UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/11/2016

Britain's Greatest Bridges - 25-11-2016 - YouView appBritain at Low Tide (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 19th November 2016)

Every day, on a sandy beach or a rocky foreshore, fascinating evidence of Britain’s island history appears and disappears as the tide rolls in and rolls back out again. In this new series, Tori Herridge and Alex Langlands explore Britain’s coastal archaeology, to reveal stories from our extraordinary maritime, industrial and natural history. In Northumberland, Tori and Alex investigate the tragic story of a French fishing trawler that was wrecked in 1913, and discover the ancient community that thrived in the Middle Ages in what is now one of the north-east’s top tourist destinations.

Planet Earth II (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 20th November 2016)

Wildlife documentary series presented by David Attenborough. Jungles provide the richest habitats on the planet – mysterious worlds of high drama where extraordinary animals attempt to survive in the most competitive place on earth. Flooded forests are home to caiman-hunting jaguars and strange dolphins that swim amongst the tree tops, while in the dense underworld, ninja frogs fight off wasps and flying dragons soar between trees. Acrobatic indri leap through the forests of Madagascar, while the jungle night conceals strange fungi and glow-in-the-dark creatures never filmed before.

The River (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 21st November 2016)

Documentary series charting life along the River Tweed. In this episode, horse trainer Katie Scott prepare horses for Kelso races in some challenging conditions. On the river, ghillie Colin Bell has some returning fishing clients to get to the best pools on the Upper Floors fishing beat. In Kelso, Tweedside Tackle look to move over 20,000 hooks, reels, rods and waders into their new premises. And in Peebles, the Tweedlove festival gets underway.

Chris Tarrant’s Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st November 2016)

Documentary series in which Chris Tarrant explores the world’s most extreme railway lines. Chris travels on the historically Soviet Trans-Caucasus Railway, beginning in the Azerbaijani city of Baku before exploring the Geogian capital Tbilisi’s vintage metro system, then a mountain rail bridge designed by Eiffel, and finally a tunnel reputed to be held together with egg yolk.

The Secret Life of the Zoo (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 24th November 2016)

Nature series following the behaviour of animals at Chester Zoo, and how they get along with their keepers.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 24th November 2016)

Kevin McCloud hosts Grand Designs: House of the Year. The competition is run in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects and celebrates excellence in housing design. Over this four-part series, Kevin is joined by Damion Burrows and Zac Monro, as they explore some of Britain’s most cutting-edge contemporary homes, all of them in the running for the prestigious prize – the Bafta of the architecture world. In this first episode, Kevin and co profile five amazing country homes on the long-list for the prize: including a large house camouflaged within a hill; a loving restoration in Wiltshire of a prototype modernist retreat; a Scottish home that blends an agricultural exterior with a sleek modern interior; and a slice of spectacular California modernism in Cornwall. Kevin then reveals which of these homes will make it onto the final shortlist.

Secrets of Great British Castles (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 25th November 2016)

History series. With the aid of dramatic reconstruction, Dan Jones explores the 900-year history of the beautiful Leeds Castle in Kent, from its origins as a royal Saxon family’s manor and Norman stronghold to the private property of six medieval queens, a Tudor palace, a Jacobean country house, a Georgian mansion and an elegant 20th-century retreat for the rich and famous.

Britain’s Greatest Bridges (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 25th November 2016)

Documentary series. Documentary series. Engineer Rob Bell tells the story of the design and construction of six of Britain’s most iconic bridges. For 17 years from 1981 to 1998, the Humber Bridge was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world, and many consider it to be Britain’s most beautiful. Rob Bell discovers the facts about its ground-breaking construction, why it took so long to build and how it changed the lives of the people of Hull and Grimsby.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 25th November 2016)

The award-winning comedy show offers a joyful, offbeat take on the week that aims to celebrate all that is best about Britain.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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