UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/05/2015

Churchill When Britain Said No (YouView app)Demolition (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 24th May 2015)

Documentary series that goes behind the safety cordon to explore the explosive world of demolition. Demolition duo the Ogden brothers take on the highest profile job of their career, bringing down a 12-storey office block in the centre of Doncaster. In central London, a gas holder that towers over the Thames has come to the end of its life and developers are waiting to move in. But, standing just metres from two busy railway lines, the team has to devise a never-used-before technique to take down the iconic structure while London looks on. Demolition dynamo Paul Johnson gambles everything on finding valuable scrap while demolishing a former school.

Churchill: When Britain Said No (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th May 2015)

Documentary covering Winston Churchill’s failure to be re-elected following the Second World War. Just weeks after VE day, Britain’s great war leader Churchill found himself in another battle – to be elected prime minister. He was confident of victory, having led the country through the dark days of the war. However, in one of the greatest election defeats of all time, Churchill was humiliated at the polls and his Conservative party was almost annihilated. Why did his countrymen turn so vehemently on their great British bulldog? Was the rejection of Churchill a disgraceful mark of ingratitude or the most mature electoral decision ever made by a democracy? With surprising revelations from first-hand witnesses, as well as historians including Sir Max Hastings, Juliet Gardiner, Anthony Beevor and writer Dave Douglass, this programme looks at his controversial legacy and debates the weaknesses and the strengths of the man.

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