UK TV programmes to watch this week : 21/06/2014

When Andy Won Wimbledon (YouView app screenshot)When Andy Won Wimbledon (BBC 1/HD | 10:35pm to 11:35pm | Monday 23rd June 2014)

On the hottest day of the year in 2013 millions of people all over the UK were glued to their TV and radio sets willing Andy Murray to end 77 years of sporting hurt by winning the Men’s Wimbledon crown. This documentary tells the story of how so many people experienced Murray’s historic victory against Djokovic that day. There are personal recollections from Murray himself and those closest to him, including mum Judy and girlfriend Kim Sears. Plus, stars and members of the public recall their own stories from this classic ‘where were you when’ moment. With contributions from John McEnroe, Sue Barker, Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Michael Parkinson, Amy McDonald and John Newman.

Alison Steadman’s Shetland (ITV/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 24th June 2014)

Birdwatching fanatic and patron of the RSPB Alison Steadman heads to the Shetland Islands’ rugged coastline to discover some extraordinary wildlife secrets. The popular actor swaps the hustle and bustle of city life for the remote Scottish islands’ challenging landscape and extreme isolation in her search for its unique animal residents. Alison enlists some local help as she observes puffins returning in spring to feed, sets off on a coastal trek in search of otters, goes kayaking in a bid to see the wildlife from sea level, and forages for razor clams and sea urchins on the beaches of Dury Voe. The trip culminates in Hermaness where Alison joins local ecologist Richard Shucksmith to record the birdsong of the 33,000 gannets nesting on the cliffs.

Coast Australia (BBC 2/HD | 9:10pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 25th June 2014)

Series exploring Australia’s coastline. Tim Flannery begins this Top End adventure at Victoria Settlement and learns of its tragic history in the struggle to colonise Australia’s northern frontier. Neil Oliver examines the ferocious bombing of Darwin and a remarkable story of reconciliation between former enemies. Miriam Corowa confirms that not all Hollywood dreams come true, especially along this unforgiving coast. Plus, Xanthe Mallett goes on patrol with Australian Customs Fisheries to hunt for killer ghost nets. And no Top End story would be complete without a crocodile – Emma Johnston draws blood in the name of science.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 26th June 2014)

George meets a Manchester couple who decided to spend their ten thousand pound nest egg on creating an underground casino in a hidden basement in their new home. George also meets a woman who’s tired of the 9-5 drudgery, but can’t afford to open a shop. So, she builds her own for £5000. In Texas, George visits a tiny home made entirely from salvaged materials and a caravan buried deep underground in case the apocalypse arrives. Will gets creative on George’s garden build by designing a rotating door. And an East End £150k garden conversion leaves George green with envy.

I Belong to Glasgow (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 10:35pm 11:05pm | Friday 27th June 2014)

In the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, four Glaswegians celebrate their city. Actress Karen Dunbar honours a city reborn by embarking on an alternative tour of the city. She meets drag queens, partakes of Glasgow’s deadly diet, digs in an allotment, plays bingo and speaks her mind about football during a phone-in.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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