UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/08/2016

Casualty - 27-08-2016 - YouView appCasualty (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:40pm | Saturday 27th August 2016)

Feature-length episode of the medical drama. As Charlie celebrates his thirtieth anniversary, the department is thrown into chaos, and the team face their biggest challenge yet.

All Aboard! The Country Bus (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 29th August 2016)

A journey through one of the most spectacular bus routes in Britain, as the ‘Northern Dalesman’, rigged with specialist cameras, snakes across the iconic landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. Filmed in real time, the cameras capture the road unfurling, the passing scenery and the occasional chatter of passengers. It begins in Richmond in North Yorkshire and takes viewers on a lush and varied ride, along a river valley thronged by hawthorn trees, through mining villages and wild flower-filled meadows. The bus climbs into the Dales, vast and peaceful, and then the final stretch across cotton-grass-covered moorland. With the mountain range known as the Three Peaks in the distance, the bus descends towards the Ribblehead viaduct. The programme features captions integrated into the landscape to provide details about the countryside through which the bus is passing – from aspects of the natural or geological environment to specific highlights of Britain’s agricultural or industrial heritage.

Inside the White House (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 30th August 2016)

Two-part documentary on the 200-year-old US presidential headquarters. From its design and construction to early run-ins with disaster, the home of America’s first family has weathered its fair share of storms.

Skies Above Britain (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 31st August 2016)

A look at the hidden world of the skies above us and the stories of the people who spend their life in flight. For thousands of recreational pilots, uncontrolled airspace is a place of freedom and adventure. Al Coutts and Willie Cruikshank are the Wildcats, two former RAF pilots who perform aerobatic stunts at air displays across the UK. With several recent tragedies at air shows, Al and Willy must finish their display season safely. Julia Foxwell is a champion skydiver who is juggling motherhood with an intense training schedule. Pete Dolby has been flying balloons for over a quarter of a century – now he is attempting to fly Britain’s first solar balloon, powered using just the sun’s energy. Elsewhere, Ady Dolan, NATS air traffic controller at Heathrow, works the most congested and highly regulated patch of sky in the UK.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 31st August 2016)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on a journey into their pasts, via the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. Despite living most their lives in the South, they both have Northern roots, and as the canal winds over the Pennines and down through the Dales they’re transported back to their Yorkshire origins. Starting at the highest point of the canal, they’re immediately faced with the challenge of a bumpy ride through Foulridge Tunnel. Emerging on the other side, Pru steps back into her childhood memories when they visit the country’s last surviving steam-powered textile mill. Meandering through the ‘curlies’, the canal’s most winding and beautiful stretch, they are joined by the acclaimed poet, Simon Armitage, whose work is inspired by the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire landscape.

The Cars That Made Britain Great (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 2nd September 2016)

Rufus Hound narrates as celebrity petrol heads share their memories of classic British motors. Vicki Butler-Henderson makes the case for the beautiful Austin Healey 3000. Shane Lynch tries to make a Rolls Royce drift and James Bond takes a Lotus Esprit scuba diving.

Goodnight Sweetheart (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 2nd September 2016)

Time-travel comedy series. TV repairman and unwitting time traveller Gary Sparrow has been trapped in the past for the last 17 years. It is now 1962, and in the midst of his birthday celebrations at The Royal Oak with his wife Phoebe, his teenage son Michael and their old friend Reg, he realises that he could go to the maternity hospital and actually see himself being born. At the hospital he meets his own father waiting anxiously, and when the baby arrives he tells the midwife that he is the uncle. As she hands him the precious bundle, the laws of physics go berserk – Gary’s long-lost time portal is thunderously re-opened, and he is catapulted into 2016.

Carry on Caravanning (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 2nd September 2016)

Documentary about Britain’s fun-seeking, slow-lane-hogging ‘carafans’. Ferret-loving friends Sally and Jayne take their 12 critters on holiday with them. Glammervanners plan a romantic Valentine’s weekend. Yorkshire man Glen heads to France with his caravan for the first time. Internet vlogger Dan plans his latest caravan video on the fascinating subject of toilet paper.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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