This week's best TV & radio: 14-20 August

Fri, 13/08/2010 - 09:00
Submitted by Abigail Whyte



Country Tracks – Sunday – 11pm
Joe Crowley visits the field in Staffordshire where the largest ever Anglo-Saxon hoard was found.

Countryfile – Sunday – 6.30pm
Adam Hendon travels to the agricultural heart of Lincolnshire where he helps pick peas, while Ellie Harrison learns how bees communicate.

Last of the Summer Wine – Sunday – 7.30pm
In a bid to persuade Pearl to take back her husband, Howard’s friends try to convince her he is living as a tramp.

Secret Britain – Sunday – 9pm
Brand new series unlocking Britain’s astonishing beauty – Matt Baker explores Britain’s only desert while Julia travels Dorset’s ancient routes.


Dan Snow’s Norman Walks – Monday – 7pm
Dan Snow begins his exploration of the remains of Norman Britain on the Sussex coastline.

The Great British Bake Off – Tuesday – 8pm
This week’s edition comes from Cotswolds where ten amateur bakers compete in baking a signature cake.

Coast – Wednesday – 8pm
Nick Crane tells the story of Britain’s greatest man-made waterway, the Caledonian canal, while Miranda Kristovnikov explores an underwater "worm city" beneath Loch Creran.

Digging for Britain – Thursday – 9pm
New series – Alice Roberts spends a year visiting archaeological digs around the country, finding out about discoveries that shed new light on British history.


English Heritage – Sunday – 8pm
Following Britain's most ambitious garden restoration project, Kenilworth House in Warwickshire, once home to Lord Robert Dudley.

Women’s Institute – Sunday – 9pm
The series ends with a visit to the WI's jewel in the crown, Denman College, a splendid Georgian House near Oxford.

In Their Own Words: British Novelists – Monday – 9pm
New series – This episode examines the impact of the First World War on the novel as the country contemplated the devastation caused by the conflict and the demise of the Empire.

Britain by Bike – Tuesday – 8.30pm
Clare Balding continues her journey following in the tracks of author Harold Briercliffe, and takes a trip through the Cotswolds

The Making of King Arthur – Tuesday – 9pm
Simon Armitage reveals how these formative years helped develop belief in the monarch as the Once and Future King, and explores the roles the Arthurian tales have played in the national consciousness of Great Britain.



Countrywise – Monday – 8pm
Paul Heiney and the team visit Essex, one of the most rural counties in Britain, despite its close proximity to the concrete landscapes of London.


Open Country – Saturday – 6.07am
Helen Mark visits the Irish Lake District, located north of Galway in the west of the country.

Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation – Monday – 9.45am
Stuart Kelly explores the enigma of Sir Walter Scott and the disparity between his influence and his status, his current standing and his cultural legacy, in a voyage around Scotland.


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