UK TV programmes to watch this week : 10/08/2013

The Cycle Show (itv4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 12th August 2013)

The cycling magazine show with regular presenter Graham Little including special guests and items and features on all aspects of bike riding. Today’s guests are Mick Bennett, a Race Director of the Tour of Britain, Iain Edmondson, Tanni Grey-Thompson and the transplant girls.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm 10:50pm | Wednesday 14th August 2013)

The latest series of the award-winning live gang show continues. Host Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker take a look at the weird and wonderful talking point stories of the week to enjoy and celebrate what makes this country so unique. Each week the guys are joined by a celebrity guest with a live studio audience, and in this edition it’s comedian and chat show host Alan Carr. The show also features the all-encompassing question: Is It OK? Viewers at home and the studio audience are encouraged to ask this question about anything from the week, without fear of judgement, and the three hosts attempt to step into the minefield of sometimes difficult and delicate areas and answer the questions with their own unique insight.

Perfect Storms: Disasters That Changed the World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 15th August 2013)

Fascinating series revealing how devastating disasters shaped history. How the Nazi army were halted – and decimated – by freezing weather in Russia in 1941.

Crazy About One Direction (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Thursday 15th August 2013)

Directioners are a rare breed of fan. Connected to their idols through social media, they have a love and dedication like no other. These are the girls that heart One Direction. This documentary reveals what it truly means to be a Directioner, the lengths they will go to meet 1D, and how these teenage girls are united in their love of the most popular boy band in the world. From Milton Keynes to Glasgow, Directioners dedicate their lives and their money to following Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis.

Big School (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 16th August 2013)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Deputy head of chemistry Mr Church is about to resign from Greybridge School but the arrival of Miss Postern, the new French teacher, changes everything. PE teacher Mr Gunn also has designs on the new member of staff so Mr Church takes advice from a pupil on how to succeed with women. Mr Church’s phone doesn’t send picture messages, so he can’t follow Manyou’s first suggestion. That just leaves offering her a lift home. The course of true love never did run smooth, particularly in an Austin Maxi.

The Burrowers: Animals Underground (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 16th August 2013)

Chris Packham sheds light on the magical underground world of three iconic British animals – badgers, water voles and rabbits. In one of the biggest natural history experiments ever undertaken, he investigates wild burrows to recreate full-scale replicas for the animals to live in and be observed, including the largest man-made rabbit warren of its kind ever built. This creates a window on their lives never witnessed before, from birth in winter to their emergence from the burrow in summer. How do they create their burrows? How do they breed and give birth? Observe fascinating new science and new behaviour as the team design and build a rabbit warren, a badger sett and a water vole burrow with its own riverbank.

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

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