UK TV programmes to watch this week : 28/11/2015

The World's Most Famous Train - 30/11/2015 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:05pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 28th November 2015)

Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…

Guy Martin: Last Flight of the Vulcan Bomber (Channel 4/HD | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 29th November 2015)

The last airworthy Vulcan bomber, XH558, flew for the final time to great fanfare in October this year. This iconic plane played a pivotal role in protecting UK interests in the post-World War II era as the first nuclear deterrent, and was also responsible for the longest raid in British military history when it successfully attacked enemy targets in the Falkland Islands. Mechanic Guy Martin is given unprecedented access to the aircraft, helping a select group of engineers prepare it for an ambitious farewell tour around of Britain. He also gets the rare chance to fly alongside the plane in formation, as well as taking the controls to try and ‘wheelie’ the 70-tonne aircraft along a runway. This 90-minute documentary is the definitive story of the Vulcan bomber, featuring expert contributions from Vulcan pilots and crew who faced the awesome responsibility of potentially having to drop nuclear bombs.

The Hunt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 29th 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. Half of all land is desert or grassland. In these, the most exposed habitats on our planet, predators like cheetahs, bald eagles and lions can usually see their prey. But it works both ways: the prey can see them too. With nothing but open vistas the element of surprise is hard-won, and predators must make their own opportunities. Nowhere to Hide explores the strategies of predator and prey in the open arena.

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

Series charting life around Cairngorm. The mountain team has to call in the helicopter to reach their remotest ski tow, the Glorious Twelfth looks less than glorious, Ruari gets married, and 25,000 people turn up in Aviemore to hear Spud the piper.

Coming Oot! (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 10:35pm to 11:35pm | Monday 30th November 2015)

Documentary featuring a rich mix of eye-witness testimony, archive and historical research to chart the radically changing attitudes towards Scotland’s gay community. Scotland was over a decade behind England and Wales in decriminalising homosexuality but now has the best gay rights in Europe.

The World’s Most Famous Train (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 30th November 2015)

During its nine-month-long season, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express makes over 60 journeys, covering 150,000 kilometres, with the majority of trips between London and Venice. Marketed as the world’s most luxurious and romantic train journey, the train is comprised of 17 unique 1920s carriages. Having carried an abundance of elite individuals across Italy, Switzerland, and Turkey for well over a century, each one contains its own unique history, from dramatic incidents to royal scandals. Nowadays, from champagne bars to five-star gastronomy, the train service offers an idyllic, luxury trip. This one-off film follows the stories of the staff and passengers – who in a world of budget, two-hour flights, are still willing to fork out £2000 for a 36-hour journey across Europe, without Wi-Fi or showers.

Trusadh (BBC Alba | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 30th November 2015)

Railway enthusiast Alasdair MacCalum goes on a special journey of discovery on the Highland Railway as he tells the story of this famous network to mark its 150th anniversary. The series of lines run from Perth to Inverness, then out east towards Keith, north up to Wick and Thurso and across to Kyle of Lochalsh in the west. Together they make up one of the most stunning and isolated railway systems in Europe. Along the way, Alasdair meets historians, experts, engineers and fellow enthusiasts and brings this amazing railway’s story to life. From the enormous engineering feats needed to build it to the massive impact that it had on the Highland communities, this programme tells the story of a railway that is unique in many different ways.

Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 1st December 2015)

Documentary series about the wildlife of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Scotland, filmed across one year. The winter is mild and wet, which is good news for some but bad news for others. Red deer are forced to higher ground, salmon have gone six months without food, mountain hares turn a conspicuous white, and squirrels kick their own young out of the nest.

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

The new series of Chris Evans’ entertainment show continues, from its new home in central London, with new features, raucous stunts and guests include Kylie Minogue, Daniel Radcliffe, Florence and The Machine, Mumford and Sons, and Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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