TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (22-28 April 2017)

Can't decide which shows to watch or listen to next week? Here are 10 programmes you won't want to miss…

‘In Our Time’ presenter Melvyn Bragg. (BBC/Abigail Zoe Martin)
In Our Time presenter Melvyn Bragg explores the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead this week. (BBC/Abigail Zoe Martin)
 
Drama: Keeping In Touch 
Radio 4
Saturday 22 April, 3.45pm
 
In the 1960s, broadcaster Joan Bakewell had an affair with playwright Harold Pinter, a liaison that inspired his 1978 play Betrayal. Preceded by a radio version of Betrayal from 2012 (2.30pm), Keeping In Touch tells the story from Bakewell’s perspective and, in an understated way, says much about the 1960s more broadly. Starring Charlotte Riley and Colin Morgan.
 
 

Pick of the week

 
Archive on 4: The 90s: A Holiday from History 
Radio 4
Saturday 22 April, 8.00pm
 
With the help of archive material, plus contributions from the likes of MPs John Redwood and Harriet Harman, Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland looks back at the 1990s. He argues that the origins of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump can be traced back to the decade.
 
 
The Reunion 
Radio 4
Sunday 23 April, 11.15am
 
In January 1986, the world watched in horror as the Challenger space shuttle became consumed by flames just a minute after take-off. June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of the Challenger’s commander Richard Scobee; Nasa chief commentator Steve Nesbitt; astronaut Norman Thagard; and former Nasa engineer Allan McDonald join Sue MacGregor to look back at what happened.
 
 
Home Front 
Radio 4
Monday 24 April, 12.04pm
 
The weekday drama set a century ago continues with another collection of stories from Folkestone. Listen out too for Tommies (Radio 4, 2.15pm), which is set on the Macedonian Front at a time when 160,000 British troops were stationed near Salonika. There is also an omnibus edition of Home Front on Friday (9.00pm).
 
 
Inside The Tube: Going Underground 
Channel 5
Monday 24 April, 9.00pm
 
Rob Bell’s series on London’s underground system concludes with the story of how the Piccadilly Line helped save the Tube from bankruptcy. He also recounts how Piccadilly Circus station was modernised in the 1920s, at a time when the Tube faced huge competition from motorised buses. 
 
 
Drama: Tumanbay 
Radio 4
Tuesday 25 April, 2.15pm
 
The historical drama, set in a fictional city inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty era in Egypt, returns for a second series. A brutal religious regime has conquered Tumanbay and the zealous Barakat (Hiran Abeysekera) is on the hunt for those he considers to be heretics.
 
 
In Our Time 
Radio 4
Thursday 27 April, 9.00am
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Book of the Dead, also known as the Book of Coming Forth by Day. It was, we learn, an ancient Egyptian collection of spells intended to help those recently deceased to navigate the underworld. 
 
 
The Last Kingdom
BBC Two 
Thursday 27 April, 9.00pm
 
The attack on London didn’t go according to plan. With Aethelflaed missing, there’s a return to Winchester to break the bad news to King Alfred. Meanwhile, Alfred’s stubbornness dismays Odda, and Uhtred has to make a decision that may define the fate of Wessex.
 
 

The Last Kingdom. (BBC/Carnival/Steffan Hill)
 
Gloomsbury 
Radio 4
Friday 28 April, 11.30am
 
If you’ve never listened to Sue Limb’s satire of the Bloomsbury group, it’s well worth catching up with on iPlayer. In this episode, we rejoin the intellectuals at Sizzlinghurst, where, to Vera’s dismay, Mrs Gosling’s upcoming divorce is having a detrimental effect on her cooking.
 
 
Versailles 
BBC Two
Friday 28 April, 9.00pm
 
The drama set in the court of Louis XIV continues with the monarch under pressure, as the Catholic clergy claims his behaviour is having a bad influence on the country’s nobles. Meanwhile, Marchal investigates another poisoning. Followed by Inside Versailles, which considers Louis’ relationship with religion. 
 
 
Versailles. (Tibo & Anouchka, Capa Drama, ZodiakFiction & Docs, Incendo, Canal+)
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