TV and radio highlights: 3-9 March 2017

By Jon Bauckham, 1 March 2017 - 11:42am

BBC journalist Sophie Raworth rounds off the 13th series of Who Do You Think You Are?, while Jeremy Paxman explores the history and heritage of Britain's longest river

Sophie Raworth

Sophie Raworth investigates her roots in the final episode of Who Do You Think You Are? series 13 (Photo: BBC)

Pick of the week

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

After a number of stops and starts, the 13th series of Who Do You Think You Are? finally comes to an end next week with an episode featuring BBC journalist Sophie Raworth. Taking her from Brighton to Birmingham (with a short stint across the Atlantic), the episode sees Sophie uncover tales of bankruptcy, illness and religious persecution. As with the rest of the series, don’t forget that we’ll also be uploading exclusive unseen footage and research guides from Sophie’s episode as soon as it airs.

Also this week

She-Wolves: England's Early Queens
Saturday 4 March, 8pm, BBC Four

First shown in 2012, Helen Castor’s series delves into the lives of England’s medieval and Tudor queens, revealing how they managed to wield influence in a male-dominated society. Episode one focuses on two subjects: Empress Matilda, who was nearly crowned queen of England in her own right, and Eleanor of Aquitaine, the powerful wife of both Louis VII and Henry II.

Rivers with Jeremy Paxman
Sunday 5 March, 8pm, Channel 4

Jeremy Paxman’s watery jaunt continues this weekend, with an episode focusing on the history and heritage of the River Severn. Travelling in search of the river’s source in Ceredigion, along the way Paxman encounters the largest ‘ship graveyard’ in Britain and meets up with volunteers from a local steam railway. He also tries his hand at coracle polo, with mixed results.

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History
Monday 6 March, 9pm, BBC Four

Presented by Eamonn McCabe, this new three-part series captures the fascinating history of photography, focusing on the scientists and artists who helped develop the fledgling technology into a powerful artform. If you enjoy the programme, you might be interested to learn that hundreds of images produced by British photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot have recently been made available online for the first time.

Tales from the Royal Wardrobe with Lucy Worsley
Tuesday 7 March, 8pm, Channel 4

There’s no escaping Lucy Worsley these days. When she’s not fronting a new series (like last year’s excellent Six Wives), there’s a 99 per cent chance that one of the historian’s previous offerings is being repeated. In this programme from 2014, Lucy takes a peek inside the wardrobes of former kings and queens, looking at the ways that they have used fashion to convey messages to the public. From Henry VIII’s codpiece to Edward VII’s golf wear, it certainly makes for an interesting romp through the ages.

Sir John Soane at Home
Wednesday 8 March, 1.30pm, BBC Radio 4 Extra

Last week The Telegraph named Sir John Soane’s Museum as one of the 41 best museums to visit before you die – an accolade that no visitor could possibly argue with. Packed into three terraced houses in Holborn, it’s a labyrinth filled from top to bottom with rare artefacts and artworks, all collected by one (slightly eccentric) architect, Sir John Soane. This radio documentary looks at the remarkable story behind the museum, delving into the private diaries of Soane himself.

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