Tony Robinson visits Liverpool and Lancashire for a towpath exploration of grand industrial engineering along the majestic Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Setting off from Liverpool, Tony takes a three-day walk inland to Wigan, tracing the story of the canal’s chaotic construction and its dramatic impact on the development of Lancashire. Today the canal cuts a peaceful, winding route, linking rural farmlands with lost epicentres of the industrial northwest. From the mid-1750s, the population of Liverpool multiplied 20 times in barely a century, helped in no small part by its new canal: a vital link to the coal, factories and labour supply of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 9th February 2014)
Drama about a group of midwives in 1950s London, based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. Jenny’s life is turned upside down when Alec has a terrible accident. Sister Winifred helps a holocaust survivor bury the past and Shelagh decides to join the local choir.
Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 9th February 2014)
Motoring magazine. The series continues with a jam-packed show featuring Italian sports cars, military manoeuvres and a trip to Belgium. Richard Hammond is on the shores of Lake Como testing the exciting new Alfa Romeo 4C, a mid-engined machine from one of the world’s most beloved sports car makers. Hammond’s enjoyment of the super-lightweight, 237 horsepower beauty is brought to a halt by the arrival of Jeremy Clarkson on a quad bike, demanding a race to the far end of the vast lake. Elsewhere in the programme, Clarkson is in the genteel surroundings of Bruge and at the rather less sedate Spa Grand Prix track in order to test a thrilling new breed of hybrid hypercar: the stunning, 904 horsepower McLaren P1. Meanwhile, James May is at the vast Camp Bastion in Afghanistan looking at the incredible efforts behind the army’s largest vehicle redeployment since the Second World War. Finally, actor Tom Hiddleston, tries his hand out on the track as the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones (ITV /HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 10th February 2014)
Series in which Griff Rhys Jones explores some of the most beautiful and enchanting parts of his native land. In a lighthouse on the northernmost tip of the Welsh mainland, Griff discovers that his Conwy challenge is to find a Welsh dresser. Catching the bus into the nearby seaside resort of Llandudno, he realises that it is probably the last place on earth to find antique Welsh furniture. Hitching a lift into farming country, he finds a village antique shop – but it hasn’t seen a dresser in years. Griff then turns his attention to the plight of thirsty oak trees, the extraordinary age of a dangerous yew tree and the abundance hereabouts of one of the tallest trees in the world – the Douglas fir. Back on the coast, while traipsing around the battlements of Conwy Castle, Griff spots something familiar in a shop window – is he in luck?
The Culture Show (BBC 2/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Monday 10th February 2014)
An evaulation of the contribution on Lego to archicture, and its continuing influence. The Lego Movie (released 14 February) is the latest big-budget incarnation of one of the world’s most popular toys. Yet Lego is more than a global brand. Tom Dyckhoff explores its relationship with architecture, and argues that it has changed the way we think about buildings. Lego’s plastic yellow bricks were launched in the 50s, and resonated with new visions of rebuilding society – with ethical, imaginative children’s play at its heart.
Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 11th February 2014)
Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. DI Goodman and his team are drawn into the world of politics when Saint-Marie’s commerce minister is discovered dead. Out of the blue, Camille’s father turns out to have a link to the victim and she is forced to confront the fact that her dad could be the murderer.
Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00p0m to 9:00pm | Wednesday 12th February 2014)
School-based drama. Gabriella wreaks havoc when she suspects Nikki and Hector of having an affair. Kevin is preparing for his university bursary interview, but when he collapses it sends shockwaves through the school.
The Restoration Man (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 12th February 2014)
Furniture maker Jamie Brown has big ideas about turning a colossal and historic 15,000 square foot RAF bunker from World War II into his new home. However, with the Nottinghamshire bunker totally encased in earth, with no natural light, and the back section submerged in water, Jamie’s wife, who is about to have their first baby, isn’t so sure. With its fascinating history and jaw-dropping engineering, George helps Jamie tackle this huge undertaking and discovers the important role it played in the blitz.
The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Friday 14th February 2014)
The award-winning gang show returns live to Friday nights with a joyful, offbeat take on the week. Returning as host is 2013 British Comedy Award winner Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker. The trio take a look at the weird and wonderful talking points of the week including the stories and highlights from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Each week, Adam, Josh and Alex are joined by a live studio audience and a weekly special celebrity guest. The show also sees the return of 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.
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.