TV and Radio highlights: 8-14 July 2016

By Jon Bauckham, 7 July 2016 - 10:50am

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell return for another emotional series of Long Lost Family, while there's another chance to watch the excellent BBC drama The Wipers Times

Long Lost Family Davina McCall Nicky Campbell ITV 2016

Who Do You Think You Are? alumni Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell help to reunite more relatives in Long Lost Family (Photo: Tony Ward/ITV)

Pick of the week

Long Lost Family
Wednesday 13 July, 9pm, ITV

The family history series returns with Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell back once more to help re-unite family members with their missing loved ones. The first episode follows two very different people, both of whom were adopted on opposite sides of the world but share some striking similarities in their stories, including a connection to Singapore, as well as other extraordinary coincidences. Could their tales be connected?

Also this week

The Wipers Times
Saturday 9 July, 9pm, BBC Two

Co-written by Ian Hislop and starring Ben Chaplin, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Michael Palin, The Wipers Times is a one-off 90-minute factual drama, based on the true story of Captain Fred Roberts and Lieutenant Jack Pearson who discover a printing press in the ruins of Ypres in 1916 and use it to create a satirical newspaper to bolster troupe morale. Clever and full of dark humour, this is a rare treat.

Document 
Tuesday 12 July, 4pm, BBC Radio 4

In this second episode in the series, Anne McElvoy focuses on the story of Jurgen Kuczynski, a Second World War-era German academic involved in a British atomic bomb spying scandal. Prior to this, Jurgen Kuczynski was a member of the Jewish Central European intelligentsia of the inter-war period, who became a Marxist following the political chaos of the First World War.

Scotland's War at Sea
Tuesday 12 July, 9pm, BBC Four

This is the second of a two-part series looking at Scotland's role in the sea battles of the First World War. By early 1917, German U-boats were sinking a dozen British ships every day and the navy was under serious threat of not being able to continue for much longer. David Hayman explores the danger posed by German submarines and what the British Navy planned to do about it.

Great Continental Railway Journeys
Wednesday 13 July, 7pm, BBC Two

Michael Portillo travels to the Black Forest, where he discovers how the story of Hansel and Gretel helped to unify the German nation. At Goettingen University, he then uncovers the scientific breakthroughs and infighting that enabled the country create world-class technology at the start of the 20th century.

Who Do You Think You Are?
Thursday 14 July, 1pm, Yesterday

Comedian and actor Hugh Dennis uncovers the journeys of both of his grandfathers who fought in the First World War, exploring their very different wartime experiences. For his paternal grandfather, Ronald Dennis, the war offered an opportunity to escape a life in the Yorkshire coalmines. For Hugh's maternal grandfather, Godfrey Hinnels, the First World War was a brutal time, as he found himself in some of the its most infamous battles.

Words: Alexander Vaughan-Davies

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