UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/10/2014

Bad Education - 07-10-2014 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:15pm | Saturday 4th October 2014)

In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon. Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 6th October 2014)

Paul Murton sets out to experience island life on the myriad of islands that lie off the Scottish coast. In this edition, he visits two islands of the Inner Hebrides, Gigha and Jura. He begins his journey at the Achamore Gardens on Gigha, which were created by millionaire Colonel Sir James Horlick in the 1930s. Sir James loved Gigha’s mild climate so much that he bought the island and made it his home. Today Gigha is owned by the community and many of its residents are incomers attracted by the opportunity to begin a new island life on this small and fertile place. His next destination is the rugged Jura, which, despite being one of Scotland’s largest islands, houses just 200 people alongside thousands of deer. He takes a boat trip to the north of the island to experience the infamous Corryvreckan whirlpool, which nearly claimed the life of George Orwell, before visiting the remote Glen Garrisdale Bay and getting a lesson in how to cut peat.

Bad Education (BBC 3/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 7th October 2014)

It is the summer term and Alfie Wickers is back as the self-styled maverick of Abbey Grove. Martin Wickers’s attempts to teach Alfie to drive end in disaster when they run over the school caretaker. Alfie and his class start fundraising for the caretaker’s urgent surgery. However, when the school bully Grayson is transferred to Alfie’s class, it soon becomes clear that their noble intentions might be difficult with him around. Soon Alfie and his class find themselves no longer leading a charitable enterprise, but being taken on a joyride in a stolen ambulance. Fraser has taken up pole dancing and sees the fundraiser as the perfect opportunity to demonstrate his skills.

Our Zoo (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 8th October 2014)

Drama series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s. The family’s last chance is to convince a visiting inspector from the Ministry of Health to overturn the council ban on a zoo at Oakfield. But when the nets of the aviary are slashed, George begins to lose his grip on the case – and his self-control. Concerned he might throw their last chance away, Lizzie reaches out for legal help, which comes at a cost. The high emotion of the hearing sees a hidden truth tumbling out for Reverend Webb, which helps tip the balance. An inspection of the zoo is held but the final decision could take weeks.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 8th October 2014)

Natasha Cargill wants to build a home shaped like two enormous periscopes in rural Norfolk. To get planning permission, she has to ensure not only that the materials used are sustainable, but also agree to measure the transportation used to deliver them. The planning controls are so rigid in fact that even details like the type of portaloos the builders use and the size of her bath have to be monitored. If the strict criteria are not met, Natasha won’t be allowed to live there. Natasha has just £330k to spend on construction and just six months to complete. It’s not long before the pressure to not just complete the house, but meet the numerous planning constraints, starts to take its toll.

Danny MacAskill – Riding the Ridge (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only |7:30pm to 8:00pm | Friday 10th October 2014)

Documentary following Scottish cyclist Danny MacAskill as he attempts to capture his performance on and around the dramatic Black Cuillin mountain range on Skye, where he and his crew endured long treks and tricky terrain over the 10-day shoot.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 10th October 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Sue Perkins and guest panellists.

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

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Unnatural disaster strikes Miss Postern’s classroom when Mr Barber spends the night there. Fortunately Mr Church is more than happy to come to her aid. With Barber now homeless, it falls on the reluctant Mr Gunn to put a roof over his head, but how will his mum react to her new house guest? Mr Church and Miss Postern discover that sharing does not come naturally to either of them, while Mr Gunn learns that sometimes people can share too much.

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