UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/07/2016

Full Steam Ahead - 21-07-2016 - YouView app Brexageddon? (BBC 2/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 19th July 2016)

One-off, 30-minute comedy special satirising the EU referendum and its seismic effect. Capturing the heated debate within a nation, the show is centre court to the most dynamic drama to unfold in recent Whitehall history. The show’s comedy characters tackle the EU referendum saga from all angles, including the implementation of Scottish border control, attending the EU, sending a confused Dale Mailey to understand Remain supporters, UKIP supporter Dennis attempting PR relations at an anti-fascist rally, bearing witness to Farage’s exit (just after they poignantly gift him), hipster campaigning for an independent State of Islington, negotiating new terms of living with Costa del Sol’s expats, and getting stuck in a revolving door with Boris Johnson. Are you in… or out?

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th July 2016)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The busiest RNLI station is on the River Thames in central London, established after the Marchioness pleasure cruiser sank in 1989. While it might look benign, the Thames is actually one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the UK, and the volunteers are called from their beds in the middle of the night to try to rescue two students who have jumped naked into the river while high on LSD. At the coast in Newquay, the volunteers and coastguard helicopter are scrambled to try to help a 12-year-old boy on a Cub Scout trip who has fallen badly and has suspected spinal damage. Eastbourne lifeboat station covers a stretch of coastline which includes Beachy Head, so they have had to become more familiar with death than most. Recovering the body of someone who has taken their own life is a duty which the volunteers see as an important service to the family who have lost a loved one.

Full Steam Ahead (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 21st July 2016)

Series exploring the golden age of steam. Historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn explore how the introduction of steam railways in the early 19th century changed Britain. In the middle of winter, the team arrive at the Ffestiniog Railway in Snowdonia to find out how millions of tons of slate were moved down the mountain. Underground, Alex experiences the brutal conditions faced by miners in Llechwedd quarry who would have endured 12-hour shifts suspended from iron chains. At Foxfields Railway in Staffordshire, built to transport coal to the nearby mainline, Ruth gets on the loco’s footplate as it is driven up the steepest railway in Britain. Coal was to change everything in our day-to-day lives, right down to the way we cooked, the shape of our pots and the role of women who had to deal with the tyranny of keeping clothes clean in this dirty industrial world.

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