UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/05/2015

Demolition - 17-05-2015 (YouView app)Demolition (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 17th May 2015)

Documentary series that goes behind the safety cordon to explore the explosive world of demolition. It charts the dramatic end to some of Britain’s biggest and most iconic buildings. In this episode, the demolition crew attempts to bring the 100m-high cooling towers of Didcot A power station, which have long dominated the Oxfordshire landscape, down to earth with a bang. But, in addition to tackling the complex engineering, the team faces a public outcry when they schedule the blow-down at night, and this threatens to derail their plans. Hastings Pier is on its last legs after a devastating fire, but local demolition man Mark Hodgson hatches a water-borne plan to try to save it for future generations. And one of the industry’s biggest and boldest characters has to take down a disused bridge, in a race against the clock.

Horizon (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th May 2015)

Series exploring topical scientific issues. How bad can our drinking pattern be for our health? Doctors and genetically identical twins Chris and Xand van Tulleken want to find out. With the current drinking guidelines under review, the twins embark on self-experimentation to see the effects of different drinking patterns on their health. With Chris drinking 21 units spread evenly across the week and Xand having his 21 in single weekly binges, how will their bodies differ after a month? Catching up with the latest research into alcohol drinking patterns, we ask if moderate drinking is genuinely good for us – and whether binge drinking is really that bad.

Britain’s Deadliest Rail Disaster: Quintinshill (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th May 2015)

Historian Neil Oliver investigates Britain’s most deadly rail disaster. On 22 May 1915, a collision at the Quintinshill signal box, near Gretna, became Britain’s deadliest ever rail crash. Involving a military train filled with troops and two passenger trains, the crash claimed an estimated 226 lives and left hundreds more injured. The duty signalmen, George Meakin and James Tinsley, were found responsible for the disaster and were both jailed on charges of culpable homicide. Neil Oliver explores the series of mistakes that may have caused the collision and the part played by the train companies and the government. Dramatised reconstructions add to this compelling account of a tragedy which had a profound effect on several communities in Scotland and remains the deadliest in the annals of Britain’s railways.

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