? UK TV programmes to watch this week : 22/12/2018

Up (BBC 1/HD | 3:25pm to 4:55pm | Sunday 23rd December 2018)

Animation telling the story of 78-year-old Carl, who ties thousands of balloons to his house and floats off to South America to fulfil his lifelong dream. Only when he is up in the air does he realise he has taken onboard a hitchhiker – an eight-year-old boy scout who was knocking at his door at the time.

The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast (BBC 1/HD | 3:00pm to 3:10pm | Tuesday 25th December 2018)

HM Queen Elizabeth II delivers her annual address in the Christmas message to the nation and the Commonwealth.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 7:45pm to 9:15pm | Tuesday 25th December 2018)

As Poplar prepares for Christmas, the nuns leave for the Mother House to vote in a new mother superior and to help care for a group of Chinese orphans. Meanwhile, Trixie returns to Poplar refreshed and is shocked to discover that many mothers no longer want to give birth at home.

The BFG (BBC 1/HD | 5:40pm to 7:30pm | Wednesday 26th December 2018)

A ten-year-old girl embarks on a great adventure when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Their friendship, however draws the unwanted attention from other mean giants.

Roads Less Travelled: Atlantic Way (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 27th December 2018)

First of a two-part documentary in which Cameron McNeish journeys up the western seaboard from the Mull of Kintyre to Mallaig. Starting at the Mull of Kintyre, Cameron heads up the long and winding road made famous by Paul McCartney. He boards a restored fishing vessel for a trip on the Crinan Canal and explores the ancient monuments around Kilmartin, before finishing the first part of his journey on the waters of Loch Awe. Along the way, he meets an artist, a storyteller and a ghillie, and, most surprisingly of all, he discovers how our ancestors created their music.

Roads Less Travelled: Atlantic Way (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 6:30pm to 7:30pm | Friday 28th December 2018)

Second of a two-part documentary in which Cameron McNeish journeys up the western seaboard from the Mull of Kintyre to Mallaig. This episode begins in peaceful Glen Orchy and sees Cameron travel over the wild, yet beautiful, wastelands of the Rannoch Moor. After exploring the hills above Kinlochleven, he continues up the secluded west side of Loch Linnhe before following the sun to his ultimate destination at Mallaig. Along the way, Cameron joins a military historian, an author and an expert on Gaelic culture.

Paddington Station 24/7 at Christmas (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 27th December 2018)

Documentary series going behind the scenes of one of London’s busiest transit hubs. Station assistant Richard handles a medical emergency that may not be what it seems, engineers work round the clock to finish before bad weather hits, and the staff sit down for a Christmas lunch – of curry!

Michael Palin in North Korea: Special Edition (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 11:05 pm | Thursday 27th December 2018)

Following the success of his world exclusive two-part series, this feature-length special edition is a chance to show Michael’s extraordinary journey in its entirety, and includes new footage which hasn’t been seen before.

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

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