UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/07/2014

The Armstrong Lie (YouView app screenshot)Tour De France 2014 Live (itv/HD | 10:30am to 3:45pm | Saturday 5th July 2014)

Yorkshire plays host to the start of this year’s Tour de France, with a 191km stage from Leeds to Harrogate, taking in the fantastic scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. The riders tackle three climbs en-route, including Buttertubs Pass. The last 60km is flat though, and the winner – and the Tour’s first yellow jersey wearer – will almost certainly be a sprinter. After missing out on stage one last year, Mark Cavendish will have extra motivation to be first across the line in Harrogate. Presented by Gary Imlach, with guest Chris Boardman, commentary by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, and reporter Ned Boulting.

Tour De France 2014 Live (itv/HD | 10:30am to 5:00pm | Sunday 6th July 2014)

The second of the two Yorkshire stages is 198km from York to Sheffield, passing through the hilly terrain of the Peak District. With 3,400m of climbing, the stage has been heralded as a British version of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic, with the notorious climb of Holme Moss 50km from the finish. Presented by Gary Imlach, with guest Chris Boardman, commentary by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, and reporter Ned Boulting.

Tour De France 2014 Live (itv/HD | 12:00pm to 4:30pm | Monday 7th July 2014)

Live coverage of the third and final stage taking place in England, which features a short 155km ride from Cambridge into the capital, passing some of London’s most famous landmarks before finishing in a bunch sprint on the Mall. The Tour last came to London in 2007, when over one million spectators lined the roads to cheer Fabian Cancellara on to victory in the prologue. Seven years later, this is a time for the sprinters to shine in front of the enthusiastic crowds. Presented by Gary Imlach with analysis from Chris Boardman, commentary by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen with Ned Boulting the reporter at the roadside.

John Bishop’s Australia (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th July 2014)

Series following comedian John Bishop as he sets off on an Australian adventure, cycling from Sydney to Cairns. John first made this journey back in 1992, and in 2014 he is back to see how this incredible country has changed. Along the route John meets extraordinary people, hears fascinating stories and experiences some true natural wonders. In this episode, John tests his nerves with a death-defying abseil in the stunning Blue Mountains, gets hands-on with the most dangerous snakes on the planet, and finds out about the surprising bedtime habits of the most Australian animal of all: the koala.

The Armstrong Lie (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 11:35pm | Monday 7th July 2014)

Lance Armstrong was a sporting phenomenon: an American who’d not only set his sights on the world’s oldest and most prestigious Grand Tour cycle race, the Tour de France, but had won it seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005. And that was after surviving testicular cancer. Of course there were dark mutterings of doping, but Armstrong consistently, forcefully and litigiously countered such allegations. So, when he announced his intention to return to the fray in 2009, after a four-year retirement, the prolific, Oscar-winning documentary-maker Alex Gibney jumped at the chance to film the maligned Texan’s attempt to win the Tour an eighth time.

The Cycle Show (itv 4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 8th July 2014)

Matt Barbet and Graham Little present a brand new series of the cycling magazine show. Including guests from the world of track and road, as well as celebrity two-wheel enthusiasts, plus equipment reviews and news. Today’s guest are Lizzie Armistead, Stephen Roche, Malcolm Elliott and Geoff Thomas.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 10th July 2014)

George meets two brothers in their 20s who can’t afford to get on the property ladder and plan to transform a fire-damaged narrow boat into a luxury bachelor pad, sometimes using YouTube tutorials to learn how to do it themselves. George also meets a police officer from Somerset who wants to convert an old campervan and caravan into a mobile cream tea business. And in Texas, George and Will discover an extraordinary 1950s trailer on the edge of the desert.

The Secret Life of Students (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Thursday 10th July 2014)

The Secret Life of Students follows 12 freshers in their first year at university, exploring the drama of their new experiences and sharing their texts, tweets, pictures, videos and status updates. This episode explores how the students cope making new friends and finding love, and whether they can maintain long-distance relationships with girlfriends and boyfriends back home. The students are experiencing communal living for the first time. Hormones, texts and tweets are flying and the gossip is spreading like wildfire.

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

In the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, four Glaswegians celebrate their city. In this edition, actor and comedian Sanjeev Kohli asks his parents about their early days in Glasgow, dons his blazer and goes back to his old school, reveals the secrets of customer satisfaction in corner shops, meets some new arrivals seeking refuge from Syria and investigates if the put down is the basis for Glasgow humour.

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