UK TV programmes to watch this week : 09/04/2016

Europe: Them or Us - 12-04-2016 - YouView appHidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 10th April 2016)

We all think we know Britain, but wherever you turn there are places you’re not allowed to see. Places that are hidden from view, their secrets shielded by high walls and heavy gates. No public access allowed. Until now. This series, presented by Sir Tony Robinson, uses the latest drone technology to see our islands in a different way. Tony dispatches flying cameras across the country, getting access to billionaires’ private estates and incredible stately homes, snooping on military manoeuvres and going over no entry signs and barbed wire fences. In this episode the drones fly through a forest with a deadly secret, across Britain’s newest piece of land and into the hidden stately pile of an unconventional aristocrat.

The Tube: Going Underground (Channel 5 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th April 2016)

Documentary series following the work of the staff who keep London’s underground train service running smoothly. Staff face some tricky customers who could bring the entire network to a halt.

Europe: Them or Us (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 12th April 2016)

Nick Robinson explores the troubled history of the UK’s relationship with Europe. The critical decision Britain’s voters are about to take in the referendum is the culmination of decades of agonising debate about Britain’s place in Europe, and its often lethal effect on British politics. The first episode examines why British governments first shunned the new Common Market then begged to join it. It explores the decisive part played by three British prime ministers – Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan and Edward Heath. After being humiliated by the French president when Britain first applied to join, Heath triumphantly took the UK into the Common Market ten years later. But the seeds of today’s problems were already being sown. The unfamiliar story emerges from a series of special interviews with Heath and two of his successors, Tony Blair and David Cameron, as well as other key British players and the main civil servants and diplomats involved on both sides of the English Channel.

What British Muslims Really Think (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Wednesday 13th April 2016)

With Europe on heightened terror alert following the attacks in Paris and Brussels and the security services raising the threat posed by hundreds of home-grown jihadists, politicians and Muslim leaders claim that the values of these extremists are shared only by a tiny minority in the UK. To find out if this is the case, Channel 4 has commissioned one of the most extensive and rigorous surveys ever carried out to get a better understanding of the views of British Muslims directly from a representative cross section of Muslim men and women, rather than those who claim to speak on their behalf; and, in particular, to try to understand why young Muslims are being drawn to violence. The survey explores attitudes to being British and British institutions, as well as social issues including gender equality and homosexuality.

How to Stay Young (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 14th April 2016)

Angela Rippon and Dr Chris van Tulleken travel the world in search of the latest science that could help us all stay young and healthy for longer. This episode explores what can give brains a boost. In America, Angela tries out a new treatment that’s proven to help memory and concentration. In Japan, a remarkable 100-year-old reveals the colourful foods that keep minds more active. Plus Chris discovers the best exercise we can do for our brains. At the cutting-edge of science, discover how injections of young people’s blood may help beat dementia.

Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Friday 15th April 2016)

Julia Bradbury chooses some of her favourite and most accessible family treks from across the UK, in search of the perfect walk with a view suitable for all experience levels. Julia explores the first five miles of the Pennine Way, where she first began walking as a young girl. Her route takes in the spiritual home of popular walking as she heads up to Kinder Scout on the moor – scene of the famous mass trespass in 1932.

Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America (itv/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 15th April 2016)

Billy Connolly concludes his travels on the US rail network, taking in the vast and astonishing landscapes that make up America’s backyard. This week’s journey sees Billy arrive in Texas on a Friday night, which can mean only one thing – football. Next up is Louisiana where he meets the frog princesses of Rayne. There is a moving tribute to Hank Williams before he hears the story of the child crusaders who changed history in Birmingham, Alabama. His next stop is Baltimore, where he uncovers the tale of a multi-millionairess who became known as ‘the mother of CSI’, before heading to his final destination of New York City.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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