TV and Radio highlights: 30 September – 6 October 2016

By Jon Bauckham, 29 September 2016 - 12:17pm

Jeremy Paxman's landmark 2009 series The Victorians will be shown on BBC Four, along with the next episode of Britain's Lost Masterpieces, which heads to Aberdeenshire

Jeremy Paxman The Victorians BBC 2009

Jeremy Paxman explores the dramatic growth of Britain's cities in the first episode of The Victorians (Credit: BBC)

Pick of the week

The Victorians
Monday 3 October, 10pm, BBC Four

Originally shown back in 2009, there’s another chance to catch Jeremy Paxman’s landmark documentary series The Victorians this October. In the first episode, focusing on the growth of Britain's cities, the Who Do You Think You Are? alumnus tells the story of James Sharples – a Lancashire-born ironworker who produced stunning paintings showing the Industrial Revolution in full flow. Paxman also looks back at the career of Gustave Doré, an artist who depicted scenes of poverty and despair in London’s East End.

Also this week

Railway Nation: A Journey in Verse
Saturday 1 October, 9pm, BBC Two

In 1936, poet WH Auden made the classic documentary film Night Mail, based on a series of railway journeys he took around the British Isles. To mark 80 years since the programme hit the picture houses, six of the nation’s best 21st-century poets follow in Auden’s footsteps, capturing the stories of the people they encounter along the way.

Sunday 2 October, 9pm, ITV

There’s a baby on the way in Victoria – but rather than being a cause for celebration, the risks posed by 19th-century childbirth means that the Queen (Jenna Coleman) is forced to name a new head of state in case of her death. When she picks her beloved husband Prince Albert (Tom Hughes), there’s instant outcry, with certain sections of Parliament outraged at the idea of being ruled by a German prince. How will Albert prove his worth?

Capability Brown's Unfinished Garden
Monday 3 October, 9pm, BBC Four

By the time he died in 1783, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown had been responsible for designing more than 170 parks and gardens across Britain. But despite his prolific career and substantial wealth, Brown never got round to carrying out plans for his own garden – today an unremarkable plot of land by the A14 in Cambridgeshire. In this documentary, Bunny Guinness travels across the country to explore the landscape architect’s finest works, trying guess what Brown’s ‘unfinished’ garden would have eventually looked like.

Scotland's Black History
Wednesday 5 October, 1.30pm, BBC Radio Scotland (and online)

To mark Black History Month, BBC Radio Scotland is re-airing the seven-part documentary series Scotland’s Black History, looking at the nation’s relationship with Africa and people of African origin since Roman times. While only the first episode has a transmission date confirmed, those south of the border should be able to listen to each programme by going to the BBC Radio website shortly after it airs.

Britain's Lost Masterpieces
Wednesday 5 October, 9pm, BBC Four

After their sojourn to Swansea in last week’s episode, art buffs Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Jacky Klein head to the historic Haddo House in Aberdeenshire – believed to be the home of several ‘lost’ Scottish paintings. They also pay a visit to the storerooms of Montrose Museum, where a copy of a famous portrait could actually turn out to be the real deal.

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