UK TV programmes to watch this week : 26/07/2014

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway : 30-07-2014  (YouView app screenshot)Red Arrows: Inside the Bubble (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:05pm | Sunday 27th July 2014)

Documentary providing exclusive behind the-scenes access to one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams, The Red Arrows. Offering a unique insight into the 120-strong team of pilots and ground crew as they prepare to celebrate their 50th display season and turn British skies red, white and blue.

Coast (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 29th July 2014)

The team discover untold tales of explorers around our shores, and far beyond, including a stop-off down under in Australia. In Cornwall Nick Crane uncovers the most astonishing artistic exploration of Britain’s coast. Mark Horton reveals the remarkable story of explorer and adventurer Lachlan Macquarie. Born on a tiny Scottish Isle two centuries ago, he went on to establish the country he named Australia. Tessa Dunlop investigates the hidden history of the Pilgrim Fathers. Why did the Pilgrims flee Britain to live in Holland for ten years, before their eventual voyage to found modern America? Andy Torbet teams up with scientific explorers trying to crack an age-old puzzle – how can you count the number of fish in the sea? Plus the struggles of modern-day explorers competing in an extraordinary race to row around the British Isles.

The Cycle Show (itv4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 29th July 2014)

Matt Barbet presents the cycling magazine show along with Graham Little, Anna Glowinski and Simon Warren. Including guests from the world of track and road, as well as celebrity two-wheel enthusiasts, plus equipment reviews and news. Guests include news reader Jon Snow and musician Richard Durrant.

Undercover Boss (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 29th July 2014)

As co-owner of nationwide pet retailer Pets Corner, Steve Charman is responsible for over 450 staff and a turnover in excess of £30 million. Plotting a potentially risky multi-million pound investment to grow the business, Steve is now going undercover to investigate the company’s operations before they change strategy for the future. As he battles to keep his identity secret, Steve investigates whether there is disorder in the shops, if sales staff are struggling, and how suppliers are paid. Confronting whether there are problems within the organisation that cannot be ignored, he questions whether his expansion plan can succeed.

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 30th July 2014)

This episode follows engineers building London’s brand new underground railway, Crossrail, as they race to build ten new train stations across London. A team battles to put together the giant jigsaw that will become a cathedral-sized station at Canary Wharf. It’s so big, they have to build it in a dock and underwater. Its architect-designed roof is so complicated it comes in a kit of over 2,500 pieces. As engineers carve out the underground caverns that will become the new stations, they hit on some gruesome discoveries of London’s past.

Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 31st July 2014)

In Britain there are around 16 million sheds. It is an astonishing number. Recent research has revealed that Britain is a nation of shed fanatics, with 65% of adults owning a shed and the average shed owner spending over a year of their life in their prized shelter. As the competition to find Britain’s best shed continues, the designs are proving to be a mix of ingenious and eccentric, with a host of elective uses. George Clarke and his fellow judges look at the finalists in two more categories. The Summerhouse/Cabin group throws up a replica 18th-century US frontier cabin containing a mummified yeti, a Gothic grotto decorated with 50,000 seashells, and a scaled down Elizabethan lodge. The Normal category defies its name as the team discover a festival-playing disco shed; a 1970s amusement arcade complete with a 12 foot high ferris wheel, a 1950s American diner, and a museum dedicated to TV comedy Dad’s Army and the Home Guard.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Friday 1st August 2014)

The award-winning gang show returns live to Friday nights with a joyful, offbeat take on the week. Adam Hills and regular co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker take a look at the weird and wonderful talking points of the week. Each week, the trio 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. The first guests to kick of the new series are the main cast from The Inbetweeners.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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