Timothy West and Prunella Scales return for a brand new series of the popular show. They begin their first canal journey of the second series in the romantic city of Oxford. It’s here that Tim and Pru began their courtship many years ago and where they went on their first ever canal trip together. They follow the gentle contours of the Oxford canal through the Cherwell Valley, where they meet author Philip Pullman and are joined by their son Samuel West. Tim and Pru follow in the footsteps of author Tom Rolt, whose vivid account of his journey down this canal in 1939 ignited a campaign that went on to save Britain’s canals from extinction. Tim enters the National Town Crier’s competition to extol the virtues of the Oxford Canal, and issue a warning to those who would seek to destroy it.
More Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 16th March 2015)
He joins the community boat project at Amble that is aiming to revive the traditional wooden boat building skills that were once an integral part of the north east coast. Later, Robson joins the team in a boat race in Amble Harbour. He joins the Dodd family on Britain’s last horse-powered farm, then meets the die-hard steam enthusiasts who are bidding to re-build the now disused Alnwick to Alnmouth railway line.
World’s Toughest Jobs (BBC 3/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 17th March 2015)
Three young Brits desperate to sort out their lives and their bank balances sign up for cattle ranching in the wilds of the Australian outback. But how will Daisy, Sian and Laurence cope with working 14-hour days in the searing Aussie sun, herding thousands of cattle over stations the size of Wales? Will they make it to payday or will the sweltering heat, swarms of flies and angry cows send them stampeding back to the UK?
Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite (Channel 5 | 10:00pm to 11:30pm | Wednesday 18th March 2015)
Special programme to mark the 30th anniversary of the popular Australian soap, presented by Stefan Dennis and Tim Phillips. Cast members past and present come together to relive memorable moments from the past three decades. Contributors include Anne Charleston, better known as Madge Bishop, Ryan Moloney, otherwise known as Toadie and Natalie Bassingthwaite, or Izzy Hoyland, among others.
The Truth About Sugar (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 19th March 2015)
Journalist Fiona Phillips is on a mission to find out the truth behind the recent headlines on sugar. She discovers why some people have more of a sweet tooth than others, which sugars can be enjoyed guilt-free, why there is so much sugar hidden in food that is thought to be purely savoury and what effect sugary drinks have on the appetite. Fiona also helps four Brits, whose sugar-heavy diets could be putting their health at risk, to change their ways. From coming up with low-sugar recipes to finding ways to beat the sweet cravings, they will see whether cutting back to the levels suggested by health authorities is really achievable and what the benefits actually are. As the dieters progress on their journey, it soon becomes clear that the transformations will be dramatic.
Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Friday 20th March 2015)
Series in which John Sergeant sets off on a rich and colourful voyage along the eight best canal journeys Britain has to offer, exploring their extraordinary stories as he goes. Today, John barges from Bath towards London, where he proves useless at beer barrel making, but better at steam engine stoking. However, he proves to be quite a natural with Freddy the narrow boat horse.
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.