As the American election approaches, Jeremy Paxman travels to Washington and beyond to understand how America’s democracy has come to face such an unpopular choice in its candidates for the presidency, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. From a life-size naked effigy of Donald Trump, to the stage of Avenue Q and the corridors of power, Jeremy meets political insiders and voters on both sides of the gaping political divide and casts his unsparing eye over a nation preparing for a historic election.
Little British Isles with Alison Steadman (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 19th October 2016)
Britain is made up of over 6000 islands and 267 of them are inhabited. Actress Alison Steadman OBE – best known for her roles in Gavin and Stacey and Abigail’s Party – has always been fascinated with idyllic island life since holidaying on the Isle of Man as a little girl. In this series she celebrates the wild remote beauty under our noses and meets the people who call these hidden jewels their home, to discover what island life is really like. In this first episode Alison travels to some of Scotland’s windswept and rugged Inner Hebrides. Over the course of a week she explores little-known and sparsely-populated Gigha, Jura, Colonsay and Oronsay.
Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 19th October 2016)
Can you really teach an old dog new tricks? Paul Rimmer trained as a bricklayer and spent over 40 years restoring and renovating the dilapidated Victorian terraces of Bolton. Now he’s taking on one last job. Turning his back on his beloved bricks, he wants to hand-build a wooden state-of-the-art contemporary home for £350k. He ropes in wife Carol, daughter Abby and favoured workmates, to take on construction of the vast, ultra-modern five-bedroom house. Hammered by extreme weather, they soon fall behind. At the point of exhaustion, it gets worse when their funding dries up and the entire project is put at risk.
The Last Leg for Su2c (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 21st October 2016)
The Last Leg boys – Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker – join in the evening’s fundraising. Then Davina McCall trawls the pavements in a special mini episode of the 90s classic show Streetmate, before handing her lucky couple to First Dates’ Fred Sirieix. Plus: Broadchurch stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant go head-to-head; there’s a special sketch featuring Hollywood stars Jon Hamm, Matthew McConaughey and Eva Longoria; and there are appearances from Gareth Bale, Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch.
The Cars That Made Britain Great (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 21st October 2016)
Rufus Hound concludes his guide through Britain’s proud motoring history with a time warp back to the past to find the most convincing car of the future. Options include the Jensen Interceptor, the Rover P6, the Enfield 8000, the DeLorean and the Sinclair C5.
Britain’s Greatest Bridges (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 21st October 2016)
Documentary series. Engineer Rob Bell uncovers the extraordinary story of Tower Bridge, revealing how it was funded, how its design was revolutionary and how it is lucky to still be standing.
Still Game (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pn to 10:00pm | Friday 21st October 2016)
Comedy series in which lifelong friends cope with everything modern life has to throw at them. Charity begins at home as Jack and Victor offer a helping hand to Methadone Mick. A parking fine from the past comes back to haunt Winston, and Boabby’s award glory goes awry.
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.