Ellie Harrison and Matt Baker are in the Peaks in Derbyshire, looking at how the geology there gives rise to two distinct landforms – the Dark Peak and the White Peak. Matt is in the White Peak discovering that the limestone that characterises the region is the remnant of an ancient tropical reef. Ellie is in the Dark Peak, where it’s gritstone that marks out the landscape. She takes a walk with an artist who maps the land and creates three-dimensional maps in metal. Ellie then ventures further north to catch a glimpse of England’s last remaining population of mountain hares. Sean Fletcher is at Haddon Hall helping with some of the restoration of this famous building. Adam Henson recounts the story of the tractor, from its origins in the age of steam to the hi-tech GPS-guided self-driving tractors of today. Tom Heap finds out that not everyone is pleased to see the return of wild boars to the Forest of Dean.
The Adventure Show (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 13th December 2015)
This month’s Adventure Show comes from the 3 Pistes – the UK’s highest sportive, with over 100 miles of road biking that includes more than 2,000 metres of climbing. Riders are taken through three of Scotland’s most iconic ski resorts, starting with the punishing ascents of Glenshee and the Lecht before finishing at Cairngorm Mountain. Also on this month’s Adventure Show, there is an exclusive report from Nepal which reveals that five months after the earthquakes that devastated much of the country, no outside aid has reached the mountain communities in the Everest National Park.
The Mountain (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 14th December 2015)
Series charting life around Cairngorm. As the summer comes to a close with a big splash, the mountain gets its new ski tow installed in the nick of time, and Polly and Ross count the cost of a busy summer.
Our Guy in Latvia (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th December 2015)
Guy Martin, best known as the daredevil petrol-head with a passion for speed and death-defying adventures, takes a rare week off work to make a personal journey to the Baltics to uncover the truth about his Latvian grandfather, Walter Kidals, who died nine years ago. The details of Walter’s life have always been unclear, so Guy decides to find out what really happened, and uncovers an extraordinary life involving prisoner of war camps, daring escapes, and the constant threat of death and deportation.
Reggie Yates’ Extreme UK (BBC 3/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th December 2015)
Being a British guy in 2015 is not easy, and in this series Reggie Yates travels to the extreme edge of modern British masculinity to discover that 21st-century pressures are changing the way we live, the way we love and even the way we look. In the second film, Reggie meets the angry young British men who think feminism has gone too far – and some of the women who have felt their wrath on an internet tailor-made for anti-feminism and trolls. He meets young guys espousing men’s rights at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park and the underground movement of male separatists of MGTOW (or Men Going Their Own Way). Reggie also encounters infamous self-styled pick-up artist Roosh V, who dishes out advice on how to have more sex with women – but doesn’t seem to like them very much.
TFI Friday (Channel 4/HD | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Friday 18th December 2015)
Chris Evans is joined by Norfolk icon and national treasure Alan Partridge to co-host this special Christmas comedy show. A stellar line-up of guests includes James Corden, Jack Whitehall and Lee Mack. Plus music from Sir Tom Jones, Bryan Adams, Lianne La Havas and Elle King.
(High Definition, Subtitles, 3 Star)
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.