the decade but by 1916 they are contemplating the effects of the war, tinned tomato soup and fish sausages.

Open Country
Thursday 2 February, 3pm, BBC Radio 4

This excellent series brings history to life, through the people and events that have shaped the landscape. This week it features the discovery of the Mildenhall Treasure, in 1942, by a farmer ploughing his field. Said farmer turned up a circular piece of metal that turned out to be part of a 32-piece set of silver Roman tableware. But exactly where and why was the treasure buried? Riveting stuff!

British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley
Thursday 2 February, 9pm, BBC Four

In the second part of the series that spring cleans some of the dustier moments in history, Ms Worsley jauntily debunks some of the events surrounding The Glorious Revolution of 1688, when Dutch Prince William of Orange invaded and stole the British throne from his father-in-law King James II. Period dress this week includes armour, as she deftly deconstructs the notion that it was a bloodless affair – there was huge slaughter in Scotland and Ireland. It was anything but glorious.

The Search for the Lost Manuscript
Thursday 2 February, 10pm, BBC Four

The remarkable story of Revelations of Divine Love, the first-known book written in England by a woman – Christian mystic Julian of Norwich – in the 14th century. This powerful and beautiful piece of religious insight was suppressed for 500 years. But what’s really astonishing is how the text survived down the centuries, thanks to the dedication of a group of French and English nuns. Watch this and discover how…

Words: Claire Vaughan

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