Simon begins his journey on the remote Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, a country on the brink of monumental change. It will soon be split in two by the world’s biggest construction project: a new transoceanic waterway set to rival the Panama Canal. Simon visits the Rama-Kriol people who face losing their ancestral homes and meets the city-dwellers who believe the canal will bring prosperity and wealth to the country. In Honduras, Simon dives the crystal waters of the world’s second-largest barrier reef and conducts an unusual underwater experiment. Back on shore, Simon discovers Hondurans living in the grip of some of the most violent criminal gangs in the world. San Pedro Sula, the country’s second city, has the world’s highest murder rate. Simon’s journey ends in the stunning Jamaica, where he discovers a country confronting its violent reputation head-on. Here, he spends time with young people who have rejected gang life, offering a model of hope for future generations.
Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th April 2015)
The concluding episode of series two is set against the stunning backdrop of some of central Scotland’s most glorious countryside, as Timothy West and Prunella Scales travel along the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal. The coast to coast adventure starts in Edinburgh and concludes in Glasgow, taking in Scotland’s highest aqueduct and longest canal tunnel, some monumental sculpture, history stretching all the way back to the Romans, and a Scottish love affair from long ago. The two canals feature some striking examples of 21st century engineering and illustrate the potential for the restoration of the nation’s waterways, ensuring their long-term future.
More Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 6th April 2015)
Robson Green returns to his home county of Northumberland, uncovering more hidden gems of one of the most beautiful parts of England. In this episode, he joins shepherdess Emma Gray and goes in search of the Cheviot wild goat, then visits Wallington Hall where he learns the stories behind its incredible Pre-Raphaelite artwork. He pays a call on the Charlton Family whose ancestors were the most feared clan of the border country in medieval times, and learns how they have turned their grand country hall into a family home. Robson ends the programme fishing for salmon with George Purvis, the last fisherman on the Tweed to still use the ancient method of net and coble boat.
Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Friday 10th April 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. In the last of the series, John travels along the Grand Union – Britain’s longest canal – discovering fun characters and places en route and enjoying a delightful, if leisurely, trip from Brum to the very centre of London.
Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 10th April 2015)
The satirical news quiz returns. Regular team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Daniel Radcliffe.
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.