This week's TV: another new episode of WDYTYA? US, Titanic centenary and more
Episodes of the US version of Who Do You Think You Are? don’t come around very often, but here’s your chance to see a new-to-the-UK instalment featuring Lionel Richie. The singer delves into his history, unlocking the mystery of his great grandfather, John Louis Brown, a man who was never spoken about. Lionel heads to Nashville to discover his grandmother’s past and to find out why she wouldn’t talk about her father.
If classic episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? are more your style, then author JK Rowling searches for the truth behind a family story and uncovers her French family roots (Monday 9 April, 7pm BBC One), while on Yesterday, Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles reconnects with his Irish roots (Thursday 5 April, 9pm).
A second chance to enjoy this documentary featuring clips of Second World War adventure films alongside the tales of airmen who escaped occupied Europe and then had to face a perilous journey home. RAF veterans tell their stories of being sent to Gibraltar while the French and Belgians risked their lives by giving strangers shelter.
As the centenary of the Titanic’s sinking nears. Len Goodman once again investigates the tales of heroism aboard the ship (Friday 6 April, 8.30pm BBC One). This week, he learns about eight men who helped build the ship but died on board, and meets the ‘Titanoraks’, obsessive researchers who have spent years tracking down one particular survivor.
And if you can’t get enough of Titanic themed programmes, there’s always episode three of Julian Fellowes’s drama, Titanic (Sunday 8 April, 9pm ITV1), which, this week follows Italian stoker, Mario, and his brother, Paulo, as well as the fates of the rest of the third class passengers. Titanic: And The Band Played On (Tuesday 10 April, 9pm Yesterday), meanwhile, recalls the story that everyone remembers, that of the ship’s musicians, who continued to entertain the passengers as the Titanic sank.