TV & radio
18 – 24 August
Pick of the week
Who Do You Think You Are?
Wednesday 24 August, 9pm BBC One
Olympic gold-medal winner Sebastian Coe is the third celebrity to trace his family tree in this year's new series of Who Do You Think You Are?. Among the characters to emerge most clearly from his past are Coe's 5 x great grandfather, plantation owner Hyde Clarke, who led something of an unconvential lifestyle...
Also this week Who Do You Think You Are?: JK Rowling
Thursday 18 August, 8pm BBC Four
If you missed the Harry Potter
author's episode of Who Do You Think You Are?
when it first aired, there's another chance to catch it on the BBC's digital high-definition channel. And, if you don't have digital or cable TV, you can also watch it on the online iPlayer service
The Story of British Pathe
Thursday 18 August, 9pm BBC Four
The story of how one newsreel company chronicled life in Britain and around the world during the 20th century is told through archive film footage, featuring everything from global conflicts to our ancestors' social lives.
Monday 22 August, 7.30pm BBC Two
This welcome repeat of the series recreating 19th-century remedies continues with a look at the ground-breaking – and not so ground-breaking – innovations of the era's entrepreneurs. Matches, fireworks, custard, jelly: it's all here...
Words | Matt Elton