UK TV programmes to watch this week : 03/09/2016

Speed with Guy Martin - 04-09-2016 - YouView appCasualty (BBC 1/HD | 9:10pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 3rd September 2016)

Elle attempts to rally the troops, and Alicia discovers an uncomfortable truth.

Roald Dahl’s Most Marvellous Book (Channel 4/HD | 6:30pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 4th September 2016)

Hosted by David Walliams and to mark the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, this is a celebration of the author’s ten best-selling children’s books. This one-off programme also features a live viewer vote that will climax by revealing the nation’s favourite work by Dahl. The marvellous books in question include classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Witches, Matilda, The Twits, and many more. The programme includes contributions from Steven Spielberg, Julie Walters, Richard Curtis, Mackenzie Crook, Jarvis Cocker, Johnny Vegas, Jessica Hynes and Miriam Margolyes – each one championing their favourite Dahl book.

Speed with Guy Martin (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:30pm | Sunday 4th September 2016)

Speed junkie, motorcycle racer and lorry mechanic Guy Martin takes on a series of three adrenaline-fuelled challenges in this brand new series. To do this, Guy must harness cutting-edge science, learn new skills and call on the support of some of the unsung heroes of British industry, using the best of our design and engineering talent. In this first episode, Guy heads to the USA to enter the fastest road race on the planet; the Nevada Open Road Challenge. Each year, Highway 318 is closed for one day in May for a time trial which sees an array of race spec supercars driving flat out for 90 miles through the desert. Rather than compete in a supercar or purpose built racing machine, Guy wants to enter in his much loved three-year-old Ford Transit van. The only problem is, having been involved in a road crash, his van is currently a write-off.

Inside the White House (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 6th September 2016)

Conclusion of a two-part documentary on the history and role of the White House, brought to life with rare archive footage and photos, and recollections from First Families, staff and historians. This episode deals with the White House as a family as well as a Presidential home, the role of the First Lady, the Truman and Jacqueline Kennedy renovations, the open door policy, protestors and security from the Civil War to the present day, including the events of.

Skies Above Britain (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 7th September 2016)

A look at the hidden world of the skies above us and the stories of the people who spend their life in flight. Racing champion Martin is preparing to compete for the Schneider Trophy, where 14 pilots will fly wing to wing around outlying islands in Alderney in the Channel Islands. Cargo pilot Mark flies solo from the Isle of Man to Dublin to East Midlands daily in his Piper Navajo plane, delivering anything from fresh flowers to human remains. His schedule is so tight that even during bad weather he must cross the Irish sea.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 7th September 2016)

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker get back to their roots of Paralympic punditry to introduce the most entertaining sporting extravaganza known to humanity. This, the first of 11 nightly shows from Rio, is a celebration of all that was mind-blowing about London 2012 while teeing up what will be unmissable in Rio 2016 ahead of tonight’s Opening Ceremony. The #isitok feature returns enabling viewers, and athletes alike, to ask the questions we’re all too afraid to ask. The boys chat to C4’s Paralympic presenters: Clare Balding, Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte, Ade Adepitan, Arthur Williams, JJ Chalmers, Sophie Morgan and Brazilian footballing legend Pele while also checking in on some of the show’s favourite Superhumans of 2012.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:30pm | Thursday 8th September 2016)

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker are joined live in Rio by special guest Stephen Mangan for a comedic review of the early Paralympic highlights and a look at what lies ahead. There are clips, sketches and discussion, which via the show’s #isitok enable both viewers and athletes alike to ask questions about the games and disability in general. Nothing is off the table. The show features cyclist Sarah Storey ahead of her attempt to win an incredible 12th gold medal and Jody Cundy, the man who famously lost his cool on the track in 2012. Repeated later on 4seven with open signing and audio description.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 9th September 2016)

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker are live in Rio with special guest Johnny Vegas for a comedic review of the highlights as the second day of the Paralympics are well underway. There’s a look ahead to the spectacles to come and the show’s #isitok feature in which viewers ask the sort of questions about the Paralympics that while unacceptable, are always illuminating. There’s a special performance by sprinter Jonnie Peacock ahead of the defence of his London 2012 gold medal haul, and the gang are joined live in the studio by the long jumper Stef Reid.

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

Rufus Hound narrates as celebrity petrol heads share their memories of classic British motors. A raft of celebrity faces take a drive down Memory Lane, sharing stories of being on the open road for the first time, featuring tales of freedom, love, hate, teenage rebellion and driving tests.

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

Documentary about Britain’s fun-seeking, slow-lane-hogging ‘carafans’. Lee, Mat and Jon take their cara-virgin friend Ben on his first caravanning holiday. Sunbed Jonny throws a Spanish fiesta-themed evening. Imogen and Jonathan take their brand new imported Shasta caravan for a disastrous weekend in Sussex. Laura and Andrea take their four kids on a cheap and cheerful family break to the Lake District.

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