UK TV programmes to watch this week : 31/10/2015

Great Canal Journeys - 31-11-2015 - YouView appDoctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:15pm to 9:05pm | Saturday 31st October 2015)

The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret on Earth, unknown and unseen – until now. When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and Unit must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it is too late?

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 1st November 2015)

This time Timothy West and Prunella Scales travel from Birmingham to Braunston in Northamptonshire, for a festival of vintage canal boats. The challenging journey involves dozens of locks and a ghostly tunnel. But there’s help from the family, both from actor son Sam and by Juliet, Tim’s daughter from his first marriage. At Knowle Locks they meet a qualified boatman who was born on a canal boat 78 years ago. At Braunston, Tim and Pru unveil a plaque for the late Sonya Rolt, who dedicated much of her life to saving Britain’s canals, and who died in 2014.

The Hunt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 1st November 2015)

Nature documentary series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, taking an intimate and detailed look at the strategies employed by hunters to catch their prey, and the hunted to escape. Contests between predators and prey are among the most dramatic events in nature. This episode reveals the extraordinary range of techniques predators use to catch their prey – from a leopard using all its powers of stealth to stalk impala in broad daylight to wild dogs, whose tactic is to wear down their prey over long distances; from Nile crocodiles, perhaps the planet’s most patient predators, to killer whales who use teamwork and intelligence to take on humpback whales. But even with these finely tuned strategies, the outcome is far from certain. Most predators fail most of the time.

Scotland’s Superhospital (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 2nd November 2015)

Series following the staff and patients at four of Glasgow’s oldest hospitals as they move into one new state-of-the-art superhospital, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. This edition joins the staff of the first two hospitals to close – the Southern General and Victoria Infirmary – six weeks before the big move. In the Southern, sister Susan Montgomery prepares her nursing staff for a huge change – the move from open-plan wards to single-room accommodation in the new hospital. In A&E at the Victoria, senior staff nurse Mel White reflects on leaving the place she has worked in for 43 years to make the move to the huge new emergency department. Moving hundreds of patients across the city will be the largest operation of its kind ever undertaken in Britain. Their arrival in the new building will be the beginning of a new chapter in healthcare in the city.

Lies, Laws and the Bin Lorry Tragedy (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Tuesday 3rd November 2015)

Jackie Bird speaks to some of the families of the victims of the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy about the devastating impact of the crash which killed six people and left more than a dozen injured. The families explain how they feel the investigation into the crash has failed them, and lay damning accusations at those in charge of the Scottish justice system. They also ask how a driver who lied about his past was able to slip unnoticed through multiple layers of bureaucracy, allowing him to be in the driving seat of a 26-tonne bin lorry.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 4th November 2015)

Every year the Royal Institute of British Architects holds a competition to find the best new home in Britain and this time, Grand Designs is along for the ride. Presented by Kevin McCloud, this four-part series explores some of Britain’s most contemporary and cutting edge homes, all of them in the running for the prestigious Riba House of the Year Award 2015. In this first episode, Kevin McCloud visits five homes built for country living. Enormously varied in size and style, they are: a house disguised as a giant shard of flint; a beautifully crafted timber farmhouse in Somerset; a low budget home made of shipping containers in Northern Ireland; an elegant eco house in Cambridgeshire, designed for a passionate birdwatcher; and a stunning modern glass villa with a spectacular jagged roof designed to look like mountain peaks. Find out which of the five make it through to the final shortlist – and discover what it takes to be crowned Riba: House of the Year 2015.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 5th November 2015)

Documentary series in which Chris Tarrant explores the world’s most extreme railway lines. Chris discovers how a 2,500-mile transcontinental railway was built against huge odds in just a few decades, and turned a vast wilderness of isolated communities into the country we now know as Canada.

TFI Friday (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 6th November 2015)

Chris Evans’ seminal cult entertainment show is back with a new series. Broadcasting from a new home in central London there’s brand new features, raucous stunts, and this week’s guests include Sir Elton John, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, The Maccabees and The Vamps.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

29 mile cycle in Zone3 Evolution Swim-Run wetsuit!

That’s me just back in from the longest cycling so far wearing the Zone3 Evolution Swim-Run wetsuit. I did just over 29 miles! So that may also make it the longest wetsuited cycle of the year so far… 😀

Zone3 Evolution Swim-Run Wetsuit
Zone3 Evolution Swim-Run Wetsuit
Zone3 Evolution Swim-Run Wetsuit

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 24/10/2015

Great Canal Journeys - 25-10-2015 - YouView appDoctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:20pm to 9:10pm | Saturday 24th October 2015)

The sci-fi drama lands in England, 1651. Deadly highwayman ‘the Knightmare’ and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that is not of this world, they come face to face with the Doctor. Who is the Knightmare in league with? And can the Doctor avoid the hangman’s noose and protect the Earth from a devilish betrayal?

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 25th October 2015)

Actors and canal lovers Timothy West and Prunella Scales go in search of London’s lost route to the sea. They navigate from the Thames at Teddington, through the Surrey and Sussex countryside, to Littlehampton on the south coast. The journey takes in four different waterways and four separate boats, as they follow a route that was last fully open two centuries ago. They explore the beautiful, almost forgotten Wey and Arun, where time itself seems to move at a slower pace. Their voyage back through canal history also leads Tim and Pru into their own past. The Wey Navigation takes them through Guildford, to its canal-side theatre where they have been regular performers for fifty years. At the Surrey village of Sutton Abinger, they pay a visit to the picturesque cottage where Pru was born. And for the final leg of the journey, Tim and Pru transfer onto the River Arun, travelling past Arundel Castle to Littlehampton and the English Channel.

The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 27th October 2015)

Gareth Malone presents the final of the search for the nation’s best amateur a cappella group. Just one more performance stands between the three finalists and the title of series champion. Their last challenge comes with a fiendish twist that poses a cheeky problem for one of the contenders, while one of their rival groups struggles with the demands of life outside the contest and the other goes all out to win with an a cappella country getaway. To emerge triumphant, the groups must compete in front of a thousand-strong audience at London’s prestigious KoKo and impress a jury of a cappella experts. Their votes decide who will be crowned the contest winner.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 28th October 2015)

Kevin McCloud returns to one of the most ambitious Grand Designs ever. A year, and a winter of flooding, since he last visited, Kevin returns to the Thames in Buckinghamshire to see if the eventful construction of the UK’s first amphibious house has been a success. Now that it’s finished, can Andy and Nicky Bruce’s 220-tonne amphibious house really float? Andy and Nicky spent £1.2 million on their experimental house, built on a small island that’s only accessible by a narrow footbridge. Heavy machinery was lost to the river, contractors were changed and the site was hit by the worst storms in recent history, causing severe delays and resulting in an unfinished and untested building. Now that it’s fully complete, both inside and out, Kevin discovers what it’s like living on a regularly flooded piece of land, and how their unique floating home performed when the river burst its banks in January 2015.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 29th October 2015)

George meets a young couple desperate to get onto the housing ladder who’ve come up with a radical plan – to build a home made almost entirely from scrap with a budget of zero pounds. There’s also a woman putting together a garden retreat out of reclaimed copper. The problem is she has no design experience, no building experience, and suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. In George’s road trip across Germany, he visits a high design houseboat, and is even allowed to take it out for a spin. And, as George and Will’s floating beach hut nears completion, there’s drama in the workshop.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 29th October 2015)

Documentary series in which Chris Tarrant explores the world’s most extreme railway lines. Chris journeys a thousand miles across Japan to find out if Japanese railways really are the best in the world. Along the way he meets one of the great architects of the bullet trains, a celebrity Station Master cat, a singing conductress and atomic bomb survivors who kept wartime trams running.

TFI Friday (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 30th October 2015)

Chris Evans’ seminal cult entertainment show is back with a new series. Broadcasting from a new home in central London, there’s brand new features, raucous stunts and this week’s guests include Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Duran Duran, Eagles of Death Metal and Foals.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Swanage Railway photos : 18-Oct-2015

That’s another UK Heritage railway line off my list! This time it’s the Swanage Railway.




More photos from this set can be found @ www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/days-out/18-10-2015/

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 17/10/2015

Grand Designs - 21-10-2015 - YouView appDoctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:20pm to 9:10pm | Saturday 17th October 2015)

Captured by Vikings, the Doctor and Clara must help protect their village from space warriors from the future, the Mire. Outnumbered and outgunned, their fate seems inevitable. So why is the Doctor preoccupied with a single Viking girl?

Britain’s Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 18th October 2015)

Action-packed series looking at the Red Arrows and the RAF’s finest aerial display teams. The summer flying season for Britain’s world class pilots is well underway and tensions are running high. At the UK’s largest air show in Gloucestershire, the Red Arrows are battling with the weather. Recreating an 18-plane World War II scramble is putting the RAF Hurricane Pilots through their paces. And to salute the Battle of Britain veterans, the Typhoon Fighter jet pilot has a very special ace up its sleeve… an emotionally charged synchro with a Spitfire.

The Secret Life of Midges (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 19th October 2015)

Documentary in which Dr James Logan of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine explores the secret life of the midge. The Scottish midge is one of the few flies in the British Isles that feeds on human blood, causing havoc for anyone who has to live and work among them. Dr Logan attempts to discover how best to cope with it and whether some people might have their own natural midge repellent.

Building Cars Live (BBC 2/HD | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 20th October 2015)

James May, Kate Humble and Ant Anstead go live behind the scenes at the MINI Plant in Oxford to bring us the modern miracle of car production in real time. Over two nights they will reveal the science, engineering and people that keep us all on the road, and see a car built from start to finish in a little over 24 hours. In the first episode, James makes friends with an army of diligent robots and busts the myth that British manufacturing is dead. Kate heads to Norway to discover why the electric car is king of the Norwegian road and Ant explores the history and heritage of one of the most iconic cars ever built. With access all areas live on the factory floor, the team will see exactly how a car is born – a car that tomorrow will be driven off the line ready for life on the open road.

The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 20th October 2015)

Gareth Malone presents the search for the nation’s best amateur a cappella group. It’s the semi-final of Gareth Malone’s contest to find the nation’s most entertaining amateur a cappella group. To earn their place in the grand final, the four groups left standing must rise to a unique challenge – combine vocals, choreography and a killer concept to create a video with the potential to become an internet hit. Before the cameras even roll, one group has to contend with losing their leader, while a bizarre take on rapping threatens to derail another. Once in the can, the videos will be screened to a live audience and a jury of a cappella experts. Their votes will decide who goes through to the final and which group will leave the contest for good.

Building Cars Live (BBC 2/HD | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 21st October 2015)

James May, Kate Humble and Ant Anstead go live behind the scenes at the MINI Plant in Oxford to bring us the modern miracle of car production in real time. Over two nights they will reveal the science, engineering and people that keep us all on the road, and see a car built from start to finish in a little over 24 hours. James races against the clock on the production line and embraces the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen. Kate gets to the bottom of how manufacturers test car seats for mass production and Ant heads to Germany to put his faith in a driverless car on the autobahn. Inside the factory, the team reveal what it takes to build a thousand different cars a day, and are live as a car that started being built yesterday drives off the production line for the very first time.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 21st October 2015)

In the second episode of a two-part special, Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team continue with their most ambitious build ever – an attempt to regenerate a rundown community in Manchester. The team are aiming to transform an entire street, turning empty properties into homes for war veterans and building a support centre to help other veterans find homes and jobs. The plan is to redo the fronts of all the houses and put in new utilities – but with late nights and delays, it is looking like the team might not meet their deadlines.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 21st October 2015)

So what kind of house should you build when you move to a new place, that’s traditional and architecturally conservative? Surely something that fits in, that’s similar to the houses of the new neighbours you want to impress? Not if you’re Stephen Yeoman and Anita Findlay. They want to put up a cutting edge, post-industrial house that’s covered in bright orange rusty metal. Not only that, their plot is one of the most prominent in their new home town in the South Downs – so everyone will be watching. Having to deal with an incredibly tight riverside plot, cash flow problems that threaten to bring work to a halt, and news of a first child on the way, Stephen and Anita’s project proves a real roller coaster ride. And that’s all before the fitting of their controversial rusty steel cladding starts to go badly wrong.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 22nd October 2015)

George meets a young couple desperate to get onto the housing ladder who’ve come up with a radical plan – to build a home made almost entirely from scrap with a budget of zero pounds. There’s also a woman putting together a garden retreat out of reclaimed copper. The problem is she has no design experience, no building experience, and suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. In George’s road trip across Germany, he visits a high design houseboat, and is even allowed to take it out for a spin. And, as George and Will’s floating beach hut nears completion, there’s drama in the workshop.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 22nd October 2015)

Documentary series in which Chris Tarrant explores the world’s most extreme railway lines. Chris attempts to cross the length of Cuba, the only island in the Caribbean to boast an extensive railway network, from Havana in the west to the far east of the island. Given old and battered trains that often fail to run, this proves rather more of a challenge than he had anticipated.

TFI Friday (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 23rd October 2015)

Following the triumphant return of TFI Friday earlier this year, Chris Evans’ seminal cult entertainment show is back with a new series. Broadcasting from a new home in central London, there are brand new features and raucous stunts. Tonight’s guests include Justin Bieber, Dawn French, Macklemore and Lewis, Nicholas Hoult and Hurts. TFI is once again set to be a key part of the Friday night schedule.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Middle of October 2015 most popular photos

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