Two-part series Blues America is produced by Mick Gold and narrated by Fun Lovin' Criminals star Huey Morgan, who made headlines earlier this week after smashing a mug and storming off set during an appearance on Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
The first programme, Woke Up This Morning will air on November 29 at 9pm. It charts the development of the blues from its roots in minstrel and medicine shows into a commercial industry.
Contributors including Keith Richards, Taj Mahal and Chuck D will discuss key moments in the blues rising.
The second offering Bright Lights, Big City includes insights from Bonnie Raitt, Seasick Steve and Buddy Guy.
Airing on December 6 at 9pm, it recalls the genre's movement from post-war Chicago, Detroit and Memphis to forge a style that would give birth to 1950s rock'n'roll.