UK TV programmes to watch this week : 07/09/2013

Bad Education (BBC3 | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 10th September 2013)

School-based sitcom. Alfie is shocked by the arrival of new teacher Mr Schwimer at Abbey Grove and even more shocked to learn that he will be taking over Alfie’s own class. Desperately upset that his class seem to be having a great time and actually learning proper, real-life GCSE history with their new teacher, Alfie is even more unhappy when he finds out which class Miss Pickwell has given him instead. With headmaster Fraser and Miss Gulliver both increasingly charmed by Mr Schwimer it is left to Alfie and Jing to uncover the truth behind this American imposter.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 11th September 2013)

For ten years Jonathan Broom has been obsessed with building his own home. He and his wife Deborah have put everything on hold while he pursues his dream of a miniature, lavish Hollywood Hills-style mansion. They finally stumble across a scrap of land right in the gritty heart of north London, but it’s fraught with problems, and the only way they can build their wildly ambitious £1million pound family home, complete with nanny flat and swimming pool, is by sinking half of it six metres below ground.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Wednesday 11th September 2013)

Guest Jack Whitehall joins host Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to take a look at the weird and wonderful stories of the week, live in front of a studio audience. 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.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 12th September 2013)

School-based drama. A day from hell for new science teacher Sue leads to a shady alliance with a pupil. Elsewhere, Connor leads a protest against Christine’s cuts, and George introduces the school to his new Chinese teaching assistant – and wife – Princess Windsor.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 12th September 2013)

Documentary series following the working lives of the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. This time, the workers of First Great Western must cope with rush hour during the summer, as commuters battle the hot weather and a group of school kids seem determined to wreak havoc. Rush hour means a state of red alert for the newly formed “Ribena girls”, the purple-clad teams deployed to take the heat out of the commute.

Big School (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 13th September 2013)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Miss Postern has put herself down for an Ironman competition, but realises too late what is involved. Mr Gunn offers to help with her training, so Mr Church takes an unexpected interest in PE to keep an eye on things. Drama teacher Mrs Klebb sets up a new action group to stop violence at school – if only the teachers would listen.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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