UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/11/2015

Tyger Takes On - 12-11-2015 - YouView appDoctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 8:50pm | Saturday 7th November 2015)

Shapeshifting Zygons are everywhere in the UK, and there is no way of knowing who to trust. With UNIT neutralised, only the Doctor stands in their way. But how do you stop a war? And what can the Doctor do to save his friends?

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

Timothy West and Prunella Scales head to Ireland. In perhaps their most dramatically beautiful voyage, they trace the story of the canal that links the south to the north: the Shannon Erne Waterway, also known as the Peace Canal. Their voyage begins on the shores of Lough Allen in County Leitrim. They try some folk singing and Irish dancing; travel across border country; visit the ruins of Crom Castle and Bloody Pass, and also meet a genealogist with an interesting story to tell.

The Hunt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 8th 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. This episode looks at the challenges of hunting in the Arctic, the most seasonal place on Earth. To a predator, seasonal change is a problem. It means that all the parameters of the hunt – the conditions, the strategies, the prey – change too. The only option for the Arctic’s top predators, the wolf, the Arctic fox and the polar bear, is to continually adapt to their changing world, exploiting the good times and enduring the bad.

The Mountain (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 9th November 2015)

Series charting life around Cairngorm. The summer months bring new opportunities for the folk who live in the shadow of Cairngorm, and the warmer weather brings no rest for the mountain team. The funicular train comes off its tracks, Ruari the ski patroller turns gamekeeper for the summer, the new boss at the sailing school has big boots to fill, and a young couple try to get their music festival off the ground.

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

Series following the staff and patients of four of Glasgow’s oldest hospitals as they move into one brand new state-of-the-art superhospital, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. This edition follows the closure of the Western Infirmary and Scotland’s largest children’s hospital, known locally as Yorkhill. The transfer of patients to the new Royal Hospital for Children involves moving some of the hospital’s sickest children, while on the Schiehallion cancer ward, staff prepare to close the doors for good, and look forward to the better facilities in the new hospital.

Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 10th November 2015)

Documentary series featuring the wildlife of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Scotland, filmed across one year. It is spring, and migrating ospreys return to the park. Pregnant red deer come down from the mountain tops to the lowlands to calve. On a mountainside, two big cocks fight for the right to mate in a spectacle called a lek.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 11th 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. In this episode, Kevin McCloud explores another set of inspiring homes in the running for the prestigious Riba House of the Year Award – including a bright orange metal clad home in the quiet suburbs of Kew; a sleek modernist house built over a river in Belfast; a low budget home constructed around a series of courtyard gardens; and a spectacular hidden house that draws light down into its depths through a series of dramatic vaulted roof lights. At the end of the show, Kevin exclusively reveals which home has made it onto the Riba shortlist and is in with a chance to scoop the overall prize.

Tyger Takes On (BBC 3/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 12th November 2015)

Two-part series in which Tyger Drew-Honey explores the blurring boundaries of 21st-century sexuality and sexism, delving head first into the thought-provoking lives of young adults today. In the first film, Tyger meets some of the trailblazers who are forging a brave new world of sexual expression amidst a backdrop of elite sex parties and the nu-drag scene, as he tries to be open-minded about his own sexuality.

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