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

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railwa -Journeys - 15-10-2015 - YouView appDoctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:25pm to 9:10pm | Saturday 10th October 2015)

On a remote army outpost, a fearsome alien warlord called the Fisher King sets in motion a twisted plan to ensure his own survival. The ripples will be felt around the universe. Is this chain of events inevitable? And can the Doctor do the unthinkable?

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 12th October 2015)

Paul Murton visits the islands lying off the Scottish coast. In this final edition, Paul heads to the islands of Fetlar, Unst and Yell, which lie on Scotland’s northern frontier and are as much Scandinavian as Scottish – and were, in fact, once part of Norway. Along the way he sings with the Shanty Yell Men who came together to celebrate their Norse heritage, learns how to ‘roo’ Shetland sheep the traditional way, and gets an incredible opportunity to see the wild otters who make their home here in Shetland’s pristine waters. And finally, Paul fulfils a long-held ambition to visit Out Stack, the rocky outcrop that is famous for being the ‘full stop’ at the edge of Britain.

The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 13th October 2015)

Gareth Malone presents the search for the nation’s best amateur a cappella group. Gareth concludes his intensive training with more expert help and a new focus on performance technique. As the choirs strive to master choreography and stagecraft, one group aims to bring Big Top fun to their performance, while another struggles with sex appeal. Their training over, all five groups will compete once more, performing in front of a live audience and a jury of a cappella experts – their votes will decide who makes it through to the semi-final and which group will leave the contest for good.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 14th October 2015)

Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team are back for a two-part special with their most ambitious build ever, and this time they are joined by two special royal helpers. The team are taking on a whole street in Manchester and turning run-down empty properties into homes for veterans. The team rally the local community to get stuck in and are also helped by Prince William and Prince Harry, who volunteer on site. In this show, the trades come together to build homes for two former soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), before also helping them to find new careers in the building trade. But with numbers of volunteers lower than what’s needed and the buildings proving trickier than anticipated, it’s turning into the toughest build yet.

Restoring Britain’s Landmarks (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 14th October 2015)

This brand new series goes behind the scenes at conservation charity The Landmark Trust, following amazing restorations and delving into the history surrounding some of Britain’s most remarkable buildings. In the first episode, work starts on the demolition and assessment at Georgian villa Belmont House in Lyme Regis. John Evetts, Head of Furnishings, goes to war with the décor at Hougoumont Farm, a building on the Waterloo battlefield. Alastair Dick-Cleland visits the Music Room in Lancaster to check in on a gilt-edged overhaul to the ornate bedroom plasterwork. And, back in Lyme Regis, Director of The Landmark Trust, historian Dr Anna Keay, explains the unusual reason why Belmont House is a ‘must-save’ building for the Trust, and investigates the mysterious builder of the house: Eleanor Coade.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 14th October 2015)

Can you really convert a cowshed into a home by learning everything from the internet? Private chef Ed Versluys and pilates instructor Vicky Anderson do not do things by halves. Within two years of meeting they got engaged, sold up and abandoned their city lives, and bought an ugly, derelict 1940s concrete cowshed with amazing views over the Somerset countryside. They’re project managing and converting the cowshed themselves with the help of just one young builder and what they can learn online. They’ve given themselves only eight months and just over £200k to make a warm, comfortable three bedroom home with straw bale walls and wide expanses of glass. It’s an almighty challenge.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 15th October 2015)

George meets a couple wanting to transform two dilapidated air raid shelters in their garden. But they can’t agree on who gets which one and George soon finds himself in the middle of a ‘he shed’, ‘she shed’ argument. George meets Guinnie – at 12 years old, the youngest ever designer featured on Amazing Spaces. Along with her builder Dad, she’s taking her school project, to design the ultimate party shed, off the homework page and into her back garden. As Will Hardie continues work on the floating beach hut, on the tightest of budgets, he visits a million pound beach house, to see just what’s possible if money is no object. And George’s trip across Germany continues as he explores an old East German water tower that’s been transformed into a luxury home with an incredible 360 degree view.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 15th October 2015)

Chris continues his exploration of the world’s most extreme railway lines. Chris sets out to reach the northernmost railway station on Earth in an epic 2000-mile adventure from Moscow into Arctic Siberia.

TFI Friday (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 16th 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’s brand new features, raucous stunts and brilliant guests. Tonight there’s interviews and music from Take That, Steve Coogan, Slaves and Saoirse Ronan. TFI is once again set to be a key part of the Friday night schedule.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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