UK TV programmes to watch this week : 28/09/2013

Bad Education (BBC3 | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 1st October 2013)

School-based sitcom. Headmaster Mr Fraser has organised a special guest speaker for Drugs Awareness Day, much to Miss Gulliver’s annoyance. Alfie’s class is alarmed by the news that Stephen’s parents want him to leave Abbey Grove. Can Alfie persuade Stephen’s parents to let him stay or will his attraction to drugs councillor India threaten to jeopardise everything?

Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish (Dave | 10:00pm to 11:00pm | Tuesday 1st October 2013)

Dave Gorman’s hilarious series of mischievous live performances, exclusive to Dave. Money is the root of all comedy as Dave considers our love of cash.

STV Appeal 2013 – The Highland Line (STV/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 2nd October 2013)

Adventurer and world record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont has set himself a new challenge, to raise money for the STV Appeal 2013. He has ditched the bike and must cover 230 miles of Scotland under his own steam in ten days. Following the Highland Fault Line from the west to the east coast, Mark has to swim 11 miles of open sea and cold lochs, run 219 miles over mountains and tough terrain, and face miles of unforgiving tarmac.

The Great British Year (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 2nd October 2013)

Documentary series showing Britain’s changing look over the course of a year. Starting on New Years Day, Britain is in the grip of winter. Time-lapses show a magical country shrouded in frost and mist swirling in hollows. Water becomes the enemy as it freezes, and the wildlife must cope. Red squirrels resort to subterfuge, and kites track a farmer ploughing to get at the worms beneath the frost. As winter fades, adders bask in the sun and the woodland floor erupts with snowdrops. On a lake in Wiltshire, new hope is captured in the evocative dance of the great crested grebe.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 2nd October 2013)

There aren’t many people in Britain who can say they own their own airfield. But flying instructor Colin Mackinnon and his partner, hovercraft instructor and trapeze artist Marta Briongos, are part of the very select few. In fact, so important is the airfield to them, they’ve decided to live there too. Their ambitious plan is to build an incredible metal sculptural home next to the runway, designed by one of Scotland’s most eminent architects and inspired by aircraft hangars. But the difficulties of building their beautiful design soon become apparent: bespoke metal homes are hardly the norm in Scotland and finding people just to do the work proves tricky.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 3rd October 2013)

School-based drama. Lisa and Lenny Brown’s grandfather turns up out of the blue and risks splitting them up. Elsewhere, Christine is furious when she finds out George’s secret about his Mandarin abilities.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 3rd October 2013)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. On the day of Dawlish Air Show, a small, picturesque seaside station is brought to life by an influx of merry passengers. First Great Western lays on extra staff, more trains and different queuing systems to cope with the change. It is all hands on deck to ensure that passengers move away from the trains and platforms and safely onto the beach.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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