UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/08/2014

Doctor Who 23-08-2014 (YouView app screenshot)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:50pm to 9:10pm | Saturday 23rd August 2014)

Sci-fi drama. When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship with him survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy?

Scotland Decides (BBC 1 in Scotland & BBC 2 in England | 8:30pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th August 2014)

Glenn Campbell chairs, as Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling lay out their competing visions for the future of the country in front of a specially invited audience live at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

Dogs: Their Secret Lives (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 26th August 2014)

Some dogs are hard to handle and when they show aggression it can be a serious issue for owners. Using surveillance filming, working closely with the UK’s leading behaviourists and exploring the latest science, Dogs: Their Secret Lives reveals what can make our dogs aggressive and how to treat them. The programme follows Layla the springer spaniel, Nash the cairn terrier and larger-than-life Great Dane Thor as they bark and growl their way through their daily lives, and finds out how our preconceptions about breed might be wrong and how understanding dog body language could prevent attacks. Mark Evans, the former chief vet at the RSCPA, investigates this growing canine crisis. He meets wolves, finds out whether dogs can pick up on our emotions and takes a dog communication test to find out what can be done to help our more menacing pets. Prod/.

Scrappers (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th August 2014)

Documentary following straight-talking Terry and glamorous Lyndsay, who run a multimillion-pound scrap empire from Bolton’s Metro Salvage, the biggest scrap metal yard in the north west. Terry faces some big decisions about Boyle and Chris, the two lads sacked while he was in Tenerife. Lyndsay thinks he has given enough second chances and Little Dave agrees. When Boyle snubs Terry by telling him he does not want his support in court for his driving offences trial, even Terry thinks it could be time to say goodbye to his young protege.

Big School (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th August 2014)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. It may be start of a new year at Greybridge School, but the teaching staff is as dysfunctional as ever. Miss Postern and Mr Church’s relationship has taken a downward turn after a misunderstanding over a local Bella Italia, the woefully underqualified Mr Gunn is now teaching Geography and Mr Barber has a new job as the school caretaker. When Miss Postern sets up a careers workshop, it seems her slogan ‘Which Way Now?’ applies as much to her as it does her pupils, not least because the guest speaker is her old teacher training colleague (and now bestselling children’s author) Fenella Forbes. But at least things are looking up for one member of staff, as it seems Mr Martin is about to launch a successful pop career.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Friday 29th August 2014)

The award-winning gang show that takes a joyful, offbeat look at the world. Adam Hills and regular co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker consider the weird and wonderful talking points of the week in the company of a studio audience and comedian and TV star John Bishop. The show also features 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 —

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