UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/01/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 26th January 2021)

Tim Dunn visits the Royal Albert Bridge and finds out how it was constructed. He also visits Wolverhampton to learn about the history of its train stations, old and new.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th January 2021)

Kevin McCloud meets energy conservationist Andrew, who has decided to build a radical, self-heating home for his family – the first of its kind in the UK. He aims to heat the house all year round by storing the warmth of the summer sun into insulated earth banks over and around the house, and then drawing the warmth back into the living spaces in winter. However, this pioneering construction seems an exercise in trial and error from the start, and what began as a seemingly simple, pure concept becomes a complicated feat of engineering.

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th January 2021)

The presenter watches a tunnelling machine being transported up the river into central London, and discovers plans to build a new tunnel under the Thames to take pressure off the crossing at Dartford. He also makes a late-night visit to New Covent Garden Market, and meets a Paralympian in training at Marlow Rowing Club.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 28th January 2021)

Neville tries to embrace island life with a game of beach volleyball, only for a rogue sandfly bite to land him in hospital. His time on the ward takes a shocking turn when a nurse takes her own life – although the DI suspects foul play and starts to build a case against his key suspects. Meanwhile, JP and Marlon are struggling to achieve a good working relationship.

Hadrian’s Wall with Robson Green (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 28th January 2021)

The actor makes an early start for the remaining 46 miles of his trek along Hadrian’s Wall, crossing the border from Northumbria to Cumbria at Gilslan, where he finds playful graffiti from the Romans. Moving on, he learns how to link a Cumbrian sausage, takes to the skies for a bird’s-eye view of Carlisle and finally reaches the end of his journey at Bowness-on-Solway.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th January 2021)

The comedian takes a tour of the Cotswolds, beginning in Tetbury, where she gets some tips for a practice run for the market town’s famous woolsack races, before moving on to Westonbirt, home to forest bathing and a club devoted to puddings. Susan moves on to Bourton-on-the-Water miniature village, makes a spoon under the guidance of a special silversmith, and explores the gardens of an Indian palace in the midst of the Cotswolds.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th January 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

As Ritchie and Jill embark on a scheme to become professional actors, Colin is excited to be offered a trip to New York. Roscoe hides his fury when he finds himself excluded from his sister’s wedding, while Jill finds herself entering a world of mystery and fear. The stories in the headlines are becoming true, and the shadow of Aids looms, but Ritchie’s denial is ferocious and Jill finds herself unable to tell the truth as the situation gets worse. Drama, starring Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th January 2021)

A journey through the mountains of the Italian Riviera in a restored vintage 1920s train, beginning at Cinque Terre national park, and concluding in the historic port city of Genoa. Along the way, the train stops at the elegant resort of Santa Margherita and the remote 10th-century abbey of San Fruttuoso.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Now done 5% of #walk1000miles – 2021

walk1000miles - 2021Yep I am doing #walk1000miles for the fourth year in a row! Last year, I walked 1,667.19 miles. Think I can safely say, that’s the most miles I’ve walked in single year!

So far in 2021, I’ve just done 5% of #walk1000miles. So 50.03 miles down and 949.97 miles remaining!

Keep up-to-date with all my cycling and walking adventures over at www.strava.com/athletes/gsvalentine

Middle of January 2021 most popular photos

Below are the top five most looked at photos on this website, so far during January 2021.

Number 1 (50 views) : O’Neill 5/4 Mutant wetsuit
O'Neill 5/4 Mutant wetsuit

Number 2 (43 views) : My type of Netflix and chill
My type of Netflix and chill

Number 3 (41 views) : O’Neill 5/4 Mutant wetsuit
O'Neill 5/4 Mutant wetsuit + Clejuso handcuffs

Number 4 (38 views) : Captain America Morphsuit
Captain America Morphsuit

Number 5 (29 views) : Captain America Morphsuit
Captain America Morphsuit

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/01/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 19th January 2021)

Tim Dunn visits Weymss Bay Station in Inverclyde and also explores the engineering marvel that is Blackfriars station in central London.

The Truth About Improving Your Mental Health (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Over the past 12 months, a team from Imperial College London, in collaboration with the BBC, have surveyed the mental health of over 350,000 people across the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron joins former England footballer Alex Scott to discover how the latest science can help us gain greater control over our state of mind and improve mental health and wellbeing.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Kevin McCloud follows the progress of Nathan and Amye as they build a giant cathedral-like property modelled on Dutch barn style houses, but with a contemporary twist. It is a hugely ambitious plan, and with Nathan project managing and setting themselves just a year to finish the build, the pressure to pull it off is huge.

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Tony goes behind the scenes at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich, meeting with the passionate team who care for this historical tourist attraction. Later, Tony visits a metal recycling yard on the banks of the river, before heading out of London to the Hoo peninsula in Kent, where he discovers a rich history of military defence in one small fort.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 21st January 2021)

It seems money doesn’t buy happiness when lottery winner Cherry is found dead at her luxurious villa, much to the horror of her husband and their visiting friends. As usual, Neville and the team are presented with a real head-scratcher when it turns out no one was in the house at the time – and the mystery deepens when the victim’s body apparently vanishes into thin air. Meanwhile, JP is training unruly new officer Marlon, aware that his wife Rosey is due to give birth at any time. Kelvin Fletcher, Jason Manford and Faye McKeever guest star.

Hadrian’s Wall with Robson Green (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 21st January 2021)

The actor travels from Chollerford to Walltown Crags, and learns more about how the Romans took care of themselves so far from home. He samples natural cuisine and checks out the spa at Chesters Fort, before paying a visit to the latrines of Housesteads Fort, which were once the envy of an empire. He goes on to pit his fishing abilities against an angling rival, gladiator-style, before climbing Steel Rigg to reach the route’s highest summit.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd January 2021)

The comedian ventures east of the Pennines on a 126-mile journey that begins at the North Yorkshire village of Runswick Bay, where she goes hunting for a rare gemstone called Whitby Jet. Susan samples the local cod and chips before exploring the gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey – famed for inspiring some of the most dramatic scenes in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. After a spell at Mother Shipton’s Cave – the oldest tourist attraction in England – she meets up with a group whose members reconstruct Roman gladiatorial battles in York. Finally, Susan ventures to Malham Cove, a huge curving amphitheatre-shaped cliff.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd January 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Russell T Davies’ drama, set in the 1980s during the Aids crisis, following the lives of a group of young gay men. September 1981 finds 18-year-old Ritchie leaving the Isle of Wight to go to university. In London, Roscoe walks out of parents’ home, while Colin arrives from Wales to start a new career on Savile Row. The three men meet, and along with fellow student Ash and best friend Jill form a gang and move into a flat, christened the Pink Palace. However, a distant threat on the horizon means that life in the 1980s might be all too precious. Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells star.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd January 2021)

Luxury heritage train The Northern Belle, aka steam locomotive 6201 Princess Elizabeth, travels through England’s rural north west. Beginning in Preston, the passengers of its stylish 1930s Pullman carriages are soon whisked up through Cumbria and the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District. The train continues on to historic Carlisle, the site of a world-class medieval cathedral and home to supposedly England’s most haunted station. It then joins the Settle to Carlisle line, considered one of the most scenic railway routes in the world.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Vlog: Coopers Junction model railway

Welcome to first ever vlog about Coopers Junction model railway. Also showing off the Hornby Loco R3903 ScotRail, Class 43 HST, Power Cars 43021 and 43132 ‘A New Era’ which has been fitted with DCC Sound.

Thanks for 4K Blu-rays!!

Big, big thanks to person that’s so far ordered me, not one, but two 4K Blu-rays off my amazon wishlist! At first, I was not sure you would really notice going from HD to 4K. But yes, you really do!

He ordered me Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 – Twice Upon A Time. Which turns out, I had never seen it before!

He also ordered me Die Hard, which I had not seen in years and years!

Die Hard

Oh and of course, big thanks to Mum and Dad for getting me the 4K player for Christmas!!

Dream railway rolling stock

Here is mini list my dream railway rolling stock for Coopers Junction. What do you think?!?!?

You are of course, welcome to give money via www.PayPal.me/gsvalentine to help me pay for these! Also check out model railway wishlist 🙂

VTEC, Class 91, Bo-Bo, 91111 'For the Fallen' - Era 10
VTEC, Class 91, Bo-Bo, 91111 ‘For the Fallen’ – Era 10
LNER, Hitachi Class 800/1, 'Azuma' Set 800 104 'Celebrating Scotland' Train Pack - Era 11
LNER, Hitachi Class 800/1, ‘Azuma’ Set 800 104 ‘Celebrating Scotland’ Train Pack – Era 11
GBRf, Class 66, Co-Co, 66773 'Pride of GB Railfreight' - Era 11
GBRf, Class 66, Co-Co, 66773 ‘Pride of GB Railfreight’ – Era 11
Caledonian Sleeper, Class 92, Co-Co, 92023 - Era 10
Caledonian Sleeper, Class 92, Co-Co, 92023 – Era 10

Yet more Lycra photos in 2021

Since the weather was great, well maybe a bit on the cold side, it was time to Lycra up and get out another cycle!

I only did 14.75 miles, still pleased with that! You can check out the route at www.strava.com/activities/4608614645


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