UK TV programmes to watch this week : 29/08/2015

Canals: The Making of a Nation - 01/09/2015 (YouView app)Canals: The Making of a Nation (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Tuesday 1st September 2015)

Liz McIvor charts the struggles of the builders and engineers tasked with creating a landscape of canals over the rugged terrain surrounding the Pennine hills, at a time when connecting the powerhouses of Yorkshire and Lancashire was a great prize.

The Trains That Time Forgot: Britain’s Lost Railway Journeys (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 2nd September 2015)

Timeshift journeys back to a lost era of rail travel, when trains had names, character and style. Once the pride of the railway companies that ran them, the named train is now largely consigned to railway history. Writer and presenter Andrew Martin asks trains why were once named and why it is no longer the case. He embarks on three railway journeys around Britain, following the routes of three of the most famous named trains – the Flying Scotsman, the Cornish Riviera Express and the Brighton Belle. We reflect on travel during the golden age of railways – when the journey itself was as important as reaching your destination – and compare those same journeys with the passenger experience today.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 4th September 2015)

Lee Mack joins Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker for the final episode in the current series of unique irreverent satire.

Milk (BBC 2/HD | 11:05pm to 1:05am | Friday 4th September 2015)

Dramatic biopic about the rise and tragic fall of Harvey Milk, who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. In a turbulent, 1970s San Francisco, Harvey struggles as an American gay activist against fellow San Francisco supervisor Dan White and the rest of conservative America.

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