? UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/08/2018

Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 12th August 2018)

Arthur Williams used to be a Royal Marine, but eight years ago he realised his life-long ambition of learning to fly, and is now the proud owner of a tiny – and very yellow – aeroplane. Together, they’re off on an amazing aerial adventure – a grand exploration of Britain from the air. In the second episode, Arthur is in the South East, plotting a path around London airspace, where, ‘One wrong move here, and you can land yourself in a lot of trouble’. Over the Isle of Sheppey, on the North Kent coast, he locates clearer skies and visits the spot where British aviation first got off the ground in 1909. Later, Arthur follows the M25 from 1000 feet, before dropping in on the vast Cardington Sheds, home to the biggest aircraft in the world. He also visits Biggin Hill and takes a Spitfire out for a spin, high above the Kent countryside.

Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th August 2018)

Britain is full of places that are hidden from public view, with their secrets locked away behind high walls and heavy gates… until now. History and travel enthusiast Sir Tony Robinson uses the latest aerial filming technology to reveal new aspects of our country in a completely different way. Dispatching flying cameras of many shapes and sizes, Tony opens up the far reaches of Britain. In this episode Tony’s drones reveal the mysterious workings of a sewage plant, a top-secret underground Cold War bunker, a super-sized luxury car emporium, and a collection of rusting sea-forts that were once a hideaway for pirates.

Saving Poundstretcher (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th August 2018)

As the crisis on Britain’s high streets grows, big brands are going bust or axing stores and thousands of jobs. Poundstretcher, one of Britain’s oldest discount stores, is caught up in the maelstrom. The stakes couldn’t be higher for the family-owned chain, with 6000 jobs, the family’s fortune tied up in the business and the public relying on it; for many, on a budget, it’s a lifeline. In need of expert help, Aziz Tayub and his three sons bring in retail guru Chris Edwards as a new CEO. His brief: to save the company. Poundstretcher loses millions of pounds every year to theft, as there seems to be a growing army of shoplifters, who store managers like Tracey, in Bolton, heroically confront. However, in this episode, shocking revelations suggest that the real issue lies closer to home. Chris has brought in a new head of loss prevention, ex-army tough guy Mark Boyd, who discovers that some staff members are partly to blame for Poundstretcher’s losses.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th August 2018)

Phil Spencer returns for another grand tour of Britain’s magnificent stately homes. This series includes trips to Blenheim Palace, Belvoir Castle, Houghton Hall, and Longleat House. With special access to amazing archives, Phil uncovers the dramatic stories of how these exceptional homes came to be, and calculates the staggering amounts of materials, manpower and money it took to turn aristocratic ambition into bricks and mortar. Phil’s first visit of this series is to Longleat House in Wiltshire, home to the Viscount of Weymouth and his wife Lady Emma.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 17th August 2018)

Travelogue series with father-and-son duo Larry and George Lamb, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. The pair load their bikes on to the Paddington-Penzance sleeper train and after taking a ferry across the Celtic sea, they head to the island paradise of the Isles of Scilly.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

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