Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow (Channel 4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 4th July 2018)
In the series finale to this unique restoration project, all four carriages are brought together to create a bespoke ‘Time Train’, representing 100 years of railway history. The Time Train will run on the beautiful Llangollen Railway. This means that first off three of the carriages have to make their own epic journeys to get there. Once in the Llangollen, the carriages are coupled up, and Peter – decked out in boiler suit and cap – drives the steam locomotive. Henry Cole joins chef Ben Mason in the kitchen, preparing a celebratory lunch for everyone to enjoy, seated in the luxurious surroundings of the Pullman dining car. At the end of a unique experience, Peter states: ‘Not only is my tummy a bit full after that excellent lunch but I must admit my old heart’s a bit stirred too. What our restorers have achieved is something truly extraordinary.’.
Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 4th July 2018)
Alan Titchmarsh reveals the history, human stories and the hidden treasures of Britain’s historical estates. This spectacular mansion spread out over a stunning 900 acres of Staffordshire was built by a mixture of courage, creativity and brotherly love.
David Baddiel on the Silk Road (Quest | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 4th July 2018)
Comedian David Baddiel embarks on his adventure in China. He learns the secret of silk that could get a man killed and visits caves full of hidden treasures.
Beyond the Clouds (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 26th June 2018)
Documentary series as Rob Bell explores the global phenomenon that is the skyscraper. What does it take to keep these vertical cities functioning around the clock? How will new technology – including the brave new world of wooden ‘plyscrapers’ – affect the towers of the future?
Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow (Channel 4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 27th June 2018)
In this episode, a family restores one of only two surviving coaches used by Queen Victoria. The carriage has been rotting in a car park for decades. But now owner Stephen Middleton is putting his heart and soul into a restoration fit for a queen. Helped by his wife Ying, and teenage daughter Honey, Stephen uncovers a hidden gold step and an early gas light in the roof. Peter keeps a particular beady eye on the work, telling Stephen, ‘Queen Victoria will be turning in her grave if you don’t get this right.’ And Henry Cole investigates how engineers met Queen Victoria’s demands for a smooth ride.
Building Britain’s Canals (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th June 2018)
Documentary series in which historian Dan Jones uncovers the stories behind three of Britain’s canals. Dan examines the creation of arguably the prettiest of the country’s waterways, the Kennet and Avon Canal. It came into being thanks to the genius of a young engineer named John Rennie, whose inspiration and innovations created a canal that linked Bristol and London.
I really can’t believe that my car, has now done 100,000 miles! Just to think, that I’ve had him since he was born! Got him way back in 2009! Just hope, he’s still got, a good number of miles left in him yet!