Lying on the remote northwest coast of England is one of the most secret places in the country – Sellafield, the most controversial nuclear facility in Britain. Now, for the first time, Sellafield are letting nuclear physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalili and the television cameras in, to discover the real story. Inside, Jim encounters some of the most dangerous substances on Earth, reveals the nature of radiation and even attempts to split the atom. He sees inside a nuclear reactor, glimpses one of the rarest elements in the world – radioactive plutonium – and even subjects living tissue to deadly radiation. Ultimately, the film reveals Britain’s attempts – past, present and future – to harness the almost limitless power of the atom.
Scrappers (BBC 2/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 18th August 2015)
With or Without You. Documentary following straight-talking scrapyard owner Terry and his glamorous wife Lyndsay as they fight for the future of their business and their family. Lyndsay announces that she and Terry will do a role swap. It can’t come soon enough – downstairs, Terry is rowing with Lee. The lads aren’t convinced that Lyndsay’s going to make it through the day. She arrives late but gets stuck in. And, with a rumour about an accident, she’s got plenty of challenges. Young Dean denies hitting anyone with the forklift but Lyndsay tells him not to drive it anyway. As the day goes on, Terry and Lyndsay get an insight into what the other faces, as he struggles with making bank payments and she finds her softly softly approach isn’t working. She hits the financial target, but is shocked when the lads don’t follow her orders about safety. Lyndsay realises the problems are bigger than just Terry’s temper.
The Wonder of Britain (itv/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 20th August 2015)
Julia Bradbury continues her journey round some of her favourite spots in Britain. In this edition, she explores our beautiful and diverse countryside, from the dramatic volcanic Isle of Skye to the towering cliffs of Cheddar Gorge. Julia visits a gorgeous lavender farm in Kent and meets one of Britain’s most stunning birds of prey, the barn owl. With her father, who first introduced her to the great outdoors, Julia revisits a special place with memories of her childhood – Derbyshire’s Peak District.
The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 21st August 2015)
Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker tear into the week’s main talking points, joined by a live studio audience and guest Jack Whitehall.
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.