UK TV programmes to watch this week : 25/08/2018

The Adventure Show (BBC 2 & BBC iPlayer only | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 26th August 2018)

The Adventure Show is at Fort William as the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns to Scotland. Events include the fast, gladiatorial 4X and the brutal downhill, which launches off from the top of the Nevis range, with the best riders in the world plummeting 555 metres down one of the longest and toughest courses on the circuit. Presented by Duncan McCallum and Dougie Vipond.

Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 26th August 2018)

Arthur’s final airborne journey covers the epicentre of Britain’s wartime aviation effort – the east coast. He visits four airfields that played a role in World War Two, but have completely changed since. First up is Lincolnshire, which once boasted 46 military airfields. Only five remain today. At East Kirkby, a local family have bought and preserved part of the former airbase as a memorial. Flying over East Anglia, Arthur has an overview of the staggering scale of the wartime ‘friendly invasion’ by tens of thousands of American servicemen. At RAF Lakenheath, he sees the US Air Force’s awesome F15 fighter. At Cranwell, he visits the world’s oldest and grandest air academy and home to the only aerobatic team in the world licensed to take passengers – and there’s no way Arthur’s leaving without hitching a ride.

Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 26th 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 sends his drones to a top-security active nuclear decommissioning site. They also reveal the truth behind crop circles and explore the hidden world of bats.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 26th August 2018)

After distinguishing himself by courageously neutralising a terrorist threat, troubled war veteran Police Sergeant David Budd of the Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) is assigned as a principal protection officer to the home secretary, the Rt Hon Julia Montague MP. Julia is a controversial politician intent on pushing a new counterterrorism bill through Parliament which would give the security service enhanced surveillance powers. Her political ambitions make Julia a high-profile target. Dedicated to his job but concealing deep resentment of politicians following his traumas in Helmand, David’s divided loyalties might make him Julia’s greatest threat.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 27th August 2018)

Another terrorist attack raises the UK threat level to severe. Home secretary Julia Montague holds secret meetings with the director general of the security service, freezing out the police and her own minister of state for counter terrorism. As Julia’s stance on national security propels her into the public eye, specialist protection officer David Budd is on high alert while being put under pressure by senior police officers to spy on Julia. However, David’s natural animosity towards Julia fades as his home life becomes more difficult. When Julia becomes a target, David’s loyalty to her is challenged.

Drinkers Like Me – Adrian Chiles (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pn to 10:00pm | Monday 27th August 2018)

In this revealingly intimate documentary, Adrian Chiles takes a long hard look at his own love of boozing. He wants to find out why he and many others don’t think they are addicted to alcohol, despite finding it almost impossible to enjoy life without it. Adrian, who drinks almost every day, decides to start a drinking diary and soon finds out his intake is way over the recommended limit. He decides to visit his parents to find out what it was that motivated him to start drinking as a teenager and reveals that sneaking into pubs underage was all about friendship and being part of something, and that the allure of the social side of drinking has never really left him since his teens.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 27th August 2018)

Phil visits the beautiful Houghton Hall in Norfolk, built by Britain’s first Prime Minister, the wily Sir Robert Walpole. Phil is keener than ever to uncover the building costs, because they were Sir Robert’s best kept secret. As guest of its current owner, Lord David Cholmondeley, Phil uncovers a house clearly built without any limit on costs: It features some of the finest carved stone interiors ever created, jaw-dropping bedrooms, ‘beer taps’ in a marble dining room, and the most extravagant thing Phil has ever seen: a 17ft silver embroidered bed. It’s no wonder Sir Robert wanted to keep the costs – and how he raised the money – a secret; the truth could have rocked Parliament.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 28th August 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Keeping watch over the River Thames, the crew at Tower in central London, the busiest of the RNLI’s 238 stations, are called to a man reported in the water eight miles downstream. On arrival, they discover a river bus already on the scene and their crew desperately trying to hang on to the unmoving man before he disappears under the water.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 31st August 2018)

Travelogue series with the father-and-son duo, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. The Lambs challenge each other to a race through Britain’s first ever National Park, join the World Hen Racing Championships, and indulge in the local tradition of springtime sheep-washing.

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

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