This week's TV: six classic episodes of WDYTYA? to choose from...

By mattelton, 20 April 2012 - 8:37am

This week's
TV & radio
20– 24 April

Pick of the week
Who Do You Think You Are?
Throughout the day, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April

Television is a curious beast: there might not be many new shows that are perfect for a well-earned research break this week, but there certainly is plenty of classic Who Do You Think You Are? to choose from. Helpfully, the same six episodes are repeated on digital channel Yesterday on both Saturday and Sunday, meaning that if you really do have to leave the house there's always another chance to catch up. Here's the full list:

12pm Natasha Kaplinsky
1pm Matthew Pinsent
2pm Graham Norton
3pm John Hurt
4pm Carol Vorderman
5pm Griff Rhys Jones
 

Storyville: The Real Great Escape
Friday 20 April, 2.50am BBC Four & Tuesday 24 April, 23.50 BBC Four

There's two opportunities this week to catch this documentary exploring the life of Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, a pilot and champion skiier who escaped from prison camps no less than three times early in the Second World War. And that wasn't the end of his story: upon being returned to top-security POW camp Stalag Luft 111, he agreed to mastermind what has become one of the most famous episodes of the conflict.
 

Long Lost Family
Sunday 22 April, 11.30am ITV1

If you missed the latest instalment of this Davina McCall-fronted series reuniting people with their estranged relatives, there's another chance to catch up on Saturday. Some of the stories are heartbreaking.

Titanic programming
Online via the BBC's iPlayer service

There's been a fascinating debate brewing all week over on our Facebook page: has the slew of events, TV programmes and exhibitions to mark the centenary of the Titanic's sinking just been too much? Some would definitely agree but, if you're still eager to learn more, there's plenty to choose from on the BBC's excellent iPlayer service. Highlights include the fascinating A History of the Titanic in 30 Pieces and the final part of Len Goodman's surprisingly affecting documentary.

Words | Matt Elton

 

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