When is Peaky Blinders season 5 on TV?

By Rosemary Collins, 16 August 2019 - 11:15am

We take a look at the top family history TV and radio programmes this month – including Peaky BlindersWho Do You Think You Are? and more

Peaky Blinders Helen McCrory
Helen McCrory stars as matriarch Polly Gray in the fifth series of Peaky Blinders (Credit: BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions/Ben Blackhall)

Pick of the month

Peaky Blinders

Starts Sunday 25 August

The fifth series of Steven Knight's Birmingham gangster drama, which will move channels from BBC Two, finds Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) serving as an MP as the family’s vertiginous social climbing continues, while also confronting his recurring mental-health problems rooted in his experiences on the Western Front during the war.

Get more previews of this month's top TV in the August 2019 issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, on sale now


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Who Do You Think You Are?
Mondays from 12 August

Who Do You Think You Are? continues with arguably its biggest star yet - Hollywood A-lister Kate Winslet, who heads for Scandinavia, where she learns about a relative who served as a drummer boy.

The following week’s episode sees comedian Katherine Ryan focusing on her Canadian mother’s side of the family. Even as she heads across the Atlantic to see her mother in Toronto, Katherine thinks that she might find English ancestry. She does, but not before exploring the lives of a published poet and a preacher, and travelling from Ontario out to Canada’s Atlantic coast as she investigates the experiences of her 18th-century ancestors.

Next, Have I Got News for You team captain Paul Merton’s episode on 19 August includes the Merchant Navy and the role of Irish soldiers in the British Army during the First World War.

Meanwhile, you can catch up on Jack and Michael Whitehall’s episode – the first to feature a pair of relatives – on BBC iPlayer. The duo uncover some dark stories from their family history, including a ‘scumbag’ ancestor involved in 19th century politics, but their bickering brings plenty of humour to the programme.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh

There’s still time to catch up with this series offering a privileged insider’s view into some of Britain’s most intriguing historical homes and sites. In this series, Alan and his celebrity guests visit locations including Petworth House in Sussex and Winston Churchill’s house, Chartwell. They uncover tales of high society, unrequited love, industrial disputes and trailblazing women.

8 Days: To the Moon and Back
BBC iPlayer

Relive the excitement of the moon landing with this BBC documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, featuring original archive footage, dramatic reconstructions and previously classified cockpit audio.

Amazon Prime

Series 3 of the raunchy period drama starring Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville as rival brothel madams in Georgian London is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Classified Britain
BBC Radio 4
Tuesdays from 6 August

Up until the middle of the 20th century, local and even national papers didn’t bother to put news stories on their front pages. After all, this was prime space for advertising. Yet this doesn’t mean that these pages have nothing to tell us about what was going on in the lives of the newspapers’ readers. By showing us what people were buying and selling, the adverts offer a rare glimpse into times and places in the past.

“These front pages are windows on the world at a particular moment,” says presenter Jim Naughtie. “It’s almost like opening the cardboard window on an advent calendar, and discovering what lies behind.”

The series takes listeners as far back as Edinburgh in 1827, and as close to our own time as Ilkeston in Derbyshire in the austerity Britain of 1948.

It reveals much that’s unexpected and moving. In Edinburgh shipping companies advertise passage to Europe, a clue to the idea that London exerted far less of a pull over Scotland’s capital in the years before the railways were built. While in Oxfordshire in 1926, during the General Strike, disabled ex-servicemen advertise for work alongside ‘in memoriam’ notices – poignant reminders that this was less than a decade after the traumatic events of the First World War.

World War Two: The Economic Battle
BBC Radio 4
Starts Monday 19 August

The experiences of many of our forebears during 1939–1945 were shaped by an insight from the First World War: to prevail in a mechanised conflict, countries had to mobilise their resources as well as their people. The home front, the world of industry and agriculture, was as important in its way as the battlefield. But did the great powers act on this insight? Over five weekday episodes, economist Duncan Weldon looks at how prepared Britain, Germany, France, the USSR, China and Japan were in 1939 for the global conflict that lay ahead.

The Great Fire: In Real Time
Tuesday 13 August

History series revealing what actually happened during the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Bauhaus Rules with Vic Reeves
BBC Four
Starts Monday 19 August

Jim Moir, better known as Vic Reeves and a WDYTYA? subject back in 2004, has long been interested in the Bauhaus, the hugely influential German art school and movement that advocated mixing up arts and crafts. Could this approach still work today? To find out, Moir joins recent graduates from Central Saint Martins in London in an immersive living-history experiment designed to tap into the spirit of the Bauhaus, as they collaborate with contemporary artists and designers. Part of a Bauhaus 100 season.



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