This week’s TV: Take a break from the Olympics with our genealogy picks

By Matt Elton, 27 July 2012 - 2:05pm

This week's
TV & radio
27 July – 2 August

Pick of the week
The Great British Story

In the sixth episode of this fascinating series looking back at the events that have shaped Britain and its people, Michael Wood explores the ways in which the Civil War divided Britain in the 17th century. On his journey through Dublin, England and Cornwall, he uncovers little-known stories about how the war split up local communities and how our monarchy enabled the people of Britain to reunite.
 

Also this week Who Do You Think You Are?
Various times throughout the week

In the first of two classic episodes shown this week, Davina McCall embarks on a journey to Paris in a bid to discover more about her maternal French heritage and uncovers the story of a falsely imprisoned ancestor (Wednesday 1 August, 8pm Yesterday). In Thursday’s episode, meanwhile, David Suchet delves deeper into his ancestry to discover his family’s link to the sea (9pm Yesterday).

Catch up online London: A Tale of Two Cities
Available on BBC iPlayer

As London plays host to the most exciting event of the year, Dan Cruickshank takes a look back at some of the disasters that left the city in ruins in the 17th century. In his historical journey he explores how the innovation and ambition of Londoners led the city to become one of the most wealthiest and influential cities in Europe.

Words | Sarah Alleyne

 

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