TV and Radio highlights: 7-13 August 2015

By Jon Bauckham, 6 August 2015 - 12:45pm

Paul Hollywood Who Do You Think You Are 2015

Don't miss Paul Hollywood's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on Thursday 13 August

Pick of the week

Who Do You Think You Are?
Thursday 13 August, 9pm, BBC One

It’s finally back! After nearly a year away from our screens, Who Do You Think You Are? returns for a brand-new series next Thursday with an episode featuring Great British Bake Off Judge Paul Hollywood. Starting in Liverpool, the story follows the baker as he traces his maternal roots in Merseyside and beyond, discovering the experiences of his grandfather during the Second World War. If you want to get more from Paul’s episode after it airs, make sure you keep an eye on our homepage, where we will be uploading exclusive articles about the show and unseen footage. We’ll also be posting on Facebook and Twitter, so feel free to join in with the discussion!

Also this week

Ripper Street
Friday 7 August, 9pm, BBC One

The third series of Ripper Street continues on Friday night, with an episode that sees the detectives investigate a killing in a (classically Victorian!) curiosity shop. However, what begins as a routine murder inquiry soon turns more complex following the discovery of a young girl secretly imprisoned in the cellar. Inspector Reid (Matthew McFadyen) soon believes that Long Susan (MyAnna Buring) may be involved.

Secret History
Sunday 9 August, 7pm, Channel 4

Historian Patrick Bishop explores the story behind Churchill’s plot to destroy prize German battleship the Tirpitz during the Second World War. Although there were more than 30 failed attempts, we learn how the famous 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron and 9 Squadron finally finished by the job, with eyewitness accounts from RAF crew and surviving German sailors.

The Race for the World's First Atomic Bomb
Monday 10 August, 10pm, BBC Four

To mark 70 years since the Second World War bombing of Hiroshima, this BBC Four documentary goes behind barbed wire to tell the inside story of the men and women who built the bomb itself. Using first-hand accounts and exclusive interviews, we learn how their involvement in the ‘Manhattan Project’ changed their lives forever and signalled the beginning of a new and terrifying age.

The Cause: A History of Scottish Nationalism
Tuesday 11 August, 1.30pm, BBC Radio Scotland

The story of Scottish nationalism doesn’t begin with the SNP. In this radio series, figures from the present-day movement highlight pivotal events throughout the centuries, ranging from the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 to the challenges that were mounted on the perceived ‘Anglicisation’ of the country during the 20th century.

Who Do You Think You Are? USA
Wednesday 12 August, 5pm, Watch

In this episode from across the pond, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson explores the turbulent life of his great grandfather – the curiously-named Jesse Wheat Uppercu.

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